How to Make December a Great Month for Your Reliv Business

By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

Many people will do more business in December than any other month this year. But how can that be? There is so much going on this month. Christmas parties, holiday gatherings, office lunches, family dinners, shopping…when is there time for your Reliv business?

That’s just it – all of these meetings and activities can lead to more business. You can even host your own shake party! We see more people in December than any other month of the year. All we need to do is add this phrase to every conversation: “How are you?” Every time you ask that question, you will be asked the same question in return. And when we answer something like this: “I’m feeling better than I have in years” or “I’m feeling fantastic now,” it will lead to more questions. People will want to know why and you’ll have an opportunity to get the Reliv conversation started.

You may be at a party or special function and you may want to set up a presentation for later. That’s always fine, especially this year. Why?

Because if you missed this year’s trip to paradise, there is no better time than December to fill your pipeline with customers and prospects that will help you earn the trip to Hawaii in 2020. Don’t let anything stop you this time. Get off to a fast start by talking to lots of people during the holidays. And please don’t hose them down, but simply share from your heart about our great company, our amazing products, and our fun and simple opportunity. If you do that, you’ll be saying Aloha soon enough.

Keep Moving to Fight Memory Loss

There are many ways to help prevent cognitive decline and keep your gray matter in top shape.

Movers and Shakers

Research has shown a combination of activities and lifestyle choices may keep the brain healthy. Here are some ways to keep your mind agile and your memory resilient:

1. Participate in recreational activities like chess, book clubs and discussion groups that encourage conversation and interaction

2. Implement activities that require planning and forethought like gardening and scrapbooking

3. Challenge yourself to complete common activities in reverse order or with the opposite hand (i.e. brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc.)

4. Keep low-impact aerobic activities like dancing, cycling and swimming as part of your routine

Don’t Forget to Remember

Recent studies have shown a strong correlation between vascular health and the influence of an active lifestyle. There are also activities that have been proven to increase memory retention. Give these a try and see if you experience improved memory capacity:

1. Stay mentally active by working puzzles, learning to play a musical instrument or taking alternate routes when driving

2. Socialize regularly with loved ones and friends or by volunteering with people of various ages

3. Keep your appointments, tasks and other events organized in a single place or notebook

4. Focus on one task at a time and give it your full attention

5. Eat a healthy diet and include supplements like ReversAge® to promote youthfulness

6. Make regular checkups at your doctor a part of your routine, particularly if you are managing chronic conditions

You’re only as old as you feel, so treat your body well and remember to laugh and play. Surround yourself with young friends (especially the young at heart) and don’t be afraid to act like a kid. When you reconnect with your younger self, you’ll think and feel your best!

Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Reliv. Order now.

Reliv Celebrates National Inspirational Role Models Month

Every successful person has found inspiration in the stories of others. Whether we read and learn about, or witness firsthand the success of another, it can help us find our own path to greatness. In celebration of National Role Models Month in November, three members of Reliv’s leadership team share the ways their success has been influenced by others.

Reliv Chief Executive Officer Ryan A. Montgomery

I’m inspired by motivated people, in all walks of life. Motivation may come from one’s need or passion for doing something well. I’ve had many role models in my life (parents, coaches, pastors, co-workers, Reliv Ambassadors) that were motivated to make a difference and succeed, and I continue to observe and learn from successful people as they roll up their sleeves, get stuff done today, take ownership and make no excuses. A majority of my growth over the years has come from watching motivated people do their craft well.

 

President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock 

When I was a college student, I had the opportunity to work at both Disneyland and Disneyworld, two of my favorite places. I grew up loving the magic of Disney, and Walt Disney has always been one of my favorite people. He was a visionary, and a man of action. So it should be of no surprise that one of my favorite quotes comes from Disney when he said, “the way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

You see, action is what defines us, and if we truly want to have a better life, put a dent in the universe, and be all that we can be, we need to quit talking and start doing. Thomas Jefferson put it this way: “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act. Action will delineate and define you.”

So if you want to be successful in your business, infuse it with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future and your own hope.

 

Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

I am so fortunate to have been personally influenced by so many strong women who have blazed the trail for me to be successful. The older I get the more I see the values of my mom and grandma come to light and I appreciate their wisdom. And of course there are the pioneering women from history who we know so well like Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart, but I have always been drawn to women who have been groundbreaking in sports.  Wilma Rudolph, Billie Jean King, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Danica Patrick, and Venus Williams are all standouts. But, the one woman whose influence extends beyond the boundaries of the basketball court is the legendary coach from Tennessee, Pat Summit. She was the winningest NCAA Division 1 coach – male or female—with 1098 victories in 38 seasons. Her philosophy was not about winning, but about leading, about setting expectations and challenging her players to achieve their potential. In her own words, “We keep score if life because it matters. Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities because they fear failure. They don’t understand commitment.” That is leadership.

