Your Go-To Winter Shake Recipes

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By Content & Social Media Specialist Michaela Mitchell

Winter is here and I am officially dreading the below freezing temperatures outside! All I want to do in the winter months is snuggle up with a warm blanket and a tasty shake that tames my sweet tooth. And keep in mind that core nutrition is more important now than ever as we continue to get deeper into cold season.

Here are my top 5 shake recipes to make your winter a little bit better:

Snowy Morning Cinnamon Roll Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now®

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup ice

 

Very Berry Energizing Shake

1 scoop Reliv 24K®

1 cup coconut water

¼ cup strawberries

¼ cup blueberries

 

Decadent Black Forest Shake

1 scoop Fit3™ Active

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup frozen cherries

1 pitted medjool date

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 cup spinach

 

Winter Cranberry Orange Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now®

½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt

¼ cup cranberries

½ banana

¼ cup orange juice

 

Almond Coconut Mocha Shake

1 scoop Fit3™ Active

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 pitted medjool date

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp instant coffee

½ cup ice

Whether you’re craving something sweet and decadent or crisp and refreshing, Reliv’s got you covered! Try one or try them all and let us know what you think. Better yet, show off your inner social media superstar by posting a photo of one of these shakes to your Facebook profile and tag us @Reliv International! We can’t wait to see your shake masterpieces!

How Do I Plan On Earning Hawaii?

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By Senior Director Dawn VanAmberg

How will I earn the Aloha Hawaii Promotion? For starters, I am asking everyone I meet if they would like to go to Hawaii together, which of course leads to questions that I am happy to answer regarding this amazing promotion. I have some simple guidelines I share on how they can earn the trip too:

Set Your Goals: Ask yourself how many points you want to earn. Are you going for the 60pts minimum or the extra nights and cash? My goal is to be in the top 5 with lots of new and excited Distributors in my organization who want to travel the world together. By building my business with passion and excitement for Hawaii, others will want to follow.

Talk To Everyone: I’ve been talking up a storm with everyone including my hot, warm and cold markets, active and inactive Distributors and customers. I am filling up my pipeline with new Quick Starts, customers and future prospects. With consistent follow up of stories, some are becoming Master Affiliates, and if I help, four frontline Distributors earn the trip I will earn it too, which is a win-win for us all.

Stay Focused: This promotion is so exciting because it isn’t just about me and personal volume; it’s about doing what we’ve been taught to do—focus on helping people get what they want and you’ll get what you want. So I am focusing on the islands of Hawaii with 100 points and lots of fun people all around!

Motivation: I keep the Hawaii promotion in front of me all the time by displaying the tracking sheets, aloha signs and lei’s hanging in my office, on the refrigerator and bathroom mirror. My motivation is to take whoever wants to go with me and watch their lives change with a Reliv Trip.

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Inspiration: Hawaii is on my bucket list to return to with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. There’s nothing better than celebrating on the sandy beaches of the most beautiful place on earth than with all your friends in Reliv. Follow your dreams and help others do the same. Let’s go to Hawaii together!

Simple Changes To Make This Your Year

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By Director of Marketing Erin Koch & Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

This is the year to better your health, boost your business and find the new you! We have collaborated to make a list of simple changes you can make in 2019 to make this your year!

Trainer Tina’s Health & Fitness Tips

  • Pack your lunch instead of eating out. This will not only be better for your diet, but also for your wallet!
  • Make a delicious dessert-inspired Reliv shake instead of sugary alternatives. There’s no better way to end a meal than with the best core nutrition available.
  • Walk while you talk. Get moving during your meetings and phone calls to minimize your inactivity.
  • Squeeze in a 30-minute workout during your lunch break. This solves your problem of not wanting to wake up earlier or being too tired after work. Lucky for you, the Fit3 workouts are all accessible on the Reliv Mobile App!
  • Carry a water bottle everywhere you go. Ideally, you should be consuming at least nine glasses of water a day, but this can also depend on your weight and activity level.
  • Meditate for five minutes. Whether it be in the morning or during the workday, or even at night, taking the time to reflect on your day and just being present makes a big difference to your overall mood.
  • Set a kitchen curfew. Don’t eat after a specified time you have set for yourself. For example, I try not to eat past 8 p.m.
  • Tweak a favorite recipe by replacing or reducing added sugar and unhealthy fats, even if that simply means drinking your coffee black or using dates to sweeten your favorite treats.
  • Track everything you eat for just one day. Keep a notebook and you’ll be surprised by the amount of “just one bite” or samples sneak into your day.
  • Use a smaller plate at meal times. This classic trick will help you train your brain to be better at controlling portion sizes.

