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A Celebration of the Common Cold
You may find this a puzzling title for a health related blog and it is. Let me explain.
This week I had a rare thing happen to me. I caught a cold. It is so rare in my life nowadays that I had to go read my daily journal to find the last time it had happened. So how long had it been? 30 months almost to the day.
While I was suffering with the sniffles and sore throat I realized that in my past this was all too common an event for me. Is it for you?
For most of my life, 3 and often 4 times a year I suffered from a cold and almost every year I also spent at least 2 weeks in bed with bronchitis or a sinus infection or both.
And here it has been 30 months since my last common cold!!
So what changed for me?
Only one thing has changed in my life. The nutritional supplements I take. Now I can’t (legal restrictions) and wont tell you that the nutritional supplements I take will change your health as they have mine. All I can tell you is what has happened for me.
Where did I start this journey
Let me start with explaining where I was health wise. In August 2010 my wife was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I weighed nearly 290 lbs. I suffered from constant asthma and allergies to the point that it was common for me to miss a day of work recovering from an asthma attack. My wife suffered from degenerating vision and the nerve pains associated with diabetes. We both huffed and puffed from climbing the flight of stairs up to our apartment and walking a mile was difficult. As I said above, colds were very common for me and infirmities like Bronchitis were something we expected to happen every year.
What has happened since I started taking these nutritional supplements
30 months since my last common cold. Not a single asthma attack.
I can now own a dog. That’s him lying on the couch next to me as I write this. His name is Aeson and he has is as adorable as he looks. Even cats and cottonwoods are not a problem for me anymore. No bronchitis. Not a single sinus infection.
I have lost 65 lbs and plan on taking off another 25 lbs in the next 3 months and doing it in a way that it never comes back. I have more energy than I have had in more than 20 years and I believe that I have extended my life.
What nutritional supplements do I take
If you read this blog often you know that I take nutritional supplements from USANA Health Sciences. If you want to learn more about the company, its products and the opportunity that allows me to sit on my couch with my cute dog today, click on this link or call me at 619-277-6495.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Now take action to contact us or if you are already part of our team, go out and find the one person that is waiting for you right now to introduce them to these life changing products and the network marketing profession and the hope it provides.
If you are not part of our team yet, I do hope you decide to join us on our adventure.There is no telling what peaks we can climb together and the dreams we can achieve.
Higher magnesium intake is associated with lower type 2 diabetes risk
Diabetes, and in particular Type 2 diabetes, is a growing health concern worldwide. Untreated or poorly controlled diabetes increases risks of many health conditions. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes. Experts agree that diet plays an important role in the development and progression of type 2 diabetes. According to epidemiological evidence magnesium intake may be related to the incidence of diabetes. Magnesium is found primarily in whole grains, nuts and green leafy vegetables, and is an essential cofactor in enzymes involved in glucose metabolism.
In a study published in Diabetes Care, researchers conducted a meta-analysis to examine the association between magnesium intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes. The study included 13 prospective cohort studies and 536,318 participants. The included studies were published between 1999 and 2010 and involved follow-ups of up to 20 years.
After adjusting for geographic location, follow-up length, gender, or family history of type 2 diabetes, the combined studies indicated a significant (22%) reduction of risk of type 2 diabetes when comparing the highest magnesium intake group to the lowest. The inverse association was also more pronounced in overweight individuals, suggesting that high magnesium intake may have greater effects on improving insulin sensitivity in overweight individuals who are prone to insulin resistance. In the analysis of dose-response it was found that for every 100 mg/day increment in magnesium intake there was a 14% reduction in type 2 diabetes risk. The results of this study provide additional evidence that magnesium, in a dose-dependent manner, is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
Jia-Yi Dong et al. Magnesium Intake and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Diabetes Care 34:2116–2122, 2011.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Adopting an attitude of appreciation towards the things in your life makes an enormous difference to your level of happiness. People who consciously attempt to be thankful and appreciative tend to feel happier and at peace to a greater extent than others.
According to a research project from the University of Miami, people who practice some form of conscious gratitude:
- exercised more regularly, were healthier, slept better and felt more optimistic.
- made more progress towards personal goals
- were more alert, enthusiastic and could handle stress more effectively
Some people are naturally more optimistic and positive than others, and some studies suggest that, to a certain degree, our genes determine happiness. However, even the most pessimistic of souls can develop a more optimistic and happier mindset with gentle and persistent practice. Here are some ideas for feeling happier and more at peace:
Be careful when you make comparisons
It’s natural to compare ourselves with others, and many of us tend to compare ourselves with those who are better off. Of course, we all encounter problems and obstacles every day, but most of them are trivial compared with the problems many people experience. For instance, we all know that people experience serious illness or live constantly with great pain.
