|January 31, 2013||Posted by krista under Be Inspired, Business|
Do you consider yourself an anxious person? Or do you find yourself eagerly anticipating what’s ahead?
I encourage you to wait in eager anticipation for what’s next. Anxiety is a stressor. In fact, Seth Godin says that anxiety can be defined as experiencing failure in advance. Why would anyone want to live that way?
When you wake up and work with anticipation each day, you’ll be more optimistic and more excited about what you’re doing. Being anxious, on the other hand, can be the surest way to disaster…because it encourages you to “play it safe”. And as the old saying goes…the rewards go to the risk-takers.
I came across this great image that I thought was fitting for this post…
Worrying is weak faith. You were made for more. Have faith and hope that good things are ahead. You won’t be disappointed. Until next time…
|January 24, 2013||Posted by krista under Business, Direct Sales, Direct Selling, MLM, Multi-Level Marketing, Network Marketing, Solopreneurship, Word-Of-Mouth Marketing|
Multi-level marketing is often misunderstood…which is funny to me, because this business model has been around for many, many years. (Even Bill Gates endorses it!) Running any business can be a confusing, emotional or challenging experience at times. But isn’t buying a house? Or having a baby? Yet people still do those things quite often. And in the end, amidst those small challenges, the journey is all worth it.
Truly, MLM is the most genius business model on the planet, in my opinion. Here are just a few reasons why I LOVE multi-level marketing and why you should explore it:
1) The career you can create. Thanks to my MLM business, I now have freedom to choose where I work, when I work and with whom I work. Some days I work from a coffee shop and others I’m in my home office being productive in my PJs. I’ve even worked from the beach before! I can be super flexible with the time I work. Some days I’ll work straight from 8am-5pm. Others I’ll work an hour in the morning, run a handful of errands throughout the middle of the day and then work another hour or two in the evening before shutting everything down for the day and spending time with family or friends. The people I work with are some of the most passionate, driven people I’ve ever met. They have big goals, won’t settle for mediocrity and have big hearts for others.
2) The lives you can touch. Not only has this network marketing business changed our lives in a number of ways…it’s given us the ability to do the same for others. Unlike Corporate America where only one or two people are promoted…with network marketing, everyone wins. There’s no point in anyone trying to outshine or outdo anyone else, because there’s truly no competition. If anything, you’re in competition with yourself to keep doing better and better each month. It’s such a rewarding business model. There are millions of people struggling in the world. Networkers can help people dream again – giving hope to the hopeless, inspiring others to face and overcome fears. When this business was shared with me three years ago, I never imagined how my life would change for the better and how it would be a catalyst to help others do the same.
3) The causes you can support. The world is full of wonderful organizations and groups who can only operate based on big hearts and generous donations. Perhaps you simply want to give to your family, a friend or give more to your church. Maybe there’s a non-profit that really pulls on your heart strings. Network marketing can be the vehicle to help you do that.
4) The person you become throughout the process. In the end…it’s about the journey as much as the destination. While I was a successful, driven individual three years ago, I’ve become a much more focused, intentional person who leads with a servant attitude. Three years ago I didn’t have an “envisioned future”…I simply had dreams…and I wasn’t doing anything to move towards them. Today I have daily goals, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. It’s incredible to watch yourself move closer and closer to a big accomplishment. This career has truly transformed me in a number of ways that I’m very thankful for.
If you’re remotely skeptical about direct selling, network marketing or multi-level marketing, I encourage you to continue educating yourself. No, this industry isn’t for everyone, however, anyone who is driven, passionate, coachable and willing to learn the system will succeed with this model…and can then enjoy the incredible benefits I shared above. This industry does not discriminate for education, age, background, experience, race, location, etc. I really can’t think of a better gig.
Have a question about network marketing? Want more information on the industry? Not sure where to start? Let’s have a conversation.
Make sure you come by for tomorrow’s W.O.W. interview! Until then…
|January 16, 2013||Posted by krista under Be Inspired, Business, Leadership|
Hello and happy Wednesday, friends! We’re going to have some straight up, heart-to-heart talk about a very important subject today. FAITH.
Although I do consider this a “business” blog, I also consider this my personal space where I can share personal experiences, thoughts and beliefs. So today’s chat about faith isn’t going to be a surfacy, “you need to have faith in yourself” (which is important), conversation.
Today we’re going to talk about faith on a deeper level and I want to share a snippet of my own personal faith walk with you. I think you’ll see why this is an area I’ll be addressing more and more as we move forward.
If you’ve read my story, you know I’ve been running my network marketing business for just over three years now. My first year in business was a HUGE year of learning and growth. I’d started this business alongside my full-time job, while also planning our wedding…so I had to be VERY strategic with my time. My employer had started down-sizing, so I saw this as a great Plan B and that’s what pushed me to get this going.
My second year in business was the year my husband and I committed to creating an exit strategy from my job so I could solely focus on growing this business. Again, this was another HUGE year of growth and personal development. I was seeing radical changes in my business and knew that with continued effort, I would be able to fully pursue my desire of self-employment. Mid-way through this second year in business, I gave my two weeks notice at my job and fully entered the world of entrepreneurship.
