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It is OK to take a chance

Each year that passes I look back to see the lessons learned or how I grew as a person. The beginning years when I started my business in 2012, it was like a rocket ship!  I found an opportunity and ran with it, literally. I was OK with putting most things aside because it was once in a lifetime, and I knew if I could dedicate a few years to it, the rewards would be life-changing.

I learned so much about myself through the process, but what stuck out the most, was it was OK to be different and take chances. It’s scary when you step out on your own and not follow the normal path, but it’s amazing what you can accomplish when you’re willing to put other things aside to accomplish your dreams.

Not everything will continue as planned.. There was something I needed to learn in 2018. It’s OK to take time for yourself from time to time and use hiccups in the road to learn and adjust even when it means it’s time to slow down.

The year of 2018 was a year to remember. It was the year of healing, patience and overcoming. I was running a fast, rewarding race, but it was time to take care of myself.  I sat six months on the couch with knee issues that turned into needing a knee replacement in my 40s. As I sat on the couch I realized that this was God’s plan or the universe telling me to slow down, that the control is not always in my own hands. I was having the time of my life, but ignoring minor health issues that cleared up during this time, that wouldn’t have if I kept up the pace I was working.

I also realized that I needed to spend more time with my family, including our boys who had become teenagers overnight. As parents with teenagers, you think this time is when they need you least, but it’s not the case, they need you more.

If you know me at all, you would know that staying in the gym is very important to me, as well as being in good physical shape. It was difficult sitting on the couch, watching the days go by of not being at the gym was extremely challenging and mentally taxing. You could imagine how hard it would be to stay driven with work and travel with the knee being immobilized. So I decided to sit back and not take the lead. I had the opportunity to reflect and learn and grow as a person and spend quality time with my family and for the first time let them take care of me. I did a lot of soul searching during that time and realized big changes were coming.

As we say goodbye to the year 2019, I called it the Year of Listening to the Call, Being Courageous and Adapting to New Beginnings. As hard as it was, I knew that I needed a change, that my family needed a change. I’m all about watching signs, and when things become difficult and not as easy as they once were, it’s time to adjust. This is what I was seeing in Little Rock, Arkansas where we lived for the last 20 years. Little Rock was a great place to start a family, raise children, but neither my husband nor I was from the area. It was time for the Grawers to leave and create space for the next family. It was such a hard decision to make a change, especially when it’s what we knew. The boys were teenagers, one going into his senior year. It was a scary decision to make, but I knew the decision was the right one and a decision that would be a healthy one for all of us.

I’ve always loved Phoenix. I started bringing my mom to a resort every year in the area and when I was here it made my soul feel good. Rick and I had the opportunity to move out here years ago but declined. We have several friends in the area but thought that staying in Little Rock was the right decision. When the opportunity came up again to move to Phoenix, we thought about where we wanted to be 10 years down the road in retirement. This was where we wanted to be. It took being very courageous to make such a move, especially the ages of our boys, but I knew how important it was to show the boys how to adapt and be open-minded. I also knew that for my business, moving to a new market was important and could be instrumental for when the Japan market opens.

Our family loves Phoenix! Sometimes we ask ourselves why we didn’t do it before. It’s a good fit for us and feels like a healthy change. As I was talking to a really good friend today, I realize so many people are too scared to take chances on new beginnings. It’s healthy to step out of the normal path from time to time; it’s also healthy to allow the hard times to be ones that create the adjustments needed in our lives.

As I’m celebrating my eighth year in business, I’m thankful for all of my friends, customers, business partners and the friendships I will always cherish from Little Rock. I’m excited about what’s to come!  I want people to realize that stepping into the unknown can be scary but can be the most rewarding decision you ever make. In my experience, I say take the chance! Who knows what can be behind the next door? It may be better than where you are today.

Happy New Year to all of you!

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Create your own yellow brick road

Michelle has always been the type of person that would put a big goal out into the universe, claim it out loud and achieve it, rather than claiming it out loud only when achieved. It does us no good in life to play small, so why not play big?

“I have been in my business now for five years. There is the path to the top of my company called the Road to RFX. It reminds me of the yellow brick road in the movie “Wizard of Oz.” The road full of surprises, self-growth, meeting friends along the way and figuring out the way to your ultimate destination point,” Michelle Grawer shared.

