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If you’re wondering why you should join a network marketing company or make the effort to grow your current network marketing business, let me ask you this: Have you made the time to list all the personal and professional benefits you receive as the owner of a network marketing business?

For many, it’s a dream to own a business and become a successful business owner. But often, owning a business remains a distant dream. Realistically, starting a business can be expensive, time consuming and generally involves a steep learning curve or extensive education.

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Network marketing can open the door to business ownership by offering the opportunity to start a business with a modest investment. Network marketing also allows you to create your own work schedule and encourages you to spend quality time learning and growing with other like-minded positive people.

Let’s look at the “obvious” benefits of joining and growing a network marketing business:

1. You can work your business from anywhere – at home, at a local coffee shop, while you are on vacation, or even as you’re sailing around the world.

2. Generally as a business owner you have to hire employees. In network marketing you don’t hire employees, you get to choose the people with whom you associate.

3. As you grow your business, you begin developing what is known as “residual income.” Residual income is an ongoing stream of revenue that can bring you earnings even while you’re spending quality time with family or needing to take some time away from your business.

4. You can spend your professional time in a positive, productive and uplifting environment. Your network marketing company will offer meetings, regional conferences and regular teleconferences and webinars where you can learn personal and professional development how-to’s and tips in a non-threatening and supportive environment.

5. Your upline leaders will teach you the basics – basics you can then teach to your team. You don’t need an extensive education or lengthy training to succeed in networking marketing – you can learn and grow at your own pace.

6. You can develop your business-building skills while you’re making money. You don’t have to know everything to get started – network marketing is a business model where you can begin making money from the first week.

7.  You are the owner of your business. You don’t have a boss to whom you must report – you are your own boss. Your networking marketing company and upline managers are there to support your success but, you are responsible for creating your own successes.

8. You can meet new people and make new friends.

9. Your network marketing company will make available to you tools to support your business growth – you do not have to reinvent the wheel. It is up to you to use these business-building tools to succeed in your business.

10. You can work your business at your pace and on your schedule. You create your daily, weekly and monthly work schedules – there are no time clocks or set hours for working your business.

Let me ask you this: Where else can you own a business, set your own hours, learn as you go, meet positive people and create residual income all at the same time?

Yes, growing and succeeding in network marketing takes time and effort but, you are working for yourself and making your own rewards for the time and effort you are putting into your business.
 
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It’s easy to get discouraged when things aren’t going right or aren’t happening fast enough. The key to going forward in positive ways is not to give up and to keep heading toward your goals one step at a time. Here are seven ways to fire up your inner motivators and keep your eyes on the prize.

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1. Reaffirm the positives of going forward.

It’s easy to get discouraged when everything isn’t falling into place the way you thought it would. It helps to stoke the fires of inner motivation by revisiting and reaffirming all the positive reasons for going forward.

Activity: Sit with pen and paper and write a list of ten positive and important reasons you will not stop nor give up before your goals are accomplished.

2. Reaffirm your BIG why for working toward your goal.

The ability to overcome obstacles and find inner motivation is tied to the burning desire to achieve something you believe to be very important to mind, body and spirit. This is your BIG why for not giving up before achieving your goals. When the desire is strong enough and important enough, you can become unstoppable.

Activity: Write out in one or two paragraphs your BIG why for going forward, not matter what obstacles may come your way. This is the BIG why that motivates you day-to-day and ignites your powerful inner motivators. There is no way you’d ever stop before achieving your goals!

3. Reaffirm the benefits for making your goals reality.

It’s easy to focus on the obstacles because you’re often faced with them in your daily life. What counteracts the negativity of dealing with obstacles is reaffirming the benefits of why you’re decided and committed to working on your goals.

Activity: Make a list of at least 10-20 benefits that you and your loved ones will experience when your goals become reality. Example: Live in a better neighborhood, have to money to go to college debt-free, have a vacation home on the lake for family gatherings.

