One of the biggest train wrecks about Americans — or really any “first-worlders,” I guess — is their complete inability to understand the need to take a vacation, this significantly affects their happiness. In a given year, Americana leaves about 430 million vacation days on the table. That’s insane. Another word would be “asinine.”

If you go talk to people in American businesses, either informally or via research, the No. 1 reason you always get is “Well, I simply can’t take the time away at work!” That, or some variation on: “If I take a vacation, my boss will think I’m not focused and I’ll lose a shot at a promotion!” No wonder the happiness quotient is so low in many corporate environments.

People take vacations all the time and still get promoted. Promotions are predominantly based on the relationships you’ve built and whether you can make money for the company (and/or tenure). If going away for a week or two is going to jeopardize that, you’re probably working at the wrong place.

Here’s some new research on the value of taking a vacation. To wit:

In The Happiness Advantage, I describe research that shows that when the brain can think positively, productivity improves by 31%, sales increase by 37%, and creativity and revenues can triple. In fact, the conclusion of my HBR magazine article, “Positive Intelligence,” which was based on a decade of research, was that “the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged brain.” To be truly engaged at work, your brain needs periodic breaks to gain fresh perspective and energy.

Very logical. If all you do is grind on deliverables and in-office politics — and believe me, those are there every week in every office, because people ain’t creatures of logic — then how do you even know if you’re doing the work right anymore? At some point, you just become a drone to your office and its culture and politics. If you don’t get out and see something else or experience something else… you’re not really actually helping your office. Bunch of drones chasing the same deliverables in the same way every day, with no breaks? That’s honestly leaving a bunch of money on the table, even if you can’t see it.

Here’s some economic logic, too:

If you’re a salaried employee, and if paid vacation is part of your compensation package, you’re essentially taking a voluntary pay cut when you work instead of taking that vacation time. Why would anyone do that? Four out of 10 employees say that they can’t take their vacation because they have too much work to do. But, think about it this way: Whether or not you take a vacation, you’re still going to have a lot of work to do. Life is finite, and work is infinite.

This is a crucial thing people never seem to understand: the ultimate source of “happiness” isn’t money or work; it’s experiences. You can have experiences in your backyard, yes, but a predominant way to have them is travel. That’s what you should be chasing. The work will always be there.

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Here’s another thing of relevance, right? Sometimes I wonder if the real issue with vacation among Americans is that they don’t have the money and they use the “busy” excuse because they feel bad. Earnings are down, but we’re still around 2.8 kids on average for people that have kids. A five-person vacation to somewhere out of the country, or even a mid-level cruise, can cost thousands, even low tens of thousands. Not everyone has that scratch, and if they do, they might want it for something else (education, a nicer car, a bigger house, more Apple products, whatever). So maybe the real issue is money, but the stated issue is busy. The stated issue is almost always “busy,” so why not here too?

What if, though …. what if there’s a path through all this? A better way! I think there is. And I have an angle on it. Start by watching this video about a new product we’re rolling out (slowly) called Travel Light. You’ll save money, earn money (yep, at the same time), and take cooler trips. Interested? Check this video and let’s talk.

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Having a clear, powerful mindset is absolutely KEY to having a successful business. I’m going to share 3 things that I do on a daily basis, to create my mindset.

  1. Meditation. Taking some time to clear your mind of all distractions, is proven to help you both physically and mentally. Dr. Joe Dispenza  has books and research that backs this up. He has a variety of resources that I strongly recommend. I personally, meditate for 15 minutes every morning, using an app on my phone called Headspace. I’ve struggled with concentrating on mediation and using this app and guided meditation, it’s allowed me to meditate more effectively.

For numbers 2 and 3(the BEST methods)… Be sure to check out my video below!

 

3 Other posts in which I discuss Mindset are below.

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I recently had a conversation with someone that said they wanted new results, results greater than they are currently getting. I said they MUST create change…

The first step is to take complete responsibility of everything in your life.

Want to know more? Be sure to watch my video below…

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Have you ever been cruising along, then, whack!!! The Universe throws a problem(resistance) our way…I recently learned why the Universe does this, from my mentor, Bob Quintana, whom learned this lesson from Tony Robbins

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Sometimes, it feels like the waves of life are crashing down on us…This is why it is so important to have a proper mind set. One of the MOST important things in mind set, is to have an attitude of Gratitude. Especially if you’d like to use the Law of Attraction.

