Today I’d like to share some tips from an article posted inside our private Summit Group training site.
While these tips are directed at steps to success in a Watkins business, they are very fundamental and sound. You can apply these basics to any network marketing or direct selling business out there.
Are you looking for success and financial security with your Watkins business?
Be careful not to read through this and think “I’ve heard that before….“. Odds are that you have heard some of these tips many times. The key is, are you applying them to your business?
Be Your Own Best Customer
There’s no way you can share your own stories about the quality and value of Watkins products if you’re not using the products yourself. Plus, when you use Watkins products on a daily basis, you’ll be saving money for your family while giving them a higher standard of living. Ordering is as easy as picking up the phone or ordering online.
Dedicate Yourself to Success
If you’re a brand new associate or have recently decided to be more active, you should commit to giving your business at least one year of focused effort. Realize that the first months will be your learning and training time, with more rapid progress coming a bit later.
Anything in life that is truly worthwhile requires effort and dedication. Make up your mind that you’ll use your Watkins business as the vehicle to reach your dreams.
Cultivate Your Dreams
Writing down your goals and dreams is critical. Do this first.
Then, take further steps to build your dream. Talk to people who have the lifestyle you want and ask them what it’s like. Read biographies of successful people you’d like to emulate. Discuss your dreams frequently with your family. Tour display homes or test drive new cars if your dreams include those types of things. When possible, begin to live according to your new vision for yourself (for example, if your dream includes spending more time with your family, take action to make it happen rather than just talking about it).
Don’t Let Others Crush Your Dreams
As you pursue success, you’re very likely to have some people tell you that you are stupid for trying. Some of your acquaintances may seem to get a twisted sense of joy by telling you horror stories of someone who failed at a home-business twenty years ago. Don’t let these kinds of people get you down – they are usually just giving themselves an excuse for not trying to improve their own lives.
You might even get negative input from a family member or close friend who either wants to protect you from failure or who secretly fears what will happen if you succeed. Just let them know that you feel strongly that this business can help you achieve your goals, and that you’d like them to keep an open mind while you give it your best shot. You may also want to give them additional information or direct them to your sponsoring site, to provide them with a good overview of what can be achieved in this business.
Don’t Self-Destruct and Destroy Your Own Dreams
Starting a new business with Watkins, just like starting anything new in life, will have ups and downs. There will be bright days when everything goes your way, and frustrating days when it seems your business is growing hardly at all. You’ll experience times when you’re jumping for joy, and times when you wonder why you ever try to do anything to improve your life.
When the days are good, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done, and share your enthusiasm with others.
And when the days are bad, hang in there! Hold tight to your dreams, and never, never, never quit.
So, if you, by nature, get tripped up by small problems or have a tendency to make mountains out of molehills, work on keeping a healthy perspective on things. Keep your eyes on your long-term goal, not on a minor obstacle that lands in your path. With a little effort and coaching, you can learn to easily move around any obstacle and keep on rolling.
And likewise, if you, by nature, are the kind of person who flies off the handle easily and self-destructs with anger at the first bump in the road, then you’ll need to work on staying on an even keel. This business is all about developing strong relationships – with customers, with prospective associates, with your upline leaders, and with your downline team. A few harsh words during a flare-up can do permanent damage to your business. But keeping cool, even during times of frustration will protect these relationships and can result in a strong and profitable business for years to come.
You can have years of success as a Watkins associate, but only if you’re still in the business years from now. If you throw in the towel over minor frustrations, you’ll have no chance for success. In fact, we often say that the only way to completely fail in this business is to quit. Stick with it! It’s worth it.
Stick With Proven Business Building Methods
Although you (or your friends or family) will think of hundreds of interesting ideas that might work for building your Watkins business, we highly encourage you to stick with the Summit Group system. We think you’ll find that following in the footsteps of other successful associates is the quickest way to your goals. This way you don’t have to reinvent the wheel yourself.
Keep the Business Simple
By keeping the business simple, you make it easier for others to duplicate what you’re doing. Success in Watkins really is as simple as:
- using the products
- sharing the products
- sharing the business opportunity
- teaching others to do what you’re doing
Maintain Balance in Your Life
Most people pursue home businesses to create time flexibility (and income) for their family or other priorities. The beauty of a Watkins business is that it can coexist with your other priorities, right from the start. For example, many successful associates are adamant about putting family first, and have built their businesses around their family priorities.
As you begin with Watkins, you’ll certainly want to focus much of your available energy on building your business quickly, but we encourage you to set aside some time for the truly important aspects of your life. As a member of the Summit Group, you can adjust your level of involvement at any time, without having to feel awkward about it. Part of the coaching we provide can help you determine your priorities appropriately.
Be Proud to be Associated With Watkins
Success in anything requires a belief in what you’re doing. When you’re telling other people about your Watkins business, you can feel good to tell them that the company and our Summit Group team are founded on integrity, ethics, and a desire to make life better for families throughout North America.
Stay in Touch With Your Upline
For quickest growth, you need to update your sponsor or other upline leaders frequently on what you’re doing to achieve success and to ask for their guidance. We suggest you call or e-mail them at least once a week or as frequently as every day if you’re really focused.
It’s your responsibility to initiate these calls or e-mails and to stay focused on your business. Your upline leaders are very busy, but they will gladly make time for you as long as you are following their advice to pursue your goals and if you show respect and appreciation for their time. Don’t waste your leader’s time with gossip or hardship stories about why you haven’t taken action – they’ve heard all the excuses before. They will, however, be happy to help you move past your excuses and stay on track to your goals, if you ask them for that assistance.