You Can Lead

As I said in my post earlier this month, I believe leaders are both born and made. As a lifelong leader myself, I have seen strong leaders come from all walks of life, from serious tragedies and from the happiest circumstances. The one truth I have found in all of the teams I have led and all of the leaders I have come across and helped develop is that the key ingredient to becoming a leader is a desire to lead. I mean, when you think about it, that’s pretty much where everything starts, right? You have to want it. Leadership is the same. If you want to be a leader, you’ve already got all it takes inside you.

The next critical ingredient is a great mentor. Now, not everyone has access to a great mentor right away. I have learned from some incredible leaders in my life, but there have also been times when I’ve had to dig deep all on my own. A great resource to turn to when you don’t have immediate access to a coach or teacher to guide you toward your own greatness is the internet. You can find so much information on becoming a strong leader on the web. You can also hit your library or bookstore for some great reading material on leadership.

But in the end, it all comes down to knowing yourself. Not all leaders lead in the same way, and the greatest leaders of all time knew both their strengths and their weaknesses. A great first step to becoming a leader, or to growing into an even better leader, is a lot of self-awareness. A mentor or coach can also help you see yourself in ways you haven’t already thought of, and he or she can help you pull out your greatness.

So, if you’re interested in growing as a leader, becoming a coach for others, or simply cultivating your abilities to lead, reach out today. I would love to help. It is, after all, what I do.

A Coach’s Coach

From my earliest days of coaching, leading, and guiding others, I knew my destiny was not just in helping others. My true path has always been in helping the helpers. In many ways, the greatest gift to me in finding Isagenix has been the opportunity to coach the coaches. The world is filled with leaders, strong, self-assured women certain they are meant to help others, but not quite sure where to start. Those are my people. When I found Isagenix, I found a home as a leader’s leader, a coach’s coach.

The great thing about fulfilling this destiny is that in finding other smart, busy savvy, inspired, and motivated women, I can not only help them step into their own roles as leaders, but I can also show them how to lead other leaders. It is a marvelous and very profitable journey that can grow exponentially. I believe that leaders are both born and made. Some people simply have a knack for leadership, but others are forged in the fires of adversity and struggle. The grit that comes with overcoming makes for excellent leaders. As a leader’s leader, it is my job to find those diamonds in the rough. And one of the skills I teach my team, filled with women who are also on the lookout for new team members, is to learn to cultivate those leadership qualities in their own team members. And the greatest part? Everyone wins!

Isagenix is a product that is easy to get behind, and leading other women to become leaders is an endlessly rewarding task. When I teach and mentor other women who are already hungry for success and growth, I don’t find myself with the urge to push and beg, cajole and pull along. I find myself connecting and conversing, sharing and co-creating. There is real magic in circles of strong women, and it is a magic I am so happy to be a part of.

When women get together, work together, and support and encourage each other, they really can accomplish anything. I am so proud of the work my team members have done on their own and as team leaders in their own right. The accomplishments they have achieved are precisely what let me know, every day, that I made the perfect decision at the perfect time in my life in choosing to be an Isagenix leader. And there is always room for more!

Have you been thinking of how to develop your own leadership qualities? Connect with me today, and let’s talk about what that looks like for you.

I Can’t Do It For You: You Must Empower Yourself

So often, I come across people, both men and women, who think that helping others means “let me fix it for you.” Men are natural fixers. And women have been conditioned to be people pleasers. So we have a world filled with “helpers” who end up doing much more harm than good, and they can’t figure out why.

It makes me think of that adage: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. When we help others, yes, of course sometimes it is a simple fix, but most often we need to build on that fix. For example, when I see a client or a team member struggling with an issue, I cannot simply answer the question and leave it at that. I have to guide my student toward the answer, help them see how they got into the problem, and then help them find ways to prevent the problem from arising in the future.

Now, you say, that is a lot of work! Yes. It is. But it is much more work for the person I am helping than for me. How? Because that person has to pull from within herself the courage to explore problem areas and commit to future prevention, which is, in effect, empowering.

Are you ready to empower yourself? Or ready to help empower others? Reach out to me today, and let’s talk about what that looks like for you!

