Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with great talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not;the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence, determination alone
are omnipotent!

~ quote by Calvin Coolidge, displayed in every executive office of McDonald's headquarters by edict of Ray Kroc.


Well I Could Use an Extra Day!

Ever feel like you could use an extra day between month end and the beginning of the next month?

I sure do.

Well, my journey to senior seems to have taken a small flat spot in February, so I am renewing my passion this month. I currently have enrolled 6 people and developed 1 Director 3, and I have brought about 4,000 in new volume to my business since January 1st. We know she for sure hit D3, and most likely missed D4 by a few hundred points, but all in all SHE did a GREAT job in February.

I dropped the ball in my Melaleuca business personally developing directors and enrolling because I spent several days at the waterpark for Kaden's birthday, and then we took some very special time for his baptism last month as well.

I am now refocused on personal activity and I am busy enrolling. I am looking to help Joni and her team develop at least 4 new directors in their business as well as I hope to enroll 8 and develop at least 1 more director personally.

I have a long way to go to bring in 6 more directors and 16,000 in volume in the next 4 months, but I am determined to focus on that goal everyday that I'm working.

I'm learning to constantly ask myself, "Is that a correct thought? Is that getting you where you want to be?"

I get caught up in what others want from me. I try to make others happy with my life instead of looking to what I want and how I want to live. I want to consistently build a great business sharing the health concerns and great shopping opportunity here.

I am so excited about my business. I know it may take longer than a few months to turn a ship around, but I am okay with that because I have my whole life. And my life is so good because of the way Melaleuca pays me.


So Tired, So Excited, So Nervous, So Distraught

Ever felt a bundle of emotions all at the same time?

I have been in Southern Illinois presenting this week. We have helped two people to director, and we are working on a third and fourth. WOWZA. That can be exhausting.


It doesnt come easy. We have had several people tell us they didn't like the commitment. We have had several tell us they needed to talk to the dreaded husband. We have had some that just plain didn't like the idea. Yet, we have perservered.

I love the attitudes of this group of women. If someone didn't see a value with the store, the attitude they have carried is "what is wrong with them?" I mean really, when we show you from the EPA that pesticides are cancer and asthma risks, and when we show you the pesticides in your products, and when we share a safer, more effective, better value opportunity, and you just "don't want to switch? Really, what is WRONG with you?


So we have two NEW directors and we have one with 5 customers, and one with one with two more presentations tomorrow and SEVEN webcasts this weekend. The potential is that if these potential directors would get there, my new director would have the chance to advance to D4, and her partner to D3. Regardless, they will both advance at least once and they both have a pipeline full for March, and they have done a WONDERFUL job.


Each of these gals has so much on the line with a $400 bonus and the chance to advance to Pacesetter Director. I just want to get activity planned ASAP with them so that the momentum continues to swell, and their dreams are realized.


I have so many builders that I love. I hold their dreams in my heart. I want to help all of them reach their goals--YESTERDAY. I get distraught at the thought of not being enough for everyone. I get distraught at the thought of not helping enough, of letting someone down, of missisng an important piece of leadership. I get distraught at the thought of working so hard, and then still have more cancellations than enrollments in my business because my organization is so large.

Regardless of the flood of emotions, I am reminded that persistence, focus on the positive, and solid work is the only path of success. Failure, fatigue and dissapointment is a sure sign that you are doing the right activity because it means there is action.

I am looking forward to a GREAT end to a GREAT month filled with GREAT people that I really care about.

After it is all said and done, I love the life Melaleuca offers me and I wouldn't go back to my 8-5, paycheck to paycheck days for anything.


Patience WINS!

This post is dedicated to all of the people that were on my Sunday night appointment setting call back in January when I set an appointment with a gal that was nurse and had previously been a Melaleuca customer.

She had answered my ad about working from home, and she is an RN that has asthma and allergies in her home. I was astounded that she was not still shopping. I set an appointment with her just in hopes of giving her a better taste of Melaleuca.

We met that week, and she didn't enroll. I gave her a wellness guide, tons of information and my card. Well, she called me last night, and SHE IS ENROLLING. She did research on the Oligo and she and her husband are starting out that way.

I am so so so excited. Not for the enrollment as much as for the fact that I feel great when I do what I am passionate about. She really gets the concept of why she should switch.

Also, a friend from church has her order put together. Her son is autistic and this is going to be fantastic for their family. I love making a difference.

Sometimes with my goals, my aspirations, my disappointments, I forget what caused me to be so passionate in the first place. Being patient with these two customers, following up with them and being sincere has brought two new customers to my business that I know will last a lifetime.


Catch up...and Sorry!

Ok, so the end of my January was so crazy and then I took some much needed R&R with my family. I have still been extremely focused on my goal.

So, I last posted on February 4th. That week 1st-8th...Monday to Monday I worked 10 hours. I spent two hours setting appointments, 3 hours in 48-hour follow ups, and 5 hours in presentations. I spent the rest of my week at the waterpark enjoying my family.

Then, from the 8th to 16th...Monday to Monday, I worked 10 hours. 6 hours in presentations, 3 hours in 48-hour follow ups and 1 hour of appointment setting. During that week I also worked about 8 hours of NON-INCOME producing time coaching and being coached with some special activities that came out of the corporate office coming for a visit.

So, towards my goal of becoming Senior I have only worked 18 hours this whole month. However a lot of that was on purpose, because at the end of the month I am going to be working WAY more than 20 hours.

I really need to focus on some personal enrollments and potential directors in the next few days. I find it a struggle to stay focused on that. It is easier to help those around me, and it is more fun, but I know it must be a balance. My "numbers" have still not turned around.

