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Swordfish!

If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend Get Smart. I’m not all too keen on how the writer’s portrayed Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), but that’s not her fault.

The reason for this post is two-fold: to bring a bit of humor to your day, and to ask you what you’re missing.

Are you going through your network marketing business hitting all the same obstacles that Max did – despite The Chief’s warnings?

Seriously. Max says he’s “usually very observant”, yet he misses the sand trap, tractor AND swordfish, and nearly impales his boss’ head! And let’s not forget the golfers on the range using the car for target practice! All that, and The Chief was still trying to warn him!

Look at your business. Take a good hard look at what you’re doing in the name of “building your business”. What items are you missing, in terms of the IMPORTANT, OBVIOUS obstacles that you need to clear? What’s your sand trap (the thing that slows you down), your tractor (the thing that deflates you) or your swordfish (that thing that drive your business to the brink)? Who’s using you for target practice – and hitting you where it hurts most? Are your leaders sending you warning flags? Are you listening?

For me, (like some of you), it was a matter of not making a point of touching my business daily. I got distracted by “shiny object syndrome” and was prone to lose focus on my daily business building activities. I’d get sidetracked – sometimes for weeks, and scratch my head, wondering where all my business went! It didn’t go anywhere, I just didn’t work with it for weeks on end.

There’s also another malady, to which I’ve been prone. I call it “chasing multiple rabbits”. You can only chase one rabbit at a time. Eventually, your rabbits scatter into different directions, and you have to pick ONE in order to successfully obtain any of them.

TOO MANY GOALS. Too many objectives on which to focus your time or worse yet – too many network marketing companies. I’ve joined nearly a dozen direct sales companies in my lifetime – some of them more than once. Some I joined for research – to compare comp plans, or to understand what the consultants have to go through. Some I joined because I love the product. Others I joined thinking it was “the one” and later decided against it. Ultimately, I had to settle on one company, with a product, culture and comp plan I LOVED – and this year I finally did that.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been a leader and trainer for several companies. But I essentially “retired” from all those other groups and have decided to only chase ONE rabbit. My current goal is to be the first person at the top of the comp plan in this company – because it’s new enough that no one’s there yet.

So for me, my “swordfish” was too many other distractions that kept me from being the best of the best at what I do. What are your goals? Where are you heading? What do you want to accomplish? The thing I love about this mastermind group is that everything I do is focused on helping you succeed. In the process, I get to help myself, too. Many times, I’m revealing very vulnerable secrets to you, and this has been a tremendous journey of improvement for me.

See it clearly in your mind. Write it down. Get emotional about it – then clear the swordfish from your mind and move into absolute unison with your “rabbit” chase it, catch it, and realize the success that is ultimately yours!