Now it’s your turn! Who has influenced your personal journey? Tell us who has inspired you and what you’ve learned from them in the comments below.

The Benefits of Nutrient-Dense Foods

By Reliv Key Director Dawn Tucci

Do you ever find yourself at the end of the day and nothing nutritious has passed your lips? If you’re snacking on food without much nutritional value, you’re probably still hungry. The solution? Nutrient-dense foods!

Let’s start by defining terms. What do we mean by “nutrient dense?” Nutrient-dense foods have a high nutrient content in proportion to the calories they contain. Therefore, including these foods in your diet can increase the nutrition you get per calorie. For example, foods like kale, blueberries, and quinoa offer a lot of nutrition without many calories.

The Nutritional Balance

If you only ate foods that were nutrient-dense, you’d have to say goodbye to most of your favorite snacks and “sometimes foods.” By making sure that a few bites of each meal and snack contain some of these nutrition powerhouses, you can get away with occasionally eating things that are not so healthy. When you pack your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, and legumes, you can have a treat every now and then while still staying on track.

Added Benefits

In addition to vitamins and minerals, there are other benefits to eating nutrient-dense foods. Many of these foods are also high in fiber, which is a type of complex-carbohydrate that takes your body longer to digest than foods comprised of simple sugars. This means that you will also feel fuller, longer when you eat them. Of course, if you’re looking to increase your fiber intake, Reliv’s FibRestore® is a Targeted Solution that offers 10 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber per serving. By adding FibRestore to your daily Core Nutrition shake, you can ensure that you’re getting all the benefits of fiber, including digestive health, weight loss, blood sugar control, and lower cholesterol!

Snacking for the Win

Another way to keep you feeling full is to snack between meals. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that you can eat whatever you want and expect to stay healthy. Snacks should be high in nutrition and loaded with protein. Ideally, you want a combination of lean protein and healthy fat for staying power. Aim for about 150 calories of nutrient-rich foods and your snack will be satisfying and give you the “pick me up” you are looking for!

Recipe Time

Here is a great snack from Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN:

Easy Yogurt Bowl
Add berries or a tablespoon of chia seeds to plain Greek yogurt to provide a filling combination of protein and fiber. In the fall, 1⁄2 cup of pumpkin puree and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice make great stand-ins for berries and still provide 3 grams of fiber per 1⁄2 cup. You can also add locally-produced honey to sweeten the deal!

Examples of Nutrient-Dense Foods

  • Legumes and nuts – excellent sources of lean protein
  • Quinoa and sweet potatoes – healthful alternative to and more nutritious than white bread and rice
  • Salmon – also contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the body, especially the heart
  • Kale and other greens – also high in antioxidants
  • Berries – rich in anthocyanin which may have metabolic benefits
  • Others include garlic, sardines, eggs, dark chocolate, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, seeds, tomatoes, and soybeans.

If you want lots of nutrients without calories, focus on foods like the ones above mixed into your diet. A more nutritious diet benefits your health, and you will also feel better and have more energy!

Learning to Dream Again with Reliv

By Reliv Key Director Macaria Perez

I used to be a house cleaner, which was very tough work, especially as a single mother raising three children. While this job allowed me to provide for my family’s basic needs, I was looking for something more out of life. After years of scrubbing and doing physically demanding work, my body was tired and I had aches and pains, along with some other health issues. When my doctor saw my family’s health history, he said that my issues were to be expected. 

My Introduction to Reliv

I was feeling frustrated with my job and health, until one day, someone introduced me to Reliv. I decided to give it a try, and the very first day I felt such optimism. The overall health benefits of these products have been great for me. Eventually, I met Rita Montenegro, a Reliv Silver Ambassador, who was in my upline. She offered me guidance and encouragement, and I am very grateful to her!

Making Progress

After several months of drinking Reliv shakes, my doctor congratulated me because all my markers were back to normal! I knew that losing weight would help many of the things that were causing me trouble as well, and so I started with the Fit3 program and lost about 40 pounds* with the Fit3 program and experienced a new level of health!

People noticed the change in me and wanted to know what I was doing. This made it very easy for me to tell others about Reliv. I feel very grateful and haven’t stopped sharing the benefits of optimal nutrition with everyone I meet!

