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Why BE Coached?

Do you desire to experience more success in your life?  Do you desire to have keener insights on yourself and your teammates?  Is it time to take charge of your career, your goals, your achievements?  If you answered YES! to any of these questions you may be ready to be coached!

Coaching has the power to change your life.  Ultimately, coaching is forward-looking and action-oriented.  It provides us with the focus necessary to take our dreams and make them realities.

My goal as your coach will be to come alongside you to help you find your focus, values and really listen to what you are saying.  The best part will be your self-discovery as you uncover the great plans that are in store for you.  Your life will be enriched by understanding your wisdom and the knowledge that you hold to make your goals and dreams come true.  It is hard work but worth the journey to truly discover the person you were destined to be!

Three simple questions will get the process rolling.  Where are you?  Where do you want to go?  How will you get there?

The answers will shape  your journey which may be very fuzzy in the beginning, but somewhere within in your soul you know there is something out there for you!  Coaching provides a way to clarify the ideas and move forward creating points of reference on your journey.

We hear it a lot,  “life is a journey not a destination.”  However, life gets in the way and obstacles may trip us up and take us off course.  Coaching will help improve your vision of where you are going.  Together we will put together a strategy and personal action plan for positive and proactive change.

It is an exciting time for you.  I welcome the opportunity to journey with you on your quest for positive personal or professional growth.  It may be a combination of both but we will not know until we start the steps of your self-discovery!


New Year New Opportunities

At the end of the year it is usually  hard to believe it’s already ending.  We ask ourselves: Where did the time go?  What did we do for fun during the year?  Did we travel?  Most of us probably worked to earn an income and see the horizon looming in 2014 as the same old story.  Does it have to be the same old story?  Would you like to make a change, take a little or a lot of risk next year?

For the past 20 years I have experienced a world called direct sales.  Did I think I would enjoy it when I started… not really!  Did I think I would earn the income I did…not really!

As I reflect on my career in direct sales I realize I have been blessed to be apart of an amazing group of people who help you to achieve your goals and dreams.

I was a little sad when I finally said good-bye to leadership in my old company.  After 20 years with 19 of them as a leader I knew that a new journey awaits me.   However, my excitement to start a new adventure with my own coaching business replaced my melancholy with a new positive energy!  I am ready to step out in a new adventure and be of service to others who are looking to move forward to achieve dreams and goals they have never imagined.  Are you ready to step out into a new adventure for yourself?

If you are not being paid what your worth, you owe it to yourself to find out more about a career, part-time or full-time in the direct sales industry.  Here’s a thought to consider, doing what you’re doing, will you be where you want to be and have what you want to have 5 years from now?  As an experienced consultant in running my own home based business I would love to help you achieve success.  Whether you check out direct sales, or own and operate your own business I may be able to guide you in new paths of thinking.

Why blend direct sales into your world?

If you haven’t heard of David Bach, author of the Finish Rich Book Series or read his materials you will need to and discover what David discovered about direct sales.

The moment you join direct sales, you are in business.  Generally, when you start a new business, the first weeks,  and months, are spent developing relationships, finding reliable suppliers, testing marketing plans, etc.  In direct sales -It’s all here and you’re ready to go, suppliers, marketing plans, training has all been systematically designed for your success!  Yes, I’m a little crazy I want the challenge of starting new!

You don’t have to do it all yourself.  If you know someone who, is an entrepreneur, created a business from scratch, you know how the entrepreneur spends time and money attending entrepreneur clinics, seeking networking groups to build community and takes marketing courses to grow their business.  In direct sales you have set opportunities.  I will be connecting with other coaches to have the support to build my biz.

You will be forced to stretch yourself.  Some important givens in being successful in any business: you will need to expend regular and consistent time and effort, and hard work equals a great income opportunity. Additionally, you must be prepared that “selling” your service or product will have its ups and downs,  At this point, you will either quit or stretch yourself.  All personal growth tends to come after the stretch not before.

You will find mentors and experts.  When you start a business, it is important to connect with like minded folks or create a mastermind group of your own to help and encourage each other and even challenge each other to grow.

You get to help other people.   Whether you choose direct sales or start your own business, or choose to work where you work what you do will make you successful if your desire is to help other people.  If you work from that place with integrity and honest intentions, you will lead a life of significance-and you will be a better person at the end of the day.

Enjoy 2014, start dreaming and visualizing what you want to achieve, develop a plan and most important find the vehicle to help you take action on your goals!!!  Contact me today for more details on working one on one to help you develop your plan for success.  Perhaps it is in direct sales, or starting your own business from home like so many other successful entrepreneurs or you may love what you do and want to be the best you can be!!1164832_coins_1

Creating Essence – How will follow for you

Building FoundationAs I mentioned in a previous post.  I am on my way to a life coach certification.  In doing so I have been exploring the essence of what I’d like my coaching world to look like and how I want to serve.

