Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Champions Overcome Obstacles, Keep Their Eyes on the Prize

There's a unique story of struggle and triumph for every medal won by the Olympic athletes in Vancouver. It's quite amazing to read about the journey each one has been willing to travel.

Multiple operations to repair damage to shins, knees and broken collar bones. The sudden loss of a parent two days before a competition. Missing a full year of competition and trainings due to injuries. Daring to proceed when the competition is so stiff.

It's humbling. What price am I willing to pay to "win the medals in my business"? What about you?

People give up at Usana within days, a month, 3 months, or a year. Yet, the government gives a business five years to fail, knowing that it takes time to build clients and pay expenses. Since Usana costs so little to establish a business, people don't take it seriously. They expect immediate results, hoping someone else will build it for them. We are constantly amazed how people expect the business to somehow miraculously grow without concerted and consistent effort.

At a recent seminar with Robert Allen, New York Times best selling author in finance, he encouraged us to rejoice when someone says "no" because we are closer to a "yes". He warned us the journey will be difficult at times. There will be lulls in your growth. Then, there will be sudden bursts of energy as new people join your team.

Olympians know the journey will be difficult. There will be frustration along with the joys. People will tell them to give up and sometimes they will want to do that. But they press on, challenging themselves to be their very best. They work on their attitudes most of all, to stay positive and to help those around them do the same.

The medals of Achiever, Director, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Ruby, Emerald, Diamond and Star Diamond are worth the challenges at Usana. And like with the Olympic athletes, they are earned through teamwork, with everyone pulling their own weight and adding value to one another's efforts.

Bottom line. Never give up. Keep your eyes on the prize. Keep learning, honing your skills. Attend the Celebrations and the International Convention. See yourself on the podium (on stage) receiving your Usana medal. You KNOW you can do it.

See you at the top!

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