Category Archive: Network Marketing

Nov 26

A Positive Attitude Begins with Positive Self Talk and Thoughts

postive-attitudeA positive attitude is an essential ingredient to success.  One way to achieve a positive attitude is by changing our self talk.  Successful people are positive thinkers and thought leaders.  They know that they can get it done and they know that they have what it takes to teach others to do the same.

It all starts with your attitude which can be changed in an instant.  It starts with being positive and constantly telling yourself that you can achieve that BIG DREAM.  Constantly affirm to yourself via positive affirmations and remember that if you have 1% doubt you’re out.  One drop of poison can kill you dead and so can negative thoughts that infiltrate your brain.  Positive affirmations yields success – Period.

Negative thoughts pop up in our minds primarily due to fear.  Fear will cause you to talk yourself out of doing the very thing that you need to do to succeed.  So, don’t pay attention to those negative thoughts when they jump into your head.  As a matter of fact do yourself a favor and wear a rubber band and every time a negative thought pops in your head, pop your wrist with that rubber band and make sure that you use it to switch your thinking.

Your thoughts will have a direct impact on your attitude.  They will determine if you’re happy or sad.  Stinking thinking usually yields a funky attitude.  When our self talk and thoughts are happy, so is our attitude.  This is not just my opinion.  Studies have shown this to be true. So, if you want to when friends and influence people, do yourself a favor and change your thoughts and self-talk.

You may also have to change the people you hang around.  Studies have shown that people generally earn the average of the 7 people they hang around the most, therefore if you’re not earning what you feel you should then maybe you should hang around new people.  This especially holds true for negative people.  Negative people not only can have a negative impact on your attitude, but they also can have a negative impact on your income.

You’ve heard the saying, “What you think about, you bring about.”  So if you control your thoughts, you can control your future.  While it is easy for me to talk about this in an article, it is not easy to do.  Real change happens one second at a time.  So, if you want to control your self-talk you will have to do it one second and one thought at a time.  But challenge yourself to do it.  You won’t regret that you did.

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May 06

[Network Marketers] Looking for That Safe Place to Call Home

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Finding a Place to Call Home in Network Marketing

I’ve been involved in the network marketing industry since the early 1990’s.  And boy since then, things have certainly changed.  There used to be a time when you could pick a company, build a successful downline that would last for years and years.  Of course, some people would quit, but not your tried and true leaders, they would stay with you until the very end.

But today, the industry has changed.  Gone are the days of the loyal reps (maybe?).  Reps today are interested in being a part of more than one opportunity.  And they want instant success.  Plus they want outstanding leadership from company owners.  They don’t want to see any signs of favoritism or anyone receiving any under the table perks or people getting paid on the side.  Leaders also don’t want to see their downlines raided.  They don’t want to see people moved around in their organizations without their approval.  They also don’t want to get involved in personal and intimate relationships only to find that the so called leader who supposedly loves you is also sleeping with 5 other people on the team.  And they don’t want their leaders to have substance abuse problems or anything like that.  And finally, they don’t want their leaders to quit.

The bottom line is people just don’t want to get hurt.

But the truth of the matter is if you stick around long enough, you will see some things that you might not like and you will most likely get hurt or at the very minimum bruised.

Let me tell you some of the things that have happened to me while in Network Marketing.  I will list them out to make them easier to digest.

  1. I quit an opportunity that I loved because my husband at the time didn’t agree with it…but guess what?  He divorced me anyway.
  2. I got kicked out of network marketing company in turmoil and had my commission check held (at Christmas time no less).
  3. I’ve had my downline raided because my upline decided to leave and the bad mouthed the company.
  4. I’ve had people mysteriously removed from my downline without my permission.
  5. I’ve had people moved around in my downline without my permission.
  6. I’ve also been a part of a company where the top leader was a philandering alcoholic and he would sometimes get on the calls drunk.  Go figure.

Those are the things I’ve experienced, but that’s nothing compared to the things that I’ve heard.  But that’s the ugly side of network marketing.  And I would be remiss if I didn’t speak to the brighter side.