Is the glass half empty or half full? Of course, there are people who are more successful, wealthier, have a ‘better’ job, etc., and it is easy to be envious of them. But there are so many others who are worse off than ourselves, so why not focus on how fortunate we are? Feelings of envy are corrosive and can cause great damage to your happiness and self esteem, so choosing the right comparisons is important.
Be more conscious about the things we take for granted
Many of the things we should be thankful for get forgotten because we are so used to them, and it is only when we lose them that we remember how fortunate we were. I recently had a minor leg injury which made me realize how precious the ability to walk really is! Don’t wait until something’s gone before you are grateful – your sight, your health, your family – take some time to appreciate these wonderful things.
See the good in every situation
Situations are rarely ‘all good’ or ‘all bad.’ These are, to a large extent, labels we put on situations whereas, in reality, it is our response to the situations that determines what kind of experience it is. Even in the most apparently awful situation, we can derive some benefit if we have the right mindset. I think most people would agree that growth and development usually involves some degree of pain, and so challenging situations are opportunities for such growth.
Keep a gratitude journal
This is something very concrete you can do to ensure that gratitude is a conscious and regular part of your day or week. Making a list of the good things in our life can be a wonderful experience. Although we might not think we have much to be grateful for, when we start writing, it becomes clear that we do have a lot going for us. At the end of the day, why not take ten minutes to list a few of the good things that happened during the day? You will end up with a record of things you are grateful for which it will be very helpful to read in times of stress or unhappiness.
Little things matter
A dripping tap soon fills a bucket until it is overflowing. The same is true of anything in life, and developing appreciation is no different. Appreciating the many small things in your day will lead to greater and greater levels of gratitude and happiness. When someone smiles at you, when you receive a small complement, when the bus is on time, when a friend sends you a nice message… these are all things to be thankful for.
As with all things, success requires persistence. A little bit of gratitude every day can, over time, make a big difference to our level of happiness and well being.
20 Ways Sitting In Silence Will Transform Your Life
“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu
by Samuel McCree
For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat.
During this retreat we sat meditation in silence, ate in silence, worked in silence, and only communicated through hand gestures and written notes.
At first living like this was hard, but over time I learned to grow to appreciate silence. By the time I left I learned that silence was my friend and teacher.
What did silence teach me?
I used to think I needed to watch TV every night. But at monastery I went without and discovered I didn’t need it.
Silence taught me to be happy with less. Pick something that’s weighing you down and let it go. Your life will thank you.
When you can only talk by writing a note, you only say what’s important. Before the monastery I talked a lot but said little.
Silence taught me that a few simple words well spoken have more power than hours of chatter. Think of one simple thing you can say that would help someone feel better and say it.
Being able to speak makes life easy, but when I couldn’t talk I learned how much I relied on others.
Silence taught me to appreciate the value of relating to others. The next time you see your friends or family, try to really listen. Deep listening expresses deep appreciation.
Several times at my first retreat I thought my phone was vibrating. But then I would remember I didn’t have my phone. It showed me how my phone divided my attention.
Silence taught me how important it is to let go of distractions. The next time you are with someone you care about, try turning off your phone and putting it away. It will make paying attention easier.
I once sat a retreat next door to a construction project. What amazed me was how easily my thoughts drowned out the noise. I realized if my thoughts were this loud, I’d better make them as wise as possible.
Silence taught me the importance of shaping my thinking. Take time each day to notice your thoughts and let go of thoughts that don’t serve you.
Because I sat retreat in every season, I know that the sound of wind in fall is different than it is in winter.
Silence taught me to notice nature. Take a short walk outside in silence and you’ll discover the wisdom and peace that nature has to offer.
During retreat I noticed that whenever I got lost in thought, I lost track of my body. And when I focused on my body, my thoughts would calm down.
Silence taught me to be in my body. Close your eyes and ask, “What sensations do I feel in my hand?” Learning to feel your body can calm your troubled mind.
Whenever I went into town after retreat, the world seemed so loud and fast. I came to realize how much our senses have to process most of the time.
Silence taught me the importance of reducing the stimulation. Enjoy some quiet time everyday. The less you see and hear, the more settled your mind can become.
People would come to the monastery and remark how quiet it was. But living at the monastery I knew all the noises, from frogs, to owls, to the sound of sandals on the sidewalk.
