Great expectations.

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Jul 29 2015

Great expectations.

My network marketing company produces supplements. I just had the flu…which turned into pneumonia.

Does that mean my products don’t work?

I don’t think so.

I think illness is a part of life and although good supplements and a good diet clearly improve the body’s biochemistry, there are other factors which influence health.

Being stressed, tense or unhappy harms health no matter how many supplements and green smoothies you force down while holding yoga poses.

My health has changed a lot since using good supplements. My energy is much higher, I get the flu once every three to five years instead of twice a year, and I don’t get crippling migraines each month anymore.

That’s made a massive difference to the quality of my life. It’s not perfect, but it’s much better. It’s good compared to what I had before.

It got me thinking about the really common expectations that circulate around perfection in network marketing.

For example the idea that because I’m taking these supplements I should never get sick, and most definitely never get REALLY sick, if they really work.

But that’s magical thinking. It creates a prison out of your business, where you’re no longer allowed to be human.

Your company can’t produce merely life changing products and income, it has to somehow produce perfectly life changing products and wealth. Anything less than perfection means it doesn’t work at all.

The good news is you can choose authenticity and still be compelling as you describe or represent your opportunity. In fact you become more believable.

It’s ridiculous to throw out all the good things your company can do in your life because someone’s experience hasn’t been perfect.

But our expectations can be so high, especially around income, that we do just that. And we lead our prospects to have such expectations too.

Give your business a break.

Maybe your products improve your health, but they don’t bullet proof it.

Maybe you’re making extra income from your half assed, inconsistent effort with your company, but that kind of effort hasn’t retired you on a 6 figure income.

It’s still good in the scheme of things.

Yes strive to improve your results. But stop insisting on perfection. And please don’t strive to pretend everything is perfect because you think that’s what other people want.

A perfect image, even if you achieve it, doesn’t feel the same as a truly rich and fulfilling life.

Share your thoughts in the comments below – have you been afraid to be human as you build your business?  Have you been asking too much of your company?  Are there ways you could be more yourself on this journey?

See you on the road,
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Hi, I'm Helen Jamieson, the author of The Networker - a novel created from experiences on the road to creating over USD $1million with my network marketing business. The book is a fable, a novel, about Sally, a feisty mother of two young children. Sally's feeling exhausted by her job, her lack of money and her negative spouse. Surely successful people didn't have to deal with obstacles like hers? The story follows her into, under and round those obstacles on her quest to take back control of her life using network marketing.

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  • “A perfect image, even if you achieve it, doesn’t feel the same as a truly rich and fulfilling life.”

    This really resonates – the people I connect with most in life and business are not afraid to show the messy side of it all, to show that they are real and human. Bringing our imperfections to light can be challenging but I do believe the rewards are worth it. Thanks for the post

    July 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm
    • I’m glad that resonated Christine – you’re right, those who have the courage to live their OWN version of a rich life just feel so much more satisfying to be around!

      August 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

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