You just don’t have enough belief! Great Lie #6

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You just don’t have enough belief! Great Lie#6 in an eBook written by Ann Sieg titled  “The 7 Great Lies of Network Marketing.”

Are you ready to build your business in internet marketing? I’m hoping by sharing the book, you may be interested in getting your own free copy.

I have permission to reprint this eBook without alteration. This is #6 of the series.

Here is Lie #1-5 if you missed them:

Great Lie #1 Everyone is your prospect

Great Lie #2 “It’s not selling. It’s sharing!”

Great Lie #3 “Anyone Can Do This.”

Great Lie #4 “We Will Build Your Business For You”

Great Lie # 5 “We have the best product ever!”

You just don’t have enough belief! Great Lie#6

Ughh!! Aren’t you sick of this one? Of all the lies in network marketing are there any that are more annoying than this one?

The evil lie of motivation and belief has got to be one of the greatest shams in the history of sales (not just network marketing).

Millions of distributors everywhere are told that the reason they aren’t successful yet is because they just don’t have enough belief. Or they don’t have a big enough “why.” Don’t you just want to lose your lunch when some big shot in front of the room tells you that?

The heavy hitters in your company would have you believe that you just need to get to that “breaking point” where you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired and then…nothing will be able to get in your way!

So what do you do? You listen to inspirational CDs. You cut out pictures of the car you want to buy and the places you want to go. You put those pictures everywhere – your fridge, your dashboard, your cupboard doors, your computer monitor – so you’re constantly reminded of what you’re working so hard for. You think positive. You go to every meeting you possibly can to energize your battery and “pump” yourself up for the week. You go to the annual national rally because you know that just seeing all those massively-successful stars up on stage will be enough to kick you into overdrive. You’ll be so overwhelmed and inspired that you’ll be unstoppable! You’ll reach that magical turning point where everything starts working and your bank account is filled with cash!

Stop and think about it for a minute. Really think about it. Is that how it works? Is fanatical motivation really the missing ingredient to success?

Last time I checked, you don’t need to have a huge “why” and a dream board just to make an average $30,000 income with a job.

So why do we need all that stuff in network marketing? I mean, wouldn’t it make sense that if you were doing what you’re supposed to be doing, you’d at least be able to make a comparable income with your business?

Now I know what you’re going to say. Yes, of course owning your own business is different. It’s harder than working a job. You don’t make money immediately. It’s called delayed gratification. You have to lay the foundation first before you get paid. We all understand that concept.

However, network marketing doesn’t have to be as hard as it is for most people.

The point is, if you’re truly building your business correctly, you’ll start seeing positive results, small as they may be at first.

If you’ve been hard at it for over 3 years and you still aren’t cashflowing…something is seriously wrong! And I can guarantee you it’s not your motivation.



Think of it this way:

If You’re Using A Shovel To Dig The Foundation For A House –
When You Could Be Using A Bulldozer –
Then yes, You’re Going To Need A Lot Of Motivation To Get The Job Done.



Make sense? The more inefficient your system is and the more ineffective your tools are, the harder you’re going to have to work to get results. And because of that, you have to make up for it big time with motivation.

When you’re using the right tools for the job…you’re seeing steady, consistent progress and things are trucking along smoothly…motivation becomes almost an afterthought.

Let me ask you: If you had highly-qualified prospects to talk to every day that understood what you do, expressed an interest in learning more and were eagerly awaiting your response, do you think that motivation would be a problem for you?


But motivation becomes a major issue when you have to force yourself to pick up that 10,000 lb. phone to call your son’s soccer coach who you know doesn’t give a rip about your business! That’s when you need to whip out your handy-dandy goal statement and remind yourself exactly why it is you’re annoying the heck out of people.

That’s what I did. I willed myself to harass everyone on my names list 5 times over until eventually people just stopped talking with me. Lost a few friends in the process. You know what though?

I finally did reach that “magical” turning point in my business where all of a sudden everything started working.

I went from barely signing up 1 person every 5 months…to sponsoring 10 people every month like clockwork. I went from trying to set up appointments with Perkins waitresses…to having success coaches calling me to ask if they can do what I do.

