James 1:2-3 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
Life is going to knock you down at times. Bad things happen to really good people all the time. But you have a choice, you can either get knocked down and have a pity party or you can realize with JOY you were created for much more than your current circumstance.
So maybe you are having a health challenge, relational challenge or maybe you are having a financial struggle? It’s possible you could have lost your job, or had a major unexpected life event that’s put you in a pickle. You get to make a decision, you can be identified by your struggle or you can be identified by your ability to overcome.
You may lay your head down at night and cry due to the frustration, the pain and confusion on why you are going through that thing you have going on right now. But you better cry temporarily and then get the heck up and do something about what is going on in your life. You can be identified by your current pain or you can be identified by JOY!
Joy opens your eyes to what is possible. Joy allows you to desire more and overcome obstacles. Remember when you were 18 and 19 and you enthusiastically looked forward to life, the things that you wanted to do when you grew up? Where did you want to live? What kind of house did you want? What type of car did you want to drive? Who did you want to help? What was retirement suppose to look like? When were you suppose to be able to retire?
No one told you that you couldn’t do those things. But at some point because of life you most likely settled for less than what you really wanted. It doesn’t matter where you came from, what your race is, or your educational level. I came from complete poverty, with a single parent home and I remember having to choose between getting a Christmas tree or a Christmas present but not enough money for both. I chose the tiny Christmas tree. I remember living in an old single wide trailer with the pink installation falling out from under it, because you could see under it as you walked up the metal steps.
But as I became a teenager I desired all kinds of things in my life just like you did. Then when life started in my early 20’s and having a family and suddenly I felt like there was no way out of my struggle. So I actually accepted it for a season, I was skeptical of anything that offered more. I lost my joy and therefore lost my faith!
There is more for you! More is possible! Stop your crying and let’s do something about the lemons life has handed you. Because life can’t stop you from making lemonade! Your creator is bigger than your circumstance.
Special thanks to amazing mom, wife and business woman Lindsay Krause for posting this on FACEBOOK and reminding me of where I’ve come from.
Let’s Choose Joy together,
P.S. Your life was meant to help others, if the enemy keeps you crying then it’s difficult for the Lord to use you.
If you’ve made a 6 figure income you may not have put much thought into your ability to help someone else make a 6 figure income, or any income you’ve made for that matter. But since this is the 6 figure income club we will use that as a reference point. To help someone make the same income you’ve made you have to be able to break down exactly what you’ve done to get to that level of success. Then you have to be able to help someone over come their belief that they can’t do it and finally you have to be the glue between the steps you took to get there and their learning process.
What ever income you’ve made especially if you are in an industry like a small business or home business you should be able to teach someone how to do what you’ve done. What skill, talent and ability do you have and what can you teach them? The simpler you can make it the more people you can help have the same success you’ve had. The biggest mistake with many teacher, authors, life-coaches and so called mentors is they are teaching something that they have very little real world experience in. Like my college professor attempted to teach business that’s never actually owned one. (hence I’m not using that college education to earn any income today)
The biggest factor that holds someone back from reaching a 6 figure income or any level of success is the fact that they may believe it’s “hard or even impossible”. The truth is in my own business I talk to clients everyday and it’s all scripted. The age you learned to read that’s the age you had the basics of how I’ve earned multiple 6 figures annually. But even still many people have a hard time keeping the basics simple because of what someone who wasn’t successful told them at some point in their life. WE WERE ALL TOLD MONEY DOESN’T GROW ON TREES. But they didn’t tell us where it grew, either? Dani Johnson’s training called First Steps to Success has been one of the biggest reasons of my own success today. Because she teaches practical business principles that anyone can apply. That made it easy to get over my excuses I’ve always used on why I couldn’t succeed.
Finally, you have to be willing to be there and actually help someone. Over the years I’ve worked with hundreds of people directly and thousands even ten’s of thousands through volunteer trainings, conference calls and workshops. You have to get pride an seeing someone succeed. There will always be a missing piece for some people. There will be that one area they may struggle with along the way. You have to be willing to be there and really be in the trenches, helping and leading by example. You can’t be fake, the world is full of fake. You have to be that glue! I’ve said for years, I don’t want to be Dani Johnson I just want to master showing others how to apply what she teaches!
Success is a decision away from becoming reality,
We’ve all heard it “birds of a feather flock together”! Who are you flocking with and why does it matter? First of all, what do you want to be good at? What do you want to improve? Would you like to improve your marriage? Would you like to improve your income? What do you want to get better at?
I often talk with people I work with in business on a day to day basis about how we learn and get better at certain aspects of talking to clients. But the biggest factor of all is making sure we are hanging out with a flock that has a similar “feather” to what we want. When I wanted to excel at working at home I had to find a group I could “flock” with that were succeeding at working from home. I didn’t need a group that got on the phone and gossiped, or a group that talked about one day and when they got wealthy what they were going to do. I needed to flock with a group that was doing and succeeding day in and day out. That is if I wanted to get better at business and therefore increasing my income.
