People enter into the field of network marketing for so many different reasons.
The most common motivations appear to be:
- attraction of a potentially huge income
- loss or impending loss of a job
- a need to stay at home, yet continue to earn
- a need to augment retirement
But there is another one, one that surfaces after the process is well underway, one completely unexpected. This one appears quietly, slipping into your awareness only after weeks, maybe months of effort and work, first as a side effect, but then quickly becoming a powerful motivation to keep moving forward, even on the days that feel like failure. That surprise is the experience of personal healing.
Two years ago I suffered a catastrophic loss that dismantled my life as I knew it. For months I sat on my sofa, wadded up in a blanket, utterly unable to crawl up out of my own personal black hole. Despair became a constant companion, and the spark of life dwindled to a pinpoint. I knew it was going to take something totally new to jump-start my heart, and I prayed daily for the light to return. And it did, but in an unexpected way. I got an invitation to attend one of Dani Johnson’s “First Steps To Success” seminars.
Some instinctual knowing that a door had opened drew me and I got myself moving, pushing through the ravages of isolation to get that event. And once there, I was nearly overwhelmed with being in that room full of busy, active, vibrant people who were filled with purpose. It was exhausting and nearly beyond my strength, but I hung in, because I was alarmed to see to the vast contrast between my very low state, and the aliveness around me. I saw I had help myself, or I would be lost!
The message Dani kept delivering over and over was that we all possess within us a God-given potential to do something great. All we need is commitment and persistence, and association with powerfully positive people. Something within, dormant for long dark months reawakened. Story after story was told by those who had hit their own rock bottom and risen up to triumph. It was a lifeline! Here was a group of people who were walking a path that anyone could step onto, a path of personal healing. I couldn’t see clearly at the time what I needed to do, but her message rang true – Move forward in faith!
One of the hardest challenges of grief is injury to the belief in the goodness of life, and in the value of our own spirit. But the community of successful network marketers directly refutes this. Loss can come in so many forms, different from my particular experience; loss of a job, home, break up of a marriage, illness, any difficult or unwelcome change, or perhaps the struggle against poverty.
The single most valuable advice given at the beginning of this journey was to create a mastermind group. Dani Johnson was my first mastermind mentor. At that early stage in her seminar, I did not even know the term, yet all were powerfully aware of the uplifting impact of being in her field of influence. A great spiritual maxim is, “The mind takes on the color of the company it keeps.”
There is an abundance of other leaders in this field who speak and publish and record and whose ideas are easily accessible: Jim Rohn, Darren Hardy, Napoleon Hill (Think And Grow Rich), Mike Dillard, Brian Fanale, Jim Chao, and Norbert Orlewicz. And there are high quality inspirational movies such as “What the Bleep Do We Know,” and “The Secret.” Listening to the stories of others who just like us started out from a humble place, helped us to grasp we are not any different.
Though I did not personally know any self-made millionaires (well, I did meet Dani!), through books and the internet, studying and listening, I saturated my negative thinking and negative emotions with the positive counter thoughts of my mastermind group. Slowly over time, I am learning how to direct my thinking along the pathways of successful people. And through this, the grief begins to be replaced with hope. I have found purpose!
The year and a half journey since Dani’s first seminar has taken many turns seeking out more teachers and skills. The sun shines so often now that I never doubt these choices, and always the movement is upward, even, when looking back, it did not seem so. Now and again grief washed in to muddy the light. Yet acquiring the skills of getting out there into the world has forged connections with and abundance of positive and committed people and they inspire us to find a voice and the courage to be seen. These potent and supportive mastermind relationships steady the path and help me to keep singing my song, because now the darkness always passes.
If you are in the place of despair, there is hope, there is a remedy. Find your mentors, fbuild your own mastermind group, and allow their positivity to carry you along until you are on your feet again. And one day in turn, your words will uplift others. Click on this link to meet Masterminds who can powerfully transform your life. http://dvdall.mlmtoptraining.com