Have you ever been frustrated by your online network marketing efforts and completely overwhelmed? The shiny objects out there are so attractive to you, so you go after them. And then you don’t seem to be making any headway at all.
I had that situation with wanting to start presenting webinars as part of my online marketing. I knew they were a good thing to be doing – but I just felt overwhelmed by how to get from point A to point B. I needed a system to help solve my problem.
To solve my problem, I actually followed the 3 steps illustrated to me by my trusty ol’ GPS.
(GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is a device used to direct us when we are driving somewhere.) I’m going to present to you 3 steps to problem solving as modeled by the GPS.
1. Set your goal where you want to go. If you want to go out to eat at an Ethiopian restaurant in the city, you have to get the address first in order to set that destination in the GPS. (Okay – I know – most of them can find the address for you themselves, but you are missing my point.)
Do you know where you want to go with the particular problem you are trying to solve? This could mean you need to do some learning, studying, researching, or asking others to learn where you want to go.
In parenting, you might have the goal to eliminate whining from your children. So you will learn what others did to get that result.
In your health, you might want to lose weight. So you spend time learning about healthy weight loss options and healthy eating.
In network marketing you might want to learn how to do webinars to market your products better. I took time to research the different platforms available, to learn the best way to present, and then to decide how to proceed.
Learning has to go hand in hand with setting a goal.
Now that you know where you want to go, you get it all programmed into your GPS. What is the next step?
2. Take action. You pull out onto the street and get going! Taking action is necessary or you never will get to your destination.
To eliminate whining, you begin giving consequences for whining. You praise your child when whining wasn’t used.
With weightloss efforts, you make healthier choices. You visualize your new slim self as you drink your breakfast protein shake.
I actually have said MANY times that I needed to begin to present webinars. But . . . I wasn’t taking action. The lofty goal was there – but there was no action to follow through. Recently I took action and did all three steps.
Which brings me to the third step that trips up a lot of people (no pun intended):
3. Recalculate. If you have the joy of owning a Garmin GPS, you have most likely experienced the lovely voice saying “recalculating” when you decide to make a detour from her specific instructions.
Recalculating needs to happen when we are in the “taking action” step and something doesn’t work that well. We have to make a few corrections to the plan we are implementing.
In parenting, maybe the consequence of time out wasn’t working too well. In fact, your child seemed to like time in his room. So you “recalculate” and switch to “no media” for a consequence.
In your weight loss efforts, you found out that you just didn’t enjoy that particular exercise video. So you “recalculate” and add in a daily 30 minute walk instead.
With my pursuit of learning webinar marketing for my network marketing, I found that the first platform I tried resulted in an echo with my trial run. So I found another one to try out and evaluate. Bingo. I “recalculated” and kept on my journey.
Then you go back to step 2 of take action, followed by step 3 of recalculating when needed, focusing on the goal, until you reach your final destination.
And yes, I did reach my destination. My first two webinars are online and active. Check them out here: Skin Care Webinar and Healthy Cells webinar and let me know what you think. I’m excited to keep moving forward.
Remember that you need a system to make efficient progress and the GPS illustrates a great “system” for problem solving!
What problem are you grappling with right now? Or what system have you found that works great for your challenges. Leave a comment below and let me know.
Try the GPS guide to effective problem solving with these 3 steps.
Next action: Check out my favorite webinar platform system here. This is a great way to get your webinars going on line.