People think success comes easy. That they can start something, whatever it is, and BOOM, they are successful. And believe me, I wish it were that easy.
But the hard truth of the matter is that success is generally anything but easy. As the quote above states, success is often built on failures and frustrations and even catastrophes. But without the failures, without the frustrations, we would never find what works and THAT is what makes someone successful.
Think back to some of the moments you've been the most successful...or you've felt the most successful. I know, for me, some of my most successful moments have come after I've tried a number of different things and FAILED! And yes, it is frustrating to continue trying after you've failed, but that is how we learn and grow!!
Most of us aren't experts immediately upon starting something new, whether it's a new recipe or a new workout or a new job. We all have learning curves and things we have to learn before we can become masters at whatever it is we are learning!
But once again, in this society of I WANT IT NOW, it's hard for us to be patient with that learning curve. It's hard for us to suck at something (to be blunt) before we get better! Right?!
I was recently talking to a friend about when I first started coaching at Crossfit Cafe. I was TERRIFIED because I'd never coached before. And I used to write out the workouts for the next day and plan out my warm-ups. Yep - I wrote them all out (I can show you my old notebooks, LOL). And I learned from that and I grew as a coach. And after my first evaluation, I took the constructive criticism and notes I received and I continued to grow as a coach. I know I am always learning and improving, but I look back from where I started and know I've come a long way.
It's like that with literally everything we do. It takes time. It takes effort. And it takes wanting to learn and implementing the necessary changes you need to learn and grow.
The biggest problem is most people give up too soon. They don't see the results they want immediately so they throw in the towel. They say it didn't work for them. That it was too hard. Or too much. Or too [Fill in the Blank].
You wanna know something though? In many cases, these people didn't put in the necessary work to even see that things were changing. They WERE being successful! It just didn't equate to their version of success...or how fast they wanted to be successful.
To me, success is getting up every day and giving it my 100%, however that looks for that particular day, even if it means taking a step back and allowing myself time to rest! Success is trying over and over again, even if I'm failing, until I've learned how to do something, or until I've found the best way to achieve my goals.
I watched my step-daughter be successful at learning how to dive earlier this summer. She went off the diving board over and over again, belly flopping over and over again, until one time, she FINALLY got that (not quite perfect) dive! But the one thing I took away from it is that she NEVER gave up! She just KEPT TRYING, she didn't get discouraged, and she kept improving and trying until she succeeded!!
We need that child-like bravery again! Knowing that we may fail, but continuing to pick ourselves up and try again. Failing doesn't mean it's over. It doesn't mean we are done. It just means that particular way of doing it wasn't the best way. On to the next method, way, etc.
So let's be successful this week! Successful at trying and possibly failing at new things. Successful at picking ourselves back up and trying again, over and over!
I'd love to hear about some of your stories too! Please leave me some comments to share!
I hope you all have a beautiful and successful week!
With love and wellness,
The last thing I wanted to do on Friday afternoon was head to my girl Presh's house for our team retreat. And yes, I know how incredibly terrible that sounds. But hear me out.
I had an insanely long week where literally everything that could go wrong, did. And my Thursday and Friday were spent running from one appointment to the next with no breaks in between. Literally, on Thursday, I think I was home a total of 3 hours between everything. And waking up on Friday to a potential leak in my pool made it even worse. I just wanted to stay home and take care of all the things that had gone wrong...plus, maybe just a little, to wallow in my own self-pity a bit.
But we had planned our team retreat MONTHS in advance and I had made a promise to my team and to Presh that I would be there. So I got everything that needed to be done, done, and I packed up my stuff and headed over.
I can tell you one thing...unequivocally, without a doubt in my mind, as soon as I got here Friday night, I knew this was exactly where I was supposed to be.
Life has been challenging lately, to the say the least, and I haven't allowed myself even a chance to breathe, let alone to let go and have fun. This summer has definitely been insanely different than any others I've had, but that's no reason to forego my life and the things going on!
So step one: I showed up! That's often the hardest step. Getting our butts up and out of the house...or out of our comfort zone. But I can promise it's so much easier after that! So SHOW UP!!
Step two: Let go of any expectations or negative thoughts you have about whatever it is you are doing. We so often go into situations thinking it's going to be terrible or something bad is going to happen or we are going to be miserable. And really, we either set ourselves up to have a miserable time, or we worry about it for no reason because we end up having a great time!
Step three: ENJOY YOURSELF!! Have a good time! Let loose! Know that taking a couple days away from "real life" won't hurt anything. In fact, it will often allow you the opportunity to clear your mind, see things with a new perspective, and head back into things with a renewed outlook.
I am so thankful I got out of my own way, out of my head, and gave myself permission to let loose and have a good time this weekend. This group of women I get to work with, to build my business with, is truly such a blessing in my life. I can't even imagine going through everything I have been without their love and support and guidance. This isn't just an amazing business opportunity...I have such amazing friends and family because of it! People I may have never known otherwise!
