Doing the job at hand


Focus or procrastination


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Have you ever sat down to do some work and you just sit there? You just don’t feel like doing what you know needs to be done. I hate when that happens to me. I find that it leads to a lot of wasted time. I am a believer in the old saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” but there is work to be done!


No one can work 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.


For me, these times happen because of one of three things is going on in my life. I’m either too tired to work, I’m distracted or I’ve given myself too much work to do and not enough time to do it.


I’m too tired!


This is, no doubt, my number one reason why I don’t feel like doing the work that I need to do. I tend to not sleep very well, at times. I go to bed too late and wake up too early. There are times when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep because I start to think of all the things I need to get done that day. My mind can race and the next thing I know, I’ve gotten 3 hours of sleep. That’s not nearly enough to function all day. On those days, I’m good for about 3 or maybe 4 hours of work before I’m too tired to do anything else.


Believe me, I have way too much to do every day to get it all done in 3 or 4 hours.


I’ve found a reasonable solution to this problem. I take a “power nap,” in the early afternoon. I used to think that naps were for little kids, but one day I just had to lay down. I laid down on my living room floor, just to rest and the next thing I knew I was waking up. I had fallen asleep for about 20 minutes. It took me about 15 minutes to fully wake up, but when I did I was ready to go for another 3 or 4 hours. That’s a total of 6 to 8 hours of working time and I can usually get everything done in that amount of time.


I’m distracted!


I run 4 different businesses. I have lots of things to do every day. I do the best I can with dividing up the day so I can work on all of them during the day. I have times when the business get overlapped in my mind. I’m working on one business and I’m thinking about what needs to be done on another one.


The phone rings a lot and I get distracted by that. I have kids and dogs running around the house and they can get me distracted. Just about anything going on inside the house can potentially be a distraction.


The solution I use for this is to block out my time. I devote 2 hours to each business per day and each business gets a specific time to start and finish. I work in two businesses in the morning and break for lunch and my nap. Then I work on the other two businesses in the afternoon.


I do have to solve problems during the day for all of the businesses, as they come up. That in itself can throw the entire day off the tracks, but I do the best I can to minimize the time lost because of those problems.


too much to do


I have too much work to do!


I usually only give myself the amount of work that I can do in a 2 hour block of time. Of course, the best laid plans often go awry. When something comes up and I can’t finish everything that I need to get done on that day, I try to finish it the next day. There have been many times when this happens several days in a row. That creates a logjam and I have a problem getting motivated to do all of that work in one day. It’s a case of, “I know I can’t do it all, so why should I do any of it?”


If I get to that point I usually just finish the work from the previous day and take the day off for the new day’s work. Yes, that means I’ve lost a day, but I figure it’s way better than having a bad attitude and missing several days or more. The last thing that I want is to miss enough days to break my habits. That could spell disaster.


Those are the 3 mains reasons that I get off track and don’t do the work that I know needs to get done every day. Do you have days like that? What are your reasons for procrastinating? Let me know in the comments section below and we can see if we can find a solution for that problem.



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Is security overrated?


Is security just too comfortable for you to ignore?




Security? What’s that? Well, it can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It would seem that security means that you don’t have to worry about things. For most people, having a good paying job means security. You have enough money to pay the bills, save some money for the future and have enough money to go on vacation every summer.


Most people are satisfied with that kind of life. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that kind of life. Being comfortable and being secure means a lot to most people.


Those people may never struggle financially, but they will also have a tough time getting rich. A good paying job traps you were you are. You’ll be comfortable, but you’ll have a near impossible time getting ahead, financially speaking. Your boss will pay you enough money to get you to your comfort zone, but they don’t want you to be able to “escape” those financial handcuffs.


You may have heard that the most secure place on earth is inside a prison cell. No one can get to you to hurt you, but there is no escape.


The type of people who are looking for security won’t be interested in owning their own business. Owning a business is “too risky” for them. It’s true that if you can’t make a go of a business that you could struggle, mightily.