4. Reaffirm you are worthy and deserving of success, happiness and unlimited abundance.

Discouragement often begins when we doubt ourselves. Doubt can destroy motivation! Some of the most devastating doubt can come from not truly believing that you are worthy and deserving of the good things that achieving your goals will bring.

Activity: Affirm in one paragraph why you deserve to live a life filled with peace, happiness and unlimited prosperity. Tell yourself why you deserve unlimited success.

5. Reaffirm the peace and joy of accomplishing your goals.

Emotionally, physically and spiritually what peace and joy will your goals bring to your life and the lives of the other important people in your life? Achieving, or not achieving, your goals can have a ripple effect on the lives of others.

Activity: Write out how your goals, once they are reality, will positively impact terms of peace and joy in your life and the lives of others. Is that peaceful and joyful impact important motivating enough to keep going forward even if the going gets tough?

6. Reaffirm your commitment to success, happiness and unlimited abundance.

Have you made a physical, emotional and spiritual commitment to achieving your goals? A commitment is a pledge to yourself that you will not give up or burn out before you achieve your goals.

Activity: Write out a motivating commitment to achieving and enjoying success, happiness and unlimited abundance.

7. Reaffirm the payoff for achieving your goals.

Have a clear and compelling picture of the emotional, physical, spiritual and financial payoff for achieving your goals. Use your imagination to see in your mind’s eye the life you’ll be living in the future after achieving your goals. It must be compelling and exciting to your imagination!

Activity: Create a powerful and emotional visualization of the future based upon achieving you goals. In your mind’s eye see the BIG why come to life and see yourself happy, abundance and joyful. Feel yourself motivated to life this peaceful and content life.

Not giving up before “payday” is about knowing how to tap into and consistently use your powerful inner motivator. You have the power to create greatness and it all begins one step at a time!
 
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Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
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I never took Mother’s Day for granted, but I don’t think I realized the significance of the day until I no longer had my mother here with me to celebrate. It truly is a very special day to honor our mothers.

I know, some people call it a “Hallmark” holiday, but I believe it is more emotionally significant than that. We all get so busy with our lives that we often forget to make the time to tell those we love how much we care about them and appreciate having them in our lives.

Remembering momThe other day I spent time looking through old photographs mom had collected over the years. I wanted to put a picture of my mom on this blog along with a Mother’s Day message. I realized that there were very few pictures of just the two of us. Family photos with my dad, with the aunts, uncles and grandmothers, but not just of mom and I. I felt as if I’d missed a wonderful opportunity to capture some special moments that only the two of us had shared.

I found one photo of mom holding me on my first birthday and the other photo was from a trip we had taken together in 1987. I also realized that in 1987 mom was younger than I am today. Where had the years gone? I think I may have taken them for granted – like we’d have all the time in the world together.

Mom passed away ten years ago last month. Honestly, I have no regrets because we spent so much quality and loving time together. I do though wish I had more photographs of just the two of us. I have my many happy and loving memories locked securely in my mind and for that, I am grateful. I know she will hear me today as I wish her, “Happy Mother’s Day mom.”

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

Please share your favorite Mother’s Day memory.
 
 

 
 
 
 
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I guess you can officially call me a “senior citizen.” In fact, sometimes I even sound like my grandmother when I begin sentences with “I remember when.”

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The other day after being on social media viewing some distasteful things and almost having a door slammed in my face by a rude teenager, I started to think back to the way things were when I was growing up. I was brought up to be respectful and use good manners, as I’m sure you were. I know things have changed, but I believe not all of them are for the better.

I don’t want to sound like a cranky old woman, but here are ten things that make me want to turn back the hands of time.

I remember when…
1. Sending out birthday cards and hand written thank you notes was considered the polite thing to do.

