What is your Fear? 

This might sound like a confession, but there have been several times in my life where I have felt fear, I can name some of them.

– talking to the guy I had a crush on

– when I got my first promotion

– giving birth to my first child

– opening my business.

Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of failure.

But in each and every situation,  I learned and understood that it was absolutely necessary that I overcome my fear in order to succeed, in order to move forward.

 

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith”. – Mary Manin Morrissey

 

We have a natural instinct to put barriers or obstacles when we feel that we are exiting our comfort zone.  Question everything using “What if…” and “But” creating in our minds all the risk that can occur.

All of this leads us to the situation which can be named – “Paralysis due to Analysis”.

In your comfort zone, you get settle, you get accustomed to being there, and that there is no need to change anything.  “Why to risk it, if  I am good right where I am” you might say. Well, allow me to tell you, that you are wrong. I know it feels good and cozy where you are.  But don’t condemn yourself to a non-exit place. Don’t make your mindset convince you that is not the right thing to do. That you cannot make it or that you are not capable of doing it.

feeling-overwhelmed

There is always something new to do. There is always something new to learn. There is a constant innovation. If you receive an opportunity today, to change or to do better, would you be afraid, would you let that your fear decide for you?

This below is a little evaluation and I will like that you are totally honest with yourself when responding to each question.

If you need to make a change and fear is holding you back, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  • What is the best outcome that can happen?
  • What is the worst outcome that can possibly happen?
  • What is the result of remaining the same?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to send me your answers. 🙂

Just see for yourself the results and analyze what the final decision you will take, what you will do with that fear that is stopping you from achieving your Goal.

Would you take the decision to move forward, or would you prefer that in a near future you will look back at that opportunity you didn’t take and think… I missed it.

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

Keep moving forward.

Introduction to Network Marketing for Online Marketers

“Network marketing is the fastest growing business model in the world today.” -Robert Kiyosaki

 

A lot of people have radical views one way or the other about Network marketing, also known as Multi-Level Marketing (MLM). For some, it’s one of the best opportunities for entry-level entrepreneurs to own their own business with very little investment. For others, it’s some sort of shady or sinister endeavor that should be avoided at all costs.

The truth is that MLM is a legitimate business model that has been used successfully by some of the biggest and most successful companies in the US, including Amway, PrePaid Legal, Exel, Meleleuca and USANA.

Who Is Involved with Network Marketing?

Most of the people in the network marketing industry are honest, hardworking individuals who are simply trying to earn a living to provide a high-quality lifestyle for themselves and their families. Sadly, like any industry, network marketing also includes a small number of dishonest people who poison the well for everybody else so that the entire concept of MLM is seen in a dim light by people ignorant of the facts.

In this article, we are going to look at the advantages network marketing offers to both experienced entrepreneurs and to those just starting out. We also will look at the opportunities it presents for honest people who are willing to work hard running their own business. Don’t worry, we’re not going to try to sell you any cleaning products or timeshares!

Definition of Network Marketing

Network marketing is a marketing strategy in which the people are paid not only for sales they generate themselves but also for the sales of other salesmen they recruit. This business model is known as a “downline model” because it has distributors and a hierarchy that involves multiple levels of compensation.

It’s different than single-level marketing., which is when salesmen are compensated for products they sell directly consumers.

Network Marketing Structure

In network marketing business, the sales force pays a portion of their revenues to the person who recruited them. That person then pays a portion of all of their revenues to the person on the level above them, and so on. This is what is known as an “upline revenue structure”.

The first network marketing platforms were launched in the 1950’s and involved nutritional supplements, household products, and cosmetics. By the 1980s, MLM businesses had grown to include companies specializing in insurance and long-distance telephone services.

By the 21st Century, technological advances enabled network marketing to expand into credit cards, travel, pre-paid legal services, and other successful areas.

