There will be obstacles in building a successful network marketing business. The fact of the matter is, there will be obstacles in pretty much anything good you are working to achieve. The key to success is getting past those obstacles. Building a successful home business is well worth the effort getting past the obstacles.

We are in a business where products must be sold if we are to earn commissions. At first, the goal is to get the costs of product and other expenses covered. Whether you are intent on covering expenses or earning a substantial full time income, it all comes down to one thing: marketing or promoting your products.

There will be obstacles. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you are in. It’s just a simple fact of life. Your success depends on how you react to the obstacles that come up. There will be health issues, days when you just have the blahs, family obligations, some family members and friends may disapprove of your business building, starting out with money issues, mindset, self-sabotage and limiting beliefs, marketing methods that fit your style and lots of other things.

One example is finding ways to promote your business or product in a way that feels comfortable and good. Over the years I have seen many distributors who started by trying one or two marketing methods and didn’t see results so they got discouraged and gave up.
There are many ways to promote your business. Some ways work well for one person but for another person, not so much. We all have our own personal style and what fits our personality will be different from what someone else may do. If your marketing does not fit comfortably with your personality, you will not stick with it very long. That is why testing different marketing methods is important. Find out what works and fits your style. If one thing isn’t working, adjust and try again or try something completely new.
An obstacle isn’t something that has to stop you. It just makes you change direction a bit. If you are on a trip headed toward a destination and you come across a Detour or road closed sign, you don’t stop your trip, you just find another route.

Here are a couple things to keep in mind when obstacles come up:

Tap into Success – There are plenty of people who have went through similar obstacles and kept going in spite of it all. Surround yourself with those kind of people. Attend events, listen to audios and other trainings, read books and newsletters. These things will help you have a determined mindset that will be there when the obstacles arise.
Daily Activity – Income producing activity. Not organizing your office or files but productive activity, marketing and promoting your business, getting people to your web site and connecting with prospects. Some days you will do more than others but the key is to keep moving forward, making progress.

A Never Give Up Attitude – This is the attitude that will get you past the obstacles. There is always a way around or over an obstacle. Be determined to keep going and get past the obstacles. Do NOT Give Up!
Keep Testing – Test, Test, Test! In order to find what works, Test, Test, Test! Test different ads and marketing techniques, test headlines, test niches, test what images you are using, Test, Test, Test! I have had distributors tell me advertising doesn’t work after running one ad for a few days. Seriously?? You’re telling me that after one try?? NO! You have to find what works for YOU! Test, Test, Test! 😉
If you stick with it, working a little every day, you have a pretty good chance of getting there.

Here is a great paragraph from a past issue of the Jim Rohn newsletter:
“I picked up a magazine not long ago in New York that had a full-page ad in it for a hotel chain. The first line of the ad read, “We do not teach our people to be nice.” Now that got my attention. The second line said, “We hire nice people.” I thought, “what a clever shortcut!” ”

The title of that article was “Don’t Send Your Ducks to Eagle School.” I remember Jim Rohn saying that in a live event I attended almost 18 years ago when I first started my network marketing career. I didn’t fully grasp what he meant at the time.

Not everyone is going to have success in this business. I have to admit, I have had a bit of a struggle with this one all through my career. I’m over 18 years in my network marketing career and I have seen a LOT of distributors come and go. Some were friends who saw my success and wanted it for themselves, others were friends I met through the process of being their sponsor or upline. I often want success for them more than they want it themselves.

I guess it’s because I have come through hard financial times and network marketing was the solution for me. My network marketing business gave me freedom to work from home and not have to worry about where the money was coming from or how we were going to make ends meet. The best part is that I am not tied to any schedule. I can do whatever I want whenever I want. Because of that, I want others to experience freedom of time and finances.

When I saw the headline in the latest Jim Rohn newsletter, I had to chuckle a bit. Sometimes, in our desire to help people we care about, we expect them to be network marketing eagles. We want them to be eagles because we want success for our friends. Frankly, some will never be network marketing eagles.

As Jim Rohn said, “Good people are found not changed. They can change themselves, but you can’t change them. You want good people, you have to find them. If you want motivated people, you have to find them, not motivate them.”

It may sound harsh but you can’t change people. A duck will never become an eagle. Even eagles may not seem like eagles in the beginning. They need to LEARN to fly. The point is, the network marketing eagle has certain qualities that others do not have, motivation and willingness to learn are on top of the list.

I used to wonder how I would find those eagles but experience has taught me, the eagles will show themselves. You will see a lot of people come through your pipeline if you are actively building your business. Every month I sponsor several people. The eagles show themselves in what they do.

Network Marketing Eagle Traits

  • They are interested in learning from others who have done it. They seek out leaders and find out what they have done to have their level of success. They gather with other eagles to learn eagle traits. This is accomplished by attending events, conference calls talking on the phone with upline leaders and any way possible to learn eagle traits. Even reading emails and articles like this one is in indication that you are a network marketing eagle. The ducks don’t read emails from their team leaders. They either don’t bother to subscribe or they delete because they don’t have the time.
  • They are motivated to succeed and they are workers. Everyone has their own pace but the network marketing eagle is moving forward, making progress every day. They don’t let setbacks stop them from their goal.
  • They take the initiative. They are not waiting for upline to do it all for them. They pick up the phone and call upline leaders who can guide them. They make themselves known as a serious business builder: an EAGLE!
  • Eagles have great vision. The network marketing eagle also has vision. They see what they want and are laser focused on getting it.
  • Eagles do not waste time on dead things. They eat live animals. Don’t wast time in your network marketing career trying to pick at and wake up the dead distributors who are negative and will never do anything. It’s better to go out and find fresh new prospects.
  • Eagles don’t let stormy times get them down. While some birds fly away from a storm, an eagle will fly into it and adjust their wings to allow them to climb to greater heights. The network marketing eagle will take the stormy times and learn lessons that will make them fly higher in their business.
  • Eagles nurture their young. Eagles are very gentle and attentive to their young ones. Network marketing eagles train and encourage their downline so that when they are ready, they can fly on their own.

You can develop these qualities. That’s a sign of an eagle. 😉

I can’t express how important it is to get into a business mindset. I have seen it far too often. Network marketers often get started with their business because they see it as a quick and easy solution to their financial problems. Many even see the possibilities of financial freedom that building a business in network marketing can bring.

Financial freedom is possible but it is not as easy as setting up a web site and expecting prospects and money to automatically start rolling in. It takes consistent, persistent, DAILY work. The business mindset is at the core of everything you do in your business. If you don’t have a business mindset, you won’t have any success in network marketing.

While you are in the business mindset, you also need to think about treating your business like a JOB.

Ask yourself this question: Would your boss keep you around if you worked your job the way you work your Network Marketing business?

The problem with a home based business is that, since you are your own boss, you can do or not do the daily tasks that are required for business success. On a JOB, you have a daily method of operation. If you want to keep your job and thus, earn a living, you must show up for work. Not only that, you must arrive on time.

Even if you don’t feel great, you show up and put in a day’s work.

Even if you aren’t paid very well, you show up and put in a day’s work.

Even if people around you are negative, you show up and put in a day’s work.

Even if you HATE your job, you show up and put in a day’s work.

While you are on the job, you must be efficiently working and producing according to the requirements set out by your employer. If you don’t do that, you get FIRED!

Now, think about how you are functioning in your network marketing business. Would you, as the CEO of your business, hire someone who functions like you or would you fire them?

If people were to put the same type of energy and discipline in their Network Marketing business as they do in their jobs, they would be rich.

It’s very important to have a serious business mindset while also, Daily operations LIKE A JOB.