Archive for the ‘Lena’s Rants’ Category

How To Crush Your Competition (It’s Not What You Think!)

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
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How DO you crush the competition? Ever wondered about that? When so many people are are marketing the same or very similar products and services, how do get someone to buy your stuff and join your particular team or downline?
 
The answer is pretty simple. But it’s probably not what you think…
 
 
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Feeling Discouraged? Why Your Trials Are, In Fact, Triumphs of Hope!

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
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In the video above I talk about what to DO, specifically, if you are currently struggling in your home business. Trust me, I’ve been there…I know what it’s like!
 
 
Feeling discouraged? Mentally and physically exhausted? Like you just want to throw in the towel on your business (or on life) and give up?
 
Don’t. Don’t give up. Rather let me see if I can help you think of your challenges in terms of opportunities…
 
 
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Work Life Balance – Why It’s Critical To Your Success & Happiness

Monday, October 7th, 2013
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This post on the topic of having work life balance isn’t my typical marketing message. But given the importance of the topic, I decided to set aside some time for it.
 
I did a little research to find that according to Google’s own stats as many as 6, 600 users in the US alone type the phrase “work life balance” into the Google search bar each and every month. That’s well over 200 people PER DAY..!
 
From my own personal experience I can also tell you that learning to have work life balance is absolutely essential to your overall physical and emotional well being.
 
 
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Thoughts On Personal Trials: How To Survive…And Thrive!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
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Today, let’s talk about personal trials, something all of us have to go through, no matter how successful or accomplished we are. What inspired me to write this post is the fact that over the past few weeks I’ve been going through some pretty severe personal trials of my own.
 
And yet I’m not writing this for the purpose of throwing a pity party for myself but rather to share what I’m taking away from all this. Hopefully, this can help YOU if you’re going through personal trials in your own life right now.
 
 
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Birthday Blessings & Reflections

Sunday, November 11th, 2012
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Yesterday, the day before my birthday, as I walked into the kitchen in the morning I was met by the sight of this gorgeous bouquet of flowers. It was a gift from my Dad in Norway… The delivery had come early in the morning – and what a wonderful surprise to wake up to!
 
As I closed my eyes and enjoyed the fragrance of the roses, I was reminded of the saying, “Count your blessings; not your years.”
 
Yes, I’m blessed. But there’s no getting around it – I’m also very much aware that I’m getting older :)
 
Getting older is not such a bad thing though if you’re living a meaningful life. Only sometimes this meaning – your life purpose – turns out not to be exactly what you had envisioned. And that’s what I’d like to say a few words about in today’s post.
 
 
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How You Can WIN One Of My Products! (No Purchase Required…Fun Contest!)

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
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How would you like to get one of my popular products 100% free of charge? I’m kicking off a contest today where you can win any one of my own personal products just for commenting on my blog posts!

The contest officially runs through the month of October, from the 1st thru the 31st, but you can get a head start on everyone else by starting TODAY.
 
I’m doing this in order to get you, my reader’s feedback on what type of content is helping you and what you want to see more of in the future. This way I can more easily get ideas for new posts, and my posts will also better target your needs.
 
So it’s truly a win-win situation.
 
 
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Are you ready to fly? (A poem…sort of)

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
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If you’ve made up your mind that you can’t do it, I can’t help you.
 
If you don’t see the value in what I’ve got, I’m not going to try to convince you.
 
If you’ve determined to stay within your comfort zone where you’re safe and secure and where tomorrow is sure to be as predictable as today…far be it from me to insist that my way is better.
 
BUT –
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PROs in the Canyon (watch out! ;-)

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
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Jacob on the team filmed and produced this hilarious video during our recent team trip to the Grand Canyon. What a day we had: I charted 2 vans and we headed for the rim…where, believe it or not, we celebrated the birthdays of two team members with birthday cake! (Talk about party with a view!)
 
It was a day none of us will soon forget.
 
Enjoy the video!
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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Better than winning an award…

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
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I just returned home from another marketing event with – I’m grateful and honored to say – another sales award.
 
But what was even better than being presented with an award myself, was to watch some of my downline reps pick up awards of their own.
 
Members whom I’ve seen face great challenges in the pursuit of their dreams, and who have kept at it, refusing to give up.
 
And now, to stand it the back of the room and watch them step up on stage with looks of disbelief on their faces as it suddenly hits them that this is it, this is the moment they’ve visualized in their minds so many times…
 
I’ll never forget when I was presented with my first award a couple of years ago – stepping up on stage was a mountain experience like no other.
 
