AFFILIATE TIP: Feeling overwhelmed is NOT a requirement to getting started
From: Scott Barrett
CONDELL PARK NSW AUSTRALIA
When I started with SFI, I might have kicked things off a little differently than others. Essentially, I spent a heap of time just reading—reading SFI Forum posts, reading training manuals, copying, and noting things that I either liked or thought would be good to try. I might be a little slow off the mark in personally sponsoring people, but I figured I’d be much better prepared to support them when the time comes.
That leads me to something I’ve noticed in my Forum travels: from time to time, there is a post that exhibits a somewhat frustrated, or “what-am-I-doing-wrong” type of undertone. It’s important to remember that every now and then, particularly when you’re just starting out, there will be moments of frustration and times when you question yourself. Sometimes, you need to remind yourself of this fact. For everyone out there who is new and having a bad day, I suggest casually wandering through the SFI Forum.
Just cruise around, and you’ll see some really motivating, inspirational snippets. If you find one that really resonates with you, click the thread poster’s name to find other posts they’ve written. You’re bound to find more of the same. Do a spot check on your level of confidence and motivation each time. If you’re like me, you won’t be feeling as low as before, and the sun will start to poke its way through the clouds blocking your potential from becoming a reality.
Another thought: When we’re learning something new, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed by all the information. Some of us need to let things sink in a bit. So maybe you just need to give it a bit of time. Stop trying to take it all in at once, and just focus on one thing. Or, look to your past or others’ lives and notice how things tend to transpire. What are you good at outside of SFI? Can you take that skill and apply it to something within your SFI business?
For instance, single moms: You might have signed up to generate extra income so that you can spend more time with the kids. A little way into things, you might be a bit frustrated and start thinking it’s not worth the effort. Instead, think about what you do well as a single mom. I’ll bet you’re organized, can manage things a million different ways, and have routines and systems in place to get everything done. So, put some of those single mom skills to work for you with SFI—get something organized, even if it’s just your favorite posts or your marketing ideas; create some routines or systems to approach your new venture.
Just as important, every new affiliate should post something on the SFI Forum, and not just technical questions. From what I’ve seen of the posts from more experienced SFIers, they’re not only successful, but they really seem to be good people with good values. I was initially nervous about posting my first entry, but I feel really comfortable with Forum members. I feel I could post something about having doubts or feeling a bit down, and there would be fellow SFI affiliate to prop me up again. They’ve been there and done that and can probably relate to what we’re all going through.
One last thought: If you are still doubtful about SFI, just go for it. It’s all too easy to procrastinate on the basis of “I’m still checking it out.” If you decide its not for you, then at least you’ve looked at it properly and given the system a chance.