Are you practicing the art of building a network marketing internet business? I got to thinking about the word practice last night, and how it applies to building our businesses.
My oldest daughter has taken ballet lessons for years and my youngest daughter has just started to take tumbling this year.
While trying to get dinner ready, taking care of my two year old, and cleaning up the house yesterday afternoon, I was feeling frustrated by the thunder on the floor as my youngest daughter was practicing her round-offs and cart wheels in the family room.
Every thump made the dishes in the china cabinet rattle, and rattled my patience at the same time, but she was so excited to see improvement in herself. She had pushed all the furniture against the walls to clear a space to practice and she was 100% devoted to getting better. Although I was irritated, I have to admit I saw measurable improvement in her through her practicing.
I can’t help but to look at my oldest daughter dancing and see her progress. She has literally transformed from the little 3 year old girl in tights that bagged at the ankles, learning to make bunny ears with her feet in first position, to the beautiful 12 year old young woman she is now, who moves gracefully and fluidly. It took practice to get to where she is right now. Lots of it. And still, in ballet lessons, her instructors will make gentle tweaks to the position of her wrist, straighten a leg, or turn her foot out a little bit more. She’s learning and practicing.
The word practice is an action word. It’s not learning theory, classroom studies…it’s being in the act of doing something.
- To practice piano, you have to make a sound.
- To practice medicine, doctors have to see and treat patients.
- To practice tennis, you have to have a racket in your hand and be swinging at the ball.
Practicing the Art of Network Marketing Internet Business
Practicing in building a network marketing internet business can look many different ways, but it must involve the activity of networking (i.e. talking to people,) and marketing (i.e. producing value based content that will attract people to you.)
Just having a blog that gets updated once in a while is not practicing. Occasionally connecting in social media is not practicing. Practicing involves doing an activity with the intention of correcting, fine-tuning, and tweaking the activity to get better.
Repetition is the name of the game. Practicing through repetition allows us to gain experience, knowledge, and improve our skills. It will allow us to find our sweet spot in our network marketing internet business.
Mastery in a Network Marketing Internet Business
Practicing over, and over, and over again, will lead to improvement and eventually to mastery if continued long enough. I’ve heard that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master something. How many hours have you practiced building your business? How many hours prospecting? How many hours presenting, etc.?
The action you take in building your network marketing internet business is and always will be an experiment. The internet is constantly changing; people are different. But every time you do something repeatedly you are bound to get more comfortable with it and improve.
In the beginning of learning something new, it takes a lot of practice to get a feel for what is right. There are bigger adjustments to make, and more practice is necessary. In your network marketing internet business, that may look like writing a lot of blog posts to get enough content online to have something of value for your readers. It may look like working harder in the beginning to make connections online, making major adjustments to your marketing funnel until you get it right, etc.
Building your network marketing internet business will undoubtedly bring about challenges or opportunities for improvement, but like my oldest daughter, as you gain more experience through practice, slight tweaks may be all you need to see big results.
Call it practice, call it rehearsal, call it whatever you’d like…it boils down to repetition of activity. And lucky for us in a network marketing internet business we get paid to practice. It’s on the job training and the more we learn the more we can earn.
I’d love to hear how you practice the art of building your network marketing internet business. What specific skills are you practicing on and trying to improve? Please share them in the comments below. You are on a dofollow blog so you will get some link love from me if you comment and share.
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