Not that there weren’t other mountain tops to be climbed. Not that it was just downhill from that point on…of course not. It was really only the beginning.
 
But things changed after that moment in time, it really did.
 
You see, I left the event a different person: I’d proven to myself that I could do it.
 
From that point on, I worked my business with a very different mindset. And because I was able to truly look at myself as “successful” now, others saw me as successful, too…
 
That’s why winning that first award was such a big breakthrough for me: When you change, your business changes.
 
And that’s why I’m so excited for my downline members – Jenni and the rest of the iGlobalPros team, and Helene, Melanie and Jann of iProSynergy…both teams within my team…both being presented with a Master Marketer’s Award at our company conference this weekend in Phoenix.
 
I’m excited for them not only because they were recognized for their results, but because I know this can be such a big game changer for them, too.
 
And when the game changes, that’s when you look back at all the sacrifices you made…all the pain…all the struggles.
 
And you just laugh at it all. Because none of it matters anymore.
 
Congrats guys and girls…well done! And remember – this is only the beginning!
 
 
 

Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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“Average” or “Memorable” (Which Are You?)

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
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The other day I spent time with some friends whom I hadn’t seen in months. We used to be very close, but over the last couple of years our lives have taken us in somewhat different directions.
 
As I listened to them talk, I couldn’t help but notice how often the phrase, “I WOULD”, kept coming up.
 
For example (emphasis mine): “I would like to go visit my parents soon”, “I would like to move to a bigger house”, “I would like to take my kids to Disneyland.”
 
One of them even stated, “Here’s what I would do if I was making $100 000 a year…”
 
This is when I had my light bulb moment:
 
I realized that the people I normally associate with – successful, progressive entrepreneurs – don’t speak in terms of “if” or “would.” They speak in terms of “when” and “will”.
 
They don’t just wish. They DO.
 
And as I sat there listening to my friends’ conversation, it struck me how powerful language is.
 
The words we choose matter because they speak volumes about what goes on inside of us. We speak out of the overflow of our hearts, as it were.
 
The apparently subtle difference between “I will” and “I would” says everything about the mindset of the person uttering the words!
 
Everyone has ideas. Everyone has dreams. Dreaming is easy. Acting on the dreams…turning dreams into reality…that’s the hard part!
 
Which of course is why the vast majority of people live their entire life in terms of IF and WOULD. They continue to do what is “safe” and “normal”, seemingly oblivious to the fact that where there is no risk, there is no growth.
 
Failing to realize that everything they ever wanted in life lies right there outside their comfort zone…
 
I don’t know what category YOU fall into – “would” or “will”, “if” or “when” – but I want to challenge you right now:
 
Next time, when at a fork in the road, make the less obvious choice. Choose the rocky road. Be adventurous.
 
As I said, where there is no risk, there is no growth. And where is no growth, there is also no reward.
 
Don’t choose “average”. Choose “memorable”. Choose “memorable” because you have one life here on Earth, and it’s up to you to make the most of it.
 
 
 
Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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13 years ago today, Sam and I said “I do”

Monday, January 17th, 2011
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Today Sam and I have been married for 13 years. Wow! It seems like it was just yesterday that this handsome young driving instructor showed up at my doorstep…
 
Yep, that’s how we met: I had just moved to Los Angeles – a city built for cars, I learned quickly – and getting my drivers license became top priority.
 
Sam was the instructor I hired to teach me…he was just a name I got off of the yellow pages. I, of course, had no idea of the ripple effect that one seemingly small, insignificant decision would create.
 
That was in November of 1996. Fourteen months later, on January 17, 1998, we were married. We had no money. But we had faith & hope…and we were madly in love.
 
Interestingly, Sam and I were baptized together just a week before our wedding. And after I had shared my Christian testimony in front of the congregation about how Sam and I met, and how he’d started witnessing to me while we were out driving, the response from the pastor was as follows:
 
“How about that? Driver’s license, marriage and salvation in the same package!”
 
The congregation erupted in laughter.
 
Yes, that’s the story in a nutshell. And today, 13 years later, I have this to say to my wonderful hubby:
 
Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for letting me live out my dreams. Thank you for standing behind me, believing in me, cheering me on.
 
I may be the “face” of our business, but one must not forget that behind every successful woman stands a great man. You are that man. I love you heaps.

