PART 1: 7 Common Behaviors That Can Hurt Your Chances of Achieving Success in Your 
Network Marketing Business

When it comes to changing habits, some are relatively easy to change while others are much more difficult to change. One single behavior (good or bad) can lead to other behaviors and actions which can either help or hurt your business. This cycle, when repeated, can form a mode of repeated patterns that can determine your success when building your network marketing business.

If you recognize the below traits in yourself, there is no need for alarm. If you truly want to modify your behavior, you can change the more unfavorable parts of your personality and develop habits that can help you become successful in your network marketing business.

Below is Part 1 of a 2-part article: 7 Common Behaviors That Can Hurt Your Chances of Achieving Success in Your 
Network Marketing Business. Check back next week for Part 2.

These attitudes can hurt your business.

1. A Negative Attitude.

What you think is critical to the action steps you take in your network marketing business. There are people who truly believe they can become so successful that they can make a positive difference in the world. At the other end are people who believe they have no control or choice over the things that happen to them. They feel pushed around and take on a victim mentality. To shift your attitude from no control to being able to believe that you have control over your life and business:

  • Devote 30 minutes each morning meditating and journaling about truly riding in the driver’s seat of your life. Repeat this process at least five times per week for three months, and notice the changes within.
  • Do not let regrets ruin your life. You may have some past regrets that you can reverse. Others are simply not reversible. The goal is to look back at your regrets and consider the lessons you learned, and realize that you are free to create an incredibly successful future from the regrets of the past.
  • Look closely within to find the self-discipline you need to be successful, because self-discipline is truly the key to personal freedom, which leads to success. If you are struggling with self-discipline, look within and consider the steps you need to take to become more self-disciplined. The path could be anything from changing the way you eat to changing the approach you take to scheduling your day. Press on, because nothing can take the place of self-discipline and persistence.

2. Poor Planning.

The majority of business owners you meet will tell you that daily, weekly, monthly and annual planning is critical to business success, but few business owners actually spend the amount of time they need to on planning. To break out of the cycle of reacting to planningThe key to successful planning is to make a solid plan for your business addressing these six questions:

  1. What are your goals, and what do you want your end results to look like?
  2. What are your priorities?
  3. What action steps do you need to take to reach the goals you want to reach?
  4. How much time will you need for each activity?
  5. When will you schedule each activity on your action steps list?
  6. How much flexibility and cushion time do you need between each activity to make sure you get everything done
  7. What can you control, and what is out of your control? Make a list of everything you need to do and consider what you can control and what you cannot control. You cannot control everything. Many things are simply beyond your control. Do what you can to control whatever time you can so that you can devote as much time as possible over the most important tasks of your plan.
  8. Design your plan on a weekly basis. While daily planning is important, weekly planning provides you with a longer perspective and will give you more options. To prepare a weekly plan, simply answer the same six questions above for the upcoming week.

3. Lack of Scheduling.

Many people use the word planning and scheduling interchangeably. They actually refer to two completely different activities. Planning is choosing what to do. Scheduling is deciding when to implement your plan and action steps. Many people say that scheduling does not work because of interruptions. If you actually schedule out your day and your week, you may not complete every task on your list, but you will get much further with a strict schedule. To help you with scheduling:

  • Be flexible. One of the biggest mistakes business owners make is to schedule every minute of the day. You simply cannot control every minute of the day because of interruptions and sometimes family emergencies. You must leave some room in your day for those unexpected things that demand your attention. The key here is to know what is truly important as compared to something that may seem urgent but is really not as important as it may seem.
  • Start your day early. By getting a good, productive start to your day as early in the morning as possible will help you get things done and prevent you from playing catch-up all day. There is a time and a place for getting everything done, but only if you schedule it.
  • Schedule quiet time each day into your schedule. As you move through your work day, schedule a 15-minute block of time in the morning and a 15-minute block of time in the afternoon for quiet time. Turn off your phone, computer and any other electronic devices you have on and shut your eyes. Use this time to either meditate or just to sit and think. You will find that you are much more productive during the day by unplugging and simply being quiet for a bit of time.

4. Communication Overload.

Handling all of the written communications we receive by email, text and social media direct messages and telephone messages is becoming more and more of a problem every day for business owners. As you grow your business, you will find that much of your communications (especially email and text messages) will spill over into your personal life, and the lines between work and personal life become blurred. To help with communication overload:

  • Declutter your work space, email and text messages at the end of every day
  • At the end of your work day, unplug for at least two hours. We all need a break from text and email, and the best way to do this is to unplug your phone and computer.
  • Block out time in the morning and in the afternoon to respond to email. Unless you are waiting on a very important email, you can be much more efficient by responding to email during times you have set aside just for this purpose. This is one of those things you can control.
  • Communicate to your team and colleagues the times during the day that you will respond to email and stick with it!

The above behaviors can be changed. It may take time, but focusing on changing behaviors and being patient can lead you to much greater levels of success in your network marketing business.

In our next post, I will be addressing the next three common behaviors that can prevent you from being as successful as you can be in your network marketing business, so please check back for this next very important post.