Category Archives: Goals

Poppin’ in July

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Is July usually a poppin’ month for the company you work with? If so, why would it change this July? If you don’t know, it might be good to find out. Stay in the game. Stay engaged. It could be your best month, but if you don’t reach out, you will never know. We are in the dog days of summer, but so much happens in July!

 

If a big part of your job is networking,talking with people, asking for referrals, doing presentations, then now is the time to plan how you will take advantage of all the opportunities you will have during the month. There are family gatherings, picnics and barbeques that all bring people together.

Picnics bring people together.

Picnics bring people together.

If the work you do gives you such freedom that you can post a picture that’s captioned, “This is my office today!”, and it’s at the beach, network, talk with people, follow up and do presentations while and where you can. Don’t just post the picture. If you are at the beach because it is strictly vacation, that’s different. Take your vacation and leave work alone. You probably need it and we all need vacation breaks from work to stay healthy.

 

Have some company materials on hand, keep your phone or tablet handy for a quick presentation, and keep some things available to give people as samples of your company’s products. Be natural and be yourself, enjoy it and have fun, but do your work as well. You will have a grand, working July!

 

I would love to show you more about how I work in July.

 

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

LearnTeachBlocks 11-20-17

You may have a ‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business, and you may have discovered that leadership is part of your work.  You may have only started your business to be home with your children.  If you’re thinking, “This is not what I signed up for!”, consider that leadership in some form is part of most businesses, organizations, corporations, home-based businesses, associations, meetings and even families.

Don’t let all the chatter these days about leadership stress you out. Be yourself, be open, be kind and continue to learn.  There are many definitions of leadership, but one that I especially like for the purposes of this article is this:

Mirriam Webster

: the act or an instance of leading
  • leadership molds individuals into a team
  • —Harold Koontz & Cyril O’Donnell
I also liked one definition that said that a good leader,  “Creates an inspiring vision of the future.”  You are probably already doing these things in some way in your day to day activities.
Leadership on Pocket Watch Face.
Do you have a home business where there is a need to stay in touch with your customers to educate them on the products they are using?
Do you teach people in your organization how to give presentations?
Do you have kids that each have different needs, but also need to be taught to work within the family arrangement?
See, you’re already doing it.   Here are three tips to help you continue to lead, teach and inspire:
1.  Accept feedback.  Everybody is different in their likes, dislikes, learning styles, ability to communicate clearly,  etc.  Ask  for feedback from your team, customers, family.  Then, when they offer it, accept it with a smile and where you can, genuinely put it to use.  This can inspire confidence in them that they are valued and that in the future they can feel comfortable giving their feedback.
2.  Listen.  When people sense you are really listening, they know you care about them. Listen to understand, not respond.
3.  Inspire cooperation. No one is an island, and in most groups of people, there is a need for cooperation among them.  As an illustration, in the example above, you and your customers need cooperation for you to teach them the full benefit of what they are purchasing and using. You need to show, talk and educate; they need to listen and be attentive to learn, and then do what they learn, to appreciate the full value of the product.
These are just a few aspects of leadership. There are many more.  I would love to show you more about leadership and the company I work with.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Occupational Wellness

By Martha Robards

Occupational wellness, one of the eight aspects of wellness, is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and feeling like you are making a difference and contributing.

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Sometimes, however, occupational endeavors seem to be more about making a living and putting food on the table. There are times when enjoying our jobs and doing it just to have an income seem to collide.

If you don’t enjoy your current job, there are things you can do to help. You can try to find something that better suits you. To do that you have to know what suits you. You do have to take some time to get to know yourself and what you do and do not prefer. HINT: It takes time. Do what you can now, do the best you can where you are, be consistent and don’t give up. Your time will come.

Check Your Attitude

Sometimes simply changing our attitude about our own circumstances and position in our current jobs makes a big difference. Here are some tips to help you come up with ideas to make your current job more enjoyable:

  1. Get motivated to face the day to day. Do some positive self-talk. It’s okay.
  2. Keep your work in perspective. Do the best you can in your current situation, keeping the bigger picture in mind.
  3. Remember you are more than your work. You are not your job and your job is not you. It’s what you do.

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Make a Change

If you are looking for a different occupational opportunity, take your time, do your research and stay employed while you do that. Side hustles (aka moonlighting) are as popular now as ever.