This last September marked the close of my 3rd year in business. As I reflect on this last calendar year…it was, yet again, an enormous year of growth. I’m not who I was this time last year. And when I say that, I mean that I feel I’m a better, improved person. What’s changed? Where I put my faith.
This is where we need to rewind a bit. See, I was raised with an “I can do anything” attitude. My parents are incredible people who raised me in a loving environment and instilled unlimited belief in me. They were always fair, disciplined me accordingly and passed on high values and morals to me. Although I attended church services somewhat regularly as a kid, the whole God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, faith thing always confused me. It wasn’t until I went to a youth summer camp that I started to wrap my mind around faith, forgiveness, etc. It was at this summer camp that I accepted Christ and was baptized the following week.
Now, of course, this was a very exciting time for me, however, I was also still very young and confused. I knew that I’d been “saved”, but I still didn’t fully understand what that meant or what this “daily walk” was supposed to look like. So, for the next several years…on into my teenage years and even into early adulthood…while I’ve always held myself to high standards and “done unto others as I would have them do unto me”…I certainly wasn’t maintaining a daily relationship with God or partaking in any “daily bread” from the Bible. My life was all compartmentalized into separate boxes. I checked off my “God box” for the week on Sunday mornings when I would attend church. Then throughout the week I would check off my “business box” as I would make calls and schedule meetings. Next I would check off my “husband box” when he and I would do dinner and a movie. And so on.
Now, this brings us to Summer of 2012. A few things happened that both personally and professionally utterly confused me. Looking back, I realized this was God saying “Hey Krista. I’m in control here. Why don’t you turn to me for counsel? You seem to turn everywhere else but to me.” Situation after situation, I realized God was slowly and gracefully drawing me to Him. And it was at this point that it hit me…what I have isn’t mine. It’s His. And even this business…I’ve done it on my own for so long…but He can do more in two seconds than I could ever imagine doing in two lifetimes.
I will tell you…since I’ve given it all over to Him, committed to a daily quiet time (which consists of a brief inspirational devotional reading, a few Bible scriptures, reflection, prayer and listening) and simply acted on faith, some miraculous things have happened. Things are occurring that I truly never could have done on my own. In the past I was a closet Christian. I kinda knew what I believed…but not enough to really share it with anyone. Now, I’m not saying I have all the answers…not at all…but now I know who does and I’m not afraid to ask Him…or encourage someone to ask Him.
Whatever your beliefs, your background or upbringing, I truly believe life all boils down to one thing. Love and service. We must love and serve others, just as we love and serve ourselves. That’s why we were created.
And you…you were created with a purpose way larger than anything you can imagine. So whatever your dream or desire is…it’s there for a reason. You need to explore it. Step out in faith and God will meet you there. I have and He has.
In closing, I hope my VERY condensed faith journey thus far has inspired you. In the coming weeks and months, I will be sprinkling in more and more bits of wisdom and inspiration, scripture that has encouraged me and will be sharing more about this great guy named Jesus that I’m finally building a relationship with. He’s been chasing me for awhile.
Make sure you come back on Friday for this week’s W.O.W. interview series. I’ll be introducing Kia Jarmon, owner of The MEPR Agency. You’ll be inspired! Until next time…have a wonderful day!
|August 11, 2012||Posted by krista under Be Inspired, Business, Productivity|
A common response I hear from those in my industry or other business owners in general is “I just don’t have enough time” to do…[fill in the blank].
Here’s the thing. We all have the same amount of time in our days. It’s not a matter of having enough time…it’s a matter of not choosing to make the time to work towards things you’ve said are important. (Remember one of my recent posts? “You can do anything, but not everything…”) If you’ve set a few key priorities and then organize your time and energy around those priorities…you will see results!
Take a moment to watch this brief video and join me in becoming a productivity ninja! Who’s with me?!
|August 7, 2012||Posted by krista under Be Inspired, Business, Leadership, Solopreneurship|
Isn’t this a gorgeous image?! Talk about perfect timing.
I do enjoy the Olympics…although, I’m really not a sports fan. You’ll figure that out pretty quickly if we attempt a sports-related conversation. I do, however, admire the drive, passion and tenacity it takes to be successful in a sport. Not only are athletes focused on an individual level, but they’re focused on working together as a team. I truly believe this is key. Doing the best you can do and surpassing your goals on an individual level benefits the entire team.
This is what it takes to succeed in a business like mine. Yes, you can make a great living on your own by building a solid client base of people who love our results-driven products. To truly succeed, however, you must elevate others. When you are laser-focused on your individual goals, yet equally as focused on your teammates goals…you will be unstoppable. And the beautiful thing is…everyone wins.
Unlike Corporate America where only one raise is given…one promotion is offered…one person is elevated. In network marketing, we all win. One’s success is everyone’s success. And now I can’t imagine doing business any other way.
If you’re looking for a change…need hope for a brighter financial future or career path, let’s talk. The only way to make the best decision for you is to learn more about what’s sitting in front of you…
Oh…and GO TEAM U.S.A.!