How To Get Back Into A Routine After A Vacation

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Given how long it has taken me post our vacation to get this blog article out, I know first hand it isn’t easy to get back to work after an amazing vacation.  The summer months are the most popular time for vacations – especially with our kids out of school. A trip out of town, or even a “staycation” is well-deserved for everyone and it’s truly essential for us to maintain, not only our sanity, but also our productive time!  I think we all know that not taking any time off can be just as bad for our health as it can be for our careers.  Research shows that by being able to take a vacation or time off makes all of us a better worker. So don’t feel guilty about taking that vacation. It’s for your own good.  🙂  Our Tahiti trip early this summer certainly was great for us.  I was just talking about some of the life long memories with our oldest daughter.

Getting back to work after that incredible trip can be rough for anyone whether you’ve taken a trip to Disneyland or spent time on your couch enjoying a Netflix binge. If you’re like me, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to spring right back into action on that first day back to the grind. Mentally, you’re likely still in vacation mode and forcing it may only make things harder on yourself. Take these gradual steps toward becoming a productive member of your office again:

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Take an Extra Day: Getting back into the thick of it can seem like quite the task so it’s best to give yourself some time, perhaps a day or two, to get you mentally back into work mode. Some of us just may not be quite ready to get back to work, especially if we’ve been out of town. Take that extra day off when you’re back home to reset your clock. When you do get back to work, start to ease into your tasks. If possible, cross off some of the easy things during that first day or two so you don’t get burnt out or feel overwhelmed with work when you’ve just returned. If you’re anxious and excited to get  right back to it after a few days out, all the better but you will benefit by easing back into it the first day or two.

 

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Resist the Urge to Multitask: Multitasking is a necessary evil. It’s something we all have to do. But multitasking can put additional stress on the brain, and this can quickly unwind all the relaxing you just did on vacation. When you’re back in the office after vacation, you will have hundreds of unread e-mails to reply to, piles of paper to sort, and tasks and phone calls to return. Your instincts may kick in and you may start to attack everything at once. However, this will set you back and make you wishing and thinking about your next vacation. Check off one item at a time to help you regain focus and set priorities. That first week back, looks at your tasks and set up a weekly schedule to spread your work throughout the week. Having one massive to-do list can seem like an uphill battle; however, a day-by-day schedule of achievable  tasks seems less daunting and can  provide a more cheery outlook.  One thing I have discovered is that the pile of emails isn’t that bad.  A lot of it has gotten worked out by the time you get back and some of it just wasn’t that important anyway.  Prioritize your most important tasks and get those done first.

 

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Get Back to Your Routine: Vacation mode is a real thing and after a week or two away from work, all the things you knew off the top of your head will be pushed under the newly created memories of your time away. But don’t fret, all of your login passwords and client’s names will come back. Prior to taking vacation, you had your existing routine. It was that specific way that you did things to make your day easier. Maybe you went for a run in the morning and on Friday went out with your team. Whatever it was that you regularly did, whether it was at work, at home, or just around town, find that comfort again and it will go a long ways towards helping you feel more receptive to being back.

 

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Appreciate the Time Away: Keep in mind that just because you’re back to being productive and taking orders doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to appreciate the experiences you had on vacation. It’s important to take the time to be appreciative to take time off. If you took pictures, feel free to share them with your teammates. Tell stories about the experiences you had or any interesting people you may have met in your travels. Do some more reading about the places you traveled. There are a number of ways that enable you to extend your vacation mentally.  There are always things that I do on vacation that I think I am going to bring some of this back with me.  Even if it is just sitting outside for 10 minutes with that chai latte, it all helps.  The point of life is to create a life that we don’t need to run away from.  I am building a life that I love every day.  Just these little reminders of being able to travel or take time off can truly make you more appreciative of your business, which, in the end, makes it all possible.

 

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How To Achieve A Summer Time Work-Life Balance

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For many of us, the summer months can be the busiest (and most fun) time of the year. It is certainly  my favorite season!  As the demand for work and personal time increases, you may be finding yourself struggling to maintain a good balance between managing your business and having time to enjoy those summer nights. (It doesn’t get dark till 10 pm where I spend most of my summer….) While being busy with work can possibly mean committing upwards of 40+ hours a week, the dedication you show to your business still warrants a few July and August weekends for yourself.

