‘The Hows are the domain of the Universe.’ – Mike Dooley in The Secret film. The biggest lesson I came home with after three days of training, inspiration and learning? Our WHY is the most important part of our success, no matter the goal and no matter the person. Where is the WHY behind your dreams, goals and vision?
Gratitude Tip: Asking WHY is a powerful question. Revealing the WHY behind our goals and dreams can often be the biggest challenge of all. You’ve probably the heard the expression, ‘you’ve got to have a WHY that makes you cry.’ How do we figure that out? Start with your strong foundation of gratitude for what you have right now in your life that brings you joy and happiness. Build your WHY from there.
There were some very touching personal stories shared at the Canadian National Celebration at it was USANA Canada’s 20th Anniversary. We heard from many of the people who were there in the beginning, when Canada was first opened, and who have build solid, lucrative businesses over the past 15 to 20 years. What did all of these success stories have in common? A very powerful WHY or reason to create a business and freedom in their lives. And more often than not, the WHY comes from a personal tragedy or major challenge to overcome. It also comes from a place of wanting to change a family’s story and create a different future for children or future children.
For the rest of us, how to we get to that emotional WHY? How does we dig deep enough to find a place where our WHY makes us cry? At a private lunch event yesterday, Amilya Antonetti shared with us some great strategies to get there. Who has ever made a vision board? I have made at least a dozen myself. She said that the challenge with our vision boards is that they are 2D and we’re got to make them 3D for them to be more powerful and manifest more quickly. Amilya creates 2 vision boards a year, as hers manifest that quickly. What she recommended was that for every single image on the vision board, you have to ask WHY. You’ve got an image of your dream home on your vision board? Why do you want that house? What does it represent to you? And she says that what we often find is that the house represents safely and securing for our families. And working for that purpose (or WHY) is a lot more powerful then simply working for the bricks and mortar. I am excited to spend some time today on this activity with my family.
What I love is that the wisdom that Amilya shared fit so well with what we learned from Nicki Keohohou, CEO and Co-Founder of the DSWA. Nicki did a workshop with us on the Significance of the Emotional Why the day before and I felt that the message from both women was very aligned. You may remember that I had the opportunity to listen to Grace Keohohou, Nicki’s daughter, as an event in January in Chicago. Both of the Keohohou women are extremely skilled at asking excellent questions, using powerful and concise language. This is something I continually work on, being better at asking more questions rather than answering them. As much as I like to talk about myself, I have to remember that people are much more interested in talking about themselves too, and by giving them the opportunity to share and open up, we will establish a relationship much more quickly.
I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the incredible quality of speakers that were on stage at this event. Darren Hardy kicked off the event on Thursday and then as I mentioned above, both Amilya and Nicki’s sessions had a great impact. And the speakers from USANA, both from a corporate and associate standpoint, were also fantastic. As always, it was a highlight to also hear from our USANA Athletes, including Meaghan Mikkleson, you can check out the video of her talk on YouTube.
When one of my friends and mentors, Christa Realba, shared her story on Saturday morning, I was very emotional. Christa has a very powerful and emotional WHY behind her and her story moved me to tears. Christa joined our team a few years after I did, and at the time, she was achieving success faster than I was and I became jealous of her success. Let me assure you that jealousy is never the route to success. When I left USANA and came back two years later, I saw that Christa had advanced again while I was gone, and this time, I was able to truly be happy for her success. In 2015, Christa had her best year ever in business and in life and I’ve been cheering the loudest as she has exceeded what I personally thought was possible in a short twelve months. Thank you Christa for always being the beautiful, authentic soul that you are. And for inspiring me and thousands of moms (and dads) around the globe by showing us how to create an absolutely amazing life for ourselves and our children. Time for all of us to DREAM even bigger!!
Today is actually Day 37 of the #40daysofgratitude challenge – looks like I skipped day 36 yesterday. Wow. It’s been an amazing journey to stick to this for the entire 40 days and I’m really proud of the last few people who have stuck around right until the end!!
Thank you to Owais Rafique for all of the amazing photos from our CNC 2016.