 
 
 

Internet marketing, faith and “the man with the golden voice”

Saturday, January 8th, 2011
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By now I’m sure you’ve heard the story of Ted Williams, the 53 year old homeless man who within 72 hours went from panhandling and living on the streets of Ohio to becoming a media sensation.
 
A former radio announcer who had lost everything to a drug and alcohol addiction – but now clean and with a new-found faith in God – he had been praying relentlessly that his 90 year old mother would live to see his comeback.
 
And just the other day, while wandering the streets of Ohio begging for spare change, he was discovered by a reporter. This reporter shot a video of “the Man with the Golden Voice”, a video that soon went viral online and catapulted Ted into the spotlight.
 
Ted has now been reunited with his mother, whom he hadn’t seen in 20 years (!)…and the job offers are pouring in.
 
It’s an amazing story… I haven’t been able to get it off my mind since I first heard it earlier this week.
 
It’s a story that gives you hope. And that’s why I wanted to briefly comment on it here on my blog.
 
Three things I take away from it:
 
1. Anything can happen when you just choose to stay positive, prayerful and continue to believe…yes, even in the worst of circumstances.
 
2. God is a God of second chances: You can never mess up too bad.
 
3. The Internet is an incredible tool…a youtube video that goes viral can change a person’s life. As a online marketer, you need never doubt that you are in the right place at the right time.
 
Let 2011 be the year that you make an impact on someone, and use your business as the vehicle to accomplish it…
 
 
Here is the famous video.
 
 
 
 

Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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Merry Christmas to you from Sam & me!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
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I want to take a moment to wish all my readers, subscribers
and friends, a blessed Christmas season and a spectacular
2011!
 
 
Love,
 
Lena
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A $420 lesson in gratitude

Friday, December 17th, 2010
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The other day my car was towed. I’d parked it on a street with restricted parking and completely forgot I was supposed to move it before I went to bed that night.
 
The next morning, hubby – who had just walked out the door to go Christmas shopping – came bursting back in, exclaiming that the car was gone: “Where did you park?”
 
I thought about it for about half a second, and remembered… On the street with the restricted parking. Ouch. The car had been towed!
 
To make a long story short, within a few hours we had the car back.
 
Sam went to go get it, and it cost us a hefty $420. (Ouch again.)
 
However…and this is my whole point of sharing this with you.
 
I could have spent the rest of the day (or week) kicking myself over all this…I could have blamed my husband even, (and causing a fight,) however unreasonable that would have been…I could have allowed it to bring me down….to make me angry, bitter, mad at the city of Los Angeles for incorporating such stupid street regulations.
 
But I chose not to.
 
I chose to look at it as something good instead. Namely a lesson in gratitude.
 
First of all, instead of just getting towed, the car COULD HAVE BEEN stolen, and that of course would have been a whole different ball game.
 
Secondly, I didn’t have to lift a finger to get it back: Sam took care of everything while I got to stay home. Which reminded me how blessed I am to have a husband like him —
 
It COULD HAVE BEEN me that had to go get the car – after all it was my fault. But Sam’s choice to take care of things for me gave me yet another thing to be thankful for.
 
Thirdly, IF THIS HAD HAPPENED just 3 years ago, $420 would have been about 25% of our monthly income, and this unforeseen expense would have had much more significant repercussions – such as likely not being able to buy Christmas presents for everyone on our list.
 
Thankfully, it happened now, not back then.
 
Those were only three reasons that immediately came to mind as to why I had reason to be thankful in the midst of the calamity.
 
I think you get the point.
 
The point is that you choose how you react to everything that transpires around you, in your life.
 
Our circumstances are just that… Circumstances. We decide how to read them, and react to them.
 
I believe you can take any “bad” incident and turn it into something good. Yes, I firmly believe that all of us have the ability to do so.
 
When you lose your hard-earned money or an investment due to an unwise business decision…when your house has been on the market for over a year and absolutely no offers are coming in…when the biggest team builder in your organization jumps ships, taking half your downline with them…when your computer crashes, causing you to lose weeks worth of work.
 
Those are the types of things I’m talking about.
 
Am I saying it’s easy? No.
 
But one thing I know, and I know this from personal experience: We CAN train ourselves to interpret, and react to, our circumstances positively rather than succumb to our natural tendency to do otherwise.
 
Until, after a while, this new way of thinking and reacting actually becomes our default mechanism.
 
