Week of May 29, 2016 Posts

If you’re doing the work, but not seeing the results you think you should, don’t give up doing the work. Your time will come. You are still successful. Sometimes the timing isn’t exactly right, but it will be if you don’t give up.

Take a sneak peek into the goals, habits and attitudes of people who get the results you would like to see for yourself. Likely you will find there are certain activities they do every day, even though their preferences may differ.

Confidence and contentment increase our enjoyment of life — our home business (from the luxury of our own homes, I might add) life and our personal life. They expand what we perceive is available to us.

You can change your comfort zone when your ‘why’ is big enough. Keep in mind ‘why’ you are doing what you are doing.

The road to reaching your goals may not be an easy one, especially if it’s the road less traveled. Keep re-evaluating your goals and your path to make sure you are still on the right road.

“When you have success from stepping out of your comfort zone, that’s when you realize you can keep doing it.” — Julie Smith

Make your life the best it can be. Write down your goals. Get to work. Don’t procrastinate.

There is an old proverb that says that those who want to build a house count the cost first. That’s part of what making goals does for us. It helps us design the plan.

Week of May 22, 2016 Posts

Make your life the best it can be. Write down your goals. Get to work. Don’t procrastinate.

There is an old proverb that says that those who want to build a house count the cost first. That’s part of what making goals does for us. It helps us design the plan.

Let’s learn to be happy for the good things in our lives.

Re-post from 2014.

When we focus on the right activities, we see remarkable success.

Help others. Repeat.

I posted this on May 27, 2014. :)

Build the new.

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There is a lot that I can’t do if I over do, so I work to keep things in balance for me. That’s why I love what I do. <3

Get balanced and stay balanced.

May 24 ·

In our businesses that we are building from the luxury of our own homes, we communicate with many people — our customers, team members, potential customers, even family members and friends. Keep communication clear and kind.

May 23 ·

A delicious cup of hazelnut decaf at just the right time after a busy weekend can work wonders and help me get settled for another exciting day! #gettingsettled

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“…, evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses and just concentrate on making yourself the best you can be.” — Brad Schoenfeld, Look Great Sleeveless

When we are working on making OURSELVES the best we can be, then we are not comparing ourselves with others. We all have the potential and ability to shine within our own limitations, in our home businesses, with our teams, in our families and among our friends. In not comparing ourselves, it also helps us to appreciate the best in others.

“We often use generalities when we speak. Although our statements are clear to us, listeners may interpret something quite different. If you want to make an important point, take the time to say precisely what you mean.” … Asking “What are you angry about?”, instead of, “Are you angry with me?”, … “implies that you have already decided how your partner feels.” — 20 Communication Tips for Couples

You know what I’m going to say — this applies in business and on our teams as well as in our families. Let’s be clear when we are speaking. The results are so much better.

Every new day brings new possibilities and opportunities for something new. Don’t let today go by without taking advantage of one of them. Stretch your limits a little today. It’s a great way to cope with stress. #stretchyourlimits

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May 20 ·

There are “yes” answers along the way if you don’t let the “no’s” stop you. I posted this in May, 2014! :)

May 20 ·

“Often people ‘nag’ about what they don’t like or don’t want, and yet they fail to tell their mate what they do want.” — 20 Communication Tips for Couples

What does this have to do with business? We find that people complain (team mates, work mates) about what they aren’t doing themselves, and fail to communicate their wants and needs. Before we complain, lets check ourselves first. Secondly, lets communicate clearly what we want and what we need from each other, and talk to the right people to get what we need.

One way to handle stress is to not know all the answers.

May 19 ·

Learn to love the monotony. It’s the monotony of some of the everyday activities that help us grow. There are everyday activities that all of us would rather not do, but need to be done. Just do them. Whistle while you work.

Many of these posts are shared on RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com.

Difficult to Control

So many things in our lives are difficult to control. When we have our own home-based business, again, there are many things that are difficult to control. Fortunately, there is help.