“The first big milestone in our company is earning a Lexus. I achieved the first of the three-month qualification period in my first 10 months. Before I actually made it, I claimed it out loud to everyone. I went to the dealership a few months before and picked out the one I wanted and took it for a test drive. At that time this dealership hadn’t heard of our company, but I told them that I along with many others would be walking in the doors for their Lexus soon. They have now witnessed close to or over 20 consultants come through their doors and many more to follow. You see, I put it out there so I and others could achieve it,” she continued.
“After I earned my Lexus and was continuing to grow and expand in my business, I needed to move out the small desk area in our laundry room. My husband works out of the home and I politely asked him if he would mind letting me take his office area so I could create a professional work area. I needed a bigger desk, drawer space, walls to share pictures of achievements and product display. I needed to feel inspired and inspire team members that want to follow in my steps. I achieved a few more levels soon after.”

In November she finished out the month hitting the final destination point on the Road to RFX. She decided to expand into one of the nicest vehicles on the Lexus lot as a reward for hard work and discipline. It was a stretch to do this because she and her husband come from a humble backgrounds. But this is something that she saw as an expansion. It’s a rolling trophy that her team earned and when they go on “fun” road trips for work, it will inspire them to promote.

“The point of sharing my story is to tell you to speak your goals into fruition. You can’t grow if you don’t state your goals out loud and to others. You can’t grow if your environment isn’t moving with you. You will be playing small if you don’t set yourself up for the next level.”

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You can’t take it with you

In 2015, we chose to make Christmas more about creating memories, rather than about exchanging gifts like we normally do. We usually decorate the house with the biggest Christmas tree and make sure everything looks beautiful on the inside and out. I normally ask the kids what they want for the year and feel it’s important to make them happy, but something inside makes me feel that the magic of Christmas seems to get lost.

Last year we decided to start a new tradition. I purchased a Christmas tree that was much smaller, put two wreaths out on the doors and decorated minimally. It was great to not stress about all the Christmas preparations. I told the boys to share with me a few things they wanted and sent it to my sister-n-laws house in Seattle.

We took the flight out to Seattle on Christmas Eve and stayed with my husband’s sister and her family. When we arrived, we rented a vehicle and drove to their house. Once we got settled in and got a tour of their house, and met their two beautiful Alaskan dogs and completely being in awe over their boating equipment and snow skiing gear in the garage, we left to tour the city. After two days of experiencing the fishing life, visiting the first Starbucks at the famous Pike’s Place Market and seeing the importance of the ferry system, we were ready for our adventure. On Christmas morning we exchanged gifts, packed up and drove the scenic route to Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The mountains, the ocean and sailboats we saw were just beautiful. It was an enriching experience to visit a new country, for my children to see their cousins in their environment and driving the countryside on Christmas was magical. Our boys had never been skiing before, so skiing in Whistler will be hard to top.

The first day they went to ski school and learned quickly (like kids do). They were ready to be on their own the next day. I unfortunately got reminded how bad my knees really were and decided that a knee replacement isn’t a necessary surgery I want right now. I chose to take advantage of the weight room, massage area, shopping and being mom to my family as they came off the mountain to warm their hands or ask for hot chocolate. We spent three days in Whistler. My boys had their ski clothing spread all around our hotel room and before it was light outside were jumping out of bed to put it all back on. This was a trip that was perfect for three busy boys and an active husband.

Our sons tell us often it was the best thing we have ever done as a family and have asked to go back several times. They are growing up so fast, and I know that it will be more important for us to invest in trips and experiences rather than material possessions. My oldest will be leaving in three years for college, so it is important that we create these memories with the five of us.

Holidays can be stressful. We end up just racing around to buy gifts and decorate our house and front yard. Most of the time we skip over Thanksgiving in the mad rush of being ready for Christmas. I want to keep reminding myself that the holidays are really about spending time with loved ones. These are the memories that will last! It’s fun to flip through photo books and re-live great times together. Happy Holidays!

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Don’t Sit Back and Be Average

”I woke up this morning and realized I don’t have what it takes to sit back and be average.”

This quote popped up in my Facebook news feed, and I think it should be everyone’s motto. Maybe you feel like you have been dealt a bad hand. Maybe your upbringing wasn’t the greatest, maybe you aren’t where you thought you would be at this point in your life, but we all have what it takes to rise above our setbacks and be more than just average.