Silence taught me that the world is a rich texture of sounds. Sit in front of your house and close your eyes. You’ll be amazed at what you hear if you listen long enough.
During retreat I was surrounded by imperfect people who were doing their best. Some were happy, some were sad, but all were wonderfully human.
Silence taught me that people display great beauty. Find a good spot to people watch with an open heart. What you see may inspire you.
For a long time anytime something difficult came up, I would just distract myself. But retreat taught me that if I avoided something it would never go away.
Silence taught me that space helps me face hard times. The next time you face something difficult, pause and honor whatever’s arising.
I used to think love was this big thing. But in retreat I found that I felt love for so many things.
Silence taught me that love can be simple. Think of someone you haven’t said I love you to recently and tell them.
I used to think courage was about facing danger, but during retreat I realized that real courage is about facing yourself.
Silence taught me the courage it takes to be still. When we stop moving everything we’re running from catches up. The next time you are afraid, stop and wait for it to pass. There is immense courage inside your heart.
Every retreat reminded me that speaking is easy, but staying quiet is hard.
Silence isn’t flashy, but it has an immense power to endure. The next time someone doubts you, instead of disagreeing, silently vow not to give up. Action is speaks volumes.
I often ask for reassurance or feedback. But living is silence meant I had to trust my instincts.
Silence taught me to have faith in myself. The next time you begin to feel anxious, sit in silence and see if you can find the space of deep faith that lives in your heart.
I used to lie so I wouldn’t have to explain myself. But when I couldn’t talk I began to notice this impulse and how much it degraded my integrity.
Silence taught me the importance of telling the truth. Notice times where you tell little lies and try telling the truth instead. It isn’t always easy but it’s the first step to trusting ourselves and others.
During retreat I didn’t have a lot of comforts. It helped me see how much I took for granted and how much I had to be grateful for.
At the end of every day sit in silence and ask yourself what am I grateful for. You’ll be amazed at the blessings you discover.
I used to love drama and conflict. But at retreat I found I was happier when I kept it simple.
Silence taught me that simplicity and joy are close companions. Pick one space in your home you could simplify. Keep it simple for one month and enjoy the ease it offers your life.
I used to think I had to talk in order to feel connected. I realized during retreat that I can feel connected just by being near people I care about.
Silence taught me that words can get in the way. Do something in silence with someone you love. It will be awkward at first but eventually you will see what it means just to be in someone presence.
I studied philosophy in college and I thought I could read about truth. But retreat taught me that truth is found in silence.
Silence has taught me a deeper truth than words ever could. Sit in silence once a week and feel the truth in your heart. It’s there whether you can express it in words or not.
September 17, 2014
Low Vitamin D levels are associated with increased dementia risk
Vitamin D deficiency has recently been linked to many non-skeletal conditions, including mental and cognitive health. In a new study published in the journal Neurology, researchers sought to determine whether insufficient vitamin D blood levels were associated with an elevated risk of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The study included 1,658 normally healthy adults who participated in the US population-based Cardiovascular Health Study. Participants were free from dementia, cardiovascular disease and stroke at the beginning of this study. Previously collected serum vitamin D samples were analyzed and dementia and Alzheimer’s status were assessed during follow-up using criteria by the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke/Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association.
Over an average of 5.6 years of follow-up, 171 adults developed all-cause dementia, including 102 cases of Alzheimer’s disease specifically. Compared to subjects with vitamin D blood levels at or above 50 nmol/L (20 ng/ml), participants who were severely vitamin D deficient (<25 nmol/L, or 10 ng/ml) were more than twice as likely to develop all-cause dementia. Subjects with vitamin D levels considered deficient (25 to 50 nmol/L) were 53% more likely to develop all-cause dementia than the group with sufficient levels. Compared to those with sufficient vitamin D levels, subjects that were severely deficient and deficient were 122% and 69% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, respectively.
The results add support to the idea that vitamin D plays important roles in non-skeletal conditions, and confirms that vitamin D deficiency (below 50 nmol/L or 20 ng/ml) is associated with a substantially elevated risk of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Thomas J. Littlejohns et al. Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease. Neurology 2014;83:1–9.
Predictors of vitamin D status in adults residing in the United States
September 03, 2014
Predictors of vitamin D status in adults residing in the United States
Vitamin D status in humans is influenced by numerous factors, including dietary intake, skin color, season of the year and geographic location. Typically, the most important factor related to vitamin D status is exposure to sunlight and UV conversion in the skin to active vitamin D in the body. However, because of recommendations by several health agencies to limit sun exposure, vitamin D status in adults and children have declined in recent years.