Time: We can’t control time. We can, however, control our own business hours. Make them, abide by them. Conversely, do not work during times that are not business hours. Your family will appreciate that.

It’s difficult to control runaway time, but when we begin to control our time more, we see how valuable it is. It makes good business sense.

Activities: We Can’t Control What Others Do. We can control only what we do. Do activities every day that will benefit and grow your business. INVITE, INTRODUCE, EXPLAIN, TEACH, COACH. Whatever it is that you do, do it. If you must make phone calls to make appointments, do it; or connect with people on LinkedIn or other business websites, do it; or go to networking meetings, do it. It’s difficult to control what others do, but when we begin focusing on our own actions, things begin to change.

Focus: We Can Only Focus on One Thing at a Time. Multi-tasking can be great and many people pride themselves on their skill at it, but really, when we have to give something our whole self, we must focus on that thing. That’s okay. By focusing on that one thing, we have control over what we are doing NOW.

I would love to hear your comments on this article. For more information on my home business, please contact me, Martha, by private message through LinkedIn, email at marthapmintl@gmail.com or by phone at 505-750-7847 (cell). My health and wellness website is www.RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, and my mentoring website is www.ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com.

 

Change Your Perspective

If you teach and coach people, remember what you believe in is what they believe is possible.  Work on balance and deliberate practice.  Think of perspective.  Sometimes we have to change ours.

This can relate to health and wellness too, because health and wellness covers so many areas. Many of the areas have to do with how we react to other people, which involves our mental and emotional health. Sometimes it’s us.

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Team Efforts; Work for It; Marrying the Right Person – Week of May 8, 2016 Posts

Being a team takes effort. Being overly sensitive hinders a good team. We need emotional intelligence. Sometimes we have to give each other a pass. Team work requires patience and understanding. We need to develop the ability to sense and understand, and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions to facilitate high levels of collaboration and productivity.

From my weekly business meeting.

Don’t be upset for the result you didn’t get because you didn’t do the work for it. Pretty simple.

 

“Fight with your strength, not with an other’s weakness because true success lies in your effort, not in an other’s defeat.” – unknown

 

 

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We will never always be motivated. We have to learn to be disciplined. I heard in a spiritual talk many years ago that action breeds motivation and motivation moves us to action. They work with each other. That has proven true over the years in almost every aspect of my life, including my home business.

 

We have two ears and one mouth. When we use them in that proportion, our interactions with people are much better quality. Did you know that CEO’s now are hiring specialists to teach what is becoming a lost art — the art of listening.

 

Action Changes Things. ACT!

 

Warm up to open up.

 

Week of May 1, 2016 Posts

To become ‘interesting’ you must become ‘interested’. Talk less, listen more. Don’t ‘fake’ interest, ‘take’ interest. — Don Carmont

From my weekly business call.

 

One of the happiest moments is when you feel the courage to let go of what you can’t change. We tend to hang on long after someone has stopped engaging, rather than meet them where they stand. We all need to be willing to “bless and release”. Trying to do things for others that they need to do for themselves is just trying to give them a crutch that doesn’t work. We think we’re helping, but we’re not, because they’re not learning to do it themselves.

This is from my Monday business call. It’s amazing how much these things apply to so many different aspects of our lives, not just our businesses where we are mentoring and coaching people, and helping them to find ways to a better lifestyle.

 

Success is when opportunity meets preparedness.

 

Keep the momentum. Prepare for activity. Time slips away so fast. Can you believe it’s already the first week of May!

 

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” — Buddha

 

Let’s start where we stand. Let’s accept where we are right now and be grateful. Simply take a step; accept. Repeat. That’s what progress is.

From my weekly business meeting.

 

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Week of April 25, 2016 Posts

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Just like iron sharpens iron, we need to talk with one another. When we express our wants and needs in a respectful way, and listen the same way, it fosters respect and trust among work mates, team mates, friends and family.

