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Must-read books to help you build your business

By | Leadership Development

“A man is known by the company his mind keeps.”

These words by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, a longtime editor of The Atlantic Monthly, are so simple but unbelievably important. The most successful people in life never stop learning and never stop reading.

If you’re truly committed to growth, here are four books I recommend to help you on the climb.

“The Traveler’s Gift – Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success”

Andy Andrews

This might be a work of fiction, but important life lessons are imparted through time-traveling encounters with historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Anne Frank. This is such an uplifting book with great messages about approaching life with kindness, confidence and wisdom. I come back to this book time and again to remind myself about what’s truly important when making decisions.

“Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”

Simon Sinek

Martin Luther King. Steve Jobs. The Wright Brothers. What do they all have in common? They all started with finding their why. Determining your why is vital, and will always be your guide – especially when times are tough. You might think that it’s a waste of time when you’re asked to sit down and seriously consider your why, but now you know that you’re in good company!

“The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success & Happiness”

Jeff Olson

You don’t have to make big changes in your life. You just have to make little behavioral changes and big things will happen. This book teaches you how to effectively put every other self-help tool into action so you see powerful results in every area of your life. Nerium has the great benefit of having a true visionary leading our company. Luckily, he’s willing to share his secret to success. And it’s so simple! Jeff shows us all in this book that anything is attainable if you stick with it.

“The Magic of Thinking Big”

Dr. David Schwartz

This is a great book to end with. Because after the others, you’ll have already started thinking beyond where you ever have before. And now you’ll have the tools to make big things happen! So go for it! See farther than you have traditionally in the past. Who you were and who you are is nothing compared to who you are becoming!

Nerium Chief Sales Officer Bo Short has spoken around the globe in 34 countries to more than 1 million people. Through his past syndicated radio program, in his books and speeches, or during media interviews, Bo’s message is clear: “Dare to step out, dare to achieve, and dare to do something great with your life. Life is too short and too precious to settle for second best. Live your life to win!”

Take action to be a more effective influencer

By | Leadership Development

Are you a Master Influencer? Influence is about changing minds, changing hearts and changing behaviors to produce meaningful and sustainable results. As we begin a new year, many of us are considering how to make positive changes in our own behaviors to attain new results in 2018. Consider using the change framework presented in the book, “Influencer: The Power to Change Anything,” by Kerry Patterson and others to help you achieve more of your goals this year.

Identify Your Desired Results
First, get very clear on what results you want to achieve. Is your goal to lose 10 pounds by the time you go on the next Nerium incentive trip? Is it to earn twice as much in commissions this year compared to last year? Is it to be a better mother or father for your children? Whatever your goal is, state your desired result in just one sentence. Next, determine what measures you will use to track your progress. How will you know whether you are succeeding and making progress? Is it something you can measure weekly? Daily? Third, consider who is involved in your efforts to achieve these results. Is your family involved? Your Nerium team? Others in your community?

Find and Clarify Your Vital Behaviors
It is crucial to identify the few key behaviors that make the biggest difference in the outcome you desire. Which behaviors most affect success or failure? Next, identify the crucial moments – that point in time where the right behavior leads to the results you want. As they say, “success leaves clues.” What have you done or what have others done in those crucial moments that leads to success? If your goal is to share the Nerium products with more people this year, perhaps a vital behavior for you is to remind yourself to smile when you look at a stranger, because that makes starting a conversation more likely. If your goal is to lose weight, perhaps a vital behavior is to keep healthy snacks in your car so you don’t get hungry and stop for fast food on your way home. In the crucial moments you have identified, what actions need to be taken in order to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome?

Change How You Change Minds
Rather than relying on just one source of influence, explore how you can use the six different sources of influence to better stack things in your favor.

Source 1: Personal Motivation. In those crucial moments, how can you or others take more satisfaction in the right behaviors and develop an aversion to the wrong behaviors? Remembering your why, or your motivation for the goal, is an important influencer. If the desired behavior is tough or boring, try to add some element of fun, competition or excitement to the activity to keep the right behavior engaging.

Source 2: Personal Ability. Do you or others have all the skills and knowledge to perform what is required in those crucial moments? If not, how can the skills be developed? Can you break the challenge into mini goals in order to build up the ability to ultimately reach your desired outcome?

Source 3: Social Motivation. Are the people around you in those crucial moments encouraging the right behavior and discouraging the wrong behavior? Make sure you gain support and alignment from the people who are closely involved so that you can harness peer pressure to encourage, teach and praise people into adopting the desired behaviors. This is similar to Jeff Olson’s advice to get a “workout partner” as part of the “10 Core Commitments” to success, so that you have someone else keeping you accountable in those times when you are pushed.

Source 4: Social Ability. Do you or others provide the information, resources and help required at those crucial moments? Find ways to make the information or help available just in time for those key moments.

Source 5: Structural Motivation. Are there rewards for you or others for doing the right behavior? If so, are those short-term rewards aligned with the long-term results and outcomes you desire?

Source 6: Structural Ability. Are there enough cues and reminders around you in those crucial moments to help you stay on course, and make the right behavior easy and convenient? How can you keep your goal visible in those critical moments? What might you need to re-organize to make the old and less desirable behaviors difficult to continue, but the new and desired behaviors easier, more convenient, and almost unavoidable?