When you look for something to earn extra money, keep in mind that it will take time, energy and organization to pull this off. You can do it, but have a plan. Do research to fully understand what is involved. Think about:

  1. How much time will be involved?
  2. What is the learning curve?
  3. What kind of training does it provide?
  4. Is it a solid company?
  5. Will you work from home?

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Mainly, be persistent and consistent in your efforts. Don’t let things easily discourage you. There are aspects about every job, every side hustle – every day life, that are not necessarily fun. Get through it with a smile.

I finally found one that’s worked for me for awhile. I love it.

Martha is owner of ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com, a business mentoring website.  Martha’s work consists of opening shopping accounts for an on-line wellness company (think Costco meets Amazon), presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at marthapmintl@gmail.com, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, here, here, or ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com. She’s not hard to find. For those in the Phoenix area, the next workshop will be on the topic of How To Make Your Home Non-toxic, February 20, 2018.

The photos in this article came from the TPNSystem.

 

‘It’s Very Rewarding’

The other day, my grandson posted on Facebook that he was thinking about volunteering in his brother’s class, at the suggestion of the teacher. I posted back that, “It’s very rewarding”. As I thought about what the rewards would have been for me, I wondered if the rewards would be the same for him. I decided that most likely they wouldn’t be, because it would be a whole different experience for each of us.

 

For all of us, the rewards we gain from certain activities are different. For some, the reward of having a home-based business is that they can avoid a long commute. For others, it is that they want to be home with their children; and for yet others, it is the potential for the income that can come from many home-based businesses.

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Working at home in slippers – aaahhh!

 

Whatever my grandson’s ‘reward’ for volunteering in his brother’s class ends of being for him, I hope it creates in him the desire to continue and spurs him forward, and I will always encourage him – and for those who work in a home-based business, or are considering doing so, think about what the ‘rewards’ are or would be for you, and let them spur you on. Like the dangling carrot, we have to be able to see the rewards to keep moving toward them.

 

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Keep your rewards in front of you


12-24-14 UPDATE:    Our grandson loved volunteering in his brother’s class.   Some of the ‘rewards’ he realized were seeing the kids’ reactions to receiving and giving.   Seeing the rewards for our good work can be a great source of joy for us, which can help us to have a happy, thankful disposition. Then we begin to look forward to the reward, and it can become like the dangling carrot – something we are pursue.

So, reach out! Think about the ‘rewards’ that can come from doing positive things, and do it! Set the goals and rewards in front of you.   You can reach your home-based business goals and reap the rewards.

Our Reactions Are on Us

If you don’t have anything to fall back on, you won’t have anything to fall back on. Hello. Prepare yourself for how you can react to ALL kinds of different responses in work, family life and play; different events, different circumstances. It helps. Families can do this as a family activity for parents to teach their children. Team mates can do it in strategic planning meetings. Role play. martha

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Make it a Habit – Consistently!

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
– Anthony Robbins

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To build a wall, we have to put down a brick. Then we have to put down another brick next to it. Then we have to …. It becomes a pattern. As you lay each brick over a period of time, you develop certain ways of doing it more efficiently and quickly. It becomes almost second nature. Those little things become habits that help you with your work.

To build a network, a business, a group, a team is exactly the same. You lay a foundation. You do activities every day that begin to develop your goal, your vision. Those activities become habits. They become things that you do consistently.

The time you spend on your activity is not as crucial as doing it consistently. When you do something every day, whether you spend five minutes on it, or 60 minutes, the important thing is that you do it every day.

Here are three ways to help us begin to make a habit – consistently:

Think about something you want to do every day. Find your direction. What is it you want to accomplish.
Choose a time and way to do it. When is the best time and what is the best way for you to accomplish this goal. If its to say ‘good morning’ to your teenager, think about the best time (first thing on rising or after coffee) and the best way (from across the room or in your arms) to do that, then every day, say good morning to your teenager.
Be determined. Don’t let anything stop you from being consistent and making it a habit. If someone (could be anyone) gets up on the wrong side of the bed and isn’t happy, don’t let that stop you from your goal of that day. If the greeting takes a little different tone from the day before, okay. If it happens a little earlier or a little later, okay. But don’t not do it.

As we do this every day, we begin to see the shape it is giving our life.