Keep It Simple

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Keep It Simple

There's some wiring in our brains that we want to complicate things, make them harder than they need to be, or reinvent the wheel.  In this business, the opposite is true.  If an 8 year old can't do it, you shouldn't either - is the general rule.

We can be creative in many other parts of our lives.  The simpler we make our network marketing business, the more effective, productive, and duplicatable our business becomes -- and that is the key to the success.  Do steps 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat.

You show your team members these steps.  They learn the steps.  They show their team members these steps.  They learn the steps.  They show their team members these steps. Follow? Pretty easy, right?

Less is more.  Use the tools such as videos, webinars.  Do the 3-way edification process.  We're in this to help people create income streams in their lives.  The more we complicate, the less we make this happen.

Remember if an 8 year old can't do it, please don't.  Save that for other parts of your life.

 

 

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Your Story Helps People

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Your Story Helps People

Everybody has a story.  Their story of their life from birth to childhood to school and career life. Trials, tribulations, successes, hurtful or painful times, and life changing moments.  Your story can help another, inspire, teach, or simply someone wanting to listen.  When we don't share our story, we are being selfish.

At the source, we are all one and all desire connection.  That's the power of a story, it connects us.

I encourage you to write your story, like the cliff note or bullet point version, and usually the deeper, more tear-shedding, or hold your belly laughing moments are the ones that we want to hear.  It may feel vulnerable.  I believe that's where connection happens.

It's pretty therapeutic and freeing to do it too.   Have fun!

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Cultivate. Don't Motivate

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Cultivate. Don't Motivate

He said to cultivate, don't motivate.  What does that mean for you, I ask.  He replied, like a Bonsai tree.  

A bonsai tree grows naturally on its path, each branch taking its course, each leaf growing when and where it's suppose to.  We help cultivate and nurture it, but don't give it direction nor can we speed up its growth.

It resonated with me.  I have a strong tendency to want to motivate, and also hurry up the process with my team, or when in a conversation and I can see the answer!  Wait..I know what you need to do, say, or change, or where your growth it - I know!!  And, here it has nothing to do with me.  It's their path, their timing, their lessons.

How can we cultivate one another?  We can ask questions, possibly to answers or thoughts or considerations that they haven't seen.

The service we can provide is to cultivate, not motivate..let each other grow on their path the way they are meant to grow, naturally.

Just like a bonsai tree.

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When You Give Back

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When You Give Back

I remember listening to Tony Robbins and he was talking about hitting a (financial) plateau at different points in his career.  Do you what changed it for him?  When he didn't make it about him.  His goals were about helping others.  First, it was with the birth of his son.  Another time it was about feeding kids...and then feeding 1 million kids.  Each time, his salary increased.

In the last interview I heard him say that he fed 42 million kids in his lifetime.  That's really impressive, and it is certainly is giving back. Guess what?  Now, his goal is to feed 42 million kids in one year!!  What do you think will happen to his income?!

Imagine that feeling -- from the financial wealth but more importantly from his spirit, how fulfilling.  

I have certain financial goals, and they are started conservative - $100K/year, then to $250K/year.  Which was a process.  And then I thought about things that are important to me - environment, right to know what is in our food such as GMO's, having the choice if we want our kids vaccinated, our rain forests.... my goal grew to $100K/month.  

After hearing Tony, I think I need to even stretch my goals even bigger.  It's not about me.  It's about what I can do for this planet and for others.

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Go Through the No to Get to the YES

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Go Through the No to Get to the YES

Think what you would do for your child.  Walk a hundred miles?  Fight for his rights all the way to the Supreme Court?  Stay up all night listening to her fears?  Anything and everything without a doubt.  

Where's that passion, that fire, with your business?

How many no's would it take for you to just quit?

Would you quit on your child?  Why quit on your dreams, then?  What example would you be setting?

The power of no is what you give it.  It can either make you better - as with every no there is a lesson - even if it's just wrong timing.  Or it can make you quit.  It's your choice, your power.

I have learned that getting No's is part of the formula to getting to the Yes's.  It's not one or the other, it's not left is yes and right is no like at a "T" in the road.  It's that I have to go through the "no" neighborhood to get to the "yes" neighborhood -- it's part of the journey, the process, the practice.