In conclusion, leveraging multiple sources of influence is key to turning things in your favor. Instead of relying on just your own willpower to make positive changes this year, look for multiple ways you can use personal sources, social sources, and structural sources of influence to achieve your goals in 2018 and to become a Master Influencer!

How to get unstuck at work

By | Leadership Development, Personal Development

No matter how organized and productive people may seem, we all feel overwhelmed at times. As a “solopreneur,” Senia handles big-picture, strategic initiatives as well as detail work. In the past six months, her detail work became overwhelming, with up to 50 items on her daily to-do list.

Senia reached out to three executive coaches who are productivity experts. She spoke with her friends. She enlisted virtual assistants and focused on streamlining her work. Yet her daily to-do list was still unwieldy. She felt stuck.

How can we get the advice we need?

Executive coaches are like personal trainers, but for work and life. Here’s the problem: We gravitate to that which is comfortable. A new TEDx Talk, “Strategies to Widen Your Social Universe,” by Tanya Menon, Ph.D., of Ohio State University, says we need to create more accidental bumps in our lives: We should go eat lunch at a different place, take a different route to work, go to the gym at a different time and meet different people.

With that thought, we could suggest that Senia reach out to contacts she doesn’t typically work with, from LinkedIn or professional organizations, or urge her to research innovative productivity techniques. And so that’s what she did. Senia talked to colleagues she hadn’t talked to in months or years. She took steps she was unfamiliar with to delegate some of her work and make her workload more sustainable.

Here are a few other strategies to try:
1. Talk to someone who is one step ahead of you
Chances are you have at least one friend or colleague who has also been overwhelmed and yet figured out a solution. Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., of Harvard University, advises in his book Stumbling on Happiness that if we don’t know how to make a decision, we should talk to someone who has just made that decision. If you’re thinking about becoming a parent, talk to parents who had kids a year ago and are still living through those sleepless nights.

2. Take tiny steps.
Look for the smallest step that could have the biggest positive impact or difference. We recommend this action in our book Profit From the Positive. The power is that it focuses us on what we can change—now.

3. Take a break.
Just when you think you can’t get up from your desk, that’s exactly what you need to do. Remove yourself from the work; it’ll still be there when you return. Go for a walk; being out in nature has been found to have a calming effect. Go to the gym. Meditate for five minutes. The point is to do something you enjoy. You will return to your desk feeling refreshed and ready to tackle that to-do list.
When you’re stuck, go to your edge of your comfort zone. Find those people whom you otherwise might not have reached out to. Look for those actions you might not have otherwise tried.

From the October 2017 issue of Live Happy magazine.

Stick to the Beat with Nerium Rhythm

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You know, a lot of people have asked, “What has made Nerium International so successful?” I answer in many different ways but tend to talk a great deal about our commitment to being a company that’s REAL. After all, Nerium creates leading-edge products backed by REAL science and supported by clinically proven REAL results. Our commitment to being REAL is probably one of the top reasons we’re also attracting REAL people who want to create REAL lifestyles for themselves. Every day we charge ahead with optimism and a positive philosophy, and that’s where the Nerium Rhythm comes in.
What’s the Nerium Rhythm?

The Nerium Rhythm can help you reach for the stars. It’s as simple as that !! It’s not about quick fixes or taking giant leaps. Instead, it’s all about how to combine the power of the Slight Edge philosophy with Nerium’s 10 Core Commitments. The goal is to get all Nerium Brand Partners to apply the Nerium Rhythm in their everyday life and do business in the same way, no matter what community or country you’re in. It doesn’t really matter what culture, language, or even time zone you find yourself in. This one easy-to-follow suggestion – follow the Nerium Rhythm – is your stepping stone to the ultimate success, whether your goals are personal or professional.
Doing the Right Thing, Day In and Day Out

Brand Partners and corporate employees all share the same philosophy: to master the mundane. It’s the philosophy that drives the Nerium Rhythm. Remember, successful people actually do the “mundane” – 10 seemingly unimportant acts every day. Successful people do these mundane things over and over and over again until the compound effect kicks in and…success !! Are you curious about what “mundane things” I’m talking about? Well, it’s Nerium’s 10 Core Commitments, of course !! But, that’s not the end of it, my friends. Now you know about our 10 Core Commitments but what drives our 10 commitments?
See below: Nerium’s 10 Core Commitments work hand-in-hand with the Slight Edge philosophy to help you reach and maintain success as a Nerium Brand Partner.

Push Yourself To the Edge of Your Limits

The Slight Edge drives the 10 Core Values, and just like our 10 Core Commitments, doing the same few tasks day after day after day will help you reach your goals and shape the way you think, the way you act, and the way you see life. If you’re serious about changing your life for the better, my suggestion is The Slight Edge. Master the mundane by repeating our 10 Core Commitments – and do it consistently and persistently. Add to this a positive attitude and you’ll see the benefits very soon.

What this means for you is that you have the freedoms to work wherever and whenever you want. You can work locally and build your business nationally. You can work locally and build your business globally.

Our rhythm never changes. Around the world, Brand Partners share the same rhythm. Our rhythm is our lifeline and will be one of your biggest assets.

Want to learn more about Nerium International and the life-changing opportunity that awaits you at Nerium.com/opportunity. You’ll see information about the many benefits that come from being a Nerium Independent Brand Partner. Also, get to know some of our leaders who have found success and changed their lives – all by following the Nerium Rhythm.