People have been making excuses since the days of Adam. Adam & Eve had the first excuses: Genesis 3:11-13 Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
How often do you come up with an excuse for what you want to avoid (including avoid trouble)? I’m too tired to work out. Or how about this one: It costs too much to eat healthy. Humans in general avoid situations they think will be uncomfortable. The trouble with excuses is it will keep you from experiencing the life you want.
I’m pursuing my dreams. But to do this, I’ve had to drop my excuses. And I’ve chosen instead to find a way. If you want to continue making excuses for why you don’t have the life you want, feel free. But, if you want a life that your dreams become reality, then you will have to drop your excuses.
In choosing to become a leader, I’ve had to quit making excuses. What if Jesus had come up with excuses when He was walking the earth on his earthy ministry? Jesus is my ultimate leader. I look at His works and how He handled all kinds of situations as I learn to do this. One thing Jesus didn’t tolerate at all was excuses. And He didn’t come up with excuses when He didn’t want to do something either.
What if Jesus had come up with an excuse for not going to the cross? I’m thankful that He didn’t! My point is this: stop coming up with excuses. And go after the life you want.
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!
Mohini was a magnificent white tiger that lived in the US’s National Zoo in Washington DC in the 1960s. Mohini was a special gift presented to the US president Eisenhower, and the US people. The Zoo started a major project to build a large enclosure for Mohini, their star attraction. The enclosure would simulate Mohini’s natural habitat as closely as possible. It would have many acres of lush forest with rolling hills and a large pond. It would be Mohini playground for her to stretch and express her natural self as one of nature’s most splendid and powerful creatures. Meanwhile, while the large enclosure was being built, Mohini was kept in a 12 x 12 feet cage with iron bars and cement floor. Mohini would pace around ceaselessly in this cage while her eventual home was being built. Finally, the enclosure was completed and the big day of releasing Mohini into it had arrived. A large excited crowd had gathered to witness this much awaited event. To everyone’s surprise, instead of frolicking in joy in her new sprawling enclosure, Mohini headed straight for a perimeter wall at the enclosure’s edge. At the wall, Mohini started to pace around in an imaginary cage, just like the way she had while waiting for the enclosure to be build. Mohini stayed in this tiny corner at the wall for the remainder of her life, oblivious to the freedom and choices she had.
How many of us live our lives in a cage like Mohini lived in? We deserve more! A lot more!!! So what can you do? Yesterday in church my pastor talked about this. There are 4 things that can help he taught.
Redeem the routines. What are you doing that allow time to be redeemed? Are you getting ready for the day? Listen to a audiobook. Are you driving for 20-30 minutes? Same thing. Get creative. And have fun with this.
Reduce the hurry in life. Slow down and make some time in your schedule to just rest. Carl Jung said “Hurry is not of the devil, hurry is the devil.” And he is right on target!
Regularly meditate the Word. Yes, I said the Word. Go beyond meditating on the word to really thinking on The Word itself. You will be amazed at the results you get!
Finally, review and renew life paths. Is what you’re doing working? If it isn’t maybe it’s time to change some things. Failure is only failure if you quit. You can change how you do things as often as you need to.
Is this something I can put my heart into right now?
What is the purpose behind this?
Why should I do this?
Is this just for me, or is this something that will help others too?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting a goal that is just for yourself. In 2011 I decided to learn to get healthy after hitting rock bottom. That first goal has allowed me to grow to where I can and do help others. But it started off as a goal that was just for myself. Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish. You can’t take care of others unless you do.
What are the reason(s) that will push me forward when I want to quit or say “I can’t do this anymore?” (This is your determination)
What will be the action steps I will need to follow to make this successful?
What are your goals?
The action steps will get your goal set.
How much time do you need to accomplish this?
If it is more than a year, you will need to set up mini-goals.
Do you need some partners to help you accomplish this?
Do you need to hire someone to help you?
Do you need a coach?
If you need a coach who knows how to set goals and can help, comment below and I can help.