I had a chance talk to a group of 20 teenage girls who were trying to get their GED through the Arkansas Youth Challenge Program. These dropouts were learning life skills and discipline to succeed. I shared with them my struggles growing up with a single mom, moving often and how I settled for being less than average by not always having the best grades. I told them that I didn’t always make the best choices. A prime example is the fact that I moved out of the house when I was just 17. I shared with them that as my entrepreneur path started to take place, I finally realized how much strength I got from those experiences that I used to be embarrassed about.

I tried to make myself more than average. When I was younger it was about sports, but now it’s about success in life. It’s about being an entrepreneur and educating people about the possibilities that are available if you allow yourself to be tapped in. The physical, mental and spiritual components all have to be in sync.

This was my first time to speak in front of teenage girls. I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t know what to say, but I found it was natural to talk with them. I shared with them these stories of overcoming and how I was able to build my business across the United States and Canada in less than five years. The girls then told me their stories and they were excited to share about their lives and struggles but also about how they have overcome many obstacles as well.

Honestly, I was searching for these young ladies. I got as much from them as they did me. At the end of our meeting, I told them to not settle for less than their best. I challenged them to not be just normal, doing the minimal to get by. I believe this is something everyone needs to hear and it is something I strive for every day. I feel the cross we bear in life directs us on how we can positively impact the future.

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My story

I often get asked how I got started with Rodan and Fields and why I would leave my personal training business for a skin care company. Here is my story, quick and simple. Anyone who is interested in learning more can e-mail me at grawer@sbcglobal.net.


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Conquering My Fear

I used to have a fear of public speaking. I have mentioned this in several blogs previously. When I was in junior high I still remember the embarrassment I suffered after speaking in front of a large group of classmates. After that, I knew I never wanted to speak in front of groups again.

Junior high embarrassments stay with you, at least they did for me. Through the rest of my schooling, I barely got through speech and other classes where a presentation was a requirement. After college, I choose a career that didn’t require me to have to speak in front of people. I choose jobs that had little or no public speaking involved, talk about limiting yourself. It was a pretty limiting decision.

When Rodan and Fields came along, I decided to join the company immediately after seeing the skin care results and business opportunity, but I had a long list of things I would not do. The list included never attending meetings and never speaking in front of groups.

Everyone has something that is holding them back. It was challenging for me because I was growing this great business, but I did it only through one-on-one meetings. As my team started to grow, people started asking me to host events and attend meetings where I would be the presenter, this included my out-of-state teams.

Hiding my weakness was becoming impossible. When our corporate staff came to our area, I was chosen to speak in front of 300 or more people. I was doing the unthinkable. I spent a good year or more trying to memorize everything I was to present on stage and when the nerves kicked in, my mouth got dry, my heart would beat fast and my memory would leave the room. I was showing everyone how nervous it made me feel. I was putting myself out there, just like I did in junior high.

Sometimes it’s easy to hide weaknesses, but one day when you want to promote you will have to deal with what is holding you back. In our industry a lot of people quit. They blame it on our business model, but most of the time it’s because of their unwillingness to put themselves out there. It’s more comfortable to put limitations on ourselves. I know this from my own experience. That is why personal development is so important.

What I have found over the past five years, dealing with my fear and helping people through their fears or other personal issues, is that you can be put into a “holding pattern.” You stay right where you are until you look at what is holding you back. Unconsciously, I put myself in a “holding pattern.” I wasn’t growing my business as fast as I could have because making it to the top would have meant more stage time.

It is hard to advance to the next level if you don’t work on the issues that are holding you back. For you maybe it is a lack of self-confidence or leadership skills. My advice is to keep working through it. If I can do it, so can you.

As I got more confident, I started to realize that public speaking wasn’t as difficult as I thought. I realized that my delivery was better by not memorizing my speech. I became more relaxed and it was a better experience for the audience and me. I learned that overcoming self-limitations is one of the best accomplishments.

I would encourage you to examine what is holding you back. Take steps today to face a fear. Allow yourself to make mistakes along the way; day by day it will get easier and you will be and feel more natural with your newfound skills. You will be ready for your next promotion when you allow this growth to happen.

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Houston, we have a problem

People often get stuck in a box. They believe the way it has always been is the way it will always be. Anything outside the norm they think is weird or strange. For example, they go to school for particular career and work full time in a business or institution the way their parents and grandparents did. Some people are very fortunate to love what they do and I am so happy for them.

