WASHINGTON, April 9, 2016 — Over the years, people have often asked me how they can create the lifestyle I’ve created: congenial employment producing a lucrative income yet still allowing the precious TIME to enjoy family and friends, travel and do the things I’m attracted to while still feeling rested and ready to greet each new day.
My life wasn’t always this enjoyable, however. I took the traditional path of going first to college and then graduate school. Seven years and $16,000 in student loans later, I finally graduated and went on to become a mental health therapist.
After seven years of working a traditional job in a corporate environment, I decided it was time for a change. At the time, I already had a toddler and I was beginning to feel that I was missing out on her childhood. The problem: My husband and I had a lifestyle we enjoyed, meaning it was not financially feasible for me to leave the stability of my job to become a full-time, stay-at-home mommy.
For years, I had dabbled in the network marketing industry, making enough each month to cover my student loan payment (which was the size of a car note) while still having some money left over for savings. I eventually figured out that if I added more time to my network marketing business, I could create more income from it.
The downside of undertaking this added effort soon became clear I was taking more time to make more money. Before I knew it, I was spending my weekends working my own business while still working a full-time job.
My dream to be able to stay home with my daughter was slipping away quickly, until my Aha! moment occurred. I suddenly realized that instead of going out and getting new customers each month, if I could find and offer a daily consumable product that people were already using, and if I could persuade them to redirect their spending from the local big name store to me and my home based business, the enterprise would shift in my favor.
That’s where my real story begins. After my breakthrough moment, I searched for and found a company that offered exactly what I was looking for. I fell in love with the products — the first person I needed to recruit was myself — and began to share my story with my friends. Next thing I knew, not only was I adding in new customers each day. I was getting repeat business each month as my customers loved the products as much as I did.
Referrals started to happen, and it got better from there. Today, a decade later, I’m earning a nice monthly income and I’ve switched to another company that offered more of what I was looking for. I’m still an at-home mommy with an amazing teenager with whom I get to share time, and living in my dream home on a lake. Over all, life is good.
Yes, there were hurdles along the way. Lots of tears, lots of “I don’t want to do this today, I’d rather be outside” moments; days when things didn’t seem to go the way I wanted them to; and of course, the familiar demon of fear crept up every time I stepped out of my comfort zone. In the end, though, I wouldn’t change a thing I’ve done, other than being more perceptive next time around and partnering with excellent coaches and mentors sooner.
I’d also invest more time and money into my own personal development instead of repeating the “I can’t afford it” or “I don’t have the time” mantras for years longer than they served me if they ever did so at all. Those are painful mantras, and it was when I finally shifted out of that mindset that things went from moving along slowly to exploding into a life I had only dreamed about.
What looks to others like ease and overnight success is really attributable to small steps, taken day after day, year after year while focusing on the positive and partnering with people who uplift and support.
Whatever your dream may be, start making it happen by taking a small step toward it TODAY. You deserve to live the dreams you envision, so begin today to make them your reality. Reach out to someone who has achieved whatever it is you are looking to do and accomplish and ask them to mentor you.
We all love to mentor others who are motivated and driven. The key is that YOU must choose to show up in your own life and go after it, too. Share your questions and successes in the comments below.