My first blog – created at the airport

November 21, 2008 - Leave a Response

Ah, the joys of travel!  I’d like to say this was the trip from hell, but then again, if I was actually back home where I’m supposed to be, instead of sitting at the Raleigh Durham airport, I may not have gone to LinkedIn, answered a few questions and then decided I wanted to have my own blog.  Of course, I had no idea how to have a blog, so hence the help from the LinkedIn community – thank you to all of you who responded and recommended wordpress.

This trip was cursed from the beginning – a short notice of a coworker needing my help at a client site, then finding out I needed a LOT of information to get credentialed in order to go to this facility (a hospital), then running around like a mad person going on the sales calls I needed to accomplish before leaving, stopping by the Family Practice doctor to get a shot for (of all things) measles, mumps and rubella.  I’m sure I’ve had this in the past, but without record of it, I had to verify the existence of these immunities in my system.  So, for the love of my coworkers and my company – I got shot.  Adding this to a drug test verification, a criminal background test verification, a 68 page document to read and take a quiz afterwards, the certification of my OR Protocol training, and about 8 other items, I was allowed into the facility.  Whew!

So, I get to the airport about 1 1/2 hours early, intending to enjoy a nice lunch and a book at the airport, and I receive an email from my coworker wanting to see if I had the products she needed to solve all the problems that this hospital was having during their product evaluation.  Of course, I had some in my car, and I KNEW I had plenty of time to get to my car, back through security and back to the gate – at the further corner of the airport.  Well, you know what happened…..I didn’t.  I ran (like a dog) through the airport (reminiscent of OJ Simpson in his pre-trial days at the airport), only to arrive out of breath at a closed gate.  One of the attendants came up to me and said, “Are you Ms. (insert name here)” and then proceeded to tell me that she paged me three times and tried to hold the aircraft up as long as possible.  Oh well, I had the pleasure of watching my plane slowly back away from the gate and enter the wild blue yonder.

Not being a happy camper, I called my husband to whine for a bit and then decided that I might as well enjoy myself while I was there, so I started reading a great book (Rich Dad’s Prophesy by Robert Kiyosaki).  After doing that for an hour or so, I was in a better mood and decided to follow up on some trade show leads that we had generated last weekend at the Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland.  I had made several calls and had some great conversations.  I was actually in the middle of a conversation when, lo and behold, I heard my name being paged.  Yes, I got so involved, I almost missed my flight – AGAIN!  Oops!  I quickly hung up with my prospect, begging for forgiveness and the promise of a return call in the next day or two.

The flight was uneventful, but by the time I got to Raleigh, my coworkers had eaten and were retired for the evening.  So, the evening was spent with room service and the internet.  (and of course, another call to my lovely husband.)

The evaluation went well, if you consider a bunch of people tolerating or liking a product and a few unsatisfied souls who were highly irritated at the though of change.  A few “nasty-grams” were added to the evaluation pile and the outcome remains to be decided.

So, today I get to the airport, again with plenty of time to enjoy lunch and a good book (dont’ worry, it’s not going THERE again.)  I made it to the gate with plenty of time to spare, only to see the infamous “delayed” status on the board.  Bummer.  Ok, so the plane broke.  Instead of leaving on time, we would leave about 1 1/2 hours late.  No biggie, I have plenty of sites to visit and email to answer.  Well, then the SECOND plane broke, so here I sit.  If you think you’re bored to tears reading this stream of consciousness blog, imagine how I feel sitting here trying not to think about the first impression I am making on the world of blogging.  Well, HERE IT IS!!!

If I were to imagine my perfect first blog, of course it would have been one to inspire millions, being shared by wonderful, successful and enlightened individuals the world over, but alas, I decided to share the mind-numbing experience of an airport fiasco.  Ok, maybe next time I’ll inspire.  I have to admit, this was fun, and a lot less annoying than whining to all my friends back home about my travails.  Truly cathartic.  I feel much better now – thanks for reading!

What will you D.E.C.I.D.E.?

