Hugs and Kisses—It’s a Perfect Day!

It is still dark when I hear the alarm clock go off. I whisper to Ray, who is still sleeping soundly, “Honey, I’ll get ready first.”

My suitcase is ready to go and I’m excited beyond measure to take an early morning flight. Cambria, Gavin, and Ella will be so surprised to see us! I look and feel fabulous in my new outfit.

We drive to Columbus and within a couple of hours we are sitting in First Class of a US Airways jet, heading for Colorado Springs. We’ll be spending several days there before traveling to California. This was one of those spur of the moment trips. We take a lot of those these days.

Ryan picks us up at the airport and drives us up to their beautiful mountain home. Surprise! The hugs and kisses we receive make this a fabulous day.

We first go with Cambria to see her in her dance class.  She smiles with pride as she goes through her dance routines. I am so full of emotion I can barely talk.

Gavin is now dragging us off to his T-ball game.  He is a natural athlete and loves to push the limits. “Watch me, Grandma!” are words I love to hear.

Ella wants to stay close to me. Her sweet nature warms my soul. I love it when she crawls up on my lap and says, “I want Grandma.”

There’s a knock on the door right after lunch and it’s Lacey. She’s flown in from California as a surprise, even though we’ll be going there in a couple of days. It’s so much fun to be with her and to watch the grandchildren interact with their Aunt Lacey.

Everyone loads into the large SUV and we head off to the mountains. Within minutes we are high up in the Rocky Mountains behind Ryan and Jalene’s home. The scenery is breathtaking.  My family is all around me and my heart is filled with joy.

After our fun trip to the mountains, we head back to town. A marvelous dinner is enjoyed at one of the neat restaurants near Ryan and Jalene’s.

Back at the house we read bedtime stories and tuck sleepy children into their beds. Then the 5 of us adults enjoy the hot tub on the patio. The stars are brilliant in the night sky.  I can’t imagine anyplace I’d rather be than with the ones I love so much.

I am in complete peace knowing that I am loved and now able to spend quality time with my family all over the country. My financial peace has made this a reality.

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Think and Grow Rich Chap 2: DESIRE

Chapter 2: Desire

The Starting Point of All Achievement: The First Step toward Riches.

If you’ve ever been to a track meet, you’ve seen a runner preparing for his big race. The runner warms up his muscles by stretching, jumping up and down, and even flinging his arms. As the beginning of the race nears, he moves to the starting block and crouches down into position, all senses at full attention.

The Desire to win the race fuels every cell of his being.

His entire life has pointed to this moment. The Desire is now white hot as he focuses on the goal. This is his moment.  This is why he was born.

When I was a little girl, I used to look up at a star-filled sky and make wishes. I earnestly recited, “…Wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.”

But by the time I had gone into the house, the Wish was gone from my mind….because it was merely a Wish…and not Desire.

My quest for financial riches is no longer just a wish.

My feet are in the starting block…my senses are fully engaged, my focus is singular. My Desire is white hot.

I hear the starter’s gun explode in the air. Watch me run!

Margi Starr (Margi Shultz Starr on Facebook)

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Hey, It’s Noisy in Here

Ever thought about the noise in your life?

In today’s world we are surrounded with noise.  We awaken to the jolting sound of an alarm. We have our iPods, our iPhones, our iThis and our iThat. We even sleep with white noise in the background.

We’ve become addicted to noise. It’s unsettling to be in a quiet place wherein the loudest sound is your own breathing.

Constant noise can dull our senses.  It can prevent us from hearing the still small voice within us—that inner voice that is able to give direction and correction when we most need it.

In our noise polluted world, it’s easy to lose our focus.  Our true desires are drowned out by the noisy sounds all around us. We become tired and agitated if the noise is unceasing.

Yet, we do not live in a vacuum. Even if we go live in the woods like Thoreau, we are going to be surrounded by some noise.

We’ve all been in restaurants where the background music was too loud making it impossible to carry on a conversation.  Yet, if background music is a reasonable volume, by focusing on the other person, the background noise disappears.

If we want to build a business, it’s definitely going to require Focus. That means there must be awareness as to the level of noise in your life.  When you’re Laser Focused, you may be able to withstand some noise and still remain on course. Only you can decide how much noise is too much.

When you are seeking to hear the still small voice of God, here are some things that will help.