Serious Business

After my first three months with Reliv, I decided to qualify for the Master Affiliate level. I was committed to work along with my upline and share Reliv with as many people as possible. By sharing about Reliv, I met more and more new people and my business started to grow! It’s so wonderful to help other people with their challenges. By working on the promotions, I started to see extra rewards.

Learning to Dream Again

Before Reliv, I was so tired that I didn’t have time to dream or plan my future. I was like a robot, I forgot the hope and goals of the American dream, but last year I earned a trip to Puerto Vallarta! I am very happy because I brought my daughter with me, and even got a cash bonus!

As soon as the Hawaii trip was announced, I made the decision to get to work. With effort and dedication, I qualified for the trip along with the very first winners, way before the contest ended. I am very excited because I am traveling to Hawaii this week for the first time! My upline earned the trip as well, so we’ll be able to enjoy this experience together. Starting this month, I have a new Master Affiliate! 

At this point, you might be wondering how you can achieve this kind of success as well. What does it take to earn bonuses and trips with Reliv? Here is my advice:

  1. Learn to use the products consistently to improve your quality of life. I feel better than I have in years, and I can enjoy my life!
  2. Share the Reliv opportunity with others so they can experience the same benefits. 

So what are you waiting for? Make the commitment to your Reliv business, do the work and you’ll go far—maybe even around the world!

*Results vary based on starting point and effort. Results achieved with Reliv’s Fit3 fitness program. 

Reliv Champions Challenge Winners Announced – 3rd Quarter 2019

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Join us in congratulating the winners of the most recent Reliv Fit3 Champions Challenge! They worked hard at making positive lifestyle choices to complete all of the challenge criteria. With the support of Reliv’s optimal nutrition and the Fit3 Facebook community, each of the winners celebrated non-scale victories along with their measurable results to earn some fantastic prizes. Be sure to search #RelivChampionsChallenge to follow their journeys.

Grand Prize: $500 Cash

Mary Murray, North Carolina

“Since 2016, I have been on a weight loss and fitness journey. After my progress lagged in early 2019, I needed encouragement and accountability to achieve greater weight loss and resume exercise in earnest. With persistence and HARD work, I lost 13 lbs. in 15 weeks during this challenge.* What is so important is that I am not willing to give up!  

I don’t have a sense of dread about getting healthy because I’m DOING it! I have learned to get excited over great food choices instead of pining for unhealthy treats! The secret weapon is that Fit3 is a One-DayProgram! There is always a fresh start born every day!

I know that my nutritional foundation, Reliv products, are the best of the best! My net loss is 54 pounds, and I am not done yet! I’m a Reliv Champion because I’m committed to living well and embracing great health. 

I’ve got six grandchildren to keep up with and I want to be able to sit on the floor and play with them! That’s ultimately what motivates me. I’m a Reliv Champion because I’m committed to living well and embracing great health.  I’m not done yet, but I’m not giving up! Every day is a fresh start to learn and make better choices.”

To hear Mary’s reaction to winning the challenge and learn more about her journey, check out the latest episode of “The Reliv Podcast: Get Healthier, Live Happier.”

Once again the competition was fierce and the stories were so inspiring, we couldn’t pick just one winner, so we are doling out some additional product credits to these amazing challengers who have all followed Fit3 for years. Their persistence paid off!

Special Recognition: $250 Product Credit

April Reynolds, Utah

“A champion is someone who succeeds, who pushes past roadblocks to obtain their goal. I thought my goal was to be strong enough to do much of our landscaping myself and to have the vigor to enjoy going on mountain hikes. But I have found that those are just benchmarks along the road. The journey is what is really important and making healthy choices daily. The obstacles I have faced these past few months have caused me to push forward and be quite creative about it, but I have done it!”

Kathleen Morgan, Missouri 

“I finally lost my “freshman 15.” It’s taken about two years of working out consistently and this is the challenge where it finally came off. I worked really hard and consistently to exercise every day and eat healthier. I am a Reliv Champion because I still completed the challenge while being super busy with school and work, finding a workout schedule that fits with my life.”

Laurie Eaton, South Dakota

“What makes me a Reliv champion is staying the course, doing the exercises and staying connected to the Reliv Fit3 group that helps me stay accountable. Challenging myself and learning to have better eating habits has not been hard but fun and the rewards of watching my body transform have been amazing. I’m so excited to be able to do more and more…there was a time that my hip hurt so bad I couldn’t do much exercising. I stayed the course and I have surprised myself more and more of what I can do as I continue to strengthen my body. I feel strong and healthy at 67 and not old and hurting! Staying the course! That makes me a champion.”