I was speaking at several events in Houston recently. Sadly many people in my hometown are losing their jobs as more layoffs happen in the oil and gas industry. I met a young lady with children whose husband lost his job and is now waiting tables until he can find a permanent position. Another woman I met works in the industry and was the one doing some of those layoffs. After she did that unfortunate task, more changes happened in her company and she was put on the night shift. Now she can’t see her small children in the evenings.

All that being said, many people like to stay where they feel safe. Doing something completely different is scary. To be the first person to step out of the norm could look a little crazy. In reality, the shift in thinking could be the answer people are looking for.

I met many people in the Houston area who were not so understanding of the business model that leverages social commerce. There were many skeptics in the room. I asked them, “What is the trend right now: buying online or buying in a retail store?” Everyone agreed that online purchases were the future. I replied, “You have the chance to partner with the No. 1 anti-aging premium skin care line in North America with global recognition and you are questioning me if this is a legitimate business. You just said people buy online, not in retail settings.”

In unstable job markets like Houston, why wouldn’t this be the time to ask the question, “Should I look at something where I can take control of my life and my hours and work smarter?”

The perfect storm is here: the products work (We are the No. 1 in anti-aging and acne products) and we are a globally recognized name. The question is, “Do you believe in yourself? If you do, then I believe you might see that this is what you are looking for. Live life on your own terms.

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Half of All Americans are Facing Financial Disaster

Did you know that a whopping 48% of Americans are just one emergency away from not being able to cover basic needs? And surprisingly most in this predicament don’t fit the stereotype of someone living on the financial edge.

I was talking with a friend who feels as if she is rolling the dice month to month. She lives in a three-bedroom house with her husband and two children in a suburb of Dallas, TX. The family owns two cars, the kids participate in high school sports, and they all attend church services regularly. She works full-time, as does her husband, and thanks to her job, the family has access to health insurance. But after covering the mortgage, the cost of insurance for her, her husband and their two children and other basic expenses, the couple had just $223 left in the bank in October.

She and her family aren’t alone in dealing with this constant threat. Nearly 48 percent of American households don’t have enough savings to cover their basic expenses for three months in the event of a financial emergency like losing a job or paying for unexpected medical care, according to a recent report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development. That figure has changed little from last year, the Assets and Opportunity Scorecard found.

Many of the Americans living on the financial edge are employed and living a middle-class lifestyle. There are a variety of reasons why so many Americans with full-time jobs and relatively high incomes are risk: They’re coping with stagnating wages and rising prices.

The big economic trends of the last 20, 30 years are stagnating wages. Other costs are rising substantially — income and wealth are concentrated at the top of the ladder. Everything is more expensive, and they’ve got the same size paycheck to pay for it all.

Times are a Changing. You’d Better Change How You Think and Do.

It’s been established that wages are stagnating and the cost of living keeps rising not to mention employers expect so much more for less these days. The 40 hour work week is non-existent to many with companies expecting 50-60 hour work weeks. Our society has gotten away from some important values in life. The more time we spend at work, the less time we spend at home. The less we spend raising our children. The less time we have for balance and relationships. When this happens, everything suffers including the demise of our society.

There are economic solutions. The most lucrative is to earn profits instead of earning a wage. Brilliant businessmen such as Robert Kiyosaki, Warren Buffet and Donald Trump know the secret to earning unlimited income, obtaining that harmonious balance and how to break the shackles of corporate oppression. In fact Donald Trump has been quoted as saying if he had to do it all over again (build his wealth), he would do it through Social Commerce.

Social Commerce allows you to earn a substantial income as you grow your organization. It’s a passive income meaning you do a little work up front and enjoy royalty income from it for years to come. By working a social commerce business a few hours a week alongside your current job you can build replacement or retirement income in months NOT years. Working more hours means you build faster, but that’s the beauty of it, you work at your pace, on your time, not at the barking orders of a boss. You’re the boss, you call the shots. You are paid off your efforts. It’s a way of taking back your life. No longer will you be dependent on someone else. That feeling of uncertainty will be replaced with confidence and a life worth living.

As a social commerce leader in my company, I can show you how to take 10 hours a week and invest it in your financial future. Think of it for now as a safety net. In a couple of years, it is your ticket to freedom from the corporate world.

