January Team Tip | Ongoing Change, Purposeful Choice, and True Leadership

rain water erosionI saw this quote the other day, and immediately knew it would be the backbone of this month’s team tip:

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence, but by oft falling. — Lucretius

Being on Day Nine of a 14-day Get Fit Health Plan, this statement resonates with me and reminds me that only by ongoing dietary changes and purposeful choices will my overall health be affected.

Notice I said “affected” and not “improved”. See, it’s also important to remember that you can’t ruin good health in one day, either. Everything is a process. We create habits–good or bad–and that’s what will most greatly determine our health outcome.

How To Make Ongoing Change

When we create purposeful habits that are intended to improve our health, and we stick to them, we make ongoing changes more easily because they become routine. That’s one of the most important aspects of this 14-day health plan; we are only beginning to establish better health habits (not just with regard to food, but mental, physical, and spiritual aspects, too).

How NOT To Make Ongoing Change

The reference to “violence” in the quote reminds me that fad diets and starvation/deprivation tactics (which feel very violent to me) are absolutely NOT the way to go about making a change. Now don’t let me confuse you; the removal of all grains and processed sugars for these two weeks does feel like a drastic change to me at times–especially in the beginning. But the focus is never on depriving my body; rather the focus is on FUELING my body. That’s the key to good eating habits.

Ongoing Change for Your Business

And just as the above quote reminds me of my ongoing health quest, it also speaks to my business-minded intentions. Read it again with your business in mind:

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence, but by oft falling. — Lucretius

Sometimes we want–so badly–for someone to follow us on our path to better health and greater wealth that we almost end up beating them over the head with our invitations. But trust me, we cannot force people to make the decision to join us… even if it is the RIGHT decision (which it may or may not be, depending of their situation) for them.

But do you know what DOES lead people to follow? True leadership.

The dictionary defines “leader” as “one who causes someone to go with them by holding them by the hand while moving forward.”

Are you moving forward in the right direction? Are you walking the walk in addition to talking the talk? Do your friends see you eat at the same places you talk about on social media? If they come to your house for dinner, do you serve a sampling of your favorite real foods, or are you offering fake, processed foods? Are you leading them down the path of better health?

Are you hand-holding? It’s easy to tell someone what they should be doing, but much harder to show them. Do you take the time to provide resources, recipes, and recommendations? Do you get together with them (yes, face-to-face) to show them what your eating habits look like? Do you introduce them to others on the same health journey? Bringing them into community is one of the best ways to help them along the path to better health.

Remember, we aren’t going to make significant strides in our business with violence. Consistency is key, and it all begins with leadership. Looking for a few examples of good leaders? Here are a few of my friends who walk the walk and talk the talk, on…and off camera!

Jordan Rubin
Mike Battistelli
Angelle Batten

I encourage you to build an atmosphere that supports ongoing change, purposeful choice, and true leadership in every aspect of your life. This, in and of itself, is an ongoing, habit-forming choice, not a simple decision that requires no follow-up. So, how about this: let’s work toward it together.

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About jenni smith

Jenni Smith is a recovering fast food addict and a reformed couch potato who swore she'd never be a distributor... until the day she realized the only thing holding her back from reaching her true potential was her own stubbornness. And maybe a bit of fear. When she finally decided to put on her "big girl pants", Jenni (and her rock star husband, Paul) went from founding distributor to top earner in two years, and is now a Youngevity Vice Chairman Marketing Director. With a 15-year career in marketing and two little girls at home, Jenni raises her kids and her family's income at the same time and is passionate about coaching anyone who has: A) a desire for better health; B) a need for better wealth; C) patience for sass.
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