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You’ve heard the old saying, “If success was so easy, everyone would be one.” So what does it take to be successful? In part one of this three part series, the first secret of success we’ll be exploring is Power of Desire.

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I first heard of the power of “Desire” as my husband and I began reading the classic book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Chapter 2 is entitled Desire – The Starting Point of Achievement. In this chapter, Hill tells the story of Edward Barnes whose ambition was to work along side of Thomas Edison. Hill explains it this way, “Barnes’ desire was not hope. It was not a wish. It was a keen pulsating DESIRE that transcended everything else. It was DEFINITE.” In Think and Grow Rich, Hill often refers to having “a burning desire” as the first step to achieving goals and creating long-lasting success.

Dictionary.com defines desire as: a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: an expressed wish; request.

Your “burning desire” to succeed can make the difference between wishing and hoping for something good to happen and actually achieving success.

Question: How do you discover this desire to succeed?

Answer: The first step is to learn how to consistently tap into your own personal and professional inner motivators. These are the powerful inner motivators that will feed your unstoppable desire to achieve success. So, how do you do that?

Ask yourself these three questions:

1. What do I want to achieve? What goal is so compelling that you’ll do whatever is moral, legal and ethical to make it reality? The key to tapping into your “burning desire” is to know exactly what you want and then develop a clear picture of that desired outcome in your mind’s eye.

2. Why do I want to achieve this goal? What is it about this goal that will keep you so motivated that you’ll continue to go forward, even when the going gets tough. Your personal and/or professional “why” for achieving success ignites your powerful burning desire that will keep you going until you’ve achieved your desired goal.

3. Do I believe I can and will achieve this goal? I’m reminded of Mark Victor Hanson’s saying, “An ounce of doubt and you are out.” Your desire to succeed must be so strong and compelling that no one and nothing can discourage you from staying the course and achieving what you truly desire.

Please remember this, success begins with the Desire to change where you are now into something bigger, brighter and better. The more compelling your Desire, the more certain you are to stay focused on your goal and not to give up before payday.

Only you know what you truly desire. Is it time to sit down and get in touch with what you want and why you want it? The words Napoleon Hill published back in 1937 are still accurate today – if the DESIRE is strong enough, goals will become reality.

DESIRE is our first secret of success.
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We have a guest blog post from BJ Dudley, Independent Distributor JAQX Smart Home Security System.

Whether you live alone or have a growing family, feeling safe and in control of your home is a right you deserve.

When I think about home security, I’m reminded of the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”


This month I want you make sure you are prepared in case of fire.

1. Do you presently have a smoke detector in your home?

2. If yes, is it in operating condition?

3. Does your smoke detector meet the need for the size of your home?

4. Do you have a fire extinguisher?

5. Have you been trained on how to use the fire extinguisher properly?

6. If you are not home, is your alarm being monitored in case of smoke or fire?

7. When everyone is home, do you an escape plan in case of fire?

8. Do you have a designated place for everyone to meet in case of fire?

9. Do you practice fire drills in your home?

10. Do you have a sticker or sign prominently displayed on an outside window notifying first responders there is a pet inside?

11. If you aren’t home, do your children know what to do in an emergency?

As an Independent Distributor with JAQX Smart Home Systems I’ve learned peace of mind comes from making sure you and your loved ones are safe. Please stay safe.
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I’m reluctant to say this in a blog post, but there are times as you’re working toward achieving your goals that you may begin to feel discouraged or defeated. Yes it happens, doubt and disappointment can begin to creep into your heart and mind and the positive expectations about the future seem to turn negative.

Feeling discouraged time to time as you’re working toward achieving your goals is normal. We’ve all been there – that place where we’re feeling tired, discourage and doubtful.

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Here’s what I believe: The road to goal achievement gets bumpier the closer you get to making goals reality. It’s true; the obstacles along the road to success seem to become larger and more daunting the closer you are to achieving your goals.

Why? I think it’s because if you’ve been working on achieving your goal for a while, you are probably becoming mentally and physically tired. I’m sure you know from other life experiences that as you become more and more physically and mentally exhausted, things can seem more daunting than they truly are.
What can you do to turn potential discouragement into renewed encouragement?

1. Become aware of your self-talk.
What you’re consciously and unconsciously saying to yourself can affect your mood and energy level. Are you saying positive things about achieving your goals or, are you saying negative things that feed doubt and discouragement?

2. Find a supportive group of achievers.
There’s a saying that “birds of a feather flock together.” Are you “flocking” with positive and encouraging people? Achievers associate with achievers.

