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A fine balance – Sources of positive energy.

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Energy…it flows through us and around us every day. The world is swirling, turning, and teaming with energy. So, why do we all feel so tired? Why do our days feel overwhelming and exhausting?  Is it because we are exhausting our energy stores without knowledge of  how to fill ourselves back up? Are we not making time for the things that create energy in our lives?

With this post I am hoping to give you some options. Ideas on how you may ignite a new spark of energy flowing into yourself instead of the endless river flowing out that you are likely very familiar with.

Idea #1 –Mindfulness practice. A few years ago, I was struggling with my first child as he made his way slowly and steadily into the ‘terrible two’ stage. I was a mess. He was a mess. I could not manage his random tantrums and they threw me so off-balance that I would end up on the floor beside him in tears. I looked for help. It came in several resources. The one that has made the biggest change in my life (and likely thousands of others) is Dr. Dan Siegel. If you have not yet heard about neuroplasticity…get Googling! Your neural pathways can be altered, your habits changed, your fears alleviated and your stress reduced. Books I suggest for learning about how to become more aware of your mind, brain and relationships around you are: Mindsight, The Whole-Brain Child and Parenting from the inside out. Once you begin the practice of disconnecting your emotions from your core belief of self…you can lose the negative and revel in the possibilities for good.

Idea #2 – Success and leadership coaching . There is nothing like a fantastic coach to boost your self-esteem and your drive to surge forward with energy.  Learn time management skills , how to set goals and actually achieve them, how to craft your vision for the future and how to lead without a title. I personally enjoy the teachings of Robin Sharma and think he is a GREAT place to start since he has so many free video resources on YouTube and his website. Jim Rohn’s book Twelve Pillars is a must-read also.

Idea #3 – Rediscover how to communicate. I’m just going to come out and say it. Television is toxic. Victims watch television. If you are sitting in front of the television between 1-3 or more hours a day and you are complaining about your life….then you are your own worst enemy. PUT DOWN THE REMOTE! Take control of your own life. Go out and join a class. Meet new people. Make things happen simply by engaging in conversation and participating in your own life! The only way to reap the rewards of a positive life with great energy is to do the work. Start reading and stop playing the victim. 

Idea #4 – Play, play, play. This point is especially key if you have children and feel so overwhelmed by a busy schedule. There is time for work and a time for play. Separate the two and find joy in games and play again. Rediscover fun and laughter. Swing on a swing. Race across the sand. Stop being so SERIOUS for even just an hour!! Remember that simple things can bring great happiness and good energy.

Idea #6 – Exercise the demons/You are what you eat. This one is so self-explanatory and we KNOW this by now! Exercise takes your energy to a greater level. It is necessary if you do not have  a job that requires physical labour (most of us!). The more you exercise, the more energy you will have and the more time you can commit to becoming  WHO you want to be and getting WHERE you want to be. Learn what a healthy diet looks like and make small changes every day to get you on the track for success.

Idea #5 – Choose your ‘peeps’ wisely. In my short 35 years on this earth, I am sure of only a few things. One of those things is that you cannot change other people. People can only change themselves. If you have friends or co-workers that routinely suck the energy right out of you by way of negative thoughts and comments, then you must simply choose to limit your exposure to them. Move on and surround yourself with those that do impact you positively. The negative ones WILL protest. They will call down your new choices. They will say nasty things to get you back under their dark cloud with them. Let them bray like mules and keep focused on the light ahead! You will be more beneficial to so many more people if  you find the BEST you.

Go for it!

CB

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‘Arbonner’ for life: Why I cannot stop smiling lately.

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Reasons to smile… Photo credit Gary Trent Photography, Grand Forks, BC

Reasons to smile…
Photo credit Gary Trent Photography, Grand Forks, BC

6 months ago I started a home-based business with a company called Arbonne. It was not on my radar, nor did I expect the changes that it would cause in my life when I signed on as an Independent Consultant. I am on a really fun part of the ride. The part where you can see what’s up ahead and you just can’t stop smiling.

Let me break it down real quick for you why I am loving this business and what some of the benefits are.

