5 Ways to Manage Your Holiday Hoopla

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The holidays are full of fun and family, hope and cheer. But they can also be stressful and overbooked. (Like that year both your mother-in-law and your brother’s family somehow ended up staying at your house for a week—too many visions of sugarplums in the basement!) So how do you find peace and joy while managing all those frantic trips to the store, the harried baking frenzy in the kitchen and your child’s kindergarten classroom party? The following are a few ideas for making this holiday season a little calmer and more enjoyable.

Plan Ahead

Before the holidays hit, it’s a good idea to sit down with a calendar and your planner so you can get an idea of what’s coming. Pencil in tentative engagements, but block out events that are already planned. Record which day work is having that fancy dinner, and decide things like if and when you’re going to put up lights or decorate a tree. Find out when guests are arriving. If you’re the one traveling, be sure to make accommodations in advance and send your friends or family the itinerary so they know when to pick you up from the airport. Hate planning? You can make it a fun activity by listening to holiday music while having family members share favorite holiday traditions they would like to see happen again this year. Once you have an idea of what’s already happening, what needs to get done and what people want to do, you can prioritize. Divide your list into needs and wants. Categorizing everything into these two categories will help you feel confident in how you decide to manage your time. Then you won’t be wandering the Festival of Trees and realize you still haven’t purchased a turkey for your extended family dinner.

Delegate

delegateAnother important aspect of managing your time is delegating. With all of the obligations and engagements you do have, figure out a way to share the responsibilities. You’re probably thinking, “But nobody puts together the winter gala like I do.” That may be true, but is it really worth losing your mind? Sharing tasks with others, whether coworkers, friends or members of your family, will help everyone get involved, create feelings of unity and ultimately free up time from your schedule. So before you head up on the roof to hang those lights, consider calling a service that will put them up and take them down for you.

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Simplify

Often, delegating responsibilities or eliminating them entirely just isn’t possible. In those instances, simplifying is the best way to get everything done. It may be you’re used to making a special caramel cheesecake that leaves everyone oohing and ahhing—ironically it has more steps than the assembly for that Ikea desk you gifted your teenage son—but having dessert catered this year will take some pressure off of you. Besides, nobody will mind those éclairs you had delivered from the new downtown bakery everyone’s raving about. The most complicated problem of the season is shopping for everyone … and their dog. So instead of facing icy roads and crowded stores, simplify your life and shop online in your robe and pajamas. Melaleuca has several great options for stocking stuffers, even some for that lovable pooch of yours. And with Melaleuca Marketplace you can shop over 650 stores to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list—including those who live miles away. Ordering online can make your gift-giving experience relatively hassle free. Not to mention, you will free up time to spend with family and friends that would otherwise have been spent wandering the department store or waiting in line at the post office.

Let It Go

Despite dressing up as your favorite superhero for Halloween this year, you just don’t have the power to fly or freeze time. Getting everything done on that list of yours seems next to impossible, but there’s no reason to let your inability to time travel keep you from enjoying the holidays. Learn to let things go. First, though, it’s important to be able to say no. Know when enough is enough, and don’t be afraid to turn down helping with the classroom party or ringing the Salvation Army bell downtown, especially if it means having a little more time to spend with your great-grandmother. Of course the holidays are all about serving and giving when you can, but don’t overdo it! For example, if your daughter has a lead role in the Nutcracker the same night as the neighbor’s cocktail party, make a quick call and thank them for the invite, but explain you have something else to attend. If you’re worried about straining the relationship, suggest another time you can get together after the craziness is over. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you won’t miss your tiny dancer’s debut. If you absolutely can’t let certain things go, postpone them. No one will mind receiving your family picture and newsletter in January. In fact, it will give them a little cheer during the heaviest part of the post-holiday blues.

