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Condition Yourself for Network Marketing Success

Stories usually give us perspectives and emotional lessons that allow us to act or be inspired after we forget the exact words. It allows us to paint and see them in pictures (usually like movies) and create an incredible mark in our subconscious, somehow guiding us in our decisions and actions whether we know it or understand.

Here’s a story that might open your mind on the power of conditioning, instilling beliefs as well as the value of training. I also believe you can pick up some ideas which you can apply in your life.

Fleas have been known to make leaps of up to 13 inches, about 200 times the length of their own bodies – an equivalent of a six-foot man jumping about 900 feet. But circus fleas won’t jump 13 inches or even out of the jar they’re living in when the lid are removed.

 The remarkable thing is the reason why they don’t jump out of it – they have been trained to believe they can’t jump out of the jar no matter how hard or how often they try. The strategy is simple. The flea trainers put a lid on the jar and let the fleas jump and bang their heads on it. After many jumping and head-banging, the fleas eventually are convinced that jumping high enough to get out of the jar results in nothing but big headaches. Thus, after you remove the lid, they won’t even try getting out of the jar!

We have been being conditioned by a lot of people, organizations and even our present circumstances that we tend to believe that our big dreams are un-achievable or are so big we won’t be able to achieve it – and that they will always be dreams, no way to achieve them or the possibilities are taken away. Those who achieved their dreams or those who are financially free are somehow, sometimes, out of our networks or connections or they won’t share their “secrets” to their success.

During our childhood years, we had big dreams. After we graduate from college and experiencing a lot of realities in life, sometimes, even the remote possibility of achieving those dreams are far from our mind. We had experienced ‘a lot of jumping and head-banging’ and we heard stories of and seen people not being able to achieve their dreams or goals in life at their fifties, and we feel we might end up like them – not being able to live our dreams.

I have been reading books, attending seminars and training myself since 2004 and have been able to read more than 500 books and articles about leadership, relationships, management, business, success and many other topics that relates to personal development because I have been looking and searching for those ideas, stories, industries and actions that can allow and guide me to change my life for the better, achieve and live my dreams. I believe that one idea – acted upon – can change our lives.

Like the fleas, we must take the risk of leaping out of the jar. The lid was put there for a reason. It tests us greatly whether freeing ourselves from our present situations and living our dreams are more important and powerful enough to move us into life-changing actions or we are satisfied with our present situation. If we won’t make any changes in our lives now, no one will do it for us. Sadly, time will pass us by without noticing the changes in our bodies, in our environments or situations and then we realize that we’re fifty and our energy and drive have depleted.

Beware of those people who say you will never achieve your dreams. They said that either because they have no chance of achieving their dreams, they have given up on their dreams or they don’t see any possibility of achieving their dreams. Our associations and the environment we have greatly affect our future, even our achievements in life. So, find those people who have achieve a level of success that you would want for yourself and associate yourself with them. Ask them questions – pick their brains. They knew information and took actions on it that are quite outside our frame of mind. They are mostly humble, teachable and willing to help. If they’re not humble, they’re not successful and wealthy enough to be your model.

Thus, condition yourself for success and take risks. No one will do it for you. Change yourself, change your circumstances. You can achieve more because you can become more. We can become great because we can serve more.

To your mlm success,

Jake De La Cruz

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Maestro Lessons (Leading through Listening)

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Here are some of the highlights of my readings in this book. I have been reading books so I can have some ideas on how to be successful in all aspects of life especially in business. This is leading through listening. I hope this will help.

