Congratulations! You've just become
a distributor in a really great
company whose wonderful products will help
people and provide you
with an opportunity to build your dream
business. You have your
marketing brochures & tapes, a supply
of products, support materials
and everything you need to begin your journey.
You are ready.
You and your upline sponsor have set your
goals and mapped out a
plan for you to follow. You've made your
prospect list of the
people you know who may be interested in
hearing about this
exciting opportunity. You're all set. Or
so you thought, until the
time came for you to actually start making
those first cold calls...
Then . . . the fears set in. You began to
imagine all kinds of
negative responses to your enthusiastic
pitch. Rather than risk
possible rejection and the associated pain,
you decided to take
sometime to get better organized. After
all, you rationalize, a
person needs to be well organized to succeed.
So, off you go to
your local office supply store. You carefully
shop for colored
file folders, labels, business cards &
letterhead paper, pens,
new software (you'll need a good data base)
and an endless supply
of other essentials. This can be a death
rattle. Don't do it!
Forget, for now, all the back office things
you could be doing.
They do not matter. What you need now are
customers and prospective
recruits. In my talks about how to start
a business, I explain a
simple three step process to succeeding:
Step 1. Get business cards.
Step 2. Get customers.
Step 3. All the rest.
The truth is it can be:
1. Get customers.
2. All the rest.
Nobody has ever gone broke due to a lack
of office supplies but,
unfortunately, many have failed because
they did not have enough
You must break through your fears and take
action, now! Make some
calls. What is preventing you is the imagined
fear of rejection.
I say imagined because, the truth is, you
may not encounter the
rejection you fear.
Make the pain of not taking the action more
than the pain of the
imagined rejection by listing everything
you will lose out on if
you do not do this. Take a sheet of paper
and list what you will
lose by not taking action, now. What will
it cost you in dollars
and lost self esteem?
On the other side, list all the great feelings
that will come from
your success. Then, decide to go for it!
If your stuck, try this exercise from my
mentors Jack Canfield &
Mark V. Hansen who suggest chanting: Oh,
what the heck. Go for it
anyway! You may feel silly but if it gets
you past the fear it
will be worth it. Once you have begun taking
action, your fears
will begin to subside. You will realize
that hearing no will not
kill you. You will realize that if you keep
asking, you will
begin hearing yes for all sales is simply
a matter of asking
The most successful people in network marketing
often begun with
little more than a telephone, some index
cards, a shoebox and a
burning desire to succeed. As a matter of
fact, to this day many
high income earners in MLM still use a simple
set of index cards
and a telephone. Once you are succeeding,
you can always go and
buy those nice color coordinated file folders.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Donovan is a keynote speaker who has
spoken to hundreds of
business groups and is a member of the prestigious
Speakers Association and is the author of
bestseller, "Handbook To A Happier
Life". His new book, "This
Is Your Life, Not A Dress Rehearsal",
just released, is already
receiving rave reviews ands is in its third
printing. His articles,
book excerpts and a free subscription to
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are available from http://www.jimdonovan.com.
Jim can be reached
at (215) 7943826 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.