My team has a negative attitude about SFI. How can I change it to a positive one?

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Francis Tailoka, SB (United Kingdom) Top Author Forum Guru 1/30/2016 4:28 pm
Affiliate since: 10/05/2011, Power Rank: 26 | Read Francis's 105 other Ask SC answers
I see three key words in your question: team, attitude and change.

Attitude is a direct product one’s belief or perception of something or a situation. A right attitude leads to good actions and equally a wrong attitude leads to bad actions.
Therefore to change from one attitude to another, one has to address the cause of the misconception or wrong belief.

I find it strange, that you are not just dealing with the attitude of one or two PSAs but your team. It is one thing
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Lawal Sunday Joshua, Aff (Nigeria) Top Author Forum Guru 1/29/2016 3:46 pm
Affiliate since: 05/06/2013, Power Rank: 2195 | Read Lawal's 156 other Ask SC answers
Its not far from the truth that some affiliates think negatively about SFI, Magdalene. I have tried advertising SFI to an old affiliate of SFI which I never knew was once a member and he said things which made me ask him, how much have you invested in the business? He couldn't go further. Only to find out he was expecting much income without doing his actions, without advertising and without investing.

When situations like this arises amongst my members, I begin to think of things I never
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Dannie Losito, Aff (Kentucky, US) Top Author Forum Guru 1/29/2016 2:55 pm
Affiliate since: 12/26/2015, Power Rank: 99999999 | Read Dannie's 5 other Ask SC answers
Changing negative attitudes is a very difficult task. However, not impossible. It will take patience on your part plus an understanding of basic psychology.

First, like I stated above, be patient and when you feel like giving up, be patient.

Second, At some point someone will give in and give you a clue as to why all the negativity exists. You're not asking the right questions just yet or not listening to them as actively as you could. Do not get me wrong, I am not placing
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Gweneth Liddy, EA (Florida, US) Top Author Forum Guru 1/28/2016 4:36 pm
Affiliate since: 02/09/2012, Power Rank: 210 | Read Gweneth's 17 other Ask SC answers
I would accept their comments since everyone has a right to their opinion. Just consider that their initial experience might have been overwhelming due to language barriers, information overload, their perception that SFI is a get rich quick scheme etc.
As a Team Leader:
1. Listen, and ask them questions about their negative comments.
2. Identify their objections, and deal with each accordingly explaining the plus side or agree with them
3. Share your good and bad experiences
6650 votes
Nafisa Patwa, Aff (Kenya) Top Author Forum Guru 1/29/2016 7:06 pm
Affiliate since: 10/26/2013, Power Rank: 528 | Read Nafisa's 286 other Ask SC answers
I strongly believe that everything in life has both a positive and negative and as such people have their strengths and weaknesses. Your team's attitude and how they perceive SFI starts with you. If you have an optimistic outlook about SFI, you will definitely pass this onto your team members. Having said that, we are without doubt faced with situations with prospects and team members when they do not see your viewpoint.

Take any business, the people who run the business are interested
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Christine Donaldson, SB (Gibraltar) Top Author Forum Guru 1/28/2016 10:23 pm
Affiliate since: 02/02/2015, Power Rank: 159 | Read Christine's 19 other Ask SC answers
In my experience lately, I am finding out that telling, PSA's that SFI is not for everyone, as it takes determination and a real desire to succeed, so if they feel they haven't got that desire then it is perfectly ok for them to leave no problem or shame in that.
As humans we do not like the idea of anyone thinking that we haven't got determination and desire.
But as I haven't said it in a derogative way, they automatically want to prove they are genuinely interested.

Next step
6617 votes
Cal Warren Akers, Aff (Pennsylvania, US) Top Author Forum Guru 1/29/2016 7:01 am
Affiliate since: 03/14/2009, Power Rank: 189 | Read Cal Warren's 108 other Ask SC answers
Hello, Magdalena!

Assuming that it is not you who is to blame for the "negative attitude" your Team now has, I suggest that you continue doing the following:

1. Lead by Example.

Don't ask your Team Members to do anything you aren't doing yourself. What you do shows up. If you want them to promote and sell more TripleClicks products.. then you should already be promoting and selling TripleClicks. If you want them to be a "Fast-Track'er" then you
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Dušica Jovanović, Aff (Montenegro) Top Author Forum Guru 1/28/2016 11:49 am
Affiliate since: 06/13/2015, Power Rank: 1052 | Read Dušica's 11 other Ask SC answers
This is a very good question that heeds a serious consideration.

It is a common problem and I am sure every SFI member asked him/herself how can the negative attitude be changed to a positive one.

According to my opinion, you yourself should be a positive thinking person with strong enthusiasm. Your knowledge about the SFI business and the Rules of Success should be on a very high level. Only so you will be able to make your affiliates understand how SFI works and when they
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Laurie Mccain, Aff (Oregon, US) Top Author Forum Guru 1/28/2016 11:03 pm
Affiliate since: 10/25/2010, Power Rank: 99999999 | Read Laurie's 53 other Ask SC answers
Hi Magdalena,

Your question really intrigued me!

You say your team has a negative attitude about SFI but how can you be sure? Is your team sending you emails that lead you to believe this, or are they just unresponsive?

Maybe they only do a little bit on their SFI sites or aren’t doing any advertising or getting commissions?

Also, it is surprising that anyone with a negative attitude is here at all – after all, no one is forced to be in SFI and
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Kay Byers, EA (Michigan, US) Top Author Forum Guru 2/1/2016 1:19 am
Affiliate since: 10/26/2010, Power Rank: 271 | Read Kay's 289 other Ask SC answers
Because of human nature, we must do all we can do to fight negativity. Because most people on the outside do not have a true understanding of SFI, our new PSAs often are discouraged by their friends and loved ones to do this business. Because of what other companies have done, people suspect SFI of being crooked. Negativity abounds in the uninformed world around our PSAs.

Therefore it is necessary to prepare yourself as a sponsor and as a team leader to deal with negativity before you
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