 

What makes people happy is doing what you said you would do. Especially what you promise yourself. From my weekly business meeting earlier this month.

 

Listen from the heart, not just with our ears. When we do that, we’re not thinking of what we’re going to say while the other person is still talking. It helps us understand each other better and helps our relationships with our customers, team members and work mates, and friends and family members as well.

 

There is a universal principal that says we reap what we sow. So, doing the activities everyday that bring the results we want is important, such as changing our eating habits, starting an exercise routine, making calls for our home business, reading a positive spiritual or motivating quote and meditating on it, etc. Start small, with one or two things, but do them consistently, every day. All things starts small. Remember when we put the seed in the ground, water it gently everyday, then be patient for it to sprout.

Tell Your Story

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No one has a bad story; so don’t be afraid to tell yours.

We all have a story to tell about why we did something or stopped doing something and how it helped us. When we share our experiences with others when we are telling them about what we do, we are building trust. Whether we are telling them about the benefits of working from the luxury of our own homes, our products, helping the environment, earning extra money, boosting our immune systems, why our service will help – whatever it is, we can share our experiences in a positive way. People relate to another person’s experiences. That’s our ‘why’. ‘Why’ we started doing something, and ‘why’ we stopped doing something. Let’s try to put away the fear of telling our own story, or the story of someone else, that was encouraging.

  • Think about others’ experiences. Then do it.

When we are trying to change old habits, we have constant set-backs. It’s true. When that happens, it’s good to think about the stories we have heard, the experiences of others who succeeded in overcoming the same thing. How did they put one habit (good) in the place of another habit (bad). It could be trying to lose weight (starting new habit – eating plain popcorn at 7:00 pm; stopping old habit – eating chocolate cake and ice cream at 10:00 pm), starting a vitamin regimen (starting new habit – first thing in the morning, drink a cup of tea with toast and take vitamins; stopping old habit – drinking a soda first thing in the morning), reducing alcohol intake (starting new habit – drink two drinks and go for a walk; stopping old habit – drinking three drinks), shopping online (starting new habit – join an online shopping program and learn to shop there; stopping old habit – buying the same products), etc., etc., etc. Whatever it is, replace one habit for another habit. These are just examples. Everybody is different, has different habits and different goals. The point is, start replacing a bad habit with a good one and note the benefits. “Action repeated can form new brain patterns.”, says a quote in Awake Magazine, May 22, 1992, pages 8-12 in the article ‘Help for Adult Children of Alcoholics

  • Tell your story. Then, tell your story.

After you have established your new habit, or even while you are in the process of doing that, relate your experiences. You’ll tell that experience over and over again as you encourage others to change an old habit.

  • Don’t forget why.

While you are relating your experiences, don’t forget the ‘why’. “I wanted to lose some weight because I wanted to be two sizes smaller”; “I started taking vitamins because I was getting sick”; “I reduced my alcohol intake because I was drinking too much and it was affecting my life”; “I joined an online shopping program because the products are better quality and less expensive than the ones I was buying at the store.” Whatever the reason, it is YOUR ‘why’. Share it.

On Purpose

Let’s live our lives on purpose. Let’s know the reasons we do things and the reasons we want things. That becomes the “why” of how we live our lives. When we do this, it helps us to think more clearly about our everyday activities and the roads we take. Our everyday activities are what begin to lay the foundation of our future. Within a decision to start a business that we can do working from the luxury of our own home, change our eating habits to become healthier, change our shopping habits to save money or help the environment, change our reading habits to become a more spiritual person (the list could go on and on, for instance, drinking, cleaning, talking) — within each decision we make, there is a reason (why). Whatever the decision is, it will take some kind of an everyday action to accomplish, so let’s make sure our ‘why’ is strong enough to keep us doing that, because we will need to think about it often. Let’s start today. mlr

 

Do it on purpose

Ask Yourself Why