I love this quote by Albert Einstein! It’s SO TRUE. We do have to keep moving to balance that bicycle, but be sure you are moving in the direction that you really want to be going. We all want to find balance in our lives. Here are some tips to help create balance to remember.
Focus on your priorities. Say “NO” to everything that doesn’t align with your values and what is most important to you. Create structure in your daily work, rather than reacting to the unexpected. Other people’s poor planning does not need to become your priority. Arrange time in your schedule for other activities besides work so that your days are not only balanced, but rewarding.
Be flexible. Accept that needs will pop up that will require your readjustment and perhaps new choices. Forgive yourself when things don’t get done. Stop striving for perfection and allow for more reasonable standards.
Create daily routines. Instill healthy habits into your daily life. Find ways to relax, relieve tension, and minimize stress. Allow time for self-care by practicing daily journaling, meditation, exercise or some other form of quiet time just for you where you can go to reflect, plan, relax and envision your day ahead. Eat healthy meals, drink plenty of water, get adequate rest, and take care of your personal hygiene. Give yourself a break throughout the day to restore your natural state of harmony and calm and to rekindle your creativity. Structure your day to take advantage of your peak performance times.
Establish support networks. Be willing to ask for help and receive it. Enlist family, friends, neighbors, professionals, and others to help you as needed. Delegate chores at home. Train a child to take responsibility for small tasks. I also like the D’s … Do it, Delegate it, or Dump it!
Simplify your life. When your life is overcomplicated and overfull, there’s little space for what truly matters. And there’s no room for personal growth, positive energy, love. Scheduling too much in a day brings on stress and even depression. Start TODAY by eliminating activities from your life that really aren’t important. We can all find ourselves busy around the clock, but busy doesn’t mean that you are any more important than anyone else. What this really means is that you are probably missing out on the things that would really make you have more joy and fulfillment in your life.
Your BEST is what others need! Stand up ~ Step Up and Reach out each and every day. ASK yourself ~ What does this person I’m with need? How can I help him/her? T-I-N-Y, Their Interests Not Yours! When you ask questions and LISTEN, you WILL find the need and then be able to FILL IT!
2017 can be the year that YOUR Dreams come TRUE! Let’s start that journey, and the vehicle to taking you to your dreams are the daily, weekly and monthly action goals that you put into place NOW! With true clarity here at the beginning of January, you will set better priorities, take more consistent action and meet & exceed your goals. Critical Daily Goals for a Direct Sales Business Owner: 1. Set hours of Operation. Setting hours is liberating and a key indicator of success in your business. If you treat your business like a hobby, it will pay you like a hobby. 2. Commit to Personal Development each morning. Focus on yourself for the first 15 – 30 minutes of the day. Read inspirational books on personal development. Watch a video or listen to a book on tape. I love Audible! Jim Rohn is a personal favorite of mine. He said, “For things to change, you’ve got to change.” You owe it to yourself to put positive thoughts in your head, each and every day. 3. Reach Out to 3 – 5 new people each day. You can do this alongside your busy life. Get in the habit of striking up conversations with people you meet when you are out and about; at networking event; running errands; kids sporting events, etc. Reach out on social media and add new friends. Like and comment on what they are doing and offer up a time to connect via the phone or face to face if you live in the same area. 4. Follow Up with 3 – 5 people each day. The Fortune is in the Follow Up! Create a “call to action” and a sense of urgency. WIFM ~ what’s in it for me? 5. Share a “Power Start” (strategy session) with 2 business partners each day. The key to success is keeping your business simple and duplicating a simple system to follow for your teammates. Creating accountability is key. Weekly Power Start sessions where you share strategies and ask for their accountability is so important in growing leaders in your direct sales business.
I hope these tips will help. For more information, click Learn More and I will send you business tools to help you with language, following up and social media strategies as well. Make it an awesome day!
We were all created with incredible worth and value by a Creator who made each of us unique. Remind yourself every morning what a magnificent person you are. Start each day wondering what great things are in store for you that day. Don’t take for granted what you were created for and why you do what you do. You have PURPOSE, BELIEF and PASSION within you just waiting to “spill out” each and every day! Think from the inside out and find that purpose, belief and passion.
It is so important to believe in yourself. Your belief and your passion will impact your WHY. All inspiring leaders start with Why. Think from the inside out. “WHY have I chosen this path?” “WHY will my decision to follow this path impact me and the people I love?” Then with your WHY in mind, think of ways to build yourself and build others. Not just in your business, but by helping all of the people who are important in your life. Don’t take for granted what you were created for! Belief in yourself and commitment to your WHY will help you achieve whatever your wildest dreams are.