To get good at something you have to hang out with people that are good at or focusing on getting good at what you want. If you want to build a business you need to find out who’s built it and make sure you can hang out with that person. Think about it, is anyone in your day to day life at home built what you want to build? Have they succeeded the way you want to succeed? You must find a “flock of birds” that have a “feather” you want to have!
Below are some of the most amazing home business owners I get to hang out with on a daily basis. We are currently all working our business incredibly professional, training together and being accountable to one another. If you happen to work with any of them you have found a true professional in the work from home arena.
Special Thanks and Congrats to!
This is currently a group of amazing birds! It’s a complete honor to get to flock with them. We’ve developed a group accountability and coaching with focus on helping clients and customers as fast as possible. While setting an example for others . If you happen to work with one of these incredible leaders, CONGRATS! They are a cut above the rest!
Can’t choose where you were when you started life but you can choose where you are going today,
So often people are misled when it comes to the idea of working from home. They picture the mom smiling and working on her computer at the park as the kids are gleefully playing on the playground. Or the guy on the beach with his feet propped up in his lounge chair and laptop once again smiling and living the life as the waves are crashing near by.
You should be able to spend time with your kids at the park and the beach. You should be able to live an awesome life. I completely agree with the concept of lifestyle design. (that is a post for another day) The fact is while you can work from home, you have to make sure you are not be lied to. It will take three things to succeed. The first is money and time then you need solid training and finally a system that you can apply in your home and it’s worked for others that you can learn it from.
Let me start with the money one. So often people say you don’t need money or you shouldn’t need money to work from home. If you choose to work for someone else or if you choose to be self employed you will need to make an investment of both time and money if you ever really want to make it to the beach.
I covered this thoroughly in this article, read now.
- You Should Not Pay to Work From Home!
Next let’s talk about the training. There must be training in place that is solid and effective. But what type of training is effective? The type where someone is there one on one to help you and there are on going resources you can gain access to. Not recordings of trainings from years ago. But is there on going live, active trainings with people who want to help you succeed because someone has helped them. Even if they don’t get anything out of it directly?
Here is an example of what solid training should be like, read and ask…
- Who is helping you?
Finally what is your system? If you are going to work from home in any capacity you must understand even if you are employed what you have is a small business at your home. There is an office, there are requirements to get an income and you have to interact with others. Now if you are going to succeed or not largely determines if there is a straight forward system for you to follow. Is there a recipe that others are using and have used?
Dani Johnson has talked about the need to follow a proven system. Read and see if you have one?
- Is it really simple?
At the end of they day you can definitely have the life that you want. But don’t buy into the hype. Don’t be lied to.
To Your Success,
Yes I know Intense isn’t spelt correctly, or maybe it is? I’ll let you guess?
What drives you? Is it paying off your debt and being debt free? It is it being financially secure and stable? Is it preparing for retirement? Is it having an impact on others or just living a care free life?
For me it’s all of the above, you shouldn’t have to settle. But probably the most important factor is having an impact and helping others through my work every day. This year is a special year. It is a personal goal of mine to find people who desire more, and help them achieve just that. I’m about to do some in-depth training that not only is focused on helping people increase their income, but also their impact.
I’m only looking for the few! Those who are serious. I’m only starting with the business relationships I have and I’m about to make. Those people have my first priority. If you work with me or know someone who has worked with me that’s the only way. Because I’m going to owe my first efforts to those who are not second guessing themselves but focused and committed.
To build wealth you must first, build skillset, then influence and impact and finally income. Everyone has the ability to succeed if someone shows you.
Now it’s time to get it done,
Joanie Snaith is an amazing woman. Talk about a stay at home mom that has learned to succeed BIG. Watching her growth and results has been nothing less than inspirational. Read Joanie’s story and remember it can be you. I think that is a good goal this year, find a brand new “Joanie” every month. She’s just an ordinary woman that believed she could be so much more, and she definitely is!
January Hero of the Month by Heather LeFoll, Angela Lasher and Merry Lynn Shepherd
Joanie Snaith: The Power of Just Doing the Basics
Congratulations to Joanie Snaith for being chosen as the DFI Hero of the Month!! Is it possible to earn a substantial income, a life-changing income, just quietly going along doing the basics???? YES!!! Recently, Joanie Snaith broke her own income record! After several months of making $3,000-$10,000 a month, she generated over $30,000, “just doing the basics.”
