When you hear me speak, it won’t be long until you start to notice that I use different types of sports references within my lingo. It’s not that I spend a lot of time in front of the TV watching sports. Maybe I did at some point when I didn’t make the best use of my time.
Growing up in New York I used to waste countless hours in front of the television watching baseball games, basketball games, soccer games, watching highlights on SportCenter, then talking about the latest game by the water cooler at the office. Then when I moved to Florida it was Nascar. Same old mentality of celebrating other team’s wins or allowing my weekend to be ruined by one of “my” team’s latest defeat.
That is no longer the case. Even though I have little interest in watching sports at this point in life, or at least wasting precious hours that could be invested in something more valuable, sports analogies is something that I use to get myself and my team jacked up. After all, every business especially the home based business is one that thrives on good team dynamics.
So, here are 3 sports analogies that you can apply for yourself and your network marketing team starting today in order to increase productivity, comradery and results.
GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME
In almost every team there’s gonna be that player who knows the playbook inside and out but is unwilling to be on the starting lineup. He or she wants to call all the shots but isn’t willing to get their new sneakers dirty. They are quick to point to the missed pass but didn’t wanna look uncomfortable should they be on the field.
Time and time again I see unsupportive spouses sitting way up on the nosebleed sections yelling at their teammates about a missed shot.
There are also those sidelines all-stars who waste precious time analyzing the comp plan, the science of the products, the statistics of the company, the horoscope of their sponsors, etc.
It’s time to stop the procrastinating, the analyzing, the evasive behaviors and get your head in the game already! Get on the field, call the shots, make the plays and be Most Valuable Player for your network marketing team already!
There is no greater example of leadership than taking action even when there’s fear and uncertainty about the result you’re trying to get. Your team is watching!
HIT YOUR TARGETS
We all can get so enchanted by the rewards of what a successful network marketing opportunity can offer. The cars, the trips, the cruises, the 6-7 figure earnings and so on.
We want to sponsor the next superstar that can take our business into the stratosphere and we neglect the development of our own personal skills. We want to reach the Super Duper Triple Crowne Royal Black Diamond rank in 3 months in the business without helping the first recruit make his or her first presentation.
My point is, you can’t win the Super Bowl without first winning some games. You can’t win a game without scoring some points. You can’t score some points without moving the ball up the field and getting some first downs. You can’t get any first downs without gaining some yards. And you will definitely, most certainly will not gain any yardage without attending practice and getting hit hard in the process.
Get my point?
Hit your targets, whatever that means in your home based business. In network marketing we have some very common ones. Prospect, prospect, prospect, sponsor one. Sponsor one, help that one prospect and sponsor another. Repeat. Conduct a webinar for your team, then show up on one of your leader’s webinars. Hand the baton of leadership until you see your team soar.
But never stop hitting your targets.
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL
I could write so many blog posts about this one analogy alone, but I’ll keep it super generic. It doesn’t take a genius, or for the sake of this article, it doesn’t take an All-Star to understand this principle.
“Keep your eyes on the ball.”
Take your eyes off the ball and what happens? You’re gonna strike out. You’re gonna drop the pass, you’re gonna miss the penalty shot or the easy lay-up.
Same goes with your network marketing business. You’ve sponsored a few teammates, you made a few sales and then you took your eyes off the ball. You stopped hitting your targets, you’ve become cocky and stopped playing the game altogether and became another cheerleader on the sidelines.
Keeping your eyes on the ball means you can’t go and get distracted by nonsense news or gossip. It means less time with leisure and more time on the field. As I type the ending of this blog post there is a notorious international cycling finale in Europe. I have been getting alerts on my phone as I am part of a group chat every time a certain cyclist takes the lead or whatever it is they celebrate about.
I can’t help but ponder, do I really have the time to waste and celebrate another meaningless win?
Does it affect my family, my business, my bank account?
See you at the top!