It’s time to change your thoughts so you can change your world and regain control. If you don’t your financial worries will more than likely continue to spiral out of control. Be proactive and not reactive. If you will, then you will experience abundance.

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You May Be Physically Fit, But Are You Financially Fit?

What does it mean to be 180 degree healthy or 360 degree healthy? When people talk about being physically fit, it applies to overall health and wellness, they usually refer to exercise and nutrition; maybe even relationships, career, and spirituality. What typically gets ignored is your financial health and being financially fit.

So really, what do health and finances have to do with each other? You’re either healthy in a 180 degree turn or you are making a full circle of health with a 360 degree turn.

When we take care of our bodies – when we eat right, we exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and make time for the things we love – you feel amazing, right? You feel less stressed, happy, fulfilled, your mind and body are truly “fed.”
Sounds so simple. The key to a happy life is to do the things we love, to stay fit, and to be mindful of what we put into our bodies.

But then if it’s so easy, what stands in our way?
The reality is the demands of life – work, money, kids, conflicts in our relationships, etc. –are all things that create stress and keep us from living a consistently well-balanced life. It’s easy to get off track when our time and responsibilities are stretched thin and we don’t think we have time (or don’t make time) to truly take care of ourselves.

This can be a slippery slope when it comes to our health and our finances if we aren’t careful.

Financially Fit 180 Degree Health and 360 Degree Health Explained.

Each year the American Psychological Association (APA) presents a study on stress in America. For years, Americans have attributed the leading cause of stress in their lives to money. What’s more, the survey found that Millennials and Gen Xers report the highest levels of stress compared with the Boomers and Matures.

Research also continues to link stress to more and more symptoms and diseases. Lastly, our population spends an exorbitant amount of money on medications and operations, but virtually nothing on prevention, education and holistic health.
So, if money is a leading cause of stress, stress is a leading cause of disease, we continue to throw money at trying to fix our health issues, and the cost of health care continues to skyrocket, is this not a vicious cycle that will only continue unless we decide to take control of our own health and financial well-being? We all need to be physically and financially fit.

I’d say so. If you want to take control of the financial stress and health concerns in your life, consider how you can start developing healthy habits that will help keep you both financially and physically fit. A full circle approach to a happier, healthier life.

First thing’s first — if money is causing stress in your life, you’ve first got to get your finances in order. Most money stresses comes from the fact that we feel as if there isn’t enough to go around.

First get a handle on your circumstance. Simply having a handle on what you have and where it’s going can help reduce anxiety over money. But first, take a good look at where you want to be, and then decide how your money can help get you there.

If you analyze your finances and decide that there just isn’t enough income to support yourself and your well-thought-out lifestyle, then you should look at ways to increase your income. One of the most lucrative business models on the planet is social commerce. It simply means you take your own natural talents you use every day and weave it into your daily life by sharing and recommending something you believe it. A key factor for true financial wealth through social commerce is finding the right company to partner with at the right timing of its life cycle. Look at several key criteria.

Harvard Business Review defines the criteria as the following:

They are:
1. The company must be at least 18 months old. 90% of all network marketing companies that fail do so in the first 18 months of operations. Lack of adequate financing and inexperienced senior management are two of the more common pitfalls of start up companies so be sure to find out what you can about the MLM’s funding and management.
2. The company must have a product that is both unique and highly consumable. Meaning it must be an exclusive product that can be purchased only from your distributors with repeated sales thereby guaranteeing customer loyalty versus a one-time sale and having to locate new customers.
3. It needs to be a “ground floor” opportunity. Harvard Business School suggests that in order for the opportunity to qualify as a ground floor type, the number of existing distributorships should be less than ½ of 1% in the country where this network company exists. In the U.S., this figure is equal to 1.5 million people. Harvard Business School also stated that if there were less than 500,000 people involved, you would be on the cutting edge of a great opportunity. If the company has less than 100,000 distributors, Harvard Business School considers it to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The Harvard Business Review study also stated that there are 4 distinct stages of growth in a social commerce network marketing company – Foundation, Concentration, Momentum, and Stability. The Momentum Phase is when the company experiences phenomenal growth. Both retail and distributorships explode in terms of expanding growth. It is during this period that the company virtually sweeps the nation. When a company’s sales reach about 50 million annually (4.2 million a month), they reach what is called “critical mass” (sales go vertical right off the graph). Also, approximately 2/3 of the company’s growth of new distributorships occurs during this period of time. Let’s assume you have an organization which is producing an override bonus check to you of $1,000 per month. When the company reaches critical mass, distributors almost automatically experience a ten-fold increase in their earnings. In other words, $1,000 per month becomes $10,000 per month. This is the reason for getting involved on the ground floor, so you will experience the benefits of explosive growth.

