Copyright 2006 Dr. Eileen Silva
Have you ever wondered if it would be possible to find the career of your dreams? What if you could — without consideration to the education, talent, or attributes you feel might be needed — design a future for yourself and your loved ones that included everything you ever wanted to accomplish in a career? Well . . . the good news is . . . its possible! Most people dont do it because they dont know how, or they are not willing, to take these four easy steps, which lead to dream fulfillment:
Step #1. Visualize yourself successful in your dream career one year from now. In other words, begin with the end in mind. Let your mind explore all aspects of your dream job performance. Now, simply bring yourself backward in time to the present day, stopping each month, noting what activities would be going on and jotting them down. Now, you have a list of activities from months 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and this month. What do you need to be doing today, then, that is necessary to form your dream career? Since you are likely already in your own networking home-based business, Im going to take a middle-of-the-road approach and say that you will want to be earning $10,000 a month in a year and be full time in your business. Your distributors will number 500+, and you will have the full support of your family. Your children will stamp brochures, prepare orders, and make deliveries, if necessary. Your spouse will have let go of all resentment about your freedom and will be enjoying, with you, the financial and emotional rewards of owning a life.
You all will look healthy, vibrant, and successful. You will charismatically attract those you want, rather than trying to persuade all the passers-by. You now need to organize the work schedule that arises from this mental exercise and start executing it on a daily basis, without fail.
Step #2. Choose your mentor, and then volunteer your services with someone who is already successful at what you want to do. Become tireless in mastering all that you can, and avoid the tendency to improve on anything until you have produced and mastered it exactly as first presented (this one is tough for most of us). This step is a real time saver and perhaps your whole success could hinge on it. Lets face it: most of us are constantly reinventing the wheel in MLM — working on our own trainings, brochures, flyers, etc. Just remember this: in 1987, my husband, Taylor Hegan, and I developed a huge organization, with over $21,000 in income our first month, and we launched a new company here in the United States — all with only a single typewritten brochure, which had almost no information in it.
It is more important that you be a certain way, than it is that you do a certain thing, if you really want your career in MLM to blossom. Your mentor will be the one to keep you on track in distinguishing the difference between being and doing, so if you want your ideal career to be immersed in high integrity, as well as high-income production, youll need to be sure this persons ethics are firmly in place. Besides being a dollar cruncher who can drive income, your mentor needs to embody the elements of service that youre looking for.
Step #3. Divide the masteries you need into small steps that you can handle. It comes back to the old — How do you eat an elephant? — One bite at a time. metaphor.
If, for example, you can see that you will need to learn how to do an effective phone presentation, and you are terrified of that, you should begin your mastery by simply setting a phone appointment for your prospect to meet your sponsor on the phone. Then, all your sponsor has to do is to make the pitch.
Recently, a distributor landed a half hour radio interview for me just like that. He had no idea how to get me on the radio, but he was willing to learn. I coached him, and as soon as the phone call (which went great) was over, he said, Boy, that was easy! You two hit is off so well that I didnt really have to say another thing after I introduced you.
Maybe your lesson in all this is to learn to work smarter, not harder. For some reason, most distributors fail to utilize the power of that third party credibility, which is just more exciting than simply speaking with one person.
Step #4. Get your family to create a dream list and make the fulfillment of that list a priority, as you become successful in your home-based career. If, for example, your wife would like to quit her job and manage the home and family full-time, then earmark a significant portion of your growing income for her job salary replacement. She will be more supportive of evenings out and Saturday trainings, if her dream fulfillment is your dream motivator. In addition, if your children want the skating or tennis lessons that your additional income will provide, then theyll be a lot more supportive..
In fact, one of my favorite reasons for people being in a home-based business — other than it being the last bastion of tax relief left in America today — is that it is one of the only careers where every member of the family can participate and contribute on some level. We all can relate to the dream of the family that works together and plays together, then stays together.
It is time for you to take your commitment up a few notches to a degree of real passion — and then, go for it! You can, and should, control your own destiny, with the implementation of these four easy steps, because if you dont, someone else will. It really comes down to this: either you will fulfill your own career dreams or you will work your whole life to fulfill someone elses. Which would you prefer?