May 12, 2009 - Leave a Response

About a year ago, my husband and I decided to join our first network marketing organization. Even though we are both working full time and have good jobs, we thought it would be a good way to be able to spend more time together, and we also figured that with the current economy, it’s always best to have a plan B.
Because we had no experience in this area at all, we knew that preparation was going to be the key.  I also knew that we had already taken the first critical step in achieving our dreams and goals because we had DECIDED that that’s what we wanted to do.  I thought about the word DECIDE, and it truly is an extraordinarily powerful word.  In fact, I used this amazing word to put together a six step program that you can use to accomplish your dreams and goals, whether in network marketing or anything else you want to achieve in life. 
The “D” stands for DREAM.  What do you want your life to look like in five years?  Why do you want to accomplish this goal?  Your “why” is the most important thing you can possibly discover.  If you’re in this just “to get rich.”  Chances are you’re going to fail.  The money will never come quickly enough – and if it does, it’s never enough.  Maybe your why is spending more time with your kids.  Maybe it’s being able to sleep until you’re done.  Maybe it’s travel.  Maybe it’s being able to have the satisfaction of reaching deep into your pocket on a Sunday morning and hearing the clunk of the wad of cash as it hits the bottom of the collection plate.  Whatever your “why” is, make it significant and powerful.  You why may not be a dream after all – it may be a dread. You may wake up one day and ask, “What will my life look like in 5 years if I continue to do the same thing I’m doing now?”  For some, that question alone is scary enough to try something different.  Dream Big and start the process!
The “E” is for EDUCATE.  What do you have to learn in order to accomplish your dreams and goals?  Do you need to go back to school?  Do you need to read books about the industry or product? Do you need to subscribe to trade journals?  It’s been said that “readers are leaders” and also that “Learners are earners.”  If you don’t have time to read, how about learning while you drive?  A study by the University of Southern California found that if you live in a city and drive 12,000 miles a year, you can get the equivalent of a two-year college education every three years by listening to audiobooks while you drive. Do what you can to learn as much as you can.  Education will prepare you for the ups and down – and the surprises – that you’ll run into along the way

The “C” is for COMMIT.  This is a big one!  There is no line drawn in the sand here, folks.  Know that if your goal takes you 6 months or 6 years or 16 years, it just doesn’t matter. You are in this to win this and the only way you can fail is to quit.  Having a dream (or a dread) that is significant enough makes committing to its achievement that much easier. Mack R. Douglas, the author of several books on success, once said, ““The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it.”  Very powerful words indeed!

The “I” is for IDENTIFY the steps you need to take to get there.  Put together a business plan and set your goals.  Figure out what you need to do step-by-step.  If you’re planning a 5 year goal, start with where you want to be in 5 years and work backwards.  Write them down!  Remember, a goal that is not written down is just a wish.  Make sure your goals are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.  Review your goals on regular basis – whether it is daily, weekly or monthly.  Consistency is important.  As you achieve each step, make sure you reward yourself along the way.  After all, the journey should be fun too!

Just like Nike says, the next “D” is to just DO it.  You can dream and read and visualize all day long, but without taking daily action to move forward, you’re not going to get anywhere near reaching your goals.  Jack Canfield said, “As you begin to take action toward the fulfillment of your goals and dreams, you must realize that not every action will be perfect. Not every action will produce the desired result. Not every action will work. Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process of eventually getting it right.”  And as famously said by Thomas Edison about his invention of the light bulb, “I have not failed 10,000 times; I have successfully discovered 10,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.”  So, just go out and take action.  Do the 20% of the activities that are going to get 80% of the results.  Don’t be afraid to mess up – just learn from your mistakes, get over your big bad self, and move on.  You need to take action to move forward.
No matter what your goals and dreams are, chances are good that you’re not going to do it alone.  So the “E” is to EXPRESS GRATITUDE to those who have helped you get to where you are.  As Mary Kay Ash said, “Everyone has an invisible sign around their neck that says ‘Make me feel important.’”  Send a hand written thank you note to those who helped you, mentored you, or went out of their way for you.  If you show sincere appreciation, you will inspire others that they can accomplish their goals as well.  Always pay it forward, and show gratitude for all you have.
So, what does all this mean?  Have a dream, Educate yourself, Commit to it, Identify the steps you need to take, Do what you need to do, and Express Gratitude to those who have helped you along the way.  In short – DECIDE.  Decide once and for all that you will see this through to the end and that you will reach your goal. Commitment comes from within. So commit with all your heart and muster all your willpower to persevere, no matter what. Remember, if you want something bad enough, you will find a way to achieve it. Decide that you will make it and claim your victory!

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November 21, 2008 - One Response

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