Here’s Why I Love A Good Challenge (In Life) and Business

This post was inspired by last Sunday’s sermon at my church.

Many moons ago, when I was in high school my friend and I were studying for an exam. One part of the exam had a choice of two questions. One was easier than the other, but both were for the same points. At the end of the exam, all of us were gathered, talking about how we felt we did and which question we chose. Almost all of us chose to do the easier question. I mean why not. It was an easy 10 points. I then asked my friend which question she chose. She replied that she chose the difficult one. We all looked at her like she had two heads. Why on earth would she do that? She then said that she liked a good challenge. Seriously? Why would anyone intentionally take on a challenge?

It’s been years and I still remember this conversation like it was yesterday.

It is almost common nature to avoid challenges since it usually brings discomfort, uneasiness; perhaps uncertainty and difficulties, and these are all unpleasant feelings. Yet try as we might, challenges and adversities are inevitable, although we do our best to avoid them. But without them there is no growth since they go hand in hand. Have you ever noticed that when you overcome a challenge in your business, you either gain new experiences, new knowledge or you’re propelled one step closer to your goal?

The next time you’re faced with a challenge, consider asking yourself these two key questions:

  1. Am I wasting my challenge? Yes, the here and now may be unpleasant, but are you losing out on an opportunity to change for the better by focusing on the discomfort. Instead, try flipping the script and focus on the lesson being taught, and how it can help you improve for the better. Instead of getting angry, get creative finding solutions, forming new partnerships, or treading a new course. It is amazing how challenges often reveal skills, talents and new perspectives that we didn’t know we existed.
  2. Do I have what it takes to become better? This is where your mindset and overall outlook come into play. To quote the pastor during the sermon “Your eyes on the outcome will give you the right outlook.” Instead of becoming bitter and negative, envision yourself and your business becoming bigger, better and stronger.

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Challenges don’t last forever. They come and go, just like the changing on the seasons. How we deal with them determines whether we succeed, and the triumph after the trial is very rewarding. When I started my business, I was told that there were at least a half dozen reps in my area. That did not stop me. I took on the challenge of building my business and maintain a firm presence in the market place. This has led me to advancing in the ranks of my company, and gaining great friends along the way.

How do you deal with challenges and adversities? Share your comments below.
Wishing you lots of success,

Melissa O.

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Fuel Your Friday

 

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I found this quote that I just loved. Having people to cheer for you and with you on the days that you need encouraging most is such a blessing. Sometimes you feel that your journey is a lonely road ( I certainly have at times), but surrounding yourself with like minded people and those genuinely wish to see you succeed always puts things into perspective and gives you a fresh new outlook.

What’s your perspective on this? Let me know in the comments  below.

Wishing you lots of success,

Melissa O.

How to Know If Network Marketing or Direct Sales Is for You

Network Marketing is an exciting profession. It provides us with unlimited income potential and gives us the reward of being able to be in charge of our own business, not to mention the fact that we get to work with and collaborate with amazing people on this journey.

However, if you are contemplating whether or not you should join this profession, here are five key questions you should consider to determine whether this profession is right for you.

  1. Are your expectations realistic? The only thing different about starting a network marketing business verses a traditional brick and mortar company is that the cost to enter is far less. However the work needed to build your customer base and profits is still the same. It takes time to build the know, like and trust factor among customers especially when you enter a new market. Some people think that network marketing is a get-rich quick scheme and are very surprised to find out once they get involved that it takes lots of hard work and commitment. Most businesses, including network marketing will begin to see some profit in three or four years, so patience is key.
  2. Do you put too much value on what other people think? If you tell someone that you’re a network marketing professional, I bet that you’ll get a raised eyebrow or two. Some people are even embarrassed by the fact that they’ve joined a direct sales company. They let the doubt and misinformation of others hinder their success because they are too worried about what other people might think.  Are you worried that people would think that you’re too salesy, too pushy, not eloquent enough?Taking risks and challenges without worrying about what others may think is part of the building a thriving business and those who don’t stay stagnant.