It is important in this early stage of the game to dream and not worry about the how to’s.   My first stab at a coaching philosophy and what I would like clients to know follows.  I’ve created a personal mission statement to act as a guide to serve:

“I seek to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals by discovering and supporting their dreams, both grand and ordinary.  I offer my time and talents to support them in achieving their highest potential in personal, family and professional enrichment.”

Having a faith-based nature, I know for me to function in this world, I have to put my trust in a higher power.  God has been leading me on my journey and I am choosing to help others find their path.  Spiritual trust and the acknowledgement of God is important for me to be able to serve others.

As an entrepreneur for more than 20 years, I have developed a strong belief in creating personal and professional  dreams and goals.  Then by creating a plan and taking action, one moves forward toward those dreams and goals coming true. My experience has taught  me about personal development, new business development , leading small and large groups, and presenting information in a manner that helps others to be successful in their own journeys.

I will use my motto of “Dream, Decide, Do” to help others grow personally and professionally as they desire.  In order for those I serve to build the life they wish that allows them to move toward achievement with balance, positive self-esteem, energy to believe and experience life the way they were meant to.

I am currently enrolled in the Wisdom of Life- Life Coach certification program and will be “official” in May.  My 20 years as a leader in the direct sales has allowed me to practice the art of coaching as I’ve worked with individuals who have achieved personal and professional goals through their business with my assistant.

My personal journey is a great view of how I have implemented my philosophy of Dream, Decide, Do.  I am happily married for over 23 years and know that teamwork, communication and the willingness to serve have made it a success.


Life Coach the Next Adventure

As 2013 begins I find myself heading into new adventures for myself.  After thinking about becoming a life coach for many years I’ve decide the timing is right to move forward with that plan.

In January, I began my journey toward a life coaching certification.  I am happy to share I’m enrolled in “The Wisdom of Life” Life Coach Certification program lead by Patty Jackson.  The opportunity to be in a face to face class is what I enjoy most about it.  My top recommendation at this time is to read the book, The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz.

As the year plays out I will be sunsetting my PartyLite business so I may concentrate on serving others through my life coaching business.  No name yet but I’m considering BE-Believe & Experience.  Time will tell, any thoughts from you reading this is welcome.

It’s May 2013 – I’m thinking about BE Coaching Services.  I have two taglines in the works.  Still gellin’ as the commerical says.

In addition, I’ll be sharing a great study on the science of happiness in later posts.  Right now my husband and I are taking the course that is set up similar to a book club.  I would love to integrate this information into my coaching to help teach others about our brain and its desire to help us survive versus wanting us to be happy!


Stay the Course this Summer

1011544_66883133Everybody wants to be succesful, but not everybody will find their way to success.  You determine your success not anyone else.  What happens as you begin your Summer journey toward your goals and dreams?  As a small business owner we must have focus and drive.  What do we want to create from the Summer for Fall? 

 Setting the course and staying on it is what it takes to achieve our goals.

During the Summer many people shut down.  Hey the weather is soooo nice.  Festivals abound and distractions seem everywhere.  Your desire to maintain a strong personal business throughout the Summer that balances sales, lead generations and starting others in their own business is essential.

How will you achieve these goals?  My plan today shares three tips to move you forward.  Daily contact with customers, the action of going out and meeting others in my case through shows, and setting achieveable short term and long term goals will guide us through the Summer.

To begin, have designated time set aside for telephone calls and emails creating the foundation of your business.  It is a necessary tool to have a daily action plan.  As the world grows more complex there are more chances for us to get lost in thought, non business related activities and Summer daydreaming.  In order to pursue success, we need to be aware of the impulses that lead us off our course.  Stay tuned in to your daily action plan do the most important work first.

Second, meeting others through shows, sales calls and networking are building blocks of your success.  In my small business going out and doing demonstrations and sharing product information is my action arena.  This is where I get sales, share the opportunity for others to host and most important share our business opportunity.  New business associates are welcome to come along to train.  Prepare in advance for your sales opportunity, take action and watch out for distractions.  The intention of the world sometimes diverts us from building a path to success and fulfilling our dreams.

Finally,setting achievable goals both short term and long term are truly keys to success.  With my small business, our corporate office helps guide our goals.  How much sales do we need monthly to bonus?, Lead generation how many folks do we want to share with monthly, how many shows do we want to do a week?  Simple but they keep one on track.