Here are some of the wonderful things I experienced while involved in Network Marketing:

  1. Freedom.  I ran my business full-time for almost 4 years and was able to stay home with my last baby.
  2. I was featured in Empowering Women Magazine
  3. I won a Mediterranean cruise to Italy, France & Spain
  4. I made it the very top of my compensation plan.
  5. I wrote a book and became a successful published author
  6. I was able to enhance my public speaking skills
  7. I discovered my true passion for coaching and training
  8. I made “some” life-long connections

I can go on, but as you can see the good outweighs the bad.

In Network Marketing, there are no guarantees that you will EVER find a safe place to call home or a leader that you can trust.  And once you’ve been hurt in business it’s hard to go back not only to a specific business but also to the industry.

The only person you can count on in any industry, job or business is YOU.  And in order to have true success in Network Marketing there are some simple steps that you should take and they are as follows:

  1. Get documented as a leader.  There is no need to say anything when you first join a network marketing company.  Let your actions speak for you.
  2. Recognize that YOU are the Business and as such you need to develop the mindset of a leader and a Business Person.
  3. Once you become documented (Brand Your Team) and set up your own lead generation system for your team.  Create a full-blown marketing plan between you and your leaders to keep the leads flowing.
  4. Help to create other leaders and success stories.  Make sure that new success stories are being created on a regular basis.
  5. Create an easy duplicable system that includes the core products or service your company represents.
  6. Pave the way for others to lead.  Make sure your team system includes a heavy dose of training in personal development.
  7. Make everyone on your team listen to the Psychology of Winning by Dennis Waitley.
  8. Keep it basic, keep it simple and keep it fresh.
  9. Make sure to promote what the company is promoting and make sure that your team dominates the leader boards.
  10. Be the leader that you constantly state that you’re looking for and you’ll attract the leaders that you want.

Network marketing is a simple business, but it’s not easy and it’s not easy because you have to deal with people and people will sometimes let you down, but as long as you don’t let yourself down, you’ll be alright.

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Apr 02

Cedrick Harris Resigns from Visalus

Yes. You Heard It Right…Cedrick Harris Resigns from Visalus

In another bold move, Cedrick Harris (Internet Marketer and Network Marketer Extraordinaire)  leaves Visalus.  I’m sure since today is April 1, 2013 many people may have thought this was a joke.  But if you check out the video, you can clearly see that Ced is not joking.  He is clearly leaving a company that he has earned 7 figures with.

Has he lost his mind?  Has another great leader imploded?  I say, No.

Cedrick has done what many network marketers do once they reach the top or they no longer feel that the company that they’re with meets or fits within their overall long-term goals and dreams.  And most times it doesn’t have anything to do with the company, but it has everything to do with SELF.

Cedrick’s move just proves that you can make all the money in the world, but if you’re not happy on the inside then it means nothing.

Sometimes people forget that when new reps (entrepreneurs) come to network marketing companies or even jobs, 9 times out of 10 they still have other dreams and aspirations.  They still may have things that they want to achieve or accomplish.  But (sometimes selfishly) network marketing companies and jobs want you to focus all your time and attention on them (the company).  And fail to realize that true entrepreneurs aren’t company men and women.  True entrepreneurs desire and NEED freedom.

As such, why would one expect an entrepreneur to be satisfied with just one thing?  Or for an entrepreneur to be devoted to just one company?  And why would companies expect reps to promote just one thing?  This is a big mistake that companies often make without realizing that true entrepreneurs cannot be boxed in, they must be free to come and go as they please and to try new things without feeling like they’re betraying the company.

Until network marketing companies and insiders move away from such stifling attitudes and they will never see the kind of real and unlimited success that’s possible within the industry.

So I applaud Cedrick Harris for being true to himself.  He always talks that big balls talk and he puts action behind it.  He will be successful no matter what and no doubt there will be some hurt feelings, but when it’s time to make that move and go to the next level.  You just have to do it.  I wonder what’s next for him.  Maybe he will join Zrii International.  Who knows…

But this is what I do know and that is that there is nothing like entrepreneurship that allows you to be your true and authentic self ALL THE TIME!  Now that’s what I call SUCCESS!


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