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?

 

Why Willpower Is So Hard

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Do you have an easier time making smarter food choices during the day than in the evening? Whether it’s that open bag of chips the kids left on the kitchen counter or the butter pecan ice cream in the freezer, sometimes no amount of willpower can thwart the craving.

I am speaking from experience on this one, and to be honest, it is a daily struggle. I always thought it came down to self-discipline and that if I was strong enough, I should just be able to say no to the chips, ice cream and cereal. Turns out, there is very interesting research that explains why willpower sometimes isn’t enough to keep us from making those regrettable choices.

Stephan Guyenet, a Seattle-based neuroscientist and author, says it is possible to resist these easily-available temptations, but that doesn’t work forever.

“The problem with willpower is that it’s a limited resource. It’s effortful,” Guyenet says. “If you have to do it on a constant daily basis, which is what you have to do if you’ve lost weight and your hunger circuits and your food-seeking circuits are activated, you’re going to have to exert that willpower on a continual basis to restrain yourself from eating food.”

This can be so hard! Life gets crazy, and we all have so much to do in a day. If you’re trying to live a balanced life, then willpower becomes even more difficult to sustain. Think of your willpower as a gas tank. Your fuel runs low and close to empty by the end of the day. That’s why it is harder to make those smarter food choices in the evening! The good thing about Fit3 is that we have those flex calories for treats once in a while.

This biological explanation makes me feel better, but I know I have to be careful to not allow it to become an excuse. The best strategy for me is to keep the temptations out of the house. Not so easy when you have two very hungry boys and you don’t want to deprive them of treats. But seriously, they aren’t going to be scarred for life if there isn’t any ice cream in the freezer, right?

Let us know how you navigate the minefield of treats at the end of the day!

How To Face Your Fears As A Woman Entrepreneur: The Fear of Winning

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By Hall of Fame Member & Presidential Platinum Ambassador Joyce Ferguson

So there’s this new Reliv bonus and it’s a big one, in many ways bigger than any other promotion in Reliv’s 30-year history. Yes, people have won trips to Rome, Greece, and even Hawaii and other marvelous spots around the world. Yes, many Distributors have enjoyed Reliv’s generosity with bonuses over the years, but the big difference between this bonus and all those other ones is this: Nobody has a head start on volume, there is not a limited amount of Distributors that can qualify, and every single step of it builds your business. You could win it—even if you are just starting your Reliv business now.

Does that scare you?

If you have been hanging out in your Reliv business for a while, complacent with your paycheck, happy with the products but not really helping many new people, you can win a lot of cash and a trip to Hawaii just by going back to work over these next few months.

Does that scare you?

Maybe you’ve been distracted and sidetracked in your Reliv business, halfway convinced that you just can’t do it or that it really isn’t for you. You’ve needed some catalyst to refocus and motivate you. Now Reliv has given you just that—a BIG reason to get going and remember why you started in the first place!

Does that scare you?

Or maybe you’ve just started out with Reliv and don’t feel like you can participate in such a grand promotion. Let me tell you, you CAN do this. Reach out to new people and build your business. Hawaii will be there on the horizon.

Does it scare you to think you just might win this thing?

In business, we have two very real fears—the fear of failing and the fear of succeeding. We rehearse failure fears in our minds so often that we become very familiar with them. We might try and fail; we might insult a friend by offering the world’s best nutrition to improve their health. We might embarrass ourselves by sharing a fantastic, proven business model with someone we love who desperately needs a break. We know those fears very well.

But what about the fear of succeeding…the fear of winning?

Sometimes those fears really are the ones that hold us back. We fear that life will change and we will have to change if we succeed. We fear that there might be more within us than we thought or that if we really put our minds to it and try we could have so much more money, security and laughter in our lives. We fear that there could be great rewards and some amazing things might happen if we just go back to basics and let ourselves care again.

What do we do about that kind of fear? We have to ‘want to’ succeed enough to get over the fear of actually doing it. We must ‘want to’ get back into the game and win again. We need to ‘want to’ have the kind of life we dreamed of even if it means that we will change and grow. We must ‘want to’ get started!

When I was a child, my very southern grandmother did not like it when my excuse for not doing what I needed to was, “I don’t want to.” She used to say, “Honey, you just gotta get your ‘want to’ back!”  Maybe we all need to think about looking for that ‘want to’ and getting it back into our Reliv lives. Wanting to could be enough to make us do it and doing it could mean that we win a cash bonus or a big trip to Hawaii next year.

Working hard for this bonus could banish the fear of succeeding forever, whether we win big or simply build our Reliv business because we tried!

The Truth About Holiday Weight Gain

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By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

In the chaos of travel, family, food, and shopping, it’s hard to feel like yourself! After Thanksgiving and Christmas, I could feel the extra water weight from the heavy meals and treats. However, by making smart choices after those days, that water weight became a distant, sugar-laden memory. I did not really gain 5 pounds during the holidays and neither did you!

Most of us have been led to believe that holiday weight gain is inevitable. This is a myth! We are so sold on this notion that we significantly overestimate the amount of weight we can actually gain. By the time January rolls around most of us think we have put on 7-10 pounds when in reality the average holiday indulgences add up to around only 1 pound. That’s pretty good news, but the flipside is that most of us don’t lose that pound after the holiday season, and it contributes to the “weight creep” that occurs over months and years.

