In today’s post, I want to talk about habits of successful network marketers. A habit is “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” It’s something that you do frequently, even if you don’t realize it. It’s second nature, something ingrained in you that you do without thinking about.
Watching television is a habit. Going to the gym every day is a habit. Saving money is a habit. What you buy when you go grocery shopping is a habit. Reading daily (or not doing it) is a habit. Smoking is a habit. Eating healthy is a habit. Eating junk food is a habit. How you drive to work each day is a habit.
I’ve learned that we are all creatures of habit. We drive to work the same way each morning. We go to bed at the same time each night. We wake up about the same time each day. We eat certain foods week in and week out. We do the same thing most weekends. We are attracted to certain types of people.
Some of our habits are good and some of our habits are bad. Ultimately, our habits will determine where we end up in life. Good habits can lead to good things and bad habits will lead to bad things. Successful people form good habits.
Fortunately, we have the ability to change our habits and form new ones. No, it’s no easy to do and it’s not always fun, but it is possible. How long it takes to form new habits will vary from person to person. Some people could do it in as little as a few weeks and other people might take 90 days or more to form new habits. I consider that a small sacrifice to do something that could change your life for the better.
When it comes to network marketing, you need to develop certain habits if you want to become successful. When you study the top earners in our industry you will notice certain habits they have in common, to include:
- They are open minded
- They learn from their mistakes
- They rarely complain
- They like people
- They work their business every day
- They look for the positive in things
- They are busy and productive
- They focus on the money producing activities
- They utilize their own strengths, talents and abilities to build their business
- They schedule and manage their time effectively
- They have self discipline
- They don’t make excuses; they accept responsibility for their business
This is just a short list of the success habits that came to my mind. I’m sure there are many other winning habits as well.
One of the best things you can do is evaluate your current habits. For a few days, write down what you do each day. How much television do you watch? Do you exercise? What foods do you eat? Do you read every day? Do you set goals? How much do you complain? What time do you wake up and go to bed? What clothes do you choose to wear? How much time do you work your network marketing business each week?
Evaluate yourself in each one of these areas and try to come up with a list of your good habits and bad habits. Once again, we all have good and bad habits.
The next step in the process is to make a list of habits that you want to develop to help you move your MLM Business forward. Don’t pick too many things, but come up with three to five new habits that you would like to develop that will get you to take action consistently and grow your business. Here are a few examples:
- Plan out each day
- Contact five people per day
- Read for 20 minutes every day
- Call two team members each day
- Spend 10 minutes on product education every day
- Make 3 phone calls every day
- Follow up with 2 prospects every day
Once you’ve completed your list, rank them in order of importance. Start with your number one new habit that you want to develop and focus on that habit for the next 30 days. For example, if you want to form a habit of reading for thirty minutes every day, make a commitment to read for 30 minutes every day, for the next 30 days. By the time the 30 days are up, your new habit should be ingrained in your mind. If it’s not, do it again for another 30 days.
After you’ve formed your new habit, move to the next habit on your list that you want to form and continue this process. Within a year or so, you should have your new habits formed and be well on your way.
The bottom line is that our habits will ultimately determine where we end up in life. We all have the ability to get rid of bad habits and form new habits. No, it won’t always be easy or fun to do, but if it’s important to you I know you can make it happen.
What are your thoughts? What do you do to form new habits? What habits do you think top earners in our industry have? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.