Recouping a towed car can go from being a nuisance and an unwelcome unnecessary expense to becoming a lesson in gratitude.
 
If that’s how you choose to look at it.
 
 
 

Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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Miracles Still Happen (True Story)

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
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It truly is amazing how “lucky” one can be sometimes.
 
This weekend, while in New York City for a business meeting, I had a string of small miracles happen.
 
First I lost my camera. Then I lost my wallet. Finally, I lost my necklace pendant. Incredibly, my belongings have all since been found and returned to me. Or, as in the case with the camera, my old one was miraculously replaced with a brand new model the same day I lost it.
 
But let me start from the beginning. And, by the way, all this really happened – every detail of the story.
 
 

Camera Lost


 
It was Saturday night, and I was heading out to meet a friend briefly before getting together with a group of people for dinner.
 
But as I sat down for dinner, I noticed that my camera was missing. And although I searched high and low for it, it was nowhere to be found. And none of the others had seen it.
 
I was now starting to doubt whether I had even brought it with me. I knew I intended to…but perhaps, in the rush of getting ready, I had left it behind. I wasn’t sure.
 
I hoped I would find the camera in my hotel room when I returned, but I was disappointed: It was not there.
 
Sadly, I concluded that I must have left it in the cab that I took down to the restaurant earlier that evening.
 
Fast forward to the next morning: I didn’t receive the wake-up call that I ordered, and so I overslept. And once again I was in a big hurry as I tossed my things into the suitcase and checked out of the hotel to grab a ride to the airport.
 
 

Who Took My Wallet?


When I got to Newark airport and reached for my wallet to pay the taxi driver, the wallet was not in my purse.
 
I could feel the hair stand up on the back of my neck: I had seen it in there the night before, and I knew I hadn’t removed it. But I also didn’t think it could have been stolen as I had not let my purse out of sight even for a minute.
 
Fortunately, I found one of my credit cards loose in my purse, which I used to pay the driver.
 
Once inside the terminal, I turned my luggage inside out, but the wallet was nowhere to be seen.
 
I could have screamed! My Green Card was in that wallet, and losing your Green Card, well, that’s no small matter.
 
It’s like losing your passport… Getting a new one is not easy. Or cheap. And of course, the fact that I didn’t know whose hands it had fallen into and whether I would soon find myself being a victim of identity theft, was disturbing.
 
 

“By The Way, We Found Your Gold Jewelery”


I prayed silently for favor as I called the hotel in NYC where I had been staying. Perhaps, by some small miracle, I had left my wallet in the hotel room during the hustle and bustle of packing and checking out that morning.
 
But no – there was no wallet there, the hotel staff announced after inspecting the room.
 
However, they did find something else! They found a gold necklace pendant! From their description of it, I instantly recognized it to be the very piece of jewelry that my husband had gotten for me as a very special gift just a few weeks prior.
 
And by sheer accident it was found. I shook my head in disbelief — both at my own recklessness and my good fortune.
 
I continued my prayers as I headed for security. Without my Green Card I had no form of picture ID, and whether I’d be able to get on the plane and get back home to LA, well, it stood and fell on the good will of the officer at the gate.
 
After I’d explained to her what happened, after some deliberation, the officer finally – reluctantly – let me through the gate on my credit card that I had in my possession, which had my photo on it. She made sure I understood that, “this is not an official government ID.”
 
 

The Package On The Kitchen Table


 
Needless to say, my agony over losing both my camera, my wallet, and my necklace pendant in the time span of a just few hours, was great.
 
And I still could not for the life of me fathom what could have happened to my wallet. Could a pickpocket have snatched it? I strongly doubted it. I’d held my purse tight against my body all night.
 
Fortunately though, this story has a happy ending.
 
The first incredible thing that happened was that several hours later, the moment I walked in the door at home in LA, I noticed a small package sitting on the kitchen table. And in the package, as it turned out, was a camera, almost identical to the one I had lost – only this one was brand new.
 
The camera was part of a bigger prize I had won in a sales contest conducted by my company the month before. A prize I had forgotten about completely…until now.
 
I was amazed.
 
And the story gets even better.
 
My husband and I had just hung up the phone after calling each and every one of our credit card companies, asking them to block our accounts…it can’t have been more than five minutes later…when my cell phone rang.
 