There are all types of network marketing platforms. And in many cases, people can get into the market for very little upfront investment while still enjoying the benefits of owning their own business. MLM opportunities usually are far less costly than buying a business franchise.

In most network marketing platforms, salespeople sell products directly to consumers by means of relationship referrals and word of mouth marketing.

Common Network Marketing Misconceptions

Let’s address some of the most common misconceptions about network marketing. A lot of people have a bad opinion of network marketing because occasionally it attracts people looking to exploit its structure to reap financial reward with very little work. In other words, people who simply want to “get rich quick”.

Network marketing is also criticized because the upline revenue stream is structured like a pyramid. This creates confusion among people who think all network marketing must be a “pyramid scheme” or a “Ponzi scheme”.

These toxic terms refer to illegal business models in which people on the bottom of the pyramid invest in business opportunities but get little or no return on their investment. The people at the top of the pyramid keep most or all the money and don’t deliver the goods or services they promised.

The reality is that network marketing is simply a non-traditional business model. It’s more like “micro-franchising” than anything else. MLM can be a good choice for people because it has a very low cost of entry and there is the potential to earn a lot of money.

Is Network Marketing a Risky Business?

Some people make money in network marketing businesses and some people lose money. But the same can be said for traditional business models such as franchising. The success or failure of the individual under either scenario has less to do with the structure of the business model itself than it does with the person’s understanding of their market, the effort they made to create opportunities for themselves, and even just plain luck.

Most network marketing businesses focus on creating opportunities for people who might otherwise not have them, including people who:

  • Lack experience running their own business
  • Have little previous sales experience
  • Are unhappy with their current income level
  • Have been unsuccessful running previous businesses

Network marketing businesses offer these people the opportunity to achieve high levels of success. But, if it’s not your thing, there are other ways to make money online, such as promoting affiliate offers (like ours).

If you’d like to learn about other types of marketing and how they can be applied to your personal success, then simply click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

Set Your Goals vs Get Your Goals

A man without a goal, is like a ship without a rudder.”–Thomas Carlyle

In my last post, I mentioned the importance of your mindset and the way you confront situations in your life. I gave you the example of the elephant, who believed that ‘he couldn’t let go and be free’, after he was convinced that he was not able to do it, he didn’t make any effort to do more.

So today we are focusing on Setting Goals, or I will prefer to say Getting Goals. The difference between these two lies only in you.

We all have ideas and dreams that we would like to fulfill. But only when you have written them down and create a plan, only then, you have finally set your Goal.

 

“People with goals succeed, because they know where they’re going” – Earl Nightingale

 

We set goals in which we do our best to accomplish them in a specific time. These goals motivate us to keep moving forward. But, after a goal has been set, how much effort do we really put to Get our Goals? What is needed for this?

I have learned to follow these steps throughout the way. Hope these steps can help you also.

  • Set specific dates for each goal

I previously mentioned about making a plan. You might probably think if I know already what I want, why should a write it down?  The answer is simple, by writing it down, it helps you to be more focus and keeps you oriented.

Let me give you an example. When you go to the grocery store, do you go with a list or you go without one and try to remember what you need. If you don’t have a list with you, I am sure that you will forget to buy something that you really needed, unfortunately you will only notice or remember when you are leaving the grocery store or worse, when you are already back home, so you will have to drive all back again to go and get it.

This is very common and can happen to any of us.

So might as well we have a plan written from the start so that we can avoid distractions on our way to pursuing our goals. Write down your plan and keep it in a visible place, so that you can see it every day and set a time frame of things that needs to be done, with specific dates and tangible milestones.

  • Chunk down into a series of little steps.

Now that you have your plan ready, you can focus on getting your goal. At the simple sight, you probably think it is complicated or very long list of things to be done. Just be realistic with the goal that you have set to achieve. Analyze your plan and see how you can break down into little steps so that you can make it happen.

Don’t discourage yourself by thinking “this is too much”, everything needs to go through a process in order to be completed.