Fit3 is your post-holiday recovery plan! Dig out your weekly tracking sheet and pick a couple of things you CAN do today! You CAN take your Reliv shake and drink lots of water. It’s also the time for resolutions, so start now by hitting the gym! You don’t have to do anything crazy or dramatic. Just do something today to get yourself back on track to making better choices.

My other strategy is to get rid of the leftovers! Yes, throwing them away will be a little painful, but not every day is a holiday. We will go back to our busy lives and stay on track!

Remember this through the end of this year and as you enter 2019. Make a choice today that you will feel good about tomorrow!

Why You Need To Follow Up

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By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

Successful Distributors do the things that others don’t necessarily like doing. One of the basics is following up with customers. Learn to be tenacious in your follow up and you will build a healthy retail base that will provide a constant source of leads. If you’re inattentive in this area, you’ll find it difficult to build a loyal customer base.

One of the major differences between buying a product off the shelf in a retail store and buying a product from a Reliv Distributor is that we come with the goods. It’s as if we jump right out of the can and say to the customer, “I’m going to teach you about my products, and I’m going to make sure you like the results. If you don’t, I’m going to give you your money back.”

Master networkers make a commitment to their customers and provide them with superior service. They spoil them to the point where they would rather have a tooth drilled than buy from anyone else. They send them cards and personalized notes thanking them for their business. Notes and letters mean a lot to people.

In addition to thank you notes, you want to follow up with phone calls within 24 hours of connecting with someone. It’s also a good idea to touch base with new customers after they’ve been taking the products for a while. Not chat sessions, but rather polite little conversations to make sure that your customer is using the products properly and getting favorable results. If there’s a problem, you are there to work them through it.

Follow up will become easier if you don’t think of a customer as a one-time sale worth $10, but rather a lifetime of sales worth hundreds of dollars. Thinking of customers that way will help you to place more value on relationship building and to better appreciate the value of follow up. Besides, I’ve always found it easier to keep old customers happy than to gain new ones. Not only that, but if you do a good job with your customer base, each will become an excellent source for providing new customers and Distributors.

Remember, that getting up close and personal is where we can shine. People still want service and need to know that their business is deeply appreciated. Following up is simply a way of saying thank you for buying our product, and when you need our product again, we’ll be there to sell it and provide you with whatever service is required. Master the art of follow up, and watch it take you all the way to Hawaii!

 

5 Reasons Giving To Charity Makes YOU Rich

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By Copywriter Dena Molen and President of Operations and International &
Reliv Kalogris Foundation Chairman Scott Montgomery

As we embark upon the holiday season, my hope is that you take a moment to think about how good it feels to give. I wanted to take a different angle on donating to the Reliv Kalogris Foundation this time of year, and with the help of our copywriter, Dena Molen, I think we created the perfect gift-giving list. Happy holidays to you and your family, and thank you for all you do to help Reliv continue our mission to Nourish Our World. –Scott Montgomery

The gesture of giving is intrinsically a selfless act, yet studies show that helping others in need not only benefits the recipient, but it also delivers numerous health benefits — both mental and physical — to the giver.

Have you ever thought about the psychology and physiology behind this sensation? What is it about acts of kindness such as donating that make us rich in spirit?

  1. Triggers the “pleasure” part of the brain

According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, the brain’s reward center releases endorphins when we give to charities.  That’s right: you could easily experience what’s known as a “helpers high” when you click that “DONATE NOW” button. And yes, it can be addictive!

  1. Fosters a positive outlook

Feeling a little cynical these days? Try the simple act of donation when you’re feeling negative about yourself or your situation. When you donate to the needy, you’re engaging with like-minded people who care about the same issues as you. The feeling of making a difference and having an impact on society will undoubtedly bring a sense of purpose into your life — which in turn, should turn your frown upside down!

  1. Promotes a longer, healthier life span

Other organs besides the brain seem to enjoy the act of giving. Research shows that philanthropic behaviors not only help lower stress levels in adults, but may also lead to a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, increased energy, and lower heart rate. Who would have thought that “healthy glow” is interchangeable with “giver’s glow”?

  1. Improves self-worth

It’s human nature to want to connect with others. And when you do this by educating yourself on worldly issues and follow up with charitable deeds, it simply feels good. Cultivating this sort of purposeful activity in your life generates personal growth, leading to greater self-esteem and worth.

  1. Creates a sense of community

It may be easy to think of helping the hungry and impoverished as a “big world issue,” but you’d be surprised to know that extending a helping hand, no matter the geographical distance, will actually adjust your awareness lens. In other words, you may find yourself lighting a small “charitable fire” and motivating those around you. But watch out! This passion and generosity spreads like wildfire…and it’s the stuff great communities, no matter the size, are made of!

Bottom line: The gift of giving is really a gift to yourself. Charity brings richness to your life!

This holiday season, it’s easy to give back with the Reliv Kalogris Foundation. Consider how rich you’ll feel when you contribute and help nourish a child today!

 

References

  1. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-giving-is-good-for-your-health/
  2. http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/june2007/06222007altruist.htm
  3. https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/blog/id/76/spending-money-on-others-and-personal-happiness