two horses, one hiney — not possible

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At last count, this post below on my Facebook.com/BarefootExecutive page had 175 shares, 80+ comments & 555+ likes! So…I’m guessing I struck a nerve. I thought you might like to see it here too!

When you read it, please keep in mind that this applies to EVERY business model, niche & focus. I mentioned direct sales…but don’t think for a minute it doesn’t also apply to every entrepreneur’s tendency to chase every shiny niche or market that interests them.

I’d love for you to share this with your teams, friends, families and networks. I’d love to see your comments below too…even if it is just ‘Ouch! I hear you Carrie!’

Stop waffling. Stop dabbling. Stop waivering.

 

I love to support direct sales and home marketing companies.

I use Scentsy warmers.
I use Mary Kay skin care & cosmetics.
I use Rodan & Fields body lotion and lip care.
I wear Premier & Paparazzi jewelry. I likely have some Cookie Lee too.
I cook with Pampered Chef.
I store with Tupperware.
I stash my stuff in Longaberger.
I use supplements ranging from Le-Vel to Plexus to Isagenix to Visalus to …you-name-it.
I spark from Advocare.
I carry my gear in a 31 bag.
I’m trying the lash stuff from Younique.
My girlies love to sport the Jamberry nails.
I’m a fan of oils from Living Essentials and d’Terra

I love it y’all and I love to support folks in business… BUT — listen (this is really important) __ BUT…if you are repping MORE THAN ONE COMPANY…you are doing yourself, your companies and your customers a disservice.

It is impossible to successfully ride 2 horses with one hiney. CanNOT be done.

“Which is the best opportunity?” your prospect asks you.

HOW DO YOU ANSWER THAT? You cannot even choose! #ouch

So…if you want to be a CUSTOMER of a LOT of them (like me). Support your sisters, support the industry, support the product line.

But STOP signing up to SELL all of them.

CHOOSE ONE. Choose a path. Choose a marketing plan, a compensation plan, a company culture and a product you can LOVE WITH, LIVE WITH and GROW WITH.

Otherwise…you’ll be doing a lot of a little bit for a very long time and wondering why you aren’t getting better results.

#offSOAPBOXnow
#barefootexecutive

If you chase 2 rabbits at one time…you will catch neither one. Proven fact.

Success Tips from a 2nd Grader

LauraLee Wilkerson

For those of you that have been following me for awhile…that’s ‘Baby Barefoot’ — she was just 10 weeks old when I started ‘The Barefoot Executive’ website.  She’s my youngest of 4 kids and now 7 years old and in 2nd grade!!

She’s been working on an animal unit in Science class this term and the wrap up of that unit was an animal research presentation.

Baby Barefoot (her big girl name is LauraLee) chose the Panda.

This assignment was given 6 weeks ago and seemed BIG when we got it, but thanks to her teacher’s instructions and segmented tasks, it became less overwhelming.

I snapped this shot (secretly) last night while she was preparing for her presentation today. She did great! (As a side note, I’ll say she seems like a natural public speaker – yayyyyyy!!)

But you know how I am…it occurred to me that this process might be helpful for YOU if you are overwhelmed with a project or progress. Fair enough?

  1. We chose one topic to focus on. Pandas. Not mammals. Not all bears. Not all black and white animals. Just pandas. Ahem — you might be struggling with narrowing down your focus in a certain area.
  2. We had a firm due date. Shocking! A deadline? For completion? Imagine if you set a firm deadline on the ______ you have been procrastinating on!
  3. She had one area to focus on per week and it was in a logical order. One week we checked out library books (remember those?) One week we chose pictures. One week we focused on habitat, etc.  Would it help your progress if you took a 6 week calendar and focused on one chunk or step per week that moved you logically towards your goal?
  4. There were guidelines for how the finished project was supposed to look. Hmmmm what if you modeled your progress is this area (You know the area you’re thinking of…it’s nagging you, I bet.) What if you modeled your progress after something you’ve seen, done or admired before? It would give you a guideline for what you’re aiming at!
  5. The due date was a public reveal – a class presentation! Ahhhh – a public accountability is HUGE! Can you be accountable to your mailing list? Your Facebook friends? Your church congregation? Your clients? Your ________?

Anyway… just a few thoughts as I dropped off Baby Barefoot with her Panda Project at school today. I thought the process was really helpful for moving her right along and keeping her from waiting until the last minute…and it hit me that maybe…just maybe, it would be helpful for you too!

I’d love to hear from you about a project or progress you want move forward on in the comments below and how these steps might get you moving!! And as always – please share, like, tweet and otherwise ;)

 

Can You Change Your Mind?

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Mindset Video

 

Sometimes the most important thing to change is your MIND.

I’m convinced that success is in the ‘M&M’s and no, I don’t mean the candy-coated chocolates.

I’m talking about  “M’s” that I am going to share with you that will make a huge difference in your business and your life. The first in this series is your Mindset. What I know is that it is critical to have the appropriate mindset.

I get asked all the time:

• “Carrie, how did you lose so much weight?”

• “How did you get out of over six figures worth of debt?”

• “How did you deal with depression, infertility and doubts of self worth?”

The basic question with all of that is, “How did I start”? How did I start when the problems were so big? How did I deal with it all when so much of my life seemed to be going so wrong? I hate to say that my life was going wrong. That sounds so negative, doesn’t it? Surely there were still many blessings to be counted. But truth be told, that was a very dark time in my life.

Maybe you are in a dark place right now too and you are reading this hoping and praying that I will have an answer for you. You’re hoping that there is some way to fix it overnight even though you know the problems have been around for a while.

I have no magic… but I can share what worked for me and I believe it will work for you too.

Here is what helped me:

• lose over 100 pounds (truthfully…I’ve lost about 572 lbs if you count all my yo-yoing ;)

• pay off over $100,000 worth of debt

• dig out of the pit of depression (this is a constant battle, I won’t sugarcoat that)

• overcome the pain of infertility — feeling like I was broken for such a ‘natural’ life event

I realized I could not change my weight, my debt, or even my relationships overnight, but what I could change and what I did change was my MINDSET. I changed my mind to believe that I was not going to live my life as a victim anymore. I was not going to let my finances and my weight just “happen” to me anymore.

I decided to take back the control.
I made a decision.
I changed my mind and that changed everything.

Decide right now, just as I did, that YOU will determine your income, your weight, your happiness. Do you believe that? Do you believe that your happiness is a choice? It IS, friend — it truly is.

It is not dependent on luck or chance or whatever other clichés you are used to hearing and believing.

Choose to believe that you can make a difference in your future INSTANTLY by changing what you believe about it.
Change your mindset and when your mindset is different, you will look different, walk taller, and sound different. When you change your mindset, it will show up in everything else in your life. This applies to relationships, parenting, finances, and business. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen when you REALLY decide to change your mindset and then get moving in alignment with that new mindset each and every day of your life.

I ask you, what mindset do you need to change today?
What needs to be altered between your ears in order to make things different for you?

003: What’s Stopping My Growth? (1 of 3)

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In this 17 minute episode:

  • Phew! Find out why the big gap between episodes and why that WON’T be happening again!
  • Hear a few tips on ‘making things happen’ even with a crazy house like ours!
  • Listen in on the Top 3 things business builders say is tripping them up!
  • Have overwhelm? This is the episode for you!
  • Frozen trying to decide what is next or what is going undone? Listen in to FIX it once and for all!
  • Learn about Carrie’s new ‘work with you’ to create your business marketing plan workshop! *YIPPEE*

Details on The Barefoot Intensive Workshop Here <==

 

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002: Building a House One Book at a Time

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In this 19 minute episode:

  • That’s not a typo…listen in on how a BOOK helped him build a house!
  • Listen to Carrie’s recommended ‘read’ for the week!
  • 3 Tips for ‘building’ a different story (yep, that’s a play on words — listen in)
  • If you specialize in excuses…this might not be the episode for you
  • How to get off your ‘buts’ and just move ahead (but Carrie, I…)
  • What is NOT your mentor’s fault? (you might not like this part, listen anyway)
  • Raising the Roof – nope, not just an 80s throwback…a method to making things happen! Listen now!

 

Grab Carrie’s Book Here <==

 

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