Fill Your Vessel: Empowered Women Empower Women

Easily one of the biggest mistakes I have seen women make over my lifetime of loving, living with, and watching women, is martyrdom. Mothers as martyrs. Wives as martyrs. Friends as martyrs. We have been conditioned as a society to believe that women should sacrifice everything in the name of helping others. Well, I’m here to tell you that after years of observation and firsthand experience as a mother, a daughter, a wife, and a friend, martyrdom is a myth that must die. The truth is, we, none of us, can serve from an empty vessel. In fact, the greatest gift you can give to another woman, no matter who she is, is to empower yourself. Lift yourself up. Find your own pedestal, put yourself on it, and share all your secrets of success with her.

Shining brightly whenever I possibly can has been one of my greatest “secrets” to success. It led me to Isagenix and empowerment over my health, and it has led me to an abundant and fruitful career as a coach for other amazing women. I have always been a natural leader and what many would call a strong woman, but it took me taking control of my own health and feeling good in my own body to actually step into the role of truly empowered female. I had to fill my own vessel.

What does it mean to fill your own vessel? I always think of the airplane analogy. The flight attendant stands at the front of the airplane showing you where the exits are, how to raise and lower your trays, where the emergency manuals are, and how to put on your mask if it drops down. She then looks closely at all the mothers and other people attending children on the plane and reminds us of a very important fact: you must put your own mask on first. You are no good to anyone, least of all your child, if you were freaking out about putting on their mask and suffocated first because you had no mask.

Same goes with the vessel. You are a body, mind, and spirit that requires filling. You are no good to anyone if your vessel is empty. Why? Because you can’t serve from an empty vessel. So be a little selfish. Get your sleep, eat healthy, exercise, find joy and purpose in your hobbies and your work. In short, fill your vessel and empower yourself.

Then, before you know it, not only will you be better equipped to help others, but you will be quite hungry to do so. Empowered women empower women. So start empowering yourself today.

Need help getting started filling your own vessel? Drop me a message here or send me an email, and let’s get you on track!

Summer! Get Outside

In my previous post this month, I included on a list of ways to stay healthy “spend 3 hours outside.” Now, you may be thinking, “3 hours?! Who has 3 hours to spend outside?!” But instead of answering that question right away, I’ll counter your question with a question: how much time do you spend glued to your screen? Stressing over the news, combing the internet for updates on Covid 19 or the latest developments in the Black Lives Matter movement? How many hours do you spend numbing out in front of the television? Now, if you cut back, let’s say by half, could you find 3 hours out of 24 to spend outside?

Don’t get me wrong. It is critical to stay educated and informed on the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement as well as other global and local news. We need to know how to effect real change and what our part is in that change. But at some point, all the voices start to sound the same, the information becomes overwhelming, and your system just shuts down anyway as you grow more stressed out and anxious. And who doesn’t need the occasional brain dump over a fun show or a crazy documentary (Tiger King, anyone?).

But in the end, I’m reminding you that summer is fast approaching, and you will, in the long run, feel inordinately better if you get outside. You will also find yourself more capable of connecting with others – your family members or friends – which is one powerful way to effect real change. It happens quite suddenly, and it feels quite magical after just one day of spending 3 hours outside.

And you can break it up. Take a morning walk. Get out into the yard or nearby open space to play. Water your plants before bed. Before you know it, you’ve spent a good chunk of time under the healing sun, breathing fresh air, and reminding yourself that the world is actually a beautiful place filled with good people.

Stay healthy my friends!

“Stay Healthy:” What We’re Not Saying

Unless you live under a rock (no judgment), you’ve likely seen the ads everywhere. They’re on the internet, on the television, even on billboards and street signs. “Stay Healthy.” They say. Then there is usually a list of ways to stay healthy, which includes things like wash your hands, cover your cough or sneeze, practice social distancing, stay home, don’t go out if you’re sick, and on and on. And, of course, many if not all of the suggestions on the list are good practices to put into place in the midst of a global pandemic. Of course we want to practice good hygiene and avoid places that may be filled with infected people, as well as minimizing our chance of spreading illness if we’re sick. But what about what we’re not saying?