So when you think of the no's and they make you want to quit.  Remember that passion you have to never stop for your child - use it for your dreams, you will make you and your child and this planet at a better place.

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Have Fun - A New Concept

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Have Fun - A New Concept

Today I went for a hike; I needed to step away as I was getting caught up in my old routine of "it has to be hard, it has to be work, for me to succeed."

There's this underlying belief that it has to be hard, doing something that I don't enjoy or just pushing through to get by.  That it has to be "work", behind a computer, or in an "office", to make money.

The good news is that old habits can be replaced!!  

I went on a hike, and instead of the scheduled 8 people showing up, only one woman did.  So she and I went on the hike together - sharing stories, laughing, getting lost in the woods, and we ended up having lunch and went shopping together.  It was fun.  And, guess what??  She's going to introduce me to someone that our Ionizer machine can help!!  Who would of thunk it?!

Yes, you can actually do something you love, have fun, and still make money.  In fact, that's my reoccurring theme!  It's becoming my reality.  My old habits have a way to want to claim space in my mind, but new habits are getting stronger!

You can have fun and achieve succeed.  Isn't the way it's suppose to be?! 

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It's the Little Things

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It's the Little Things

I had a stack of Toastmaster's magazines in a pile on top of my old, rustic, Spanish treasure chest.  Every day I looked at that pile, and it just didn't seem organized.  Anytime, I wanted to get into the treasure chest, I lifted the pile up and onto my sofa for them to spread out, and having to pick back up, shuffle & organize to straighten.  

Today I went to Home Goods and bought a whicker basket to put these magazines into.  I'm sitting here looking at it and I get a sense of relief, a sense of peace & relaxation, and a little pride of the actual basket I picked out.

If there's an area in your home that draws energy out of you, or takes up mental space, don't ignore it - cause it's taking up space whether you deny it or not!  But do something about it.  If it means an hour out of your day, $7.99 out of your wallet, and a drive to the store, trust me, it's worth it.

The little things in life are not just little, they can be empowering, majestic, and begin a flow of positive energy just waiting to come out.  Go ahead, Give it a try.

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180 degrees from Corporate

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180 degrees from Corporate

Today I was practicing my story to get it under 60 seconds.  I noticed a theme of how network marketing is 180 degrees from Corporate world.  It's like a total reversal.

From my experience, Corporate is about the bottom line.  Not about people.  It's about working really hard, over 40 hours a week which is the only amount of hours you get paid for;  who is sleeping with who; politics, and expense cutting.  You don't get to choose who you work with, nor how often your job description gets changed.  

In network marketing, it is 100% about people.  Imagine that!  A business, you get to own, and the only way you succeed is by helping others succeed.  It's about choosing who you want on your team, who you talk to, have fun with, and help achieve their dreams.  It's about making an income that you want and deserve without limits.  You can't get fired, you can only quit.

So for anyone out there in the rat race, or just about to enter it, may I suggest to you to weigh out your options. Network marketing is 180 from Corporate, and definitely a better way.

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Ah-Ha Moment About Money

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Ah-Ha Moment About Money

It feels backward to just be reading "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki.  But it's the truth.  Today I listened to the audio-book, and something rang so true in my core, it was a deep ah-ha moment.  This maybe obvious or so simple that you won't believe me.  But it's the truth.

My pattern with money has been a see-saw. Feeling abundant then feeling scarcity. Repeat. Robert says that people stay in jobs because of fear.  They get scared of where the money will come from, so they stay "employed" even though they are unhappy and/or don't feel like they are getting under-paid.  It's an emotional decision, not a thought-out decision.  Wow.  How true that is.

Being on the entrepreneurial path, the "security" of the bi-weekly paycheck is removed.  Funny how that played with my mind.  It felt freeing, but also wondered when the money would come. Robert shared his experience when he was 9 years old, and listening to it, I had could put words to what I recently experienced.   I would be asked to go to a personal development course, and my first reaction was, no way, I can't afford it and the downward spiral would begin.  And a day or so later, I thought about it from an intellectual mind perspective, not fear nor emotion. It was a wise business decision to go. So I said yes.

