I’ve been moving through the gears in my network marketing business and following my most recent promotion it was a good moment to reflect on my progress.
This type of business project is often introduced as a part-time gig or a way to supplement a full–time income. A popular phrase used is to ‘work full-time on your job and work part–time on your fortune’ championed by the late, great Jim Rohn.
I am actually self–employed, but the analogy does still apply. I use the gaps in my jobs or evenings to conduct sales appointments or carry out lead generation activity. I spend many a weekend at galas, fetes, retail stores or talking to the local community marketing my business. The general consensus being to achieve ‘touching’ the business for a focused amount of time every day.
There is a direct correlation between high levels of activity (if correctly trained) and the production of bigger results, you literally get out what you put in.
Significant obstacles have been removed in communication of your message. No more VHS, DVDs or playbooks. Every opportunity can be demonstrated using internet links, at least in the first instance to establish interest before a face to face meeting. Therefore, it’s really never been less time dependent to begin to build a business.
There is however a reality that business builders that get involved often cite lack of time as a reason why their business is stagnant. It is also often made as an objection to joining network marketing at all.
My belief is that this is not a question of time, but one of priority. Your network marketing business must certainly be one of your top three life goals and essentials. Once this laser focus is achieved, prioritising becomes simple. Scroll through your Facebook feed or make a compelling piece of social media? Have a pint or go to the gym? Listen to self–development podcasts in the car or tune in to Radio Idiot? Get up early and get to work or sleep in? Watch TV or attend an appointment?
Time is clearly a choice. The answer is placing our priorities into our schedules. What gets planned in normally has a much greater chance of getting done.
Not enough time is an excuse, often used to mask fears of what others may think of us or to avoid other fears such as rejection or failure.
“There are 168 hours in a week. Twenty-four times seven is 168 hours. That is a lot of time. If you are working a full-time job, so 40 hours a week, sleeping eight hours a night, so 56 hours a week – that leaves 72 hours for other things. That is a lot of time. You say you’re working 50 hours a week, maybe a main job and a side-hustle. Well, that leaves 62 hours for other things. You say you’re working 60 hours. Well that leaves 52 hours for other things.
You say you’re working more than 60 hours. Well, are you sure?”
Laura Vanderkam – TEDWomen 2016
I’m certainly not perfect, but I’ve prioritised changing my future, then committed to the sacrifices in my schedule to pursue my network marketing goals. I believe this has been the key to success so far.
Could you use your time much better?