|There is a whole world outside of the one we live in. Get|
out, take an adventure, connect with the rest of the world.
|A new city, a new experience. Salt Lake City is beautiful, the architecture is|
breath taking. Grateful I jumped on a plane and didn't miss what was waiting
for me on this life changing trip.
|I love you Sharon! You're a guiding light, your heart so bright. Thank you for coming into my life and being such a gift!|
My experience at this event renders this event the greatest of my career to date. I was given the gift of going back in time, without forgetting what I know now, the greatest reward I could have been given at this point in my career. First, before I tell you what happened, let me go back a bit.
|Bill and Jack, you two are salt of the earth, so blessed to|
call you both friends. Thank you for making SLC great!
I began this new journey with my current company almost 8 months ago at the very beginning of a massive momentum situation in the US and Canada. From day one I made a growing list; two columns... one for who I want to become and another for who I do not want to become as a leader. Every time something or someone comes into my awareness that resembles who I want to or do not want to model myself, after I put it on the appropriate side of my list. So I have been working these past couple of months on developing myself as a humble servant and been praying daily for opportunities to be of humble service to support my goal of never seeing myself as above anyone, rather developing myself as someone who walks beside all others hand in hand.
|I love my team, best business partners and friends ever!!!|
|Patty you touched my heart, you go girl!!!|
Over coffee I tried to find a scooter rental company who could deliver a mobility scooter in a crunch. None were open. I said to myself... Oh well, tough it out girly your team is down there, and headed down to the convention center. I met up with my sponsor, friend, and mentor Cedrick to pick up my ticket and he informed that the Ruby panel happened the day before. No worries, I thought, it will be nice to sit with my team for this one. One of the first events was the newly ranked Sapphire and Sapphire Elite march, complete with drums and the crowd of some 900 excited souls cheering as the new Sapphire Executives entered the room, I captured it on video, super excited because one of my team members, Mr. Jack Branch, just earned the new rank making him a shoe in for the $6000 bonus on the table till the end of August 2015.
|Ruby and above lunch|
|Cedrick Harris & Kevin Giguere|
|So thankful to my business partners, my friends for being so supportive!|
We entered the elevator and I recognized the lady holding the door open as one of the Sapphires from the march. I smiled and congratulated her on her accomplishment. She excitedly said thank you and placed her hand on my shoulder and said... Don't give up you will get there too. I humbly said thank you. I didn't feel any need to correct her, this was her moment, I was grateful for the opportunity to just be of humble service, and said another silent thank you to God.
We got downstairs and I ran into another new Sapphire, and the same thing happened. It was like I was in some strange alternate universe where the exact same words were spoken, and again I humbly said thank you. I ran into members of leadership who I work with directly daily who did not recognize me, and I had to introduce myself, this repeated throughout the day, again and again. It was so bizarre and so awesome. I sat in the audience listening to one of the Diamond Directors tell his story of how he overcame great physical challenges after a serious car accident, losing a leg and gaining a lot of weight. The crowd roared as he shared how he had lost over 50lbs with our products and regained his health and mobility in the process. I was deeply moved and cheered with everyone else but for very personal reasons. I looked around the room, I cheered for us, the room who is here now, because this is when we need to be cheered, when we show up in the beginning. Cheer for us because we showed up when we were challenged in doing so.
After the event my team pushed me 6 blocks to dinner, we laughed along the way. It was so good to be with my team and I didn't care about my chair at this point. I was whole, I was complete, something so important happened to me this day - I was gifted the opportunity to remember what I felt like when I first joined this industry, as one of the people in the audience. I remembered wanting to get on that stage one day, wanting to be somebody, feeling like nobody. Being given the opportunity to be unrecognized for a day was the greatest gift ever. Because it is truly the new person who is the most important, the new person who joins your business is the person who needs to be recognized the most.
|On our way to dinner, we ran into Wendy and Randy outside of the hotel, it was great to reconnect with Wendy after meeting her in Florida last November when Amanda and I were looking into joining Jeunesse.|
After dinner we hailed a cab back to the hotel, entered the lobby and there were groups of people hanging out surrounding the owners of the company and various corporate leadership and Diamond Directors. They were taking photos with them, prodding for golden nuggets to take away on their own journey to getting to these high ranking, high paying positions. I saw the Diamond whose speech touched me and thanked him, shared that he had touched me deeply and he smiled and said... You're next, don't give up you will be on stage one day too. I laughed at this point, not at him, but I couldn't help myself. I was laughing at the Universe, laughing excitedly at his encouraging gesture. He smiled curiously and in explanation I shared that I have been on many stages as a top leader in my previous company and that he was about the 16th person to assure me that I too would be next and at this point I was quite sure I would hahahahaaaaa. We laughed together and then others around him recognized me, the spell was broken and I was remembered again.
|Malia I love you so much, so happy we got to hang out and get to know each other better. I am excited to share your journey.|
I woke up Sunday and sat in grateful prayer and meditation for the great gift I was given. I saw so clearly the message in it and what it could mean for me on my journey. I was reminded of who matters most in my line of business, the new person. I was reminded to see beyond what I might think of a person, specifically someone like me, an obese woman in a wheelchair with no rank pin on her collar. I was given the gift of being what I would have and did considered a nobody, myself a nobody in the beginning, just wanting evidence that I could become more, become somebody in an industry that I thought was something so different than what it became for me.
I went downstairs for our final day of training with my sponsor, Industry Leader Cedrick Harris, who is so much more than a sponsor to me. He is so much more than the fastest Diamond Director in our company history. He is a friend and my first mentor. I was on his team in my first company. He was the first "Ah Ha" moment for me. I will never forget, I sat in the back of the room feeling like a nobody; a broken obese woman in a wheelchair who had been awakened to the possibility of a new life, a chance to get off of government assistance, a chance to get healthy. I looked at him on stage and thought us worlds apart, wondering if I could ever be up there, on stage. And then he spoke. He shared his story of humble beginnings, coming from the streets just like me and I realized that day that he was no different than me, he simply started sooner. I was awakened to the truth that we all start at the beginning. I knew that day that there was only one way I could fail at becoming somebody in this industry. The only way I could fail was if I quit!
|Making new friends everywhere I go!|
Our last day training was team specific, everyone who attended on Cedricks team were treated to a full day of training from him and other leaders on the team. I stood up and shared this story with our team. I shared what I had experienced and how it had changed me. I asked how we apply this to our business, as we are in such a hurry to get close to leadership that we do not take the time to acknowledge the very people who will get us there, the new people in the room.
I learned something so valuable at this event. I remembered what matters most and was literally transformed. When I take the stage again one day I will stand up there with a completely different mindset than ever before. Being so early on in my career still, the times I have taken the stage to train and to share my story have been mostly about me. While I was excited to take part in changing lives, I was also driven to become somebody, and more than anything I was so nervous about even being up there that most of my thoughts were consumed with what others were thinking about me. This event has transformed me and I know now that as I grow my speaking career I will take more stages and will do so with a completely new outlook and goal, and that is to touch the hearts of the new person. It is all about them now, and that cannot be reversed.
It was always about helping others for me, however, there was the drive to reach my own goals; mingled with the limiting beliefs that I was not "somebody" yet. I am eternally grateful and know more than ever that everything happens for a reason. I was not meant to be on that panel or to remember my Ruby pin. I was meant to be one of the new people, with the new people for a day, and that my friends is how life works. When we ask for things, they are given to us. Often in the most unexpected ways. The lessons gained when we pay attention are life changing. The key is to pay attention to all experiences, with a goal to find the opportunity in each one. To do so; we must remove all labels we attach to our experiences. Stop determining one experience as unwanted, as bad, and another as wanted, as good. In doing so we miss the greatest gifts. For it is truly the experiences that we determine as unwanted ones that render the greatest growth for us.
I have spent the most of this year, with a goal of seeing the value in all experiences. A goal of detaching from labels. A goal of becoming the observer of my emotions, and determining who I am in relationship to each person and experience in my life. I chose this goal after reading "The Power Of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. Great book. I am so grateful to Eckhart, and to myself for this goal. This goal has brought me here to this event where instead of feeling wounded by not being recognized, or feeling less than, I felt excited, humbled, humored and enlightened by the experience. I found a great lesson in this experience, one that has already fueled a new goal for me. A new goal to help others know they are somebody now through realizing that I was somebody all along.