Who is Truly Responsible for Our Actions?
I am responsible for my own actions. That’s all. I am not responsible for what others might say or do, not at any time or in any situation. What if we all decided to be 100% responsible for our actions right now? What actions could we start or stop doing in order to make a difference in our world?
The profession I have chosen is often criticized and given a bad reputation. Choosing to be a Network Marketing Professional has not always been easy and there are times when I am put into a group with others whose intentions and integrity are not the same as mine. Lately, I am saddened by the actions I have observed from others in the profession and I hope that my readers, especially those who are Network Marketing Professionals, will step up with me and act in such a way that would make everyone proud to be a part of this amazing profession.
How can we be the change? Here are my suggestions of things we can STOP doing and things we can START doing more of to be responsible for our actions:
- Start supporting others in different companies. It doesn’t have to be a competition. When someone has found a great company that they have chosen to partner with, wish them much success in their chosen venture – whether you agree with it or not. And if it’s a product or service that you or your family can use, take a look to see if you can also support them financially.
- Stop trying to recruit those who have already found a company to work with. There are over 7 billion people on the planet and only 105 million people in Direct Sales (aka Network Marketing) (source). That leave a LOT of people to introduce your business or product to without having to lure someone away from their current company.
- Start focusing on being of service to others. No matter what type of business you are in, when you are focused on how much money you are making rather than how many people you can serve, you’ll find that success is only fleeting.
- Stop spreading negativity about other companies. The old saying is true; what goes around, comes around. And if you hear that a company is in trouble or even goes out of business (this happens a lot – especially with companies that are less than 5 years old – just like in all other industries), instead of blasting the bad news on Facebook, reach out to friends who may have been affected and offer them support. Imagine how you would feel if your source of income suddenly disappeared?
- Start growing as a leader. The world needs more leadership and network marketing is a great place to learn how to become a great leader. One of the most influential personal development leaders, Jim Rohn, started his career in network marketing. And he became known around the world as a global thought leader.
- Stop focusing on lack. Lack mentality is often why people get into trouble in our profession. When people are worried about losing customers and are complaining about a lack of prospects, it’s due to a focus on what they don’t have, instead of what they do have. Which leads me to my next point…..
- Start with gratitude. A simple cure for a lack mentality is gratitude. When we are grateful for what we already have, we will attract more of the same into our lives. When we focus on the abundance that surrounds us, we attract even more abundance. And when we are grateful for the amazing gifts this profession can bring, we bring more and more light to network marketing and direct sales.
These are all so simple to do, yet just like the simple actions it takes to be successful in network marketing, they are easy not to do. If we all decided today to be responsible for our own actions, and to act with integrity, gratitude, faith and love, it would slowly shift the perception of what we do. Having been a part of this profession for over 11 years, I have seen many sides of it: the good, the great and the ugly.
I’ve even been a part of the ‘ugly’ myself when I left USANA for two years to go to another company. I know how it feels to be tempted by a better compensation plan, famous leadership and the opportunity to be a superstar from day one. And I know that it’s not real. Once the smoke and mirrors have cleared with any company, there is hard work. If you want to be successful and build a career, best to choose a product and a company that you are passionate about and that you trust with all of your heart and mind.
For those who are currently not in our profession but may be considering it, I’d love to be there for you and provide some insight on making a choice that is best for you. I’ve been around a lot of amazing companies over the years and have met some fantastic leaders that I would recommend checking out, if USANA was not the right choice for you. Simply fill out the Contact Me form and I’ll set up a call or Skype. Network marketing it an amazing profession and it can help us learn all to be responsible for our actions.
Tues April 18: I’ll be speaking at a USANA event in Edmonton. Tickets are now on sale! Guests are always free.