True wealth

Ever since I started my own business a few years back, I’ve felt like I’m in a world that’s strange to me.  There’s a lot of talk about gaining wealth and financial freedom.  Heck!  I’m all for that, and this is not a post that is meant to criticize anyone for trying to make a living.

However, I think that the absolute luckiest people in this world are those who make a good living doing what they love.  They’ve hit the jackpot.  They really never have to work another day in their life because it’s not work to them.  They are having fun…every day!

I worked as a computer programmer / systems analyst for over 20 years.  It was a good job…good pay, flexible, nice people, and I was pretty good at it.  But something was always missing.  I had this deep desire to do something to impact people’s lives.  Little did I know that it would just fall into my lap…just a few months before I got laid off from that cushy job as a computer programmer.

I’m an Independent Team Beachbody coach.  I have no certifications.  I’ve taken classes in personal training, but I never took the test to be certified.  I’m not a nutritionist either.  So what am I?

I’m an encourager.  That’s it.  Sure, I know the products I market through Beachbody, and I can point people to the answer they are looking for.  But for the most part what I do is simply ENCOURAGE.  I love that, and I feel it’s what I was born to do.  It’s fun, so it’s not work!

I truly believe that the obesity problem in the world is not going to be solved by government regulations or even changes in the food industry.  What it’s going to take is an army of people who simply CARE for others and want to see them succeed.

Here’s an email I received from one of the customers Beachbody referred to me:

“Judy you are so right, my children’s doctor was just talking to us about child obesity and the way my children run around they are like a duracell battery, they never get tired of running.  They are in day care from 6:30am to 5:30at night and when they get home they still have energy I can’t seem to keep them still.  I am kind of happy they have that much energy because it beats sitting in front of the television doing  NOTHING LIKE I USE TO DO and I am so glad they didn’t pick up those old habits of mine.

Once they turn 5 years old I was thinking about getting them into swimming clubs and karate since they are so active and let them wear the instructors out instead of me.

Judy I have a wedding to go to on July 10th and I can’t wait to buy a new outfit because I have earned it.  The big reward is in August when I reach my next 20 pound mark, I told you for each 20 pounds I lose I will treat myself to something big and that will be my spa day.

Judy I can really feel the difference with my weight loss, I can walk for a long period of time without being out of breath and guess what?  Last Friday I took my son and daughter to the park and we stayed for 2 hours and I did not sit down not one time, I played the entire time with them and guess what else?  I started to cry when we left the park and my son said mommy what’s wrong and since he is too young to understand I just told him that mommy enjoyed spending time with you today at the park.

Judy both me and my husband took them to the park and he was the one sitting down, I couldn’t beleive that I didn’t sit down the entire time I was so proud of myself I just grabbed my children and gave them a big hug and told them mommy will start bringing you to the park more often and we will be starting to stay longer if you like.

Judy, I am just too proud of myself.  I went from lazy, a couch potato, a person eating while stressed or depressed, high blood pressure, pre diabetic to a healthy mom who will never in life be that way again.”

Getting emails like that truly warms my heart!  It’s worth more that any commission I can earn from my company!  Don’t get me wrong!  I’m glad that I am earning commissions and bonuses, but I am OVERJOYED that it’s doing something I love!

It’s happened!  So many years ago I was working in a job that didn’t fulfill me.  I was praying for an opportunity to do something I loved and that would impact the lives of others.  I had no idea how to make that happen!

I’m thankful that God knew, and He showed me the way!  :-)

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

What would your future self say to you right now?

your futureI just watched a youtube video of a young woman who is a new Team Beachbody coach.  In August of 2009, she was hospitalized after having a slight heart attack.  She’s a single parent of a beautiful 4 year old.  She said that she laid there in the hospital bed thinking about how she wasn’t talking care of herself.  She smoked cigarettes, she drank every day, she was working 3 jobs, and maybe getting 4 hours of sleep a night.

She said “That was my lifestyle.  That was what I was used to.”

But all of a sudden, she got a glimpse of her future…most likely an early death and leaving her child behind.  She mentioned that her brother died at 41, and she knew that was the fate she was headed for as well.

Scary!

So often, we live lives of quiet desperation because “That’s the lifestyle we’re used to”. We’re too tired to change.  It’s only when we’re hit over the head with a serious wake up call that we take a look into the future we are creating for ourselves.

This young woman has a cousin who is a Beachbody coach, and he was there for her.  He said “We’re going to get you healthy, so you CAN be around for your daughter”.  She signed up to be a Beachbody coach so that she can get herself healthy and pass it on, just like her cousin did for her!

It’s astounding to watch the end of the video, and how she was NOW picturing her future!  She said “I want to watch my daughter grow up.  I want to watch her walk across the stage.  I want to watch her go to college, get married, and I want to play with my own grandchildren.”

I think this is a great exercise for all of us to do with our own lives (minus the heart attack).  Think about the choices you are making each day, because each little choice is leading you towards the future.

YOU are directing your own ship!  Think about what destination you want to arrive at!

Are you living an unhealthy lifestyle?  Are you overweight?  Do you smoke or drink too much alcohol?  Do you survive on less than the ideal amount of sleep?