Marketing Expert Erin’s Business Branding Tips

  • Be the brand. You represent your business, so wear or carry gear with a Reliv or Fit3 logo on you when you’re on the go. You will be amazed at the prospects you get who will ask you “What’s Reliv?” or “What’s Fit3?”
  • Define who you are. Write down 3-5 topics that you are passionate about and use that to write your online bio and one-minute story. Your story could be about the Reliv products, the Reliv business or both. But it has to be authentic to you and your brand. If you don’t know who you are, your prospects won’t either. And remember that people only buy from those they know, like and trust.
  • Get the Reliv Mobile app. If you’re in business in today’s world, you need technology that goes with you. This is the EASIEST and FASTEST way for you to share videos and websites with prospects, place orders and signup someone on the go. Plus, who wouldn’t love to get instant notifications with every new order, new customer or new Distributor?! We have seen our Distributors who use this app take their business to new heights! Plus, they are the FIRST ones to hear about a new sale, promotion and exclusive videos.
  • Use professionally designed marketing materials. As a Reliv Distributor you have the benefit of having an entire marketing team who has done all of the hard work for you! Using beautifully designed presentations, brochures, event signage and more makes you look like a pro, plus it gives you more time to build your business! We want people to look at you and know right away that you’re a Reliv Distributor. Get logos, beautiful product photos, incredible before and after weight loss photos and so much more at flickr.com/reliv. Just click the “Albums” tab and click the down arrow to download the images. Then you simply email the images to your local print shop. You can also click the right arrow to share images online with your prospects – so easy!
  • Host a Shake Bar. Invite your friends and their friends over for a fun shake bar and watch your product sales grow! We have delicious recipes on Flickr that you can send to your local print shop, so you look like an expert! This is such a fun way to introduce someone new to our products… and they will always remember how delicious it tasted. Just be sure to have plenty of product on hand for purchase.
  • Start a Fit3 workout group. Pick one or two days a week to get together and do one of our Fit3 workouts. Invite new people each week, encourage your team to do the same, and watch your team and business grow! Public places like a park or community center are even better and you should have a sign that welcomes new people.
  • Host a Girlfriends’ Getaway. This does NOT have to be complicated. The point is to get your girlfriends and their friends together to have fun and to show them how they can get healthier and live happier! Serve shakes, have a dance party, host a clothing swap day, meet for a walk in the park…there are so many ways to get together and have fun. We were amazed at the turnout at our Girlfriends’ Getaway last summer and plan to do more in 2019. But why wait for us when you can host your own! If you need tips, check out our Reliv Facebook Page and click the “Videos” tab. You’ll see our Shake Chat on Shake parties, which has tips to get you started!
  • Go to Reliv Live. Pick a city, but make sure you get there! Why? Because you are investing in YOURSELF. Going to Reliv Live is telling yourself that you’re worth investing in – and you are! You’re going to leave with inspiration, a notebook full of new ideas and motivation that will give your business a push forward in 2019. Plus, let’s not forget that there is nothing more fun than a Reliv event with all your friends! Invite at least two new people to go with you and let them catch the spark of inspiration they need too! Check out the fun cities and start planning your getaway now at reliv.com/events.
  • Tell someone new about Reliv today! All the other tips listed will help you do this. That is the first step in truly building your business.

We hope these tips will help you make 2019 the best year ever! Try one at a time and you’ll reach your personal wellness and business goals in no time.