  1. I am the CEO of my own business – HELLO! I am my own boss. If I want to work on my business for only 1 hour instead of 2 today… so be it! No emails need to be sent or manager-types consulted. It’s MY business.
  2. Tax breaks – It only took Robert Kiyosaki and tax guru Sandy Botkin telling me one time what the benefits of being a business owner were going to be. This is huge. I don’t even have to be making money…just trying to make money is good enough for the government. I am creating jobs. Cell phone, car, part of my mortgage, meals, coffee, entertainment costs when with clients or prospects… all going into the excel spreadsheet as business building necessities.
  3. No glass ceiling – I’ll say it. I like to be good at what I do. I like to be really good. But in my health care career, there is nowhere to go. Our profession is unrecognized on so many levels. So imagine my pure delight when I see how possible it is to achieve amazing things in multi-level marketing. Can I set goals, have vision and build belief? You betcha! Do I like to lead? Oh yeah! Do I love the idea of forming a team and supporting them to achieve amazing things in their own lives? Could not be more excited!
  4. Helping others starts here – My team has already started to build. We are growing together. We support each other and know that we will be relying on each other for positive energy, drive and a good swift kick if we get off track. I was BLOWN AWAY when I started to feel the supportive nature of an upline in MLM. People that work above me want me to succeed and will show me exactly what they did to be earning over $100,000 a month. Of course they want me to succeed…that’s the beauty of building a downline. But the kindness and patience is genuine. The encouragement to do the personal development work was real. And the results are fantastic!
  5. Confidence – Who doesn’t have baggage? Who doesn’t have little voices that tell them they will fail? Who doesn’t need more confidence? I listened to my upline, did the reading, set my vision and goals and found my belief. The baggage just started to fall away on its’ own. (Top ten list of personal development books to come on a later post).
  6. Wicked feeling skin and a lighter side to me – There is no denying that becoming a ‘product’ of the Arbonne products is a huge perk. This stuff just makes your skin feel and look amazing. There is a skincare line for everyone: sensitive, aging, men, babies. The health and wellness line has started to help me melt off the stubborn 10lbs that no one else seems to see. All great things especially when my husband gets to see and feel the results!!  There really IS something for everyone!
  7. Networking – Yup, this means talking to people! YES! I am really excited about this perk. I am loving the new connections. I really enjoy interacting with new people everyday and widening my ‘circle’. It’s amazing how when you really listen to people you not only hear some amazing stories but you hear the emotion and begin to understand them as individuals.

I am learning so much…learning to love, learning to listen, learning to live with a fierceness and drive that I could never have imagined. Most of all, learning that my success cannot be obtained if I do not help others succeed around me.  So sign me up as a ‘lifer’… Arbonne has truly ignited a transformational journey in my life.

Tips from a Multi-level Marketing Newbie.

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Only a few months into this business…I feel that there are some glaringly obvious things that you just need to have in order to survive in network marketing. You can pay your up front fees and then wing it, or you can choose to get yourself prepared and get serious about starting a business that has the potential for massive growth.

Get a good ‘upline’ – Did the person that sponsored you into the company really connect with you? Are they taking the time to get to know you and YOUR goals? Have they asked what YOUR dreams are? Do they have a plan for your training or do they seem to just randomly throw info your way when they remember to? A good upline is SO vital. You are going to need solid training and motivation. You need to know how to sponsor new team members into your business…..sponsoring if the lifeblood of multi-level marketing. If you are not getting what you need, go HIGHER. Go to the top and ask what those people did to get there. You will find help and inspiration all in one!

 

Read like the wind! – I am absolutely LOVING every single book that has been recommended to me as a mandatory part of my training. Ditch the TV remote, stop playing the victim and get reading! You are in control of your own goals and dreams now. You will become a leader and you are likely going to need advice. My favs? The 45 Second Presentation That Will Change Your Life (Don Failla), Twelve Pillars (Jim Rohn), My First Year In Network Marketing (Mark Yarnell) and anything by Robin Sharma!

Know thy product – Sounds obvious, right? Jump in, use everything you can and become a product of the product. With my company specifically, Arbonne, this is an easy task. My skin has been transformed and friends and family have watched it happen. All I do is hand out sample packs and people want more. However, the general population is becoming very informed these days. You need to know what sets your product apart, why it works so well and what the benefits will be to the end-user. Study-up!

Learn to love rejection – My smarty upline in Toronto gave us a great analogy in training via Skype one evening at a team meeting. She said it like this: “If I told you that I was going to give you one thousand $100 bills and that if you could give them all away within one hour I would give you $10,000…could you do it?” At first I thought…yeah! Of course I could! But, think about it. People would want to ask ‘why’, to interrupt you, they might need qualification for why you were giving them money. Perhaps, some would even refuse, thinking that there was some ‘string’ attached to the offer. The same goes for offering the opportunity for multi-level marketing. You are offering people an amazing opportunity. The chance for them to take control of their lives and learn how to dream again. A home-based business that could change their lives. If they don’t want it??? MOVE ON! Don’t get offended….just keep asking! Thank the ones that say ‘no’ clearly and loudly…letting you move on to the next prospect who may really NEED that $100 bill and have the sense to recognize a wicked offer!