  • Breaking a problem into its most basic elements would eventually lead to its solution.
  • It does not work too well to order musicians to be responsive or cooperative. A great experience would happen only when the motivation sprang as much from them as from me. Acknowledge that they own the music as much as I do. If a leader wants his people to truly own the work, then he has to be willing to let go of some control. Everything I do is aimed at creating a feeling of community and shared responsibility. A leader needs to give corrections and directions. If they see that I am listening to them with great interest and curiosity they will feel encouraged to offer more. A powerful and compelling vision helps people connect their part to the whole. The key to energizing an orchestra’s response is inspiring the same vision in all the players.
  • The proper leverage point can bring about large-scale change without a huge amount of effort. When you study the score, you look for the interrelationship of the parts and the whole, to find the key that effortlessly opens the door. Every word that I speak, every inflection in my voice, every gesture is directed toward the goal of creating a feeling of community.
  • Flow is the bridge that links the present moment to the next. It’s the conduit that transfers energy all around the stage and out to the audience. It’s our primary means of creating a sense of community in the orchestra. Establishing the flow alone can accomplish more than you can by correcting twenty-five details individually.
  • Each musician has an entirely different reality, a different set of facts on which to make his decisions about how to play. The conductor is on the podium because he has been given the authority to lead. His job is to create success. It really falls upon him to stretch his reality until it encompasses that of the players, too.
  • As a conductor, one’s first task is not to stomp one’s own personality on everything, at whatever cost, but to listen. You must take some of your attention away from what you yourself are doing, and focus it on the people you’re here to lead.
  • It’s important to make a distinction between problems that the musicians can best solve themselves, and problems that involve collaboration and teamwork. The direction must be more visionary and strategic and less about helping them manage the details. You must have many different styles and approaches available, and always be looking to expand your range.
  • The power is in them. We don’t create that power, we only direct it. As leaders, we should strive to exert the minimum necessary intervention.
  • Lead, don’t cheer lead. A leader must commit to that which has not yet happened. Otherwise you are really leading; you are actually following. Pre-hear the music they are about to play. The baton is not in the same time zone as the orchestra’s playing. It is only in anticipating, and committing to what will happen next, that any leadership can take place. What energizes people is the leader’s act of committing to what’s possible.
  • The surprising power of listening inspires lively and productive discussion. Central to both business and music is the human capacity for communicating, working together, and self-actualization.
  • When you have a group that’s well disciplined in teamwork, it liberates you to do your best. And then you feel like you’re contributing to something that’s very worthwhile. Sounding in tune is about everyone valuing the collective sound as the highest priority. Part of being an excellent player is your ability, desire and interest in adjusting. Leadership doesn’t make a small difference. It makes all the difference in the world. If you’re a leader, if you stand on a podium, if you hold in your hand a baton, then it falls on your shoulders to make remarkable happen. You can elevate your team to heights beyond their wildest imagination.
  • Conviction – a mass of people manifesting the strongest bond holding them together, their common belief. The maestro is the one who lays the foundation for learning, who teaches the principles and values: the curiosity about the world, the confidence that education eventually leads to freedom, the courage to strive for something higher than just satisfying your appetite, the ideals that last throughout your life.
  • Turn a possibility into a reality. Great music could add an enormous value to a business meeting.

I hope you learned something from these lessons.

To your success,

Jake De La Cruz

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Personal Development is One of the Rewards of Network Marketing

Here’s one of the intangible benefits of being in a Network Marketing business: we are forced to develop our skills personally. The premise is that the greater your personal development, the greater your team’s quality and quantity thus creating a massive income for you and your team. When your income exceeds your personal growth, it will eventually level to your growth level. Thus, the only way to increase the income  is to increase personal growth.

When one starts to be in business and is shy type, eventually, he will need to development himself (not to lose his personality) but with the premise that he will need to expand himself. There’s no right background or personality to be successful in this business but we need to have the proper mindset and the right focus and priorities with our actions. The adjustments must be in conjunction with the level of success or freedom one desires with the strengths of the team members.

The adjustments (in personal and professional skills) needed must be acted upon as soon as possible since we need to build the right foundations in the beginning because the way we build during the first two years in the business will greatly affect the later ways of doing the business. Another thing, what we usually do even during those times when we are do not feel like doing this business will also affect our business as when we do feel it.

Thus, lead when no one else is leading. Have bigger dreams and achieve them when most of those around you settles for small dreams. Create history and be one of the best stories ever in network marketing. Do not limit yourself since you will be developing yourself as you go along. We can increase our income since we can increase the people we are serving.

To your success,

Jake De La Cruz

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