How To Boost Your Mood In The Winter Months

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, you may find your workout motivation waning, too. It’s not just your imagination—there really are biological and physiological reasons our moods tend to change with the season!

Seasonal Mood Shifts

Seasonal mood shifts often include the following:

  • Having less energy
  • Being less social
  • Craving carbs
  • Losing interest in your favorite activities
  • Changes in your quality of sleep—you might be having trouble sleeping or wanting to sleep more than usual!

The primary culprit of these symptoms is the lack of daylight hours in colder months and how it affects hormone production, temperature regulation, metabolism and mood.

Beat the Winter Blues

Darker days combined with the demands of new goals in the new year may lead to some serious internal conflict when it comes to making good Fit3 choices. The best solution is to take advantage of as much natural sunlight as you can and follow the the Fit3 program. Fit3 workouts and good nutrition are great strategies for beating the winter blues.

While you probably feel like curling up with a blanket and a warm pan of brownies, simple carbs and sugars can spike your blood sugar levels and then send them crashing down. Your mood will fluctuate with this sugar roller coaster, as well. To avoid this spiral, stick to your Fit3 nutrition plan. The vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in your Reliv products are also essential to keeping your seasonal mood swings from getting the best of you. This is not the time of year to be skipping a shake!

Exercise promotes the production of endorphins, and endorphins make you happy! When you really don’t feel like fitting in a workout, you need to ditch your excuses and just get moving. You may have to play some mental games with yourself, but that winter workout is worth it!

No matter what you do during this changing season, take care of yourself and listen to what your body needs. Drink your Reliv shake every day and keep moving to beat that seasonal mood shift!

How To Meal Plan

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By Registered Dietician & Key Director Dawn Tucci

What happened to the days of enjoying a meal? Oh that’s right, life got busy. It seems like mealtime has become a time of stress and guilt with little enjoyment. Wouldn’t it be great if meals could be stress-free and enjoyable again, even in the midst of our busy lives? I think they can. There may be some changes that need to be made, but I think it’s doable! Just like everything else that we do, eating well requires some effort and a plan. Planning ahead for your week’s meals can take the stress off meal time and also be a time saver.

Here are some meal planning tips:

  • Planning for one week allows us to think ahead to what we are going to eat, which means we don’t need to think about it anymore.
  • Shop once and purchase everything you will need to have on hand when it is time to prepare the food.
  • Chop vegetables for the week all at once. For example, I chop all my peppers, onions, carrots, and others on Sunday to save time!
  • Use foods again throughout the week. For example, you can prepare enough chicken for 3 meals and use it in different ways or freeze it for another time.
  • Crockpots can be used to cook all or part of the meal while you are busy doing life!
  • Using a wok to stir fry allows you to cook meat, vegetables and noodles fast and in the same pot, which saves time during cleanup.
  • Purchase part of the meal, such as a rotisserie chicken or pre-washed salad, and cook something quick like quinoa or rice to accompany it.

Is eating healthy a challenge because you can’t think of what to make and when to make it?

Here is an example of my weekly plan:

Monday

Brown a beef roast in oil (just a minute or so on each side) and place in crockpot. Top with potatoes peeled and halved, carrots and onion. Add about 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper. Cook on low all day and when you get home, dinner is ready!

Tuesday

Use leftover beef from Monday in a fajita or you can sauté chicken or shrimp. Also, sauté sliced onion and peppers. Serve with lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, sour cream and corn or flour tortillas. You could also use lettuce as a wrap. I love these because everyone can put what they want on their fajita. You can also prepare black beans or pinto beans. I love making these and freezing them in small containers. They are a good protein and fiber source and go with everything!

Wednesday

Sauté shrimp in olive oil with salt and pepper. You can serve with rice and vegetables or over a salad. I buy the frozen shrimp that are raised wild and have been deveined.