In a new study published online in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers sought to identify predictors of vitamin D status in an adult population and determine the extent to which supplemental vitamin D and other factors influence vitamin D status.
The current study included 743 healthy adult volunteers from across the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska). Serum vitamin D was measured, and information on diet, supplement usage, ethnicity, age and body mass index (BMI), and latitude of residence was collected and used to analyze vitamin D status in a summer and winter group of subjects.
The most significant positive predictor of vitamin D status was supplementation, and the most significant negative predictor of vitamin D status was BMI. Fortified beverages in the summer and dairy intake in the winter also had a positive influence on vitamin D status. Other negative predictors were race (African American, Asian and Hispanic) in the summer; and residing above 36 degrees N latitude and ethnicity (Asian and Hispanic) in the winter. When considering the level of 50 nmol/L (20 ng/ml) to be adequate, of the non-supplement users 38% had inadequate levels in the winter and 18% were too low in the summer. In contrast, only 2.5% and 1.4% of supplement users had insufficient vitamin D levels in the winter and summer, respectively. Among supplement users, the average vitamin D supplement intake was 1967 IU/day in winter and 2282 IU/day in the summer.
In this population of adults, vitamin D supplementation was the most important predictor of vitamin D status in both winter and summer. This research indicates that a large percentage of healthy, free-living adults in the U.S. who do not consume a vitamin D supplement are at a significant risk for a suboptimal vitamin D status and its consequences. Vitamin D supplements are an effective and practical method of reducing hypovitaminosis D in U.S. adults.
MA Levy, T McKinnon, T Barker et al. Predictors of vitamin D status in subjects that consume a vitamin D supplement. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 16 July 2014; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2014.133
Your Brain on Hope
I returned from the 2014 USANA International Convention in Salt Lake City to find this powerful article in our email today. It was so insightful and inspiring that I had to share it.
I googled Dana Wilde and added a link below in hopes that I can attribute it to the correct person. I hope you are touched by the message and encouraged enough to take action. Cheers!
Your Brain on Hope by Dana Wilde
Have you ever met that network marketer who is brand new to their business and just bursting with enthusiasm? The one who is SO filled with excitement that everything he or she touches seems to turn to gold? Do you ever remember feeling like that yourself?
I remember hearing the president of my direct sales company call it, “ignorance on fire.” We don’t know what we’re doing, but we’re doing it with such gusto that we meet with success after success.
The reason for this phenomenon actually has its roots in brain science. When your brain is in a positive emotional state, it’s more resourceful. You literally get better ideas.
In addition, when you are in a positive emotional state, the reticular activating system in your brain is filtering through all of the available information in the world around you and matching you up with the right people at the right time. You’re having better results because you are “tuned in” to all the best opportunities around you.
Most of us want to feel like that enthusiastic newbie. Sometimes we look at our businesses and wonder, “Where has my mojo gone and how can I get it back?” We end up feeling frustrated with our business because it’s growing too slow or maybe we feel stuck or like we’re spinning our wheels.
Well, if you’ve ever felt like this, then I have good news for you. You don’t have to be bouncing off of the walls with excitement to start to gain some traction in your business. All you really need is a little “hope.”
When you are in a frustrated, stressed, or overwhelmed state of mind, you are literally stifling the creative pathways in your brain. In order to open up your brain and get your mojo flowing again, you MUST shift yourself to a positive state of mind and the entryway to that shift is the feeling of HOPE.
Hope is enough.
When you put yourself into a feeling of “hope” – and remain there as consistently as possible – you can accomplish great things quickly and easily, even if you never make it to feelings of enthusiasm, passion, or joy.
Many entrepreneurs have mood swings between the emotions of frustration and hope. Typically, they have small successes quickly followed by small setbacks. The typical entrepreneur will focus on the small success and feel good and then they will focus on the small setback and feel bad. Ping-ponging back and forth between these two emotions, they never really gain any traction, which is why many businesses grow incrementally instead of by leaps and bounds.
This is why getting to a feeling of hope is so important. If you can get yourself to a feeling of hope-and stay there consistently-you create a resourceful brain that finds solutions for you.
You start to have small successes, and if you focus on those successes and ignore the setbacks, it becomes easier to stay in a feeling of hope. If you stay with hope long enough, then the successes pile up and it becomes easier to have feelings of belief, positive expectation, knowing, joy, and appreciation.