 

An Unexpected Phone Call From 3,000 Miles Away


 
The call was from a young woman in New York City who had – get this – happened upon my wallet in a New York taxi cab in Manhattan the night before! In the wallet she had found the number for my friend in NYC who I’d spent some time with that night.
 
And when the girl called my friend in an attempt to track me down, my friend gave her my contact information.
 
And so it happened that I received that very unexpected phone call from a complete stranger on the other side of the country who, incredibly, had my treasured wallet in her possession.
 
“I’ll send it to you,” she said, jotting down my address. “And how can I best reimburse you?”, I asked, as I tried to pick up my jaw from the floor.
 
“Well, um, my friend and I were kind of drunk last night and we charged our cab fare on your card…$18…so let’s just say we’re even…”
 
And that, of course, I couldn’t really object to.
 
 

The Moral of the Story


 
So what’s the moral of the story here?
 
Pay attention to what you’re doing? Don’t be in a rush?
 
Never cease praying?
 
What goes around comes around? When you yourself make it a point to do the right thing, good things have a way of finding their way back to you?
 
I think, all of the above.
 
But more than anything, I think the moral of the story is this: Never give up hope. Never accept defeat. Be an optimist. At all times, keep a smile on your face and a glow in your eyes. Because truly anything can happen.
 
Miracles still happen.
 
If you can lose your camera, your wallet and your necklace in three completely different locations within the time span of just a few hours, and get them all back by “accident”…then, miracles do happen.
 
Okay, I know, I didn’t actually get my camera back – it was a different one. But what are the odds…I mean the timing of it? The new camera sitting there, waiting for me, as I walked in the door? The same look, same size, same pixels? Think about it…
 
Choose to believe. Choose to hope. Much of the time it is all you need to keep moving forward.

 
 
 

Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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7 Days In Jamaica (Day 3): Enjoying a tasty coconut…and dancing in the dark with Brian Fanale

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
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This is the third video in my Video Diary from Jamaica, where I spent
a fun-filled week in July 2010 with my friend Melanie.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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7 Days In Jamaica (Day 2): Stubborn curtains, internet cords, champagne and jerk chicken

Friday, August 20th, 2010
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This is the second video in my Video Diary from Jamaica, where I spent
7 fun-filled days from July 12 to July 18, visiting my friend Melanie
who lives on the island.
 
 
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leave me a comment below!

 
 
 
 
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7 Days In Jamaica (Day 1): Sandals, cows, four crazy dogs, and a beautiful bay

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
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This is the first video in my Video Diary from Jamaica, where I spent
7 fun-filled days in July 2010, visiting my friend Melanie who lives on
the island.
 
 
 
 
Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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I’ll be doing it again – this time it’s New York & Bermuda! ;-)

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
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Last month – and you already know this if you have been following my posts and emails – I flew straight to Jamaica to unwind after the “No Excuses Summit” in Vegas.
 
At the Summit I had the opportunity to learn from some of the most successful MLM marketers in the world – guys like Jonathan Budd, Mike Dillard, Jim Yaghi, and Brian Fanale of MLM Lead System Pro.
 

Then, in Jamaica, during the hours spent by the pool or in my ocean front suite, working on my marketing funnel, I realized something important:
 
I discovered the power of attending an intensive marketing event followed by time spent actually absorbing what I had learned.
 
And interestingly enough, I discovered it purely by accident.
 
See, I’ve never done anything like that before. I’ve attended dozens of events over the course of my 3 1/2 years in this industry, but I always go straight home afterward – because I’m so inspired, so eager to take action with all the new tools.
 
See, I’m a big-time doer.
 
But, last month, it so happened that I had a vacation planned in Jamaica following the Vegas event.
 
Which meant that I now suddenly found myself in a completely different environ- ment: different sights, different sounds, different tastes and smells.
 
Just as importantly, I found peace and quiet. I found a place where I could actually process all these new ideas I picked up at the event while they were still fresh in my mind.
 
I had lots of light bulb moments as a result. I suddenly saw things with such clarity: where I want to take my business next and how to actually get it there. I saw the holes in my sales funnel – holes I didn’t even know existed before.
 
Fortunately, I also saw how they could be fixed, something which I started working on immediately.
 
And guess what…? This month, much as as a result of these new strategies I’ve implemented since returning back home, my profits are already twice of what they were the two previous months combined.
 
Do you think I’m glad I went to Jamaica..?! Ha-ha.
 