Thursday

Get that crockpot back out. Brown each side of a pork butt or pork loin. Salt and pepper and place in crockpot. Add cumin and garlic. Add onion and water. When you get home take out those black beans that you made earlier this week. Sauté chopped onion and garlic in olive oil and add the beans to reheat. Cook rice. Buy salad that has been pre-washed and dress with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic powder. You could omit the pork if you want to have a vegetarian meal and add some extra veggies instead.

Friday

Serve leftover pork with barbecue sauce on buns. Add a side dish of coleslaw and good, healthy, crusty bread. You can add a salad if time permits to have more vegetables. This is also great with cooked apples. This is so easy! Just peel and chop apples and cook in a small amount of water until tender and mushy.

Saturday

Coat chicken pieces in flour and cook in butter and olive oil until done. Add lemon juice and chicken broth and let thicken. Serve with mashed potatoes or baked sweet potatoes and a vegetable. My family loves this with broccoli or green beans.

Sunday

Place a ham in the oven and bake according to package instructions. This is going to smell delicious! We like to splurge on this meal and serve ham with macaroni and cheese or a corn casserole. The cooked apples mentioned above also go well,  so you may want to make enough on Friday to have leftovers. Asparagus is a great addition to this meal. There will be leftover ham to start your week!

Here are some other healthy side ideas:

  • Sauté spinach in olive oil until wilted.
  • Quarter Brussels sprouts and sauté in olive oil, salt and pepper. Add a small amount of balsamic vinegar.
  • Chop bottom third off asparagus, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Part of the satisfaction in a meal is taking time to enjoy it with others. Slow down as much as you can to take time to feed your body well. It will thank you by allowing you to work and play with good health, energy and better sleep. No stress, just good food! A little planning will save you time and money and your meal will be healthy!

 

 

Three Solutions to Bummer Resolutions

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By Copywriter Dena Molen

Most New Year’s resolutions don’t make it to Super Bowl Sunday. Why is that? Answering this question and breaking down the challenges associated with keeping New Year’s resolutions can actually serve as a strategy for sticking to your goals, no matter what time of year you implement them.

  1. Problem: New Year’s resolutions are usually more subjective than objective. For example, “I’m going to get fit and eat healthier,” is not specific enough. Broad goals like this are tough to measure.

Fact: Goals that are measurable and specific are much more attainable.

ReSolution: Instead of looking to an entire year to achieve your goals, break it down into weeks. Then, make your “goal statement” measurable: “Beginning (insert date) until (insert date), I will go to the gym twice a week,” or “For the next three weeks, I will get my daily steps in using my fitness tracker.”

  1. Problem: New Year’s resolutions tend to be more of a “wish” than an “action.”

Fact: People who clearly describe their goals in the written form and create vision boards (pictures, images or drawings) are 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to reach their goals. The physical act of writing down your goals helps with long term memory and creates a lasting imprint along your cognitive network.

ReSolution: Use the S.M.A.R.T. goal-writing system and paste magazine clippings, images, photos, or drawings next to each goal. These tactile strategies work wonders on the brain and goal success.

  1. Problem: January resolution timing is just plain awful. Really, right after the holidays and in the dead of winter? We’re exhausted mentally, physically, and financially! And we’re still recovering from the fun of New Year’s Eve. Let’s face it: It’s not the most conducive time to make that “mindset shift” which is at the core of every personal commitment.

Fact: February is a better time to join a gym than January!

ReSolution: Start small and don’t start January 1st. Give yourself time to recover from the stress of the holidays. Then, once you’ve mapped out your goals, think about when you can realistically make an internal shift to better focus on those incremental, daily changes. Once you see small victories, you’ll be much more likely to conquer the big ones!

How are you going to reconstruct your New Year’s resolutions to make them work this year? Comment below!

How Commitment Leads To Success

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By CEO Ryan Montgomery

Resolution season is here and we can all recall famous quotes on how commitment is the key to achieving any of your goals in the New Year. Sometimes they can be cliche, but we all know these declarations are true.