Find Enjoyment

Are you feeling less than excited about the holiday happenings? It’s not enough to just be efficient with your time if the season is making you miserable. Make time to take some much-needed “you” time, whether that’s hitting the gym for an hour to blow off some stress or curling up by the fire to read that classic novel you’ve been trying to get to for years. A little timeout will help you maintain your sanity and keep a brighter outlook about the hustle and bustle. Also, getting adequate rest each night, eating well-balanced meals—even when you’re on the go—and making sure to get your daily Oligo® will help you sustain good health. The last thing you have time for is getting sick! You’ve been careful for months about counting calories, swapping snacks out with Attain Bars® and hitting the gym. So what do you do when you’re at the annual family cookie swap? Splurge—just a little! You may find yourself worrying that having a cookie or two will ruin your caloric intake for the day, but you feel punished and resentful that everyone else gets to enjoy all the delicious holiday sweets. Instead of riddling yourself with guilt about the extra calories those treats may add to your daily count, allow yourself to have one of Aunt Marge’s famous frosted sugar cookies, and savor everything about it. Just remember to approach the dinner table with an attitude of moderation—your mind and body will both thank you. It’s true that the holidays can be overwhelming, but hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy them as you practice some of these timesaving tips. After all, this time of year is about celebrating, and everyone deserves that opportunity—even you.

It’s true that the holidays can be overwhelming, but hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy them as you practice some of these timesaving tips. After all, this time of year is about celebrating, and everyone deserves that opportunity—even you.

7 Weeks To Savvier Spending

No one wants to waste money. The problem is, sometimes what you want and what you actually do don’t always match up. Case in point: trying to fit into your skinny jeans and eating a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s. So while we all try to make reasonable spending choices, chances are we’ve got some holes in our budgets. It might not feel like much, but a couple of dollars here and there can really add up. Tightening your financial belt might feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but the giddy feeling you get from shrinking your debt or adding to a cushy savings account quickly outweights the small spending adjustments.

For the next seven weeks, try adopting one lifestyle change each week. This gives you time to adjust and develop new habits. Very few of us can make radical lifestyle changes all at once; you can ease into financial fitness by making slow, yet noticeable adjustments.

cable1. Cancel Your Cable
Did you know virtually all of your TV content is available online the next day at sites like Hulu.com? And it’s FREE! Seriously. There are very few shows you can’t watch online at no cost. Or, you can pay a little more and get access to additional movies and shows at a fraction of the price your cable company so gleefully gobbled up. Check out Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus for some examples. And if watching on a computer screen doesn’t quite cut it, make a one-time purchase for a Roku box and stream the content to your TV.

cash-over-credit2. Ditch Your Plastic
Next time you go shopping, leave the cards at home and stick to cash. After all, you can’t spend what you don’t have. The same goes for online shopping. Delete your saved payment methods so you have to actually go get your card and enter the number in every time. That one extra action makes you stop and think, “Do I really need this?”

pack-lunch3. Pack a Lunch
Life is hectic and sometimes planning ahead is hard, but packing a lunch just twice a week can save you a sweet $50 a month or more. Simplify the process by coming up with one or two simple meals you like and can prepare quickly the night before (or 10 minutes before you rush out the door), and then stick with those.

landline4. Scrap Your Landline
You have a cell phone. Your kids either have a cell phone or they use yours. Even the babysitter has a cell phone. You don’t need another monthly phone bill. If you’re concerned about your kids having emergency access to a phone when you’re gone, you can always buy a cheap prepaid phone.


10-dollars5. Save $10
Every week, take $10 out of your bank account and stash it away in a rainy day fund. It’s a small enough amount you won’t miss it too much, but by the end of the year you’ll have $520. Pump up your weekly savings amount by funneling the extra money from your canceled cable and landline into your rainy day fund.

jump-rope6. Stop Paying For the Gym
Only eight percent of people with a gym membership actually use it. The rest of us pay an average of $50 a month for an added burden of guilt. Cancel your gym membership and try a free (and equally effective) form of exercise: Go for a jog, break out your bike or do some of the free workout videos on YouTube.

car-pool7. Car Pool
The days of $2-a-gallon gas are long gone and filling up the tank can be an expensive endeavor Whether you’re driving to work, dropping the kids off at school, or even going to a Melaleuca event, find a friend to carpool with at least twice a week. Depending on the length of your commute, you can also try biking to work during warm weather.

use-melaleuca8. Keep Using Melaleuca
Wait a minute–you’re doing this already! And that’s why you’re awesome. By shopping with Melaleuca you’re saving money on products you use every day: like and average of 25 percent on laundry detergent or 50 percent on shampoo, just to name a couple. Plus, if you refer friends to Melaleuca, you can actually earn money. Has your supermarket ever given you a check for referring for friends? I don’t think so.

