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Erika's Elite Fleet Unit

Who is Erika?

Erika Thompson, Senior Sales Director
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Erika Thompson began her Mary Kay career in Sept 1997. She was beginning college and was a new wife, a new mom, and very busy! Erika quickly found Mary Kay was her ticket out of paycheck to paycheck living all while being able to balance family. On a leap of faith she quit college and went full time with her Mary Kay business. Since that time Erika and her husband have supported their family as self employed business owners. They have 2 young beautiful boys, Elijah and Jordan. 

 

Erika’s favorite achievements include being named unit Miss Go-Give twice and our Robertson National Area Miss Go-Give 2005. Also, she’s been a star consultant for 27 quarters. Erika has been driving FREE since Sept of 2000, earning a Red Hot Pontiac Grand Am, a White Chevy Blazer, a Premier Club Cash Option and a 2005 fluffy pink Cadillac!

The Elite Fleet unit just achieved their first year in the prestigious Circle of Achievement with over $322,000 in retail sales! Erika has been a director since November of 2000 and is a proud Senior Director with one first line offspring director, the awesome Senior Pink Cadillac driver Somer Carter! And two second line offspring; Grand Prix director Vanessa Stephens and New Vibe winner Kaytee Albert! And one thrid line offspring: Christi Yoder!

Erika’s highest personal team commission has been $1,100 (not including her profit on sales). Her highest director’s check for one month has been $6,763 also not including her profit on sales!

The Elite Fleet unit has a goal to debut 5 new directors this year and debut in the Circle of Achievement with $500,000 this year. Erika gives all the credit for her successes to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. One of her favorite quotes "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to the mountain move and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you!"

 

No Matter What - Do It Anyway!
*If you are too tired - Do it anyway - It will energize you!
*If you are to busy - Do it anyway - You can make the time!
*If you are scared - Do it anyway - Fear will disappear!
*If you are broke - Do it anyway - You'll have plenty!
*If you feel negative - Do it anyway - Activity kills negativity!
*If you are lazy - Do it anyway - You will immediately feel motivated to do more!
*If you are a procrastinator - Do it anyway - Just do it Now!!
*If you are sick or in pain - Do it anyway - You will feel better
*If you are defocused - Do it anyway- You'll refocus in the process!
*If you feel weak - Do it anyway - You will feel strong!
*If you are a whiney cry baby - Do it anyway - You'll laugh all the way to the bank!
*If you make excuses - Do it Anyway - You'll make successes instead!
*If you feel inadequate - Do it anyway - You will see how amazing you are!
*If you feel like a loser - Do it anyway - You'll  get that winning feeling!
*If you don't know how - Do it anyway - You'll figure it out as you go!
*If you are afraid of failure - Do it anyway -Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real!
*If you are a small thinker - Do it anyway - Your mind will expand and not go back!
* If you think it is too hard  - Do it anyway - You will experience the fun!
* If you feel intimidated - Do it anyway - You are stronger than you think!
* If you just don't want to - Do it anyway - Passion will come in the process - in the pursuit of your dreams!
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The Library
(Book Recommendations)

The Bible...Best Value (66 books in one)

Any of Mary Kay's Books
Her Autobiography
More than A Pink Cadillac
Living a Rich Life
Miracles Happen
You Can Have it All

The Purpose Driven Life...Rick Warren

Thinking for a Change...John Maxwell

If you Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get out of the Boat.... John Ortberg

Success Prinicpals.... Jack Canfield

The Dream Giver.... Bruce Wilkinson

How to Go From Thinking to Life Change

By Dr. John C. Maxwell

Step #1: When you change your thinking, you change your beliefs.



I am going to work you through a six-step process of how to change, and it begins with thinking. It begins with the mind. Beliefs are nothing more than a by-product of what you have thought long enough about that you have bought into--always remember that. What you believe is a collection of continual thoughts that have formed themselves into a conviction.



"Although not all change is the same, there is one common element to change, and that is thinking." That is a great truth. That is not mine, it's out of a book called, The Seven Levels of Change. When you break down the process of thinking into manageable number of steps, you reduce the perceived risk associated with change. Being creative is when you think about your thinking, being innovative is when you act on your ideas.



Step #2: When you change your beliefs, you change your expectations.



Belief is the knowledge that we can do something. It is the inner feeling that what we undertake, we can accomplish. For the most part, all of us have the ability to look at something and know whether we can do it. So, in belief there is power: our eyes are opened; our opportunities become plain; our visions become realities. Our beliefs control everything we do. If we believe we can or we believe we cannot, we are correct. Accomplishment is more than a matter of working harder; it is a matter of believing positively. It's called the "sure enough" factor. If you expect to succeed, "sure enough," you will; if you expect to fail, "sure enough," you will. We become outside what we believe inside.



Step #3: When you change your expectations, you change your attitude.



I love Ben Franklin's quote: "Blessed is the one who expects nothing, for he shall receive it." I heard a story the other day about a man who went to the fortuneteller who looked in the crystal ball and said, "Oh, my. This is not good. I look in this ball and see that you will be poor and unhappy until you're 45 years old." The guy said, "Oh, that's terrible. Well, then what's going to happen?" The fortuneteller said, "You'll get used to it."



Your expectations are going to determine your attitude. Most people get used to average; they get used to second best. Nelson Boswell said, "The first and most important step toward success is the expectation that we can succeed."



Step #4: When you change your attitude, you change your behavior.



