The five minute a day strategy to MLM business success

network-marketingOne of the fastest growing self-employment opportunities in the United States today is network marketing (MLM). Many disillusioned jobseekers are utilizing network marketing principles to develop their own businesses and achieve their dreams. The fact is MLM is a legitimate business opportunity and those involved in this enterprise can succeed financially. Robert Kiyosaki identifies multi-level marketing as a good business venture. But most people don’t make it past the first year.

The first year in any business can be challenging and discouraging. This is often due to a lack of knowledge and a lack of sustained effort in the right areas needed for success.

So…How can you make a network marketing program work for you?

The most effective form of advertising known to man is word-of-mouth. When someone goes out to dinner or sees a fantastic movie they share that experience with their friends the next day. MLM or multilevel marketing uses that process to promote products and services to others. The system helps to generate sales revenues while building residual income from a multi-tiered compensation structure. This business model is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It is a successful system normally taking three to five years to create significant changes in lifestyle and income.

The primary task of the MLM business owner is to draw customers for the sale of products or services. The secondary business objective is to help them assist others to get started in their own business using the same principles for marketing success.

Achieve in 5! helps ensure success
It is unlikely that the majority of business owners would succeed without a basic understanding of business principles and successful time management techniques. Starting a business without a plan of action and a number of steps that outline your daily activities is like navigating the world without a map. The principles of Achieve in 5! coach the business owner in the success principles that virtually guarantee the achievement of key daily tasks.

It is possible to take any process and break it down into action steps. Many of these steps can be accomplished in five minutes or less. By realizing small achievements and ensuring their completion, no task is too large. Many people believe that they do not have the time to do the things they want because they are too busy. Achieve in 5! offers network marketing business owners a new perspective on output that can be duplicated downline.

A detailed business plan allows any business owner a unique vantage point. These plan allow the business owner to see the full roadmap of success. Once you have your map and a working knowledge of the process, and understand the practical steps needed to achieve your goals, the most difficult part lays ahead; taking consistent action. Achieve in 5! Makes taking consistent action doable and it takes the burden off not doing enough or doing “whatever” fast enough. With Achieve in 5! you will identify your daily action steps and commit to taking consistent action, five minutes a day, every day.

Extending my day

SunIt’s 3:46 AM. Why am I awake? I’ll tell you why…

I never really made it to bed.

Yesterday, I came home from work and my husband and I decided to watch a movie. The movie, by the way, was Ancient Relic. It isn’t a bad film, but I can’t tell you if it was good or not because I fell asleep curled up on the couch with a blanket less than 20 minutes into it. That’s why I’m awake now. I didn’t do my Achieve in 5! “yesterday” (I put yesterday in quotes because I am extending my day until I finish my Achieve in 5!.

I know, somebody told you that there were only 24 hours in a day, and of course they were correct, but who says you can’t redefine your day. In this case, my day have been extended by 4 hours or maybe I should just count may waking hours as a part of my day.

So, if I completed my Achieve in 5! at 4:00am today, tomorrow begins when I wake up after few hours of sleep — since I am a bit of an insomniac.


Jump start your job search with 5 minute a day strategies

If you are looking for a job. Whether you are just starting out, between jobs, or seeking that next career step, you can start with taking action five minutes a day.

Here is my five minute plan for you job seekers:

Day 1 – Your Resume
Work on your resume. Having a great resume is the first step to a new job. Your resume represents YOU. If your resume is long winded, messy, or not well presented, you are not going to get an interview; and if you don’t get an interview, guess what…you’re not going to get the job.

blockbuster resumeSo, here’s your plan of action. Day 1, sign-up and download the ebook Blockbuster Resumes: Insider secrets to dazzle your audience and blow away the competition.” It’s FREE and you only have to sign-up for periodic updates on job trends. My husband, Robert, wrote the book, so I’m biased, but speaking as someone who has been in the field of Human Resources for (hmmmm-mumble mumble) years, I give it two-thumbs up.