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  1. How do you handle challenges or obstacles? There are those who think that life and business should be filled with pretty rainbows with no stormy clouds…ever. When a challenge hits, people in this group pack it up and run for the hills. They were never 100% committed to their business and they’ve always had an exit strategy in their back pocket. Course correction is not an option. They’re not afraid to constantly complain and then quit at the slightest challenge.  And trust me when I say that entrepreneurship has challenges aplenty!
  2. Do you invest in personal development? This is so important. Most people who don’t succeed in this industry failed because they were unwilling to become a student. There is the saying that learners are earners. There is so much information and training available that carving out time to learn should be part of your daily routine. It is virtually impossible to build any business without some for education.
  3. Are you great at playing the blame game? There are those who never take personal responsibility for anything that happens. It’s always someone else’s fault that they are not successful or that their business failed. They blame their up -line, downline, sideline, managers and even the company itself. There is no shortage of reasons as to why something or the other didn’t work out, yet none of it involves self-reflection to see that it is their own internal mindset that prevents growth and momentum.

What are your thoughts on these questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you lots of success

Melissa O.

Does Your Attitude Need Changing?

There is a saying that a bad attitude is like a flat tire, you will go nowhere until you change it.

This is so true. How many times have your bad or negative attitude held you back?

Do these statements sound familiar? It’s too hard! I don’t know how to sell! No one’s buying! I’m not making money fast enough! If these come out of your mouth constantly, then you my friend need an attitude change or I guarantee that your business will go nowhere!

Negativity is like a wild fire-it multiplies intensely, and pretty soon you’ll develop a ‘why should I try’ mindset. It becomes easy to think if network marketing is so hard, then why should I bother?

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Being an entrepreneur certainly has its moments of triumph and its depths of despair that often makes you question why you entered the profession in the first place. But entertaining negative thoughts often lead to inaction, which eventually leads to a struggling business.

Here are some quick tips to change your negative attitude:

  1. Find an accountability partner or mentor. Yes! I’m talking about someone who can hold your feet to the fire and get your butt in gear when you’re stalled by your negative mindset
  2. Continue to be consistent and show up in your business every day. This is important because the ‘why bother’ attitude prevents you from finding new customers, new prospects or new leads. You just never know where you’ll find that amazing person who will be an asset to your business
  3. Focus on changing your mindset. Read articles by top sellers in the industry to be inspired. They’ve all had their fair share of adversity, yet they’ve not allowed negativity to stop them from achieving success in their business
  4. Remember why you decided to become an entrepreneur. I’ve always loved the saying that your why must be bigger than your fear or any obstacles that you face. So, on the days where your negativity rears its head, remember what your main goal is and all the things you wish to accomplish.

So, there you go, how do you change deal with your negative attitude? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

But Network Marketing Isn’t A Real Job! Is it?

It’s sad, but it’s true. Not the statement above, but the fact that there are people who think that network marketing is not a real job. Often times most people think that that direct sales doesn’t involve any ‘real’ skills that are taught at college or universities. Most people see network marketers as uneducated dreamers trying to get rich in one scheme or the other. But trust me when I say that network marketing fits that and more. Here’s a summary of just some of the skills that a direct sales entrepreneur needs to operate a thriving business.

  1. Marketing: The second word that follows network. The art of getting your name out there, standing out from the hundreds of other network marketers out there takes great skills. A network marketer must always be thinking about ways to attract the best customers, clients and prospects. This means that branding, promoting and advertising are also some of the core skills that you need to have to be successful in this field.
  2. Sales: Oh yes! Do you want to make money in this industry? Then you have to be a good selling and persuasive skills. And guess what? This is not a skill that you’re born with; it’s a skill that is learned, practiced and mastered over time. In sales, you have to be great with people, genuine, open and honest. You need to be organized to make sales calls and follow-ups because this is the bread and butter of your business
  3. Customer Service: You definitely can’t have sales without customers, and happy customers, make repeat customers and referrals. Good customer service is about following up and following through, and managing a large customer base is no easy feat. Not to mention that sometimes you may just have to breakup with some of your customers
  4. Accounting: Reading a balance sheet and understanding the basic principles of profit and loss are must-have skills. You need to know how to keep track of money coming in and going out, and which purchases are assets and which ones most likely will result in a loss so that you can know where you get your greatest return on your investment.

High earners in network marketing take this business seriously-like a real job, and they use the same skills that many go to school for three or four years to master. So yes, network marketing is a legitimate job, in fact, it’s not just a job, but as Eric Worre would say, it is a profession. Some days you might be an accountant, or an inventory manager or a sales and marketing representative. It’s just another thing I love about this profession. One that offers many learning opportunities on a daily basis and one that rewards handsomely for your efforts.

Can you think of any other skills that you can add to this list? Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you lots of success,

Melissa O.

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