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,