We all operate with the belief that there is always tomorrow, always enough time. It becomes the perfect excuse to never really start or fully commit. We have a natural tendency to avoid pain, avoid doing the hard work required in building a business. We put off experiencing that initial pain and discomfort.
Of course, as the years pass, or when something happens, whether it is as serious as an illness or as simple as a flat tire, the pain we avoided now looks easy compared to the money we wish we had in the bank, the residual we could use, or the time flexibility we now need.
Our latest book, Million Dollar Year is the story of what could have been the final year in the life of Peter Caswell, a fictional character in an all-too-real, desperate situation. Peter's situation was a result of procrastination, of tasks and commitments put off again and again and always waiting for the "right time."
Peter is an average guy who has dabbled in his network marketing business for a few years. After some shocking news, in his panicked state, Peter calls his sponsor BIG Mike for help as he is finally ready to change his ways. BIG Mike tells him to take a cruise. This is how Peter ends up on the MLM Cruise.
By utilizing the backdrop of the cruise (we've personally been twice) we were able to include insights shared by some of the most successful network marketing professionals in the world. The decision to write the book was based on our desire to share the amazing experiences and revelations we had.
We wanted to share the powerful lessons we learned with those who have never gone and may never go on the cruise. It's the cruise on paper, as best as we could capture it. We took the conversations, people, places and lessons from the on-board training sessions, put them all in a blender, and pushed the button!
One thing Peter learns from the group is that success in network marketing isn't about testing the waters or simply giving it a shot; it's about a deciding what you want, determining the price, and paying it. Every choice we make in life, no matter how big or how small, is either on the path to your goals and dreams, bringing you closer every day, or off the path, taking you further away.
Here is how you can create your own physical path: simply draw a path from the bottom to the top of a sheet of paper. At the top, write your goal. Then think of all the success behaviors that you know will lead you to that goal. Write those inside the path that you drew on the paper.
Next, take a few minutes and think of all the behaviors that you know lead you away from reaching that goal. Write those things on either side of the path. These are your 'off the path' behaviors and usually include things like aimlessly surfing the internet and watching TV!
Keep your path worksheet with you at all times. And when it comes time to make a choice, simply look and see if the action is on the path toward your goal, or somewhere else on the paper, off the path. The more on-the-path behaviors you engage in, the faster and more likely you are to reach that goal.
Tony Robbins has said, "How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?" Based on what we learned on the MLM Cruise, it's all about staying on your path.
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