How to Make Powerful Decisions

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So I was reading Oprah Magazine, which I love and found some great excerpts from an article about Decisions by Martha Beck.

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Martha writes about Claire and her intention to have the perfect man, home, and career and said “I can’t commit to the wrong thing!”  Martha then shares that Claire’s life was devoted to obsessively avoiding something economists call ‘opportunity cost’.  Whenever we choose one course of action, we rule others out.  Giving up those other options is the opportunity cost of any decision.  Claire couldn’t bear the thought of losing any opportunity by making a clear choice.  She was an opportunity miser.

Just as money misers hoard their wealth, living as if they were poor even when they’re rich, opportunity misers hoard their freedom to choose — and end up becoming prisoners of indecision.

I see this happen so often when people are evaluating getting started with us.  Thankfully not as often as people who see what there is to offer and just get started.  But it does come up.  And if you look deeper into that person’s life, it shows up all over.

Some people are so afraid to make this truly simple decision that they miss out on something great.  “What if?”, they say.  “What if it doesn’t work out?”  And I say, “What if?”  “What if it’s the absolute greatest decision for your life?”

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Andy Andrews said “We don’t always have the ability to make right decisions, but we do have the ability to make our decisions right.”  So just do it.  If you see the opportunity and it all looks good – move.  It’s tortuous otherwise.  You can start and always quit if that’s what you decide, but at least you’ll know and won’t always wonder “What if?

Another great passage from Martha Beck’s article:  People who trust their gut over their brain often take flying leaps with little information — risky, but at least they get somewhere.  Folks with no faith in either their intellect or their instincts generally follow the path of least resistance; again, not an optimal strategy, but not paralyzing, either.  Great strategists trust both intellect and instinct; they gather information until they feel they can make a good decision.  But people who try to decide with the mind alone, who place no faith in their heart’s desires, are doomed to stall and fuss, compare and contrast, forever insisting that just a little more knowledge will make the choice clear.  It won’t.

I’ve heard this called the “Paralysis of Analysis”. 

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Eventually, people who practice this talk themselves out of even the best situations.  What you have to ask yourself is, “are the people who are offering this to me having success and do I trust them?”  If so, move…. take action.

More from Martha:  Check in with yourself:  Does your life feel meaningful and on-purpose at this moment?  If the answer is yes, your energy is invested in living your best life.  But to the extent that you feel misery, your energy is asking to be reinvested.  Misery literally means “the feeling of being a miser.”  If you’re miserable, stop harding your life energy.  Spend it now!  Make a choice, any choice.  If you’re still miserable, you can choose again.  Eventually, you’ll see that all misery is simply life asking you to trade your current course of action–or inaction–for something purposeful and true.

From Faust, “Seize this very minute.  What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”  This doesn’t mean you’ll never misstep.  It means that when you trade indecision for choice, you’ll be rewarded with either success or education.  Guaranteed.

You have the opportunity to discover that for yourself.  Feed your mind, but feel your heart.  Trust in your truth.  It will be the best investment you ever make.

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“TGIF” Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (And Wealth!)

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Certainly you’ve heard the phrase: “T.G.I.F.”

I bet his Monday isn’t as good!

Thank God It’s FRIDAY!!!

It’s the adult version of what I remember kids saying at the end of every school year …

“No more homework, no more books!
No more teacher’s dirty looks!
When the principal rings the bell …
Drop your books and run like hell!!!”
(SIGH!!)

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Why do we celebrate “getting through” school?

Let’s stop and analyze that.

Kids go to school to subconsciously “get through it.”

Just to go start working for a boss Monday through Friday and “make it to the weekend.”

REALLY?

Is that just the most insane thing you’ve heard … EVER?

What a recipe for a disastrous life!

Where is the FUN?

Where is the JOY?

Where is the “LIVING” … if all we’re looking to do is “get through” the school year and/or work week?

I think you see the point here.

So getting back to the “T.G.I.F.” statement.

If you’re TRULY finding yourself thinking about the “weekend” all week long …

Week after week … month after month … year after year …

It’s time for a WHOLESALE change, wouldn’t you agree?