Once You “Get It” You’ll Focus More On The Products

A MESSAGE FROM CEO FRANK VANDERSLOOT
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Melaleuca is becoming known around the globe as the world leader in wellness products. A combination of the company’s focus, bright scientists and good fortune has thrust Melaleuca into the spotlight as the company has introduced one lifechanging product after another. There are almost too many products to keep track of—over 360 in total, all derived from natural ingredients combining the most powerful resources of nature and science. There is so much to learn! Sometimes it seems like too much for any one person to try to comprehend.

Melaleuca’s exceptional products continue to propel the company toward unprecedented growth. Hundreds of thousands of American and Canadian households have been converted to the Vitality Pack®, GC Control™, Phytomega®, ProvexCV®, Diamond Brite® and The Gold Bar®. A host of Sei Bella® products have found their way into the vanity cabinets of tens of thousands of discerning women who not only care about how they look today but are taking measures to keep their skin healthy and young to ensure they will still be looking great 30 years from now. These people understand the importance of good nutrition and quality products for their health today as well as tomorrow. Wellness is important to them.

Thousands of new customers join the Melaleuca family every month, and, in the process, those who consistently spread the good news of Melaleuca’s exceptional products prosper. The degree to which many of these families are prospering is truly amazing. Melaleuca has already paid out over $3.5 billion in commissions—yes, that’s billion with a B—to those who’ve referred Melaleuca products to their friends and neighbors. Thousands are supplementing their full-time incomes with this part-time Melaleuca business and providing an additional $300, $500 or $1,000 per month to their family budgets. They are prospering because they have dozens or even hundreds of customers who purchase Melaleuca products month after month.

Many extra-industrious Melaleuca leaders earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and several Corporate Directors have now exceeded $1 million per year. And it’s all because of the products. These people are prospering because they have thousands of loyal customers who buy their Melaleuca products month after month.

Melaleuca has established itself as the best, most viable, most lucrative and most dependable financial opportunity in North America.

We are thrilled with the success that so many Melaleuca Marketing Executives are enjoying and with the literal fortunes that are being made by those marketing Melaleuca
products. The success of these very hard-working people is very fulfilling for me.

At the same time, I am concerned about a new element that has started to develop within the ranks of some of our newest business builders. Most of those to whom I am referring were previously with multilevel companies. We have always had a few people with multilevel backgrounds coming to Melaleuca each month. But now they are coming in substantial numbers because they have heard about the money! And that is part of what is causing the problem. Many with MLM backgrounds haven’t taken the time to learn about our exceptional products. In fact, many of them skip right over learning about the science behind the Vitality Pack or GC Control or Diamond Brite. They are more anxious to learn about the money! And therefore, all they are telling their friends about is the money! Since they haven’t studied the product line themselves, it is impossible to tell someone else much about the products. But they are enrolling “people” like crazy—because of the “business opportunity.”

These well-meaning people are teaching the paradigms that they learned at the multilevel company they just came from. They think it’s the “compensation plan” that will attract people to join up with them. In fact, they don’t even talk about enrolling “customers”; they talk about enrolling “people” or “getting people in.” They openly state they are not looking for customers. They are looking for “business builders.” In other words: They just don’t get it! They do not realize that the reason for Melaleuca’s exceptional growth is because of our products. They don’t understand that the reason that Melaleuca has outpaced all the direct-selling and multilevel companies in America is because of the products. Of course, we do have a spectacular business opportunity, but it’s important to note that people only earn commissions when their customers buy products. And since no one is allowed to buy huge quantities of inventory at Melaleuca, customers only buy the products they can use on a monthly basis. In other words, to make money, a businessperson needs lots of customers purchasing only a little each month.