As summer has arrived with it’s long days, it’s important for all of us to find ways to manage our workload so that our work days don’t fill up all that extra sunshine. Here are a few ways that have helped me to achieve a healthier work-life balance during the summer months:

 

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Manage Your Time

Easy to say right!  Although organization is essential to time management, and I’ll touch on that later, being able to delegate responsibilities is also key to managing a healthy work-life balance. Administrative tasks, such as answering calls and emails, can typically carve out a large portion of your day. It’s important to set aside time for those administrative duties so you can focus on other aspects of your business. Set aside a 60 minute slot per day and dedicate it solely to messages and emails instead of trying to stay on top of them throughout the day. If you do it all day, guess what you have gotten done at the end of the day – email and messages and probably not the big rocks or the really important projects.  If you devote 60 minutes only each day you work to email and messages, you will find yourself saving time that could be better used doing other tasks, be more productive and get to the actually more important parts of running your business.  I worked at IBM years ago and I can remember management talking about how email was going to save us time.  Not so much…If you still find that you need assistance in managing communications, consider hiring a seasonal employee to help you get through the summer season and give yourself a much needed break. A family friend or neighbor could be ideal.  Maybe they aren’t helping you with emails, but they are helping you get to some of the other projects on your place.  Sometimes we just have to get those things (like cleaning out the garage, my husband’s personal favorite) off our plate and off our list!

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Plan & Prep

Being able to prepare ahead of time for the expected ebbs and flows of summer will help you settle into a better work-life balance. Review your business’s past performances so you can plan ahead and set strategies for a smoother transition and one that will free up some time for you! The ability to forecast expected performance can help your business transition from off-seasons to peak seasons. Taking into account possible contingencies like a slow season or surge in business can help you achieve that healthy work-life balance.  My company is launching India right now so you can imagine how fun and exciting that is.  We are taking advantage of this during the summer AND finding time to enjoy family and sun and beach too.

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Organize

One of the easiest methods to free up your time and enjoy summer is by being organized. While this may seem to be the most obvious, many of us find it a struggle to manage the workload as peak seasons demand increases. To maintain a seamless operation and, even better, maximize your valuable time, be sure to update your calendar, schedule every meeting, and keep all of your paperwork in order. You may not be able to plan everything and there will be unexpected meetings or issues that will surface and demand your immediate attention; however, creating a detailed day-to-day schedule can help you remain on track and get you out of the office and out by the pool!  Focus on the  3 to 5 most important things every day.  I love lists but I am learning to use lists less and focus more on the big stuff.  Life is too short to be tied to a list of 100 things to do everyday.  Many of those things don’t really need to be done and sometimes we use those lists to get the simple stuff done and not the most important.  I use a priority list:  What are the 5 most important things to get done this week?  And then I schedule them out during the week.

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Me Time

Taking time for yourself, both physically and mentally, is important to enjoying the summer and it helps you to be happier, and more focused at work when you do work.  It’s quite possible that you’re faced with new responsibilities daily. Managing your business may guarantee a certain level of stress, and it’s always important to take steps to help ease workplace stress so that you remain focused on your business. Being able to create a space away from your business is also important because reclaiming those weekends or at least part of the day, lets you recharge, reconnect with loved ones and friends, and remember your “why” for working as hard as you do. If you feel the need to check emails on a Saturday or Sunday, limit it to one or two times a day. We aren’t meant to be attached to technology and our to do’s 24/7.  That isn’t how I want to live my life.  Your passion for work shouldn’t come at the expense of having a personal life.  Work should be used as a way to bring new vibrancy to your life and to help you grow as an individual AND allow you to create the life and lifestyle you wish with the family and friends that you adore.

Operating your own business does, however, mean that there will be some personal sacrifices. If summer is your favorite time of year, make sure you are enjoying the sunshine too.  I am going kayaking later today…Growing any kind of business needs time and dedication but it’s also important to find those ways that can help you manage a healthier work-life balance.  It will never be perfect and it will always be something to work on – but it is definitely worth it!

 

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The Keys To Cold Market Success

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After exhausting your warm market, there comes a time when you will need to dip your toe into the waters of the less than warm or even your cold market. This can be scary for us when we are new to network marketing or just haven’t done it before.  It’s a skill that is needed, especially so you feel comfortable reaching out to people you don’t know online. The ability to prospect someone in your cold market can open many opportunities for you and put you on a path to be very successful.

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Where To Prospect?: If you put your mind to it, you can essentially cold market prospect anywhere.  Coffee shops, malls, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, restaurants, grocery stores, and did I mention Facebook?  These are places where you are already going to be at through your day-to-day activities so why not reach out and prospect while you’re there? If you’re actively searching for prospects, be sure to choose places where your target prospects are most likely to be. To determine where that may be, you need to know the people that would be most interested in either the product or the business. If you’re part of a health and beauty company, you may consider cold market prospecting at gyms, spas or make up booths. Be sure to include business minded people as they will already possess the mindset and skillset required for MLM success. Think of places where people work on commission or are already having to generate their own leads.  I came from the real estate and investor world.  Many of the skills I used in those professions translated to helping me become successful with Network Marketing.  You want to work with people who will understand being a business owner fast!