What happened?

I stopped worrying about belief and started concerning myself with the real nuts and bolts of how to market a business. Which is this: Find the people who’re looking for what you have, use an effective marketing system to automatically sell to them for you, and then
spend your time working with the best ones.

That’s how I became so overwhelmed with interested prospects banging down my door that I literally couldn’t handle them all myself.

But here’s the point I’m really trying to make:

It Was Not My Motivation, Desire, Belief
Or Any Of That Intangible Stuff That
Made The Difference In My Results.

It was the system I was using.

You see, I was insanely motivated when I was getting poor results. I always was. That factor never changed. Neither did my belief, my desire, my discipline or my work ethic. I worked just as hard using a crummy marketing system as I did using an effective one (in fact, I worked harder with the crummy one).

Motivation was not my problem and it’s not yours either.

You can be the most die-hard believer in the world…you can have the biggest “why” imaginable…you can have a desire so strong that there’s a literal physical burning inside you…you can be motivated till you’re blue in the face…but none of that matters if you’re using the wrong techniques.

If you listen to motivational tapes and you invest $50,000 into the stock market based on faulty, incomplete and outdated advice, are you going to make money? Of course not! It’s all about how you do something.

Motivation Isn’t The Solution. It’s A Copout.

It’s what your upline tells you when you come to them broken and discouraged, looking for answers and they don’t know what else to say.

It’s a very easy and convenient thing to tell someone who’s having a hard time in sales. You just don’t have enough belief! You aren’t motivated enough! You need to slap pictures up on your mirror of all the things you want in life! If you didn’t know how to help a frustrated mlmer, that’s probably what you’d say too.

Here’s what’s so great about the motivational lie: You can always get away with using it as a scapegoat because no matter how motivated someone is, you can always tell them they’re not motivated enough. And as long as they believe that hogwash, you never have
to know what you’re talking about and you never have to give them any real, solid answers to their problems.

And that’s why people resort to using it. Because the truth is, they don’t know why most of their people aren’t successful.

Now I’m not saying any of this stuff is bad or that it’s not important.

What I am saying is that when it comes down to it, you can do without the inspirational CDs. You cannot do without a good marketing system.

Another crucial point to be made is that there’s a HUGE difference between internal drive…and…external motivation.

External motivation is almost like a drug. It feels great when we’re in the moment listening to a story of how someone defied all the odds and became the success we dream about being. We feel sure that this mental “boost” will be enough to carry us all the way
to the finish line.

But then what happens?

3 days later the realities of life have kicked in and it’s already worn off. So we look for the next story to inspire us. And the next, and the next, and on it goes.

It’s just a quick-fix, not a long term solution.

Do you know what the ultimate motivator is though?

Real results!

“You just don’t have enough belief!” is my least favorite great lie!

In the last chapter I’ll explain how to get these by having people lining up to join your opportunity.



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19 thoughts on “You just don’t have enough belief! Great Lie #6

  1. Reading your article Raena I couldn’t help but reflect on a period following the monumental launch of The Secret. So many people got sucked into that and focused on the the promise that if they just BELIEVED enough all of their dreams would come true. Mind you, most took absolutely NO action to make what they wanted a reality, they were just waiting like good little lemmings for the good times to roll in. To this day I still bristle whenever I come across the term “Law of Attraction” because it makes me think of The Secret.

    1. Raena Lynn

      Hi Marquita,

      I understand what you are saying about The Secret. I remember when it launched. It was a big deal! It was based on the premise that positive thinking and feeling positive are claimed to create life-changing results such as increased wealth, health, and happiness. It was also surrounded by a lot of controversy. Belief isn’t enough. They have to take the responsibility to do the things they must do to change their reality. Thanks for your comment!

      Raena Lynn

  2. Sue Price

    Hi Raena

    Once again I will say I love that you are sharing this book. Oh I just cringe at all the things we have been told.

    This one worked for me in reverse. I was told (well recommended) to go to the International convention of a nutritional business I was building at the time. I was told it would build my belief in the products and the company.