2. Men and women held the door open for the person behind them.

3. Saying please and thank you came easily and naturally.

4. When we used something, we cleaned up after ourselves.

5. During a conversation we were fully present and not distracted by electronic devices.

6. We dressed like a lady or gentlemen and respected our bodies.

7. We treated our elders with respect.

8. Ladies and gentlemen did not use vulgar language in public.

9. Making uninterrupted time for family and friends came naturally.

10. Sitting down and enjoying a meal without a phone in our hand, ear buds stuffed in our ears or the television blaring in the background was how you ate dinner.

So let me ask you this: Is it just me or has our society turned into a bunch of rude narcissists? I’m not saying everyone – I’m not and I’m sure you’re not.

Here’s what I’d like you to do: During the next few days look around and take notice of how people are interacting with one another.
Do people seem distant, detached and out and out rude?
Do people seem more stressed, anxious and angry?
Do people use their electronic devices instead of interacting personally?
Do people seem more self-centered, self-absorbed and impatient?
Do people smile and say hello when you pass them?

Let’s be the change we want to see happen around us.
Let’s say please and thank you more often.
Let’s make sure we hold a door open for the person behind us.
Let’s listen politely when someone is speaking.

Are you with me? Let’s consciously make time to show others how to be thoughtful and polite members of society. Let’s be the day-to-day role models of respect, good manners and thoughtfulness.

All right, maybe I do sound like my grandmother. If so, I’m proud of it.

 
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We all know that marketing is a huge part of running a successful business. One way to stay up-to-date with your customers/clients and prospects is by conducting surveys. Although surveys can be a great way to learn what others want and are thinking, are they really worth the time and effort to prepare and conduct?

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Here are my thoughts regarding surveys:

1. A survey must be for a specific reason and for a specific audience.

2. A survey should be a win-win for the person conducting the survey and the person answering the questions.
 
 
3. A survey should be short sweet and to the point.

4. A survey should be well written and thought provoking.

5. Surveys shouldn’t be conducted too often.

As an example: Here’s a survey I conducted recently using Survey Monkey called If You Worked with a Coach. If you have time now, please take a few minutes to answer my questions. I thank you in advance.

Let’s discuss each of the above five points and you make the decision whether surveys are worth the time and effort.

1. As a business person, what do you want to gain by conducting a survey? A survey is an effective marketing tool only if it is used effectively. As the author of a survey you must have a clear picture of what you want to learn from the questions you’re asking.

Don’t waste your audience’s time if you’re not clear about why you are conducting the survey.

2. Why should someone answer your survey questions – what’s it in for them? I’m not saying you have to give something away to get someone to take your survey. I am saying that most people will participate if there is an incentive. Something as simple as asking, would you help me could be incentive enough. The question you need to answer when writing and posting a survey is: Why should someone take the time to answer my questions?

3. Would you want to take a survey with pages and pages of questions? Probably not. Well, your audience wouldn’t either. Too many questions is like taking an exam and we all remember how we felt about taking exams. Don’t make it difficult to participate in your survey. It is up to you how many questions to ask, but too many questions may limit the number of participants.

4. Would you agree that a thoughtful question most likely will produce a thoughtful answer? Take time to write questions that are well thought out, clear and to the point. Stay focused on what you’re looking to learn by conducting the survey. Write your questions as if you were speaking to a friend. Keep your questions simple and easy to understand.

5. How often should you conduct a survey? That’s a good question. I’d say use this marketing tool wisely. Use it for feedback after an event. Use it to gain information about what’s happening in your industry. Use it to help develop new and timely materials. Use it for information gathering about the wants and needs of your current and future customers/clients.

Surveys can be used in many ways. If you use them too often, they lose their importance and appeal.

An important thing to remember is once you’ve conducted your survey, make quality time to analyze the results.
1. Did your survey provide the results you were looking for?
2. Will the results help you conduct business more effectively?
3. Do you better understand your current and future market?
4. Was conducting this survey worth your time and effort?
5. How will you use this information to grow your business?

Only you can decide if conducting a survey is a viable marketing tool for your business. Yes, it does take time and effort, but it can prove to be a valuable way to better understand and serve your prospects and customers/clients.
 
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Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
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