I’ve worked in the MLM industry for the last 16 years and have spent a lot of time observing the habits of people who have found success in their personal businesses. Over the years, I’ve asked many of them what their ‘secrets’ to success have been, while there isn’t any one secret, and we all know it requires a lot of hard work, here are some habits that will help you get on the road to success:
Schedule your day, down to the minute.
Do you need to schedule every single minute of your day? Not necessarily, but if you create your schedule in 15 minute increments, instead of hourly, and you’ll find that you are able to get a lot more done in a smaller amount of time. For example, if you were to walk into a messy bathroom and give yourself 15 minutes to get as much done as possible, I’m positive you would find that you were able to clean the majority of the bathroom. Try it. The same is true when it comes to running a business. Give yourself 15 minutes to respond to the most pressing e-mails of the day, and you’ll quickly finish and be able to move onto your next task.
Complete your most important task of the day before you work on anything else.
Many of us tend to be natural procrastinators. Get in the habit of completing things well before they are due and you will find yourself with more time to focus on other aspects of your life. If you’re having a hard time deciding what the most important task is, ask yourself this question, “If I were to do only one thing today, what would get me closer to reaching success?” If your definition of success is to make money, then the most important task of the day would be something like: filling orders, following up on a lead, promoting a product on social media, responding to e-mails and phone calls…
Organize your business—every last detail.
When you’re running your own business, there are a lot of small details. Each and every one of them are important, even the smallest details like remembering someones name. Organization is not optional, it’s imperative to keep things running smoothly and efficiently. Now that you have your own business, filing taxes becomes a lot more complicated. If you aren’t organized and don’t keep track of all of your deducations throughout the year, tax season will become a nightmare, trust me. Before you go to bed, take 15-30 minutes to organize your office. Sort and file all papers, create your schedule for the following day, make notes of people you need to call or e-mail, plan your meals and snacks. Doing each of these things will make the next day much smoother and you won’t be stuck wondering what you’re forgetting to do. Design your home office in a way that allows for everything to be found quickly and work to be completed efficiently.
Network, network, network.
This industry is all about networking. To be successful, you have to interact with a lot of people. Luckily there are many ways to network:
Create a balance in your life.
Life cannot be 100% work 100% of the time, otherwise you will burn out quickly. While we all have the desire to be successful when it comes to making a living, “No one on his death bed ever said, I wish I had spent more time on my business” (Paul E. Tsongas).
Find a mentor and emulate them.
No one can tell you how to be successful more than those who have become successful. Find someone in your company and question them, hang out with them, get to know them better, and then seek to emulate them. Their wisdom will be priceless to your success. Learn from their mistakes and implement their advice in a way that works for you.