November Team Tip | Commitment

IMG_0515Paul and I celebrated 9 years of marriage on November 10th.

In the six years we were together before we tied the knot, we shared a lot of fun, laughter, and love, but we believe marriage is about more than that. Marriage is about commitment.

Commitment is a choice you make every day.

Let’s back up a little bit. Commitment, I firmly believe, is a matter of attitude. And attitude is a choice. We must choose wisely… in our relationships, and in our businesses.

Commitment To Your Business

Commitment is a matter of attitude, which stems from your belief,  which starts as hope, but which becomes conviction that you’ve found a smarter plan — a bigger dream — a better way. That’s what this profession is: network marketing — like a marriage — may not be perfect, but it can offer a better way.

So now that you “picked it” — it’s time to “stick it.”

The first day I met Dr. Corey Gold, I heard him refer to this industry as “personal development with a paycheck.”  And it did not take me long to figure out the top earners in this company all spent more time working on themselves than they did worrying about anyone else. Why is that? Commitment.

These leaders made a commitment to themselves that they’d keep getting better. They committed to their families that they were going to make a living doing this crazy network marketing business. And most importantly, they made a commitment to the people they brought onto their teams that they were going to serve them, to help them, to lead them. They teach us that you have to work on you if you want this business to work.

So today, I challenge you to commit to working on YOU — your mindset, your attitude, your skills, your habits — and nothing will stand in your way. In fact, if you want to really make a go of this thing, decide today that you will succeed. It’s really that simple. Commitment is a choice you make every day. Choose to treat your business like a business — every day — and it will pay you like a business — every day.

This business will work if you work it. But it won’t if you don’t.

When I first joined the industry, I was working (more than) full-time and we were expecting our first baby, so if you’re feeling busy, I get it. And if you’re feeling scared or overwhelmed, I get it. And especially if you’re feeling disorganized, or like you need to create an email filing system and a big black binder to organize yourself before you get started, I DEFINITELY get it. Been there, done that, DIDN’T get a t-shirt… or a paycheck!

Because, delays…. they’re just excuses. And excuses are paralyzing. And if you’re considering delaying your business until a less busy time, I’ll tell you two things: I get it, and don’t do it.  In my opinion, there’s only one way to start…

Full throttle, baby.

Imagine a jumbo jet on a runway, about to take off. Would the pilot be better off firing up half the engines? Or setting the throttle to 50%? Absolutely not. The pilot needs enough power to burst off that runway and into the air, so we’re talking full throttle for takeoff. But, once that plane is in the air and at cruising altitude, it’s time to put the plane on auto-pilot, right?

The strategy for bursting your business is the same: this isn’t just a part-time job, it’s a lifetime investment. And getting your business off the ground ASAP with as much speed and force as you can muster is the best way to get started.

There is only one way to get that plane in the air, and it’s not with a little ho-hum effort. No way. It’s gotta be at full-throttle, 100% juice, pedal to the metal, volume up to 11, hair on fire momentum that’s going to launch that plane into the air. And the only way that happens is if you COMMIT to doing whatever it takes to make it happen.

So I’m going to say this part again: Commitment is a choice you make every day. I choose my husband every day of my life. I choose Youngevity every day of my life. I choose faith in the midst of challenge. I choose belief over hope. I empower myself to write my destiny and I choose to commit with everything I have.

I’ll leave you with a quote from John Maxwell:

You may have a million reasons not to get started now. But deep down, none of them can be as compelling as your desire to change, grow, and succeed. In a month or a year or five years from now, you may have only one regret—that you didn’t start now. Today matters. The way you spend today really can change your life. But the first decision you must make is to begin.

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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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