I had to go through the process, the experience of realizing what a paycheck was (fear, insecurity, selling my soul), to fear of running out of money (scarcity), to being in debt, to get me to the space of where I can look at money from the mind, and not the emotion.  Wow.  I got my financial power back.  And an education.

Thank you Robert Kiyosaki. 

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Get Rich Quick - NOT

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Get Rich Quick - NOT

A team member shared his why, but also his goal.  Let's just say the financial goal was well-over 6 digits a year. He joined our team almost a month ago, and yet, I haven't seen any activity.  Not that he has to report to me, however, he did ask me to hold him accountable and coach him along the way.  When I say activity, I mean calling me for a 3-way call so that I can welcome his prospect, and share with him/her the vision of our company - as well as the excitement and tremendous growth. I haven't received any calls.

We talked for about 90 minutes.  After the dance-around, I had to ask him straight out, what was going on.  More dancing-around, and denying he was not afraid of getting a "no" (lots of negatives in that phrase!).  In the end, that was it.  So we talked through it, new ways of looking at it, different approaches of what to say and how to say it, and even role-played (which took 60 seconds, and the point was made).  

Then it came to his goal for the week.  3 calls for the week.  3 calls estimated to last 2 minutes each.  That's 6 minutes a week, and yet he expected to make 6 digits a year??  Where does that even happen??  Vegas - not.  Stock market - not.  A job - nope again.   This little "observation" was made very clear.

Tonight, he already made 3 calls.  It's a start.  A good start.

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Share the Wisdom

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Share the Wisdom

A bunch of entrepreneurs gathered in a room to watch interviews with Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, and Robert Proctor.  I watched the interviews on Saturday, and there were so many key nuggets, reality checks, and wisdom shared, I thought I have to tell others about it too!

There I stood in front of the group sharing what has worked for me, tips of the trade, and connecting with them about the trials and successes of entrepreneurship.  Why keep this all to myself?  We're all in it to help one another and create a life away from Corporate's rules and politics.

I find myself studying, learning, and then sharing it.  I hope it's good karma.

Sometimes I don't realize all that I know because there's so much that I don't know.  What I do know for sure is entrepreneurship is a better way.  It's 80% personal development.

For these leaders to share what has worked for them, their fears, and to have Robert say "Paychecks are a loser mentality" is exactly what our society, and our economy, needs to hear.  No sugar coating, just raw, honest truth.  And from a man well respected and walked the walk.  

My wish is for you is to share your wisdom, even if it's hard to say or hear.  The truth will set our country, and our souls free.

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Attachment is Limiting

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Attachment is Limiting

Today I was sharing my story, in hopes of him being able to relate and personally grow.  I used to be emotionally and mentally attached to another direct sales company.  It was my Plan B.  It was something I believed in whole-heartedly - from the company, mission, to the products, to protecting families and our Planet Earth.  I was unstoppable.  I was so attached I couldn't see anything outside my expectations.  Attachment leads to expectations, and closes the door to other things, other opportunities.

People, places, things, and technology changes.  Sometimes you need to practice what Kenny Rogers' sings in his Gambler song,

"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run"

Attachment prevents you from walking away.  We feel that if I walk away, or change my mind, that means everything I said, preached, and believed in wasn't true.  I can't be that person or let that happen.  But in reality, that's not the truth.  The truth is things change, and when you know better, you do better.

Having no attachment allows for freedom and for bigger things to happen. Bigger than you nor I could ever imagine.  What are you attached to?  Are you ready to be free? 

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Paycheck is Selling Your Soul

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Paycheck is Selling Your Soul

I couldn't believe my ears when I heard those words.  And then these words "paycheck is a loser mentality".  Didn't he know I received a paycheck since I was 15 years old?  That I went to college for over 7 years to get a fat paycheck?  It didn't matter.  Paycheck is the traditional, industrial way of thinking.  I know that now.  So, thank you, Robert Kiyosaki for this honest look into why I wasn't getting wealthy.