You should not allow anything that you don’t want more of in your life, to pass through your mind or come out of your mouth. Only think or speak of things that we want MORE of in our lives.

Be GRATEFUL for everything and every LESSON in our lives. If something isn’t going the way you planned, look at the bright side and figure out the lesson that is to be learned.

To learn more about the Attitude of Gratitude and the Law of Attraction, be sure to watch my video.

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We’ve all heard the stories of Network marketing. Many of us have been trained to cringe at those words.

Usually, the stories most people hear about, are of the people that did not succeed. Not usually of the people you know, that are succeeding at network marketing. And usually, when someone doesn’t succeed, it’s because they never actually stepped up to the plate. And if you don’t step up to the plate, how likely is it, that you’re going to get a base hit, much less, a home run? Many of us then get conditioned to not considering, because, “Hey, who wants to fail?” Keep living in your comfy box with debt up your, you know what.

In my previous life as a traditional business owner, I never considered network marketing. Then the economy hit me and hit me hard. I had to auction off equipment and walk away from property. I kept my house and businesses, but I knew I had to find another way. Having to list my house and all my personal possessions as collateral to banks and suppliers, didn’t sit well with me anymore. I knew what could happen. I was a prisoner of my business and the system!

I was depressed for a few years. Not sure what to do.. I was wondering how I ever could retire.. Business was getting by, but I could never get ahead. Too much overhead. Equipment, insurance, taxes, unions, etc…I definitely wasn’t having fun 🙁

One day, my friend(best friend since I was 7!) and fellow Entrepreneur, Mark Bezik, asked me if I’d take a look at this green energy thing. Mark is one of those guys, that EVERYTHING he touches turns to gold..Mark carried instant credibility with me and green energy is kind of sexy, and its recession proof, so I said, sure.

OMG! He blew my mind! I didn’t know something like this existed. I was able to work with a few of my good friends and build a stream of passive, residual income. And all I do is help people save money on a product that EVERYONE uses and MOST would choose to go green, especially when they save money.  It’s been lots of hard work, but 4 years later I think I’ve proven most of the skeptics wrong. As I recently finished 39 out of 25,000 associates in a 4 month long promotion, to earn a trip to Riviera Maya!

The recession changed my perspective on business. I wish I had found network marketing much sooner. But, the reason I take it so seriously now, is because I’ve been through what I’ve been through and I won’t ever go through that again. I’m working towards being debt free! By getting 2 paychecks every Friday! This has been a great entry point into other forms of Entrepreneurship.

And, now I’ve even found a system, that enables me to grow my business, while I sleep. Simply by leveraging the internet. My good friend, Jeff Lerner, created this amazing system and company called Lifestyle Design International.

Some people even choose, to only work their home business, via the internet, in their pajamas!!

Jeff even offers a 30 day free trail on his video series, 16 Steps to 6 Figures. And best of all, you get to work with me!

What will you do, if the economy falls apart? You don’t think the USA printing $ and devaluing our dollar will have an impact? It will! And we haven’t seen the impact YET. In our lifetimes, there will be a day where EVERYONE owns a home business. You may lose your job, but you won’t lose your debt! Many of the experts are predicting this. Warren Buffett is even in network marketing! So be sure to choose a home business that provides maximum leverage.

I’m talking about, everyone, having protection against a down turn in the economy. I’m talking about you, as an employee, having insurance on your job. I’m talking about, traditional business owner’s leveraging their existing business and networks, to create a safety net for their traditional business, and potentially giving them an exit strategy. I’m talking about TRUE FREEDOM. Financial, personal, and mental freedom.

And, MOST of us, are financial slaves and don’t even realize it. Orris Woodward does a great job of explaining why it’s important to get debt free.

Take ACTION! Do something about it. If you’d like to learn more about some more specific steps I took, to create my safety net, which in turn allowed me to have an exit strategy, contact me. I’m happy to help you.