Why Pursue Your Cold Market?: Cold markets shouldn’t be feared. There are advantages to cold market prospecting that should definitely be considered before you decide not to pursue them. The first, unlike your warm market, the people you are speaking with are not familiar with your history. If you’ve failed at past MLMs or have a lack of success at your current MLM, the cold market is unaware of any of this. You are starting from square one with them and that gives you a chance to convince them without your past being held against you. Secondly, your warm market is limited.  Your cold market is basically never ending. There will always be someone new you can approach.  I often say that Facebook means we can never ever again say we have run out of people to talk to.  The other great thing about your cold markets is as you get better and better, you will convert your prospects faster.

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Conversation Starters: Finding people to cold market prospect may not be a hurdle for most people. The obstacle many do face is how do they approach the people they’ve found and start up that initial conversation. There can be many practical ways to do this but the two simplest ways are:

  • Make an Observation: Making observations may be the easier of the two. If you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, you may turn to the person next in line and comment on a headline in one of the magazines or a quick blurb about the weather. Maybe you’re waiting for a table at a restaurant and could make a simple comment about the decor.  It is a great way to start a conversation.
  • Give a Compliment: Any time you attempt to give someone a compliment, make sure that it’s genuine.  People know the difference between a genuine compliment and one that isn’t.  If you’re going to compliment someone on a pair of pants and they’re ripped or dirty, it may not come off so well.  Some examples of compliments to try are:
    • “That’s a beautiful necklace. Where did you get it?”
    • “I really like your car.  I’m considering getting one. How do you like it?”
    • “I like that (sports team) as well. Did you catch the last game?”
    • “You have a great smile.”

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When you’re starting conversations, it’s key to pay attention to how they respond, verbally and physically.  If they seem open to continuing the conversation, ask a follow up question. If the opposite, you know to move on. Being able to pursue a cold market is a skill that can last a lifetime. And when it comes to MLM, it can be seen as a pillar for success. I hope you are well on your way to successful cold market prospecting!

 

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P.S. I hope you found my article insightful on The Keys to Cold Market Success. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on 2 Great Ways to Handle Objections.

4 Simple Warm Market Prospecting Strategies

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After your first couple of days in your MLM business, you may be very optimistic that the next step you take will take you to the moon. That you will be able to obtain the financial stability to afford cars, vacations and the home you have always wanted. It is that optimism that you want to keep during the ups and downs that will invariably come your way.  One of the first steps is your upline will advise you to make a list of the people you know, regardless of their current situation, and this will act as the basis for your “warm market”. This can be a great foundation to start with. Your next step is you will call them, reach out to them, even text them to get the introduction of your new business started with them.

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In addition to calling your friends and family, you will also want to start posting on Facebook or Twitter about your business and the exciting opportunity you have discovered.   You will be out there excited and getting your business going and sooner or later,  you may receive a message, or a call, telling you that what you’re doing is a scam or even illegal or that you shouldn’t bother others. Please note:  This has happened to all of us in the MLM world. If you’ve been around network marketing for any amount of time, these scenarios will probably sound familiar to you. Don’t be discouraged as your warm market will still be the most cost effective and quickest business connections that you can make. There are just a few things when approaching your warm market that you need to keep in mind.

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Approach Your Warm Market As A Customer: This approach can bring you a lot of success. If you’ve done MLMs prior, than you know what I’m talking about, especially if you’ve contacted your warm market on those earlier opportunities. You’re more susceptible to rejection if you start with the business aspect first but you can show greater success if you start with “I know this business may not be for you, but I believe you could enjoy the product.  I am just asking you to be a customer.  I am looking for 10 customer testimonials.  May I count on you to be one of them?”  This approach allows them to try the product and evolve into a customer and may be even more!  The chances are even greater as you build your business of them wanting to be a part of it.

 

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Remember How You Know Your Invite: Remember, the people you talk to in your warm market already know who you are. Be relatable to them and personal.  Bring forward how you know them in the first place.  Make the context make sense.  Your history is already known to them and unless you have a track record for success in business, it may be challenging for you to communicate your opportunity. This is where how they know you will play a factor in your approach.  They already like you!  I would suggest your warm market should consist of people who like you and know you.  As you initially engage with people, be sure to approach them in a way that not only makes sense but also sounds familiar to them. Sometimes we are so excited in the beginning, we talk too much or we don’t even sound like ourselves.  Try not to have a conversation where they think they’re speaking someone they don’t recognize.  Be yourself.  Take a moment and be professional and have fun when you are presenting to your warm market.  

 

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Know You Will Be Turned Down: The chances of everyone in your warm market joining your new business instantly is very unlikely.  For those that say no or not right now, the support of your upline will help you change your warm market’s opinion of MLM over time and some are likely to join you – but it will take time for them to see it.  Don’t be in a hurry.  Don’t be discouraged. This is all very normal.  And remember you want to work with people who want to work with you.  If you have to beg them in, you will have to beg them to stay in.  

