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Destination Meditation: Quick Tips for Starting Meditation Today!

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Could you use some relaxation in your life? How about increasing your creativity? What about decreasing your stress and increasing your focus? Then you’ll really want to explore and experience meditation for yourself.

I’m a meditator and a strong believer in the benefits of meditation.  I started meditating over two years ago.   It was during a time of major change in my personal and professional life.  Since then I’ve started a new relationship and a new business.  There’s no doubt my meditation practice enhanced my overall focus, clarity and awareness.  I do my best to meditate twice a day for at least twenty minutes each time. However as an entrepreneur, establishing and expanding my business is demanding and can make it a challenge on some days to find the time. 

 

As a health coach & personal trainer for my business Q Movements,  I was excited about integrating meditation in to my coaching philosophy.  It’s a service I was confident would not only generate interest but would also benefit my clients in both mind and body.  Because there are many forms of meditation, I  encourage individuals to explore and learn about meditation  and discover the method they feel works best for their needs and lifestyle.  I found Success Through Stillness by Russell Simmons is a perfect resource for learning about the basics and benefits of meditation.  I personally like to mix up my meditations.  Some days mindfulness meditation works for me and other days I enjoy Transcendental meditation.  However for my clients, I typically focus on mindfulness and guided visualization meditations.

Ready to get your meditation on and don’t know where to begin?  Here are a few quick and easy tips that worked for me when I started meditating.

  1. Start small.  I recommend starting with small time increments.  Five minutes once a day for a couple weeks is a good start. Then you can increase in five minute increments when you feel ready.  When I first started meditating, I couldn’t sit still for five seconds much less five minutes.  It might feel awkward at first because it’s new to you but don’t give up. It will get easier the more you do it.  Consistency is key.
  2. Create your space.  Create a special space for your meditation experience.   A scented                    candle or soothing music works great.  Make it your own and inviting so it’s something you will look forward to daily.  If space is  limited, then try using a closet, bathroom or your car.  I know it sounds crazy but it works! I’m always cold so I personalize my space with a special blanket.  I wrap my legs with a small blanket that’s covered with personal pictures that invoke feelings of happiness, success and love.  It’s what my eyes see first before and after a relaxing meditation.
  3. Relax.  Sounds redundant but a helpful reminder to be easy and give yourself time to get comfortable with the experience.  Simple passive stretches and slow deep breathing helps me to prepare both my body and mind for relaxation.

Meditation is an amazing source of creativity, energy and power.  It continues to be a strong foundation for my life and business.   Make a commitment to explore and practice meditation.

Use my quick & easy tips and feel free to reach out to me with questions about meditation at www.qmovements.com.  Remember be patient, open minded and prepared for the transformation you’re about to experience.

Namaste

QM Brand Revenue

Are You Boosting Revenue or Risking Your Brand?

Is direct sales and network marketing really boosting your revenue or potentially compromising your brand?

Revenue can be a risky situation. Right off the bat I know this might be a touchy subject matter for some entrepreneurs simply because direct sales and network marketing (DSNM) is a fundamental form of entrepreneurship.

However after extensive research on the topic, I’m left to determine whether DSNM is the best decision for my business and me. As an entrepreneur in the health and fitness industry, I keep an open mind for opportunities to expand my business as well as boost revenue.  Therefore, I was eager to explore the world of this $30 billion dollar industry.

DSNM simply means offering products directly to a customer away from a fixed retail location.

Direct sales, independent distributors, sales representatives or consultants market their products in a variety of ways, including one-on-ones, home parties and the Internet. Most direct sales firms are multi-level marketingcompanies (MLMs).

Some examples include:

My introduction to DSNM started six months ago when a Juice Plus distributor contacted me through a LinkedIn College Alumni group.

We connected and after speaking with her, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. So I began to investigate the DSNM industry as a whole. My ears and eyes were open.

Could it be too good to be true?

Since then various DSNM distributers approached me through Facebook, LinkedIn, Alumni Associations, Professional organizations, church community as well as the local grocery store.

I started feeling like a MLM magnet! Herbalife, Beachbody, Mary Kay, LifeVantage and Genesis Pure all extended generous invitations to become distributors for their company. Although I was somewhat flattered by the attention, I was much more cautious on proceeding with anyone’s offer.

Through my research, I discovered the nutritional supplement group or more commonly known as Vitamins, Minerals and Supplement (VMS) was one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

This industry produced about $32 billion in revenue for just nutritional supplements alone in 2012 and is projected to double that by topping $60 billion in 2021 according to the Nutritional Business Journal. With these types of robust statistics why would I not consider expanding my health coaching business to include similar products through DSNM?

It seemed a logical fit.

Was DSNM really a logical fit for my business that I just overlooked?

Would endorsing and distributing a product help increase my health coaching & personal training service sales?

It was time to revisit the Q Movements business plan. I was confident a quick refresher would certainly clear up and confirm the right path for me. As I read through the Executive Summary I was reminded Q Movements was established to increase health and wellness through my services and not someone else’s product.

There was my answer.

Although its feasible DSNM products are viable for helping support the mission of Q Movements, I strongly believe Q Movements needs and deserves my total attention to reach its full potential.

My brand as a health coach and personal trainer :

  • I have a responsibility to my clients to ensure any and all my services are safe, effective and sound.
  • I’m able to achieve this service level of competence and confidence through education, certifications, trainings, experience and continuing education.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the same type of control with DSNM products and companies. I feel I’m risking my brand, business and livelihood on a product or company I don’t fully control or own. I have too much invested in Q Movements to potentially jeopardize it by some mishap or misconduct from another company.