The challenge criteria called for the participants to use Reliv products consistently throughout the challenge, commit to lifestyle changes promoted through the Fit3 program and complete weekly social media posts to encourage others and build a personal brand in the wellness space.  All participants who completed the above requirements AND lost 10 pounds (or experienced other measurable results) were considered for the grand prize and have been awarded a $100 Reliv product credit.

All Challenge Finishers: $100 Product Credit

  • Angela Malis
  • Angie Chinn
  • April Reynolds
  • Barry Williams
  • Brenda Guess
  • Brenda Lowder
  • Cathy Sudo
  • Chris “Christine” Ciccone
  • Dawn Tucci
  • Dodi McCune
  • Donna Markham
  • Dorothy Post
  • Esther Clegg
  • Linda Mosler
  • Louise Kohl
  • Luzia Hanna
  • Margie Stump
  • Mary Kathleen Morgan
  • Mike Greenwood
  • Naomi Lydick
  • Pam Thielen
  • Rebecca Moseley
  • Rene’ Kisrow
  • Renee Schwarck Nawaz
  • Ritchie Burns
  • Yvette Dickey

Make plans now to join the next Reliv Champions Challenge, which is set to kick off on January 1, 2020. Registration opens December 15, 2019.

*Results vary based on starting point and effort. Results achieved with Fit3 fitness program.

Take Advantage of the Party Season with the Shake Party Box

By Reliv Director of Marketing Erin Koch

The holiday season is here and that means Christmas parties, office happy hours and family dinners. In fact, this is the time of year where we see more family and friends than we’ve probably seen all year. This makes it the PERFECT time of year to host shake parties and work your business from home. And this year we’ve made it easier than ever to throw a fabulous shake party that will help you sign up new customers and Distributors and give them the gift of good health. While you’re busy signing up new people, you could also be earning points towards our incredible trip to Hawaii in 2020! Check out the qualifications here.

What’s Inside the Shake Party Box?

When you order the shake party box, you really are getting a party in a box. We tell you how to set up your party, include party supplies and fun swag, and even give you product training cards and yummy Reliv recipes to help you whip up a crave-worthy shake bar.  

What’s Included:

  • Shake Party Checklist
  • Product Training Cards with product talking points, conversation starters and delicious recipes
  • Decision Tool
  • Swag & Party Supplies. Use to promote, prospect and brand your business!
    • 10 Nametags
    • 10 Shake Bar Cups
    • 10 Printed Party Invites
    • 1 Sign-In Sheet
    • 1 Shake Bar Apron with Included Reliv Pin

Plus, be sure to check out our fun Reliv swag bags that you can hand out as party favors or door prizes. Need more party invites? You can also download an editable party invite here.

Have you ordered our Shake Party Box? Tell us what you think in the comments below and cheers to a festive and healthy holiday season!

The Power of Consistency

By Reliv Chief Executive Officer Ryan A. Montgomery

The first commonality among winners, whether it be in business, sports or just life, is the consistency of effort. Hawaii winners were “consistent.” Fit3 Champions are “consistent.”

On the September Ambassador call, Hawaii winners Diane Helmold and Cindy Lunz shared how they approached the trip promotion. First, they “decided” they were going to win the trip and make it an anniversary celebration with their spouses. Next, they committed to a few hours of productive activity each day to reach new people and earn points each month during the 9-month contest.

Getting fit and losing weight is not a sprint. Crash diets and short-lived 5 am workouts don’t work in the long term because they’re not sustainable for most people. Getting fit happens with consistent daily decisions. Fit3 requires intentional choices to eat smart, move more and take Reliv nutrition. That’s the daily commitment Fit3 Champions like Tami Martineau made—one day at a time. It’s about striving for progress every day, even if slight.

Jim Rohn says “success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.” Tom Pinnock talks about how successful people do 3-4 high payoff activities (ICSAR) consistently every day. Consistency is adhering to the same fundamentals that move you toward a worthwhile goal. Everything worth achieving will have resistance to overcome, but we chip away until we reach the goal. Without consistency, nothing ever gets finished.

Our Reliv business is made up of “independent” distributors. We often refer to the organization as a “volunteer army.” Distributors decide what to do, when to do it, and how much. Sometimes, “independence” can lead to “inconsistency” with the fundamentals of building a business. Treat your business like a business by developing a mindset that you work for yourself. Consistent and undeviating commitment to simple disciplines every day is the key. Leadership starts with first leading yourself to consistently do the things it takes to be productive. Only then will people follow and do what you say and do.

