Being Marge: January 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What's Shakeology?

I didn't expect to start the year with a daily nutrition shake. Now that I'm using Shakeology each day, I'm extremely impressed with this one-of-a-kind nutritious meal replacement

After just about 10 days using Shakeology, I'm now an avid fan and see myself continuing to use it as a convenient, healthy meal replacement shake each day! I feel better and have already lost a pound.

I want to tell all my family and friends!

Check it out!

After watching the video, please contact me to get yourself started on Shakeology today!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Welcome to our SendOutCards team!

We want to welcome Joan and Mike Loch (far right) to our SendOutCards team. Joan and Mike own the Crescent Moon shop in the Cotton Exchange ( in downtown Wilmington. Also joining us in the photo taken at The Basics restaurant in Wilmington are Holly Kenney and Linda Thomas who are friends and colleagues in SendOutCards.

And Tom Rechichar, of Pristine Pressure Cleaning ( in Southport, NC is our newest SendOutCards customer.

Welcome Joan, Mike and Tom!!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How to Succeed as a Network Marketing Professional

Network Marketing is not only here to stay, but it’s here to thrive in the next decade. The current economic conditions have created a perfect storm for unprecedented growth in network marketing businesses, according to Dr. Ray Jewell, founder and senior economist of Highview Management, Ltd.

We have had experience with network marketing in several companies. Here are six key lessons we’ve used to contribute to our success in this relationship-based business.

1. Commit to Personal Development
First, you must establish your “Why” or your big dream for deciding to grow a business with no or few limits. Find a heart-based, compassionate “why”, in order to grow your desire to help hundreds and thousands of people through your leadership.

Commit to reading books, listening to CDs, and watching videos related to personal growth and the network marketing industry. Keep strengthening your self-image as a professional network marketer, i.e. someone whose life is changing for the better and who has the opportunity to help others do the same.

2. Be a Product of Your Product
Whatever product you’re sharing through your network marketing business, be an avid, knowledgeable user of your product. The one caveat here is to not wait to begin prospecting until you know every detail of your product, company facts, and compensation plan. You’ll be most excited right at the beginning of your new venture, so start marketing your product and business opportunity.

Every word you say and thought you think about your company affects your belief in your success and your ability to share the power of your business opportunity to others, keep your thoughts and words about your company positive, even if you have to address an occasional glitch.

3. Be Coachable
The person who sponsored you is not responsible for your success in network marketing. Hopefully that person will be available to get you off the ground and flying in a matter of a few short weeks. Find other company leaders that resonate with you and listen to their training calls for a broader perspective.

No matter how much smarter you think you are than your sponsor and other company leaders, use only those methods that promote duplication. Set reasonable expectations for how long it could take you to achieve a certain team size or level of compensation. Typically, after a three to five year period of marketing, sponsoring, coaching, and leading others, you will enjoy a growing residual income stream.

4. Stay Plugged In
Network marketing company events drive business growth. Attend as many national, regional, and local events as possible. Stay tuned to online forums, video broadcasts, training conference calls, e-mail announcements, blogs, and three-way calls. You’re in business for yourself but not by yourself.

5. Focus on Activities, Not Results
Success in network marketing is more a matter of working consistently than working long hours. The presentation skills you develop in the beginning are the same ones you’ll use when you’ve grown a large team.

Once you start to sponsor others, do not try to manage anyone. Your job is to get folks started; you’re not responsible for their activities. You can only manage yourself.

6. Keep Meeting New People
If your network marketing business is in a slump, the best cure is to go out and meet more new people. That’s the lifeblood of any network marketing business.

Focus on building relationships and listening to people’s dreams, without prejudging. Look for ways to help people, get their contact information, and continue to follow up to educate them on your product and company. Your job is to share and sort people, not to sell or convince anyone. Network marketing is not for everyone; you are looking for the right people.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How to Guard Your Mindset

In her smash #1 New York Times Bestseller (and now smash movie starring Julia Roberts), Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert travels the world to find her life purpose and peace of mind. One of my favorite passages from the book occurs as she recounts her experiences in a meditation ashram in India, where she has finally learned to quiet her mind. She writes, "I repeat this vow about 700 times a day: I will not harbor unhealthy thoughts anymore."