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I’ve often heard of the Universal Laws(or Spiritual laws or Laws of Nature). Laws such as the Law of Attraction of the Law of Vibration. But, I’ve never studied them(Till now!) and put them fully to work.

These Universal Laws, that if followed, are the key to manifest lasting abundance and happiness in EVERY aspect of your life!

Contrary to majority belief, Universal Laws are not based on theory or speculation. What at one point was believed to be the only theoretical, mystical, or spiritual in nature and understood only by those who learned to tap in the place from where “Higher Truth”comes, has now emerged and become evident in the latest scientific discoveries and is now being measured on a physical level.

Universal Laws NEVER fail or waver.

You can find a brief summary of the Universal laws below. In future videos and blog posts I will be covering, all 12 of these laws.

The Law of Divine Oneness – Everything is connected to everything and everyone is connected to everyone. We are all brothers and sisters with a divine nature, and every thought, belief, word, and action of one affects every being that was, is, or will be (directly and/or indirectly). 

Law of Vibration -Everything in the universe vibrates, moves, and travels in circular patterns or motions; nothing rests, and all things are made of energy. Our feelings, emotions, visions, desires, thoughts, dreams, words, and will, attract and resonate with energies with similar frequency.

For example, when you bless adversity, and act in gratitude as if you already have and are what you desire, then it will come to you, because you are raising your vibrational frequency. The scriptures often speak about “rejoicing in our tribulations,” because joy attracts joy as much as “misery loves company.

Law of Action – Faith without works is dead. The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do, when you engage in inspired actions that support your faith and belief. This does not mean you need to struggle, but you do put in attention and effort to manifest your intentions. 

Law of Correspondence – This Universal Law states that the principles or laws of physics that explain the physical world energy, Light, vibration, and motion have their corresponding principles in the etheric or universe “As above, so below”

Law of Cause and Effect – Nothing happens by chance or outside the Universal Laws.. Every Action(including thought) has an equal and opposite reaction or consequence “We reap what we sow”

Law of Compensation- The Universal Law is the Law of Cause and effect applied to blessings and abundance that are provided for us. The visible effects of our deeds are given to us in gifts, money, inheritances, friendships and blessings. For example, when you are the source of love, joy, peace, trust, and abundant generosity, you will also be the recipient of those gifts.1 It’s not wrong to receive, but clearly, it is better to give cheerfully, because that is the only way to receive, and, in turn, to expand our capacity to give more.

Law of Attraction – Demonstrates how we create the things, events and people that come into our lives Our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions produce energies which, in turn attract like energies. Negative energies attract negative energies and positive energies attract positive energies.

The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy – All persons have within them the power to change the conditions of their lives. Higher vibrations consume and transform lower ones; thus, each of us can change the energies in our lives by understanding the Universal Laws and applying the principles in such a way as to effect change

Law of Relativity – Each person will receive as series of problems (Tests of Initiation/Lessons) for the purpose of strengthening the light within each of these tests/lessons to be a challenge and remain connected to our hearts when proceeding to solve the problems. Life happens for you, not to you.

This law also teaches us to compare our problems to others problem into its proper perspective. No matter how bad we perceive our situation to be, There is always someone who is in a worse position. Its all relative.


Law of Polarity –There is opposition in all things. We can suppress and transform undesirable thoughts by concentrating on the opposite pole. It is the law of mental vibrations.

Law of Rhythm – Everything vibrates and moves to certain rhythms.. These rhythms establish seasons, cycles, stages of development, and patterns. Each cycle reflects the regularity of the Universe. Masters know how to rise above negative parts of a cycle by never getting too excited or allowing negative things to enter their minds.

Law of Gender – The law of gender manifests in all things as masculine and feminine. Patience and persistence are necessary to succeed in any endeavor, and many give up right before the goal is reached.

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I don’t know about you, but I often enter my home office(my basement) and wonder, “How can I Improve productivity?” While my kids are running around shooting me with Nerf Guns.

