What is a daily routine and why should you care about Personal and Mindset Development on a daily basis?
In the absence of a corporate overlord, you need to establish a disciplined routine done on a daily basis that is designed to help you achieve your business goals.
As a home based entrepreneur in a network marketing type business, you can build a business over time built upon a basis of a 2-3 hours routine, if you are disciplined. Keep in mind that daily routine does not include things like coaching, training, team meetings, and traveling (things that may not be needed on a daily basis).
Running your own business takes perseverance, but in network marketing or multi-level marketing (MLM), you can achieve a life style of freedom that does not exist in other types of small businesses where the model is exchanging time for money. Moreover, network marketing is a very low overhead business, which greatly reduces the need for investment capital therefore reducing the overall risk involved with MLM business.
So what is a suggested daily routine?
Four areas are important and one is critical once you make the decision to seriously take on an MLM business. This list I originally learned from Ray Higdon through his audio training:
2) Personal Development -Mindset
3) Sales/Marketing training
4) Prospecting and connecting
I will cover Personal Development today and the others in future posts…
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT – MINDSET 15 – 30 minutes per day suggested*
Personal Development which includes mindset training, has a profound effect on all parts of your life. It helps unlock your talents, it helps transforms the smaller less confident you to the bigger more confident you.
What does personal development result in from the business stand point? It is a sum of mental capability and skill which allows you achieve at ever increasing heights and also gives the confidence to restore lost fortunes.
Why is Personal Development so important for MLM and network marketing? Network marketing is a people business, it takes on a host of what I call “unquantifiable factors.” In other words, you will need to develop human skills in a way that someone isolated in a cubicle without having to interact with the public will never have to deal with. Personal Development comes to the test when you need to prove yourself or withstand rejection as a matter or daily practice. Having said that, personal development training has to do a lot more than network marketing and it is why most entrepreneurs, regardless of their field, benefit from personal development study.
Quite frankly, even if you want to vastly improve your relationships, your marriage, your parenting, study personal development. Whatever your desired area of achievement, there is a personal development angle.
According to Wikipedia: Personal development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.
There is a saying that people are grown up when they are able to take full responsibility for their actions. Serious personal development begins when people take full responsibility for their success and failure, especially failure… including past failures.
One of the first important goals of personal development is the acceptance of responsibility, in other words, complaining, blaming and whining about circumstances and unfairness are the adversaries of taking responsibility. These attitudes and behaviors are steeped in what is known as negative thinking, or thinking that is non-serving in the effort to achieve worthy goals.
Since success can only be attained through persistent and correct actions, and actions are based on bevahiors, and how you behave is based on attitudes (perspectives) and attitudes are based on thought and how you think, it becomes clear that your thought habits and patterns must be changed in order to achieve success.
Your ultimate success begins with the seeds of correct thoughts in your mind.
Our self-perception is shaped by years of habits of faulty thinking and so it goes deep into our subconscious. Without personal development, we will sabotage our own success, often unaware of our own propensity for negative and self-defeating beliefs. This is one reasons why social media is full of positive messaging (among the weird stuff!) because there is a big demand for people seeking positive influences throughout their day.
Reading, watching, listening, to positive thinking material and executing positive action, all effect to suppress the negative mental influences. Notice I said suppress and not eliminate. Since we are human, we will always have a tendency to back slide without the discipline of personal development training on a daily basis.
A popular principle that can be applied to all problems requiring a good mindset is “in order to achieve what others have not achieved, you must do what others have not done.” In another way of saying, “to attain what you do not have, you must do what you have not done.”
This opens up several fronts that you may need to work on, for example, the need to step out of your comfort zone. Remember what it felt like the first time you had to call someone to go out on a date? Or be called by someone? (well, okay, maybe you didn’t get nervous!).
You need the courage to make the call, the confidence to have a decent conversation, the posture to not fold into the fetal position if you got shot down. You learn a lot by getting shot down: the resilience and open mindedness to see the value in other people, and the optimism and positivity to realize that he or she wasn’t the idea person anyway, and a sense of providence that, well, it wasn’t the right time now, maybe later. And if you haven’t the experience, reading about other people’s hard luck experiences will build your immunity to the pain of failure.
What’s amazing is, the more you do this, the easier and more fun it gets (and hopefully not boring!). With repetition, you realize that thinking about action is more painful than the action itself.
I like what Jim Rohn said about rest: It should be a necessity, not an objective. If you want to be productive, you’ll want to make efficient use of you time. And the Bible puts it pretty succinctly, “Teach me to number my days.” You don’t have time to be bored!
Speaking of boredom, that’s another trap that signals a need for personal development. If you’ve got nothing to do, that means you have time and you are not preparing for anything – you need to work on your personal development and your curiosity. Or maybe you need to learn how to relax when you’re bored! If you haven’t determined what your passions are, if you do not have a vision of what you what to achieve, I want to ask you why not?
A reason is you may not be around the right people or you were put down by someone or something that suppressed the true you.
Another key to personal development: You can do it more easily if you consciously seek to raise your thinking by hanging around people who you believe are bigger thinkers or more successful in which ever direction you choose to head. You are the average of the closest people in your circle. Regardless if by choice or by circumstance, those people are going to either set the bar higher for you or set the lock on the cage you are in.
If you want to be healthier, hang out with healthier people. If you want more success in business, connect with a business leader. If you want to learn more about any subject, find an expert in that field and offer to buy them lunch (wash their car, walk their dog, feed their cat 😉 ) – see if they’ll share some wisdom with you.
Another key personal development/mindset concept is that of Abundance. The world is a big place, your mind is a big place. Abundance is the idea that there is no limitation for you to express your talents. You may run into obstacles, you may run into Resistance (a concept defined by Steven Pressfield in his book “The War of Art”), but there is an infinite quality in the universe with all the room you need to run – if you put your mind to it.
There’s a great measure by which you can assess yourself in Ray Higdon’s apt saying, “If you want to know what you really know, look at your results.” One of the key metrics of personal development is the ability to act and “Do the Work” (another great title from Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art). If you are not doing the work, or are not seeing results, in an area you are absolutely committed to – you may need to assess our reassess where your mindset or development is running into obstacles.
*Regarding mindset training for the self-employed, Ray Higdon has said, “The broker you are, the more mindset training you need.” So initially, you may need to really dive into mindset training before you can expect results from your actions.
If you weren’t actively involved in training yourself in the ways of personal development and mindset, I hope this buffet of some important concepts has gotten your taste buds activated. Personal Development must be an integral part of your daily routine for maximum results.
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