You may think that you are caught, and can’t change, but you absolutely can.  If you are determined and committed to make a change, answers will begin to show up.  For this young woman, it was her cousin saying “I’ve got a solution for you.  Follow me.”

For you, maybe it’s reading this blog post.  Maybe when you honestly evaluate your lifestyle after you finish reading this post, you’ll realize that it’s time to make some changes.  PLEASE don’t let it go until you have a serious wake up call.  You may not be as lucky as this woman was.  She got a second chance.

You absolutely CAN begin to change you lifestyle today.  Still not convinced?  What if you were asked to walk across a 2″ by 4″ board that was suspended between two 5 story buildings?  Could you do it?  You’d probably say “no”.  But now, what if I told you that your loved ones were on the roof of the other building and it was on fire.  The only way you would be able to save them is if you walked across this board.

Could you do it now?  Hmmm…makes a difference, doesn’t it?  We’ll do so much more for the people we love than we’ll do for ourselves, and I think that’s why so many people neglect their health.  It’s because they put everyone else first.

Well, if you put everyone else first all of the time and leave no room for yourself…you won’t be around for those loved ones very long.

Something to ponder.

Together…we’re better!

Judy

P.S.  I wrote this from the perspective of a healthy lifestyle, but it works for business as well.  Are you doing the things you need to do to in order to succeed in business?  What would your future “successful” self tell you to do?  If you haven’t already read it, go get the book “Go for No”.  It’s a quick read, and all about the “future self” of a salesman teaching his former self what he did to succeed.  It’s hard to explain, but it’s a great book!  :-)

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

Darlene Provance joins Team Beachbody after losing weight with Turbo Jam!

Darlene lost weight with Turbo JamPeople continually ask me why I’m a Beachbody coach.  Well, there are MANY reasons, but one of the most important ones is that I’m continually inspired by the people I coach.  Darlene Provance is one of those people.

Darlene grew up in a family of 10 siblings, and she struggled with low self esteem for years.  That’s hard for me to imagine now because when I talk to her on the phone, all I hear is a strong, confident woman who sounds SO joyful!

Darlene found Beachbody, and an exercise program that she loved…Turbo Jam…and lost over 21 pounds!  Can you believe that she is 50 years old?  She looks incredible!  Watch her story in the video below to see how she used Turbo Jam to finally lose the weight that had been holding her back for so long! This is a Turbo Jam review you don’t want to miss!

Following her win in the monthly Beachbody 2009 transformation contest, she quit smoking, and she was terrified that the weight would come back.  It did (a little), but it was only for a short time.  You see, NOW she had the tools and the lifestyle to get to and stay at a healthy weight!

I’m SO proud of her for kicking the smoking habit!  :-)   She’s made a very important switch in mindset.  She’s gone from wanting to lose weight to wanting to be healthy!  That’s the key to maintenance of a weight loss because once the weight is gone, you have to have a more powerful “WHY” to keep up with your new healthy habits!

After finding that she could have success with Beachbody products, she moved on to other programs like P90X, Rockin’ Body, Slim in 6, and ChaLEAN Extreme.  Darlene has been an inspiration to many people, and I kept telling her that she should become a coach because she was already coaching others by telling them what SHE did to lose the weight, and more importantly, keep it off!

Darlene and I talked a few times about her becoming a coach.  I knew she would be great at it because she was continually encouraging others.  Well, she finally decided to join my team of coaches, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her!

People all over America are finding that they can get their lives back by committing to the program that’s right for them!  Once they become a “product of the product” and people start asking them “WHAT are you doing?”, then moving into coaching is a natural next step!  It not only provides an additional source of income, but it helps us stay accountable to our new healthy lifestyle.

If this sounds like a path you’d like to follow, but you are not sure where to start, ASK ME!  My coaching is free of charge!  And if you are thinking “Sure, I want to lose weight, but this coaching thing is not for me”, then that’s perfectly fine.  Coaching is fun and rewarding to me, but it’s certainly not for everyone!

If you were inspired by Darlene’s story, I know she would love to hear that!  Please visit her NEW website that Beachbody gave her the minute she became a coach!  Once you get to Darlene’s website, click on the “Contact Me” button and tell her something about how she inspired you!  Or, leave a comment for Darlene below!

Together we’re BETTER!  :-)

Judy

Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity.  Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.  See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

The 12 Days of Fit-mas

This is a great video made by a fellow Independent Team Beachbody Coach.  It’s a great reminder of all of the incredible tools that Beachbody provides for us to improve our health both physically and financially. 

When you join as a coach, you get a discount of 25% off of all of these products that actually WORK (imagine that).  You also get your own website you can send people to when they want to buy Beachbody products from you, and you will receive a commission anywhere from 15-25%.

How much does all of this cost?  It’s $39.95 in your first month and $14.95 per month after that.  Incredible!  Lots of coaches (including me) initially join just to get the 25% discount off of their own products, but then they discover the very generous business opportunity provided.  I found out very quickly that it’s about sharing and helping others, and not about sellling.

So watch this video, have a laugh with Mike and his family, and get a little mini-tour of Beachbody set to the music of “The 12 Days of Fit-mas”. 

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.