    The company is in Dallas and it was nice to visit Texas for the first time. I also had fun with some friends. But and a bit But – it turned me off. There was knocking of other products and supposedly these were the only ones that worked. I hate that.

    The company is also founded by those extreme Christians and while I have my own spiritual beliefs I do not want to have someone preach theirs. So you know what I did not have enough belief then 🙂

    I love the points Ann makes here. Awesome content.


    1. Raena Lynn

      Hi Sue,

      I appreciate that you are enjoying these posts. I agree this eBook is packed with value. Your past experience with the company is interesting. It seems to me their intent backfired. It isn’t a good sign when a company knocks other products. It isn’t necessary. It shows lack of integrity and it is unfortunate. Thanks for your comments Sue!

      Raena Lynn

  3. Hi Raena Lynn! Oh So True!! “Great Lie #6” You just don’t have enough belief! You can believe but if you do not take action Well We all know what will happen Nothing!!! I have learned that building a strong foundation is the first step and Yes to have a system in place for you to follow one with support. Thanks for sharing.. Chery 🙂

    1. Raena Lynn

      Hi Chery,

      It’s great to see you again! Taking action is the key. Ann made two important key points.
      1) It Was Not My Motivation, Desire, Belief Or Any Of That Intangible Stuff That Made The Difference In My Results.
      2) You can do without the inspirational CDs. You cannot do without a good marketing system.

      Success is a combination of taking action and using a good marketing system. You are right, if you do not take action, nothing will happen. Thanks for stopping by!

      Raena Lynn

  4. Hi Raena,

    I like the metaphore about building a foundation for a house, very true!
    There’s nothing worse than listening to somebody go on and on about how great and special their product is and there’s nothing else like it, very frustrating!

    Thank you Raena

    1. Raena Lynn

      Hi Jessica,

      I agree with her metaphor. It’s worth repeating:

      If You’re Using A Shovel To Dig The Foundation For A House –
      When You Could Be Using A Bulldozer –
      Then yes, You’re Going To Need A Lot Of Motivation To Get The Job Done.

      Thanks for your comment.

  5. We always say there is to much hype out here and so many people are being taken advantage of. That has to be exposed and everyone should be told the truth about this great industry.

    First if you do not know something you have to educate yourself and it should not cost you anything. Everything being sold, told and hyped is free if you complete your due diligence.

    Stop looking for the fast buck and understand that if you do not have a foundation built first you are just wasting your time and money.

    The right state of mind is important but leave all the crap out of it. You have to return to the basic which is choice. Yes, that is the only things we have is choice. Making the right one the at every challenge is the key to moving forward and creating a real business. Something from making a couple of bucks to creating a real legacy.

    Yes, it is being done and not how all the hype out here states. Most of the so called gures are making money off of you and others by offering books, and such. Yes, they are good to enjoy like a cup of tea. Yet, I have read and herd all that stuff since the 70s from the ones who originated real businesses.

    Hey, wake-up and get with people who support your knowledge base and can show you how to do this the right way the first time. All without paying for free information and hands on support.

    Raena, you are one of our great visionaries and this article just edifies everything I feel about you. You have your rhythm and share that passion with usable information for all levels of us readers.

    We appreciate you and love to see more!

    1. Raena Lynn

      Hi William,

      Building a strong foundation is important to succeed. I agree with you. Without a foundation, it is a waste of time and money. That foundation needs to be built with a good marketing system and the training from respected leaders, such as Ann Sieg, to implement. Your point is well taken, “Get with people who support your knowledge base and can show you how to do this the right way the first time.” Only someone with experience would know there could be many attempts to success. Wouldn’t it be great to get it right the first time? Thank you for your thought provoking comments.

      Raena Lynn

  6. Hi Raena!

    As a personal development coach, I always tell my clients that all these exercises we can do are great tools, but it is up to them to act upon it.

    I still do my affirmations and such, but that is for me and my personal growth. If I acknowledge that there is something in my consciousness that needs mending I go and fix it.

    But when it comes to business, it is not only one’s mindset, but taking the skills we learn and using them.

