What Holds You (and other people) Back in Your MLM Business?

Everyone who joins our industry WANTS what it offers.

Can you blame them?

After all, who doesn’t want time and money freedom?

It’s very appealing.

However, once people actually join the industry something weird happens.

They might dream about the money and time freedom.

They might even “think” about their business 24/7, but most of these people do very little, if anything at all, to actually move their network marketing business forward.


Well, it happens for many reasons.

My goal today is to answer that question to the best of my ability, so you can get out of your own way and help others do the same thing.

As I see it, everyone has SOMETHING that holds them back.

Everyone has some type of “mental” obstacle to overcome.

I’ve had many obstacles to overcome myself, and it took me many years to make it happen.

Success always comes with a price.

It’s something you have to fight for and work for.

If success in life was easy, everyone would do it!

After being involved with and studying this great industry for more than 14 years now, here are the most common things I’ve found that hold people back.

mlm success meme# 1 Fear of Failure

This might just be the # 1 thing that holds people back in network marketing and life in general.

From the time we were small children we have been taught that failing is bad.

God forbid we try something new and fail.

After all, what would people think about us if we failed at something?

The Solution: Realize that every successful person in every endeavor has failed many, many times before they ever achieved success.  After all, you can’t succeed your way to success.  Instead, you must fail your way to success.

# 2 Fear of Rejection

People are scared to hear the word NO.

People are scared to be rejected.

Not everyone, but most people are.

People worry about what other people will think and say about them.

Solution: Take a moment and think back to when you were a young kid.  When you heard the word NO that never stopped you from what you were trying to get.  You would persist until you got a YES.  You must realize that when people tell you NO, or reject you, it’s nothing personal. They’re just saying NO to what you are offering them.

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# 3 Fear of Success

Many people actually fear success.

They fear what they will achieve.

They fear the extra income.

They fear who they might become on their journey to success.

They fear losing their friends.

Solution: Embrace success.  Realize that the person you become on your journey to success is the best reward you will ever get.  Success should be your goal in life, whatever it might mean to you.

success meme 2# 4 Negative or Unsupportive Spouse

This is a VERY common thing that holds a lot of people back in the network marketing industry.

In most cases, one spouse is excited about the business opportunity and the other spouse is negative about it.

Many spouses are downright cruel and give their partner ultimatums if they join this industry or do anything different, other than their day job.

In only about 1 in every 100 cases are both partners excited about the business (my experience).

Solution: Talk with your spouse.  Let them know what your dreams are.  Explain WHY you want to do the business in the first place.  Have them give you a probationary period for your business.  Ask them to at least be neutral.

# 5 Comfort Zone

We all have a comfort zone.

I do.

So do you.

Sometimes it’s very hard to step out of our comfort zone and do things that make us uncomfortable.

This is normal and is something everyone must deal with.

After all, we are all creatures of habit.

Solution:  Get in the habit of trying new things every single day.  Go to different restaurants.  Drive a different way to work.  Hang out with some new people.  Try things you wouldn’t normally try.  You will quickly discover that your comfort zone is holding you back from many new and exciting experiences.

# 6 Low Self-Image or Worthiness Issues

You would be amazed at how many people in the world have low self-esteem and worthiness issues.

I see it every day.

People don’t think they are worthy or deserving of success or happiness, for whatever reason.

Solution: If this describes you, see a medical professional, counselor, minister or doctor.  Get help if you need it.  You are worthy.  You are deserving.  Stop selling yourself short.

mlm priorities meme# 7 The Business is Simply Not a Priority

If the business is not a priority for you, you will find an excuse to justify your inaction.

If it is a priority, you will find the time to get things done.

Show me someone’s calendar and checkbook and I can quickly show you someone’s priorities.

Solution: If you really want to succeed in your business you must make it a top priority.  That means you must schedule time to build your business every single day, no excuses.  It should be the next priority after your faith, family and job.

# 8 This Business Isn’t for Everyone!

There, I said it.

Network marketing is not for everyone.

Not everyone is cut out to succeed in sales or owning a business.

If it’s not for you, that’s fine.

It doesn’t mean you are a failure or quitter.

Solution: Before you decide to throw in the towel and quit for good, make sure that you HONESTLY gave it your best and you gave yourself a fair chance to succeed.  Until you’ve been in the business at least two years and shown at least 100 people the plan, I believe you have not given it a fair chance.

My Tip for You

Evaluate yourself in each one of these areas and figure out what is really holding you back from success.

Come up with a simple game plan to help you overcome each obstacle.

Talk to your sponsor or upline and get some suggestions from them about what you could do.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.

These are the 8 things that hold most people back in their network marketing business.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

What holds you back?


What are you doing to fix it?

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. Have a great day.

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2 thoughts on “What Holds You (and other people) Back in Your MLM Business?

  1. Greg Boudonck

    As I see it Chuck, you hit the nail on the head, and I really love that you added the last one. It is true, the business is not for everyone…If it were, everyone would jump in.

    I would add that it is still a good thing if you stay a customer. Because as I am seeing, you would not have joined if you did not like the products. Also, by staying a customer, if things change, it will be easy to jump back in to being a distributor.

    This was some well laid out words Chuck, and I believe we all could find areas that fit our molds. The key is overcoming those fears.


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