Before shutting the book on DSNM, the Libra in me is seeking the need for balance in this examination.  My investigation did reveal some notable learning moments for this budding entrepreneur. The most valuable lesson was the exposure to new marketing skills and techniques.

Part of my DSNM exploration included attending meetings and training sessions for a couple of the products.

I was surprised on the enormous amount of training DSNM provide on sales and marketing. I know it sounds redundant but the level and extent of training is remarkable. DSNM definitely provide their sales distributers with abundant live and virtual online trainings opportunities.  There is no doubt in my mind DSNM prepare their sales team for success. The challenge is ensuring you have the right players in the game.

I’m satisfied with my decision to solely continue my focus on Q Movements during this first year of business. Although I acknowledge there is potential for DSNM to boost my revenue, I trust focusing on Q Movements will do more for me in the long run.

I encourage other entrepreneurs to do your research and review your business plan when considering new business ventures and make the decision that is best for you.

Even though I’m not expanding my business through DSNM products, I was inspired to start developing my own products for Q Movements. Looks like it’s time for me to update my business plan.

Remember you never know how and when your entrepreneurial spirit will be sparked.

Article published on Latin Business Today website:

http://latinbusinesstoday.com/2014/05/revenue-compromising-brand

Do Must Have Apps Equal A Smarter Business?

“Top 5 Must Have Daily” Apps – Utilizing Smartphone Technology to Enhance Your Business Experience

Are Smartphones getting smarter or are we just learning how to utilize them more effectively?  The smartphoneapplication marketplace is rapidly growing and highly intuitive to the needs of consumers.  As a result, consumers are now using Apps for much more than a game of Candy Crush with a friend or sharing selfies on Instagram.   Entrepreneurs and professionals of all sorts are integrating a variety of smartphone Apps to increase knowledge, enhance services and create low cost/no cost marketing opportunities to improve and boost business.

Prior to starting my own health coaching business, Q Movements, my Apps usage mainly consisted of music, maps, sports, and social media. I enjoyed and appreciated the instant touch of the index finger access to updates from my inner circle.

Now as a small business owner, my App needs, selection and usage has expanded immensely.  In fact, I make sure to visit the Apple App store frequently so as to stay on top of trends and in tune with technology.

I’ve created my own “Top 5 Must Have Apps” list of the Apps I use daily which have positively impacted both my business and personal life.  I’m sharing my list in hopes you may seriously consider exploring and expanding your App usage for enhancing your business and lifestyle.

1.  FaceTime:  FaceTime is a feature specific to Mac products. It’s basically a video call.  I have an iPhone and honestly never used FaceTime until I started my business.  I use FaceTime regularly now to screen new clients, conduct health coaching sessions and develop strong connections with my clients.

The App is easy to use and the audio & video stream is quite clean and consistent.  FaceTime is a useful and effective tool that saves me time & money daily instead of having to travel to make all my connections.

Spotify 2.  Spotify:  Spotify is one of many great digital music Apps on the market. For me, this App serves dual purpose.  I personally enjoy music and appreciate Motown’s best groves to 90’s grunge to Latin jazz and just about everything in between.  Music is my cheap therapy.  It uplifts, calms, soothes, excites and inspires me. Spotify is also a great asset for my business.

The Spotify App provides the perfect background vibe for my group & personal training and meditation sessions.  It’s fun for me to create special playlists for my clients.  It’s amazing how the right tunes can motivate movement.  Spotify is a free App however it’s well worth the $10.81 a month fee for access from all my devices and commercial free listening.

Spotify3.  Audible:  Anyone who knows me knows I love to learn.  Audible is one of the leading providers of digital audiobooks.  Because I spend a lot of time in my car, I decided to use my time more wisely by listing to a variety of books using Audible. Three Simple Steps, written by Trevor Blake was my first audiobook and the rest is history.  I strive to listen to at least two books a month.  I’ve increased my knowledge in areas of financial management, communication, marketing and sales.  Remember knowledge is power.

4.  Chase Mobile Banking/ Payment App: Banking Apps are an outstanding resource and tool for entrepreneurs and business professionals.  Financial management is critical in all levels of business.  I particularly appreciate the ability to deposit checks anytime and anywhere with my smartphone.

Banking is made super convenient with total access to business and personal accounts 24/7.   I’m now able to accept credit and debit cards payments.  This added convenience factor for my clients has helped to increase revenue.

6. Social Media: No Top 5 App list is complete without including one of several social media Apps. Facebook, Pintrest, LinkedIn, Vine, Google+, YouTube and Twitter are all excellent Apps for creating free marketing opportunities for your business.

I frequently use these Apps to promote my business and connect with clients.  It’s also a great way for your current and potential clients to learn more about your brand. Images, text, and videos can be composed and uploaded to some or all your social media Apps to alert your connections with promotions, information and updates for your business instantly.

The App marketplace is full of interesting, fun and amazing Apps on business, education, finance, news, food, travel, lifestyle and my personal favorites health and fitness.  I encourage you to take time and visit your App store and explore new Apps weekly that could benefit your business, services and revenue.

Now back to my opening question, “Are smartphones getting smarter or are we just learning how to use them more effectively?”

I believe investing time in to utilizing your resources more effectively is definitely evidence of elevated intelligence.  Smartphones don’t equal smarter business.  Smarter entrepreneurs equal smarter business.

Article published on Latin Business Today website:

http://latinbusinesstoday.com/2014/04/do-must-apps-equal-smarter-business/