12 Steps to Network Marketing Success

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I’ve been building an MLM business and team for almost 3.5 years, and here is a list of 12 things that have helped me be successful in an MLM. For the record, I’m with dōTERRA.

  1. Find an MLM company whose products you LOVE, use and recommend, even if there was no business opportunity attached.
  2. Become a ‘Product of the Product’, which means you’re using the products and can share and explain them to anyone who asks.
  3. Find an MLM that has consumable products, where people need to order often, like monthly, as this is how you build long-term residual income.
  4. Research the integrity of the company, and only go with a company that has a good reputation, has sustainable practices, and gives back to the community.
  5. Understand the compensation plan. Make sure you understand the types of plans out there: Party plan, Unilevel, etc… dōTERRA is a Unilevel plan with bonuses paid weekly and monthly, depending on your activity, and how much effort you put into it. dōTERRA’s Unilevel plan pays a higher percentage as you build down, and as you help your downline be successful.
  6. Ongoing personal development is huge, so you need to be willing to read, attend webinars and seminars to constantly improve and uplevel your skills as a salesperson and ultimately as a leader.
  7. Attend the annual convention and other corporate events with your people. No excuses, make sure you’re there.
  8. This is a numbers game, so figure out a way to always be meeting new people, whether it’s through events, classes you teach, 1:1s, online groups, Facebook, a blog, just do whatever works for you. And be consistent. Have ‘Income Producing Activities’ on your calendar every day and do them!
  9. The key to success is deciding that you’re going to be successful, no matter what. It’s all in your mindset, and what you focus on. If you believe you will be successful, do the work and surround yourself with positive, self-motivated people, you will be successful. It takes time, but it’s totally worth it.
  10. Don’t compare yourself to anyone except who you were yesterday. Enjoy the journey and give yourself permission to succeed on your timetable. We all have family and other obligations, and maybe you are still working a full-time job, but these are not excuses. If you really want it, you will find a way to carve out the time you need to build your business.
  11. Don’t let the negative social stigma of being part of an MLM stop you from reaching your goals and dreams. You will need to endure some negative criticism from well-meaning but ignorant people, so toughen up. Legitimate MLMs are a fantastic way to make as much money as you want. Do not listen to anyone who is not paying your bills, as they don’t get a say in how you choose to earn money and support your family.
  12. Never give up! That’s really the only way you can fail in an MLM is to quit. Reject mediocrity and go for it!

I consider myself successful, as I’ve replaced my income from my prior work in the real estate industry, and I’m just getting started. Being successful in this business requires mental and emotional toughness, and willingness to learn and grow.

Would I want to go back to what I was doing before? Never! Do I have days that are tough when I want to quit? Of course. This is like any other job, except I get to decide when and where I work, how much I work, and how much I want to get paid, so there’s no going back for me. I’m hooked!

In the words of Eric Worre, we really do have a better way!

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Challenging negative thoughts & limiting beliefs

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In the interest of being authentic and transparent, here’s what I’ve been dealing with the last few days: I’ve been fighting these crazy negative thoughts that say ‘You’re a fake, you’re a fraud, you don’t know what you’re doing’, all in relation to being a successful builder and team leader with my dōTERRA Essential Oil business.

Do I have it all figured out? No. Am I totally organized and do I have everything dialed in? No, not like I think or feel that ‘I should’… ah, guilt! And with the annual Convention next week in Salt Lake City, there is some anxiety and stress involved with all of that, including packing, flying, and having about 40 team members there, many of them attending for the first time. Talk about upper limiting! (From the book The Big Leap). Any time you are about to break through to a new level of success in your life, your ‘thermostat’ or emotional comfort level, will try to prevent you from moving forward, and it can manifest itself with uncomfortable physical or emotional symptoms.

A couple of days ago I woke up with swollen lymph nodes on the sides of my neck, below my ears… and a rash behind my ears. Bingo!

In the book ‘Feelings Buried Alive Never Die’, under the ‘dis-ease’ listing of Lymph System, one of the feelings associated with the lymphatic system is ‘Negative thoughts against yourself’. Wow! Absolutely true. Once I figured out the emotional reason behind the physical effects, I needed to figure out how I could work through this and get back to normal.

I scanned myself with my Itovi, and started using the oils, of course, but I needed to do the emotional work. I needed to address the negative thoughts, or they would just keep coming back. Yesterday those thoughts hit me again, and instead of believing them, and hoping no one else on my team would figure it out (that I’m really a fake & fraud), I challenged those thoughts. I asked myself: ‘Is that really true? Are you a fake and a fraud? Do you know what you’re doing in this business? Is there any evidence to support these negative thoughts? Once I did this, and really started thinking about it, there was no evidence to support these absurd, fear-based thoughts, and they gradually started subsiding… and I started feeling a little better.

Today the swelling in my lymph nodes has gone down some, and I’ve turned it around on the negative thoughts. I am not a fake or a fraud. This business is real, and I do know what I’m doing, so far anyway, and I trust that I can learn what I need to, when I need to learn it, to continue to be a successful builder and leader, and to support my team the best way I know how.

This is part of the ongoing emotional journey we all are on, and I know it’s a lot of personal info, but it’s my truth, and I own it. I’m grateful for the tools I have to work through this stuff, and I hope this info is helpful to you in some way.


Natural all-day energy!

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Looking for a natural way to have amazing energy all day?

