New Year’s Resolutions. They’re a staple part of our yearly traditions. Some of us are better at keeping them than others, but more often than not, the reason they appear every year is because we tend to break them quite easily.
So, this 2016, how about swaying from the usual route and trying out some anti-resolutions instead? You might discover that some of your old habits could actually work very well in your favour.
1. Eat more.
Schedule more lunches, dinners, and coffee meetings with your prospects and downlines to get to know them better and build stronger relationships. Not only does this help you understand their needs more, you also pave the path to developing a stronger sense of community with your network, which, according to accomplished public speaker and author Brad Karsh, helps in improving retention and quality of work.
2. Spend more.
Saving is important, but you shouldn’t do it at the expense of your happiness. You worked very hard to earn the money you have now; you are allowed to reward yourself by spending it on something that would make you feel great about doing such a good job. Don’t deprive yourself under the misleading notion that all money is good for is retirement security. Spending wisely encourages you to keep working hard and buying things that provide you with amazing experiences has been proven to have a great impact on your mental health and general well-being.
3. Be less nice.
Of course, being friendly and generally agreeable are great things which help you build wonderful and rewarding relationships. But being too friendly and agreeable can work against you, as it makes you prone to being abused for your kindness and can leave you feeling frustrated, resentful, and prevent you from accomplishing what truly needs to be done. Being a contrarian actually benefits your team a lot more, because you present a new perspective that might prove to be better and drive you all to be more creative and never settle for simply “good enough”.
4. Waste time.
You’ve heard this many times before – one of the best things about being a network marketer is that your work gives you more time to spend on yourself and your loved ones. So spend that free time whichever way you want. You’ve worked hard to earn it; enjoy it as much as you can to remind yourself of why you love what you do for a living.
5. Keep saying ‘no’.
Some of you might believe that, if you don’t say yes to every request, people will get the impression that you’re slacking off and not contributing anything vital to your business. But truly successful people know that by choosing very carefully what they agree to, they allow themselves to (1) focus more on developing bigger results instead of creating mere ripples, (2) give others the chance to step up to a task that could benefit these people’s growth more, and (3) strike a great work-life balance. By knowing how to say “no”, you benefit yourself and others so much more.
Happy New Year! 🙂