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” Abraham Lincoln

“Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but because of lack of commitment.” Vince Lombardi

To me, commitment simply means doing what you said you were going to do; yet, commitment is the hardest thing for everyone. Saying you’re going to do something is quite different than actually doing it. The “doing it” is the hard part. Life is busier than ever trying to constantly multitask, so focusing on what’s important is a challenge, but essential. What we focus on will grow. As the saying goes, “People are often a mile wide and an inch thick,” which means we over-commit or don’t have our true priorities clear and allow things to get in the way. It’s easy to start something and it has become increasingly easy to quit. Signing up for something is as easy as saying “I’m IN.” Quitting is as easy as saying “I’m OUT.” Some people start and essentially quit in the same day because they never take the first step. As my mother used to say, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.”

We all witness the challenge of commitment every year with the most popular “get fit” resolutions. The prevailing belief is that getting fit will lead to better health—no argument there. Motivation and the desire to be fit helps us get started, but commitment is what drives behavior after our belief, motivation and mood fades. This is usually where the breakdown occurs. We’ve all heard stories of purchasing an annual gym membership with only one visit on January 2nd.

Commitment leads to action which leads to results, whether it be in your business or getting fit. Anything worth achieving comes with actions you might not always want to do…such as going to the gym after work or following up with customers and Distributors. We all agree that consistency with certain actions is necessary to getting fit or building retention and growth in this business. Everybody wants success, but only a few are willing to do the daily actions that are necessary to succeed. Commitment is about choices—to do or to procrastinate. If a goal is truly worth achieving, we must choose to commit to actions that bring us closer to it.

It’s January 2019. I encourage you to make a 7-month commitment to qualify for Hawaii. Create a plan of action for each month from now until July. Familiarize yourself with the Hawaii Promotion point system if you haven’t already, and plan your path with specific goals to earn points for sponsoring and rank advancement. You can even break it down into “points per month.” If you’re just now getting started, 60 points wins your way which is at least 9 points per month for the next 7 months.

I may sound like I have all the answers for this subject, but truth is, I don’t. I’m not sure anyone can truly claim to be 100% committed to multiple goals all the time. Honestly, I’m writing this article for myself just as much as I’m writing it for you. My resolution for 2019 is to commit to daily action to modernize Reliv and make our business better every day. Together, let’s commit to prosperity and growth in 2019! There’s no better time than right now!

 

Start The New Year Off Right

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By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

It’s a new year and that means getting focused on what you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Where do you want your business to be by the end of 2019, and what are you going to do to get there? Here are a few things that I did to help me build a worldwide distribution network that paid me millions of dollars. It just might help you too!

For starters, let’s be clear on who we are. We are a wellness company that focuses on three things: We help people better their health with our powerful nutritional products, we excel in helping people become successful entrepreneurs, and together we nourish the hungry children of the world through the Reliv Kalogris Foundation. That’s the lineup that I fell in love with more than 30 years ago, and the fact is I’m more excited about our mission today than ever before. Those are our three pillars, and they are rooted in our sincere belief that we can make an impact on the world by raising up a community of positive people who work together and who all share this important vision.

I think it’s also important to understand the way we do these things. Simply put, we do our business by finding out what other people want and then working hard to help them get it. They might be looking for better health, more income, a chance to travel, friendships, a way to give back or just have fun. Whatever it is, I am confident that our heartfelt and hardworking community can help them find a healthier and happier life. After all, that’s what we do.

So set your goals for 2019 and decide where you want to be by the end of the year. Can you see yourself as a new Presidential Director sitting on the beaches of Hawaii surrounded by your family and Reliv friends? Now that’s a pretty picture, but to get there you need to take action every day.  That means you need to stay plugged in to the company, learn from your up-line, and support your local systems.

Pretty simple isn’t it? Make your goals, know how to share Reliv from your heart, and consistently talk to people every day. Do these things and I’ll see you in Hawaii, and you better believe we’re going to celebrate. Aloha!

 

 

Your Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide! 🎁

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By Content & Social Media Specialist Michaela Mitchell

It may be too late to ship your Christmas presents on time, but we’ve got you covered! There are so many digital gifts available on reliv.com that make great instant gifts without the worry of a last-minute stop at the post office.