Here’s what I use: Matcha green tea in the morning, with some stevia and coconut milk.

Throughout the day I sip on a big glass of water with 6-8 drops of Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend by dōTERRA. I also love this blend in iced tea with a little stevia.

The matcha gives you calm alertness, with focused energy. It’s different from coffee, and it’s very soothing. I was a little skeptical about drinking something warm and green in the morning, but now I have this almost every morning… there’s something about matcha, you just need to try it. I’ve tried a few different matcha teas, and these are my top 2:

The Republic Of Tea Matcha Tea Powder, 1.5 Ounce Tea Powder Tin, Gourmet Matcha Green Tea Powder – this one is also available at Whole Foods, for around $18-$19.

If you want an even higher quality organic matcha, I really like: KENKO Matcha Green Tea Powder [USDA Organic] Ceremonial Grade – Japanese 30g [1.06oz], which I’ve only every purchased from Amazon. It’s priced around $28.

Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend is a proprietary blend from dōTERRA, made from Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils including grapefruit peel, lemon peel, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon bark. It has a spicy, refreshing flavor, and helps balance your metabolism, helps decrease appetite and curb cravings, especially for carbs.

This blend also supports your digestive system, as lemon and grapefruit have gentle detox and cleansing properties, and peppermint is great for digestive discomfort. In fact, just 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent in strength to 28 cups of peppermint tea when used for digestive issues. Ginger has been used for centuries for digestive support, and cinnamon has properties that can help balance blood sugar levels, and oddly enough it tastes naturally sweet.

To learn more about essential oils from dōTERRA, click this LINK.


Feeling overwhelmed? Try some Basil oil

Basil.jpgWhen you’re dealing with stress, and you start feeling overwhelmed, your body is sending you a signal that something is not quite right… and you need to slow down and pay attention to what’s going on inside you. You may have depleted your stores of the natural ‘chemical messengers’ that help you feel calm, grounded and in control. It’s similar to when a car runs out of gas… you ain’t going anywhere until you refill the tank.

The great news is this can be done by changing or incorporating healthier habits, which includes eating mostly organic, plant-based, non-GMO clean food, drinking plenty of clean water, getting sufficient rest (this means doing nothing) and sleep, stress relieving techniques like mediation, deep breathing, exercise, gardening, reading, or whatever you like that takes your mind off of your work, home or other situations that are causing the overwhelming and stressful feelings.

I’ve dealt with this sort of thing for the past few years, and I can say for sure that I’m NOT deficient in any sort of ‘artificial chemicals’ that typical medical practitioners pass out like candy, and I say ‘no thank-you’ to them and the side effects. I took the artificial mood stabilizing pills for years, and it changed my personality when I was under their influence. I’m not going there anymore… I can manage my moods and emotions naturally.

One of the things I love about dōTERRA Essential Oils is that they empower people to take their health into their own hands. No one knows your body better than you do. You have a choice on how you deal with your health, so I suggest you do your research and see if dōTERRA essential oils may be something you can add to your arsenal. They are my first line of defense… just saying. Not all oils are created equal, and these are the best available, anywhere.

Basil is one of my favorite oils for staying calm. Anytime I’m feeling super stressed and overwhelmed, I put a drop or 2 in my palms and rub them over my adrenals. I also inhale the aroma from my hands, which seems to relax me in just a few minutes. Your body knows what to do with plants and plant oils… support yourself naturally.


Emotional Aromatherapy: How to choose the best oil for you!

With dōTERRA’s new Emotional Aromatherapy kit and wheel, it’s easy to find the best oil to help you feel better. My favorite is Motivate, which helps me get to work and get it done! I love the blends, as they are so powerful and easy to use. They all smell great, and I’ve used all of them at different times. At first I didn’t think that I would need all of them, especially Console and Forgive, however, I’ve used ALL of them, and I love ALL of them.

Using these oils is super easy: They can be used aromatically, which means inhaling them directly from the bottle or diffusing with an ultrasonic diffuser. Aromatic use is the fastest way to get the oils into your system.

The other way is topically by applying directly to the skin with dilution, especially for those with sensitive skin. When using oils topically for emotional support, it’s best to start applying near your heart and go up from there. This also makes you a walking ‘diffuser’. Some of my favorite places to apply oils is behind my ears, on temples, and on the back of neck. When using the oils, a drop is a dose, so start with just a drop and you can layer on more if needed.

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The oils work very quickly, especially aromatically, so you can begin feeling relief in minutes. If you’re new to the oils and would like to try a sample, please contact me. I also have a link to my dōTERRA website on the right sidebar.



Compelling & provocative… Wow!

Learn why essential oils are so valuable and powerful!

Modern science supports what natural health practitioners have known for centuries… and now, essential oils are finally getting the attention they deserve. dōTERRA Essential Oils came into my life for a reason, and I’m so grateful that I know about these amazing ‘gifts of the Earth’. 

I first learned about essential oils after my dad had a stroke. He started using Frankincense oil, changed his diet, made other lifestyle changes, and started feeling better. After seeing how powerful the oils were, I decided that I needed to see what else they could do. I was looking for a more natural way to manage my anxious feelings and fear. I found a grounding blend (Balance) and a calming blend (Serenity) that worked great, and now I’ve learned how to use the oils to keep me calm and sane. 

Again, so grateful and blessed. If you are new to oils, please watch this movie trailer and catch a glimpse of what the movie is about… I think you’ll like it.