"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals." ~ Melody Beattie
Making It Happen - Dream BIG!
Copyright © 2007 by Sue Seward. All Rights Reserved.
"True Leaders are not those who strive to be first but those who are first to strive and who give their all for the success of the team. True leaders are first to see the need, envision the plan, and empower the team for action. By the strength of the leader's commitment, the power of the team is unleashed" Author Unknown
All summer our son James and I have been traveling back and forth to Austin for him to play tennis at the Austin Tennis Academy and we decided to transfer him to Lake Travis High school and so we've been in a huge life transition this summer.
Fortunately the career I've built for the last ten plus years in Network Marketing is paying us to accomplish some big dreams.
The key is to have a dream that is sooo BIG that it's almost impossible to achieve and then you become the person to achieve the dream.
Because it's not really the dream that matters but the person you become in the process of achieving it and the more that you achieve the bigger your dreams will become and in turn the more you grow into a better person to achieve those BIGGER dreams.
While doing all this driving we've been listening to one of my favorite speakers, a man by the name of Mark Gorman. Mark does business presentations for Network Marketing companies and I had the chance to hear and meet him live at a company event a year ago out in Vegas. (http://www.markgorman.com )
I have most of his CD's and he happens to be the only speaker that my 14 year old son really enjoys listening to!
We started listening to one of his messages titled ?Stop Thinking Like Dirt'. It's based on a proverb in the bible, Proverbs 20 vs 4 which reads -
"A Sluggard does not plow in season; so when harvest time comes he looks.but finds nothing".
The dirt sits and waits for someone to give it something. Do you ever have people you've sponsored who sit around waiting for someone to constantly give them something or DO something for them? And even when you do everything you can to help them it's never enough is it? They're not making things happen, they're waiting for something to happen. There not headed anywhere or trying to go anywhere, they're just trying not to go somewhere.
They wait on their upline, they wait on the people they sponsor, they are waiting for the company to do something, their spouse to give them permission, they are waiting to make money before they'll attend a company event, they are waiting to make money before they will tell their friends and family about their business. They are waiting around like dirt.
Some people are waiting on God to do something before they'll do anything. Guess what? God is waiting for us to do something first!
So when harvest time comes they go out looking and cannot figure out why everyone else is getting harvest and how come they aren't? After all everyone deserves a harvest right? Actually they don't..
Everyone deserves the same opportunity and we all have the same opportunity in Network Marketing don't we? It's a level playing field but everyone doesn't deserve the same rewards. Only those who make things happen deserve the reward.
The farmer on the other hand makes things happen by taking the first step!
The farmer knows he or she has to plant when it's time to plant before they can expect to see a harvest!
The farmer is a business person and knows he or she has to invest in his or her business and knows to do that seeds must be planted in the ground. So what does the farmer do?
The farmer goes to the bank and borrows the money, then goes to the feed store and buys the seed, plants it and then reaps the harvest.
Then do you think the farmer takes the harvest and sits back and enjoys the good life?
Not at all, the farmer then takes that harvest and pays back the bank and buys more seed to plant for reaping an even bigger harvest!
We do the same thing in Network Marketing which when treated like a real business will pay us like a business.
First it's important to invest in our business by buying seed and planting those seeds. Seed buying and planting may require an investment on our part either in time or money or both. How much money depends on how much time we spend and the time frame to become successful in our business enterprise. Then we teach others, our team, to duplicate the same thing so that not only do they reap a harvest but we also reap from their harvest too.
Here's a story from a few years ago about another Mark in a small town in Austin, Texas who was headed for bankruptcy and just about to lose his car and home. Mark wasn't going to sit around like dirt so he looked for a way out and discovered Network Marketing.
Fortunately, he had a wise sponsor. The sponsor gave Mark "THE PROMISE": THIS BUSINESS CAN SET YOU FREE FINANCIALLY IN ONE TO THREE YEARS. But he also gave him "THE REAL PRICE FOR SUCCESS". TO SUCCEED, YOU WILL HAVE TO FACE AND CONQUER 4 MAJOR ENEMIES.
Mark was ready to make things happen like a farmer.
So he invited 200 friends over to his house to watch a video. 80 said NO, not interested. Mark had encountered Enemy #1 - Rejection -
He thought "No problem. My sponsor warned me about that. I've got 120 people still coming over".
50 didn't show up. He had just met Enemy #2 - Deception. Again thinking like a farmer, Mark thought "No problem, my sponsor warned me about that. I've got 70 people who watched the tape".
57 said, Not interested. He had just encountered - Enemy #3 - Apathy From Mark's seed planting, 13 people signed up"!
12 of them dropped out of the business shortly after. Enemy #4 Attrition had left Mark with just one serious associate.
That one distributor went on to create a huge harvest for Mark earning him over $50,000 per month. Today Mark earns hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in passive residual income. All because he chose to not sit around like dirt waiting for something to happen. He went out and made things happen like the farmer and now he's reaping a huge harvest because he planted when it was time to plant!
This story is similar. For years I've been planting seeds, making connections with people everyday online and offline.
Starting online in 1996, I worked very hard to brand and building a presence for the first four years, calling thousands of people hearing thousands of "NO's", one of the main reasons for success is simply because of never giving up. Another reason is because many people eventually joining were from all the seed planting over the years.
Today a nice harvest is reaped because of not giving up in those first four years before the seeds were sprouted.
I had no degrees when starting in Network Marketing, no corporate background, no income of my own, no credibility, no contacts, and not much confidence. After all what else would I be doing for the last ten years, working in some job building someone else's dream? Instead made a decision not to sit around like dirt and to make things happen like a farmer to create a solid career by building a Network Marketing business and an entire team of farmers who are creating a harvest for themselves and in turn reaping the harvest along the way.
Recently another business woman connection was made from an article I wrote five years ago called 'Don't Give It Up Give it Time'. That article is still floating around the Internet. Another seed planted years ago that spouted years later.
What are you waiting for?
Make it happen..
be the farmer..
teach your team to be farmers..
and you will all reap a big harvest.
Sue is a Network Marketing professional and business owner who has been networking, connecting and building relationships online since 1996. She created a full time career in Network Marketing and lives at Lake Travis in Austin Texas with her husband and Aussie dog Titan. Their two son's are gown up and visit often. Co-author of the Direct Selling Women's Alliance book 'Build It Big' - 101 Insider Secrets from Top Direct Selling Experts & trainer on their Mentored by the Master Series CD and contributing writer for The Network Marketing Business Journal, Home Business Magazine and TheNetworkMarketingMagazine.com. She is passionate about helping others to achieve success in their business and interested in health/wellness/fitness and living a gluten free lifestyle. sueseward.com