I was very fortunate to recognize this pattern early in life.  My “teachers” were the many unhappy adults (co-workers) I encountered who were “stuck” in their “day-to-day” routines.  (I was only 18 at the time.  It was a summer job.  My “exit strategy” was going back to college for my 2nd year).

I sensed the displeasure in many employees, so I’d occasionally ask, “Hey, Frank, if you’re not really happy with this job, why not move to where you want to live; or go back to school to pursue _____; or submit a resume for that dream job you’ve been thinking about?”

It took me a few years to really understand what was going on here.

Of course, the answer was, they’d GIVEN UP!

Being stuck sucks. The good news is you can break out in a big way at any moment. How about … NOW?” :) 

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Imagine the insanity of letting go of the dreams for your life … the hope … the possibilities … the joy … the excitement … the “game” …

Actually … that’s pretty damn depressing!  LOL  So let me get back to what it feels like to LIVE life!!

Think about the times you’ve “lost track of time” …

Hours pass.  You forget to eat.  Maybe you forgot to make dinner for the kids! (LOL!)

You’re TOTALLY engaged.  Maybe it’s 12:30AM and you’re FIRED UP because you’ve been writing your masterpiece for the last three hours and just now saw what time it is!

Or … you wake up WITHOUT an alarm clock at 5:30AM with excitement, enthusiasm and great energy (even though you only had 4 hours of sleep!)

Maybe you’ve had that feeling of “counting down” for a vacation … and on the day of the trip … it’s SUPER easy to get up EXTRA early because you KNOW how much FUN it’s going to be for the next 1-2 weeks!

Just another exciting day for the Knecht family!
(Here we are at Disney World – June 2013!)

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Well … imagine with me how it’ll feel to wake up like THAT … every day!?

THAT is the difference between LIVING and just existing.

Which do you prefer for yourself?

More importantly, if you have kids and/or grandkids, which would you rather demonstrate  for them?

They ARE watching … and they ARE taking notes!

Just like I was watching my parents and grandparents growing up!  🙂

Choose wisely.  LIVE life.  LEAVE a legacy!  Thanks for checking in today!

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Is It Selfish To Be Poor In The Land Of Opportunity?

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These statistics are extremely alarming …

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Fewer than one in four Americans have enough money in their savings account to cover at least six months of expenses.  So what happens in case of:

*job loss (and loss of income)
*medical emergency
*or some other unexpected event

It gets worse.

50% have less than a 90-day cushion.

27% have *ZERO* savings.

In the land of OPPORTUNITY … almost 80% are squandering it!

So maybe it’s true about that “80-20″ Principle.

20% are “producers” while 80% are watching from the sidelines.

In this case, 20% are free to move about the country, live, prosper, thrive, take chances, vacation, etc. etc. … because they HAVE the resources.

Meanwhile, the other 80% are not able to do much other than “exist.”

But, let’s be clear.

In the land of OPPORTUNITY … for most people, it’s a CHOICE to be “rich” or “poor.”

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(The “Secret Formula” to going from “Poor” to “Rich” is moving across the “Cashflow Quadrants” from left to right! – Read Robert Kiyosaki’s “The Cash Flow Quadrant for more.)

We’ve been at the “bottom.”  (Well, in this the case, the “top left.”)  It’s no fun.

There is no “nobility” in being broke.  Some call it “struggling.”  Some are pretty proud of their family roots of struggle.

Well … that is bullshit.  Especially once you’re introduced to the idea that you CAN make a change for the better of your family.

And if this is that for you, I apologize for the rude awakening.

You’ll either thank me later or be offended by my brutal honesty.

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(By the way, I’m not speaking of the handicapped or otherwise disabled people.  I’m speaking about those of sound mind and/or sound body, who CAN choose!)

Since we’re on a roll here, let’s take it one more step.  If you’re perfectly capable of choosing to prosper in today’s economy, you’re of sound mind and/or body, and, yet you choose to play small, or worse, do nothing at all, then that’s just plain selfish.

What about your kids?  Your spouse?  Your parents?  Your neighbors?  Your fellow mankind?