Elizabeth pictures the harbor of her mind as an open bay, which she must protect in order to keep strong. In her mind, she creates strict maritime laws as to who may enter her harbor (her mind) and takes responsibility herself for upholding her new protective laws. I believe we all have a lot to learn from the image of the harbor and its governing laws, as far as guarding our own mindsets with all our personal power. Let's take a look.

Elizabeth's first mindset law: "You may not come here anymore with your hard and abusive thoughts, with your plague ships of thoughts, with your slave ships of thoughts, with your warships of thoughts- all these will be turned away." How often are you at war with yourself in your own mind? Are you ever hard on yourself? What about harboring reoccurring thoughts that weaken your mindset and destroy your healthy thinking.

Elizabeth's second mindset law
: "Likewise, any pamphleteers, mutineers and violent assassins, desperate prostitutes, pimps, and seditious stowaways - you may not come here anymore either." Do you let others think for you? Do you screen the "stuff" that affects your thinking each day? Do you allow yourself (your mind) to be bombarded by the negative media, those less consciously aware than you, or information that is simply irrelevant to your life purpose.

Elizabeth's third mindset law
: "Cannibalistic thoughts, for obvious reasons, will no longer be received." Ah, yes, it's so easy to doubt ourselves and lose confidence in our ability to hold our thoughts firm on what we want.

Elizabeth's fourth mindset law: "Even missionaries will be screened carefully, for sincerity". Especially be watchful for those who say they have your best interest at heart, when in fact, they have hidden or even not so hidden agendas.

She concludes: "This is a peaceful harbor, the entryway to a fine and proud island that is only now beginning to cultivate tranquility. If you can abide by these new laws, my dear thoughts, then you are welcome in my mind - otherwise, I shall turn you all back toward the sea from whence you came."

Elizabeth Gilbert leaves no doubt that she, and she alone, is in charge of the thoughts that enter and stay moored in the harbor of her mind. Let's all take a clue from this wise woman who traveled the world to learn how to take charge of her mind. (Note: If you read the book, you'll find that as a result of quieting her mind, she is able to connect to her heart and soul to a depth she had never previously experienced.)

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Help, Fun, and Love in 2011!

On January 1, 2010, we learned a simple New Year's game, which involves selecting three words to describe what you want to create in the New Year. My three words for 2011 are Help, Fun, and Love.

Based on those words, which came from my heart, I hope I have an opportunity to work with a lot more clients this year with the Passion Test One to One Consultation.

This is true for several reasons. First, I'm able to help people move forward in their lives; second, me and my clients have a lot of fun with the process; and third, me and my clients strengthen our love in many directions.

Help People Move Forward

People decide to take the Passion Test for many reasons, including they want to experience something new, they're looking for clarity, they feel stuck, they're tired and want more drive and energy, or they're just generally unhappy and know there is something more for them in life. I love it when people have the courage to reach out and ask for help from me to get reconnected to what's most important to them at this point in their lives.

Have Fun with the Process

Those who know me well know that I like to have fun in whatever I'm doing. While I take my responsibility as a Passion Test Facilitator seriously, I keep the interactions between me and my clients fun and interesting.

Bruce often exclaims that I laugh often and loudly (he loves it!) during my Passion Test phone appointments with my clients, which tells me I'm giving my unique self to my clients and we're both enjoying the process.

Heart Connections or Love

One of my gifts is that I instinctively know when someone is communicating from their head and not from their heart. I can help my clients connect to their hearts very quickly because I'm trained to gently guide them there.

The Passion Test is not therapy, it's a simple, yet powerful process to identify your most important passions and align your life with them going forward. Your passions lie in your heart, the source of all love.

It's a loving process for me to help my clients get clarity on what truly is most important to them and to help them trust that discovery and act on it.

Every time I administer the Passion Test to get a client to that heart connection they've been seeking, I strengthen my own connection to my passions in the process. I'm grateful to my clients for continuing to reinforce my connection to my own heart and to their hearts.

I've been certified as a Passion Test Facilitator for a little over a year now. During the past 14 months, I've had the privilege of administering the Passion Test to dozens of interesting people of both sexes, all ages, and across continents.

What I've found is that the more people I take through the Passion Test, the more I'm motivated to continue this practice. My dream is to create a global reach with my practice as a Passion Test Facilitator, and I'm off to a great start.

I'm ready and willing to work with as many clients as possible in 2011 as their Passion Test Facilitator. That opportunity will make 2011 the best year ever - filled with opportunities to Help, Have Fun, and expand Love!

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