"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
Ever feel like a deer frozen by fear in the head lights?
Sometimes fear of the unknown can make us feel like a deer frozen still in the head lights, not knowing which way to turn. When this happens we get beat up, spit out and left for road kill! I know just how this feels. Throughout the last sixteen plus years in Network Marketing I've experienced challenges, obstacles, been to the mountain top, back down to the valley and climbing up again. Been there, got all the tee shirts and it's been an unbelievable personal growth experience that has led to a successful harvest.
No matter what appears to be happening, the best thing is to keep moving forward, keep on planting seeds and never take no for an answer. No just usually means 'not right now'. Have you tried to approach friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances about your business with no interest what so ever? If your answer is Yes then you're doing something right! You are exposing your business to everyone you know. It's not your concern when someone says 'no' to your opportunity at that time. It's nothing personal, it's just another 'no' in your notch of success belt and you can expect to receive plenty of those throughout your career. Learn to delight in the NO's because they ultimately lead to the bliss of success eventually! The question is do you have the patience to wait for it while you're continuing to do the same things over and over and over and over?
We've all come to expect instant success in our fast paced society. We've grown up in a give it to me right NOW society. If things don't progress quickly enough people just quit and settle for mediocrity.
Do you sometimes feel like you're doing everything you've been trained to do, you've planted tons of seeds, watered them, cultivated them, and it seems like nothing is happening in your business? It's ok! You're normal! I have the faith that in due season we will reap our harvest when we do not grow faint. You've probably read the story about how the bamboo plant grows right? Let me refresh your memory...
The Chinese first plant the bamboo seeds, then water, and fertilize the seeds. That first year, nothing seems to be happening. The second year they continue to water and fertilize the seeds, and still nothing is happening, at least nothing they can actually see. The farmer continues this process for a third and fourth year with no results to show for all their efforts. Then sometime during the fifth year, in a period of approximately six weeks, the Chinese bamboo grows ninety feet tall!
So did the bamboo grow ninety feet in those short six weeks or did it silently grow ninety feet in five years? It's obvious that it grew ninety feet in five years. What if the farmer had grown faint in that first year and decided not to water or fertilize because he saw nothing happening? There would be no bamboo crop for him and his family to capitalize on!
The same thing can appear to be happening with our children. We do everything good and right and nothing seems to be changing and then one day they amaze us! Our son Luke is an example of this and we're very proud of him. He just graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force base and is now training at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo at age 25 and has aspirations to become an officer. He went through some insurmountable challenges and obstacles during his training and never gave up even when it seemed like it was impossible. He never stopped believing! For years we prayed and wondered when is he ever going to spout wings and fly!
Keep on planting your seeds, stay diligent and consistent in your efforts and carefully tend to your gardens. Be patient, do not grow weary and persevere even though it seems nothing is happening because when you are just about to throw in the towel your crop will sprout up!
Do not let unforeseen negatives drown you or make you feel like there's no hope for success. Grab hold of everything positive, keep planting and cultivating your seeds and then harvest your dream crop!
To Your Success,