Joanie and her husband, Anthony, were not accustomed to making that kind of money. Before finding Coastal, they really struggled to make ends meet monthly. Anthony worked in the oil fields in pipeline installation. He was often gone for weeks at a time and the income was inconsistent. Joanie operated a small in-home day care, juggling caring for children and paying the bills. In an attempt to make things a little better, they decided to make a move, in which Anthony would take on a new position.
Joanie moved first with their two children. She decided to get a couple jobs to pay the bills, so she took up working as a waitress in a local restaurant and teaching at a preschool. She initially thought she would enjoy working a 9-5 job like everyone else, but soon found it taxing to be away from her children that many hours a day and still did not have enough income to take care of their needs. Anthony’s new job fell through and they were left living off credit cards and feeling dissatisfied and unhappy.
More and more desperate, Joanie began seeking out what it meant to work from home. After filling out a few forms on the internet and receiving many phone calls, she was called by her director. She knew right off that what he had was different. She was impressed by his integrity, and the simplicity and genuineness of the system that she saw. Making the decision to start her business with Coastal, she attended First Steps to Success with Dani Johnson.
Coming out of that event, Joanie was so excited by all that she had learned that she insisted Anthony should go! She made several thousand dollars right away through Coastal and came home to be with her children again.
Joanie and Anthony have paid off $50,000 in debt in just 23 months, thanks to the increased income from Coastal and the “War on Debt” strategies they learned at First Steps to Success. With only $20,000 more to go, they are planning to be debt-free by the end of this year.
Joanie is looking forward to bringing her husband home. “He always supported me in Coastal. Now we will be able to spend more time together and we’ll be working together – as a team.” They are excited about the possibilities of what they will be able to do with their kids. They are looking forward to showing their kids the steps to be anything they want to be and they are going to have fun doing it! They’ve already been able to do more traveling together as a family and they are looking forward to even more.
Joanie’s vision is so much bigger than herself and her family. She loves “handing someone the keys to a fresh start.” Joanie wants to see her success duplicate itself in others. She knows that “the only limits we have are the limits we put on ourselves.” Her passion and fire are to help people experience the world without limits.
Always learning and applying what she’s learned, Joanie found that the best thing she can do for her business is keep it simple! “Stick to the basics. Stay focused. Stay on track. When you get comfortable, remember where you came from. I made over 5 figures a month just doing the basics: pick up the phone, read scripts, and do it all over again.”
Way to go, Joanie!!! Keep up the great work!!!! Congratulations!!!
Nice job Heather LeFoll, Angela Lasher and Merry Lynn Shepard for doing the hard work of pulling the details together in your spare time. Clearly you care about other’s success!
If you happen to working Joanie, understand there are only 12 possible “Hero’s” in 2015. So based off of that alone you are working with one of the top 12 recongized this year. HELLO? Don’t waste such an awesome opportunity follow her lead!
To Your Success,
P.S. If you support Joanie, or the idea that being an overcomer when life doesn’t go your way. Congratulate, Comment, Like and Share this article.
Making an insane amount of money is awesome! But at the end of the day it is quite empty. If you learn the skill to earn an insane amount of money, what you do with that skill and what you do with that money is what really matters. Using your talent, your skill, your ability to help others is never going to feel empty.
Caring about people and giving back to others is true SUCCESS. I’m not just talking about a hand out. There are times people need a hand out and you can give them that, if they are extremely poor. But most people just want a hand up! They want to be taught how to fish so they can feed themselves. If success is about money alone, than it is a very temporary feeling.
I still remember when Jen in MT called me in the early days of my business and she was crying. She said to me, “Stacy, I’m writing a check to pay off my husbands truck and I’m able to do this because you believed in me and helped me”. That feeling today is still more enjoyable than the 6 figures I made that year. Who are you helping? Do you care about people? You maybe already on your way to SUCCESS!
A six figure income is amazing, but it’s what you do after that that really matters!
To Your Success,
Do you know what items you really need to set up your own home office? If you were going to make 6 figures or multiple 6 figures annually to become debt-free and pay off all your bills while living an amazing life what do you really need? It’s actually quite simple.
1. First you need an Internet connection. This sounds simple because it is, you need access to the Internet, it doesn’t have to be super fast. Just a basic connection that will let you send and receive emails will work. Don’t over think this, just get a connection.
2. You need a dependable phone. I use a basic cordless Panasonic model KX-TG4031 with 3 satellite headsets. If one breaks or battery dies I can just recharge and replace. I don’t use my cell phone because, I like to separate work and play here. But the truth is many people just use their cell phones. At the end of the day don’t over think it you need a phone.
3. You need a computer. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. All the years I’ve done this I’ve went through several computers. The truth is I just get a basic Dell or HP when I need one. Any base model computer that you can easily type from, send and receive emails or handle basic data management. Don’t over think this it should just a simple laptop or even desktop.
