Have you ever noticed that it can be hard to stay motivated to reach your goals if they aren’t something that you can reach within a couple of weeks? We live in a land where instant gratification is easy to find and as an American I admit I sometimes take it for granted. In the past when I had a good day or even a bad day I would go out for Ice cream with my family as a reward OR I would go out for ice cream to lift my spirits! (Now you see where my weight problem came from!) Well, this week I had a little epiphany that I know can help keep me motivated. I spoke with a dear friend this week about AdvoCare and the business opportunity that comes with being an advisor with the company.
Now a back story on this buddy of mine – we use to spend hours dreaming and planning a way to develop a non-profit to educate and help the people who are in need in our country to understand how to handle their finances, pay off debt, stay out of debt, save for retirement/education, and eventually be able to give back to their community both with their time and financially! We are still very passionate about serving those in need within our community but with life happening and not enough finances to jump start this dream of ours we’ve just put the idea on the back-burner. I’ve also had another idea that has continued to pop up in my mind over the last year about starting a non-profit to serve the widows/widowers by providing them with meals for the first month after the loss of their loved one along with providing education/help for them in the following year. Losing a loved one is stressful enough, it would be nice to give them a place to turn that can help remove some of that stress from them allowing them a time to mourn without having to worry about meals, finances, laundry, house cleaning, car repairs, etc.
So anyways, back to my epiphany: I sent a message to this friend of mine this week and told her all about the opportunity AdvoCare provides but I found myself apologizing for being “sales pitchy” because the last thing I want her to think is that I’m only reaching out to her to make a buck. I want her to hear the amazing results she can get health-wise using these products and if she loves them as much as I do I wanted her to see the income potential that can be found through AdvoCare as well. Well, do you know what her response was? It was this: “Jess, NEVER apologize for direct selling. It is THE thing now. It’s cool. Wasn’t in the past, but is now. I’m a product of it.” She also let me know that she had just started doing direct sales with a company called Rodan & Fields and that she’s pumped up about it because of the “why” behind her “what”. Rodan & Fields is her “what” but do you know why she’s doing it? Because the income potential is there & she knows if she busts her butt she can make the kind of salary that will free her up to reaching her goal of creating that non-profit! 🙂 That’s it!!! That is what I needed to hear.
I have been using AdvoCare for a little over a month now and haven’t actually been able to define my WHY yet. Why am I using these products and WHY have I decided to become an advisor with the company? On the surface my answer would be 1. To lose weight and get healthy. and 2. To earn extra income so that we can move past Baby Step 3 (for all of you Dave Ramsey fans out there). But, you know, that WHY is not good enough to keep me motivated. It’s time I dig deeper and really find a purpose in using/promoting AdvoCare and it’s products.
So here it is – my WHY. 1. I’m using these products to lose weight & to get healthy so that my husband and I can have baby #2. My first pregnancy was a tough one – I was so out of shape that I was absolutely miserable towards the end of the pregnancy and made my husband promise me that we wouldn’t try to have another kid until I got down to a healthy weight. And now that our baby is 2-years old & I’ve started photographing the sweetest, most adorable newborns of all time I’m really getting the itch to have #2 – so I better get motivated and stay focused! 🙂 2. My husband and I have been very blessed financially – we are debt free and we have a fully funded emergency fund. At the end of 2012 we agreed to donate a certain amount of money above our tithe to go toward our church’s building fund and a few months later our health insurance increased to $1250/mo. and with the extra output to go towards our health insurance we were no longer able to give above our tithe. This bother’s me so much!! We’ve never had to live paycheck to paycheck and now this is becoming our life. Even with couponing, cutting out the extras like cable and vacations we are still not in the position to give like we once were. This is my WHY behind AdvoCare. I truly believe that this company will provide a way for our family to give to our church the way we want – and in my wildest dreams it could help fund the non-profit idea mentioned above. Wouldn’t that be a blast!
So, it’s time I get out of my head & speak with my heart. It’s time I let everyone know what is possible if they pinpoint their WHY behind what they are doing in their life -whether it be weight loss or a new business. Also, a little tidbit I learned from Dave Ramsey that goes along with motivation – it’s Momentum. If you have focused intensity over time (it could take months or years – don’t burn out and stay motivated) and here is the KEY to EVERYTHING in life: you have to multiply that focused intensity over time by GOD and when you do it will result in unstoppable momentum.
So whatever goal you set for yourself be sure you know your WHY! Don’t be afraid to speak from your heart, love on those around you, and always put our Heavenly Father first! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” Philippians 4:13 I pray in all things that the Lord’s will be done. If a year from now I look back and I can share a success story like the ones seen here: http://www.meetdannyanddiane.com then I will honestly have to say it’s not because of me it’s only through Christ that success like that can be possible. Yes, I can work my tushy off but if Christ isn’t my focus then I know ears will not listen to my story and doors will be shut on me. I’m greatful that AdvoCare is a company that strives to put Christ first as well – I wouldn’t want to ever have my name associated with something that is not set up to honor our Lord.
I’ll end with Charlie Ragus’s (the founder of Advocare) 10 guiding principles (notice number 1):