Why do some associates (team members) get annoyed by seeing continuous messages sent out by an upline leader to their team?
First, let’s stop and think. If you joined a business and needed support but the opposite was the case (you DIDN’T have a caring mentor shooting you advice to help guide you), you would likely and justifiably feel unsupported and upset. So that’s why I felt privileged and appreciative to have an upline who was constantly communicating with me through my journey. I wouldn’t have succeeded without it. (My upline isn’t here with us anymore, and I miss that communication dearly.)
So why would someone not have appreciation for this ongoing communication? Here’s why. If that person isn’t focused on their business, every time they see anything come across the phone or email that reminds them of the business, it possibly makes them feel guilty that they haven’t been focused/giving attention to the very business they know is their best chance to accomplish their goals in life. Nobody likes to be reminded of a shortcoming. We like to be recognized for doing good things. It’s like if you join a gym and you’re paying monthly, and knowing you need to be going regularly because you have fitness goals … but you haven’t been going … it’s the same feeling you’d have if your trainer at the gym was sending you reminders and tips. It would annoy you, not because the trainer isn’t trying to be helpful, but rather his communications are reminding you that you aren’t following through the way you know you should.
You might be tempted to think that your upline mentors are only sending you messages because they want you to produce so they can make money off your efforts. This is a very common mistaken belief. Yes, they do gain when you gain. But the reality is, at your job, your boss makes money off you but really doesn’t pay you what you’re truly worth. There’s no alignment of interests there. They will always pay you as little as they can get away with, so they can win the most. Here in network marketing, your upline wants you to win for yourself, and as a byproduct he/she gets rewarded as well. If you make $10K/month and your upline gets $1K in overrides, everyone wins … especially you. Any mentor who truly understands leadership and is offering you their attention, that person should be cherished, my friend. I cherish the few good mentors I have found in my life. I don’t ask them to buy me dinner because they’re wealthier than I am … I buy THEM dinner! Come on, you kidding me? I want what they have, and I am grateful for their help! They don’t need me!
At the end of the day, find it in your heart to always maintain a sense of appreciation for having someone in your life who cares enough about YOU and your goals to keep you on his/her communication list. Feel that you are blessed to have support from others in your quest to accomplish YOUR goals and dreams.
So when the next mass email or text comes, maybe take a moment to personally reply to express gratitude instead of annoyance. And in turn, how great will it be when your future team is receiving your communications and returning it with much gratitude and love?
Brian Carruthers has helped thousands of business associates to become successful business owners and get out of the corporate world rat-race, and begin to spend real time with their families and doing the things that are really important to them. Brian is one of the top trainers in the network marketing industry and actually does what he teaches.