And it all starts with hope.
So if you’re feeling frustrated with your business, how can you start feeling more hopeful right now? You can start with what I call, The Hope Exercise.
The Hope Exercise is really simple. It’s designed to help you focus on statements that generate the feeling of hope. In other words, if you “think” hopeful thoughts long enough, you will automatically start to “feel” hopeful.
Here’s how it works:
Whenever you feel frustrated or overwhelmed, just pause, take a deep breath and start saying phrases or statements beginning with the words … “I hope.”
Your statements might sound something like this:
“I hope I start to feel better.”
“I hope I find a way to get my business moving.”
“I hope I find a method that makes my business easier.”
“I hope I get some people to buy my product.”
“I hope someone walks up to me out of the blue and buys something.”
“I hope I make a lot of money in this business.”
“I hope I attain my goals.”
“I hope I start to feel more positive.”
“I hope I my business grows this year.”
“I hope things improve.”
“I hope I can think of another hope sentence.”
When you’ve said your hope statements a few times, pay close attention to how you “feel.” If you find your emotions dipping back into frustration again, keep applying your hope statements. This will ward off counter-productive thinking right away. It will get you quickly back into that hopeful feeling again!
Keep saying your new “hope phrases” until you experience emotional movement towards genuine feelings of hope.
Another important note: When you first start using hope statements you’ll find, though you’re making hopeful or optimistic statements, they might sound and feel more like frustration than hope to you. However, if you say your statements for several minutes, you’ll begin to feel your emotions soften, your mood lighten, and you’ll quickly start feeling better.
Better thoughts translate into better feelings and better feelings translate into a more resourceful brain and a more successful business.
While many of us would like to feel like that enthusiastic newbie all day, every day, you’ll soon realize that your “brain on hope” is a powerful force for positive change in your business and in your life.
Hope is enough
I do hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did. Now take action to find the one person that is waiting for you to introduce them to network marketing today and the hope it provides.
I do hope you decide to join us on our adventure.There is no telling what peaks we can climb together.
Please contact us about the USANA products or the opportunity and tell us your thoughts about this post and our blog. We appreciate the feedback.
New Research: Vitamin C Reduces the Frequency and Severity of Colds
August 13, 2014
Vitamin C reduces the frequency and severity of colds and improves physical activity in men with suboptimal vitamin C status
Although severe vitamin C deficiency resulting in scurvy is a rare occurrence in modern society, as many as 22% of U.S. adults are believed to have inadequate vitamin C status, with as many as 6% classified as vitamin C deficient. Insufficiencies are often undiagnosed because early symptoms of poor vitamin C status are not obvious and may include fatigue, malaise, depression and irritability. Inadequate vitamin C levels have also been associated with increased duration and severity of colds during the peak of cold season.
In a new study published in the journal Nutrients, researchers examined the impact of vitamin C status on physical activity and upper respiratory tract infections during the winter months.
The participants in this double-blind randomized trial included healthy, nonsmoking college men, with a marginal plasma vitamin C level, who were not training for or competing in sports. The men were randomized into one of two groups that received either 1000 mg of vitamin C/day or a placebo. Participants were given a booklet at the beginning of the study that contained the Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom Survey-21, the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire, and a short food frequency measure. Over the course of the eight week study, the men completed the symptom survey daily, and the exercise and food frequency measures weekly.
During weeks 6-8 of the study, the physical activity score for the vitamin C supplemented group rose moderately compared to the placebo group. The number of cold episodes reported during the study was lower in the vitamin C group (7) compared to the placebo group (11), as was the reported duration of colds (reduced 59% versus placebo).
Although this study was limited by a relatively small sample size, the results suggest that there may be measurable health advantages associated with vitamin C supplementation in men with adequate-to-low vitamin C status. Since this study was conducted during winter months and included only men with similar vitamin C status, more research is needed to determine whether these results can be extended to other populations and seasons.
Carol S. Johnston, Gillean M. Barkyoumb, and Sara S. Schumacher. Vitamin C Supplementation Slightly Improves Physical Activity Levels and Reduces Cold Incidence in Men with Marginal Vitamin C Status: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Nutrients 2014, 6, 2572-2583; doi:10.3390/nu6072572.
Higher vitamin D levels increase survival rate in postoperative adults with colorectal cancer
August 06, 2014
At a Glance
A new research article published online suggests that having a higher plasma level of vitamin D is associated with a better chance of surviving colorectal cancer.
Read more about this research below.
