Surviving MLM, or the PC word, Network Marketing
Find a way to support each other. One of you just joined a company that may have you thinking differently. Don’t lose someone because you change overnight and expect them to change or accept the new you right away.
I am not saying just because you join a company you will do or die in the marriage area. But I am saying that sometimes a new venture will test the strength of a relationship. Create a safety net off the top. In my 20 years of coaching people in the industry I have seen relationships fail and many succeed to a greater level. The ones that succeed, and grow even stronger, embrace the idea of mutual support and room for both people to grow at different paces. The people that fail say things like “my spouse was holding me back.” But did they hold you back or did you leave them back? When you jump off the mountain and grow wings on the way down it is usually because you went to some event, heard some call, or saw the light in your opportunity. But did your spouse see the same thing? Did you take them with you to hear what you heard? Did you allow them to meet the people that inspired you to join? Did you make a plan to get support, in your new venture, from the partner your life?
Off the top you need to sit down and make a plan for support.
- Let your spouse/partner know that you are going to start reading and thinking bigger.
- Allow your spouse to tell you when you are talking way too much about this new venture; they may be saying they just need some “you time”.
- Enroll your spouse in the vision of success by telling them your WHY, in terms of what goals you have that will benefit your spouse and/or family.
- Find something your spouse is interested in or is doing. Make sure you support them as much as you want them to support you.
- Create a schedule so that your new venture does not steal every moment from the people you love. Don’t go so overboard that you ruin a relationship.
- Plan a reward at the end of a goal. Something like when I create this much additional income we will go do__________? Or we will travel to_______?
When I was first joined the industry of network marketing I was very young. Immediately the leaders of the company were talking about books I had never read and motivational speakers I had never heard of. So I dove in, just as you probably did when you joined.
Challenge #1 I sounded like a crazy person to my spouse. I went from talking about the daily mundane things in life. To all of a sudden I dropping positive quotes and phrases. It was like being a sinner on Saturday and waking up talking like a preacher in the pulpit on Sunday. Wait that sounds like some people I know lol Clearly I had changed overnight and expected everyone to change around me. Either way you could be moving too fast. Your personal development journey could be a journey pulling you away from your spouse or the ones closet to you.
Now there is always the person that says to the spouse, “catch up!” But is that really fair? Rarely do two people grow together at the same time in the same direction. People often grow when the pain of staying the same is greater than the fear of change. Your partner may have already gone through a season of change and you may have been in your comfort zone. They allowed you time. So allow them time.
Take a deep breath. Enjoy your journey and make sure you find ways to let the ones that love you, enjoy it with you. I remember going for a trip and telling my spouse that if she let me really focus, we would take that dream trip together. So what did she do? She started to let me run, asked me how it was going, and took an interest in my progress. On the trip she got to meet my new business partners. She was able to see they were not mlm crazies, but real people. No she did not decide to join the business right away. But she did have more a respect for the company I was in. The support grew. That’s is how you grow. Grow together!
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