What makes handling disappointments in network marketing so challenging is
the simple fact that most people don’t expect there to be many disappointments – Especially as it relates to leadership.
The “it’ll be better when…” mentality
So many people, when it comes to network marketing, get involved in network marketing and struggle!
The mindset is always, “It’s going to be better when…” or “It’s going to be amazing when…”.
It reminds me of when I was a kid…
When I was in elementary school, I wanted to go to middle school.
While in middle school, I wanted to go to high school.
Once in high school, I wanted to go to college.
We’re always thinking that somehow it’s going to get better as we progress or as we get older.
If you’ve lived at all…
You understand that’s rarely the case.
The reality of leadership is:
The higher the level of leadership, the more you’ll more skills you’ll need to develop when it comes to handling disappointments in network marketing.
Because there will be more disappointments!
As you develop large organizations, there are just more things that can go wrong.
There are more people and any time you get a lot of people together…
Crazy drama is likely to ensue.
If I take a look at my career over the course of the last 23 years, building teams that I’ve grown to over a million customers…
I would say the last 9 years have been the best experience I’ve ever had in network marketing.
We’ve intentionally created an amazing culture within’ my organization.
Even though the culture is phenomenal…
There’s still drama and craziness that goes with it.
There are still disappointments.
If you’re not prepared for disappointments, you’re not prepared for leadership
We’ve got to stop expecting everything to be perfect all the time.
Great leaders become great leaders because they become good at disciplining their disappointments and handling challenges.
Instead of wishing there were fewer challenges, be grateful for the challenge.
If there weren’t a lot of challenges, you wouldn’t really be a great leader, would you?
There isn’t a great leader out there that doesn’t go through challenges.
Look at some of the greatest companies & founders in history:
They’ve all been through an incredible amount of challenges.
Stop expecting there to not be a lot of disappointments.
How do we deal with disappointments in network marketing when they come up?
Let’s say something happens that’s a major disappointment…
Because you’re so disappointed – you hang onto that disappointment and you grieve over that disappointment and you’re so upset about the disappointment and you blame everyone else about your disappointment and you think, “What could I have done differently?”
You beat yourself up because of the disappointment and can’t seem to get out of this funk.
Here’s the key: The more you focus on the disappointment, the longer it hangs around.
The longer it hangs around, the longer your grieving process is.
So, I’m going to give you two key-words that I used to help me overcome going out of business, being $750k in debt and losing almost everything…
Over & Next.
Here’s the way I look at disappointments: There’s going to be some people who are so disappointed that they’re not going to go after their goals and dreams again.
Average people don’t experience a ton of disappointments the way great leaders do… so they don’t know how to handle them!
So you have to choose:
Do I want to sacrifice my purpose so that I can live a very average life and not have to experience these disappointments?
Of course not!
The key-words “over” & “next” help to remind me to move forward and put the past behind me.
If you’ve got something going on in your business and you’ve been dwelling on the negative…
You’ve got to do everything in your power to say, “You know what? That is over. Next! We’ve got to move on. Great leaders move on.”
Otherwise, you’re never going to rise to your potential.
When handling disappointments in network marketing, realize…
If you’re focused on disappointments, you’ll never reach your fullest potential.
Part of my mission in life is to continually rise to the highest level of potential that God has for me.
I understand that if I’m dwelling on the disappointments…
If I’m losing sleep over disappointments…
Or if I’m crying over disappointments…
I will never get to rise to that potential and live up to the rest of the purpose that I have for my life.
So say to yourself, “over & next”.
Move on, move forward, and make it happen.
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