What that means is that when you have roughly 1200 customers, a 95% reorder rate means about 70 customers actually cancel every given month. So, in order to move my business forward, I need to have AT LEAST 100 new customers enroll. While I am doing all of the right personal activity. I am enrolling, developing directors and helping those directors develop directors, I am still actually going backwards in my business at the moment.

That can seem discouraging at times. BUT BUT BUT, I know that if I am persistent, my business will not only turn around, it will be MUCH stronger because due to my personal experiences. My focus on living in balance, and my true desire to help others achieve more than what I ever acheived faster and with more excellence will ultimately be a more joyful solid business than I have ever experienced.

It is definitely a battle to keep my head in the game and not let my emotions dictate my activity. Character is definitely the ability to follow through on a decision long after the emotion is gone.

I pray for character. Some days it is easier, some days it seems like I'd rather eat my arm than pick up that phone.

Off to become a woman of character.


Time To Work, Time To Play

So, the past couple of days have been what I call "Support" days. This past fall I read a book called, Success Principles. In it he describes organizing your days by Best Result Days, Support Days, and Recreation Days. Since the beginning of the month, I have truly been using several support days. Time to follow up on emails, talk to my team, host training calls, gather goals from others, set appointments and inhomes for the month, etc. None of this activity is actually bringing me money, but it has been necessary.

I am now getting ready for my last meeting of the week, and then it is off for some true R&R. We are taking the boys and my dad to Wisconsin Dells for 3 days. We are going to have an absolute BLAST. I can't wait.

Yesterday, I did have a personal appointment and an inhome. I received a collective 4 no's. The three guests from the inhome could turn into yes's but we shall see. You just never know.

So far this week, I have worked 7 hours towards my goal of Senior by June 30. In that 7 hours, I set appointments for 1 hour, spent 4 hours giving 4 -48 hour follow ups, spent 1 hour presenting for my 1:1, and spent 1 hour at an inhome. Right now those hours don't look that productive, but they will in time, I'm positive.

Success is truly made up of thousands of tiny little steps. As you are taking the steps it seems as though you aren't going anywhere, and then when you turn around a year, two years or even 5 years later, it is amazing to see what has happened.


1 month down...5 to go!

5 months left on my journey to Senior in 6 months working 20 hours a week.

When I started this blog, I was nervous that it would actually be possible to get to senior working 20 hours a week, but then as I began working I realized it was hard to put 20 hours of WORK in. This past month the highest amount of hours I got to was 15 hours and that was my last week of the month.

Now, to be fair, I did not count my travel time as work time, but if I had I would have averaged right at 20 hours a week. My new director lives 3 1/2 hours from me so that was time AWAY from my family and church. Even counting that I did not work more than 20 hours.

It looks like with my new director, and my other three enrollments I brought in about 1900 points of volume towards my goal of Senior. Not bad for the first month out. I will need to triple that amount to stay on pace, and I will need to double up on directors this month.

My goal is to develop 2 directors in February, help Joni advance to D4 at least, and enroll 4 more customers. Those are REALLY lofty goals.

As for my existing business, I hope to help each of my directors that are working advance...My new D2 from December to D3 in February. My D5's to D6, My D6 to D7 My D7 to D8 and my D8 to D9. To do that I really hope to help with contacts, coaching and presenting for them.

I love that in this business our job is to help others succeed.

This week I am headed off to Wisconsin Dells to celebrate Kaden's birthday with my family. My dad is driving up and we are going to have a wonderful time. Today I'm having a pj day catching up on emails, paperwork and housework. I love the life Melaleuca offers to me.


The Last Few Days

Sorry that it has been a few days since I last blogged. After my great day, I ended up with the wonderful flu for Saturday and Sunday.

Sometimes people think that great things just fall into the lap of others. On Sunday I would have rather done ANYTHING than a 48 hour follow up and 3 trainings in a row. I had been so so so sick all day. I just wanted to pull the covers over my head, reschedule and forget that I had any responsibility to anyone neverless a HUGE team. Yet, that wasn't an option. I drove to Lockport to meet this gal in person. We scheduled her first two inhomes for the first two days of February.

When you are a business owner, responsibility comes with that. I have to be responsible to God and my family first, then my friends and then my business. Since illness entered my life, I couldn't just forget or push aside priority number 4 even though I REALLY WANTED to do that.

On Monday I woke up to a sick child. I still kissed my boys goodbye, and headed south. On the drive I had another 48 hour follow up with another builder from Friday. I was still so nauseated, and I would have rather done anything than talk to a stranger about our business. I did it, and she bought a value pack and will most likely be a director in February as well . I was driving the entire time to help my new director develop her first director. We had presentations Monday night at 6:30 and Tuesday at 12, 1, 2, and 6:30. We added about 8 new customers so far and more to come. As I climbed into my car to leave her house Tuesday night, I had a message from my aunt. My grandma was bleeding and taken to the hospital in ambulance. My grandfather was at the hospital by himself.

You see, my mother was one of two children, and I am one of two grandchildren. My dad lives in South Carolina, and my aunt and cousin live in California. So....that leaves me to take care of my grandparents. I happened to be one hour south of the hospital so I drove there and have been there until now.

I drove home today and arrive around 5 pm. I missed my kids so much. We cuddled into my bed, talked, watched tv and caught up. I tucked them in, and now I'm getting ready to crash. Sometimes life is exhausting. Priorities, love, heartache, business: it gets messy sometimes. The important thing to understand is that Melaleuca is here to make all of that easier, better and more enjoyable.

Thank Goodness I am not teaching. Thank God, literally, that he brought Melaleuca into my life. I need flexibility, residual income and fun more than I could ever begin to express.

My new director is shooting to be a 20/20 director this month and her new director already has 5 enrollments and we are working towards more. The BEST PART: we are changing lives in a mighty way!