3. Focus on your mission statement and your “why.”
If you’ve read and worked my book 21 Days to Living Your Dreams, you’ve written your Mission Statement and know what motivates you to achieve. My suggestion is to go back and revisit both of these. It’s important to focus on the benefits you’ll receive once your goals are reality. Remind yourself of the physical, financial and emotional payoff you’ll enjoy once you’ve achieved your goals.

4. Take a break.
It’s alright to step back and breathe in fresh air. Take a mini-vacation from your goals. The key word is “mini.” Step back and take a break but don’t stay away so long that you’re losing interest in or abandoning your goals.

5. Hire a coach.
It’s worth spending the money if you feel you’re losing focus and motivation when it comes to achieving your goals. A few sessions with someone who can see the whole picture from a professional perspective can potentially save you time, energy and money in the long run.

It’s normal to feel tired and even a bit discouraged now and then, but don’t give up on making your dreams come true. My advice is to step back and be realistic about the obstacles that can occur as you’re going forward. Remember that it takes time, energy and persistence to make any worthwhile goal reality.
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I don’t want to be pushy, so how do I ask for referrals?
Pauline, NY

Answer: I believe referrals are an important business-building tool. There is nothing pushy about asking former customers/clients, current customers/clients and your network of associates to refer the people they know to you.

Here are a few suggestions:
1. Email your customer/client clients and let them know that you are accepting new customers/clients or have a product to offer and that you would appreciate if they would forward this email to those people they know that may be interested.

2. Email everyone you know that you are having a contest. You are offering an incentive or prize for each new referral that turns into new business. You fill in the blank for the incentive (a product, a gift card, etc.).

3. Call your network personally and let them know that you are open to new referral and would appreciate their support.

I am a big believer that you get what you ask for
– if you believe can provide great service or have a great product, then ask for the referral. It is not pushy to let others know you are available for more business.


Why won’t prospects return my calls?
MaryAnne, CA

Answer: The “gold” is in the follow up. It is hard to pan the gold when no one returns your calls or answers your emails.

Here are a few suggestions:
1. Offer an incentive to prospects for answering your follow up call or keeping a follow up appointment – a sample, a discount etc.

2. Schedule a specific day and a time for your follow up appointment – don’t just say “I’ll give you a call.” Make sure your prospects know that you value their feedback and your main objective for connecting with them is their opinion and feedback.

3. Let prospects know that as a condition for giving them a sample, a CD, a book, etc. you’ll need to set up a follow up appointment. If they aren’t serious about setting up an appointment, they probably aren’t serious about what you are offering.

4. Send a reminder email before your follow up phone call or appointment. It is a busy world and people do forget.

5. Try to reach your prospect three – four times on three or four different days and if they do not return your calls, say to yourself “Next.”

Prospects are often reluctant to follow up because they are fearful you may try to “hard sell” them something they cannot afford or don’t need. If you assure prospects that hard selling is not your intent, you’ll probably have a higher percentage of actual follow up appointments.
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Network marketing can be a wonderful opportunity to begin your own business. I’ve learned over the years for many women, bringing family and friends into your business can often test the boundaries of loyalty and friendship. My advice is to think carefully before signing on friends and family.

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I’ll never forget the first time I heard a potential network marketer say to her friend, “I’m not going to sign up with you because I don’t want you to make money off me.” Anyone who has been in direct sales or network marketing for awhile and has built a team, understands the sponsoring process. The concept of being “an upline” can get tricky when you are recruiting friends and family.
1. If family and friends do not understand the concept of network marketing and creating passive income, then network marketing may be a difficult concept to get a across.

2. If family and friends do not understand the concept of team building and working toward a common goal, then explaining how you earn a percentage of their production and sales because you brought them into the business, may be a difficult concept to get across.

3. If family and friends do not understand the concept of being an independent entrepreneur and that you are not their employer and they are not your employee, then network marketing may be a difficult concept to get across.

I’ve seen friendships end because one friend was “making money off” the other. The person ending the friendship truly believed their anger was justified because they were doing all the work while their upline was the one making all the money.

Before you bring friends and family into your company know in advance how you will address the issue of being an upline and receiving compensation from your downline production and sales.

Here’s what I suggest:
1. First, as the upline, become familiar with your company’s compensation plan. This is important because you’ll be able to show and comfortably share with potential recruits how everyone has the ability to build a team so they too can become an “upline.”

2. Secondly, be prepared to explain that as their upline, you are their mentor. And, as their mentor, the company compensates you with a percentage earned by team members. After all, that’s the win-win part of network marketing and being an upline the more successful you train your team to become, the greater your compensation as their leader.

If your potential recruit does not understand the team-building concept, even after you have explained it, then they may not be the best fit for your business. Believe me, it is not worth losing a friend or dealing with hurt feelings if friends and family are reluctant to have you “make money off of them.”
Please, share your thoughts and comments with us. We’d love to hear from you.

Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
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