I was just having a conversation with my great friend Trish Hetherington... I told her I love having clarity... it makes life flow. And so I continued to think about this. Without clarity we have no direction, we are just floundering throughout our day and eventually throughout our life? Once you have clarity you have direction and therefore making decisions is easy. You just have to ask yourself the question when you are about to do something or say yes to something... "Is what I am about to do... going to help get me where I want to go. If the answer is yes... make it work, if the answer is no, it is off the list! My question to you is... what are you so busy doing and why are you not reaching your goals and dreams? Is your day filled with clarity and direction or are you floundering?
Sometimes clarity takes some time to figure out... like perhaps years. Why? Because no one has ever really sat down with us to figure out what we want, including ourselves. Once we get into the game of life it seems that we have no control and we are quickly going around the board, landing in places that were seemingly just a roll of the dice and collecting our $200 for doing something that we are not sure how we actually landed there. Oh, right we rolled the dice. Did we forget to blow on the dice before we rolled it, perhaps we didn't rub our hands together first, either way we are here and we can't start the game over... or can we?
I have a really good friend and a mentor that did just that. He played the game and won only to find out that he was playing the wrong game. Was it hard to figure that out, you bet it was. Was it hard to admit it, you bet it was but once you get clarity like no other it is time to make the jump and figure it out. At first it feels like you are letting people down around you and it feels like you wasted so much time, but the truth of the matter is that you probably could not get the clarify without all the experiences. We call that wisdom... wisdom is priceless if you understand what to do with it. My good friend Tom Chenault climbed up the latter of success only to find out he climbed up the wrong latter. The problem with that is once he figured it out he had to climb back down and start all over again. Check out his video about his 24 years of over night success. _
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Blah, Blah, Blah... are you in Network Marketing? The first comment is... I can't sell anything. Oh I get it, I hated the idea of selling because that was the last thing I wanted to do. However, we do tell people about a great restaurant we ate at, a movie we just saw or a book we just read. If our friends trust us or respect our opinion they will choose to... eat at the restaurant, watch the move, or even read the book. The only difference is that we do not receive anything for our recommendations, unless we own the restaurant, was in the movie or wrote the book. Here is what I say, instead of doing all the work for other companies that reap the rewards of your effort, I have decided to reap the rewards of my own efforts.
Happy Father's Day Ken! This photo was taken a few years ago and you are looking at my best friend and my husband of 29 years. He can't sell a thing... at least that is what he thinks. He sold me on him and he loves to share recommendations about books, restaurant and great movies to watch. Why, do we think we can't sell!
In the past few years in network marketing I have been able to improve every relationship around me. I now understand the meaning of listening to someone explain to me what they want out of their life, it is not what I want for them but what they want for themselves. It is easy to see the greatness in someone, even when they can't see it in themselves. Imagine doing something where you help others find their greatness and there is a revenue stream attached to the other end of it.
Network marketing is like that. "We make money by making friends, and we enlarge our circle of friends by making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to them." —Charles Haanel It is all about me helping my business partners reach their goals. I am on a mission to become a better "me" so I can help the people around me become a better "them."
Blah, Blah, Blah! Lots of holiday parties going on this time of year and most people can't wait to get a few cheers under their belt and relax. But, today I was on the phone with someone and all they could do was brag about how busy they were and they weren't interested in attending their company holiday party. A wave of emotion came over me as I was listening to this person's conversation. Is it a sense of feeling important or a lack of really understanding what life is all about. As our conversation ticked on I suddenly realized that so many people believe that their JOB defines them. How many parties, family functions, friend's events is it necessary for us to miss for our JOB before we finally realize that living life to the fullest... for our JOB... is not really living life to the fullest. Enjoy this holiday season and embrace your family and friends.
Blah, Blah, Blah... You may have something there. I was riding in the car with my son who went to his first prom, turned 18 and graduated last month. I think with his graduation on the horizon he began some deep thought about the future. He had made some impressive and powerful comments over the past few months. On this day his comment to me was... "The meaning of life is finding YOUR meaning of life." WOW! What a simple statement and yet a very powerful statement. How many of us are living someone else's "meaning of life." I met a friend who became a lawyer because her father did not think her dream would make her enough money. She became ill and guess what, she got better but only when she pursued her own "meaning of life." And, sometimes our meaning of life changes along the way and we need to be aware of that... this is usually called a "mid life crises" but many times it is us starting to understand our very own "meaning of life" and how powerful is that!
So my blah, blah, blah blog is about how quick time flies when you are having fun! And I do mean fun! My son came home from Butte, MT where he plays JR A hockey. He had not been home since Christmas. His season was over and home he came. He is only 17 and graduating from high school in May. I went to Las Vegas for a convention for my Youngevity business and hung out with some of the most valuable people I will ever have in my business. And... I hung out with my family and quite frankly that is what I enjoy the most... being with my family... what about you!
Blah, Blah, Blah... I hear this all the time.... I just need to learn how to manage my time... 6 months later we have the same conversation. Let's face it... you can not manage time... but you can manage you! People seem to wear a badge of honer that they work 12 to 15 hours a day to get their job done. What happens to your family, your personal time... your health?
Here is one of my tips... focus, focus, focus! Try it for one hour. Turn everything off that interrupts you... email, twitter, facebook, phone calls, etc. For one hour work on that very important project and nothing else... okay you can go to the bathroom but you can't talk to anyone. And, if you are like me and work out of your house most of the day... no laundry, dishes or anything else. Once you get good at focusing for one hour do two. But, you have to take a good break in between. That is when you answer a few emails, return a call or two and then back to focusing!
Blah Blah Blog... Okay how can a person lift their spirits and get instant gratification? This actually came up in a coaching call this week. This is so easy it about made my head spin.. sort of like Linda Blair... only without the green pea soup. Have you ever given someone a complement or told someone that you love them? Watch their eyes light up? Now... if you are someone who gives complements you know what I'm talking about. However, if you are someone who can't find anything nice to say and you never give complements... this is a much deeper conversation and maybe we should talk. So the instant gratification comes when the compliment is given, the smile happens, that thank you is spoken, and you know you just made someone feel good. :) In turn... you feel good too! What more could you ask for? Try it and enjoy!
Blah blah blah... People always say that. You should be grateful and at that very moment, when life seems to be taking a turn for the worse, most of us struggle to think of something to be grateful for. We can think of them easily when we are feeling great but struggle when feeling bad. But, what if you had a grateful thought in your "pocket" for example. And, what I mean by "pocket" is that you already have something preselected that you know no matter how bad things are "it" always puts a smile on your face. Be prepared so when the moment comes and you feel like all hope is lost... there it is... it could be a photo on your phone, or remembering a great vacation, thinking of someone you love dearly... it could be anything. What's in your "Gratitude Pocket?"
We never know what to expect in life... sometimes the darkest moments become the brightest moments. Like you, I have had a life of ups and downs and at certain points in my life I wasn't sure if I could go get much further down.