Yesterday I introduced the topic of the Mediterranean Lifestyle. At the base of the pyramid is exercise. People tend to think of diets only being connected to what we eat. But the reality is: what we eat is only one part of being healthy. We also must exercise. With all the choices, available there really is no reason not to get active. I have friends who are into martial arts. I have friends who do cross training. I have friends who dance. I have friends who just walk. I have friends who run. Most of the people I know do a combination of these. For instance, my friend Marian Kirby is a wonderful dancer. But she’s also a Grandmaster in Tae Kwon Do. I have heard people say things like I can’t exercise. As I’ve learned in school there is only a couple of short term reasons not to exercise. One, you just had surgery. And that is usually only for a few hours. Doctors have realized that exercise helps recovery speed up. Two, you are on complete bed-rest for cardiac reasons or pregnancy complications. You may be reading. this from a wheelchair. But even from a wheelchair, you can still exercise. There are basketball teams made up of people in a wheelchair. So, where do you start? First, think about what is fun for you. This is a purely personal decision. I enjoy just moving. So, I walk and do martial arts. But I also enjoy trying new things. So, yesterday morning I did a workout from Youtube. YouTube can be a fun way to try something new. I also do yoga from a DVD. There are so many available options. I know you’ll find one you love.
If I can help, let me know. I am on Facebook as well listed as Malissa Elkins Van Zee. Tomorrow I will talk about the next level in the food pyramid.
It’s true! But lifestyles that include real foods, an occasional treat, exercise and healthy foods are going to help you get results you want! Do you battle cardiovascular disease, Crohn’s Disease, want to have a baby, or are overweight? There is one specific lifestyle that has been proven to help for all this and more. It’s called the Mediterranean Diet. But here’s the thing: it isn’t a diet! It’s a lifestyle. This image shows how it works:
Tomorrow I’m going to begin to talk more about this lifestyle. Beginning with exercising. So, you’ll want to stay tuned.
I had a wonderful conversation with my friend Sara Fogan, who is a clinical hypnotherapist in Los Angeles, California. Sara encouraged me to begin to blog again, even though my life has become incredibly busy because of school and having a business I’m running. So, I’m back. But I’m also going to change directions slightly on here. I still believe in clean living. That will never change. But I’m also sold on people being as healthy as possible in all areas. This isn’t just about network marketing. It’s about changing lives. In 2013, I heard a phrase that hit very close to home. “Don’t just live your life, max it.” Are you just living a life that you are just getting by? Or are you living a life that pushes you to the life you know you deserve? The bible says in 3 John 1: 2 “Beloved, I pray that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.” So, I am wondering, are you living your life or are you living a life that passes a legacy to the people you are close to?
Following is an essay I wrote for Composition 2. Which is why I’ve been so quiet for the past 2 months. I’m in school through Kaplan University studying Nutrition Science. I’ll graduate in November.
Network marketing is an industry that is exploding. And the reason is simple “An estimated 38 million households in the U.S. live hand to mouth, meaning they spend every penny of their paychecks.” (Lake, 2016, paragraph 7). Therefore, people should seriously consider network marketing as an additional source of income because of the residual income they can build. Why network marketing compared to another home-based business? One, the average person can do network marketing effectively. Two, the success one achieves is dependent on himself or herself. And three, business leaders and celebrities endorse this line of business. In this essay, proof that confirms all this will be presented.
Why are people against this industry? There are five basic reasons for this, which is summarized from the article “Network Marketing—The Truth, The Hype, and the Opportunity.” (Nichols, 2010) First, the so-called pyramid scheme. In this industry, we become leaders by developing leaders. One person is not at the top. Second, some people believe that no one can make money in this industry. This is false. I have many friends who make anywhere from $500 a month to over $10,000 a month in this industry. Plus, the Network Marketing industry is growing consistently every year. This chart based on data from The Direct Selling Association from 2013 to 2015 shows this
Third, that this is a “get rich quick scheme.” This is a business, and it takes time to build it. One should plan on from three to five years of consistently working on this business to be where it can be done full-time. Fourth, the products are hyped up. This does happen unfortunately. However, if one hears this, then that person should tell the person saying it to prove it. Some products do work rapidly, but in general, this is not the case. And the fifth reason is inadequate training. Companies are taking this seriously across the industry and developing plans to help associates become successful. Plus, there are outside resources from Network Marketing Pro and Social Network Marketing Academy to help achieve success. Network Marketing Pro can be accessed by going to the website by the same name. The same is true for Social Network Marketing Academy. Both can also be found on Facebook as well.