Day 2 – 12 – Revise your resume
You read the book and begin applying the advice you are given. If you are paying attention and following the advice, it will take you at least a half-hour to revise your resume, more than likely it will require an hour or more of your time. The key is to make small changes to your resume daily and then come back and revise it multiple times until you have a Blockbuster resume. If you need help revising your resume, go to a local career center or outplacement firm; or you can email or comment on the website and ask a question.

Alternate daily action from this point – you can do it in five minutes a day. Some days you will want to spend more time. If that’s the case, certainly spend more time. The important thing is that you spend AT LEAST 5 minutes a day on your job search actions.

Your daily job search actions (select one a day):

  • Search job sites (if you want help finding job sites in your field, email me).
  • Write tailored cover letters.
  • Carefully follow the instructions for applying to jobs you like.
  • Write customized cover letters for each job.
  • Carry several copies of your resume with you everywhere you go. The blockbuster resume is one-page, so it’s not cumbersome and it quickly broadcasts your skills.

    Keep a positive attitude while you seek your next opportunity and remember to take daily action for at least five minutes a day.


    When Things Go Wrong

    spilled-coffee1Did you ever have one of those mornings? It happened to me the other day. I got up and made coffee. As I pulled the cup off the shelf, it broke. Then I cleaned that up, reached for another cup and poured my coffee. As I was headed to the table to relax and sip my drink I tripped over CB, my fluffy little son of the canine variety, and spilled the coffee. At that point, I considered going back to bed; but that really wasn’t an option. Needless to say the next hour of events included stubbing my toe, not being able to unlock the back door, stepping in puddle that soaked my feet, and almost running out of gas. Murphy’s law was in high gear.

    One thing is for sure, at some time, during some point on your journey, something if not many things will go wrong. That is just the way life works. To pretend things will not go wrong is only setting yourself up for some big disappointments. Certainly, it is possible to limit the number of things that go wrong by using good judgment and taking care of yourself and situations as they arise; and still, when you do everything in your power to prevent bad things from happening, every once in a while, bad things will happen.

    When things go wrong, our reaction to the situation can make all of the difference. The 10 F’s encompass the reactions most people have when things go wrong. Those 10 F’s are: freeze, fuss, fight, fret, fear, figure it out, fatalism (give up), fix it, flight, and frustration. When things go wrong, it is okay to get upset. But it is important to step back and rethink the situation and keep moving forward. I use the word ACCEPT as an acronym to give guidelines for responding when things go wrong:

    A – acknowledge that sometimes things do go wrong and there is no good reason for it. It isn’t necessarily your fault that something went wrong; and even if it is your fault, acknowledge that we all make mistakes.

    C – claim your right to be angry. You have worked hard to get your life to work for you and right when things seem to be going well it is upsetting if things go wrong. You have a right to be angry.

    C – calm down. Once you have claimed your right to be angry, it is important not to stay angry too long. Calm down. Take some deep breaths. Take a walk. Listen to some music. Do something constructive to regain your composure.

    E – evaluate the situation. Think about what this situation really means. What are your options? How can you deal with the situation? What can you change? Who can you contact? What have you learned?

    P – persist. Keep going. Don’t let the situation derail your progress. If it is really a big thing that went wrong, you may need to adjust your plans a bit; but the important thing is not to give up. Keep moving forward.

    T – take 5. Many times when things start spiraling downward we stop thinking and just start reacting. By taking five minutes to just relax, breath, take a walk or listen to music and suspend all thought for those minutes. Clear your head and then you can tackle the problem. Big problems require your attention, but don’t ignore the small ones. If you ignore small problems they are likely to only get bigger.

    All in all, my day got better. After I got gas, I drove in silence and forced myself to marvel at the beauty of ride. I reclaimed my composure and almost forgot the crazy beginning to my day.


    Embrace your discomfort zone!

    You’ve heard it many times, somebody telling you (or maybe you telling someone else) you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone.
    So, if everyone knows that expanding your comfort zone is not only important, it’s essential if you are going to make big leaps in your progress, then why is it so darn hard to take action when it is outside of our comfort zone?

