FULFILLING A DREAM
OF TIME FREEDOM
Over 20 years ago, I was working part time as the nurse, I had just had my seventh baby, my oldest was 10 and we were struggling financially. At times, it was even hard to get grocery money together. We could never make ends meet. My husband was thinking about getting another part-time job at night, or I was considering working more hours as a nurse. But both of those options meant we would have less family time. That was not what we wanted to do. We felt like we were
in a rut and we didn’t really have a lot of options to choose from, without sacrificing family time.
By the grace of God, a friend started talking to me about something she was doing part time, around her four small children. She used to be a teacher and she was able to quit her job and work from home. I cautiously started to ask questions, finding out what she was actually promoting. As I began to learn that it was health, wellness and prevention, it seemed like a great fit for me. But I wasn’t a sales person. I was a mom and a nurse. Those were the two jobs I knew how to do. Through a leap of faith, my husband and I decided that this may be a way to get out of our rut. We liked the people we met. They were sincere and I never felt pressured. I was only being educating by others who had been doing this business.
I started working very part time, around my job as a nurse and my seven small children and within one year I matched my income as a nurse. I had practiced for 17 years but decided at that point to leave nursing and focus on a home-based business, that could provide financially for my children and allow me to be available to them. I was able to be at all the baseball, basketball games, and track meets. I would bring my business notes with me in book bag and work from the stands. While the kids would play at the playground, I could do calls on a bench. My income began paying the car payment and the mortgage, and now it’s covering college tuition.
And of course, an extra bonus to all of this, was getting our health back. My whole family started on this wonderful optimal nutrition and we saw improvement with our health. We had results with more energy, better focus, stress relief, sleeping better, and we were able to get off of asthma and allergy medications. I saw relief of migraines and weight loss. Three of our family members experienced improved digestion. I used this optimal nutrition during my 8th and 9th pregnancy, where I experienced quick recoveries and energy to jump back into a busy family life.
Fast forward, twenty-two years later, our children are ages 18-34 and we now have eight small grandchildren. I am available for every family event and celebration. I am providing a livelihood for my family and taking the financial burden off my husband, by promoting health and wellness for other families. And if a family is open to the business opportunity I train them to do what I have done and give them the financial freedom we have enjoyed.
We are no longer in a rut but have fulfilled our dream of time freedom with our greatest treasure, family. I hope that sharing my story will give hope to others as well!
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves
fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
- 1 Corinthians 15:58
STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
By Theresa Lawson, R.N., with Cathy Fairbairn
The term Servant-Leader was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf (1904-1990), who founded the Center for Applied Ethics, which eventually became the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He authored the book Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness. According to Greenleaf, a Servant-leader is one who makes sure that the other people’s highest priority needs are being served. To function as a Servant-Leader you may have to step out of your comfort zone. What does that mean, exactly?
Putting others’ needs first may be a bit uncomfortable at times. We may be tempted in various ways to remain in our comfort zones, to sidestep any inconveniences, to avoid any suffering. But this is how we grow to be Christ-like.
I’ve discovered in my home-based business that some of the temptations to stay in my “comfort zone” center around avoiding the risks of reaching out to family members and close friends. I dislike rejection. I have experienced fear--fear that if I share my company’s business opportunity and products with family and friends, I may experience the discomfort of rejection. But that’s all it is: discomfort. After you get a firm no, you can move on to the next person.
I have had to step out and learn to do cold calling. When people don’t answer their phones after several attempts to contact them, the temptation to quit trying was strong, especially at first. Many times the thought crossed my mind, “Oh, they probably think I’m bothering them, or they don’t want my services, or they are avoiding answering the phone because they don’t want to talk with me.” I soon realized that these are all just temptations. I have learned that no answer may simply mean they are busy. Their answer may be a “yes,” but I just don’t know it yet. When I do connect with them, these busy people are often grateful that I haven’t given up on them. I have learned to keep asking until I get a firm “no,” to not give up until they tell you “no.”
I have had to persevere through difficult situations and deal with difficult people. I’ve learned that hurting people tend to hurt others. Dealing with difficult people isn’t easy but if I can be persistent, through God’s grace, to come alongside of them and help them to arrive in a healthy place. I can help them build a more financially secure place and give them the hope that things can be better. If I allow Him, God can use me to perform a transformation in that person’s life, and the lives of others they care about.
Recently, I had one customer who became a business partner of mine, a young mother of six, who stated that the best results of using our company’s products was the peace that it brought to her household. Her children, who experienced Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), were calmer and no longer grumpy because they were feeling better physically. She was feeling better, too, and the resulting peace in her household was a real joy. If you can share with people a vision of better family relationships and peace in their homes, you tend to no longer be intimidated by initial negativity. When I take the time to help people feel better physically and mentally, their spiritual life can improve, too.
Therefore, a big part of getting out of your comfort zone entails a change in thinking. You can’t judge people. You work with them where they are. You can’t know why people act the way that they do. You need to change your thinking: you need to think the best of that person instead of fearing the worst.
Getting out of your comfort zone is important, because if you stay in your comfort zone, you limit your ability to be to God’s hands and feet; you won’t be available to Him. He wants people to be radical. We need to swim upstream, go against the tide. This discomfort is an opportunity to grow in virtue, in charity. As a Servant-Leader you can help foster a culture of life. You do that by serving others as a representative of Christ, so His love can flow through you to others.
So how do you begin? With prayer! Ask for the grace that others may see Christ shining forth and that “I” may disappear. Make it about others. Pray for the grace to be relaxed and truthful, to help your customers develop a sense of trust. Frequent the sacraments. They are the Powerhouse for your work and home life. When you have a servant’s heart, you want to help others, you need to reach out. When you talk to people you have to talk to them about their lifestyle and interweave it with nutrition. I laid it all down to the Lord: “If you want me to do this, Lord, show me how to do this business.” It’s all about changing your lifestyle: adequate exercise, proper nutrition, and sufficient sleep. Without prayer I would have been tempted to give up.
To be a Servant-Leader in our company you must first be a good follower. It is important to develop humility, admitting you don’t have all the answers. To be a good follower you have to be teachable, with a mind to teaching others how to become servants, too. Our culture bombards us with so much information that often the truth is obscured. Be open to hearing the truth, especially new or unfamiliar information. Test everything. Ask for discernment. Be open to alternative ways of looking at things. God’s ways are not our ways. Perhaps God is prompting you to step out of your comfort zone!
Moreover, embrace the training so you can learn about the company and the products you’re going to help people with; you’re going to be helping to train others eventually. Stay closely connected with your team/support. You are in business for yourself but not by yourself. If you think you can do it on your own, you will likely fail. Really listen to the needs of those you are trying to help. Try to focus on others’ needs and read between the lines.
Become committed to stepping out of your comfort zone. Meet people where they are. Bind their wounds. Love them first. Meet them where they are and address their physical needs as a human being first, and then lead them down the path of finding Christ and his Church.
“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the
LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to”
- Deuteronomy 15:10
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