Who does network marketing? In this industry one will find people from all walks of life as well as different careers. One will find doctors, lawyers, teachers, students and stay at home parents. One friend named Alan Sickman said in a private discussion (I) “was at the end of my career in the military. Evaluated options and found Network Marketing offered the greatest potential for freedom and income.” He is now a Crown Diamond with Max International, the Glutathione Company. I quoted him with permission. One will also find famous people in this industry. People such as Chuck Norris who is the spokesman for Max International, The Glutathione Company. Megan Fox who endorses Avon, and Carmen Electra who endorses Global World Trade. (Nuyten, 2014). There are many others as well. President’s, former President’s and business leaders also endorse this industry. President Donald Trump, endorses this industry. Former President Bill Clinton said “You strengthen our country and our economy not just by striving for your own success but by offering opportunity to others…Your industry gives people the chance, after all, to make the most of their own lives and to me that’s the heart of the American dream.” (Russel, 2015). Warren Buffet endorses this. Robert Kiyosaki said “The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for a job.” Bill Gates said “If I would be given a chance to start all over again, I would choose network Marketing”
What is success dependent upon? One, willingness to learn new skills and apply them. John R. Hobbs’s said:
“if one is motivated, flexible, want more of a work-life balance. Or if one enjoys networking, recognition of accomplishments, and/or entrepreneurial opportunity. Including earning extra income, or the ability to drive their own career. Or wants to purchase products at a discounted price: this is for that person.”
Finally, to be successful one needs to learn some basic skills. Which is simply learning to talk to people effectively. And with a purpose in mind. One purpose would be using the product or service. The other purpose is joining the business. There are seven specific skills that Eric Worre teaches in Network Marketing Pro. One, finding prospects. Two, inviting them to look at the product or service. Three, presenting the product and/or business. This is most effective if done separately. Fourth, following up with him or her. Fifth, closing which is getting them started on either the product, service or opportunity. For those who join or begin as either a customer or business associate step six is getting people started. And last, for those who join the company, the associate will promote the event. Social Network Marketing Academy is a wonderful resource for finding resources and inviting people to look at the product, service or opportunity.
In closing, if one decides to join a network marketing company there are four things to consider, which I learned from “Rise of the Entrepreneur” (Powerhouse, 2016) documentary published by Network Marketing Pro in 2015 and became open on YouTube in 2016. One is the product or service. One, does he or she like it? Two, is there a need? Three, does the product meet that need? Four, is it priced to sell? And fifth, is it priced for profit? Next, one should look at the company. Is it run well? And does he or she believe the management team is effective? Also, are there videos or other things available to show how the products or service work? Third is the compensation plan. Can people generate income quickly and develop a moderate part-time income within a reasonable time frame? And is there the possibility of full-time income? Last, one should look at the support. Is there a website? Is there comprehensive training? Are events hosted? The person considering this company should also look at the leaders above the person introducing them. Does he or she have good support in place? Especially if the person is new to the industry. The support may or may not be in the person’s upline. The important part is: does he or she have support?
In closing, at the beginning of this essay I said one should consider network marketing because of the residual income they can build. Jackie Ulmer said ““Residual income in network marketing is income you continue to earn based on efforts you put forth initially.” (Ulmer, 2010). One develops residual income by building a business. Which although does take time, it is worth it as myself and many others around the country are doing or have done.
What do your priorities look like? Do you have things set up correctly? I am a Christian and that does dictate my priorities to a large degree. My priorities are listed this way:
God: If I expect Him to direct my steps then I have to listen to what He says to me.
Myself! Yes, I put myself as a priority. How can I handle anything else if I’m not taking care of myself?
Priority setting. Is what I’m actively doing taking care of me?
