Events are the Best!

As you may know, I just returned from Europe recently. My trip was in three parts:
1. An 800 km walk/pilgrimage (Camino de Santiago de Compostella) across Spain with my daughter – this was inspiring on many levels, I thoroughly enjoyed it! If you want to learn more you can go to my other blog: https://arlenetoys.wixsite.com/mycamino
2. A family holiday in Porto, Portugal – this was a chance to unwind after the Camino, a chance to see my husband after many weeks apart, and a good way to re-gain any weight I lost while walking. Porto is a lovely city, and I love the taste of port, so was quite happy there.
3. A business trip to Prague, Czech Republic – this was the company’s Elite Seminar. I love attending company events, I always find them educational and motivating. This one was exactly that, but on a grand scale. I had never attended such a large event – WOW!
If you have ever been to a concert or sporting event that housed about 15,000 (or more) fans, you have an idea of the power and energy of the group. The closest I have experienced before was the Tragically Hip concert I attended during their final tour.
 
In early May there had been a similar event in Florida, but I was in the middle of Spain at that time. However, when I looked at the calendar, the event in Prague worked out quite well. I even carved out one whole day to enjoy the city and do some walking tours (I had missed the walking). Prague is an amazing city – beautiful and very affordable. So much history too – the tour guides did a great job of bringing the history to life.
 
And what an event!!! The seminar in Florida was maybe 5-10% the size of the Prague event – 15,000 excited Lyconet marketers!
 
The biggest groups were from Italy and Poland. Huge teams with a lot of team spirit. Almost every country (of 47) were represented. I think I was the only Canadian. I felt a bit (okay a lot) overwhelmed. And a bit like some days on the Camino, when all you heard was non-English speakers.
 
Wow – the energy in the arena was outstanding! You couldn’t help but be swept up in the tide of positivity. I loved that.
 
This company knows how to put on a great event. The agenda included recognition, excellent training, exciting company news and programs, entertainment, motivational success stories from leaders, a visionary company leader who thinks everything about our company is “super sexy”, and some truly WOW moments (picture a Formula One race car 

being lowered from the ceiling)! It was all fabulous.
 
And after hours there were optional events – a VIP party and a Presidents party. I went to one party, it was definitely outside my comfort zone, but I’m glad I went. I met some Australians and they kind of adopted me – it was refreshing to speak English. And I did talk to some Presidents (top rank in our company). They were very encouraging. One told me that he went to his first event by himself, then the next with 3. Now he had 300 at this event and he is near the top of the company. Wow!
 
But of course all the informative and motivation gained at an event will not be of value unless acted upon. So now I need to get to work. Are you with me?

Toasting a New Year!

I love starting a New Year, all fresh and full of possibilities! I love setting goals and dreaming about what this year could bring. I have always preferred goal-setting to resolution making. Resolutions seem so light, so easy to break. How about you? Have you been dreaming? I hope so.

And once the goals are set, the work begins! My goals this year include:
  1. Completing an 800 km pilgrimage across Spain, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I will be doing this in April and May, and have made a separate blog to document this. If you are interested, go to https://arlenetoys.wixsite.com/mycamino. Not much there yet, but I hope to add photos and stories as we walk. I am especially excited to do this walk with my daughter and two good friends.
  2. Working on my business. I want to help a lot of people start their own business and earn income for their families. My helping others will help myself as well. Kind of nice that one gets ahead by making other people’s lives better.  Maybe we can all work together on this one.
  3. Working on my relationships – with my husband, my children, my friends and family. I am so grateful to be part of a loving family and have some really great friends. I just want to build on that and improve what I can. I love to visit and spend time with people. If you would just like to chat or go for a walk or a cup of coffee, let me know.
Yes, I know these goals aren’t in the “SMART” format, you know: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant (or Rewarding), Time-bound. I have done this work as well, but don’t want to get too specific and boring here. I recently read about “DUMB” goals too, and rather like that. It stands for Dream Driven, Uplifting, Method-friendly, and Behaviour Driven. I kind of like. What do you think? This is from Brendan Burchard, and you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/54aFTZ9POw4?list=PLiqRgMWh6qlx6HeNm9jHOFWoS3Na0rIP9 .
So why share my goals? Sometimes I think it is powerful to share, to put it out there. Maybe it helps with accountability – feel free to ask me how those goals are coming along. Maybe my goals can help your goals (or vice versa). That might sound a bit strange, but I believe we can all help each other. Maybe not directly, but sharing an idea, making an introduction, giving some feedback, maybe some seemingly small and insignificant act. Here is one of my favourite quotes:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
This quote has been attributed to Goethe, but may actually be written by William Hutchinson Murray. Either way it is great. I love the line about genius, power and magic. I do believe setting goals and then committing to achieving them is very powerful. A friend of mine named her team “The Goal Getters”, which I thought was brilliant. Almost everyone “sets” goals, but how many people go “get” their goals?
 
Happy New Year and Happy Goal Getting!!