They DESERVE your best effort.  The world benefits when we all collectively choose to play big and win big.

(Imagine the possibilities when we *ALL* play a bigger game in life!)

Thank you, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
Thank you, Harriet Tubman and Oprah Winfrey.
Thank you, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.
Thank you, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

What if those men and women (along with the millions of others who’ve played BIG in life) had chosen to play small?

It’s downright SELFISH to settle for anything less than your potential.

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So … how can you “turn the ship around” ??

1) Find a mentor.  Find a person (or people) who can show you how to get from Point “A” (where you may be right now) to Point “B” (your ideal lifestyle).

2) Qualify the mentor.  Is s/he already having the results you’re looking to have?

3) Duplicate the mentor.  Can you “follow” his/her path and create a similar (or even greater) outcome?

When we added 1 + 2 + 3 in 2012, it equaled over $250,000…  After being bankrupt.

Now the ball is in your court.  What bigger game are *YOU* ready to play?  🙂

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What Are You Saying When You’re Talking To Yourself?

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Saw this excerpt in an article from Debbie Ford:

When you’re kind, generous, and respectful toward yourself, you feel worthy and deserving of claiming the gifts of this world.

So it prompted me to think about all the people who are struggling out there in whatever way.  It all comes down to one thing – self worth.  When you feel that you deserve the best (and you do) your thoughts, actions and thus manifestations will all be in alignment.  

It is only then that you will attract the things you want.  Until then, your thoughts of being undeserving (even at a very subconscious level) will continue to bring you your current existence – or worse.  This, my friend, is the work.  

You came here to live an abundant life.  Everything that is available to one is available to all.  WE are the only ones who can block our success.  We get in our own way.  

The great news about that is it’s also in your power to get out of your way and manifest every good thing you want to attract.  The work is in reading, watching videos, journaling, coaching – whatever it takes to internalize the message that “YOU ARE WORTHY.”  “YOU ARE ENOUGH.”  

Sending much love, my friends.  Be easy on yourself.  

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Downton Abbey with George Clooney?

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Oh my goodness!  For anyone who loves Downton Abbey, this is hilarious.  Fun to see Jeremy Piven in here as Harry Selfridge, from the BBC show Mr Selfridge, as well.  It was great of George Clooney to do this for charity.  Click Here or the image below to see the special.

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For me, I have a lot of heritage in England dating back to this time period and before, so it’s fun to imagine what some of my ancestors were like.

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The writing on Downton Abbey is so great.  In watching season 5 (or series 5 as the Brits call it), the only storyline I didn’t like was the one of Bates and Anna with Anna going to jail.  Please, no more jail for these two Julian Fellowes!  Time for Bates and Anna to be happy and have babies.

My favorite part was in the Christmas special when ::::::spoiler alert::::::: Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes got engaged.  “Of course I’ll marry you, you old Booby!” “I thought you’d never ask!”  So, so sweet.

If you’ve never watched Downton Abbey, you can binge watch at http://streamallthis.is/watch/downton-abbey/  It’s a fabulous show.  Word to the wise – be sure you have time for several episodes in a row as you won’t want to stop at one!

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Our Powerful Story of Overcoming Adversity

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Every Monday night at 9pm EST, thousands of entrepreneurs from around the world meet on the telephone for an “hour of power” from a top six- or seven-figure earner inside of our company.

It’s an incredible opportunity to learn the in’s and out’s of how these amazing leaders were, in many cases, able to overcome bankruptcies, divorce, downsizing, sickness, handicaps, etc.

So it was an incredible privilege to be asked to host this landmark call recently and share OUR story of overcoming adversity.

We invite you to listen right now … especially if you’ve ever:

—divorced

—downsized

—had a car repo’ed 

—been evicted

—had bill collectors calling (and knocking on your door)

—made money and then lost it all

—been on food stamps

—been diagnosed with debilitating conditions

This is just a small list of some of the “overcomings” we’ve made in our adult lives so far … 

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The great news is we went from “Bankrupt To Bank” in just 90 days (results not typical, please see our average income disclosure, www.OurResultsAreNotTypical.com)

And have generated 28 months in a row (so far) of 5-figured income.