 

Step by step, you will see that when you are scratching out the things on your list you are moving towards the correct track to finally get your Goal.

You are working on your roadmap, and there is a route to follow so that you can get from point A to point B. Get to work and stick to it.

  • Do a constant review of your goals. 

Focus and measure everything, this way you will be able to make corrections throughout the way.

Situations might change during your journey, adjust your plan but don’t derail from your track.

 

Completing these goals will help you grow in many ways. Nevertheless, at the end of the road when you looked back and see how much you have done, you will feel proud of yourself for all that you have accomplished through the way.

It won’t be easy but I guarantee it will be totally worth it.

 

Stay Focus.

 

Mindset. Lower-down or Power-up

“What We Think, We Become.”  – Buddha

When you Google search the word ‘mindset’ you will find so many definitions. I consider that mindset could be defined as, our capacity to confront challenges or circumstances, either by encouraging or dissuading ourselves, by believing in what we can or cannot do.  

We hear a lot of this word lately, from mostly all the motivational coaches that say, You need to change your mindset in order to succeed. 

Some questions might immediately arouse when hearing this from the speaker who is right there standing in front of you. I know they will, because it happened to me as well, the first time I heard it. Some questions like, How can this be possible?  How do I do this? Why do I need to change my mindset? And so on… 

We naturally are resistant to changes, when we get used to something or we are in our comfort zone, our mind usually tries to ‘protect us’ by giving us all the reasons why we shouldn’t do certain things or convince us unconsciously that we are not capable to do such task. The fear of unfamiliar circumstances and the fear of failing at the end leads us to no decision, no action. 

When you settle to believe you can’t, then definitely you wouldn’t. This is where the change of your mindset begins. 

I will like to share with you a short story, which I consider very empowering. 

The Elephant And The Rope by Sofo Archon. 

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

My friend was amazed.

These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

 

How many of us are like the elephant? We convince ourselves that we cannot pursue a specific goal because we failed once. Conditioned by just that time we tried (or even worse, never tried at all) and our mind convinced us, that we will never get that new job, we will not make that extra commission or we cannot be successful.

Learn how to power-up, how to change your mindset to success. Begin by accepting total responsibility for your life, and working in improving YOU so that you can help others.

You will have criticism from people around you, but accept these as part of the process.

Frederick W. Smith – CEO of FedEx, back in his college days at Yale University, for an economy class project, he came up with the idea of outlining overnight delivery service in a computer information age. His teacher told him that his idea was not feasible, and grade him with a C.

Smith founded Federal Express in 1971, the paper he delivered in his economy class was his very first concept for the company he after built which we know nowadays as FedEx.

Always surround yourself with positive and successful people. Learn to act despite the fear or disappointment. Set a goal and always make sure to walk towards to achieve it.

Never stop learning. Never give up.

Dreams really come true.

“No dream is too big and no dreamer is too small”

For those with kids or as an Adult who still keeps her inner child alive, it is always exciting to go to the movie theater to see the latest animation film available. I have seen so many of them. I am a movie fan, and my two boys share the same love for the big screen.

Every film has a story to tell, or a lesson to be learned, that will stay in you and will help you remember that specific film and how special it made you felt. I distinctly remember this quote was mention in the film Turbo from DreamWorks Animation. 

Some people only saw a small snail who had the dream to race in the Indianapolis 500, some of them thought that it was a Crazy Idea! Impossible! He will never make it! But Tito trusted Theo’s (Turbo) abilities and supported him until he completed his dream.

As in the film, there will be people around you that when you tell them about your dreams they will discourage you. Don’t let them do that.

It depends on you if you want to let people put you down, or tell you that you are Crazy or you will never make it. Don’t let small minds convince you that your dream is too big.

Your dreams can scare you for how big they are, but your determination and commitment to accomplish them, will make the difference.

Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you.

Stay focus and never give up.