So… In about a week or so I will in fact be doing it again. I’ll be combining a mastermind session in New York City with some of my fellow top marketers and leaders in the online community that I belong to with a subsequent week-long cruise to the island of Bermuda together with my husband.
 
And this time it’s not by accident – it’s quite deliberate.
 
So, now…here’s my call to action to you: Next time you book a marketing event, try my strategy:
 
Make plans to get away somewhere right after the conference so as to process everything that you learned, while everything is still fresh.
 
It doesn’t have to be a luxury vacation – not at all. It could even be for just a day – maybe a day by yourself at the lake or the park.
 
And notice the phrase “by yourself”! Because it has to be without kids, family, friends or other potential interruptions – that’s the whole point!
 
The point is also the change of environment. Bring your notes from the conference, pen and paper, an open mind and an attitude of mediation. And see what happens.
 
See if you too won’t glean some amazing new insights. See if you, too, won’t work your business a lot more productively when you just take some time out from your busy every day routine to look at things with new eyes.
 
As for me, I’m now so in love with the idea that I suspect I will make a habit of it. ;-)

 
 
 

Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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“The Cows And The Rhino” A Story About Leadership, Courage, And What It Means To Be Truly Free

Monday, August 9th, 2010
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  The other day I had the great privilege of having John “JJ” Jackson as a surprise guest on my weekly team training.
 
JJ is VP of Leadership Development with CarbonCopyPRO, and also a good friend and mentor of mine. (That’s JJ and me in the picture there.)
 
On the call we discussed leadership (what else?), and JJ reiterated a story that you may – or may not – have heard before…namely the tale about the cows and the rhino.
 
It contains a very important lesson about life and leadership.
 
So here’s the story if you’re not familiar with it…and I’m retelling it in my own words:

 
“There are these cows grassing closely together in a secluded, fenced-in area…masses of them. They’re all just doing the same thing – doing what cows do: Grassing.
 
But then there’s this RHINO – one lone rhino among all the cows.
 
And this rhino doesn’t like being confined, in fact he hates it, so he BURSTS through the fence and out into the open field and up the hill.
 
“Wo-hoo – freedom!!!”
 
There, he stops and looks back, down at all the cows. And you know what? You know what he sees?
 
He sees that they’re not really cows – from where he’s standing he can see clearly what he was not able to see while down there, grassing among all of them with his head down and his butt in the air…
 
They’re not really cows – they are really rhinos! They are ALL rhinos that have been conned into believing they’re cows!” (Major light bulb moment there.)
 
It’s a simple little story yet it’s profound, isn’t it?
 
For sure it got me thinking.
 
It got me thinking about the reason, the real reason why, today, I find myself in this vast field of opportunity.
 
Financial freedom. Time freedom. Life on my own terms. The opportunity to inspire and encourage other people. The list goes on.
 
It’s not because I’m so “special”, or so “gifted”. And it’s certainly not because I have been “lucky”.
 
No.
 
Here’s why:
 
It’s because, some time back, I fully embraced the fact that I’m a rhino.
 
It didn’t happen overnight – far from it. It happened after years of internal battles, challenges, and struggles — followed by bursts of personal growth.
 
But gradually, I came to terms with who I really am. I took ownership of my rhino-ness, you could say.
 
I stopped listening to those who wanted to dupe me into believing I was – and always would be – a cow:
 
“Just stay where you are.” “It’s too difficult.” “You can’t do it.” “You’ll never make it.” “You’re not smart enough”, “You’re –”
 
HUSH!! STOP IT!!
 
Yeah, that’s essentially what I told them…in my subconscious, I told them.
 
And you know what else I did? I started to question the fence.
 
Why was there a fence there in the first place? Who put it there? Did it really have to be there?
 
Why I could not go outside its perimeters? Who said so?
 
Well, of course, the ones who said so were the same people who wanted me to believe I was a cow!
 
The ones I had decided NOT to listen to anymore.
 
So as I finally and completely embraced my rhino-ness, I was able to muster the strength and the courage that it took to ‘SMASH’ through the fence, and into the open.
 
And that is why, today, I have opportunities. It’s because I’m on this side of the fence now, with the other rhinos.
 
You see, in the OPEN FIELD there’s opportunity everywhere that you look.
 
You just have to get yourself there…!
 
Stop listening to the naysayers and the dream stealers. The people who are trying to put you down and hold you back.
 
Be the rhino you were created to be.
 
Leave fearlessly.
 
Choose freedom.

 
 
 

Successfully,
 
 

 
 
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