Cashback World Updates September 1

Here’s what’s new in the world of Cashback, or at least from the Edmonton Team!
Well, it’s official – it is September!  Hard to believe, but this morning I was out for a walk in the valley – felt like fall, looked a bit like fall.  And what does that mean to you?  Well, in 2 months I will be Florida – exploring the merchants there, running and walking along the beach, meeting new people, connecting with friends I have met by webinar and in person.  It will be so great.  Want to join me?  Ask me about it if you don’t already know
AND – if you have plans to promote in rank – just QUALIFY for level THREE this month, and you will receive an invitation for the Leader Summit in Florida that will be held just before the Elite Seminar!  Wow!
There are also some upcoming events for Greenfinity (World Clean Up Day – in Ontario and BC), and Child and Family Foundation (Angel for a Day in Ontario).
Have you registered for the Marketer Update Webinar on Tuesday?  Here is the info:  

Save the date/ time:

Date: Tuesday, September 5th

Time: 10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST

*CLICK HERE to register today! (URL LINK: https://robertofreire.clickmeeting.com/north-america-lyconet-webinar/register)

*Webinar will be held in English

Here’s something new – on the Canadian Marketer call this week, Maciek said that Cashback World is looking for new Regional Medium-Sized Key Accounts to be Cashback Card merchants – and that if you have some HOT PROSPECTS for that – let him know!  Wouldn’t it be great to have a medium sized chain of restaurants or grocery stores?  
Have you heard?  We have a new Gift Card Selling Point in Edmonton:  YEG Big Lake Sod Depot.  Call ahead to see what’s in stock. Maybe buy some sod, too!! 
YEG Big Lake Sod Depot -- South Edmonton, great point of sale for our Cashback World gift cards too!
YEG Big Lake Sod Depot — South Edmonton, great point of sale for our Cashback World gift cards too!

Go to our landing page www.mycashback.ca for all the news and a quick way to access the Zoom link for our shopping clinics.  There are links there to the different Facebook groups – under resources.  Also downloads for the current resources.  Stay tuned for more!

Check the Home Page for the schedule for our Zoom training webinars – home to see you there.

 

#MotivationCBS -- Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. -Vince Lombardi
#MotivationCBS — Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. -Vince Lombardi

 Arlene Laskey

780-863-0504

ArleneLaskey@shaw.ca

 

Ken Purschke

587-334-5464

kenpurschke@gmail.com

 

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Down & Dirty Life Lessons

Hi, here is a different kind of message today.  I recently participated in a 5 km “fun run/obstacle race” called Down & Dirty.  I had a lot of fun and actually gained some life lessons along the way.  So I wanted to share:

  1. Try everything – Just before we started, the race director said “Please try each obstacle, just do your best, and if you can’t do it, pick an alternate activity like burpees or jumping jacks” (I hate burpees).  Just like life – try new activities, even if it might be hard, you don’t know what you can achieve until you try.  I actually did some of the obstacles that I did not think I could – I find we are usually capable of doing more than we think we can!
  2. Watch your step – That was the other message imparted to us just before we began.  Good advice on the course as the terrain was rough and there were gopher holes.  Good advice in life as it is easy to stumble across obstructions.  Don’t focus on the obstructions, but be aware of them and step right over.
  3. Work together – We signed up as a team, and it quickly became clear that we could do better together.  Some obstacles were a lot easier when we helped each other.  For instance, there was a sort of teeter-totter that was narrow and we had to walk across it.  My balance isn’t the best, but when I held my daughter’s hand it was easy!  And I did the same for her.
  4. Let strangers help you too – At one obstacle we had to climb over a barrier, and the volunteer there said “stand on my shoulder, I will help you”.  Awesome!  That is the only way I would be able to do it.  Remember, people usually love to help, let them, then say thank you.
  5. Pay attention to direction – we got to throw axes at a target.  The volunteer there gave us some simple instructions, then we threw our axes.  The instructions really helped, even though I was pretty bad at it.  Just like life, learn a bit, then try, then learn from your mistakes and try again.
  6. It’s okay to get dirty – Well, this WAS a mud run and we did get a little dirty.  We planned for that, we brought an extra change of clothes.  So be prepared for the hard work in your life, get a little dirty, have a back up plan or a change of clothes, but go for it!
  7. Expect some bumps and bruises, and maybe a skinned knee or two – yes, I earned some wicked bruises, and I don’t even know where they came from.  Just like life, you might get hurt a little, but don’t let it slow you down or stop you altogether – get out your band-aids and polysporin, patch it up and get on with life!  And don’t take it personally!
  8. Be prepared to give a little extra effort – In this part icular race the 5 km mark came at the bottom of the hill and we still had to climb that hill to get to the finish line.  Sometimes in life you have to go the extra mile (or at least 400 meters in this case).
  9. Give a little – This particular run was in support of the Cancer Society.  It is always good to contribute to charities or others in need.  Give a little or a lot, everyone benefits!
  10. Stop and enjoy the view – This run was located at a local ski hill overlooking the North Saskatchewan River.  As we ran up and down and down and up the hill, we took the time to look around a bit and enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Same thing in life, there are always opportunities to stop and smell the roses.  Appreciate what you can do and what you have!  My motto is “Life is an adventure – live in gratitude and enjoy every moment!”.