From the Desk of the Editor
Welcome to the 87th issue of the MLM Woman Newsletter. This month we feature articles on how to use the power of your mind to increase your prosperity, tips for decluttering your home, how to keep a win list, and how to ask the right questions to boost your sales.
Linda Locke, Editor MLM Woman
The Value of a Thought
Let's suppose that for every thought you have, you either gain or lose a dollar. Assuming you have one thought a minute, every hour would then offer a potential $60 gain -- or a $60 loss.
Each successful 16-hour day would then equal a potential 'gain' of $960. But on the other hand, a single negative thought like 'Forget it, I'll never make it anyway' might trash four hours creating a loss of $240 on your 'mental balance sheet.'
So, can you see how important a single thought can be to one seeking prosperity?
The Power of a Thought
How can that be so?
OK. Suppose you were laid off from your job. Now it's obvious you did not create the weak economy leading to that event. BUT you ARE in total control of how you respond.
Here's how that works: Suppose you get depressed and just give up. Your response would obviously create a negative reality in your life.
But what if you instead 'take the tiger by the tail' and start a new business on the web. You will have then created an entirely different reality in response to the exact same event.
Life doesn't just 'happen' to us. It's our response to what occurs that creates our personal reality! Think about this for a moment. You really ARE in charge of creating your own life.
The Thought Streaming Process
For the most part we eat, sleep, work, play, laugh, worry, hope, plan, love, hate, cook, drive, work out all with little thought as to how we think, or even what we are thinking.
This is not necessarily a bad thing.
If we gave conscious attention to virtually every one of our movements or actions, we would likely overload our brain with unimportant decisions.
But there's another level of thinking we should give intense, dedicated attention to the thoughts that create our life reality!
Thought Stream Focus
Do you want to create a lifestyle more prosperous than your current lifestyle? Then you'll have to develop and refine a 'prosperity-focused thought stream.'
'That's easy to say,' you may be thinking. 'When you're successful it's easy to think success, and when you're rich it's easy to think prosperity. But I'm not close to wealthy or successful! The conditions of my life are keeping me down.'
Not so! There's only one thing keeping any of us down -- our thoughts.
Your thoughts got you where you are today and they will keep you there, unless replaced with something more positive and powerful!
But, you CAN learn to direct your mind to create any lifestyle you desire.
The only true requirement is that you take action! Just wishing for something to change has no effect at all! You will always remain exactly as you are today, unless you take action, and change the focus and content of your thoughts.
Creating a Reality Shift
Start with a review of your current thoughts!
If you want financial abundance, but constantly think about your lack of money - you're focusing your thought stream on the wrong end of the 'abundance stick.' You need to take charge of the internal messages your subconscious mind is broadcasting.
Failure to pay attention leaves your subconscious mind in control. Then your subconscious will simply continue to reinforce the same thoughts that created the reality you have today. Focus on feeling prosperous. Do not give attention to mental thoughts of lack. Replace them immediately with thoughts of prosperity!
Does this seem too simple? True, this takes no special abilities, intelligence or talent. It only requires a decision to take control of your thoughts. That's it!
No matter what your past or present situation, or how many times you might have failed to reach your goals, you CAN change your life condition by simply paying attention to the thoughts streaming through your mind.
Give it a try, and watch your reality shift!
Your lifestyle is a mirror reflection of exactly how you think. Prosperity consciousness doesn't just 'happen.' You create it. Or you just continue to accept the crumbs that life happens to throw your way.
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10 Ways to DeClutter
I have listed below several ways of going about the process of decluttering or decontamination, whichever term you prefer. ;-)
Of course, this process will not be done in one day, after all it took years (or if we are really good, months) to make it this way.
Start slow and take the time needed to follow through. You will find that decluttering is not as hard as you thought it would be.
1. Cupboards - Go through all you kitchen cupboards,
one at a time of course, and you will be amazed at what you find that
can be thrown out. When I cleaned mine out not too long ago, I had four
coffee maker decanters, that I could not even use anymore because I
had a different
2. Bedroom Closets - The saying goes - If you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it. I am not sure I agree with that statement totally, but it is a good guideline to follow. I am always amazed at the clothes I get rid of (and how many I still have) when I clean out my closets!
3. Bookcases - Now, I don't know about you, but I have
a tendency to gather books. At last count, I had well over 200 and definitely
had to get rid of some of them. I looked them all over and got rid of
the ones that didn't sound interesting. Also, go through knickknacks,
4. Kids Room - This is something that needs to be done about twice a year in my house. My boys go through their clothes, toys, video games, etc and out goes anything they are no longer interested in.
5. Bathroom - We know how cluttered and overflowing those vanities and medicine chests can get. Go through all those goodies and if it has hardened, softened or changed color, get rid of it! ;-)
6. Linen Closet - Towels, sheets, curtains, etc, are also things that need to be periodically sorted and tossed. I just recently discovered that we had almost 100 towels! Who knew?? I removed all the semi worn out ones and was left with about 30 or so. That should suffice.