Health: Am I eating what I need to eat to be in the best physical shape I can be in?
Exercise: What am I doing on a daily basis to get off the chair/bed/couch?
Mental health: What am I doing to keep my mind healthy?
That includes having some fun! So what am I doing just for fun?
Growing: I am a learner, I love to learn new things! And this is a priority for me. I am also learning to teach others more effectively!
Meditation/relaxation time. This is a little different than prayer. While I do pray, I also take time to just rest and quiet my mind and literally do nothing for a few minutes every day.
Positive affirmations: An incredibly important part of my day. I do it typically first thing every morning.
My kids come next. They are still growing up and I make sure they get what they need.
My husband. I’ve been told that I need to have him over my kids, but circumstances that I won’t tell here dictate that my kids come before him.
My career. I am a writer and an entrepreneur. If I expect my work to be done, I have to make sure that I do the work. I don’t have a boss, except my calendar. If I expect my goals to be met, I have to do the work. In my work time I have certain things that I have to make sure I get done.
Goal setting! I can’t reach goals that haven’t been set.
Writing. I am writing a novel. It won’t write itself, so I have to do the work.
Education: I am expanding what I’m doing. I’m in school at Kaplan University. Study time is important and as such, it is a priority.
By January 31, 2019 I will have my Bachelor’s in Science in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. This will set me up to be a professional health and wellness coach. I will be providing services to anyone whether they can afford a coach or not. My business already has a name also! But that will be private for a little while. What I just wrote out is my vision. Proverbs 29:18 says “Without vision, people perish.”
Do you have a vision for your life? Do you know what you want? Your imagination is your vision. There is no right or wrong on this. It is simply: what do you want? If you could do ANYTHING in your life, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to dream to big. I was told a few years ago, by Reggie Cochran that the only difference between dreaming big and dreaming small is the amount of action steps it will take to make it a reality.
You may have a dream to get out of debt. And that is good. But what is better is to get out of debt and have a $1,000,000 in the bank. What would this do for you personally? What would this do for your family? What would this do for your neighborhood/community? Don’t be afraid to dream bigger than you’ve been told you should!
So, call to action: what do you want to do? Contact me and let’s talk and make your dream a reality!
Dr. Reggie Cochran, Chuck Norris, Aaron Norris, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, James Wilson, and Esau McKnight: all world famous martial artists. But as I’ve gotten to know several people on this list I’ve seen more to them than just being Masters in martial arts. Which all of them are, and I have a huge amount of respect for all of them. And that is what this entry is about. Martial arts incorporates a different mindset and lifestyle, at least to those who are Masters. And it’s one I’m developing. It’s one of a fierce determination that defines who they are. They decide early on to become a master. And it carries over into their entire lives.
They are the ones who reach for the stars and reach them.
They set one goal after another and reach them.
They do things differently than others around them and it shows up in their relationships.
The friends they have realize they are friends, no guessing “am I a friend or not.”
A month ago, today, I was a victim of a hit & run accident while walking. In the subsequent weeks since then it has been my friends in martial arts for the most part than have been there when I was hurting, either emotionally or physically or a combination of the two. I can (and do) go to them for advice without any hesitation at all. I see them as much as friends as leaders. I love calling James, Don, Esau and Reggie friends. All of them are wonderful.
If you want an exercise program, martial arts in FANTASTIC, but as you get involved in it, be aware that a great school will incorporate a lot more than a tough workout. It will incorporate a new mindset as well for you to embrace. Do you want to see what I mean? Check out the movie “The Martial Arts Kid” starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, TJ Storm and several other true martial artists. It is available through Traditionz Entertainment, as well as on Amazon and other venues as well. The producers connected to Traditionz are my wonderful friends Anita Clay (who is an AMAZING actress to be watching for as well), James Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, and Don “The Dragon” Wilson. As I talk to James, Don and Anita I have learned that they really want martial arts to be more than just a way to fight. Don Wilson said in response to a comment I made about “The Martial Arts Kid” this: “The Study of the Martial Arts involves more than just the fighting aspect….and the only time to use it is to defend others or yourself. It is not for Bullying others!” And this is so true!