  • Spend time daily in quiet. Maybe you’ll have to go sit in your car alone or lock yourself in the bathroom.  Spending time in nature, without technology, brings fresh perspective and renewed energy.
  • Be prepared for System Shock. It’s not natural for us to experience total quiet. Start out with 5 minutes (it’ll seem like forever) and gradually increase it.
  • Start out reading something that inspires you. For me that would be Scripture or maybe the words to a favorite hymn. Then allow your mind to go into neutral. Think of it as a little vacation from noise. Just be in the moment and don’t over-analyze. Just be in a receiving state.
  • Stop talking. (You’re kidding, right?) Start listening. Listening without an agenda is a great skill to master. If you’re really serious about having less noise in your life, start listening more and talking less.
  • Expect amazing ideas to come to you when you least expect it. These ideas may or may not come to you during your quiet time.

Creating a Noise Free space in your life daily plugs you into God’s indescribable power and love. You now have access to wisdom and resources beyond what you can see.

To your success,

Margi Starr

A mentor with a servant’s heart

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Think and Grow Rich, Chap 12–The Unconscious Mind

This chapter is one of my favorites because it explains the mystery of the Subconscious Mind.

The Subconscious Mind is the connecting link between the Conscious Mind & God.  It miraculously takes what is the Subconscious Mind and changes it into the spiritual equivalent. In other words, it’s the part of our minds wherein our thoughts are translated into prayer.

What is fascinating is that the Subconscious Mind doesn’t know if something is real or simply imagined. Since our minds think in pictures, we can create visual images (visualizations) of what we desire…and our Subconscious Mind thinks it is already true!

The key ingredient that activates the Subconscious Mind is EMOTION.  When that thought or desire is charged with Emotion, it becomes magnetized. Playing with magnets in Science Class was fun, but when you consider that you can magnetize your thoughts or desires with emotions to get what you want… This is a life-changer!

Since it is the Emotions that takes what is passive and supercharges it into action, it’s crucial to pick the right Emotion   Like attracts like, so if you want Positive outcomes, you must have Positive Emotions.

A true confession…Yesterday there was a situation in my life that made me angry. Not just a little angry—but really angry. You see, I’m often guilty of keeping things bottled up instead of dealing with them. Even though my anger was justifiable, I’m disappointed that I let it consume me for a few moments before I was able to reign it back in.  Although I took a step backward yesterday, today is a new day.  I commit to being more honest and not allow negative emotions to control me.

It is only in tapping into Positive emotions that will move me forward in my quest for Financial Freedom.

Margi Starr

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Think & Grow Rich, Chap 13–The Brain

I remember as a small child sitting in front of our television early in the morning. I’d be staring at the Indian Head Test Pattern and anticipating the beginning of my favorite TV show. At the top of the hour squiggly lines would cross the picture tube and there was Captain Kangaroo with Mr. Green Jeans.

Rabbit ear antenna on top of the TV received the program from the broadcasting station. I learned that by gently moving the rabbit ears around, the picture would come in clearer.

Such is our human brain.

God has designed our brain to be the most fascinating broadcasting and receiving system imaginable. True, brain cells are firing at the speed of light creating amazing pathways of learning. But consider that the brain is emitting Vibrations far beyond the limitations of bone and marrow.

This is an even greater mystery.

How is it possible that these vibrations can be transmitted through space just as rabbit ear antenna were able to connect me with Captain Kangaroo?

The physiology of all this is not as important to me as simply realizing that it works.  I am content to let the scientists discover the biology of the brain with their CT’s and MRI’s.  All I need to know is HOW to take advantage of my brain’s ability to receive brilliant ideas.

After all, I don’t have a clue as to how the internet works, but I enjoy its benefits every day.

What I understand from this chapter is that there is incredible POWER when like minds come together. When we Master Mind with positively charged individuals, we no longer are bound by physical limitations or even what seems logical.

I no longer am staring at my TV waiting for my favorite show to begin. Instead, I am connected daily to fabulous people who, like me, are laser focused on improving their lives.

Scripture says, “Come, let us reason together.”  Sounds like a good idea to me.

Margi Starr

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

The Fox TV show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” is an American quiz show featuring Jeff Foxworthy.  Each season a group of adult contestants are asked a series of questions. Each question is assigned a grade level ranging from 1st grade to 5th grade.

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?  Here are some sample questions…

1) True or false: Polar bears eat penguins.

2) What was the gift that the French gave the United States to honor their Independence?

3) What is the largest South American country by area?

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Now, here’s a series of questions about MLM/Network Marking. Answers are given in case you are NOT smarter than a 5th grader.

1) True or False: Most MLM companies have excellent products.

  • True.  Nearly all MLM companies have great products, but the real question is… Will the products sell without a business opportunity? If not, keep looking for another company.

2) The commission checks earned by building a networking organization are called:

  1. Passive Income
  2. Royalty Income
  3. Beach Money
  4. All of the above
  • The answer is D. This is what makes MLM/network marketing so different from a standard 9-5 job. Getting paid even when you sleep is a strong incentive to build a lucrative network marketing business.

3) What percentage of people experience failure in network marketing?

  1. 5%
  2. 25%
  3. 50%
  4. 95%
  • The answer is D. That’s why it’s important to learn the skills necessary for success.

4) Which Compensation Plan is the best?

  1. Old-School Model: Company gets 60-70 cents of the dollar. Need 2,500 to 5,000 active members to earn $10,000 in monthly passive income.
  2. New-School Model: Even split of profit between company & distributor. Need 2,000 to 3,000 active members to earn $10,000 in monthly passive income.
  3. Next Generation Model: Distributors receive the lion’s share of the profits. Company gets 30-40%; Distributors get 60-70%. Takes around 500-1000 active members to earn $10,000 per month.

D.  All Compensation Plans are equal.

  • The answer is dependent on how much you want to work. If you want to earn significant income as quickly as possible, then you’ll want to go with C—Next Generation Model.
  • Knowing your 10K number is one is crucial if you are serious about building a business. This will definitely make you smarter than a 5th grader.

5) True or False: Ground Floor opportunities are best.

  • False. 99% of Ground Floor companies don’t last 2 years. Look for a company that has been around for at least 2 several years, so that a lot of the start-up issues have been resolved. Avoid companies that have passed beyond their momentum phase and have become household names.

6) True or False: It’s crucial to know your company’s Policies & Procedures.

  • True. If the P & P’s are extremely lengthy and sound like they have been written by a legal team, then beware. Know exactly what your responsibilities are as a distributor.
  • “Does this contract protect me or the company?” “Is it clear which way it leans?” Do 5 have the right to a jury trial if something terribly unforeseen occurs? Can the company terminate me without cause? If someone in my downline misrepresents the company, am I held responsible?

Those of us in network marketing have incredible advantages in today’s world. However, not taking the time to do your own investigation can have devastating results. Do your homework and BE smarter than a 5th Grader.

To your success!

Margi

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Think & Grow Rich: Chap. 9–Recipe for Persistence

As a young girl I remember my mother’s training on Persistence. She made it clear that I was never to be a “Quitter.” It simply was not an option to stop going to my dance classes or music lessons mid-year. Perseverance was a character trait that was drilled into me.

Napoleon Hill gives the Recipe for increasing Persistence in our lives in Chapter 9 of Think and Grow Rich.

  1. A definite Purpose backed by desire.
  2. A definite Plan of Action expressed in Continuous Action.
  3. A Positive Mindset that is not swayed by negativity, criticism, or discouraging influences.
  4. A positive alliance with one or more Persons who will encourage me in my purpose and plan.

A Definite Purpose…

  • Your Purpose can be a sweeping statement, such as “My purpose is to have financial freedom,” OR it can be something more concrete such as “My purpose is to create the income to pay for college for my kids.”
  • Choose the type of Purpose that will keep you laser focused.
  • My own Purpose is posted near my computer. I have a Life Purpose (which is broad in its scope) as well as a Purpose for My Business (which is more definitive). They really are one and the same, but by listing them separately, it helps me “see” them more clearly.
  • My Life Purpose: To help others Discover their Purpose, Infuse them with Hope and Empower them to Change their World.
  • My Purpose for my Business: To be able to purchase plane tickets whenever I want to visit my children & grandchildren all over this country.

A Definite Plan

  • Are you building your business by talking individually to each person OR primarily through social media?
  • What training do you need?
  • How many articles do you want to write each week?
  • How many calls do you want to make each week?
  • How many ads do you want to post and how frequently?

A Positive Mindset…

  • We are bombarded with negative influences. What can you do to minimize the influence of negative, critical, or discouraging influences?

A Positive Alliance…

  • Are you currently in a Master Mind group? If not, join one!
  • Are you receiving continual support from abundant thinking people?

To Your Success,

Margi Starr

http://margistarr@WordPress.com

937-360-9203 anytime