This past week was the Youngevity Leadership Summit. What an amazing meeting. And while I was unable to attend in person, I was very blessed that many team members live streamed much of the event! Isn’t technology wonderful like that?
It’s no secret that transitions can be challenging. As those who follow me know, South Hill Designs became a part of Youngevity the last part of January. As each of us struggle with the “loss” of what we believed we had in our business, the challenge of who will continue in this new venture, and the understanding of an entirely different model, it would be naive to say there haven’t been some interesting experiences with it.
When your business changes like this, you have some choices to make. You can, of course, choose to do nothing. Just simply let the transition happen around you and see where the chips fall. There’s one problem with that one. While you are “sitting doing nothing,” your customers are still out there looking for help. And when you aren’t around to help them, someone else will. So that’s a risk. Another choice is to just continue to work your business like you always have, because with this transition we did have that option. Just continue to what you’ve always done. (What’s that saying about the definition of insanity?) Then, in this case, we have a third option: Learn a new system, learn about new products, and move forward.
I would venture to say that within our teams, we have some of all of the above. Each person gets to decide how they want to handle any transition in life.
A Personal Analysis
For me, here’s how things have gone. I’m analytical, so, of course, one of the first things I did was look at the new compensation plan. I do this business to help support my family so that part is important to me and not something I apologize for. I believe South Hill had an awesome plan and I needed to be sure our family could still be good with this new one. There is a difference in a network marketing opportunity and a direct sales opportunity. After studying this one, I could see so much more potential. So, okay, I’m interested!
Now let’s talk products. I could continue to simply do South Hill Designs, our lockets are still available, and there was no requirement to do anything else. However, Youngevity has lots of things we already use as a family so why not explore them. First, essential oils. We have used oils in our house for several years now. I got a few to test and compare. And guess what? I love them!
We decided to try some of the health products to see if they would make a difference. I’m very fascinated by Dr. Wallach’s research. Coming from the healthcare industry, I have long said there is no vested interest in curing things because that would put physicians and the pharmaceutical companies out of business. Both my husband and I started the healthy body starter pack, and I added a few things for my arthritis. In six weeks, we are both feeling better and find that we have more energy than before. Next stop? In the next week, I plan to start a weight loss challenge. Stay tuned for more on that (And if you’d like to join me, let’s connect!)
One other thing I looked at were the pet products. Turbo, our wonder dog, is getting up there in years. The last several months, he has had a horrible time getting up, and when he does finally get up, his back legs would drag along behind him for several steps. It was heartbreaking for me to watch and feel like there was nothing to do to help him. He never went to the door anymore either to greet us when we came in or even to be the watch dog he has been since I got him. We started him on Arthrydex just to see if it would help at all. Honestly I wasn’t terribly confident it would help because he is 15 years old and his breed is just known to have things like hip displasia. In one month, he was no longer dragging those back legs. Then it happened. I was sitting in the living room one day, he was lying on the floor, and the door was open. He jumped up (yes, I said jumped, and okay, it was a slow jump, but nonetheless, a spry movement that I haven’t seen in a long time), went to the door and started barking. WHOA! Turns out there was a dog walking in the school yard across the street. My guard dog was back and so pleased with himself. You know, we treat our pets like our children and if nothing else in this company worked, this made it all worthwhile for me.
There are so many more things I could share with you! The coffee is awesome. And let’s do chat about that coffee. It’s grown on our own plantation in Nicaragua. The Be The Change Foundation with Youngevity donates all profits from that coffee to support some very worthy charitable organizations. And when those workers in Nicaragua needed to work and have their children in school, the company built a school right there for those children. I love that! And I love that I can be a small part of making a difference for others with these products.
I also love the mineral make up. Now, I’ve never been a mineral make up fan. It just never offered enough coverage for what I like. This one does! And it’s something I will be using going forward. So, in the end, we have simply changed where we shop for many things!
The Real Game Changers
In the last three months, I can clearly identify three things that have happened that led me to know I’m in the right place at the right time. The first was that I was able to attend a Youngevity Road Show in Denver. Since it was in my state, it was easy to get there. I learned a lot more about the company, but more importantly I saw and felt the heart of the people.
The next thing was a couple of weeks ago. I was really struggling over not being able to attend the Summit because financially it just wasn’t in the cards for us this time around. There were a few other things I wanted to get some answers to, and because he offered, I asked for a call with the company president, Dave Briskie. I must admit when I sent that email, I really didn’t have much hope that we would connect. And yet, he called. And we talked, for quite some time. And you know, WE talked. I felt heard, I felt valued, and I felt a sense of hope. It was pretty awesome to hear the company president tell me he heard something in me that would lead to success. He will probably have no idea how much that impacted me, but it did.
The third thing was the Summit this past weekend. It was awesome to be able to hear the speeches through the livestream of team members. The speakers were inspiring, and I learned so much. The new things that are coming available are nothing short of awesome, and you are going to want to watch this blog this week because I promise, you do not want to miss it!
God Always Has a Plan
In the end, I am reminded that Jeremiah 29:11 is my life verse. Sometimes during times of stress, it’s easy to forget that. And yet, when I see it play out, I’m always drawn back to claiming this promise a few years ago. I love how it is consistently shown to be true!
So, there’s my analysis! Stay tuned tomorrow when I plan to start sharing some pretty amazing new things with you! I can’t wait!