Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 3 Faith
What if life was never about listening to the loud voices of those around us but rather of
listening to the soft, quiet and wise voice that is present within each and every one of us? Luminita Saviuc
Over the years I have been in a number of different network marketing companies. Each time I joined it was because I was in love with the product and just knew everyone else would feel the same way. In fact I couldn't imagine everyone not wanting to join me. Of course I soon learned this was not the case and in fact most of those who did join me quit soon afterwards.
A big part of the reason I failed was lack of self-confidence and lack of faith. I was attracted to the idea of network marketing and I liked the idea of the products, but didn't have enough faith in either one or enough self confidence or faith in myself to create a sustainable business. And of course the training I received was not up to the task.
What happens when we lack faith? If we start something new like a network marketing company, if we lack faith, we don't have what it takes to keep going through all the ups and downs. If we lack faith we are also very likely to lapse back into old habits, and a big one is listening to the advice of other people....the familiar people like family or friends who have helped shape us and make us who we are. If they are not familiar with network marketing or with being in business, if they place their faith in holding a job for life or not taking risks, then their advice to you will be the same, and if you don't have faith in yourself and your company they will sound very persuasive.
These are the "loud voices of those around us" referenced in the quote, the ones we will hear that will drown out the "soft, quiet and wise voice" within that is urging us to move forward with a new adventure.
It is only when we have self confidence, which is faith in ourself, and faith in our company and a system for moving our business forward that we can ignore those outer loud voices and begin to hear the still small voice within, the voice of God, the voice of our higher self that will never mislead.
Developing this kind of faith requires first making a decision about what is important, where we want to place our focus...and then deciding we are willing to make the changes necessary to have a new life. Part of knowing what we want and deciding where to put our faith is recognizing what we have to give up. This could be habits like not getting enough sleep, watching too much television or eating junk food. Or it could be spending time with people who don't support us to be our best, or spending time on unproductive activities rather than making the contacts and following up calls or developing the marketing and people skills that are essential for success.
Fortunately, when we are ready, faith is something we can develop using the magic of consistent, daily self-talk that allows us to attract all of the people and resources we need to succeed.
To really super-charge the process we can use the 5 steps that Hill provides in this chapter on faith that he calls the self-confidence formula. For best results, repeat it twice daily along with the 6 step formula from Chapter 2, Desire
In Mentoring for Free we often talk about the importance of being all in....and being all in requires faith....enough to believe we are doing what is best so we can make a genuine commitment to it and keep at it even when the loud voices from outside try to persuade us otherwise.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA