Blogs

First Last

Dec 27, 2011

Top 5 Founder Favorites of 2011—Year in Review

Yes, we, too, love a good year in review.

Here’s a look at our MonaVie Founders’ top 5 favorite memories of 2011…

Dallin A. Larsen, MonaVie Founder, Chairman, and CEO
1.    Selling the first case of MonaVie juice for $5,000 at the very first MonaVie meeting in January of 2005. This money was given to the Red Cross to help victims of a recent tsunami in Indonesia and Thailand. We started MonaVie by inviting all to give back and serve others. It’s a principle we’ve maintained.
2.    The countless letters I’ve received from distributors around the world sharing with me how their lives have been blessed physically and financially through MonaVie.
3.    The car ride in Seoul, Korea, with B.Y. Na, our General Manager, when he turned to me and said, “Dallin, what I love the most about MonaVie is that it’s offering people in Korea a way to live a More Meaningful Life.” I went back to the hotel and thought about this statement. As a result, we changed our slogan from “Drink it, Feel it, Share it” to “MonaVie – Helping People Live a More Meaningful Life.” A few months later, my good friend, B.Y. Na left this earth as he passed away due to complications from cancer. But his legacy will live on.
4.    My daughter, Boo (age 5, at the time), mimicking me at a meeting in Florida. I took her with me and as I’m giving the meeting, people start laughing. I wasn’t sure why and then I notice that my daughter is standing next to me mimicking my hand movements and my mannerisms. She’s a sweetheart.
5.    The day I got word from our accounting department that with that week’s commission payments, we had just exceeded $1 billion in commissions paid to our distributors. It warmed my heart knowing that we were indeed blessing many people around the world.

Henry Marsh, MonaVie Founder and Vice Chairman
1.    Serving dinner to tsunami victims in Sendai, Japan, and feeling of their gratitude.
2.    Attending the Superbowl with MonaVie Black Diamonds, and watching Gina Merritt, Lita Hart, and Holly Roush rush on stage to see the Black Eyed Peas.
3.    Riding ATVs on the beaches of Cabo at the Black Diamond Destination.
4.    Raising $1.5 million plus at the MORE Project Gala at Convention 2011.
5.    Seeing the positive effects that MonaVie products have on people’s lives, such as the Balusek family and Petey Dandini with MonaVie RVL.

Randy Larsen, MonaVie President of Asia Pacific, Founder and Vice Chairman
1.    Taking 350 orphans to the Zoo in Korat, Thailand, with Shah Kahn, my friend the monk, and other distributors.
2.    Visiting the flood victims of Thailand, along with many MonaVie distributors, and assisting those victims with food and supplies.
3.    My first visit to India, and meeting the India staff and visiting some charities with Katie and Raj and team.
4.    MORE Project dinner and program at Convention when I saw the true hearts of so many generous distributors give.
5.    Convention: hearing and seeing so many incredible life stories and feeling the special spirit at that event.

What were your favorite MonaVie memories of 2011? Leave us a comment.

Dec 20, 2011

MonaVie Distributor or Master Gardener? The Challenge


IF YOU CURSE THE RAIN AND THEN COMPLAIN WHEN THE SUN SHINES TOO HOT, YOU MAY BE MISSING OUT ON ONE OF LIFE’S GREATEST PRINCIPLES. CALL IT KARMA, THE LAW OF ATTRACTION, THE GOLDEN RULE, THE LAW OF THE HARVEST, OR ANY OF ITS OTHER MONIKERS. THIS AGE-OLD PRINCIPLE IS AGING LIKE A FINE WINE IN A WORLD OF INCREASING NEGATIVITY. PLANT THE SEED OF POSITIVE THINKING IN YOUR PROVERBIAL MONAVIE GARDEN AND SEE WHAT GROWS!
 
When properly cared for, a garden will produce fruits and vegetables that are beneficial to the body. As useful as a garden is, however, it would be a shame if its practicality ended at the dinner table. A garden’s greatest value may be found in analogy.
 
In the book, As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen, the author states:
“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind."
 
Planting the Right Seeds
Have you ever approached a prospective distributor about the MonaVie opportunity, and he wasn’t receptive? After thanking him for his time, did you say to yourself, “I knew he wouldn’t be interested”? And all the while you’re wondering how distributors in your upline seem to win the interest of everyone they talk to.
 
What if you had the power to influence—for good—your interactions with potential distributors? The truth is that you do. The effort you put into programming your thoughts and attitude will be reflected in your interactions. 

The Seeds of Doubt and Fear (part 2 of 4)
Consider the classic example of two people (let’s call them Mike and John) who come in contact with a group of “troubled teens” on the street.

Mike is a former counselor for troubled teens and, based on previous experiences, knows that deep down these are good kids who, for one reason or another, don’t understand how to get the love and acceptance they want. Mike walks right up to the kids and starts kidding around with them, establishing immediate rapport. Before parting, he cautions them to stay out of trouble, and leaves with a smile. The scene played out just as he had anticipated it would.
 
John, on the other hand, has little experience with troubled teens. In fact, the only thing John knows about troubled teens is that they toilet papered his house last Halloween and bullied his son once after a high school football game. The pre-judgments taking place in John’s mind will be manifested in his interaction—or lack thereof—with the group. Likewise, sensing John’s fear and resentment, the troubled teens will inevitably react in such a way so as to produce the fruit of the seed John planted.
 
Your thoughts, preconceived notions, and expectations will all be mirrored by those with whom you come in contact. By thinking positively and expecting a favorable outcome, you can greatly increase your chances of having good interactions with prospective distributors each and every time.

The Seed of Choice (part 3 of 4)
Like a radio that offers new music with each turn of the dial, life, too, is ready and able to provide you with whatever it is you may be seeking—from the most virtuous virtue to the most visceral vice. The various frequencies on your FM/AM radio are ever-present over the airways, but it isn’t until you choose to tune into one of them that you will hear that station’s music and bring that influence—good or bad—into your life.

In life, your thoughts act as the tuner for your mind and, thus, determine what kind of mental music you listen to and are influenced by. Some popular mental music stations play music featuring negativity and co-starring self-pity. With so many options available, why spend time listening to the same old song? Commit now to wake up tomorrow with the attitude that today will be the best day of your life. Then mentally plan how your day will be successful and how you will respond to potential challenges. And don’t be surprised when you do have an extraordinary day or when people start coming into your life who share your same beliefs. After all, they’re listening to the same station you are.

Now that you know you can choose to dance to a different tune—even though you may have been listening to the same one for years—what kind of “mental music” will you select from this day forward? And will you be programming yourself for success?

The MonaVie Master Gardener Challenge (part 4 of 4)
The garden analogy proves to be fertile soil in giving birth to some of life’s most valuable lessons. Just as seeds in a garden need sun, water, and soil to thrive, so the seeds of successful and positive thought require nurturing in the form of discipline, practice, and—most importantly—belief. 
 
Take the MonaVie Master Gardener challenge: First, define why you are passionate about MonaVie. Then, get excited about sharing that passion with others and envision everyone you come into contact with embracing the opportunity. Finally, over the next week, contact at least 10 people with your new and improved mindset. The power of your positive thoughts will greatly enhance your interactions, and even if your prospect isn’t immediately receptive…you just may have planted a seed.

Let us know how this works for you by leaving a comment, and thanks for listening!

Dec 19, 2011

MonaVie Distributor or Master Gardener? The Seed of Choice (part 3 of 4)

Previously, we discussed the pesky seeds of fear and doubt and how, through positive thinking, you can greatly affect your desired outcome. This week, we discuss the seed of choice…

The Seed of Choice
Like a radio that offers new music with each turn of the dial, life, too, is ready and able to provide you with whatever it is you may be seeking—from the most virtuous virtue to the most visceral vice. The various frequencies on your FM/AM radio are ever-present over the airways, but it isn’t until you choose to tune into one of them that you will hear that station’s music and bring that influence—good or bad—into your life.

In life, your thoughts act as the tuner for your mind and, thus, determine what kind of mental music you listen to and are influenced by. Some popular mental music stations play music featuring negativity and co-starring self-pity. With so many options available, why spend time listening to the same old song? Commit now to wake up tomorrow with the attitude that today will be the best day of your life. Then mentally plan how your day will be successful and how you will respond to potential challenges. And don’t be surprised when you do have an extraordinary day or when people start coming into your life who share your same beliefs. After all, they’re listening to the same station you are.

Now that you know you can choose to dance to a different tune—even though you may have been listening to the same one for years—what kind of “mental music” will you select from this day forward? And will you be programming yourself for success?

Tune in Wednesday, December 21, for our final chapter in this four-part blog series: The MonaVie Master Gardener Challenge!

Dec 15, 2011

The Seeds of Fear and Doubt (part 2 of 4), MonaVie Distributor or Master Gardener?

Stop! Have you read part one of this four-part blog series? If not, you may want to do so now by clicking here.

Previously, we discussed the importance of planting the right mental seeds that will help lead to success. This week, we discuss the seeds of doubt and fear…
 
The Seeds of Doubt and Fear
Consider the classic example of two people (let’s call them Mike and John) who come in contact with a group of “troubled teens” on the street.

Mike is a former counselor for troubled teens and, based on previous experiences, knows that deep down these are good kids who, for one reason or another, don’t understand how to get the love and acceptance they want. Mike walks right up to the kids and starts kidding around with them, establishing immediate rapport. Before parting, he cautions them to stay out of trouble, and leaves with a smile. The scene played out just as he had anticipated it would.
 
John, on the other hand, has little experience with troubled teens. In fact, the only thing John knows about troubled teens is that they toilet papered his house last Halloween and bullied his son once after a high school football game. The pre-judgments taking place in John’s mind will be manifested in his interaction—or lack thereof—with the group. Likewise, sensing John’s fear and resentment, the troubled teens will inevitably react in such a way so as to produce the fruit of the seed John planted.
 
Your thoughts, preconceived notions, and expectations will all be mirrored by those with whom you come in contact. By thinking positively and expecting a favorable outcome, you can greatly increase your chances of having good interactions with prospective distributors each and every time.

Have you found this to be true in your life? Leave us a comment below.

Tune in Monday, December 19, as we discuss the seed of “choice,” in part three of this four-part series.

Dec 13, 2011

MonaVie Distributor or Master Gardener? (part 1 of 4)

IF YOU CURSE THE RAIN AND THEN COMPLAIN WHEN THE SUN SHINES TOO HOT, YOU MAY BE MISSING OUT ON ONE OF LIFE’S GREATEST PRINCIPLES. CALL IT KARMA, THE LAW OF ATTRACTION, THE GOLDEN RULE, THE LAW OF THE HARVEST, OR ANY OF ITS OTHER MONIKERS. THIS TIMELESS PRINCIPLE IS AGING LIKE A FINE WINE IN A WORLD OF INCREASING NEGATIVITY. PLANT THE SEED OF POSITIVE THINKING IN YOUR PROVERBIAL MONAVIE GARDEN AND SEE WHAT GROWS!

When properly cared for, a garden will produce fruits and vegetables that are beneficial to the body. As useful as a garden is, however, it would be a shame if its practicality ended at the dinner table. A garden’s greatest value may be found in analogy.

In the book, As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen, the author states:

“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind."

Planting the Right Seeds
Have you ever approached a prospective distributor about the MonaVie opportunity, and he wasn’t receptive? After thanking him for his time, did you say to yourself, “I knew he wouldn’t be interested”? And all the while you’re wondering how distributors in your upline seem to win the interest of everyone they talk to.

What if you had the power to influence—for good—your interactions with potential distributors? The truth is that you do. The effort you put into programming your thoughts and attitude will be reflected in your interactions.

Tune in Friday, December 16, as we discuss the seeds of "fear and doubt," in part two of this four-part series.

Until then, share with us your thoughts on “Planting the Right Seeds.”

Dec 7, 2011

Your Starving Cells and How to Feed Them

Join the RVLution and lose weight with MonaVie RVL
You: (stomach growling)
Your friend: Was that your stomach growling?
You: Yeah, I’m so hungry. It must be time for dinner.
Your friend: It’s only 3:30 p.m.!

Has this ever happened to you? You had a big lunch, but only a few hours later you were hungry again. When you feel hungry, two factors are at play: volume (the amount of food you ate) and nutrition (the nutrient quality of the food you ate).

Volume. When you eat a meal, you become “full” by filling the space in your stomach with food. This feeling gives you the sensation of being full and satisfied. Nutrition. When your cells receive the proper nutrition they require to function at an optimal level, you will feel satisfied, and not hungry. The nutrients your cells need to carry out their basic and essential functions include vitamins, minerals, protein, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, among others.

So how do you explain the phenomenon that occurs when you feel hungry just hours after eating a large—but nutritionally void—meal? The answer is simple: volume has given you the sensation of being full (temporarily), but the lack of nutrition in the meal has left your cells screaming in protest for something they can use to do their jobs.

When it comes to proper nutrition and managing your weight, every calorie counts; however, all calories are not created equal.

Now, here’s the good news: MonaVie RVL Nutrition Shake Mix utilizes “smart” calories. These nutrient dense calories provide a high return on your caloric intake so you stock up on nutrients, not calories. In fact, just one serving of MonaVie RVL Shake Mix delivers a wider array of nutrients than a typical meal—in half the calories.

This is pure cell food! Your mitochondria will be so excited with the new load of fuel they’ve received, you’ll feel the results immediately. Having received the nutrition they need to function properly, your cells won’t be ringing the dinner bell prematurely. Could this be the dieter’s best friend?

Next time you feel hungry before you think you should be, evaluate the nutritional content of your last meal and give your system a boost with MonaVie RVL—a veritable oasis of nutrition for your thirsting cells.

Did you find this article helpful? Leave a comment below.

Dec 2, 2011

100 Testimonials Milestone Reached in Fewer than 100 Days!

We’ve traveled throughout the world of MonaVie to collect your “I Am MonaVie” testimonials. And, thanks to you, we’ve been able to reach our goal of 100 testimonials in 100 days—ahead of schedule!

From homemakers and professional athletes to farmers and realtors, we’ve collected your amazing stories and made them available, conveniently, on our dedicated I Am MonaVie video webpage. Here, we’ve categorized the testimonials so that you can browse for ones that will be most relevant to you and those with whom you come in contact.

If we haven’t yet heard your I Am MonaVie testimonial, not to worry; we’re not stopping at 100! We will continue to collect your testimonials as we travel to various I Am MonaVie events.

A world leader in relationship marketing, MonaVie values the people who make up our company—and it’s easy to see why when you hear their stories. Click here to view those latest testimonials that helped us reach our goal of 100!

Dec 2, 2011

'Tis the Season. 'Tis the Opportunity.



We hope you are having both a happy and productive start to the holiday season. If you're toying with the idea of taking your foot off of the MonaVie sales gas pedal and coasting for the rest of the year, think again! Impressive early holiday season sales indicate there’s a buying spree in progress and you’ve got the opportunity to get in on this big uptick in consumer spending.

Reports abound that retail sales for the first four days of the holiday season were up by 8.7%. Cyber Monday saw a whopping 22% growth in spending. And especially encouraging is a story in the December 1 edition of USA TODAY that indicated a nice bump in credit card spending—better still is this same story cited a long-range projection that credit card usage will increase by 63% from now through 2016.

These positive holiday stats point to one piece of good news: Americans are more than ready to open up and keep spending—not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but right now. So put your foot down on your MonaVie selling accelerator. Make sure you pass this wonderful holiday news to your downline, and that everyone pays it forward for the happiest, healthiest, and wealthiest holiday season and beyond!

Nov 29, 2011

Survive or Thrive: The Acai Berry--Deserted Island Option or Everyday Essential?

You’re stranded on a deserted island.
If you could have just one food with you, what would it be?

There might be a new answer for this age-old question. Having gained a reputation as one of the world’s top superfoods and boasting a complete complement of nutrients, the acai berry is not just a wise choice for “What if?” scenarios.

For centuries, the people of the Amazon have revered the acai berry for its nutritional properties. Their tribal healers used acai to promote health and longevity, and their warriors consumed it as a source of strength, energy, and vitality. Today, the remarkable health benefits of acai have been studied by modern science. And because of its unparalleled antioxidant levels and superior nutrient content, acai is now being cited as a highly beneficial addition to a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

View "Healing Quest: Acai Herbal Insight with Mark Blumenthal"

Among the beneficial nutrients in the acai berry are antioxidants and phytonutrients.

  • Antioxidants are an invaluable tool in the fight against free radical damage, which is so pervasive in today’s world where pollution, sun exposure, and convenience foods are prolific offenders. Free radicals can cause cell damage, which can lead to a variety of health issues. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals, thereby reducing their damaging effects on the body.
  • Phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals, are the compounds found in fruits that give them their color (pigmentation). Their role in nature is to protect a plant’s tissues, fruits, and seeds from invasion by microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. When we eat fruits, the protective properties of their phytonutrients are conferred to us, thus promoting good health. One important class of phytonutrients is anthocyanins, which have received considerable attention for their ability to decrease health risks associated with aging. Boasting an anthocyanin level of up to 20 times that of red wine, the acai berry appears to be unmatched in the world of fruits.

Increasing your daily intake of a variety of fruits high in antioxidants and phytonutrients is one of the best ways to protect your long-term health. The acai berry is also rich in many other nutrients, including essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, amino acids, and complex carbohydrates. Few foods can lay claim to the nutritional properties of this remarkable berry.

And while it’s unlikely that you will ever be stranded on a deserted island, it’s worth including in your daily diet those foods deemed among the best—foods that will help you look and feel your best. The acai berry from the Amazon rainforest certainly qualifies as one of these foods. Teeming with exotic wildlife and pristine plant life, it’s as if the Amazon rainforest is making a statement—by offering to the world a summary of all its rich goodness—in the form of the acai berry.

Acai is a welcome discovery at a time when most of us are seeking not merely to survive, but to thrive. Now more than ever, people are stepping up to accept responsibility for the foods they ingest. Why not be one of them? Choose to include “deserted island foods” in your daily diet, and make a positive contribution to your healthy and active lifestyle.

Nov 28, 2011

Succeeding at Two Jobs: Organize, Organize, Organize!

Many current MonaVie distributors and potential distributors hold down more than one job. Add in family responsibilities and time becomes a precious commodity. So, how can you make it all work, and succeed in all areas of your life?

We found a great article in USA TODAY, penned by Michael Crom, Executive Vice President of Dale Carnegie Training, that focuses on this very subject. The bottom line is: organize, organize, organize! Easy to say; much more difficult to execute. But here are some wonderful tips from the article:

Acquire efficient work habits
Set aside a small amount of time to organize what must be done. This process will give you a more positive attitude, and you will feel a lot less overwhelmed. Make sure that you are comfortable in the routine that you have created.  If you are not happy with your current routine, then change it. You'll be glad you did.

Gain control over your time
You must maintain a daily planner. This can be either in electronic form on your computer, tablet or smartphone, or on paper. This is critical to ensure that you're on top of all of the details regarding both of your jobs. The time you spend planning and setting your priorities will reduce the time needed to execute—and to succeed!

Reduce stress by writing lists
Use your daily planner as the central location for all “To Do” lists, notes, ideas and the like. As you move through your list, take a linear approach to execution—meaning focus upon one task before moving to another. You are already multi-tasking with two jobs. Multi-tasking within multi-tasking will only create unproductive stress.

Attitude adjustment
Succeeding in one job is stressful enough. You've chosen to tackle two jobs! Stay calm. Avoid overreacting or panicky decision-making. Take charge of the very dynamic situation that you have opted for with an "I can do it" attitude! 

Whether you're working with MonaVie as your second job, considering joining the MonaVie team to generate additional income or you are committed as a full-time MonaVie distributor, MonaVie is committed to helping you with everything you need to create A More Meaningful Life.

First Last