When a person begins training for a marathon, her only concern should be if she can do better tomorrow than she did today. She doesn't think of her work outs as races, she thinks of them as training exercises to build her endurance and eventually be able to run the whole 26+ miles without collapsing.
Because network marketing is a marathon and not a sprint, it's important to be aware of your progress, but not compare yourself with someone who has been doing it longer. As a beginner, would you expect yourself to win a game of golf against Jordan Spieth? Would you expect yourself to hit a grand slam home run off Zack Greinke? No. And so you shouldn't expect yourself to do as well as someone who has been in the industry for 20 years and half a dozen companies. Be aware of that person, note what they are doing, learn from their techniques, but don't beat yourself up because you're fading after the first mile. Just wake up tomorrow and try to go two, then three. Eventually you'll make the 26.
I have a friend who is an excellent golfer. She's been playing for 38 years. Yet she didn't get a "hole in one" until her 36th year of playing the sport. Did she give up? No. She kept going and keeps going, always working to celebrate her talent. She doesn't expect perfection. She embraces challenge. There's a difference in both mindset and heart set. If you have your heart set on getting a hole in one every time you play, you will quickly be discouraged. If you have a mind set that says you should be perfect every time, you will likewise be disappointed. However, if, like my friend, you have a mindset that says, "I'm going to improve every time I play, even if my only improvement is learning a little more about this course," you will find it easy to keep going. If you have a heart set that says, "I will always do my best for that day and those conditions," you will never feel let down.
Honor your efforts by trusting them. Know that the steps you are taking to improve your skills will eventually make you that Boston Marathoner, that below par golfer, that home run hitter, the pro that everyone looks up to. The old saying, "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game," is true. Learn to be patient with yourself and the process. Ask for advice. Learn and grow in skill. But don't compare yourself to someone with a team 10 times as large as yours who has been in network marketing 30 years. If you do, you're just asking for disappointment and you'll beat yourself up, which does no one any good--including members of your team.
When friends ask me how I am doing, I say, "Every day another step." This often brings a laugh, but I am not saying it for the humor. I'm saying it because I know that every day I work toward being the best version of me, I am taking another step toward my goal.
Go ahead, swing for the hole in one, but learn to be okay with going into the rough.