We all desire an incredible 2017- and there are 5 things we need to DO in 2017 to help 2017 Be the BEST Year for us personally and professionally.
1. CHALLENGE what you THINK and take it to a New Level this year. What you think about, you bring about. Your life is a reflection of your thoughts, so THINK BIGGER! This leads to a bigger and more successful life. This is the Year of the Big Think!
2. CHALLENGE what you SAY. Make sure that your words are more empowering. Affirmations are powerful. “I AM Successful” I AM Blessed… etc What you say this year will bring a new place in your life that you have only imagined. Quit talking yourself out of HUGE success; instead start talking yourself into it.
3. CHALLENGE what you DO! Step into the actions that take you out of your comfort zone and make you GROW! Small actions will lead to a small year. Engage in the actions that FORCE you to GROW.
4. CHALLENGE How you VIEW Life and What you have SETTLED FOR. This is the year of THE REACH. Reach for what you truly want in life, but you must SEE IT first. MUD Settles- and YOU are NOT Mud. QUIT Settling in life for what happens. MAKE something incredible happen. Don’t let others talk you out of it. God made us to PURSUE. Pursue your dreams relentlessly!
5. CHALLENGE the Status Quo and BLOW IT UP in your own life. Nothing is as sad as the same old thing happening every year. Shake it UP! Break it UP! TAKE IT UP to a NEW LEVEL and never look back at what was holding you back.
There is a “Y” in the road of life that you are at- and you have to decide if this year is going to be a Masterpiece of Magnificence or a Masterpiece of Mediocrity. I pray that you choose the first one, as it truly is the the BETTER and you DESERVE an amazing year as well as a blessed year!
It’s a NEW YEAR! It’s a TIME to be Thankful for the blessings of the past year and to take stock of your achievements! Look at 2017 as a year of illumination!
This will be a year of break-through….MORE JOY, MORE LIGHT, MORE ILLUMINATION! MORE Security and less disappointments or delays. It’s a time to Start Afresh, Start Strong and a Time to set positive GOALS and RESOLUTIONS!
Hang these resolutions where you will see them every hour of the New Year. Be Excited for what you can achieve this 2017!
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however. Richard Bach
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true. Napoleon Hill
Reading these quotes today and several others with a similar message and asking myself, “what does it mean to dream it and achieve it?” “How can this help someone who is building a business of their own?” Is the dream portion all that important? I say emphatically ~ “YES”! Put the DREAM to paper and go as far as to find photos of the parts of that Dream that bring it to life for you! Seeing these images of what a successful business will bring to you and how a DREAM BOARD will bring focus to your daily work ethic will certainly bring about the achievement of that Dream! Bringing others on board with you to share your dream is important as well. Break this dream/vision for yourself down into goals and then the goals into activities. As you work through your day, ASK… “Is what I’m doing right NOW bringing me closer to my dream for myself and for my family?” If it isn’t, then Stop, change gears and move in a work direction that WILL!
January 2017 ~ Your Personal Development Challenge is to FOCUS on YOURSELF
Personal Development is one of the most important gifts you can give to yourself. Give equal importance to growing personally by committing to daily personal development. Commit time each day; at least a minimum of 15 minutes to filling your mind with positive information that will affect your life and the way that you respond to challenges that happen during the day
January is the perfect month to recommit to a personal development practice. As you read, you might write down at least one “take away” from your reading. Keep a journal of your take aways.
“For things to change, you’ve got to change.” Jim Rohn
If you aren’t happy with the way things are going in your life …in any area of your life, from your health, to your income, from your relationships to your business… make a commitment to daily personal development. You can make a shift in all areas of your life. You owe it to yourself to put positive thoughts in your head each and every day. Remind yourself how amazing you are and how the possibilities are endless!
What if you could build an income that completely changes your family’s life? What if you could work around your children instead of having to leave your children in the care of someone else? If you’ve never thought it was possible, well I’m here to tell you it is. Contact me today and let me share with you the possibilities that are available. You can BE in Business FOR Yourself, but not BY Yourself! I have over ten years experience in this industry and offer my business partners a wealth of support, ideas and encouragement
When stretched financially, we’re often forced to cut back to get by. Melinda Hickey knew this firsthand, but she refused to let seeing her family be one of the sacrifices she had to make. When she exited the plane in Montana, visiting her grandkids for the first time in nearly a year, and saw the oldest boy running at her, shouting, “Finally! I get to see you,” Melinda knew that moment would inspire her to keep persevering so she could recreate it over and over again. Using her family as the source of her strength, Melinda has found a way to live her passions and enjoy what she loves.