Keep your word to yourself! There will always be reasons to stop or quit, but successful people find ways to get through the excuses and challenges. Get up every day, go answer the bell inside you, and go tackle the challenges, go grow, go walk the walk and most importantly—go lead, and go do it and keep doing it. Leaders are reliable and steady, and that’s means being consistent with your attitude, work ethic and effort.

Determine your goals, then go be relentless with consistency and stick-to-itiveness!

Why Working Out with a Friend is Good for You

By Reliv Bronze Ambassador Joyce Holthaus

One of the things I love about having a fitness friend (or two) is accountability. I may not stick with my workouts on my own but when I know that someone else is counting on me, I am more likely to show up.

A Happy Distraction

I love a good distraction when I’m doing something challenging and when I’m working out in a class or with a friend I get distracted. Before you know it the workout is over and it didn’t feel like it went on forever and would never end.

As a fitness instructor who teaches a newer workout format (Pound), I’ve noticed that many times when people come to my class for the first time, they come with a friend. I think that’s because we are more apt to try something new if we have a friend to do it with us.

A Friendly Challenge

Exercising with a friend pushes me to do my workout to the best of my ability. I like the added challenge of trying to keep up with them and test my own limits.

My last reason for working out with others is because I like to laugh! I find that I laugh a lot more working out when I’m with others. We sing loud to the music playing, laugh at our mistakes (I’m uncoordinated and have balance challenges) and just have fun. Laughing definitely makes the workout less painful and go quicker!

Moving Forward Together

Whether I’m going for a walk, going to the gym or attending a class I love doing it with another person (or more). So go grab a friend (or a few) and get moving together! You’ll challenge each other, encourage each other and make the workout so much more fun!

Whether you’re working out with a friend or solo, check out free Fit3 Workouts online! You can do them on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own home. You can also use the Fit3 Daily Moves calendar, which is new each month, and invite your friend to become an accountability partner! This works great if your friend lives far away, or if you can’t get together in person.

Whatever you choose to do, incorporating a friend into your fitness routine is a win-win!

 

How to Set Up a Tidy Home Office for Success

By Mandy L. Manley, Professional Organizer and Owner of Skeleton Key Organizing

One of the best things about being an entrepreneur is that you have ultimate control over your workspace. Where and how you choose to work are up to you to decide. Want to spend some time making calls while you walk your dog? No problem! Need a change of scenery? Head to a library or park to help you focus. However, there are fewer spaces that are better set up for ultimate productivity than a tidy home office.

By following these simple steps, your home office can become a powerhouse hub for your business and the place where you do your best work.

Choose a Space
When picking the best location, follow the advice to “know thyself.” Some people work best with soft music playing, and others need silence to get things done. Be aware of what steals your focus and what brings you the best energy. Pick a spot in your home that is free of distractions, and has ample natural lighting. If you plan to do most of your work from home, let your family know that you’re “on the clock” when you’re in your office (but schedule family time as well).

Add Supplies Based on Tasks
Think about the tasks you will be accomplishing in your office. What supplies will you need? If you’ll be making phone calls, consider adding a phone stand and wireless earbuds so you can move around freely or type while on a call. Will you use a digital or analog calendar? How will you organize your files? Make sure you add a basic set of office supplies, including your business cards (pack an extra set into your daily carry bag so you have them handy wherever you go), pens and pencils, letter opener, stapler and sticky notes (which you’ll need in step four).

Aim for Efficiency
To make your workspace a truly efficient place, place the items you use most often within arm’s reach. Keep the things you use only occasionally further away. By reducing the number of items close to where you sit, your desktop will be easier to keep tidy and uncluttered.

Post Your Goals
Now it’s time for those sticky notes from step two! As you set goals for your year, quarter, month and week, write each one down on a sticky note. You might write the whole goal or just a word or phrase that reminds you of what you’re trying to achieve. Place these notes in a visible spot so you see them each day. Change them up or move them around at the start of each month so you don’t stop noticing them. For example, I like to keep the word “SHARE” on my desk to remind me to talk to new people every chance I get.

Tidy Up Each Day
Take five minutes at the end of each day to tidy up your desk and workspace. Put away any items that you used, and return them to their proper zone (from step three). It won’t take long to get your office tidy, and you’ll feel better tomorrow when you start the day with an orderly workspace. You can even schedule a time for a more thorough cleaning each week or month; just add them as a reminder to your calendar. Remember: it’s easier to maintain order than to create it from scratch!

By taking the time to think through the setup of your home office, you can create a space that fosters productivity and success.