    Guess what? I know the answer, and you probably do too…

      The comfort zone is easy and whether we will admit it or not, most of us like easy.

    We will often stay in bad situations because they are within our comfort zone. We may not like the situation, but at least we know what to expect. We stay in jobs where we are miserable, we stay in relationships that are unhealthy, we continue poor eating habits, and we don’t take the next step to make our lives better, all because change is UNCOMFORTABLE.

    The comfort zone is a powerful thing. It is also an important and unique aspect of who each of us is as an individual. The comfort zone is a defense mechanism that warns us when a situation may not be safe. It’s the thing that gives us confidence when we are tackling tasks others might find difficult or unsafe.

    The BIG PROBLEM with the comfort zone is, IT’S KIND OF STUPID. Our comfort zone doesn’t know the difference between unsafe and unfamiliar. Sometimes situations that are familiar are far more unsafe than situations that are unfamiliar and outside of our comfort zone.

    If you allow your comfort zone to determine of how far you will go and what changes you will or will not make, you have given that intangible and not too bright emotion the power to define your limits, define who you are, and who you will remain.

    I am not saying ignore your comfort zone, it is important to acknowledge feelings of fear. They may be genuine indicators of danger. If you are walking down a street at night and feel nervous and think, “I should stay on the major streets because I don’t know the neighborhood” go with that feeling. It might be an indication of an unsafe area. And, if you are supposed to make a speech that could help your career and you feel nervous about making that speech and think, “I might look really stupid if I make that speech” that is an indicator that you probably need to practice the speech more. If you know that making the speech is going to help you get where you are headed, practice, practice, practice and force yourself out of your comfort zone.

    Your comfort zone can shift and expand. The more experiences you have, the more people you meet, the more you read, the more changes you make, the broader and bigger your comfort zone will grow. The larger your comfort zone, the more you can achieve. In order to change your comfort zone, you must first step outside of it and embrace the discomfort.

    That’s right, it’s time to…


    So, you want to write a book?

    Transform your dream in five minutes a day


    Since I started writing my books, I have heard time and time again, “I want to write a book.” The idea of writing a book can be intimidating, so it isn’t something everyone can do. And even fewer can do it well. However, if you really want to write a book, you should do it.

    I have written three books in the past two years using Achieve in 5!, and I am now on book number four. Two of the books are children’s books (middle grade is the exact genre). They are a part of a series called the Everyday Role Model Series. It is the flagship project for Achievement U, Inc. a nonprofit I founded to help low-income inner city and other disenfranchised youth empower themselves to achieve success.

    Even though I wrote a 300 plus page dissertation in order to fulfill the requirements for my PhD, writing a book was a bit intimidating. And regardless of what anyone tells you, it isn’t easy. Writing a book takes persistence and definitely putting your ego aside. Even if you think you are going to be the next J.K. Rowlings, as every artist knows, putting your craft out for the world to critique is scary. For some it can be so debilitating that they never start to write the book and if they start, receiving any negative feedback can leave the completed pages unattended to rot on the hard drive of the aging laptop. (Been there and done that.)

    Regardless of what you want to write, whether it is:

    • Your memoir as a legacy for your children and your children’s children,
    • A self-help book to show others how you overcame some difficulty,
    • A cookbook or collection of some other passion,
    • A book of your expert advice to provide your expertise to a broader audience,
    • A book of your poetry that you have written and compiled for years,
    • The next Harry Potter or a book about zombies,
    • A science fiction book,
    • A romance novel, or
    • A children’s book.
    • There are so many types of books out there that you could write a book on just about anything.

      Writing a book has truly gotten easier with computers and self-publishing avenues that were not available just ten years ago.

      So, if you want to write a book, pick up your pen or grab your computer and begin today. Today, you can spend five minutes writing the idea for your book. Nothing else, just write the ideas for your book.

      By the way, my next book is Thompson Twins and the Time Machine.

      Post a comment with your book idea.