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Please understand: Business builders without customers are without merit! Unfortunately, this statement doesn’t hit home for the true, dyed-in-the-wool multi-levelers. They have always been taught to just go after business builders. Someone who does not want to work the business is of little value to them. They would rank someone who is “just a customer” as lower than swamp scum.” I know I am repeating myself, but I’ll say it again: They just don’t get it!

Many of our friends who were formerly with multilevel businesses are wise enough to recognize the difference between Melaleuca and their old company. They see the folly of using multilevel terms and of seeking only “business builders.” But too many just don’t get it!

I feel a sense of urgency to communicate to these thousands of former multilevel marketing executives who “don’t get it,” because if they continue to operate Melaleuca like a multilevel business, they will end up with the same results as found in all multilevel companies. Their businesses will grow rapidly at first with all of the excitement created by the money story—and then they will start to crumble because their businesses were opportunity based and not product or customer based.

A company’s reputation determines its future in the marketplace. Consider Amway’s and Avon’s reputations across the United States and Canada. Avon consistently has enjoyed a great reputation, but people everywhere cringe when they hear the word “Amway.” Why the difference? Because of the approach these companies have used when approaching prospects. Avon used a product approach. Avon became known for great, fun products and the friendly Avon lady. Amway became known as “that money deal.” Amway slowed down long ago in the United States and is in a free fall in many nations around the world. It’s not that Amway people are bad people. They are great people! They just used an approach that turns most people off.

I am asking our Marketing Executives across the company to protect our good name and stop using multilevel concepts and multilevel terms to describe our business. Statistics show that over 60 percent of the people in the United States have a negative opinion about multilevel companies and only 5 percent are interested in developing a home-based business. But 95 percent are interested in buying quality products from a catalog! Those who are only interested in business builders are passing up 90 percent of the market potential and are giving Melaleuca an undeserved “multilevel-like” reputation in the marketplace.

We need to make sure our presentations are focused on products first, not opportunity first. Make sure it is clear you are looking for customers first and business builders second. Talk about enrolling “customers,” not about enrolling “people.” Make sure you get rid of multilevel terminologies like “upline,” “downline,” “pin level,” “ground-floor opportunity” and “getting in.” These terminologies are multilevel concepts that make it appear like we are offering some scheme, gimmick or program. They are not business concepts. If we use gimmicks or multilevel terminologies to discuss our business, people will get the wrong impression. Let’s not do it! It’s not who we are and not who we want to be!

Any great businessperson knows that all of the revenues come from moving product to end consumers. Those who do that will consistently prosper. We have a fantastic business opportunity for those who understand our future is bright only because of our exceptional product line. Those who put Melaleuca’s exceptional financial opportunity in front of Melaleuca’s
exceptional products will have left out the most powerful ingredient in building a blossoming Melaleuca business. The money is exciting, but it only comes to fruition when people have hundreds of loyal customers. And you will not have loyal customers unless you take time to explain some of the science behind Melaleuca’s products.

We welcome the thousands who were formerly with multilevel companies. We hope that you will find a home here after you recognize that the only reason we are successful is because our products are of better quality and better value than anything else available anywhere in the world. We hope you will value every customer and communicate their importance to your success in every presentation. If you do this, you will prosper and you will gain the respect of those around you because they will realize that, after all, you really do get it.

Sincerely,
Frank VanderSloot

At Melaleuca Our Mission is to Help You Reach Your Goals

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Melaleuca isn’t your typical company. While other companies define themselves in terms of profit and growth, we measure our success by an entirely different factor–our ability to enhance your life.

When you take the focus off the profits and put it on the people, something amazing happens. You get products that are safer for your home, gentler on the environment, and a better value than anything you’ll find on the shelves of a grocery store.

But Melaleuca’s definition of wellness extends far beyond the products.

Chances are, you learned about Melaleuca from a friend, coworker, or neighbor. That’s because we don’t spend money on advertising or retail middlemen. And as a result, we are able to share our profits with those who share our products.

And while Melaleuca offers more than 350 exclusive wellness products, they represent something something far more valuable than items on a shelf, they represent the ability to enhance your health, your environment, your finances, and your quality of life. That’s why Melaleuca exists. That’s why we’re known as The Wellness Company.