 

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Always Ask for Referrals: This is just a great approach because it can sound natural and something you can quickly feel comfortable doing. A terrific way to bring this topic up is by transitioning from the initial offer to dialogue similar to “I know this business may not be a fit for you, but if you know of any motivated people like yourself that want to make some extra money and are looking for more…” Once you get some referrals, refrain from texting or emailing a link with more information unless they have shown an interest already.   It’s best that you speak voice to voice with the person they are referring you too.  This will give you a chance to see if they will be a good fit for your team.

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I was told by a mentor early on:  if it is to be, it is up to me! It’s up to you to make the decisions that come with building your own business and it is up to you to decide to utilize your warm market and how you will do that. There are lots of approaches. Just some work better than others. Remember that you’re a professional and professionals will continue to seek out additional ways to present their business. Keep reaching for your goals and never ever let someone take your dreams away just because they don’t see. You do. And that is all that matters!

 

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P.S. I hope you found my article useful on Warm Market Prospecting Secrets. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on 6 Secrets from MLM Pros.

Simple Steps to Getting the Life You Want

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Every January, we all go through the motion of setting New Year’s resolutions. They usually range from eating healthier, a gym membership, learning a language and perhaps skydiving, being more forgiving of others or cutting back on television. The central point to most resolutions is changes to ourselves and helping us be the person we want to be.  We have the best intentions.  This year.  This time… Unfortunately, by February, most of those good intentions that we set for ourselves seem to fade away and eleven months later we find ourselves setting the same resolutions for the next year. Here are a few pointers to keep it all in perspective and keep you on track all the way until December.

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Change Can Be Difficult

It couldn’t be said any clearer.  Change can be difficult.  I don’t like change either….It can be scary as well but I have found regret can be a lot scarier. As you begin to make changes in your life, it may seem like too much so you take a step back and then two, and then we no longer pursue what we set out to do.  We have to find that inspiration in ourselves to continue and realize that change, as difficult as it may seem, will be so worth it in the end.  I love to have the really big dream “out there” and creating a dream board specifically for that dream has always helped me manage the difficulties that are bound to come up when we make big changes.

Step By Step

Changes don’t have to be done in one giant leap. When we try to take it all on all at once, that is when it is easy to just give up.  Chunk it down into doable steps.  Keep it simple and manageable. Small steps are better than no steps and will help you reach your goal without  experiencing the feeling of being overwhelmed. Figure out your goal -what it is you really want and determine where you currently are and set those increments and you’ll have achieved it before you know it.  Losing weight is one of the most common goals we set and then get frustrated by.  I have found that no matter what the goal, what we can measure and track, we can change.  Writing down what I eat and weighing myself every week at the same time and same day has definitely helped me.

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Don’t Give Up

This is where self-help can run into it’s biggest obstacle. That moment when you feel your goal is too big to accomplish and you start to lose the drive to achieve it. I urge you not to give up. The goals we set for ourselves for self-improvement are things we recognize need changing.  Stay with it because if it is something that important to you, you can do it. Keep in mind why you started so you can remain motivated.  You may think that your goal is tough but remember, so are you.  It is when I look back at what I have accomplished over the years that I realize that the times were the toughest also created the most powerful changes in me.

Take Time for Yourself

With all the references to embracing changes, taking time and not giving up, be sure to take regular moments for yourself and reflect on the progress you have made. Celebrate the wins!  This time will give you a chance to re-evaluate your plan and make any changes that may be necessary. These checkpoints can build up your self-confidence as you ask how you’re doing and the goal you set becomes closer to achieving.  I can’t tell you how much it helps me to have a quarterly check in with my goals for the year.  It keeps them top of mind and always reminds me what I have accomplished and what I need to spend time on.
Here is another great resource for you for self-help.   I came across this blog by Susie Moore that I encourage you to read called The Top 5 Lessons I’ve Learned After Reading 500+ Self-Help Books. I loved this article!  It also provides great book recommendations for you to explore the world of self-help further.

 

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How Journaling Keeps You Moving Forward

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As the first quarter of the year has ended, now is a great time to reflect on all that has occurred, both personally and professionally, in your life. Are there any changes you wish you had made earlier? Have you made progress on the goals that you set for yourself? How are you keeping track of the goals and your progress? A great way to keep it all contained is by journaling your efforts.

By keeping a journal, you can track your growth and it gives you little moments each day for self-reflection. There can be a lot of events throughout the day and it can be a challenge to keep everything in your head and journaling provides a great method to capture those events and process them on a daily basis. Some of the items you write down may just be random thoughts, they could be your perspective on events or they can be a way to check on your progression and challenges you may need to overcome.  I have been journaling for years!  Too many to count and I can say it has been therapeutic, meditative AND empowering all at the same time.  I journal several times a week and it always helps me with perspective and positivity.