7. Under Your Bed - This part of the decluttering can be quite scary. Proceed with caution and always have a weapon, such as broom, vacuum cleaner or bug spray with you! Who the heck knows what you will find under there, but I can bet a lot of it can go. ;-)
8. Organize - There are so many great products these days that hold everything. Get some inexpensive plastic boxes and neatly store all your items that are not in display or not used daily. You can get small ones in the dollar stores to organize your CDs, use them in your pantry or cupboards, store odd and ends, letters, papers, you name it!
9. Throw Out the Old - One thing you must absolutely remember when decluttering is you have to THROW AWAY the NOT USED or WANTED. DO NOT just take everything out and rearrange!!! That is a temporary solution and is not sufficient!!!!!
10. Everything in its Place - Once you have everything decluttered and organized, get everyone to keep everything in its place and your home will remain organized and clutter free forever! Yea, right - nice dream, but we will be doing this very same thing in the not too distant future!
We have a fairly small home, so I go through this process about once a year. Decluttering and organizing gives me a sense of control and achievement. This might not mean much to some folks, but think a moment......... if you can get control over this part of your life, maybe taking control of the big things will not be so hard!
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Your Win List
Just as important as setting goals is tracking the goals we achieve.
Have you ever visited a teenage niece or nephew you hadn't seen in a while? The changes in looks and height were quite noticeable, weren't they? However, the progress wasn't as apparent to them and their parents because it was gradual--or so it seemed.
The same things happen to us. We don't always see the progress we're
making because we're too close to it. We're so busy focusing on what
we want and what we haven't yet achieved, we rarely take time to acknowledge
ourselves and APPRECIATE what we have.
I find that using a Win List is a good way to remind myself of my progress--and keep me more mindful of what I'm achieving.
It's just a document in my word processor that I add to often. It's titled 'Wins & Events: Good News, Good Decisions, Breakthroughs, Wins and Significant Events.'
Every few days, I update it with things that have happened, breakthroughs, goals achieved, events that impact my life and the many blessings that come my way. Each line has the month (and often the exact date) of the event noted. One line is enough for me to capture the occurrence.
My 'Win List' creates a 'chronofile' of my life. And it keeps me focused on what's working. It helps to remind me of how far I've come. Reviewing it is a quick pick-me-up--a real confidence booster. It's also a handy reference as to when and what happened--especially since I'm not always very consistent with my personal journal.
It's easy to do. It only takes a few moments. And it helps me to
be more appreciative. Almost all of the people to whom I've recommended
this have reported similar positive results.
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Invite Questions to
Do you invite your prospective customers to ask questions... or do you try to avoid getting questions from them? You're walking away from many easy sales if you don't encourage prospects to ask questions.
1. Prospects Who Ask Questions Are Usually Ready To Buy
Prospective customers who take the time to ask questions usually have a high level of interest in your product or service. By asking questions they identify themselves as likely buyers.
A prompt and complete answer to their question along with a gentle reminder of the benefits they will get is usually all it takes to close the sale.
Tip: Make it easy for prospects to ask questions when they are at your web site or in other selling situations where there is no personal contact. For example, list your phone number or an email address they can use for questions.
2. Set up A Procedure for Managing Questions
Answering questions from prospects does not have to take a lot of your time. Many of the same questions will be repeated over and over again. But you only have to answer each question once ...if you save the answer to each question to a permanent file.
Every time you get the same question again, just copy the answer from your saved file into your reply - and customize it appropriately. You will be able to answer questions quickly. And you will impress prospects with your promptness and personal attention.
3. Always Reply Promptly
Answer questions promptly. Your prospect's level of interest and your chances of getting the sale will decline as time passes without a reply. Prospects are also likely to judge your commitment to serving customers by how long they waited to get the answer to their question.
Tip: If you find yourself personally answering
a lot of questions, add a Questions and Answers page to your web site
- or to your printed sales material. Include the answers to your most
frequently asked questions. This reduces the number of questions you
have to answer
4. Take Advantage of the Selling Opportunity
People tend to pay close attention to what you say when you answer a specific question they asked. Take advantage of this. Don't just answer their question. Include a reason for them to buy as part of your answer.
For example, a typical question may be whether or not your product or service applies to the questioner's situation. If it does, expand your answer to remind them of the specific benefits they will get. Then tell them exactly how to order it so they can get those benefits immediately.
Remember, prospective customers who ask questions are usually close to buying. A gentle nudge from you will often get them to take action. Provide that nudge when you answer their question.
Many businesses try to avoid questions from their prospects and customers. They are making an expensive mistake. Answering questions from prospects and customers is a highly effective and very low-cost way to boost sales.
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