TODAY'S TIP: When the cheese moves, you move or starve!
One of the best books I ever read when I joined the industry of network marketing was ‘Who Moved My Cheese”. From the very first chapter I got it! At that time the cheese in my financial life had moved, the opportunity I was in started to be less fulfilling. But I was stuck. I was stuck going to the same place to collect a bigger check that did not exist. Going to the same place looking for career satisfaction when that was no longer available for me. The cheese or the opportunity that brought me to that job had simply moved. Due to my lack of willingness to move with the cheese, I continued to show up everyday as if the cheese/opportunity would just appear.
You know what I kept getting caught up in? A trap with no cheese!
This is often what gets us caught in a business opportunity that is not providing us fulfillment anymore. Yes massive momentum, money and recognition may have been there at one time. Maybe when you first joined there was an abundance of opportunity. Timing in this business is everything! Joining at the right time can make you a lot of money. Joining at the wrong time can cost you a lot of money. But staying past your time will slowly starve you until you spiritually die.
Damn was that last statement to harsh? Maybe a bit? But was it true?
How do you identify if the cheese has moved or if you have just lost sight of the cheese?
One way is to ask somebody. There are times when personal situations cause you to believe that the opportunity is all gone from your current business. What may really be happening is that you lost sight of the reason you joined. Maybe the cheese has moved from your sight. You have developed ‘opportunity blindness’.
Yes it happens to the best of us. Opportunity blindness can come from a bunch of things. It can happen because you have lost your drive for the business. You do also know that communicable diseases of the mind are real in this industry? You can easily catch the blindness disease by being around other people that have gone blind to the success that is right there in front of their eyes. Beware of these folks, many of them have been around for a while and are burnt out. But instead of them realizing they are burnt they say the opportunity is burnt. RUN AWAY! These people may be making a huge mistake for a personal reason that has nothing to do with you.
Sometimes the cheese has REALLY moved. You know you have felt it for a while. You just kept telling yourself it was coming back and waited. Maybe you even tried to fake like you were eating cheese because everyone else was faking it too. Either way faking it only lasts so long. You can tell when the opportunity has moved because people start looking emaciated. They may be singing the same praises of the company but their lifestyle and their pockets starts to look really thin.
So what do you do?
FIND THE CHEESE! AKA THE MONEY, CHEDDA, PAPER, DOUGH, MOULA
This is the part that is simple while at the same time hard. The simple part is you are only a few steps from finding where the opportunity has gone.
- It is either in your company and you have gone blind.
- Or it is in a different part of your company and you refuse to change what you focus on or do to make money.
- Or it is gone and it is time for you to leave. The hard part is no one likes change.
What is the language of people who can’t find cheese and starve waiting for it to come back?
You have to learn to listen in order to find out if you are stuck in this group. Every conversation will be about what happened in the past. They will talk about how the meetings used to be or how much money they used to make. They will talk about all the people that used to be on the team. Everyone in this group knows the cheese has moved. It is almost like they are having a séance to magically bring the opportunity back. If you, your business partners or leaders are always talking about the past then they really don’t see the future. Any accomplishment more than six months old is irrelevant. If new things are not happening then it may be over. You don’t get paid to be a damn history major in the mlm game. You get paid to be a person who finds the cheese. You make even more money when you help others do the same.
Look there is no Ouija board magic in this business. You have to make moves towards what you want and not wish it would come back to you.
So figure out your next move.
- Is it another product or service within your current company you should be focused on?
- Are there other people in your company making money doing something new that you have not adapted too?
- Is there a new technique that the successful people are using that has success?
Big key point! There may be something people are doing in the industry, that is working, that you are not doing in your company. Go find that knowledge and see if it works. Then bring it back to your team and see if that revives the success.
Now if you have been banging your head against the wall for a while trying to find the cheese and everyone one around you has been doing the same thing, then maybe it is really gone from your current situation.
Then that means it is time for the great migration. Now fellow networkers don’t get your panties in a bunch at me, please. Let’s keep it real. We know it exists. There are times when a company’s light has dimmed. We know that when a leader or group recognizes the money has moved they may move on. It is the nature of all life. History tells us how the world started in Africa a billion years ago but now billions populate the earth all over. Humans have always moved to be closest to the flow of water. Water in this case is money. If the flow has stopped we find another stream.
Some of the top companies now where built at a time when other top companies failed. That is the circle of life. Let me give this last tip to everyone in our industry. Any move you make, make that move out of a spirit of abundance. When you decide the opportunity has moved for you don’t make that decision for everyone around you. Sometimes there is just enough cheese for those that don’t need much. Other times there are people that stored up so much residual cheese that they don’t need to make a move.
If that is not your situation then I suggest you go find who moved your cheese.
Like for real, go get the book and read it! Then go and find MONEY for real.
If it is in your current company then go to it.
If you have just been blind to it then change your negative thinking and go get it.
If you know it has been long gone then you get long gone and find it elsewhere.
Just don’t stave while you sit in a position of prayer waiting for a source of money to appear. Yes we pray on our knees but even when prayers are answered God has a way of placing it just out of reach so we have to do something to get the blessing.
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