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If you haven’t started a journal before, it can be tough to get started and to find a cadence in which to write entries. Here are a few tips I found that helped me and still do that will help you to get started on the right foot:

Select A Medium: Where you choose to write your journal won’t have an effect on the content of it. Every medium will have pros and cons so be sure that you pick something that works best for you. I love using a beautiful notebook. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. By using a notebook, it gives you time to disconnect from the online world and from any other distractions that can arise by using a computer.  It is also fun to see the journals from previous years begin to stack up on the bookshelf.  Your own personal history.  🙂

Set Limitations: There are going to be times where your journal entries will come very naturally and it may be hard to keep up with all your thoughts and goals. Other days may prove to be a struggle to get anything written down. You can try to either limit the amount of words or pages that you write per entry or you can set a timer for how much time per day you dedicate.   In the beginning, I think it is important to write your thoughts and ideas every day or almost every day.  I now write several times a week but not every day.  It is a time I definitely look forward to!

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Dedicate Time: The ability to keep a journal can be an impactful activity for yourself so it’s important that you make it a part of your daily routine. I usually sit down with my journal first thing in the morning.  It helps me start a great day.  Set the same time each day to take a break from the world and write in your journal. It can be about your thoughts or your goals but the important thing is to make the time to do it. Mornings can allow you to start with a clear head and evenings can be good to utilize the entry about the events of the day. Pick a suitable time and follow through with it.  Believe me, this process helps with gratitude too!

Keep Focused on Goals: If you haven’t considered it, I suggest that you keep your goals for the year at the back of your journal so you can refer to them easily.  Journaling is a wonderful way to keep track and remind yourself of any goals you have set. This will help you stay on track in your pursuit to achieve them and any progress you have made towards them.  Focus on what you have accomplished too.  This isn’t the place to moan about what you haven’t gotten to but to gently remind yourself that these are things you really set out to do this year.

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Be Open & Honest: One of the best aspects about keeping a journal is that you have the ability to be open and honest with yourself with each and every entry you write. All those thoughts and ideas that you may have been hesitant to share with others can be contained in your journal so utilize it as the outlet it is. If you’re concerned that unintended parties may see it, this may hinder your ability to truly be open. (Maybe you remember your childhood diary being found?) Keep your journal in a private place just for you.

The process of keeping a journal is one of the easiest ways to keep us engaged on our goals and how we spend our time. By taking just 10-15 minutes a day to write down the events, your thoughts and your progress can provide you with a creative outlet!  I really do look forward to writing in my journal and it is also the place where I keep my travel dream boards.  I travel so much that I created 5 x 7 dream boards that I can enjoy and ponder too while I journal.  One stop shopping so to speak!

Another bonus is that by acknowledging every goal we have achieved, we begin to build confidence in ourselves.  Journaling just makes us feel good.  There really is a therapeutic and meditative component to it.  Every entry you write is a snapshot of that day and, years from now, as you look back on the entries you’ve written, it will be interesting to see how much progress you’ve really made.  Even if you never look at the entries again, it is comforting to know they are there.  Have a great day and hope you start or love journaling as much as I do.

 

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Inspiring Ways To Be A Great Leader

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Leaders aren’t only found in Fortune 500 companies or (gasp) political parties, they can be found anywhere. Everyone has the capacity to show the qualities needed to make a great leader. It is just whether we develop these leadership muscles or not. Being liked is always nice but it’s certainly not a requirement to be respected. Regardless of your position or your title, leadership traits have the ability to influence others towards achieving their goals and creating a work environment where people can really enjoy working together. Becoming a leader can be difficult as there are some organic qualities you need that can take time to develop. If you really desire to step into bigger shoes and to become a leader, these recommendations will help get you on your way to being a great one.

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Building Trust: Teammates and employees need to know that you will support them in the decisions they make and that you show a genuine interest in their well-being. This helps show that, not only do you care about them, but you are also willing to protect them. Building trust helps show your team that their goals will never take a back seat to your own interests or motives. What kind of methods can you use to build trust?

  • Take the time to learn something about them, not work related. Build rapport with your teammates.
  • Involve them with decisions to show that their input is valued.
  • Make yourself available to them. Reach out to them!
  • Recognize and appreciate the contributions they make.

Coach Instead of Manage: Being a great leader means you’ll need to be a great coach. Coaches can be seen as people who can provide adjustments and feedback without people feeling hostility towards them. Leaders will help present the possibility of a future that can inspire people and coaches help inspire those people to take action. Your role as a coach is to be encouraging and motivating and to build confidence in your team. Be sure to reinforce any positive behaviors that are demonstrated with recognition. It can go a long way. In our network marketing businesses, remember this is a “Volunteer Army”. We aren’t anyone’s bosses in this business and sometimes you need to let people do things their way. Remember, they are stretching their leadership muscles too.

