I just arrived back from a major internet / network marketing event and I took some time to really reflect on my experiences. I was thinking of all the people I got to meet and absorb all the information from the presenters on stage. One of the major things I noticed as speaker after speaker came onto the stage to address the crowd that they all had different stories but the also had a few things in common.
One of the first things I noticed was that most of them were saying that they really shouldn’t be up on stage. You see they all came from different backgrounds and most of them were borderline poverty. So what was it that changed for them you might wonder? Well, after looking at different successes in my own life, I came to realize that success is not a straight line and it actually comes in cycles.
You start your journey with nothing but ambition and a predetermined goal that you want to accomplish something great in your lifetime. You may or may not even know what that is until you are on that path and it reveals itself to you. You might start in the direction you desire to go but unforeseen events happen to unfold right before your eyes and guide you in a different direction. So you may go off course a little from your original plan. Now this could be the ultimate direction you may want to go and if you fight it, you could wind up spending lots of time fighting an up hill battle.
I believe that every single person is destined for greatness in their lives but most never find that true calling and are trying to control where their life ultimately goes. Instead of tightening your grip on the future, I have discovered that if you can let go of the preconceived notion of what you consider to be success, than success will find you.
Success is a learning process, not just about the skills you need to attain the success you want in your life. Much of the learning is really about you. See many people want to attain certain goals in their lives and reach certain income levels but some are not ready or responsible enough to receive it. I know that 5 years ago, if I would have had the success I experience today, I would have gotten myself into a lot of trouble. So it’s a good thing that I had to go through my own cycle of success to understand why I couldn’t achieve what I set out to accomplish at the time.
So success is not a straight line. Rather it’s a series of experiences that send you back and forth, banging your head up against several walls. Each wall that you run into may seem like it’s a dead-end, but it is there to redirect you and guide you to where you need to go in order to continue on your journey and provide you clues as to what you need to work on. If you work twice as hard on yourself as you do in your business, it’s only a matter of time before your external reality aligns your internal reality.
In network marketing, a good example of this might be that you want to start doing your own presentations or webinars. With marker or laptop in hand, you feel jitters start going up and down your spine and when you open your mouth nothing comes out or you stutter, mumble and fumble through the whole presentation. After that experience you now understand that you need to learn how to give a good presentation and practice over and over. You might decide to read a book or take a course on public speaking to further hone in those skills.