For me, my goal is freedom! Not to work all of the time! That’s a fine line to walk.  I recently had a coaching call with Adam Chandler, and he highlighted how important it was for me to improve productivity.  In an effort to get that productivity, I’ve been searching for some rules to apply to my processes. Given that I have a full time job AND three young boys, it’s key, that I increase my productivity. I picked up a few things from Adam and also, Tim Ferriss in his book, “The 4 Hour Work Week”. (Thanks Alex Hogan for recommending!) Improve productivity

  1. You must have a quiet space and quiet time. If you’re at work, put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your cubicle or office door. IF you’re at home, make sure your spouse and kids know, you are NOT TO BE DISTURBED.
  2. Often times, we are interrupted most my emails or your phone ringing. I’ve recently updated my email and voicemail l to say  “Due to high workload, I am currently checking and responding to email twice daily at 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
    If you require urgent assistance,(Please ensure that it is URGENT) that cannot wait until either 12:00 PM or 4:00 PM, please TEXT me”
    Thank you for understanding this move to more efficiency and effectiveness, It helps me to accomplish MORE by eliminating interruptions.”
  3. Outsource what you can. I stink at tech stuff. So, I recently outsourced some website design stuff, to a friend of mine that is much better at that stuff than I am. But, you also can outsource to people in China and India. When outsourcing anything that decisions must be made on, make sure you have a CLEAR set of rules to go by.
  4. I recommend having a daily list of activities. You also should have 3-4 non-negotiable activities on this list. Activities that you MUST do. Quite often, I don’t accomplish all that I set out to do, but when I have those 3-4 must-do’s, I knock those out. If you’re like me, sometimes your day gets away from you… Don’t beat yourself up and be down on yourself. This is counter-productive. Just remember, tomorrow is a new day. Start the next day right and get back on track!
  5. Plan phone calls to leads, prospects, and follow ups, in advance! Every day at 6 PM, I plan my following day. My 3-4 MUST DO activities along with the phone calls I’m going to make. IF I don’t do this, I usually forget to make those calls. So for me, this is very important to plan ahead.

IF these guidelines resonate for you, please use what I’ve shared. Otherwise, I strongly recommend creating your own guidelines to increase productivity

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I recently heard my mentor speak of a Quantum Leap. It sure got my attention!

My mentor, Bob Quintana recently spoke of this on his “Kick It off with Q” Call. This is a Monday morning, mindset call hosted by Bob.

 

Instead of this being, just a normal old leap year, I’m going to make this a Quantum leap year!

My quantum leap year will be cover my income, my career and most important, my life.

A Quantum leap is when a particle makes an explosive jump from one place to another. Where it doesn’t seem to make sense. Similar to counting, starting at 1.  2 comes next, but what if you skip the next 5 steps… This is a quantum leap

And this can happen to you, if you’re open to it and expect it. You must believe in every fiber of your body that this will happen. It all starts with mindset.

Learn more about a Quantum Leap in my video.

 

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If you want to change, you need to change your habits. You need habits for success. Especially, because the only way to up your personal game in your business, is by creating better habits.

I recently listened to a conference call(contact me if you’d like to know more about how you can listen too) and we had the pleasure to listen to a leader, Steve Krivda.

On this call, Steve shared his “7 Success Habits” with us.

These success habits were,

  1. READ something of VALUE! Feed your mind. Improve yourself. Don’t let the voices take control. Read for at least 30 minutes per day. This also calms us.
  2. Practice a habit of certainty. We live in a very uncertain world, and having certianty give us a place of relaxation and calming. This also sets the stage to create more and better habits
  3. Create empowering rituals around money. Have a couple of statements you repeat to yourself “I Attract money” is one of my favorites. I also like “Money comes to me easily and frequently” Have an abundance mind set. Feel good and powerful. You will create money from thin air..
  4. Visualize goals. A couple of times per day, take the time to relax and visualize your goals. Feel how it will feel to achieve these goals.
  5. Giving back and feeling Abundant. Steve shared that if you give money because you feel like it, not because you have to, you create a money vacuum that will be filled. The more you give the more you get.
  6. Ask better questions. How can I better utilize my time? or, How can I write more engaging posts?
  7. Choose the right partners and right people to be around. If you are in a group of friends that you’ve been with for awhile, be the one to step up.Be around people that you want to be like. Jim Rohn, Tony Tobbins, Eric Worre, Ray Higdon and Me 🙂
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