Heavyweight Boxing Champion George Foreman was quoted during an interview, “Success begins with a decision.”

When you set the course, you’ll stay the course and say no to all distractions, detours and time wasting activities.  As a result , you can clearly focus on reaching your long term destination.  It is the decision to be successful that helps you develop an internal guidance system that keeps you moving forward.  Are you staying the course?  Now is the time to achieve your Summer dreams.

The Captain of Me                               by Michelle Sweeney

The captain of me is me.  The captain of you is you.  Nobody will tell me who to be or make me do what I shouldn’t do.  No one would push me around, Or push me upon the ground.  I’d stand up and be who I am, Not Jane, Peter nor Pam.  Everyone’s the captain of themselves, it feels good inside.  And if you succeed with the things I’ve said, You know that you’ve surely tried.

Vision does it move you?

1087341_above_cloudsMany years ago I decided to start my own home based business.  I started back in 1993 after a very transitional year.  My husband and I purchased our first house/home and I lost my brother in an accident all in the same day.  We were working  jobs we truly enjoyed but our combined income was about $30,000.  We really probably should not have purchased the home but you know how it is when the bank says okay sometimes you just do it.  We started dipping into our savings which was not a comfortable feeling for two savers. . .

My adventure in direct sales started in November of 1993 at a home show. 

I was not one to attend these types of events but a gal on the volleyball team asked and my friend and I said yes we would come.  The consultant arrived late, the house was packed with guests and I just watched this wild evening unfold.  On the way home my friend and I discussed how far the consultant had travelled, watch what she did and still marveled at all the people in attendance.

 I did the unthinkable I booked a show for December with my thoughts on starting a business and paying my mortgage down.

When I began there was minimal action in our area.  Our region training was provided in the Chicagoland area and I travelled 2 1/2 hours each way.  It was there I discovered our state had no Regional Vic Presidents.  Within six months I wrote a plan, set goals for leadership and began my quest to be the first RVP in our state.  I shared with everyone I met, those who joined our unit and my hosts and guests the we were in the process of creating a region in the state. 

To move everyone and myself I created a Vision Poster.

 It was simply a map of state of Wisconsin cut out and pasted to a flip chart size piece of paper.  Clouds were cut out of white paper and pasted on the map.  When you promoted out your name and unit went on a cloud.  Goals were set for shows to be held monthly, guest attendance, show sales and most important sponsoring leads.  How many people could we talk to and how fast could we get others excited to join us.  A leadership sheet was created with names pencilled in and promote out dates listed.  I set the date for April 1 or May 1 of 1996.  I am proud to say our leaders and consultants saw the vision and ran with it.  We did it.  On May 1, 1996 the On Wicks-consin region was born.

We held a celebration in May that included a Company Vice President, IL Regional Vice President’s and many consultants,  leaders and support people.  My leader and RVP Kay Higbie shared at the celebration, “Barb set her plan, stayed focus but most important she did the work to make it happen.”

Following are a few tips for creating your own vision to go after what you desire.


To begin, you will need to picture your success.  Do you see yourself as a self-starter able to work on your own and with a team?  Do you see yourself earning $40,000, $60,000 or even $100,000 a year? Or perhaps you desire to hold 6 shows every 30 days and bonus.  If you see your picture you’ve taken a big step toward making your vision a reality. The fact is the images that you carry around about yourself play an important role in your future and your level of success.  DREAM BIG, SET GOALS and TAKE ACTION.


Probably the most important element in my book is your attitude.  We hear it over and over again a positive attitude, an attitude of a winner will create super results.  We all recognize (or maybe not) that our outlook on life will effect our success.  To overcome rejection, the economy and the occasional hostile customer it’s important to remember how you handled these situations is largely determined by your inner attitude.  It’s 90% attitude and 10% skill. To stay the course make motivational/inspirational training a part of your daily life.  Read books, listen to upbeat music, check out motivational short stories, quotes, videos and movies.  SEEK INSPIRATION DAILY.


The best is yet to come, but to find it you have to look where you are going.  As we’ve heard you become what you think about.  So instead of dwelling on the past, develop a strong positive picture/vision of now and the future.  Start thinking of yourself not as you were or even as you are but as you want to be.  So decide what are you dreams.  What written plans have you created for your personal and professional life?  When the going gets tough it’s always easier to give in than to keep going. 

 As the saying goes, “Quitters never Win and Winners never Quit”

Through a strong vision of success, a determination to stay positive and a focus to seek the best you will achieve your dreams.  Promise yourself today that you will begin to visualize success and set written goals for yourself.  Recognize your attitude will lead you to a positive present and future for you and your family.

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