So don't forget...the first step is to show up!! Period.
I hope y'all have a beautifully blessed week, and that you show up, even when you don't feel like it! It may just change your life!
With love and wellness,
Far too often, we look backwards at what could have been or what might have been and we wish things could have been different. We spend far too much time wondering what we could have done differently or how things could have been different if we made X or Y choice. But really, how productive is that?
While I certainly wish there were things I could change about my past, I know there is absolutely nothing I can do about it now except to accept what has happened and where I am now. I know that my past has shaped and defined who I am today. It certainly hasn't always been easy, but I can't change one bit of it.
Are you guilty of that? Instead of being thankful for where you are today, you look wistfully at the past and regret your choices or what happened. Or worse, you can't live in the present moment or look ahead because you are stuck thinking about what could have been.
Sometimes we have doors closed in our lives that we don't understand at the moment. And oftentimes, we spend too much time starting longingly at the closed door that we miss the other opportunities in our lives.
I know I have been there in the past, and I'll admit, I often wasted time staring at those closed doors. And let's be real, I am currently in the same place. I'm trying my darnedest to look ahead with hope, but sometimes, that is difficult to do.
We think we have it all figured out. Our lives, our plans, our future path. And in one instant, everything is changed. Your beautifully planned future (aka, that finely set table) is flipped upside down. And I can spend all my time being upset or wondering "What if" or wishing things could be different, but I would end up being stuck in the same place. And I don't know about you, but I don't want to be stuck.
So instead, I am choosing to look forward with hope. To know that where I am is exactly where I'm supposed to be. I am choosing to view this as a positive, fresh start, and that my future is wide open, and whatever I make of it.
I'll admit, it isn't always the easiest to focus on the now and the future, but there is no sense in looking longingly at the past and wishing things were different. Like I said above, I can't change it, so no sense staying there.
So here's to a fresh, new start. It's a Monday, so it's certainly a good time for a new start! Positive changes, hope for the future, and amazing things happening!
I hope you all have a beautiful week!
With love and wellness,
And just like that, it's been one year!
I am in awe as I look back over the past year how much I've changed and grown and where my business is now compared to when I started. I can remember sitting on the floor in my bedroom with a drawing of the income potential in front of me, talking to my then boyfriend (we weren't yet married or engaged) and telling him the potential this business had. That if I couldn't make at least $500 a month to cover our utilities, I would get a "real" job. **GASP**
Well...considering I don't yet have a "real" job, I'd say I've met my goals. And to be honest, I've far surpassed and crushed those goals!!
I knew, even though I knew very little about skincare or this company at that time, that this was what I was supposed to be doing. I couldn't explain it logically or even fully understand it myself, but I just KNEW. And somehow I was able to convince Scott this was it too, LOL.
All I can say is that I am so incredibly thankful I listened to my intuition and that I jumped wholeheartedly into this business. I can't imagine where my life would be without the amazing people I've met and the friendships I've built along the way, let alone the ability to not only pay our utilities, but to start paying off our debt, as well. And now, in the midst of the craziness that is my life, how it is allowing me to support myself!
The beauty of this business is that anyone can share the amazing products with their friends and family and just by doing that, can earn their products for free, fill their vacation fund, or even have their own shopping fund! It can be worked as little or as much as everyone wants and/or needs.
Let's be real...my June was a $hit show in the worst way possible. I don't even know how I managed to make it through the month standing on my own two feet, yet here we are. But alas, that's a whole other story. Any how - I was able to take a step back from this business to focus on my personal life and issues going on, while still earning the income I needed to pay my bills and support myself. This is one of the many things I absolutely love about it!! And I was able to jump back in just as easily too!!
There are so many things about it that I love, that I could spout off to you, but my point of this isn't to convince you or twist your arm to love this business too. I share this with everyone because I know the potential it has to change your life! I am not only living it in my life, but also seeing it change my team members' lives, as well! How can I NOT share this with everyone?!
It seriously feels like just yesterday when I texted my friend Presh and told her I was ready to enroll. She came over and we sat by the pool while I ordered my kit. I can remember that clear as day. I just knew I was in the midst of making a life-changing decision. And yes, I had a smidgen of buyer's remorse, but I look back and wouldn't have changed one bit of making that decision or anything I've done since.
If you are looking for a Plan B or even a Plan C, let's chat. I work this business full time, but that doesn't mean everyone has to or does (and to be clear, my full time doesn't mean 40 hours a week!). This can literally fit into 15 minutes of your day! I love this biz and I just want to share my excitement and joy with you too!!
Who knows? A little conversation could change your life!
So today, on my one year Rodanniversary with this amazing company, I want to thank Presh for believing in and supporting me on my journey, for all my team members and business partners who have trusted in me and joined this amazing company, and for all my amazing customers for trusting me with their skincare needs and continuing to support me and my business! I wouldn't be where I am without every single one of you!
I hope you all have a beautifully blessed week!
With love and wellness,