Believe and then prospect – Get your vision set solid in your mind. Why do you want this? What is happening in your life that you need to change so badly. What are your BIG goals? If it is 3 years from now and you and your team, family and friends are celebrating your huge success… what have you achieved at that point? If you do not have rock solid belief in yourself, your product and your business opportunity… you CANNOT communicate the potential to a prospect! Share your vision with such passion that people can feel where you are going and want to come with you even though they don’t even know all the details!

Get emotionally invested – Know your ‘why’. When you get frustrated and feel like you can no longer stand hearing ‘NO’, ‘Are you crazy?’ , ‘Are you involved in one of those THINGS?’ …you will need your ‘why’ more than ever. Stay true to the emotion behind the driving force of your action. Let it be your anchor while you drift through the experience of change and growth. You cannot help but be changed by this business and hopefully…if you follow my tips, it will be for the better!

 

A Mother’s work is never done… Scheduling for greatness #2

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Today’s post will be a bit ironic as I am not currently home with my children working my ‘Mommy Biz’. I am on a break at my ‘real’ job in health care. So, my absence from my children very appropriately leads me into my first suggestion in scheduling for greatness #2.

1.Engage the help of others! – When I had my first child I though no one could teach him as well as me. He and I had THE best connection. I understood all his words, knew his signals, knew which foods he liked the most and which ones he would probably throw at the dog. So, OF COURSE he was always better off with me at all times, right? HA! When I started to stray from the nest and take a few hours to myself, I quickly saw that my little boy thrived on many occasions when we were apart. He spoke new words, tried different activities, played in new ways and became more bold in his social interactions. Retrospectively…duh! My children were challenged in new ways whenever they were placed in new situations. Not rocket science, right? Well, we Moms want to feel needed… so we may need a gentle reminder that asking for help from others and taking some time away can REALLY be beneficial for both Mom and child. Get a friend or family member to relieve you at least a couple of times per week. The benefits are huge.

2. Get yourself a smart phone. Jump in…it won’t hurt. These little gadgets have been around for long enough for you to know what they are capable of. You name it…there’s an ‘app’ for it. From wicked visual monthly calendars (PocketLife – my Arbonne appointments are pink!) to text apps that keep you in contact with your downline (WhatsApp!), they are cheap or even free and so easy to use. In small home businesses, you are your own assistant, so get organized! Social media is not an option anymore for a small business, so apps like Facebook Pages, Twitter, Pinterest and WordPress can keep you in touch with your client base everywhere you go. Just make sure that you set your limits and don’t try to check your blog views while you should be watching your 3 year old daughter’s ballet recital!! Set personal limits and schedule your business into your day!!

3. Get a journal, keep a list – Go to staples, buy a pen and journal and ignore the looks of disgust from the Millennials staring you down in the process! Every day, journal about your day, set some goals, write down new ideas or to-do lists and just think creatively. You can do this a.m. or p.m. or both! Just seeing the progress I have made in the 25 pages I have documented is inspiring!! Growth, belief, vision, all documented in my own hand. Nothing more beautiful.

Growth, belief and a vehicle for change. Network Marketing at it’s best!

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This weekend I am in the midst of a training conference with Arbonne. We are in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand and there are 14,000 Independent Consultants here. All gorgeous, all positive, all living proof of the amazing culture of Arbonne. (Seriously guys, if you are single, the MGM Grand was THE place to be this weekend).

Walking around to and from our training sessions I have sat back and watched people, marveling in the culture of love and acceptance that this company has created.

Honestly ladies, when was the last time that you have been surrounded by hundreds or thousands of other women, looking equally amazing and NOT felt judged???? For me, the answer is easy, never. So why is this the case? Is it just me, basking in the glow of hearing “I believe in you, I believe in you, I believe in you”? Perhaps, or maybe we just ‘get’ that success in this life can really only be achieved if we connect and feel like the success of others is required for our own success?

I am continually impressed by so many aspects of this company. Arbonne perpetuates living a culture of belief in self, driving the personal development of their Independent Consultants to create the fire that has resulted in 10% growth of the company since May 2012 in a sluggish economy. CEO Kay Napier has created an unbelievable new marketing team. We are all fired up and for a great reason!