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Open Communication: As with any relationship, personal or business, a key part to building trust is through an environment that allows for open communication. Allowing your team to be able to speak honestly and candidly without repercussion can firmly establish a bond. Be sure to have your team ask questions and bring any concerns to you. If they feel they can’t, it can be detrimental to achieving success and reduces any chance of establishing trust. You will be able to increase credibility if you’re willing to accept feedback and provide solutions to any worries or concerns they may have. Listening to your teammates is key. Sometimes they just need to vent and then will be able to move on. Sometimes you have to encourage them to set a timer for how long they are going to vent before they move on. 🙂

Utilize a Mentor: It’s always helpful to have someone that YOU can go to that already possesses strong leadership skills. It won’t be too often that someone will just come out and offer to mentor you, so you will most likely need to seek one out yourself. Try to find someone that shares similar values with you and select one that you get along well with. Someone that is different than you and that has what you are looking for. Then when you are faced with those tough decisions, try to picture how your mentor would approach the scenario and arrive at a decision. This can often help put you on the right path. Act like they would and you will soon become more like what are you seeking to be!

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Show Confidence & Take Responsibility: As a leader, you will need to make some big decisions and stick by them. You will need to be confident that the decisions you make are the right ones. There’s no room for you to waiver on tough calls. The decision could end up being wrong, but it needs to be decisive. The worst decision is NO decision. You can always adjust and you will know soon enough if it isn’t the right decision. Always stay ethical and honest. We only have one reputation and one bad decision can take that away from you in a heartbeat. The golden rule applies in network marketing too! If you make a mistake, ensure that you own up to that responsibility. Make sure that you are willing to discuss with your team and the decisions they make when you know something is going on that shouldn’t be. It’s important to support and assist your team but to also give them the confidence to make decisions, take risks and speak up. Encourage your teammates to create great relationships with their own teams, with their uplines, and with the corporate management. These relationships are worth their weight in gold in our business!

By helping to clear obstacles for your team, you clear a path for them towards creativity, innovation, and empowerment. You need to be sure to get their input. Make you are providing your team with what they need to achieve success. If they’re already meeting or exceeding their own expectations, make sure to encourage them and guide them as necessary, always recognizing their contributions and positive aspects!

We are all a work in progress. If you focus on the positive, so will they! Here is to your leadership style and success!

 

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Morning Rituals To Win The Day

Morning Rituals to Win the Day

Everyone is looking for ways to increase their productivity, feel more confident and just feel a greater sense of happiness on an everyday basis. One of the real secrets and one of my favorites to making this all happen for you is by establishing a morning ritual. The saying is by winning the morning, you will win the day.

The first moments after you wake up can determine how your whole day will go. If you tend to wake up with feelings of stress, negativity or just plain tired, then chances are you won’t be enjoying the rest of your day. If you believe this to be how you start most of your days, you’re not alone. It is hard to believe but most people tend to start their day feeling negative. They will start their day trying to react to everything they feel they haven’t accomplished. Or that to do list is running through your head first thing! Or your first thoughts might be what you forgot to do the day before. You can feel sluggish until you get that caffeine boost from one or two (or more) cups of coffee. In order to feel a change, you need to make a decision. It is good to take a few moments when you first wake up and think positive thoughts like – What do I get to do today for the sheer joy of it? What do I have to be truly grateful for? Or what is the best thing that happened yesterday? I thought I would share with you seven simple rituals that we all can do and will help give you that energy you need for every day.

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Make Time for Gratitude: I recently blogged about showing gratitude and asking yourself on a regular basis “what are you grateful for?” This one question can leave a great impression on your entire day and the earlier you ask the question, the better your day will be. Taking the time to write down and think about the things that you are grateful for can provide you with that positive attitude to help you tackle your day. How we choose to view things sets the tone. You could keep a gratitude journal on your nightstand and whether you take a moment at the end of the night or first thing in the morning to write down what you are grateful for – either way, you will feel lighter for it!

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Drink Water: Keeping yourself hydrated goes a long way to taking care of your body. When you wake up, your body is dehydrated and needs water. During that first hour of waking up, try to drink good old fashioned water! Drinking water will help your body wake up and you will feel more invigorated. Who knows? You may not even need to rely on coffee anymore or not as much.

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Get Up, Get Moving: Nothing will start to get the blood flowing like physical activity. Emotions are connected to how we use our bodies which makes it even more important that we use it to prepare for the day every morning. Do some stretching or yoga or go for a walk first thing in the morning to wake your body up and provide you with the energy for a more productive day. All of those types of exercise have the added benefit of being meditative too.

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Feed Your Mind: What do most people read in the morning? The newspaper. Unfortunately, most of the news that we read or watch on television is negative and this can affect your mood. I often take news fast. It is embarrassing sometimes because I may not know to the minute the biggest and latest news, but I feel more grounded and happier for it. Instead of the news or the newspaper, try to read something full of positivity or encouraging. Read pages from a book you enjoy, watch videos that can help give you the inspiration you need. This positivity that you can do in just a few minutes can carry on throughout your day.

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Feed Your Body: Feeding your mind is part of it, but you can’t forget about feeding your body. Make sure to give your body what it needs. Everyday, we are shown ads with messages about healthy breakfasts but most of us are opting to choose “healthy” versions of foods that are bad for us instead of selecting healthy options that are actually good for us. What we put into our bodies helps determine what we get out of them. Instead of a doughnut or frozen waffles, why not go for a vegetarian omelet or a vitamin packed protein shake?

