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Jan 14, 2011

Resolution Success Means Getting Out of Your Own Way

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"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."

-Edmund Hillary

Ah…a new year. A fresh start. At the very least a new Dilbert calendar. Once again, tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. The annual goal setting, personal inventory reflection season is upon us!

And as we reflect on the past year and look forward to this year, most of us have something we want to accomplish, something we want to do. I’ve done it many times, and then get to the end of the year (OK more like the end of February....sometimes January) and wonder, what happened? Where did I go wrong?

Almost every time the answer is MYSELF!

I wasn’t committed enough, I made excuses, I rationalized my decisions, and I sabotaged my own success.

Is your goal to lose weight? (I think we have a program for that!) Learn another language? Are your goals financial or spiritual or even service oriented? Maybe your goal is to find a way to have a family vacation? Well, here are words of advice and a few links to help you on your way.

  • Have a locker room pep and chalk talk with yourself. You’ve seen the sports movies where the coach comes in and delivers the inspirational speech to pump up the team, or words of inspiration are given before a battle. I'm not talking self affirmations with Stuart Smalley, but more like the Rocky Balboa type of pep talk (eat some raw eggs if necessary). Don't forget to take a moment to get in the proper mindset to not only set a goal, but to tell yourself how you will accomplish your goal. Find a quiet place where there are no distractions and start writing down your goals, dreams, plans for the year and how you will get there. When finished, print it out and post it wherever you need it...work, the car, the refrigerator, etc.

  • KISS – not the band, the principle. Keep things simple. If evenings are usually busy with family time, then get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning to exercise (see how simple that was?). “Oh…but I’m not a morning person...”  (insert whining sounds and see the next bullet) Be specific with your goals and how you will accomplish them. Be realistic. If you have 20 goals for the year and you've never really accomplished one...maybe you should start off with three (OK...maybe 1 for me!). Remember...baby steps!

  • Avoid the excuses and obstacles. Excuses are those things that prevent you from accomplishing your goals. Excuses lead to rationalization and before you know it you’re eating bon-bons on the couch watching Seinfeld re-runs and Shark vacuum infomercials at 2 a.m. (Have you seen the new steam one?). Popular excuses include:
  • It costs too much…

    I don’t have time…

    I’m too tired…

    The dog ate my homework...

    The Shark vacuum infomercial was on...(this is a terrible excuse btw)

    When we use excuses, we are really saying we don’t care!

  • Make your goals a priority. Where we spend our time is where our priorities lie. When other obstacles or items come your way are your goals going to take a backseat? Are you going to sacrifice your goals for Bunco night with the ladies or golfing with the boys? Uh…No! (unless the golf course is Pebble Beach, or Augusta National--then you have no choice) You can still go out and have fun, just make sure your priorities and goals come first and know that you saying "Yes" to everything is a big No-No!  Here’s a great article on learning to say NO!  (Heck…even Nancy Reagan would be proud!)

  • Find goal support. If you are trying to quit smoking or drinking, hanging out with pals at the local pub probably isn’t the greatest idea. If you are trying to lose weight, going out to eat everyday with your friends, also not the most intelligent activity. If you are serious about your goal-- your friends, spouse, family not only deserve to know about it, but can be a great benefit to you and some may want to join you! In fact you should ask them to join you!  (BTW, the RVL website has a great way of inviting others to join you!)

  • Abundant sources of information, inspiration and advice. No matter where you look these days there’s an over abundance of advice and information. From motivational books, to blogs, podcasts, websites, videos, programs, etc. In fact, there are some fabulous MonaVie leaders who are quite inspiring on their own! Here are a few other links that I thought were good reads to help you with your personal and business goals.

New Year’s Resolutions for Innovative Teams

3 Tips to Help You Stick to your 2011 New Year’s  Resolutions

5 Goal Setting Tips for the New Year

Leave a comment below and tell us your goals for the upcoming year and some of the tips that have helped you!

Jan 7, 2011

MonaVie RVL Giveaway Winners

The moment of truth you've all been waiting for has come, as we announce the winners of the MonaVie RVL-giveaway!

(cue drumroll)

The winner of the autographed RVL Shake Mix is Stacie Johnson from Facebook. We liked her comment so much we thought we'd share it!

Stacie Johnson : Just began the RVL last week, lost 4 lbs in 3 days. Wasnt expecting to be able to purchase it at this time as it really is not in the budget. My hubby surprised me with a tub around Christmas. I know if this works for me, all the people watching our business will jump in. And anyone who knows how much weight I have to lose, will be amazed!! I like the RVL program and the best thing is the site that helps you choose meals, counts your calories for you, builds your grocery list for you, tracks your progress, gives you other options and helps you with accountability…WHAT more can you ask for? How can you fail?…except you giving up!

Well said Stacie and congrats!

The winner of the RVL Swag Bag goes to Craig Beder (@27craig) from Twitter for retweeting our giveaway. Thanks Craig, you'll be receiving some excellent RVL swag!

Stacie and Craig please send your mailing addresses to shantes@monavie.com or michael.jensen@monavie.com and we'll make sure it gets mailed out next week after the big Orlando extravaganza!

Thank you to all who commented and who have made the RVL Launch a success. Stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter and BlogMV for more information and more giveaways!!

Nov 15, 2010

Farmville, the Golden Rule & the Real You

For those of you who frequent Facebook, you may have run into, oh…I dunno, about 100,000 Farmville posts in your Facebook feed (btw..there are over 80 million players!). For those not familiar with Farmville, it’s a virtual farming game with animals, crops and all the fixins, that about 10% of all Facebook members play. (BTW…A co-worker here at MonaVie said his Mom is addicted, and she actually sets the alarm to feed the “virtual” animals at 4 a.m., then goes back to sleep—Yikes!). You may have clicked on a Farmville post (you're not off the hook either Mafia Wars!) and even started to play the game, OR...if you’re like me, you were constantly annoyed and had to hide it in your Facebook feed.