I was trading my time for a paycheck.  Wealth isn't created by a paycheck, it creates a living. As much as I was living a decent lifestyle, I was sacrificing a lot.   I sacrificed my ethics as I felt trapped not to be able to speak up about what unethical behaviors were happening at the C-level of my Corporate job.  I sacrificed time with my friends and family as I flew around the country.  I sacrificed security - yes, security.  

I'm a Leo and we are naturally loyal.  I learned there was no longer security with any job, no matter the length of time or service you gave that company, you gave parts of your life to.   I sacrificed working with people I didn't trust, like, or respect.

Am I grateful?  Yes.  There were a lot of perks - the American Express card, the points/rewards for travel, the many delicious meals, friends I gained, expertise and skills that improved, and a few mentors along the way.  But in the end, when it comes to wealth and financial security, that's just not true working for someone else.

So I said yes, told the world, and I'm figuring it out.  For the past two years, I've lived a life I didn't know could exist.  I wake up when I want to, talk/work/engage with people that I want to, and I'm on a path to create wealth. Wealth that will go beyond buying a new car or house, or paying off my families mortgages, but wealth that will make a massive improvement in this world.

Thank you for all those paychecks.  Thank you for the wealth that is coming my way, that I can share with so many more people than my paychecks could.

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Wages don't make wealth.  They make a living.

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Wages don't make wealth. They make a living.

That's a new concept for me.  When I worked for Corporate, I made a decent wage.  I would get a steady paycheck every two weeks.  And I would work another two weeks, and get paid again. Was I getting wealthy, despite my 6 figure income?  No.  Was I making my boss, his boss, the Board, and shareholders, wealthy?  Well, yes.  They were getting paid based on my work efforts, my sales.  They leveraged themselves.

Wages don't create wealth.  Wages help you make a "living".  Well, I wanted more.

The way to create wealth is through leverage.  Well known financial gurus, that walked the walk, don't trade their time for a paycheck.  They leverage themselves.  Whether it's through rental income properties, car wash or laundry mat ownership, or network marketing, they leveraged their time.  They created wealth as these items would make them an income whether they were there or not.

Why do so many people have judgements against network marketing?  They usually say "oh, you have to get someone, to get someone, and you make money off of what they make...".  Isn't that true of any company?  Insurance? real estate? car sales?  Everyone gets a piece of the pie.

The difference is in network marketing it is about helping your team.  Period.  If they don't succeed, you don't succeed.  It's about entrepreneurship, helping individuals create an income.  It's not about politics, greed, supporting unethical actions, or about the bottom line no matter the cost.  It's about people.  It's about hard work.  It's what this country was founded on.  

Leveraging your time, helping others to succeed, and being a people's business are just a few reasons why I left the Corporate world and haven't looked back.  It's time for entrepreneurship to help turn our country's economy around.

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Not All Water is Equal

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Not All Water is Equal

My journey is taking me on the teachings of water.  Someone said, what we knew about pharmaceutical drugs in the 1800's versus today, is how little we know about water.  In my conversations, I find this to be true.  Heck, I'm guilty!

Remember when bottled water was "invented"?  I remember thinking, why would I pay money for water when I can get it out of my faucet.  Now, bottled water is a $15 Billion industry.  Well known soda manufacturers supplement their sales with bottled water.  Unfortunately, what I have learned is bottled water may be slightly better than tap water (all relative), it still is acidic.

Considering our bodies are 70% water, as every one of our 37 TRILLION cells contains water, it is very critical to our quality of life to consider the type of water we drink.  Popular water types include reverse osmosis, or RO.  This is simply "dead" water.  All minerals - good and bad - are removed.  This also applies to distilled water.  Bottled brand waters also differ from one another. Some brands are more acidic than other brands.

As a reminder, diseases grow in acidic environments.

Not all water is equal.  Acidic = disease.  Alkaline = healthy

Not all water is equal.  Acidic = disease.  Alkaline = healthy

In my research, I have discovered the health benefits of fresh, alkaline water.  Popular brands that market "alkaline" water must add a chemical to "try" and preserve the pH level.  Why would anyone want to drink water that has added chemicals?  To me, that's marketing.  And probably in the line up of evil, it's the lesser of the others.

Not all water is equal; and it is very critical and vital to our quality of life, to remain youthful inside and out, to do research.  It's worth the time, money, and effort. 

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