Low vitamin D levels are known to be associated with poor health outcomes or increased risk in many diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
In a new study published in the Journal of Oncology, researchers investigated whether the plasma level of vitamin D after a diagnosis of colorectal cancer (CRC) has a significant impact on survival outcome. The Scottish research team analyzed data from 1,598 adults who had undergone surgery for stage I-III colorectal cancer. Blood samples were taken after surgery and evaluated for vitamin D and for a specific Vitamin D gene receptor.
When compared to the patients with the lowest one-third of vitamin D levels, the patients whose vitamin D levels were in the top one-third of subjects had a significantly lower (32%) risk of dying of CRC and a 30% lower risk of dying from any cause during the 5 year follow-up period. In patients with stage II CRC, those in the top one-third of vitamin D levels experienced a 56% reduction in mortality.
The researchers found interactions between vitamin D levels and specific type of vitamin D gene receptor, indicating a causal relationship between vitamin D and survival.
This study shows that in patients with stage I-III colorectal cancer, higher post-surgery vitamin D levels are associated with a better outcome and a lower risk of mortality. Since this was an observational study, carefully designed clinical trials are still needed to confirm whether vitamin D supplementation would provide survival benefits for patients with colorectal cancer.
Zgaga L Plasma Vitamin D Concentration Influences Survival Outcome After a Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jul 7. pii: JCO.2013.54.5947. [Epub ahead of print]
Trapped in Network Marketing
Here is another of the emails we have received recently that has a message so powerful I have to share it with you.
The author is an unknown MJ. If anyone knows who wrote it originally I would love to pass that information and a link to MJ’s website along to you as well. Its made a huge difference in my attitude and the actions I have taken today. I hope it does the same for you:
So I’ve been trapped in an airport…
…and while I’m waiting for the weather to clear up, I wanted to write you a quick note to pump you up about your Network Marketing business.
You see, I’m a huge fan of Network Marketing. I’ve taught (literally) hundreds of thousands of people how to become more successful in Network Marketing by improving their prospecting, their presentations and their closing.
And I LOVE teaching all of you!
And I LOVE that you love me teaching you. Heck, my first book has sold over 200,000 copies to date so I know there are a TON of satisfied students who are working hard to change their lives with my materials.
So I want to share a story that will pump you up and get you reinvigorated to go out and change your life today:
A good friend of mine who is a very successful leader in a well-known Network-Marketing company was not always so successful.
He lived in a small town outside of Cleveland and was on the verge of losing his car, his house… Bankruptcy seemed inevitable.
Lucky for him, his upline explained the price of the promise to him.
The promise was: “this business can set you free financially in one to three years.”
The price is: “to succeed, you have to face and conquer four major enemies.”
My friend (we’ll call him Jim) agreed and invited 200 friends over to his house (which was almost in foreclosure) to watch a video…
80 said NO. And that was…
Enemy #1: REJECTION
He thought “well, my upline warned me about that but I still have 120 people who are coming over.”
Guess what? Only 70 showed up. Jim had just encountered…
ENEMY #2: DECEPTION
Jim thought “no problem, my upline warned me about that… at least those 70 watched the video and will want to join my business!”
Guess what? 57 said “not interested.” Which was…
ENEMY #3: APATHY
Jim thought “well, 13 people DID sign up, that’s AWESOME!
Guess what? 12 of those ‘awesome’ people dropped out of the business shortly thereafter and that was Jim’s experience with…
ENEMY #4: ATTRITION
Because of attrition, Jim had just ONE serious person who was going to build a business in his downline.
To this day, that single distributor earns Mark over $50,000 per month.
Here’s my question to you:
If you knew that just ONE person was going to make you $50,000 per month, how many phone calls would you make to find them?
How many presentations would you show prospects?
How much time and energy is $50,000 per month from ONE PERSON worth to you?
This story is NOT at all unique in the business of Network Marketing
I know it because I’ve heard the stories from my students and seen this exact scenario play out all over the globe, every single day.
But here’s the catch:
You have your own set of odds… and you won’t know what they are until AFTER YOU’VE SUCCEEDED!
You Can either give up and assume the business doesn’t work…
OR, recognize that you are working through your own numbers
Are you willing to find out what your own set of odds are?
To your success
I do hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did. Now go out and take action to find the one person that is waiting for you to introduce them to network marketing and help them reach their dreams.
I do hope you decide to join us on our adventure.There is no telling what peaks we can climb together.
Please contact us about the USANA products or the opportunity and tell us your thoughts about this post and our blog. We appreciate the feedback.
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