4. Finally the biggest think you need is training and scripts. I’ve relied on Dani Johnson for 100% of my training. When it comes to business and talking with clients. I like to say my training is just mastering how to teach other people how to apply what she does! Period. Training will always cost, learning a skill always takes time or money right? How long does it take to get a college degree? How much does a degree cost?
You can get all of your training for much less than one semester hour of college. Wednesday evening I will be on this training with Dani Johnson, because she became a millionaire working from home and has helped me make multiple 6 figures annually. I’d never pass a chance to learn for what is cheaper than one night going out to eat.
Note: That is not an affiliate link. I do not get paid in anyway to recommend Dani’s training. It’s just what has worked for me. Don’t over think it, just do it!
Keep it Simple,
P.S. Bonus: A headset is really nice to when you work from home on the phone. I’ve used all kinds from 400 dollars and down. Once again reliability is what matters. Last several years I’ve just used the basic GE corded headset that plugs into my phone. You can get it at Target or Wal-mart. It’s cheap, easy to use and reliable. It cost $17.95, and worth every penny. Once again this isn’t required just a bonus!
In Dani Johnson’s training she makes a statement that is very interesting. She says, “It’s only money and you know how to make more of it.” While it may seem over simplistic the truth is that’s a very powerful statement. So often people are looking to generate extra income from home and they look and look and look. The truth is it’s much simpler than people make it out to be.
I work with a gentleman in our company Shawn from California and I like how he said he got started. He found someone on the Internet that seemed to be making money. Then he just asked her two basic questions.
1. Will you show me exactly what you do and can I model it with out anything being left out?
2. Is it possible to follow and use the EXACT same system you use?
The business woman he connected with essentially said, “I’ll show you exactly what we do, even before you start and let you decide but the short answer is, ABSOLUTELY”.
You see if you are looking at any business venture, investment in anything or just a new adventure. If you want to know what you are getting into and minimize the risk make sure it’s all laid out. Everything should always be straight forward!
Remember, if you are looking to make an insane amount of money. Or you just want some extra to not be stressed out and enjoy life for once. Or maybe you just want to have a strategic way to create more financial freedom. Or you could want the extra money so that you can help people. Don’t get overwhelmed and remember what Dani Johnson said,
”It’s only money and you can make more of it.”
It really should be that simple!
P.S. I want to thank all my readers and friends who have written to encourage me or left messages on facebook supporting me with this last endeavor I wrote about a couple of days ago. Giving away my next $100,000
Have you ever wanted something… Wanted to learn a new skill or be really good at something. Maybe it was business related, maybe it was family related and it could even be a hobby you wanted to get better at. Or have you ever just wanted a change in your life but didn’t know how to get it? Have you jumped out and did something abrupt on a whim only knowing you wanted some change in your finances or social life? Maybe you moved across country or across town suddenly? Maybe you switched jobs or careers almost instantaneously?
While it maybe true that if you want improvement in something you typically need to change something in your life. How drastic it maybe and if that matters is not debatable. See the truth is someone has already made the change you seek to see. All you have to do is find the one person to learn from and follow their example. How do you know who is qualified for you to learn from? Just follow their fruit, do they have or have they done what you want to do?
For me I’ve had several mentors in my life. First my Dad he taught me how to be a man and how to love my wife. I saw his example for 9 years of my life as he loved my mom. Second, my brother Jackie O’Quinn because he has vision and desired to go after it while I often can get stuck in the moment. Third Dani Johnson, Dani Johnson showed me what it was like to overcome life’s obstacles. Dani Johnson, gave me the specific how to in business and people. The skills that I will never perfect but I constantly work to master. Fourth Jeff Usner, because I saw a man that had no blood connection to me battling the world and make decisions to improve his families life. I saw a man execute big vision. Finally Mr. Pittman, a hard working man who I’ve learned so much from pertaining to real estate. But through his example of starting really late in the game I’ve been taught it is never to late too live a bold life and enjoy every day God has given you.
Yesterday’s post I talked about my desire to give the next 100,000 dollars I make away to the extreme poor. Two of my mentors did this and it inspired me. See I saw the fruit of what each of mentors have done. I’ve seen their faults and their fruits. I’ve seen a flawed human with desires and I’ve seen a passion for God that is inspirational all on it’s own.
My response immediately after the show!
The idea of a mentor is not to be that person or idolize that person it’s to simply learn. My brother even though I’ve known him my whole life I can still watch and learn. Dani Johnson may have been homeless and maybe a woman but I can still learn. My Dad already went Heaven but I’m still reminded of things he said that didn’t apply at one point but now do. I can still learn. Mr. Pittman maybe much older than me but I can still learn.
Just find someone who has something you want and learn from that person. Remember their should never be conflicts you don’t need multiple mentors with different messages!
Here’s to You and Your Mentor,
P.S. Never give up on living the life you desire! It is possible!