We don’t say that to impress you, but to impress upon you that this is available for you, too.

Grab a pen and paper.  Start listening to the call.  We’ll actually give you a bit of “homework” toward  the end that, truthfully, most people will ignore.

However, the small percentage who take it seriously, WILL thrive in their lives like never before.

And to those people we enthusiastically say, “Welcome to the team!”

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How We Went from Bankrupt to Bank

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Everyone has a story to tell. In these pictures we just got done telling ours on stage at an event in New Orleans.

We’ll share some of it with you here.

We’ve been in the network marketing industry for many years and have had times where we made a lot of money. Unfortunately, the income was not sustainable, nor were the companies, so we ended up living on a roller coaster.

Some months would be great and then others we’d make little or nothing. It’s a great way to have stress but not success.

Following one “leader” led us to lose everything and we found ourselves in a small townhouse having to file bankruptcy in December of 2011. We were completely busted, but we were unknowingly setting ourselves up for a huge comeback. More on that in a bit…

We had two of our children living with us and it was horrible and humiliating to go through this in front of them. Failing is one thing – but failing in front of your kids is excruciating.

We had the intimidating guys banging on our door to repo our car day after day. Until one day – after going to the store, we returned to the parking lot to find it gone.

This led to over six months of renting a $9.99 enterprise special each weekend to do shopping and errands. During the week, we had to live without a vehicle. That was really hard with kids.

The charade of having to go to the car rental place each weekend and then returning it… Having a different economy car every weekend. Certainly not the life we wanted for our kids.

When you claim bankruptcy, you are allowed to have only $100 to your name. We were working with a struggling network marketing company at the time where we had a very small income coming in. It was really bleak.

We struggled for a few months after bankruptcy and then found a group of entrepreneurs who were actually having consistent extraordinary results.

It was tough to think about one more company…. we were so burned out. Almost beyond hope. But we thought “What if… what if this is the one thing that will finally work for the long term?” That was enough to get us started.

We immediately started having results with $4,000 in our first month and in our 4th month we had our first $20,000 month.

We had really been wanting to move east from where we were living in Phoenix, Arizona and we were able to move in mid-October. We really wanted a “neighborhood feel” which we found outside of Atlanta. That Halloween night when we took our son trick or treating in this great new neighborhood and we were feeling so grateful, we checked our back office for our income and we hit $100,000 that night. That was 7 months in. We were ecstatic!

We spent 15 months in that neighborhood and then decided we wanted to go somewhere a little warmer in the winter. The freedom to pick up and do that is not lost on us. This is what the money is for – the freedom.

We found an amazing neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida and got busy with moving into a great house.  We even added a rescue puppy to our family that year.

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We finally felt prosperous in every way and the peace we feel is priceless. We heard someone say once that money pays for the experiences that money can’t buy. We really get that now.

Our son does virtual school from home and is home with us while we do some work here and there and just live our lives. He’s taken up drumming and is starting lessons soon. Something we would’ve had to deny him such a short time ago.

Our older kids are successful in their own rights and have been able to pursue their passions.

Recently, we moved back to Scottsdale, Arizona.  We’d missed a lot of our friends and the Spiritual Center we were very involved in.  From a health perspective, Melissa’s had some challenges that her doctor’s recommended a drier climate for.  It was all pointing us back to the desert.  We’re so fortunate to be able to have lived in many different places.

We’ve made millions in different companies over the years, but we’re now working with a company where people can make as much or more with the education in our products as they do from the affiliate offer.  ECommerce and Digital Marketing is huge in today’s world.  It can also be overwhelming to learn.  Our company has created phenomenal education to walk someone through from A to Z.

Our mission now is to pay forward our blessings to as many people as we can. To let them know how we did it and to guide them in creating the income they deserve to design their lives.

If you’d like to know more about what we’ve done to transform our lives, get started with us today at http://EComMillions.com If it’s for you, great – if not, that’s ok, too. Either way – we want you to remember just what’s possible in life and we wish you the very best!

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