Here are our top digital gifts for the season:

  • Fit3™ Nutrition Guide: Give the gift of confidence and self-love with this all-inclusive guide, which includes recipes and meal planning tips to help you form healthier habits you can maintain for life!
  • New Holiday Recipes: Speaking of recipes, check out these new holiday Reliv® shake recipes that you can send via email or print out for your next Shake Party. And don’t miss this Facebook Live with Trainer Tina’s top holiday treats that’s perfect to share on social media.
  • Fit3 Workouts: Give the gift of energy with our free Fit3 workout videos with Trainer Tina. Do you know how much a session with a Certified Personal Trainer costs? Your friends will be so impressed when you send these their way. Even better, you can send them directly via the Reliv Mobile App!
  • Lifestyle: Give the gift of motivation with heart-warming and inspiring health and business stories in the Winter 2018 edition of Lifestyle. Plus, you’ll learn how to effectively use social media, adopt the latest success training tools, and how entrepreneurs and Fit3 challenge winners achieved their goals.
  • The Reliv Podcast: Add entertainment to those holiday travels with the Reliv Podcast! Our family-friendly podcast is inspirational and informative, perfect for the busy business builder on the go.
  • Social Media Training Playlist: Give the gift of free, quick webinars on various social media training topics. These weekly Michaela Monday videos are now available in one simple playlist on Facebook.

Christmas time is here, but there is no need to stress. Give any of these digital gifts this season and you’ll spread cheer that will last all year!

 

How To Set Goals For 2019

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By Content & Social Media Specialist Michaela Mitchell

Goal setting is a common theme for this time of year. As one year ends, another begins with the promise of a fresh start and clean slate. There is no better time than now to reflect on what worked this year, what didn’t, and what your biggest opportunities for growth are in your business. Before we go any further, I want you to grab a piece of paper and a pen. This is a quick activity to help you refocus and set your goals for 2019.

Let’s begin.

Fold your paper into three columns and write the following headings over each column:

What did I do well in 2018?
What am I proud of?

What could I have done better?

What will I change for 2019?
S.M.A.R.T. Goals

First, determine if you want to focus on your business, fitness, personal, or other goals in this moment. I encourage you to try this for different aspects of your life as time goes on. Take five minutes and think about these questions. You can always come back to them if you have a lightbulb moment in the shower or right before you fall asleep. That always happens to me!

Write down what you think you did really well this year. For example, did you earn a higher level? Did you grow your organization? Did you increase your check? Did you get more customers or a new MA? Did you attend Reliv events? Did you take your business in a new direction?

Then, write down what you could have done better. Could you have reached out to a few more people each week? Could you have attended Reliv Live? Could you have built up your social media presence? Could you have followed up more with prospects and customers? Did you take advantage of all of Reliv Corporate’s resources? Whatever it is, there is no judgment—only personal growth opportunities!

The third column is my favorite. It’s time to focus on the new you that you will build up over the next year. Write down a few things that come to mind immediately when you see the question. What will you change for 2019? Set S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself.

S.M.A.R.T. goals consist of the following:

Specific: State exactly what you want to do with specific action words. For example, “Earn the Hawaii Trip.”

Measurable: Provide a way to evaluate your goal status. For example, “Use the Aloha Hawaii point tracking sheet.”

Achievable: Make your goal possible and realistic! For example, “Get two Master Affiliates every month” NOT “Earn 100 points this month.”

Relevant: Does it make sense to your business or personal life? For example, “The Aloha Hawaii Promotion will build my business.”

Time-Bound: Give yourself a deadline. For example, “I have until July 2019 to earn all my points for Hawaii, but I want to be done by June!”

S.M.A.R.T. goals are the best way to set goals for yourself. Always write them down and look at them once a week or so. You want to be continuously working toward your goals to make your year the best one yet! Do this activity as many times as you want and share it with someone else you think will benefit from it. This can be used for your fitness goals, business goals, social media goals and more. In fact, I encourage you to set goals for each of these! What will you do to make 2019 the best year yet?