I recently completed my fourth 90 day MLM Challenge of my career. I led two groups, from various network marketing companies through their own 90 day challenge from August 1 to October 31, 2015. I served as the moderator for those two groups and also did my own challenge at the same time.
Here are my major accomplishments during the challenge:
- Personally Sponsored 16 people
- Grew team by 61 people
- Increased bonus check by 30%
- Published 98 blog posts
- Added 802 comments to my blog
- Generated 1,310 leads
- Created 120 podcasts
- Read 16 books
- Sent 193 handwritten notes
- Posted 10-20 updates in each group on Facebook every single day
I spent about 2-3 hours per day on my business during this time.
Things I Did Right
I was consistent, day in and day out, seven days a week for the entire 90 days. I worked every day, never got side tracked and stayed the course. I kept my goals in front of me at all times and did what I said I was going to do.
Things I Did Wrong
As the moderator, my major focus was on helping participants in the 90 day challenge be successful. I spent a large majority of my time helping others. I could have accomplished a lot more had I focused the same amount of time on my own business.
Finally, I made the mistake of setting goals covering things I had no control over, to include helping other people in my team rank advance and expected team growth. I now realize that I should only set goals on what I can personally control based upon my own personal production.
Key Lessons & Takeaways
- You can accomplish a lot in 90 days
- 90 days is a long time
- Small, consistent daily activity compounds over a period of time
- 80-90% of the people who started the challenge did not finish it
- The people who stuck with it had significant growth in their business
- Your goals must be realistic based upon the amount of time you will spend working your business
- It’s important to understand the difference between being busy and being productive
- You should only set goals for things that you can control, such as exposures, plans shown, appointments set, etc.
- Don’t agree to participate in a challenge if you won’t follow through
- For most people a 7 or 30 day challenge would be much more effective than a 90 day challenge
Books I Read During the Challenge
- Attraction Marketing Formula by Ferny Ceballos
- Developing the Leaders Around You by John Maxwell
- No BS Grass Roots Marketing by Dan Kennedy
- No B.S. Wealth Attraction by Dan Kennedy
- The Welch Way by Jeffrey Krames
- Household Gold by Dr. Steve Price
- I, Steve edited by George Beahm
- The Keys to Success by Napoleon Hill
- TimeandMoney.com by Jack Matthews
- An Enemy Called Average by John Mason
- If They Say No, Just Say Next by John Fuhrman
- Double Your Contacts by Michael Durkin
- The System by Don Failla
- The Most Important Minute in Your Network Marketing Business by Ken Dunn
- How to Create a Recruiting Explosion by Big Al Tom Schreiter
- Power Multi-Level Marketing by Mark and Rene Yarnell
What’s Ahead in the Future
I definitely will NOT do another 90 day challenge in the future for people outside of my own team. I’ve found that even when people pay to participate in a 90-day challenge, most people will not follow through with their initial decision. Most people start dropping out by the second or third week. The mere fact that only 10-20% of the people stuck with it really frustrated me.
Doing Your Own 90-Day MLM Challenge
I think that every distributor who is serious about their network marketing business should do at least one 90-day challenge during their career. This will help create excitement and momentum in their business. If possible, team up with someone in your upline and a few members of your downline and do it as a group. Having the support system in place is paramount. We did ours via a Facebook group and that helped some.
In summary, these are my results from doing my own 90-Day MLM Challenge. Overall, I am happy with my own results. Doing your own challenge would be very beneficial for your business. Even if you can’t commit do 90 days, do a 30-day challenge. Also, remember that this business is a marathon, not a sprint. I would much rather have someone be consistent every day for several years, than start out fast with a 90-day challenge and then burn out and disappear.
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.