Where Are You Really Going?

On March 20, 2013, a deserted Japanese fishing vessel was spotted 150 nautical miles south of Queen Charlotte Islands, adjacent to the main coast of British Columbia. It was rusty and battered but still intact. When the Canadian authorities searched the ship, they found there were no crewmen on the boat. The press immediately dubbed it “the ghost ship.”

The ghost ship was a lifeless floating reminder that a year before, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake hit Japan’s northeast coast. That caused a huge tsunami that sent 75-foot waves slamming into coastal areas. Nearly 20,000 people were killed. Amid the wreckage was the ghost ship that floated for one year without being discovered. For a period of time, satellites tracked a brown patch of water measuring 2,000×1,000 miles. They said it was “floating debris” from the tsunami, floating without direction, lost in the huge ocean. Eventually, the debris disappeared from view.

Our greatest problems don’t come from the debris left floating without direction—it can be hazardous but often not life threatening for most people. The real problems we face come when we find ourselves or others “drifting without direction.” We all know that there are four major directions; it’s easy to find North, South, East, and West. But even the best compass may not help us very much until we get our bearings.

That’s what the Moken people did in 2004. A monster tsunami hit their small island off the coast of Indonesia. The elders of the community warned everyone that if they ever saw the ocean withdraw rapidly from shore, they should drop everything and run to higher ground. At first the young people didn’t take the elders’ advice because they didn’t believe them. Fortunately, they quickly changed their minds and joined the population running to higher ground. When the tsunami hit, none of the Moken people were lost. That day, Moken teen-agers found themselves. They discovered exactly where they were, and discovered a new direction—up!

Often, people drift aimlessly because they are beginning with no end in mind. They really don’t know what they want, or where they want to end up. They have no vision and haven’t taken time to draw from their imaginations important pictures of what they want their future to look like.

It’s valuable to remember that all things are created twice. The first creation occurs when architects create blueprints or when military leaders go into the “general’s tent” and plan their campaigns. You see it when coaches create a game plan before the game is played. Steve Jobs spent thousands of hours in “the general’s tent” creating Apple. Apple was built from his mind. His practice was one of visualizing what he wanted and then creating what he saw.

You can’t have a second creation without a first creation. The first creation is the plan, and the second creation is the implementation of that plan. The plans we make in order to get to where we are going are invaluable. Many individuals spend lifetimes of work and investment to climb the ladder of success, only to find it leaning against the wrong wall. It never was what they really wanted.

Melaleuca is a classic model of beginning with the end in mind. It’s impossible to build a great company without a great mission. While other companies have long, tiring mission statements no one can repeat or understand, Melaleuca’s mission statement is succinct and powerful: “Enhancing the Lives of Those We Touch by Helping People Reach Their Goals.”

For nearly 30 years, that mission statement has instilled vision and purpose in the hearts of each member of the Melaleuca family. Melaleuca has changed thousands of lives and continues to grow because it has never drifted aimlessly.

It began and has always operated with the end in mind.

Growth Rings

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“Some of our greatest periods of growth follow periods of adversity and stress.” 

Years ago, a family took a vacation to the mighty redwood forests of California. Before the trip, they bought a new car—the first they had ever owned. Every day, the father washed it, shined it, and gave his family strict instructions regarding what could be eaten in it. He told them he wanted to preserve the “new car smell.”

But after the vacation to the redwoods, that “new car smell” was long gone. The 14-year-old daughter got carsick and emptied the contents of her stomach on the carpet of the back seat. The 8-year-old boy bought some silly putty at a cheap gift shop, something that was not on the contraband list since it was new at the time. One of the putty’s unique characteristics, the family soon discovered, was that it would melt under the heat of the sun. That ability became even more impressive later when the car detail man said, “I’ll be darned. Never seen anything like it. Nothin’ I got will take it out.”

He was right. Nothing ever did.

But there were other reasons the family would never forget that vacation. One particular display in the redwoods left a lasting impression. There, under a glass counter, was a petrified cross section of a giant redwood tree. The ranger explained that you could count the growth rings on the tree to determine its age. Then, after a pause, he added that the tree was approximately 3,000 years old! Accompanying the display were drawings of the tree and its size during its 3,000 years of life. Additionally, to make the display more graphic, artists had placed small markers at significant dates in the past.

One picture of the tree showed its size during the Revolutionary War. A smaller tree depicted its size at the time Christopher Columbus reached the Americas. It was smaller yet at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire. The markers also indicated that the tree stood tall, proud, and silent when many of the most important people lived on the stage of world history.

A pamphlet gave more information about the life of the great tree. There were alternating periods of favorable and unfavorable living conditions. In periods of ongoing draught, the rings were closer together. During a great fire there was no growth. During more favorable weather conditions, the rings were farther apart, representing significant growth as the tree sought the sun and flourished as it rose from the forest floor.

