Monthly Archives: October 2018

Ironic skills

I read an interesting article on Quartz this week:

(excerpt)

“What most employers want, [LinkedIn CEO Jeff] Weiner says, are written communication, oral communication, team-building, and leadership skills. “

Isn’t it ironic… the latter three skills are developed by building a network marketing, direct sales, party plan, multilevel, or leveraged income business. And some of those directly incorporate written communication by the customer or distributor in the final product.

The four skills listed can be described as portable skills, which means they are learned in one arena and are applicable in another.

Know someone who needs a job? Send them the link to the article. If they ask for a way to build those skills, offer your business plan as a possible solution.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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The familiar pattern

I stopped reading momentarily, struck by the truth of his words.

When I read this blog post by Seth Godin, I realized how many times I recognize the pattern of not-doing-as-well-as-I-want.

Missing the cutoff for the leaderboard. Not finishing the exensive goals I set for myself this month. Looking at the email and seeing it is nowhere near “Inbox Zero”.

But his post made me think… do I acknowledge the patterns when things-are-going-great? And do I acknowledge them with the same emotional emphasis or familiarity?

The short answer is, No.

Which of the two patterns is more familiar to you?

I believe the imbalance is heavily influenced by the engineering mindset. It’s hard to set aside years of schooling and working in the industry, which trained me to be aware of all the flaws so I could fix or prevent them. And that something going right is what is SUPPOSED to happen, it is the “normal,” so don’t make a big deal about it until you’re done.

This is where visualization comes handy.

Our technically-trained mindset of “don’t make mistakes” can be realigned to “I’m comfortable with things running smoothly” through visualizing things-going-right. The former mindset is restrictive and punishing — the teacher who is just itching to find an error in the student’s homework– while the latter is more attractive to building a team of entrepreneurs — who are certainly going to make mistakes as they learn to run their businesses.

Here’s the science behind my observations.

The more our minds dwell on something, the more our brains become accustomed to and comfortable with it, and the pattern can be more quickly accessed and more comfortably expected. Whatever we focus on, our mind seeks to identify more examples and create more similar situations. (This is a combination of myelinization of the brain’s neurons and the Reticular Activating System working together to reinforce thought patterns, and by extention reinforcing the personal expectations.)

Visualization of things-going-right is a useful tool to reinforce the positive train of thought.

Just remember to follow it by actions that support your goals, or you risk frustrating yourself.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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How a piece of construction paper shifted my money habits

When I was in the early years of my first network marketing business, I found myself giving away money to various charities… gladly. A documentary about a historian, meal-for-the-holidays, etc.

That all changed when my husband lost his job and we had to move in with his parents.

The small Colorado town we landed in had a vibrant community life. Nearly every week there were opportunities to volunteer one’s time or to donate money to local and national charities. I donated my time to various events and had fun being part of the action. My husband took a job in the grocery store, and I went to work as a mortgage loan officer, to pay the credit card debt and our share of food and utilities.

Meanwhile, every penny was precious. We discussed every purchase above $5, and when the bank account was continually hovering a mere handful of dollars above zero, we agreed that we would stop all financial charitable contributions and selectively gift our time instead.

The change in my attitude came in early December of the second year.

In the town’s annual tradition, one of the local groups set up a poster in the entryway of the grocery store, which held “Santa” wishes for people in need. Instead of CDs or the newest toy, these were requests for newly-purchased basics and were written on pieces of red or green pine-tree-shaped construction paper. A winter coat. Mittens. Boots. Socks. And where to drop off the items at the county fairgrounds. (The previous year, I bought and donated a new pair of girls’ boots to match one of the requests.)

Each item had the appropriate size listed, along with a basic descriptor of the receiver.

The item that stopped me in my tracks was: “11 year old girl needs 7 pairs of (size) underwear.”

I also realized that my own underwear was nearly in shreds, the elastic so stretched and ineffective sometimes they slipped off my hips but were caught by the slacks I was wearing. (I think you can imagine how that worked.)

I pulled out the pushpin and freed that red slip of paper from the display, promising myself that I would remount it the next day, intact, if I could not provide the item.

My husband and I had a discussion in our bedroom that evening. In the end we decided to spend money on both of us women. Seven pairs for her, and likewise for me.

As I gently placed the requested item on the intake table at the fairgrounds, I realized this was a turning point in recognizing the difference between poverty consciousness and prosperity consciousness in my own life.

Since that time, I have observed when I have an urge to donate goods or money. I ask myself, “Am I also taking good care of myself and our household?” And nowadays when money is much more plentiful: “Have I been creating artificial lack in my head, denying myself a similar purchase?”

Each of us wrestles with different aspects of money behavior.

Sometimes we need an outside reason to spur us to take care of our own situation.

And sometimes we need an outside influence to go earn the money in the first place.

Regardless of your personal situation, I suggest you watch the video regarding the second situation. Randy Gage has some insightful ideas, which might come in handy for one of your teammates.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach”

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How to benefit from good luck, or how to create your own

At some point, good luck requires hard work if success is to be sustained.  –James Clear

Some people do get “lucky.” Their first 3 friends all sign up with no hesitation. They meet a successful yet burnt-out business owner who is ready to jump into something new.

However, good luck makes a strong start but won’t propel you across the finish line.

That is encouraging news for the rest of us.

Even the most “lucky” distributor will need to put focused effort into their business, if they want to keep building. Large organizations and increasing residual income require more than a short-term boost. Consistent effort will keep that momentum going.

And consistent effort can do more for an “average” business than someone riding on the story & results of a “good luck” situation.

Also consider this: you can create a burst of “good luck” by doing a burst of activity.

Many high residual income earners talk about this concept. The idea is, to have an established baseline of business-building activities, and for a set amount of time that YOU decide, to do a “sprint” of those activities. Maybe you choose 30 minutes. Or 3 hours. Or 3 days, 3 weeks, 30/60/90 days. And after the sprint, return to the previous level of activity.

Sprints by nature are not sustainable. They use up a lot of energy in a short time, so no one attempts to run full-speed during the majority of a marathon. But a sprint can grab the finish line glory if you do it at the right time.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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