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Plan Your Day: The majority of us will start each day without a plan or even a sense of direction that our day will take so we spend it reacting to things that come up. Instead, plan and write out, what you’re looking to accomplish for the day. Not a laundry list of to-do’s but the top 3 or 4 things you want to get done that day. Writing it down will help your brain focus on the tasks for the day and increase the chance that you’ll be able to cross them all off your list. If you will just take a few minutes to plan out your day, you will see an increase in productivity – which makes us more content too.

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Smile: Last, but certainly not least, this is just as simple it sounds. Smiling every morning can have a great impact on your mood because smiling will help send signals to your brain and release chemicals that will give you the feeling of happiness. Smiling helps you appreciate each day and helps get your day off on the right foot. My husband knows the value of this – he smiles all the time! He has serious smile lines that he says he has worked hard to get. Just about everyone loves to be greeted with a smile.

Hope you start to use even just a few of these. Or maybe you already do most of these but there is one or two you want to add. The benefits to your day are tremendous. By using just a few, you will notice an increase in your energy, your productivity and just feel happier! People around you will also notice a change. You’ll start to feel less stressed and more relaxed. Here’s to better mornings and more fun throughout the day because of a great start to the day!

 

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Taking Better Care of Yourself

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We have all been there before. That feeling of guilt when you take a day off or just take some time to disconnect from the world. After our annual convention in Las Vegas last week I was definitely tired! Don’t worry. Most people feel that way when they feel the need to make time for themselves. There’s no need to feel guilty. Guilty is rarely a useful emotion. It’s important to know how to take care of others but just as important for you to take care of yourself. If you don’t hesitate to help friends and family, you shouldn’t feel guilty when it comes to helping yourself. The idea of self-caring can sometimes have a bad stigma attached to it and it shouldn’t. There’s no need to view yourself as weak if you find yourself needing a “mental vacation” or a real vacation. Here are a few items to keep in mind if your stress levels are on the rise.

 

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Learn to recognize the signs of distress in your mood and your behavior: It’s okay to admit that everyone has signs that tell them they’re either close to, or at, their breaking point. It could be fatigue or anxiousness. Maybe your behavior is off and you could be having mood swings or just irritable. If you feel you’re at this point, stop and take some time to regroup and look into what may be causing you to act out of character. Sometimes it is too much work and not enough fun, or a lack of exercise, or not enough sleep or even not enough of healthy food. There is a reason for that new term called “hangry”.

 

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Try to maintain your sense of humor: Humor can often be overlooked to help ease your stress levels. It’s important for our well-being that we laugh and laugh often. I have even set it as a goal for me this year to laugh more, to be silly more. It can also have a way to help put things into perspective. Laughing at your favorite movie or TV show or even personal situations can help improve your mood and release some stress. My Mother has a very funny sense of humor and I am sure that it helped her every day with the raising of 9 children! My Dad always enjoyed my Mom’s sense of humor too. We still do. If you can lighten a mood with a smile, a giggle, a tickle, a silly moment – everyone will be better for it.

 

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Balance your personal needs and work: It won’t do you any good if you recognize your stress but fail to do anything to remedy it. Be sure to limit your work life so it doesn’t take over with your home life. Doing so will allow you to go back to work with a clearer mind and invigorated attitude with just that small extra mental break. The key is to take this time prior to reaching your breaking point, take time to reset yourself by going for a walk or just sitting down and taking a much deserved moment with yourself. We are all addicted to too busy. I know I certainly am!

 

Find a workplace that encourages self-care: This may not be feasible in all cases but if your workplace environment is causing much of your stress it may be time to find one that won’t. There are some workplaces that encourage stress-free cultures. If you are an employee, try to find a place where they help employees celebrate successes, insist on a work-life balance and provide them with positive feedback. If you are building a home based business full-time, make sure that your office in your home is inviting and easier said than done, set office hours. Treat your home office like you would if you were getting paid by an employer. In our network marketing business, we are both the boss and the employee. When we like our office surroundings, we all work better and more happily!

 

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Spend plenty of time with friends & family: Spending time away from work can be an effective way to help restore you and reestablish a sense of being yourself. Try to surround yourself with people that fill you up, that complement you, that get you and love you and that you can laugh with. The saying we are the sum total of the 5 people we spend all our time with is so true. Think about the 5 people you spend all your time with – is it moving you towards the life you dream about? Do the people you associate with help you meet the needs of others? Just being in the presence of those that you love and admire and that feel the same way about you can help take the stress off as they provide a sense of familiarity which helps most people feel more content in our lives.