In many ways, what we’re not saying is even more powerful than what we are saying. Furthermore, the fact that we’re not saying it has a profound impact on each of us individually as well as collectively. Also, let’s be clear: the list is not comprised of things to do to stay healthy. It is made up of things to do to avoid getting sick. There is a huge difference between the two, both physically and literally as well as energetically. The energy, the messaging if you will, around “avoid getting sick,” is “against” and “anti” energy. The laws of energy say that when we are resisting something, we are focused on it. The attention required to follow these lists is “anti” energy. Essentially, we’re being asked to walk around all day focused on “don’t get sick” “don’t get sick” “don’t get sick.”

What if we shifted that energy? We could still follow the list and actually do things that promote our health. What if the list we focused on outlined ways to legitimately promote our own health and well being? I would love to see ads and commercials, billboards and street signs that read something along these lines:

Get Healthy and Stay Healthy!

Eat your fruits and veggies
Drink lots of water
Take your vitamins
Get plenty of sleep
Practice meditation or another form of stress and anxiety reduction
Exercise outside (whenever possible) for (at least) one hour a day
Spend 3 hours (it doesn’t have to be all at once) a day outside
Stay connected and social with friends and family (in ways that make you feel safe)

See the difference? These bullet points are all tried and true, proven by ample evidence to help us lead well rounded, healthy lives that support strong immune systems. Covid 19 is not the last virus to hit the globe, and it’s not even the only virus in town. (Hello, influenza. I see you.) The best defense against the vast majority of illnesses, and especially a virus, is a strong immune system. And the wonderful thing is, unlike washing your hands constantly or worrying about whether your sneeze escaped your mask, the energy around exercise and a good night’s sleep is “pro” energy. It is in favor of something, not against it. So you’re actually focusing on what you want to become.

Stay healthy my friends!

Community: Self Love and Self Care Lead to Strong Communities

I have long considered myself not only a supportive guide and leader of others, but also a leader of leaders. My team has always seemed to be made up of strong, empowered, empowering men and women, and I am proud of that. I am naturally drawn to uplifting people, and I do my best every day, as a mother, as a wife, and as a business woman to uplift others. Today, that means growing community. One of the things I love about Isagenix is the opportunity to build strong relationships. Isagenix is not just a nutrition supplement; it is a way of life, and it is a lifelong commitment to yourself and to the people you love. It is an act of self love, and when you love yourself, you are that much more likely to love others, and that is when community happens.

I say Isagenix is an act of self love because it does in fact change your health and therefore your life. When your nutrition is in order, the rest of your health falls into place as well. You sleep better, you are less prone to mood swings, your relationships improve, and you are more energized and motivated to exercise, which makes you more energized and motivated to be proactive in other areas of your life. And when you find your life falling into balance, you want to reach out and share! This is how we grow community.

And we aren’t just growing a community of people, of Isagenix lovers, of nutrition nuts or health experts. We grow a community of strong, supportive, well balanced individuals who have found or are actively seeking their purpose in life. These elements form the basis for a community of people who contribute their unique talents, hold space for their friends and family, welcome new members, and remain open to shifts and changes.

Let us all focus on our health, on our radical acts of self love, and on the community we are building in these otherwise crazy times.

New to the Isagenix community or to this site? Reach out and join us today!

Your Nutrition: Get Well. Be Well.

As the CDC has recently released its guidelines for the reopening of schools across America, and we are watching small businesses wade into new territory as they are allowed to open their doors once again, now is the ideal time to be thinking about, talking about, and planning for our overall health. So much is still unknown about Covid-19 and the coronavirus, and we are being fed information and misinformation from all channels. Thus, it is appropriate for us to take matters into our own hands. While it is a personal choice whether to remain at home, whether to keep your children home from school, and whether to take a vaccine offered once it is released, it is not a controversial topic at all to discuss getting healthy.

As many of my readers already know, my own health journey was a long and harried one. I spent a lifetime scanning nutrition facts and having my mind blown by what was not included in those facts. It took me years to finally shift from the accepted wisdom of modern medicine and shift toward the inner wisdom I have always had inside me. I had to learn to trust the little voice in my head that kept saying “there’s more.” There’s information you don’t have. There’s help you haven’t thought of. I found that help in the form of my nutritionist. I found the tools that contributed to my nutritional path in Isagenix.

But whether you decide to join the Isagenix team or not, whether you are an Isagenix coach or simply a fan, there is no doubting the fact that our overall nutrition plays an enormous part in our health. As Steve Jobs once said, we have to see our food as medicine, so that we don’t end up taking our medicine as food.”