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Your Health

Rediscover wht it means to be full of life.

Who doesn’t want to live a longer, more vibrant life? Your health is the foundation of everything you do–every single day. It allows you to make a living, to pursue your passions, to be there for those who need you most.

For nearly 30 years, Melaleuca has been on a mission to help our customers take control of their own health with innovative, one-of-a-kind natural solutions that tackle our greatest health threats.

  • Helping you achieve your ideal weight. From powering your activity to helping make smarter eating choices, Melaleuca has simple steps to help you reach your goals.
  • Providing your body with critical nutrition. Our modern diet is severely lacking in the nutrients we need daily for optimal health. Help close those gaps with nutrition thats Just Like Nature®.
  • Maintaining optimal hearth health. Melaleuca addresses every aspect of heart health with proven natural solutions.

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Your quality of life

Achieve the life you want and the time to live it.

It’s a simple equation. The more time you can spend on what’s most fulfilling to you, the happier and more satisfied you are.

The problem is, in our hectic lives the most important things often get pushed into a corner by the moment-to-moment stresses of work, family, and social obligations.

With its wellness products and financial opportunities, Melaleuca is uniquely positioned to help you find personal fulfillment.

  • Build more meaningful relationships with those you love
  • Set and achieve more personal goals.
  • Create true time freedom for yourself and your family

With Melaleuca, it’s all well within your reach.

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Your Finances

A pathway to financial freedom and an income to help you complete the journey.

No other company provides a principle-based formula for achieving financial wellness combined with a proven source of residual income.

With Melaleuca, you’re just six steps away from achieving financial wellness:

  1. Get started with a $1,000 emergency fund.
  2. Power roll your debt.
  3. Increase your income.
  4. Invest 15% of your household income
  5. Pay off your mortgage early.
  6. Build wealth and give.

Freedom is waiting.

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Your environment

Clean Home. Clean World. Clean Conscience.

A home is a better place to be when it’s clean. Same goes for planet earth.

Clean is better for everybody. But is it possible to live a clean life in your own home while making the earth a cleaner place to live? Melaleuca says yes.

For decades, Melaleuca has been at the forefront of highly concentrated, safer, nature-derived products that clean homes without making the world a dirtier place.

  • Your home. You and your family deserve to live in a clean home free from the dangers of the toxins and chemicals that can be found in typical cleaning products.
  • Your environment. The little decisions we make today, like skipping a trip, adjusting our thermostat, and recycling, will have a very real impact on the generations to come.

Melaleuca Athletes – World Championship Caliber

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Melaleuca athletes Bernard Lagat and Nick Symmonds ran for world titles at the Track World Championships in Moscow.

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Bernard Lagat

2 OLYMPIC MEDALS

9-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION

3-TIME INDOOR WORLD CHAMPION

2-TIME OUTDOOR WORLD CHAMPION

American Record Holder in the 5,000-meter (12:53.6), 2-mile (8:09.49), mile (3:49.89) and 1,500-meter (3:33.34) 2nd fastest 1,500-meter ever: 3:26.34

Breaking Away

With just 200 meters to go, the men’s 5,000-meter National Championship had come down to two competitors: Melaleuca athlete Bernard Lagat and his consummate challenger, Galen Rupp. Taking the inside track, Rupp appeared to have the advantage as the two athletes started down the final stretch, but Bernard quickly moved alongside him.

“He’s obviously a legend in track and field,” Rupp said of Bernard after the race, “so he’s always going to be there.” Bernard opened a gap of a few inches and then pushed it to a few yards. In a matter of moments, what looked to be an epic duel rapidly became a blowout as Bernard kicked for the win and left his rival in his wake. The two challengers had zipped through their final mile in only three minutes and 54 seconds.