My company, Rodan + Fields was the center of the study and once the study was concluded Harvard Business Review deems becoming a part of Rodan + Fields now in its infrastructure mode is that once in a lifetime opportunity we all dream about. Trust me, I was not and I am not interested in rubbing cream on people’s faces. That is NOT what this is about. It’s a legitimate, lucrative business model that you can leverage for your own financial gain that will last multi-generations.

As a personal trainer I am interested in physical health. As a Rodan + Fields micro franchise owner, I have given myself the gift of financial health. Once you get your monetary problems under control, your stress levels will decline, giving you the freedom, time and money to live life on your terms. I will help you find the key to develop a plan that works for you.

Take control now and take advantage on the front end of a company that is positioned to dominate globally.
So again, the question is are you happy with a 180 degree turn? Or do you want to discover whole health that eventually makes the full circle of balance, health and happiness? When you’re ready, contact me. Together, we can accomplish a fit life all the way around. Click here to connect.

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What’s Holding You Back from Being Your Own Boss?

Do Any Apply to You?

We all have it. That nagging little voice inside our head that instills doubt, fear and compiles an excuse list longer than Santa’s naughty list of why we cannot do something. It’s our own worst enemy. It can lead to dismissing the idea that situations can change and that you have the power to change it. It’s the pathetic workings of that little voice that present reason after reason of why we can’t do something. And eventually we all regret making bad decisions based on those excuses, especially when those excuses kept us from chasing–and possibly achieving–our dreams.

So if you’ve always wanted to start a social commerce business, even just on the side while you keep your full-time job (which often times the best approach to take), see if any of the following are unnecessarily holding you back:

  1. “I’m too late.”

Just because you know someone who is in a social commerce business doesn’t mean you are too late to get in. So often I hear “I see it all over Facebook” or “my friend is in the business and she knows the same people as I do.” You know what my answer is? SO WHAT? There are over 7 billion people on the planet and you need a few to have a thriving business. Just remember Steve Jobs beat you to the graphical interface and mouse, but Xerox beat him. Dell wasn’t the first to cobble together his own computers. Zuckerberg wasn’t first in social media. The list goes on.

You’re only too late if you’re not willing to try. I have built my business not so much with my friends and family but with strangers with like minds. Since we live in a digital age where social media is at the forefront we can reach millions of people we could’ve never reached just 10 years ago. This opens the door to unlimited possibilities.

  1. “I’m too afraid.”

Think you’re special? You’re not. Every entrepreneur was scared, and is still scared. In fact I wake up excited and scared every day. My choice is to not feed my fears. That means you have a choice. You can let your fears hold you back, or you can use those fears to fuel you do whatever it takes to succeed.

Complacency is the enemy of achievement. Fortunately, the fear of not achieving your dreams can drive complacency away. You just have to decide you’re more afraid of not trying than of not succeeding.

  1. “I don’t know the right people.”

Between company websites and LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social media platforms you can reach almost anyone besides the Pope and maybe Mark Cuban. (I love and adore Mark Cuban so don’t think I haven’t tried).

In fact some people are surprisingly accessible; maybe that’s one of the secrets of their success.

Of course the people you reach out to may not respond. If they don’t, that’s probably your fault. Never forget that the more influential the person the more they’re besieged with requests. Have a good reason to connect, give before you expect to receive, and you might be surprised by who responds. Some of our most successful people in Rodan and Fields came from someone building up enough courage to just speak to someone about the business. Don’t assume…you know what that does.

  1. “I need to find funding first.”

