Are You Pole-Vaulting in Quick Sand?

Today’s Affirmation:

“I succeed by helping my clients succeed.”
(Click the affirmation to hear the mp3 version)

pole_vault1The image is rather humorous to imagine, isn’t it? Picture a pole-vaulter racing down the track and planting his pole in a vat of quick sand to launch. What do you think would happen?

Yet many of us do that every day. Our careers, businesses, and personal lives are a lot like a pole-vaulting competition. As we progress, someone keeps moving the bar higher each time. Have we set a firm foundation for success?

The pole represents the actions we take to “vault” over our goals. Our thoughts are the foundation we use to launch. If our thoughts are like quick sand – not empowering and supportive of our goals – then no amount of action is going to get us where we want to go. We have to have a solid foundation from which to launch our activity.

Unfortunately, establishing and maintaining success-generating thoughts is not a “once and done” proposition.

Henry David Thoreau once wrote:

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

Here are some simple steps to help you create a firm mental foundation for your actions.

  • Add Thinking Time – Many people forget to account for time to think, imagine, and dream. When you start a new project or create an action or business plan add “thinking time” into your time line as the first step. Thinking before you act creates a firm foundation for success.
  • Empower Your Thinking – Now that you’ve added thinking time focus on creating the kinds of thoughts that support your plans, goals, and dreams. Elevate your strengths and abilities and reduce focus on negatives and naysayers. Harness the power of your thinking to propel you forward rather than hold you back.
  • Rinse and Repeat – Keep the positive, empowered thoughts coming. As you move forward, you may encounter doubts or headwinds.  Your thoughts are a critical buffer to keep you going. Many, many people give up as soon as the obstacles appear because their thoughts have not prepared them to handle it. Stay focused on your mental game to keep your edge and weather storms.
  • Grow and Change – Even power thoughts can be misdirected. The point is not to beat your head against an unmovable wall. That is stubbornness not success. An empowered thinker is constantly reevaluating and adjusting course to keep steering towards the goal. Sometimes the goal even changes through the process. Be adaptable and ready transition your thoughts to support the new goal.

Particularly in the current environment, your thoughts are your life-line to keep you going. Make sure they are rock solid and not quick sand. The bottom line is that the first step to any achievement is an empowered thought. The secret to sustained success is constant maintenance of your thinking.

Make getting your thoughts empowered, aligned, and on board the first step in every action plan or business plan you create. Don’t try to pole-vault in quick sand.

Think It! Believe It! Do It! Be It!

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”

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The Dream of Business Ownership – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday August 30, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“My income is rising day by day, month by month, year by year.” (audio version)


 

[Note: I am not affiliated with any of the companies discussed in this article. The links provided are to the respective companies’ corporate websites.]

From skin care to baskets to cleaning products to products made from rare tropical fruits; there has never been so many ways to own your own business.

Multilevel Marketing (MLM) – sometimes referred to as network marketing – has its friends and foes. While it is always advisable to make sure you are working with a reputable company selling reputable products, many people are quite successful in MLM. Other people consider MLMs to be a “scam” or a “pyramid scheme”.

They point out that a few people at the top make a lot of money on the backs of the large number of people at the bottom. That’s an interesting argument in light of the fact it is also true of most corporations. What MLMs offer, for people willing to work, is a chance to become one of those top people. As with most endeavors, achievement comes down to the five ingredients of success.

The big benefit offered by legitimate MLMs is the dream of owning your own business. Many people sit in a cube or stand at the assembly line all day wishing they were the boss and that they had more control over their own financial destiny. They dream of owning their own business.

MLMs offer the opportunity to own a business for a much smaller investment than buying a McDonald’s franchise and much less training than becoming a real estate agent. However, anyone getting into a MLM opportunity and thinking its a way to “get rich quick” is probably in for a shock.

There have been instances when people have actually accomplished that, but most people have to work at it and smartly market their business to succeed.

I came across a very interesting website that documents Internet buzz around MLM companies and ranks them according to search engine inquiries. The site is called MLM Rankings. The site offers monthly rankings and categories such as fastest moving.

This month’s top ten include mostly companies you hear a lot about.

  1. Avon, Inc. – for the first time in memory, Avon has been running national television commercials lately. It seems to be paying off in their Internet buzz.
  2. Tupperware – direct marketing company famous for its airtight plastic containers. Tupperware celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2007. Few American homes are without some Tupperware.
  3. Kirby – the vacuum cleaning company.
  4. Herbalife International – direct-marketing nutrition and weight management company based in California.
  5. Longaberger – the company is based in Ohio and is famous for its handcrafted baskets.
  6. Mary Kay Cosmetics – most people know the story of Mary Kay Ash. She founded Mary Kay and opened the door for women around the world to pursue their dream of business ownership.
  7. Amway/Quixtar – perhaps the most famous of all direct marketing companies, Amway was founded in 1959. The company is well-known for its cleaning products. Recently, Amway began running national television ads featuring the voice of John Tesh
  8. PartyLite Gifts, Inc. – direct marketer of premium candles and candle accessories.
  9. Pampered Chef – direct seller of premium kitchen tools. 
  10. Arbonne International – direct marketer of fine skin care products.
This month’s top gainers in the MLM Rankings were:
  • Tahitian Noni International – the company produces and sells products based on the Noni berry. Founded in 1996, last year sales exceeded $500 million globally.
  • Discovery Toys – manufactures and distributes high-quality developmental and educational toys.

MLMs are not for everyone. However, these days the wide variety of companies allows many people the freedom to pursue their dream of business ownership while they do something they enjoy.

Stay inspired!

Ray


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