After I decided to take another scary leap out of my comfort zone, I then had to figure out how to get started. I had no idea how to do network marketing, and because of previous experiences, I was really insecure about it. I had never done anything like this before. I secretly felt really excited about this new challenge, but at the same time, I was torn. I had a lot of old feelings and negativity to undo. I was so uncomfortable with the fact that I was starting a relationship marketing business, that I’m not sure I approached it the best way at first. I needed to ease myself into this. While I may not have done it right, at least I did something. I shared my message in a way that allowed me to feel comfortable, and it was the best I could do at the time.
Where to begin?
I was flooded with a barrage of mixed emotions. I had no idea in hell what I was doing. I wondered… how do I talk to people? How can I share this without turning people away, scaring them off, and making myself unwelcome? Will I annoy my friends? What if I get rejected? I hate being rejected. And on the other hand… what if I can help people change their lives? I know this product is great, and all I need to do is share that. I made lists of people in my head who I thought this would be perfect for; people who seriously wanted change but were scared or unable to make a big move all at once. The trick was finding out if these people on my list felt the same way about the plans I had for them.
I didn’t even share it with many of my good friends. I didn’t know how, and I was afraid of being judged.
Like I said, I think I took the wrong approach at first. I didn’t even tell the first few people I approached that I had already signed up. I just couldn’t. (Although technically, I started sharing it a few days before I signed up.) I was too worried about what they’d think of me. Instead, I said, “I’m thinking about doing this business. Could you take a look at this and tell me what you think?” And then I’d go on and on about how I wasn’t sure about it and uncomfortable with the business model, but that I loved the product so much… blah, blah, blah. I may have been pretty pathetic, but at least I did something. And I was surprised to receive some very positive feedback! I needed that. Otherwise, who knows what I would have done.
Scattered in with some uncomfortable moments, I did have a few that weren’t so pathetic. A few times, I effortlessly expressed excitement about the possibilities. Somehow, what I was doing worked. My first teammate joined me right away, and I even got a few customers! It seemed like things were going pretty well at first.
I didn’t know what I was doing, but I did know that what I lacked in confidence was balanced out with a willingness to accept a challenge, a lot of hope, a desire to learn and grow, and the drive to never give up.