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7 TIPS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO GIVE EXCUSES.
What can be done about partners that feel so lackadaisical about the business and they believe it’s your responsibility to grow their business for them?
This is a question asked by one of our mastermind group members in Naija Marketing Pro Mastermind Group.
In today’s post, you’ll learn some network marketing tips to help you deal with the people in your business who are in the habit of making excuses.
So read on.
Anyone who constantly makes excuses becomes unreliable.
Such a person always has ready replies for unprofessional behaviour, or let me say, has a lackadaisical attitude.
“I have tried all my best all the time,” or I’ve talked to everyone I know and nobody registered,” or I don’t know how to build this.”
An excuse is a reason that you give to explain a mistake, bad behavior, etc; reasons that you give to explain politely why you cannot do something, why you have to leave, etc; something (such as a condition or set of conditions) that explains improper behavior and makes it acceptable.
Excuses will do nothing but hold you back and keep you from achieving all you are meant to achieve in life.
Excuse is a limitation.
Here are seven ways to help your teammates give up their excuses so they can move forward in life and towards their goals.
1. UNDERSTAND THE REASON FOR THE EXCUSE.
As a leader, you must understand the reason for the problem and why he’s getting into a habit of making excuses.
If the excuse is caused by some personal issues or family needs.
Sit down with him and try to see how he can go past over them.
It is important to have a discussion at multiple levels and understand his behaviour and take appropriate action.
2. LEAD BY EXAMPLE.
I am aware of the fact that my habits and leadership will rub off on my team.
So, the goals we have set for the team, I will go out there and crush it.
If you disappear for some months and no one of your team members knows your whereabouts, you are not leading by example.
You should never dig below the bar you set and expect your team to perform at.
Before you can help someone get past their own excuses, you need to first become the type of person that takes responsibility for every area of his life.
You’ll need to take the position that you always have the power to make things different.
You have to give up all excuse and give way to results if you want to help others become leaders and attract leaders to your business.
3. DON’T BUY INTO OTHER’S EXCUSES.
If you have a teammate in your business who comes to you with excuses, you’ll want to learn how to reprogram their mind.
Mind reprogramming is a way to help him understand that excuses are not real but stories which we tell ourselves when we don’t want to take responsibility for our actions.
Here, show empathy but don’t buy into their excuses.
No matter how real their excuses are, you have to position yourself as a solution finder.
Help them to see the other side of not giving excuse.
4. SET THEIR MIND STRAIGHT TO NEXT LEVEL MENTALITY.
One man said, “Nothing moves until you move.”
You should let him see why he has to work if he wants to see changes in his business.
Nothing defines success like mentality.
You will tell him, ‘I want you to see why you can do this and stop seeing why you can’t because it is failure mentality that makes a failure whereby success mentality makes a star.’
Then, you will ask him, ‘Do you want to be a star or a failure?’
I know he will tell you that he will like to be a star.
Then position his imagination right to set the pace by sharing him some success stories in your company of the people that went from rags to riches.
5. SOME EXCUSES ARE CAUSED BY FEAR.
YOU SHOULD TELL HIM THE FOLLOWING;
“To eliminate excuses from our lives we must first look at eliminating all traces of fear.
‘Fear traps and locks us away within our comfort zone.
‘Yet fear often develops as a result of a lack of understanding, information, resources, experience or perspective.
‘If you lack all these things, you will naturally lack confidence, and as a result you will fail to take the action necessary to achieve your goals and objectives.
‘Consequently you will tend to make excuses about your life and circumstances in order to help boost your self-esteem.
‘However, all you’re doing is creating the illusion of security.
‘You’re simply masking the pain by taking a pain killer.
‘The pain is still there, and will continue to persist until you finally overcome your fears.
6. CALLING THE PERSON’S BLUFF.
If all else fails, and there is no evidence of a capability deficit.
You need to professionally call the person’s bluff.
Have a detailed conversation with the team mate and ask for reasons or data on what stopped him in meeting the deadline that he had set and committed to.
Ask him open ended questions like, why did he not crush his goals? Or why is he lagging behind? etc….
This needs to be done every time he misses a committed milestone or deadline.
You should start setting a goal to be crushed and major deadline for it.
7. ENCOURAGE THEM TO USE AFFIRMATIONS.
This is another way to help reposition their mind.
Encourage to make affirmations first thing in the morning and late at night.
So, what are the affirmations to make?
Today, I am enough,
I am smart enough,
I am able enough,
I am happy and loved,
My goals wow my soul,
I am crushing my goals,
I am passionately on-purpose to do good, be good and help others do the same,
I am enough,
I have enough,
I am successful.
When they say this affirmation.
It brings more clarity to their vision.
In life, it’s not whether something will work for you, instead, it is will you make it work?
Being a leader in Network Marketing is all about managing people’s expectations and also inspiring them to be a better version of themselves.
I hope to see you helping your team mates crushing their excuses.
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