I have been thinking about passion in relation to business. It is really important that you have passion for what you do. If you don’t, you will find it difficult to achieve success.


In the beginning, when you first get involved with a network marketing business, there is an excitement. You see the possibilities and you feel a new sense of energy. After a while that new excitement wears off. Usually this excitement has worn off before you really get a chance to build your business up to a point where you see any real income.


This is the point where most network marketers jump ship to another program and another shot of new exciting energy.


But what if . . .


What if you stick it out and keep building your business.


What if you keep focusing on what you intend to build.


What if you keep learning and developing your skills and you get better and more comfortable as a business person.


What if that initial excitement grew into a deep passion for the network marketing industry as a whole and helping other people learn how to build their own successful business.


That is what happens to network marketers who stick with it and work on their skills.


It’s no secret that the most successful people love what they do. Once you find real passion for what you are doing, that energy begins to radiate from you in everything you do. You become like a light in a dark room. The people who need what you have will be drawn to you and you will be there to help them.


Your business can be compared to a marriage. Yes, that initial excitement of the brand new relationship is gone but it is replaced with another kind of energy. An energy of love, caring and building something that will take you far into the future.


There is a statistic I have heard many times over the years that only about 3 percent really make any serious income. I don’t know if that percentage is accurate but I do know there is a lot of failure in this industry. It’s not just this industry actually. There are lots of areas where people struggle with success.


Most blocks to our business success are based in FEAR.


I want to share a handy little technique that I learned a few years ago. I use it to help in releasing fear and other negative emotional blocks. It’s called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This is a technique I wish I had known about in the beginning of my business.


EFT is a form of psychological acupressure that uses tapping instead of needles on acupuncture points on the face and body. This tapping is combined with verbalizing the problem.


The originator of EFT, Gary Craig, learned that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system. The energy system is made up of meridians in Chinese medicine. Tapping on these meridian points while focusing on the negative emotion can help reverse the disruption in the energy.


Negative emotions around certain areas of our business end up as obstacles, or blocks to our success. We all have things that make us uncomfortable. For me, when I began my business, I had an intense fear of being a leader. A leader must be visible, in front of the team and demonstrating the way for others to follow.


One childhood trauma that contributed to my fear was being abducted by a stranger. Even though I escaped from my abductor, it left an impression on my subconscious mind and has effected the way I function in all areas of my life. I have had fear of standing out and being noticed. Being too visible felt dangerous for me.


This is a problem when you enter a business where the only way to be successful is to become a leader.


I struggled with being a visible leader for several years. To get the courage to act in spite of my fear, I read lots of books and listened to audios, over and over and over. Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins were a couple of favorites.


Then I learned Emotional Freedom Technique and began using it to release a lot of the negative energy around things in my business as well as other areas of my life.


How to Do Emotional Freedom Technique – EFT


The basic EFT sequence is pretty easy and takes only a few minutes to learn. With a little practice, you will be performing each round in under a minute.


You will be tapping with the fingertips of your index finger and middle finger and with only one hand. Either hand works just as well. Most of the tapping points exist on either side of the body, so it doesn’t matter which side you use, nor does it matter if you switch sides during the tapping.


When you tap on the points outlined below, you will tap about 5-7 times. The actual number is not critical.


The EFT Points


KC = Karate Chop
EB = Beginning of the Eye Brow
SE = Side of the Eye
UE = Under the Eye
UN = Under the Nose
Ch = Chin
CB = Beginning of the Collar Bone
UA = Under the Arm
WR = Inside of Wrists
TH = Top of Head


You can also tap the fingertip points. I sometimes tap these points discreetly when I am in public. Each finger can be tapped at the base of the nail.


Next: Focus On Your Problem


Think about the issue you want to release negative stress around.


The basic EFT setup phrase goes a little like this:


“Even though I have this _____________, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”


The blank above is filled in with a brief description of the negative emotion or other problem you want to address.


While tapping on the Karate Chop Point, say your setup phrase 3 times.

Here are a few examples of EFT setup phrases for business owners:


“Even though I have this fear of being a leader, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”


“Even though I have this fear of success, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”


“Even though I have this fear of failure, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”


“Even though I am not motivated to talk to people about my business, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”


“Even though I have phone phobia, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”


Once you have tapped your setup phrase 3 times, then use a short reminder phrase on the other points.


For fear of being a leader, you could say, “fear of leadership” or whatever short phrase you want that keeps your mind going along that theme.


Don’t get too worried about the exact wording you use. Just focus on the negative emotion you want to clear. There is an EFT technique that I use all the time called “Tap While You Gripe.” You just start talking and tapping. I like this technique if I am really upset about something or if I just don’t know where to start.


You don’t need to say things out loud. You can be thinking the words as you tap. Just focus on the negative emotion while tapping.


I have recently written an E-Book on EFT for Network Marketers and Other Business Owners. Please visit the link if you would like more information on EFT.


Hey! We all have those, don’t we? I’m talking about emotional down times. You know the kind I mean. I’m talking about those times when we just don’t feel like doing anything. Maybe we have been through some crazy times in our personal life or with family members or maybe we are burned out because of a project that consumed a lot of time or maybe it’s all of the above. Sometimes you just get overwhelmed or just plain discouraged.


Recently I went through a one of those down times and it got me thinking about how people handle those down times. I have been in my primary company for 13 years and I have had many periods of down time. We all have ups and downs and that will be reflected in how productive we are at building our business. The important thing is not to slide backwards because of it.


The thing I want to talk to you about is what are you doing with your down time. For me, down time does not mean everything comes to a screeching halt. I ALWAYS do a few things to keep things moving forward. I have a plan of action for those times and I recommend you also have a plan in mind for those times.


Here are a few important things to keep on top of:

    1. Check Email and RESPOND to people asking questions.


    2. Return phone calls.


    3. Check in on Facebook and do minimal tasks like accepting friend requests and RESPOND to direct messages.


    4. Check in DAILY with your company back office. Keep tabs on what is happening in your business.


    5. If you have new members, you need to contact them. Even if it’s just sending an email welcome, don’t neglect that.


I have seen it often in my downline where people go through their down times and they let everything stop. If you are really serious about your business, you must not let things come to a screeching halt. You must do at least a minimal effort to keep momentum going.


Whenever I hit one of those down times I don’t let myself
stay there long. Sometimes you need a little time to take a break,
but not too long. ; )
If you take too long, it is harder to get back on track.


If you have let things come to a stop during a down time, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just pick up, dust yourself off and take a step forward.


Here are a few things I like to do to help myself out of emotional down times:

    1. Listen to music: motivating uplifting music that picks up your mood.


    2. Listen to uplifting and motivating audios. Jim Rohn audios kept me going in down times. I still listen to those.


    3. Curl up with a good book. People today aren’t reading enough. It’s really good for the mind and the emotional state and a great way to relax.


    4. Go for a walk. Do some exercise. Exercise really can help things emotionally and you just seem to feel more positive and motivated.


    5. EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. If you have been reading my newsletters for any length of time, you have heard me mention EFT. It is really powerful tool in dealing with the emotional side of your business.


A couple of EFT resources I use regularly:


Click Here for the EFT Audio Series Money Beyond Belief – These EFT sessions laser focus on your energy blocks to abundance. Removing these blocks will help you build your Young Living Business. I have bought all Brad Yates audios and I have found them very powerful in shifting my energy.


More Brad Yates EFT Audios


We all have our ups and downs. It’s what we do during the down times that determine the level of success we will have. So keep at it and keep your head up.


I wish you loads of forward moving success,


Melodie Kantner