“That time was not surprising,” said 38-yearold Bernard, whom the media have dubbed “the ageless wonder.” “I came here prepared. I was ready for this race today. [My closing speed] is still there; it’s not going anywhere.” And you can bet that when he finished, Bernard went to his favorite source for recovery: Melaleuca’s ProFlex20®. “Drinking water or eating a banana—it’s not going to be enough,” Bernard says. “When we do all of those miles day after day, you tear your muscles or you get so weak, and you need the strength to work the following day. We have to run today and tomorrow and the day after, week after week, month after month. You need the recovery, and that’s why I looked into ProFlex20 and why it’s become my favorite Melaleuca product.”

Nick Symmonds

Nick Symmonds

Olympian – London 2012

5-TIME OUTDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPION

3rd Fastest American 800-meter ever: 1:42.95

3-TIME USA OUTDOOR RUNNER UP

Aiming High

In the 800-meter final, Melaleuca athlete Nick Symmonds took a valiant second-place finish in the swiftest field of American half-milers ever to line up at a National Championship—wherein the top three finishers all crossed the line under 1:44.

“I feel that I made some really big tactical errors, and I still ran 1:43.7 in only my second 800-meter final of the year,” Nick said after the race. “[It] makes me feel really good [to know] I could possibly shave off another second and get down into the mid-1:42s. That’s what I’m going to aim for in Moscow.”

UPDATE: Nick won a silver medal in Moscow.

For most athletes, winning a National Championship would, in itself, be a once-in-alifetime thrill. But for Nick Symmonds, who’s won five outdoor national titles, there are even bigger opportunities at stake.

“I want to go for the [800-meter] and the [1,500-meter] in the 2016 Olympics,” he says. “And if I’m going to make a realistic shot at that, I need to run the 1,500 at a championship race. In Watch the Athletes Nick’s 800-meter final at the Moscow World Championship is scheduled for August 13, and Bernard’s 5,000-meter final is scheduled for August 16. Check universalsports.com for coverage. 2015, I need to really jump into the 1,500 to learn what it takes to get through those rounds as well.”

Fueling Nick’s Olympic ambitions will, of course, be Melaleuca’s Access® Bars.”

“I have to say that I would not be the athlete I am today if not for the Access Bars,” Nick says. “On a typical day, we might be working out for six to eight hours. A lot of times, I’ll get up and have a 10-mile workout and a gym session afterwards. And I think, ‘How am I going to fuel up for three or four hours worth of work?’ I certainly can’t go out and have a Denny’s Grand Slam®—there’s no way it’s going to fuel me through that.

“But if I have a sensible breakfast and an Access Bar in my backpack, it’s just the right amount. Without being too heavy in my stomach, the Access Bar will leave me feeling fueled but not overwhelmed by calories.”

 

 

How To Get What You Want

Success with Melaleuca

ANYONE CAN SET A GOAL, and most of us do from time to time—especially when we see a new year on the horizon. Statistically, though, of the millions of Americans who formulate a New Year’s resolution, a paltry 8% end up accomplishing their desire.

We all want the same stuff—health, happiness, and financial security—but we seem to have a hard time getting there.

The top three target areas for 2011 were:

1. Weight Loss

2. Personal Organization

3. Money

But most of us failed to hit them.

How you can beat the odds and achieve your next goal?

Most of us have heard or read about the fundamentals of setting and reaching goals:

• Keep it simple

• Be realistic

• Take it a step at a time

There is one more crucial ingredient though—something often forgotten: make sure your goal is personally important to the one most able to help you accomplish what you seek…and that person is YOU.

How can such an obvious point  be overlooked?

Think about it

Do you want to lose weight in order to improve your health—or is your desire really more about looking good to others?

Does your concern about organizing your task list and becoming more productive come from an internal yearning to curb stress and enjoy life—or is it motivated by a boss who keeps pushing you to accomplish more and more in less and less time?

And what about your never-ending need for more pay? Are you absolutely in need of that big raise, or are you trying to save face with your peers—sporting a higher mortgage and car payment than you can realistically afford? A goal set primarily to please or impress others is doomed to failure.

The bottom line

In order to succeed, you must find out why the target is important to YOU—and then keep that in mind as you advance daily towards the result you seek.

Do that and, like Henry David Thoreau said, you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

This article is one of many on enhanced wellness by Melaleuca. Visit www.VFL.com for more wellness and dieting tips.