William James was right when he said, "That which holds our attention determines our action." When our attitude begins to change, when we become involved with something, our behavior begins to change. The reason that we have to make personal changes is that we cannot take our people on a trip that we have not made. Too many leaders try to be travel agents instead of tour guides--they try to send people where they have never been. We give them a brochure and a "Bon Voyage!" And off they go and we wave to them, and we ask them to tell us how it was when they come back. A tour guide says, "Let me take you where I've been. Let me tell you what I have gone through. Let me tell you what I know. Let me show you what I've experienced in my life."



Step #5: When you change your behavior, you change your performance.



Leroy Eims said, "How can you know what is in your heart? Look at your behavior. There is no better sign of the heart than the life." The truest test of where a person is going is their behavior.



Unfortunately, most people would rather live with old problems than new solutions. We would rather be comfortable than correct; we would rather stay in a routine than make changes. Even when we know that the changes are going to be better for us, we often don't make them because we feel uncomfortable or awkward about making that kind of a change.



Until we can get used to living with something that is not comfortable, we cannot get any better.



Step #6: When you change your performance, you change your life.



Change makes a person feel alone, even if others are going through it. You say, "Oh, man! Goodness! I know the others are changing, but I don't think they're having the difficulty I'm having." There is something about the awkwardness and the time that it takes to make proper changes that just seems to isolate you from everyone else, even when a group is going through it together. You just kind of feel, "But my situation's a little bit different, and I think I'm just not quite as fast as the other ones," and there's a tendency to feel isolated, lonely, and withdrawn when you're going through this change.



It is easier to turn failure into success than an excuse into a possibility. A person can fail and turn around and understand their failure, make it a success; but I want to tell you--a person who makes excuses for everything will never truly succeed. I promise you, when you excuse what you are doing and excuse where you are, and you allow the exceptions, you fail to reach your potential. Don't you know some people who just have an excuse for everything? Why they could not, should not, did not, would not, have not, will not. If "ifs" and "buts" were candies and nuts, we would all have a Merry Christmas. It is impossible to turn excuses into possibilities.



Hope is the foundational principle for all change. People change because they have hope. If people do not have hope, they will not change. You are responsible for the changes that you make in your life, but the good news is, you can make the changes you need to make in your life.



That which holds our attention, determines our action

 
Faith VS. Fear
by Sean Key, Mary Kay Cosmetics Corporate National Director of Sales Developement

A faithful person believes that the best is yet to come

A fearful person believes the best has already come and gone


A faithful person seeks opportunity

A fearful person seeks security


A faithful person wants to be pushed

A fearful person wants to be protected


A faithful person thinks all things are possible

A fearful person thinks that very little is possible


A faithful person accepts the help of others

A fearful person is afraid to let others in


A faithful person has achieved the victory in her head and heart before she tries

A fearful person makes up her mind that it wont work and never tries


A faithful person recovers quickly from a crisis

A fearful person finds ways to exist in a crisis


A faithful person recounts her victories

A fearful person recounts her failures


A faithful person believes that she cant win if she doesnt try

A fearful person believes that she cant fail if she doesnt try


A faithful person relies on God

A fearful person relies on herself


The PERFECT messages come at the PERFECT TIME!!  Many of you feel like you're too far away from your Career Path goal, your consistent ladder of Success goal ...whatever it is...to possibly make it!!!  Keep the fire burning!!  This message is for you!!  (learn your POWER!!  The most exciting life events will be when you  set an unrealistic goal and do it.)
 
  Thanks to Karen Hofer for passing this along from her sources!
DEFEATING DISCOURAGEMENT

By R. Warren

Discouragement is a disease unique to human beings:

    • It's universal. Everyone gets it .
    • It's reoccurring. You can catch it more than once.
    • It's highly contagious. Hang around discouraged people - you'll be infected.
WHAT CAUSES DISCOURAGEMENT?

#1 Cause: FATIGUE. When you are physically or emotionally exhausted, you are a prime candidate to be infected with discouragement. Your defenses are lowered and things can seem bleaker than they really are. This often occurs when you are half way through a major project -you get tired.

#2 Cause: FRUSTRATION. When unfinished tasks pile up, it's natural to feel overwhelmed. And when trivial matters or the unexpected interrupt you and prevent you from accomplishing what you really need to do, your frustration can easily produce discouragement.

#3 Cause: FAILURE. Sometimes, your best laid plans fall apart: the project collapses... the deal falls through ... the order is canceled. How do you react? Do you give in to self-pity? Do you blame others? As one man said, "Just when I think I can makes ends meet- somebody moves the ends!" That's discouraging!

#4 Cause: FEAR. Fear is behind more discouragement than we'd like to admit. The fear of criticism (What will they think?), the fear of responsibility (What if I can't handle this?) and the fear of failure (What if I blow it?) can cause a major onset of the blues.

WHAT'S THE CURE?

There's a fascinating story in the Bible about how a guy named Nehemiah mobilized the residents of Jerusalem to build a wall around the entire city. Half way through the project, the citizens became discouraged and wanted to give up - because of the 4 causes I've given. Here's what Nehemiah told them to do to defeat their discouragement: (Nehemiah 4)

    • REST YOUR BODY! If you need a break - take one! You'll be more effective when you return to work. If you're burning the candle at both ends, you're not as bright as you think !
    • REORGANIZE YOUR LIFE! Discouragement doesn't necessarily mean you are doing the wrong thing. It may just be that you are doing the right thing in the wrong way. Try a new approach. Shake things up a little.
    • REMEMBER GOD WILL HELP YOU! Just ask Him. He can give you new energy. There is incredible motivating power in faith.
    • RESIST THE DISCOURAGEMENT! Fight back. Discouragement is a choice. If you feel discouraged it is because you have chosen to feel that way. No one is forcing you to feel bad. Hang on! Do what's right in spite of your feelings. No feeling lasts forever.

Go team, go!