Isagenix can help with that, of course. It helps you regulate your nutrition. It helps you recalibrate your relationship with food. And it helps you connect with a supportive group of men and women doing the same, on similar journeys. So I write to you today, my community of readers, followers, fellow coaches, and team members, to remind you that, contrary to the constant reinforcement that now is the time to abandon all your good sense, binge watch Netflix, and eat cookie dough ice cream straight from the container, now is the time to get well.

Of course, we all need a little Netflix and Ben N Jerry’s once in a while. I know I do. But in general, I want you to get well, be well, and stay well. Because whether the coronavirus comes for you or not, we’re entering a crazy time in America, and we are always at our best when we feel good.

Here’s to feeling good, my friends.

Small Businesses Don’t Have to Suffer in Quarantine

A lot of people are freaking out about the economy right now. And, honestly, who can blame them? Unemployment has skyrocketed. People are struggling. Money is tight for a lot of people. Naturally, great concern abounds over small businesses. How can they possibly survive? Well, I’m here to tell you a little secret most people in the gloom and doom industries won’t: service and creativity always prevail. Largely, small businesses like mine and yours, coaches, network marketers, and freelancers, got into this work not just because we wanted to make money and determine our own schedules (though, let’s be real, those were big factors). But most of us got into the entrepreneurial lifestyle because we believed in something bigger.

If you don’t already know my background and my story with Isagenix, I implore you to check it out on the About Me section of the website. In short, I fell in love with a product and the way this product would allow me to help others. I cannot tell you how many other men and women I have met in the same boat. We are survivors, passion seekers, relentless adventurers determined to stick with it and not give up.

Together We Can

We will get through this with our grit, with our love for our business, and with our sheer determination to continue serving whatever the cost.

And this is what it comes down to, really, right? When you first came to the small business game, you were willing to sacrifice anything. You got creative. You thought outside of the box. You learned new ways to communicate, to sell, to persuade. You gave it everything you had because you believed in your business, you believed in the people you wanted to serve, and most importantly you believed in yourself.

Well, I’m here to remind you of all of that.

If you’re still down in the dumps, send me a message or give me a call. Let’s brainstorm ways you can get creative and stay alive in your business and your passion, even on the days that seem the darkest.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

In Crisis: Your Health Matters

There has of late been a lot of pushing and nudging for people to just relax. Moms joke about how much wine they have to order because they’re now stuck home with their kids. Couples nag on each other about being stuck together in quarantine. And we laugh at how much we’re eating. Fat jokes abound. Of course I’ve made a few myself. But the truth is, our health matters now more than ever. Binge watching Netflix with a bowl of M&Ms for days on end can only last so long before it begins to have real detrimental effects on your entire system.

I’m not just preaching in theory here. I personally lived years of pain and suffering as a result of an imbalanced biological system. The long term effects of putting the wrong things in my body impacted my sleep, my energy levels, and of course my stress and anxiety.

A World in Crisis

The world is in crisis now with Covid 19, and whether you feel personally affected by the pandemic or not, your life has likely been altered in some major way. Change is hard, and we have no idea for how long this change will remain in place, or if we’ll ever go back to what we once thought of as “normal.” The stress that rises as a result of change, whether you’re happy with the change or upset, is much more easily managed through maintaining a healthy diet and exercise.

Overwhelming evidence shows how well a balanced diet and exercise benefit the human body in tremendous ways. With just a few adjustments, you will find yourself feeling lighter, more energetic, less stressed, and experiencing more and better sleep. These elements all play into each other, amplifying the benefits of each one. Next, you’ll find your children easier to manage, your business easier to run, and your significant other less prone to haranguing.

Another important aspect of health and crisis management? Support. I was put here in this life to serve others, and there is no better way I can serve now than to be a shoulder for my team, my friends, and my family to lean on. I also take advantage of every opportunity I get to lean on my own support system. Struggling with your diet and exercise? Reach out. Having trouble with your business? Let me help. Just need someone to talk to? I’m here. I got into Isagenix and wealth and wellness coaching with you in mind, and in this time of potentially our greatest crisis, I am hoping you’ll allow me to check in on you.

Your health matters. You matter. Stay safe and healthy out there, friends.