I was seeking some inspiration this morning with the intent of looking at things in an optimistic and positive light. This is my way of coping with negative energies and to reframe my mindset when ever ADVERSITY in network marketing strikes… more about how to deal with that in a minute.
But first a word of introduction to give this post some context.
Over the past 4-5 months my EPX Body UK team had been steadily growing month on month, sales were on the up and up, things were all looking great and downline were duplicating, that is until a couple of months ago…
Well, to cut a long story short, the network marketing company I’m aligned with nearly came crashing down after its owner, CEO Dan Putnam, sold the company to a management / funding company with the plan to take the business to the next level.
In the business world things don’t always go to plan. You think you are doing the right thing; on paper it all makes perfect sense; the plan seems practical, and it’s inconceivable that anything could possibly go wrong.
Sadly, EPX’s new owner wasn’t fulfilling the contract obligations to the membership in a timely manner, it was seriously starting to hamper business. In fact, things were going into reverse gear. So Dan took back control of the company. You can listen to the CEO’s EPX Body Unplugged call here.
Ok, now that you know the background adversity story here, let’s get back on topic…
So while I was brainstorming for something to write about this, something that highlights the POSITIVE LESSONS that can come out of the negative situation, I stumbled across an old post on The Renegade Blog by Ann Sieg, one of my mentors.
The title of her post was, “How To Prepare Yourself For Adversity In Your Business.“
Now I don’t want to get into everything she covered, but what resonated with me were her 3 big take-aways from the accompanying video she made:
Here they are just as she describes them.
Be prepared to solve YOUR problems
The very nature of business is that you’re constantly solving problems. You go into business thinking you’re going in to provide a solution to people’s problems, but you find out most of business is solving your own problems. You must become highly skilled at this and to approach it with a sense of optimism.
Prepare “worst case” scenario
My webmaster whom I’ve had a wonderful relationship for the last 8 years has taught me to go “worst case” scenario. Some may think this is a negative way to think. It’s not. It’s that you go into the situation with both eyes wide open. Hope for the best but plan for the worst.
Set up coping mechanisms in advance.
Rudi Giuliani’s father trained him to mentally (and physiologically) prepare for the worst so that when the worst comes he would be prepared. Life is about being prepped in advance. Preparedness is key. It’s a survival trait.
Having once confronted the “worst case scenario” in my own company, I look at Ann’s take-aways as being positive stepping-stones for my EPX Body team to rise above unforeseen circumstances. We can choose to look at the events and problems that have transpired not as obstacles, but as stepping-stones for us to emerge even more victorious!
EPX Body’s mission statement sums it up nicely, “You Past Does Not Equal Your Future!”
One last thing, I could not have ended my adversity in network marketing post without expressing how much respect and admiration I have for Dan and what he has tried to do for EPX’s members. He is an amazing person, it takes real courage to come to the people and talk to us and the company and admit he doesn’t have all the skills the company needs to do what he wants to carry out with his vision.
My group is hanging in, there’s too much potential in EPX Body, it’s so different to anything else out there. Where else do you see an owner that truly cares about each of us? Certainly there will be people who will drop out because of what has transpired, but they would have dropped out anyway and were just looking for the excuse. The people who decide to stay will be the strong ones to help rebuild EPX Body to emerge stronger and better. Sometimes it takes the worst case scenario for you to truly appreciate what you have in your hands.
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