For much of her career as an elementary school teacher, Melinda found herself in a constant state of flux. Her husband, Mike, served as a Colonel in the Air Force, which caused their family to move quite a bit. It was hard starting fresh each time. Their three sons would have to adjust to new schools while Melinda would need to get re-certified to teach. “I love the military; it gave me confidence, broadened my horizons, and allowed me to meet amazing people, but the downside was that I was always at the bottom of the pay scale in every new location and I couldn’t build a retirement plan. When Mike retired from the military, we were in Austin, Texas, and I was still teaching. One day I was sitting on a park bench at recess and it dawned on me that after 24 years, I only had seven years of tenure. I turned to a fellow teacher and said, ‘I am out of here!’ It just didn’t make sense.” Soon after, Mike’s corporate job was eliminated due to a company closure. Facing bankruptcy, they decided it was time to make a change.
In 2005, they moved back to Tennessee and decided to go into real estate with one of Melinda’s sisters, Donna, and her husband. They were quite successful until 2008. “With the downturn in the economy, no one was buying anything, so we were living solely on Mike’s retirement. We had to give up going out to Montana to visit our sons. We hadn’t seen our two grandkids in nearly a year. That was the hardest part; I just really wanted to see them.” So, in March of 2009, when she attended a Rodan + Fields® meeting, Melinda saw an opportunity to potentially get ahead financially. “I remember thinking this could be the lifeline Mike and I were looking for. I was excited about the idea of partnering with the Doctors, but what really riveted me to the core was the evergreen opportunity.” Melinda signed up as an Independent Consultant that night and within weeks, after having lived paycheck to paycheck for nearly a year, she had some extra income.
At first, Melinda simply viewed her business as a way to provide a little extra money that would allow her to visit her family, but as she started to see her earnings, it quickly became more than that. “By the second month, I had purchased a plane ticket. It was so rewarding knowing I could do it. So, after that first trip to Montana, I just kept going, ready for more. In 130 days, I had reached Level V. That started it all. Within a year, I was earning an income equivalent to Mike’s retirement. Now, it’s double that.”
Melinda is amazed at the many options her business has provided her family. “It’s just incredible knowing that our retirement is secure. And where else could a 60 year old reinvent themselves? I felt that I had finished the work I had been called to do as a teacher, and I thought that real estate was the next chapter, but I wasn’t passionate about it. When things weren’t successful, I was so grateful that I found an opportunity where I could embrace the person that I am. I was able to weave the teacher, coach, and encourager in me into a new career. And the cool part is that I get to return to my first love, which is teaching. But now, I’m teaching a team about personal strengths and how to lead genuinely. I really think it’s just like my days as a kindergarten teacher. I’ve come full circle, still doing show and tell. I show the products and I tell about the business.”
Another aspect of her business that Melinda absolutely loves is building and strengthening relationships. “It’s been so rewarding becoming Premier Level V leader. The relationships she has created over the years have proven to be the most fun part. “I feel like we’re all one big family. I am so proud of my team and it’s so exciting to watch their success. I’ve seen so many people take a leap of faith and start a new life. It’s wonderful to witness someone’s life change and it pushes you to keep going, knowing your business may keep growing and more good may come from it.”
Melinda has always been passionate about having a positive impact on others and using her ability to pay it forward. She is very active with the Prescription for Change Foundation in Nashville and assists with an all-encompassing program that offers a variety of opportunities including life skill training for moms and young adults, gardening, and summer camps for children in poverty. Melinda is also helping to plan a Christmas in July stocking stuffer event and a back-to-school fundraiser. “My R+F business has really allowed me to focus on who I am. I have time and the means to be involved in my community and help others. It’s important that we leave the world better than we found it and we don’t live forever, so why not create something that will? I see a possibility to do that with R+F.”
Melinda hopes to create a legacy of love for her grandchildren in the form of a summer retreat home in Missoula. Despite living so far away, Melinda and Mike are looking forward to being as present as they can be in their seven grandchildren’s lives. “I don’t have a crystal ball, I don’t know what the future will bring. Maybe one day we will live out there, but right now we have a 93 year old mother to take care of. We spend a lot of time with her.” The flexible schedule allows Melinda to care for her mother and enjoy activities she loves like gardening, journaling, walking, and spending time with Mike. “Every day is different and that is pretty cool.”
Melinda truly believes that if your “why” is big enough, your “what” doesn’t matter. “You will experience disappointment. It’s life. There are obstacles every day, but the best way to discipline your disappointments is to revisit your why and to be honest with yourself about why you are doing this or taking a leap of faith in the first place. The why is the most important part of the career.” For Melinda, that driving force is her family. Home is wherever she is instilling life and love into her relationships and, by infusing her business with faith and the commitment to doing good, she is building a family and creating a legacy wherever life takes her.