There’s really no security in owning a business. You’re at the mercy of your clients. If they have financial problems those problems will trickle down to the business owner. That does make owning a business, risky. It can be scary knowing that you’re future is tied to your clients. However, is that any different than having a job? Your company has clients that it relies on to get their money and that’s where your salary comes from. If the company’s clients have problems, they’ll all trickle down to your company. This may make it difficult for your company to give you a raise and the company may find it necessary to fire you if they aren’t profitable enough. You could be downsized, you could be outsourced or offshored or you could just be replaced by a robot. Is your job really secure? Even if you’re able to get a raise, will it be anything more than a cost of living raise? A cost of living raise just keeps you even with inflation. If they decide to skip a raise for you, then you’re losing ground. Your purchasing power is eroding every time this happens.


It seems like there isn’t anything that really offers security. Your job might not be secure and owning a business might not offer you any more security than your job.


do you want the comfort of security


What about having both a job and a small, home based business?


Maybe you can create a supplemental income or maybe you go crazy with a business and get rich. You have a 50-50 shot at success in any business.


Should you own your own business?


The worst thing that could happen is that you spend money on your business and you lose that money. What most anti-network marketers forget to mention is that you can deduct those expenses on your income taxes from your job. Yes, losing money in a business does cost you money, but not as much as you would think. You would need to talk to a tax professional to find out how much those deductions would be and to figure out if that lowers the risk enough to let you have your own business.


Security, especially “job security” is a thing of the past. It’s not 1950 anymore.


Is it worth the chance to own your own business? The rewards can be great, but you are relying on your wits. Will you escape your comfortable life and try to hit the big time or is being comfortable enough for you?


In my opinion, if you settle for a life of security you’ll miss all of the passion that life can offer!



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Is everyone a prospect for your network marketing business?

Finding prospects for your network marketing business


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Nearly every sponsor that I’ve ever had told me that everyone is a prospect for either the products or the business. I just needed to figure out which person wants the products and which would be good at the business. I can tell you that this advice never worked out for me.


Have you been told something similar, during your career? If so, how did it work out for you?


If that kind of advice doesn’t work out for most people, why would a sponsor tell that to their recruits? I guess that they don’t really care if you get rejected because you might actually stumble upon someone who is really good at network marketing. If you don’t find that home run hitter and you quit the business, it’s no big deal because most people are going to quit this business anyway.


Why would anyone think that everyone is a prospect?


I can understand that thought. What do we have to offer? We offer a chance to make a lot of money, we offer the chance at time freedom and we have products that are supposed to be of superior quality. Who doesn’t want more time and money? Who wouldn’t want the benefits that our products can give them? Doesn’t it stand to reason that everyone would be a prospect?


In theory, I guess everyone is a prospect.



In the real world, I would think that there are between 70% and 80% of people who don’t have any interest in owning a business. That leaves us with 2 or maybe 3 people out every 10 that are real prospects for our businesses. It seems everyone would like more money, but not everyone is willing to do anything about it.


It depends on what type of products that you are trying to sell as to how many people would be real prospects for them. If you are selling jewelry or makeup, you could be eliminating as much as 50% of the population. If you are selling weight loss products, you’re probably eliminating 20% of the population. You may be selling a health and wellness product that every could use, but you are still left to find people who care about their own health. Not everyone gives their health a second thought … until it’s gone.


The bottom line is that not every is going to interested in what you have to offer.


It’s your job to go out and find those people who are interested in improving their lives.


Ray Higdon says that you need to find the people who are “open” to the idea of making more money. Dale Calvert says that “you need to find the right person at the right time in their lives.”


This is the reason why I don’t like prospecting. It’s not like you can walk through the mall and trip over everyone who is interested in what you have to offer. If you prospect people to find leads, you need to go into it knowing that there are only 2 or 3 people that might be interested in your business and it might not be the right time for them.


I prefer to advertise my network marketing business


I prefer to advertise what I have and let people contact me about it. There’s a lot less rejection that way. The number of people who are interested will be the same, it’s just that someone who advertises will only have the 2 or 3 people out of that 10 calling them. Those are people who at least think that it’s the right time and that they have an interest in making more money.


I don’t care what anyone says, facing less rejection is a good thing!



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