I love my life! I love that it is messy, wild and wonderful. I have two teenage daughters, so trust me, there is high-drama & hysteria. And, there is passion, depth & indescribable joy. I have a prodigal son. I have a husband working most every minute of the day and night, raising an amazing career (one he was born for) & filling in with side jobs. I am so amazed by his dedication, commitment, integrity and intelligence. I also miss his face and attention sometimes. And, I know this is a season, and I could not be more proud or inspired. I have stumbled through a few decisions and relationships, trying to find the courage to simply follow my heart and do what I love and am crazy good, happy and fulfilled doing. I have arrived in that sweet spot, moving in to what I know and believe is best for today, and for my future.
I love my life! I love that it is laughter through tears some days and that mostly...it is hilarious, exciting, blissful, amazing, faith-filled and hopeful.
"Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion." Steel Magnolias
It is easy to get caught up… Emotions are high. The need is great. Our desire to be recognized is deep. Our racing impulse to believe is as dangerous as it is exciting. In these moments, it is near impossible to separate fact from hype. There is some truth in enthusiastic testimonies from the podium, thus it is easy to blur the lines, and jump all in - 100% If it soothes our insecurities, sparks our ego, masks our loneliness, fills up empty places, promises popularity and when financial investment feels like real effort & success… we buy in. Literally and figuratively! We do not think it through; Consider the cost; Weigh our options, nor imagine the genuine commitment and dedication this may require. We simply tell ourselves: I'm going all the way to the top! We want to be near the inner circle. We justify our extravagant actions, fixed upon the ideas of a mind-blowing paycheck and the roar of applause, once we achieve a title. We get blinded by our mis-guided attempt to be rich & famous - we forget ourselves. We say our WHY is family, giving back, making a difference etc, and that is where it all began, however, we lose sight … Desperation kicks in. A competitive spirit creeps in. We fall in; And, we bring a few others along for the ride. Suddenly, we are manically pushing our newfound passion for skyrocketing success, by way of large product purchases, with the promise of selling, sponsoring & promoting at breakneck speed, as a result. The numbers make sense when you are in the thick of it, shielded from any sensible idea or thought. It seems as if it will all be worth it when you are earning your six-figure life-changing income. Right?
Wrong. And, I know that of which I speak. Trust me. I will say, for most, there is no intent to cause harm. Most are caught up, too! The truth is simple. Large product investments, usually made one time, by a few people, will never create a sustainable business. I know it seems like such a good deal….however...We are not in this for great discounts, we are here to earn a paycheck, and reach a bonus level that we are able to maintain, and grow, month after month. Lasting success means having a REAL customer base. A bunch of loyal clients will insure your immediate and future paycheck; And, from big customer love, your team of consultants will organically appear. Lay a solid foundation, work hard, put your time in, in the trenches. It WILL be worth it!
Besides the ridiculous idea that spending a ton of money will automatically generate a paycheck, rather than just pay you back, when self-interest gets in the way of doing the right thing for the most people, you get in trouble. Other people's needs and desires are more important than your own goals. The customer simply wants to purchase great products -- no guilt, no strings, no coercion - what's best for her? Find out and watch your business take off.