    Reading this reminds me when I had a Psychic Shop several years ago. I had many “magick candles” in the shop. People thought that if they lit the candle all troubles would go away, or success or love would come to them. NOT! The candle was a representation of focus. I always stressed that YOU have to act on what you want, not just light a candle and make it happen. Sorry, just had to share that he he.

    Taking Action is the key to business. Getting out there and doing instead of thinking will get results.

    Oh I love this series!


    1. Raena Lynn

      Hi Donna,

      I just learned something new about you. I didn’t know you had a Psychic Shop! I LOVED your candle story. It cracked me up! I think you should write a post/s about you Psychic Shop…just a thought.

      I totally agree with you. Mindset and using our skill sets to implement will lead to success in business. In addition, it is also necessary to have a good marketing system and use effective techniques. I think Ann did a wonderful job with her eBook. I hope the information she has shared will help internet marketers prevent unnecessary pain and frustration.

      Raena Lynn

  7. Adrienne

    Hey Raena,

    After a friend loaned me the movie “The Secret” in December of 2006, it was a huge turning point for me. I was like most people who though OMG. All I’m really suppose to be doing is believing in myself and then everything will fall into place for me!

    Then in January of 2007 I lost my job and that’s the reason I didn’t go back to corporate America. Okay, not having been happy the last three years had something to do with that too but having watched that movie opened my eyes that I could be, do and have whatever I really wanted.

    Of course like most people, I later learned that was just a small piece of that huge puzzle and trust me, I believed girl! More then anyone on this darn earth but nothing came my way.

    If belief were all it took to make it in anything I would be the richest woman on the face of this earth. Oh yeah, I’d have Oprah beat by miles and miles so it’s not just belief and NO, I’m not a lazy person who did nothing either.

    I so believe this statement to be true after having gone through what I have so amen to this message girl.

    Hey, hope you’re enjoying your weekend.


  8. Dan says:

    The quote with the shovel and the buldouzer for building a house is so good! I mean it’s true that if you lack the proper skills you will need a lot of motivation and probably you will not even get the job done, no matter how hard you try to motivate yourself. Therefore you need to asses the situation every time and you need to think about what you can do best to get the job done. Only then you can think about motivating yourself. THanks for sharing this, great article. Cheers!

    1. Raena Lynn

      Hi Dan,

      Welcome! Thank you for your visit and comment. I really love the shovel analogy too. It makes the situation very clear. There are so many factors that determine success. Motivation is definitely essential, but the lack of proper skills will keep you digging for a long, long time. After awhile, the motivation wears thin. Anyone coming into internet marketing needs to understand these principles, or sadly they will be the one of many who eventually give up.

      Raena Lynn

  9. Hi Raena,

    I just wanted to write again and say positive thinking is supposed to make you feel better, like you can control your own mood, your own thinking, you can have as much or as little belief as you want in whatever you would like and belief is not supposed to be turned around to make you think less about yourself or like you didn’t believe enough in yourself to reach the goals others have told you you would have if only you believed!

    Believe in yourself and don’t let anybody bring you down!

  10. Raena,

    I am so excited to read this blog post and to hear how well you are now doing in your business. Bravo! You have worked hard and studied this online world. Would love to hear more about your system that is working for you.


    Dr. Erica

  11. Cherrie Bautista

    Very true. It’s not about not having enough belief in yourself but it’s about having a goal, plan, taking action no matter how small but doing it consistently which keeps you moving forward. Having the right system and tools is crucial as it will enable you to see faster results which will keep you motivated. Very valuable lesson, Raena. Thank you very much for sharing!

    1. Raena Lynn

      Hi Cherrie,

      You summarized it perfectly. Taking action is the key, but it has to be combined with everything you listed. “Having a goal, plan, taking action no matter how small but doing it consistently which keeps you moving forward.” That is the “secret” behind success. Consistency is essential and for I believe is a major challenge for most people in this business. I have to pay attention and work on it daily. If I start to fall behind, I get right on track and keep on going. Consistency is the only way to get results. With results comes motivation to make it happen again….and again…and again. Thanks for your visit. Congratulations on all of your latest achievements!

      Raena Lynn

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