Letting your Network Marketing field lie fallow for a season.

Letting your Network Marketing field lie fallow for a season.

I was researching why Farmers let their fields lie fallow for a season? Here is a quote I found that gives a good description.

“Leaving a field to lie fallow simply means leaving a paddock or field to be unseeded, uneaten, and un-spoilt for a season or more. Farmers let fields lie fallow because it is one of the best ways to allow the land to replenish its nutrients and regain its fertility without resorting to the application of fertilizers. Sad thing is, farmers have so many demands on them that most don’t let fields lie fallow anymore or at least find it difficult – and this in turn is slowly sapping the ground of all its cornucopian goodness”Ken Chitwood.

It made me realize in Network Marketing, that it is a good strategy from time to time, especially if you have had a series of one failure after another to take time out, to have a break from it all, to do other things for a while, become a normal human for a bit and let your Network Marketing field lie fallow. It’s not the same as quitting for good; all you are doing is following nature, following what the farmer already knows. You are refreshing your field, you are going to feed you, your mind, your life, you are maybe going to get some new training, do some Industry research, go into stealth mode for a while, keep other guessing as to what you are really up too? Start your own blog; get yourself organized for a comeback once your field is refreshed! Stay out of the game of “Jump”, for a while, IE: desperately jumping from one thing to another. Resist joining things that are sent to tempt you, say politely, “No thanks I am taking time out for a while”. “Stay out of the game of “Jump”, for a while, IE: desperately jumping from one thing to another. Resist joining things that are sent to tempt you, say politely, “No thanks I am taking time out for a while” It’s interesting many of those opportunities that you were presented with during your time out period may not be around anyway when you get back! So by abstaining to re-nourish your field your Industry friends will respect you more, and when their deal goes wrong and you are back in action on something you REALLY want to do you can prospect all those who pitched you whist you took time out. Keep building your list during your fallow season if you wish, gently, just by being nice, sharing ideas, inspiration, being a real friend, but DO NOT pitch anyone, until your field is re-nourished and ready for planting again. All this particularly applies to the normal continual prospecting frenzy. Here’s how it goes, under normal Network Marketing World conditions (When you do not take time out to nourish your field) you probably would continually pitch your prospect list on the next deal you got into, weeks after you decided to get out of your last Network Marketing deal! I noticed when I used to be in the field (Excuse the pun), that if people did not hear from me for a while and then did my chances of success in signing them up were greater. It puzzled me; until I reflected on the farmer, the analogy with the Farmer and his field works equally well in Network Marketing. They say “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”, and typically when I had not called my list for some time and did I would get a reply like “Bernie you old sausage, I have not heard your dulcet tones for ages, how are you buddy, what you up too, no doubt you have something good to share with me?”. A much better and more responsive prospect I am sure you would agree then the response of “Oh God it’s you again, what you up to this week, thanks but no thanks I am busy”. I guess being known in the Network Marketing World affords me the good fortune of getting pitched on every business going, in the last hour I have been pitched 3 times on 3 different opportunities, I note the serial pitchers, and I avoid them like the plague, and the reason for that is they have over done it, they called me, emailed me, skyped me too much on too many different things over a period to make me feel I cannot take them seriously. I know their field is over farmed and they sound to desperate, not the kind of people I would want to do business with. When we over pitch our list we are like the farmer who over plants his field, the yield gets less and less and of poorer quality every time. When a farmer lets his field lay fallow he allows the ground to regenerate, to re-nourish itself, we need to do the same with our over farmed prospect lists. “When we over pitch our list we are like the farmer who over plants his field, the yield gets less and less and of poorer quality every time. When a farmer lets his field lay fallow he allows the ground to regenerate, to re-nourish itself, we need to do the same with our over farmed prospect lists” It’s a simple lesson of nature. Nature has lots of good answers to life, it works! When you are on that treadmill, over plowing, over planting, getting poorer harvests, consider the farmer and his field, consider taking time out and letting your Network Marketing field lie fallow for a season?

First Published on: Oct 17, 2012.

© 2016 Bernard Taylor

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