Seeing those rings, the father came to a realization that made his car trouble seem very small: Periods of stress and adversity were always followed by tremendous periods of growth.

What was true for that giant redwood is also true for us: Some of our greatest periods of growth follow periods of adversity and stress. To achieve continued personal wellness, one must find a way to recognize the fruits of adversity when it comes, as it is recorded in the growth rings of life. 

Refresh During National Blueberry Month!


Refresh During National Blueberry Month!
July is National Blueberry Month, and a hot one at that! So hit the refresh button with your favorite berries and a scoop of our Blueberry Attain® CraveBlocker®. This smoothie will freshen up any part of your day.

  • 1 cup skim milk (almond, soy, or coconut milk can be substituted)
  • 1 scoop Blueberry Attain® CraveBlocker®
  • 1 cup frozen fruit berries
  • 6–8 ice cubes

Pour milk into blender. Add scoop of Blueberry Attain® CraveBlocker®. Add a cup of your favorite frozen berries (strawberries are recommended). Toss in ice cubes. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

7 Simple Steps for Achieving Financial Freedom

The stress that comes from living a life of financial bondage can be absolutely overwhelming. Too many people live in bondage to the debts they owe.

Studies have shown that financial struggles hurt more than just your pocketbook. The stress of financial uncertainty is linked to obesity, digestive tract issues, insulin resistance, ulcers, poor nutrition, poor sleep, marital conflict, and more.

That’s why Melaleuca is such a strong proponent of total financial freedom. It provides options and resources that can improve almost every aspect of life.

Financial wellness—getting out of debt and securing your financial future—along with physical wellness, environmental wellness, and personal wellness, is part of the total wellness concept that Melaleuca teaches and encourages. Indeed, financial freedom is at the heart of Melaleuca’s mission of enhancing lives.

When people stop paying interest and start earning interest, they discover a sense of peace that they’ve never had before. That peace can be achieved by following a simple, step-by-step plan that is focused on aggressively conquering debt, carefully budgeting finances, and wisely building wealth.

If you’ve achieved total financial wellness in your own life, help others achieve what you have achieved. If you’re still living with debt, then it’s time to dump it once and for all.

The following seven simple principles will help you achieve financial wellness. Try implementing a few of them today!

  • Start An Emergency Fund. Debt that spirals out of control usually begins with an emergency. Your car breaks down or your child breaks a leg and you don’t have the means to pay for it. You’re already living paycheck to paycheck, so what do you do? You pay for it with a credit card. Then the monthly credit card bill becomes too much to pay. Avoid that nightmare and instead work over the next 90 days to establish a savings fund of $1,000. If you can save more, that’s great. That money can and should only be used to save you on a rainy day.
  • Reduce Your Expenses. Find ways to cut your spending. You’ll be surprised at how many things you pay for that you don’t really need. Using coupons, giving up cable subscriptions, buying in bulk, and carpooling to work are all easy ways to save money. You can also eat at home instead of going out— which usually comes with health benefits, too!
  • Increase Your Income. Look for ways to find extra income to eliminate your debt. If you already work fulltime, consider a side business or a family paper route to bring in extra cash. Sometimes increasing your income is as simple as asking for a raise. If you work hard at your job, you have a right to discuss compensation with your boss.
  • Power Roll Your Debt. When budgeting, compile a list of all your debts from smallest to largest. Make the minimum payments on all your debts except the smallest. Do everything you can to pay that one off as fast as possible. Once it’s paid off, you can take the money you were paying toward it and put it toward the next debt. Each time you pay off a debt, the amount of money you have to pay off the next debt will continue to grow.
  • Pay Off Your Mortgage Early. This is usually the last debt people have to pay off. If this is your only debt, don’t be fooled into paying the minimum monthly mortgage. Doing so over the course of a 30-year loan means you’ve paid an incredibly large amount toward interest. That’s money wasted. Paying your mortgage off 10, 15 or 20 years early can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.
  • Save And Invest Monthly. Having a plan to cover future costs like retirement and medical expenses is the only way to be truly financially free. Begin by investing 10 to 25 percent of your monthly household income. Maximize 401(k) and other low-risk retirement funds.
  • Invest Wisely and Give 10 Percent. Diversify your savings portfolio so you can smooth returns and limit losses. Then give 10 percent of your income to those in need. Doing so will transform the way you view money. It will help you appreciate more the resources you have and allow you to bless the lives of others.

As you celebrate financial freedom, we want to celebrate it with you. If you’ve cut up a credit card, started a savings fund, or paid off a nagging loan, share it on social media with our new “That’s Why I Love Wellness” poster and our official Melaleuca hashtag #whyilovewellness.

Melaleuca Convention 2015 Highlights: Live Blog Day 3

Melaleuca Convention 2015: Live Blog Day 2