Remember if you fail to take care of yourself, this may cause you to make some decisions that could put yourself and others at risk. It could be as small as an email sent to the wrong person or being distracted when your attention was needed or losing some of what makes you vital and healthy. It is actually unselfish to take the time to care for yourself. When we are at our best is when we can give our best to others too. Enjoy your well-being!

 

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Why Network Marketing Now?

Why Network Marketing Now

If you’ve ever considered joining the world of network marketing, ask yourself the question: what has prevented you from doing so? Now might be a great time to make that commitment. Starting your own network marketing business can be one of the BEST uses of your time and money. The most successful members of networking marketing are the ones that know exactly why they’ve joined. Network marketing can have rough patches (like everything else in life!) if you don’t put forth the time and energy required to really build a business. You may be content with where you currently are, so what will your “why” be? Here are 11 reasons why joining a network marketing business can be the best decision you could make. Choose a couple of them to really wonder about and ask yourself the question if I keep doing what I am doing today, how will my life be different in 5 years?

 

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Financial Freedom: A big reason for joining network marketing is the potential for financial freedom for yourself. You have an opportunity to earn money part-time on the side of what you are already doing. And you will get paid wherever you are in the world. Sometimes that will be working your business, sometimes it will be when you are on vacation. In traditional business, once you leave the office, you don’t continue to make money. Network marketing allows you to work anywhere in the world and from home during the time you choose. And network marketing works 27/7 so you can take those vacations and still get paid.

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Create Wealth for Yourself: There’s a good chance that where you’re working now, that there is a ceiling on what you can earn. And often it is the big boys making the big money. One of the things I love about network marketing is there is no glass ceiling. There may be a cap on your companies compensation plan but it is usually very, very high. As employees, we are working 40+ hours per week and really we are helping to build up someone else’s wealth. Being a part of network marketing allows you to build, and keep, the wealth for yourself. It is YOUR business.

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Increase Your Income Annually: Unless you’re a pro athlete, it can be quite difficult for someone to double their income at their job. In 2016, the average pay raise in the United States was 2.9%. With network marketing, YOU own the business and it can be a lot easier for you to double your customers leading to you doubling your income. Another thing I love about our industry is no two days, weeks or years are the same. It is never boring! And there is always the excitement of who or what is going to happen next. Let’s talk about Job Security: Most people stay at their current jobs for the job security it brings but with more mergers and automations, some jobs are becoming expendable, eliminating the job security many seek. Network marketing can be that extra security you may be looking for.

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Capitalize with the Internet: The internet changed the world and continues to change the world. Are you utilizing everything the internet has to offer? The internet has simplified network marketing by connecting you to a truly global audience. It has never been easier to reach so many people and you may regret not taking advantage of it. This is a great way for the “average person” to get to take advantage of what the internet has to offer. It has truly leveled the playing field for what is possible.

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Population Increase = Income Increase: The world’s population is growing and it’s growing quite quickly. There are currently 7.4 billion people on the planet with project growth hitting 9.9 billion by 2050. This boom in population will create issues for traditional businesses but it’s a great opportunity for network marketing.

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Recognition for Your Efforts: Unfortunately, recognition and appreciation for your efforts may pass you by at your job. Network marketing creates a community full of people that not only want you to succeed, as it benefits them, but they also encourage it. We have great cheerleading skills in this business! You will get and can expect regular appreciation for the effort you put in.

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How Long Do You Want to Work?: This may seem like a simple answer. Some people will graduate from university with thousands of dollars of debt and then move towards obtaining employment, earn a living and retire in 35 to 40 years. An alternate route to take is by building your own business through network marketing and giving you the opportunity to retire much sooner. It is possible!

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The Company You Keep: Like attracts like and network marketing has the ability to attract the best people they need and as you surround yourself with the best, this new work environment will influence how you operate. People love the community they find with their NM business.

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A Rewarding Life: Network marketing provides the opportunity for your own personal development. This actually is the very best part of all of it. You will step into new and bigger shoes as you develop your business. Your business will grow as you do. It is that simple. To be successful, you will need to help those around you and your team be successful. It is a rewarding experience to see other people grow themselves and become better people.

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Smaller Job Markets: As technology keeps making things easier for companies to downsize and e-commerce eliminating the need for things that used to be standard (ie. office space), the number of available jobs actually begins to get smaller. And with the population increases mention earlier, it won’t get any easier so why not create your job and no longer be afraid of being downsized? Network marketing makes a great plan B!

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The Tax Benefits: If you have a business that you operate from your home, you can be entitled to all sorts of tax deductible expenses. Your office space, car, cell phone, and meals for business are great tax write-offs. As a network marketer, you will be able to utilize some of the same tax breaks that typically the affluent get to enjoy. (Do check with your accountant for what you can deduct and what records you need to keep. You are a business owner now so you have to follow the rules.)

These are just some of the many ways that Network Marketing can be beneficial to your career path. If you were on the fence before, hopefully, this will help you to join the networking marketing business that works for you. Best of luck to you on your new journey!

 

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