The Golden Rule

Since one of my jobs here at MonaVie is monitoring our online presence, every day I see what is being said by you and by others about MonaVie. The good. The bad. The ugly. Almost daily I  think how can we communicate with others online more effectively? Are we essentially showing up in our friend’s feed like a Farmville post, or other spammers? How would I want to be communicated with? I kept coming back to the Golden Rule as an answer to that very question. Before you post on social media channels, have you asked, "Is this how I'd want to be communicated with?"  I asked myself what characteristics do I look for when connecting with someone (and I suggest you make a similar list—do it…do it now!) and quickly wrote down the first things that came to mind (start writing!). My quick initial responses were:

  • Authenticity – someone who is real/honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Interesting
  • Common interests
  • Pleasant, humorous, positive
  • Helpful

The Real You

I recently shared the article “Will the Real You Please Stand Up?” on MonaVie’s Twitter feed and is a rather thought provoking article that questions if we are the same person online, as we are face-to-face? So who are you really? Do people know you as MonaVie, or for the real you? Are you a person or a brand first? After writing that list, I realized, those qualities are ones that I want others to perceive in me! My next question was, so how would others be able to find out that I have these qualities? I realized that to make real connections it’s not going to happen in one post, or even 10, but that it takes time, and am I patient enough to get there? Are you? Comment below and let us know how you connect with others!

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Mar 5, 2010

Social Media and Privacy

Excellent question posted yesterday by Alex Giftos that I would like to address:

Hopefully I’m asking a question that many want to know but just aren’t asking.

I have a Facebook account (which most people are using for fun and not business), and I also have a Twitter account.

One of the things that I hear from people I ask to join is that they are concerned about privacy issues. They don’t want their name and all their personal information available to anyone who wants to search for it (you can find your Facebook account on a Google search).

Since joining Twitter at the request of @TheMonavieTeam before our St. Louis Winter Leadership, I have gotten many people following my Twitter account. Many of these people I do not know or have never heard of. When I check their profiles, I see that they are either involved in a competitive MLM or think that they have a training system that is the World’s greatest. (of course, they are wrong. There can’t be two #1 training systems out there….said in jest….said in jest). Sometimes they market a completely unrelated product, and I realize that I’m being added to a list.

How do you protect yourself and your privacy from people who want to take advantage of social media to either steal an identity or just spam you to sell their wares?

First of all, kudos Alex, on the awesome question. I think there are many wondering the same thing. I’ve certainly answered the question at trainings before.

If you are new to Twitter you may see a number of individuals start to follow you that you don’t know. Don’t be alarmed. Individuals and organizations often find other individuals and organizations by doing a search using key words. If you happen to mention one of these key words they will most likely start following you and never do anything more than that, which makes them relatively harmless.

For example, and this may sound more risqué than it is, back in my beginning Twitter days I happened to mention something about the acai berry lotion by Victoria’s Secret on my personal account. Soon enough, Victoria’s Secret was following me along with a few other questionable organizations/individuals. Again though, it was harmless and I never had anyone contact me or solicit any product. Another example is our social media manager mentioned bacon in one of his personal Twitter updates and Denny’s popped up in his followers soon after. Random right?

If you wish to take a few precautions or have been spammed beyond what you think is common here are a few things you can do:

  1. Block that individual or organization from following you or visiting your page– this is under the Actions drop down menu on Twitter and links are posted on your Facebook page as well. The person you are blocking will not be notified.  They can still visit your Twitter or Facebook page by going directly to your URL but your Tweets will not show up in their Twitter feed, and your Facebook status updates will not show in their news feed. You can also report anyone who you feel is spamming or being a cyber bully or for any other reason you feel warrants reporting. Links are provided with every comment. Both Twitter and Facebook discourage spamming and give you many options to report this activity.
  2. Create lists – both in Twitter and Facebook, you can create lists of people and then designate when you update your status or add photos or video with whom you want to share the new content.
  3. Privacy settings – there are privacy settings for nearly every social media platform and while it would be quite lengthy to walk you through each platform here, know that they are easy to find and navigate if you do a simple search. You can privatize your Tweets, making them available only to those you designate; much the same way you can privatize a blog.

Finally, not everyone wants to be as out there as say, a chief blogger for a global company. I realize my personal Facebook page and other social media sites are available to anyone who can Google my first and last name. This is a decision I made before I went live with MonaVie’s social media platforms. I knew I would be found and was open to contact and to date, I haven’t had any negative experiences.

However, if you don’t want your world open to the world, including photos and content about your kids, family, or anything you would consider off limit to the general population, I suggest you set up a second profile/account (ie under a nickname) that you share with only those close to you.

As for spammers and competitors, it’s a managed risk. As MonaVie gains popularity and our communities grow, spammers and competitors will also gravitate towards these communities. Consider it a natural by-product of success. Also, this is another reason we have the Policies and Procedures and adhere strictly to the FTC guidelines. Those with competing interests are watching and will report bad behavior while others (and I’ve found this is definitely a minority group) just wish to antagonize. In the words of my father, “It is what it is…”

While the advantages of social media are awesome, you must realize that nearly everything you put on the Internet can be viewed. Even that credit card information is not safe from the most savvy of hackers. So, be cautious, be professional, be aware and be informed.

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

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