Entrepreneurs are masters of the art and science of accomplishing more with less: less money, less people, less time, less everything. You can always find an excuse about not having the money or funding. Look at it this way, if you really want something you find a way to get it. I’ve seen some people get pretty creative when it comes to starting their own business. It’s because they really, really, I mean really wanted it. You must be willing to put some skin in the game and when I first started my business and didn’t have the money my mentor told me to “sell my bed.” She said if that was the only way to get in and do it now to sell your bed and sleep on the floor until you can get a new one. Sometimes opportunity comes with a time tag. The longer you put it off the longer it takes to obtain the freedom you desire. You can’t always control what you have, but you can control what you choose to do with what you do have.

  1. “I don’t have the time.”

You, like everyone, has the same amount of time. The only difference is what you do with your time. If you were trapped underground and only had 24 hours of an oxygen supply you wouldn’t check your Twitter feed or chat with friends or spend a little “me time” in front of the TV. You’d dig and dig and dig and pour all your energy into tunneling free.

Apply the same level of importance and urgency to what you want to accomplish and your schedule will instantly clear… because finding time is always a matter of how badly you want something.

  1. “I don’t have the right skills.”

No problem. Go get them. Apply yourself. Become engaged with resources a company offers. Read a book. Read ten books. Talk to friends. Get an accountability partner. Find someone who has done what you want to do and ask for the opportunity to learn.

Does that seem too hard? Like too big of a price to pay? Or simply not fair? Then accept you will never have the skills–and stop complaining. Skills and knowledge are earned, not given. Go earn them. No one is going to do it for you.

  1. “I can’t seem to come up with a great idea.”

Dreaming up something new is really, really hard. Thank goodness you don’t have to. Not all entrepreneurs have a new invention to bring to the marketplace. There are just as many trailblazers out there paving the way for their future with a company that already has a proven track record but needs you to evolve the brand. The solution to this problem is to open your mind. Forget the status quo and do something your future self will thank you for.

  1. “It just seems too risky.”

I would ask you to define risk? When I started my Rodan+Fields business I wasn’t asked to sell the farm if you will. I found a great company that offered low cost of entry with high profit potential. That was enough for me. I was profitable my first month and it has only grown substantially since then. So remember any risk you take today is a risk you can recover from especially if the risk is low. If you never try all you wind up with are regrets. When you’re old and grey and “done” you’ll look back on your life and think, “I wonder what might have happened if I had only…”

That might be the only risk you should never take.

  1. “I’m more of a big picture person.”

No you’re not. You’re just too lazy to do the grunt work. Or you think you’ve already paid your dues. Every successful entrepreneur rolls up his or her sleeves and outworks everyone else around. (That’s one of the reasons they’re so successful.) You don’t need some undefined innate quality to be great at execution. All you need is self-discipline. Being a “big picture” person is seeing the potential down the road, rolling up your sleeves and doing the work now to enjoy immense benefits later. That works for me. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey because reaching the summit is all about the journey to get there.

  1. “I really need to wait until everything’s perfect.”

“Everything” will never be perfect. Let me say that again. “Everything” will never be perfect.

At any given time you can always find an excuse to keep putting your dreams on hold. STOP IT! If you continue with that mindset years can roll by then one day you will wake up and regret not starting earlier. Make a plan, whittle it down to bite sized chunks. A little income producing activity a week adds up to a lot later. In fact you will be amazed.

  1. “It just seems too hard.”

Long journeys are hard.

Individual steps are easy.

You can’t accomplish any difficult goal overnight, but you can accomplish one step, however small, towards that goal. Think about the end of a journey and all that will be required along the way and you’ll never start.

Instead, just do one thing that will help get you there. Then build on it. That you can do.

  1. “It will be too embarrassing if I fail.”

Failing in public can be embarrassing. (You should have seen me when I first started speaking; talk about public failure. Ugh.)

If you fail, a few people will talk about you. But those are the same people who would never dare try something themselves. So don’t worry about them.

On the other hand, tons of people will respect you for taking a shot. They’ll recognize a kindred spirit. They’ll pick you up. They’ll encourage you. They know what it’s like to try and fail and try again. When I started my business, I didn’t receive the kind of support from who I thought were my real friends. But I was pleasantly surprised at the ones who came to the top and have supported and cheered me on every step of the way. Basically, I have been able to sift through and find the real ones I want to be around. I am not saying they all want to be in business with me or want my product, I am saying they are supportive. For that I am forever grateful. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Those who have vision. Those who embrace change. Those who see the glass as half full.

Why? They’re people living their lives on their terms.

They’re entrepreneurs.

Be one.

 

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