I recently had the opportunity to experience a favourite sport that I had played for years and at a very competitive level, the game of basketball. It was so fulfilling to get back on an outside court on a beautiful sunny day to shoot some “hoops” once again. I wasn’t the only one on this day who wanted the same experience. I was joined by another gentleman, who seemed to also relive the moments from the past and was shortly joined thereafter by his young daughter.
After watching my colleague for some time, he seemed to become more and more frustrated after shot after shot hit the rim. Finally after frustration he blurted out,“the RIM must be too small.” The comment immediately brought me back to thinking about our amazing industry of Network Marketing and how quickly we can make excuses for the results we experience in life. Here was a father actually teaching his daughter, who was taking in this lesson through her subconscious mind, that we can always come up with a good reason why things do not work out the way we would like and for some of us we have been subjected to these lessons of excuses for many of the formulative years of our lives. The real reasons for the missed shots was very simple, lack of practise, no real focus, no technique or system that would provide him with the belief and consistency that he had so desired on this day.
This brings me back to our industry, where so many individuals give up on their dreams and goals, because they too do not develop themselves personally to become the individual they truly desire to be. It is much easier to make excuses, than to face the challenges of growth and learn the success principles that so many have achieved in life. Professional basketball players develop a skill set for the position they play on a team, defensive players get paid millions to prevent an offensive player from scoring and adversely an offensive player, who may only shoot 40 -50% will also be paid millions to play the game. Keep in mind these individuals have invested many hours to become the player's they are today.
What are you doing to become the player you want to become in this industry? Are you surrounding yourself with successful entrepreneurs? Are you reading or listening to personal development material? Do you see yourself where you want to be, before you arrive? Do you have a plan of action in place that will put you on course? When I got started in this business, my RIM was small, but filled with vision and purpose, so my wish for you is that you never allow your RIM to be too small.
Patrick S. Tulloch - BTBF