How to Keep Your Focus When Life Gets Crazy
I hear it all the time: “I’m going to get focused on my business again when life calms down a little.”
Whether it’s the hectic summer season, the busyness of back-to-school, coordinating the holidays, or those major life transitions that can happen at any time of the year, it seems like life if never just “routine”. It can be easy to let the urgent demands of day-to-day take precedence over your business, especially when you don’t have a boss telling you when and where and how to show up. I’m here to tell you, if you want to build a successful network marketing business you simply cannot allow that to happen.
Believe me, I get it. It’s so easy to let your little “side gig” take the back seat when life gets busy. But life is always busy. On any given day we have a million distractions vying for our attention… they come in the form of kids, spouses, well-meaning friends, household chores, minor “emergencies”, an illness, a flat tire or an appointment with the cable guy. I could literally go on and on.
People will tell you, if you treat your business like a business it will pay you like a business, but if you treat it like a hobby it will pay you like a hobby. The problem is most people are more committed to their hobbies than they are to their businesses. They’re committed to their favorite tv shows, their evening glass of wine or their Sunday afternoon naps. The term “business” implies flexibility, time freedom, and “being your own boss” and while those things ARE benefits of owning a business, they are a privilege, not a right.
The reality is, if you want to build a full-time income with your business (or even earn just a few hundred dollars a month), you need to be prepared to treat your business like a J-O-B.
If this is freaking you out, good. Too many people fail in this business because they have the unrealistic expectation that they can work it whenever and however they want… working at random and filling their hours with busy work vs income producing activities.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of any boss that would keep an employee around who worked in such a way. People show up for their jobs every day regardless of what’s going on in their personal lives because if they don’t, they’ll get fired. Even more, they are expected to fill those hours with the activities that fit their job description… browsing facebook and reading training articles isn’t going to cut it.
As a network marketer you get to CHOOSE which hours you work, but the point is you still have to choose. And in those hours you need to be in income-producing activities: meeting new people, sharing your product/business with those you’ve already met, following up and training your new consultants. Everything else is just noise.
My business changed the day I realized that each time I said ‘yes’ to something that took time away from building my business I was actually saying ‘no’ to the life I wanted to create. I was saying ‘no’ to my goals, my dreams, my future. Those trivial daily distractions become much less important when you start looking at them in this way — every time you say ‘yes’ to something you are saying ‘no’ to something else. Suddenly it becomes incredibly easy to say no to that unscheduled lunch date, or those errands you could actually take of at a later time.
Am I saying you should never go to lunch or run errands during the day? Absolutely not. I take time for myself every single day… whether it be time to sit and read a book, or go ride my horses, or catch up with a friend, but I don’t do those things during the times I have scheduled myself to work. When I do, I’m saying those things are more important than the legacy I’m working to build.
So how do you do it? How do you maintain your focus and consistently work your business in the midst of a busy life?
The answer is discipline. Or to take a phrase out of Nike’s book: You just do it.
If people chose to only show up to their J-O-Bs when they were feeling excited and motivated you wouldn’t see many employees in the office. There would be no one to answer the phones when you called to make a doctor appointment, and forget having anyone to take your order at your favorite drive-through.
People show up for their jobs because they understand if they want to get paid, they have to be there. If you want your business to pay you, you must show up consistently and do the things you know you need to do. The good news is if you take the right actions consistently over a long enough period of time, your business will continue to reward you with more income and more freedom.
Treat your business like a J-O-B and it will reward you like a business… giving you more freedom than you can imagine.
Not feeling motivated? Do it anyway.
Have a lot going on this week? Do it anyway.
Family visiting from out of town? Do it anyway.
Set hours for yourself and commit to a daily method of operation you’ll commit to no matter what. It doesn’t take that much time, it just takes discipline.
Not sure what your daily method of operation should look like? I share the 6 actions I take in my business every day, along with the 7 secrets I wish I’d known when I first got started that can help you grow your organization faster than ever in my latest eBook, Secrets from Growing Up MLM. You can actually grab your FREE copy here.
The commitment isn’t that big, but you do have to commit. Your commitment to consistent daily action will be the difference between your success or failure in your business.
So how do you maintain keep your focus when life gets crazy? You just do.
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