Network Marketing Training – Planning for Success

Over the last 12 years that I’ve been involved in the home based business industry, I’ve made some very interesting observations.  One that sticks out in my mind is that many people seem somewhat cavalier about their success. As a matter of fact, most people have a somewhat lackadaisical attitude about their lives. They never really make specific plans or decide what is important as they drift through life and simply “go with the flow”. Much of this, in my opinion, is due to the lack of a long-term vision combined with too much focus on the immediate gratification reflex which we all have. Also, there is often a natural fear of failure that manifests itself in acting “cool” possibly to hide these personal insecurities.

With that said, the most successful people make a plan, focusing on what they want to accomplish, and diligently follow that plan to meet their objectives. By the way, I am not just talking about financial and material success. Successful families have a plan for how they want to raise their children and the expectations for same. The same can be said for successful marriages; something as simple as never taking for granted a great relationship is integral for long-term marital success.

Are you treating your success, your business and your life in a lackadaisical manner and just drifting along, hoping something good will happen? Or, are you focused diligently on your goals, specific in what you are trying to accomplish and taking steps to plan for the future?

For example, what are some very specific long-term goals you’d like to accomplish? Where do you want your business, your finances, your family life, your health, etc. to be in 2 years? How about 5 years out?  What would you want them to look like 10 years from now? In order to accomplish your goals, a great amount of planning has to go on and continue to go on as you work towards each goal.

You should also have shorter-term goals.  Where would you want your business, your finances, your family life, your health, etc. to be in the next 90 days?  How about in the next 6 months?  Just like long-term goals, these short-term goals require just as much specific and intense planning.

Now, I’m not saying you need to spend hours a day planning… to the point that you don’t get any work done!  But would a pilot just take flight without first planning out the course of the flight?  Would a captain of a ship set sail without plotting out the ship’s course first?  Of course not.  And just like them, you need to a have direction so you know what it is you’re working for.

Are you planning for your success? Are you looking ahead one month, 1 year and even 5 years to project where you want to be? This is absolutely critical for your success. It is difficult to arrive at a destination if you have no idea where you want to go and what you plan to do to get there!

As cliche as it sounds, the old saying is 100% true: “Most people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.”

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