Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Get ready to tango with Peach Mango!

Drumroll, Please…
Welcome, Peach Mango!  (Free shipping on all orders with a Peach Mango Shake in the cart, this week only!)

One of your favorite flavors of IsaLean™ Shake, Peach Mango, will now have a permanent home in the Isagenix shake lineup! Those of you who remember this summer limited-edition flavor from the past can now enjoy it all year long.

This creamy blend of citrus flavors was a smash success during its limited-edition run, and we’re thrilled to give it permanent status and a place in your pantry all year long…But, there’s more! 

For the Peach Mango IsaLean Shake launch today, we will offer free ground shipping for existing Customers up to US$25/CA$27.77 in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada when you add one or more canisters of Peach Mango IsaLean Shake to your order! This promotion is available to qualifying Autoship and wholesale orders only (does not include new Members) and will last until July 29. 

For complete details, visit our IsaFYI story here. http://isafyi.com/why-were-feeling-absolutely-peachy-this-summer/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=7-24+-+Peach+Mango+Permanent+Flavor

Don’t miss this amazing promotion and delicious flavor of IsaLean Shake to help slim down for summer! Order Peach Mango IsaLean Shake using your IsaLife™ mobile app or visit your Back Office today. 

*Orders that include Peach Mango IsaLean Shake as part of a pak or system do not qualify for this promotion, Peach Mango must be added as an additional item to an order. Free Isagenix ground shipping (US$25/CA$27.77 value) is automatically applied to qualifying orders that process from July 24, 2018 (12 a.m. EDT) through July 29, 2018 (11:50 a.m. EDT). Orders must process during the promotional period to qualify. Not applicable on new Customer orders.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2 Great Analogies For Any Business

When I started in my own small business I had very little experience in such endeavors. I was in my early 20’s and I was overflowing with ambition. I personified “ignorance on fire!” My goal was simple, to never have to work for another human being ever in my entire life. I wanted to be a Millionaire by the time I was 30 and retire by 40. Sounds good right!? I was a dreamer, you can’t knock that. I was na├»ve though. My lack of experience set me up for some rough lessons and a harsh reality. I just assumed that a person could open up their doors to their business and then good things would start to happen. This is why many of us businessmen believe that starting your own business might be equally as beneficial as a college education, even if you fail! We certainly do learn more from our failures than from our successes. 
That first year I was really active researching, creating, promoting, branding, selling products, following up with customers, you know all the things you are supposed to do in business. I achieved some success, although limited in my view and it certainly didn’t stack up anywhere what I saw other people in my industry doing. I remember at one point after that first year, I sat and took inventory of my business and my results. It was a sobering experience. I realized that I would have earned more by working for minimum wage at a local fast food restaurant than what I had earned in my own personal business venture! At the time this was a disheartening experience, I became unmotivated. I found myself in a funk for probably 6 months time and then I snapped out of it with the help of wonderful mentors and training that I came across. Some of this training was centered around a couple of analogies that have really stuck with me even fifteen years later. I love analogies and stories that cause us to thing deep on our own. This is my preferred method of learning. I’ll share these powerful analogies with you know. 
First of all, I was made aware of a phenomenon that we have all personally witnessed, but probably failed to acknowledge or comprehend. To set the stage, I want you to think about something that you witnessed getting built, like a new house, a store, a commercial office space, or a hotel. You might even be aware of something getting build right now. There is something amazing about these buildings. The majority of the time required to build them is spent below ground, stuff you cannot see! You may be exposed to a new build project for many months and think to yourself,
“my goodness, that is taking them forever to get that thing going, let alone built!” 
You see what we do not understand is that there is so much that goes into the building process that we cannot see, below ground. You have to do all of the site planning, zoning, architecture, engineering, excavating, dealing with water drainage. You have to bring all of the utilities, digging large trenches and tying into existing services or bring them from wherever they currently are. Then there is the forms for the footings and foundation, everything that is going to keep that building standing in the event of something like an earthquake, etc. Oh and I failed to mention the process of working with the city, all of the permitting and inspections. They literally inspect every single thing you do and consider the safety, longevity and impact that this building might have on neighboring structures and the environment. Personally I am not a contractor/builder of such structures, so I am probably leaving a lot of things out, in fact I know I am leaving out a lot. Bottom line, everything that must be accomplished below ground can take many months! The phenomenon I previously referred to occurs once the builders are able to get above ground and start throwing up walls etc. Once they make it above ground, things progress at what seems like light speed! I have personally come upon a completed home in my neighborhood and remarked to Crystal, “Where the heck did that home come from???” The same goes for a hotel, once they get above ground, they are able to dramatically accelerate their progress as you witness floor after floor going up relatively quickly. It feels like you could practically sit there and watch the building go up in real time in a matter of days. You truly can, as seen in this breathtaking video of a 57 floor sky scraper going up in only 19 days! 
Another analogy that really hit home for me was the concept of an old water pump, like what you would find on an old farm. These pumps have handles attached to them so that you can pump the water up from its source. The trick to these old pumps is that the water does not flow immediately. You have to prime the pump with extensive pumping to build pressure like a vacuum in order to get that water to effectively defy gravity and make its way up to you. If you didn’t know any better you might even pump the handle 10 times or so and then stop, assuming that it was broken. In order to get that initial flow, you must pump persistently for what might feel like several minutes. In reality, it probably only takes about 30 seconds or so, but if you are pumping fast, it does feel like an awful lot of work. Even when the water does arrive, it does not do so in great abundance. It will start as a small stream and once as before, steady consistent pumping is required to gradually build a steady flow with substantive volume. Certainly not what we are used to in the modern age where we simply turn a knob and have instant water at our disposal! 
These analogies apply to most any endeavor that we might embark upon. Should we have an unreasonable expectation, like I did for my business early on, we will ultimately find ourselves frustrated and defeated. If we only had the proper perspective, we would know that anything worthwhile takes time to build. Like a beautiful building, anything that is going to stand the test of time and the elements, will naturally take time to build. It is an investment of sorts. The investment of time below ground as we build a structure, yields a return of accelerated growth once above ground. The time needed to achieve such results can vary depending on the landscape, environment and the experience of the builder. The same can be said about the water pump. The investment of time, pumping away repeatedly in a rapid manner, will yield a return in the form of a steady flow of water. There are things that I like in particular about both analogies. I like that in the building example, you only have to build it once. If done right it will yield a benefit for many years to come, most likely 100’s of years. I would like to mention that even once the building is complete, routine care, maintenance, and updating is critical to ensure longevity. Think deeply about all of the parallels you can find here for your business. I know people who build their businesses fast, got their income up, but because they did not build a solid, sturdy foundation, their success is not self-sustaining. I know people who thought that once the water arrived, that it would naturally just keep coming on it’s own forever without a care. They pay a big price when that water dries up and they have to start all over, seemingly from scratch to get that business going again. Should you remain patient and steadfast in your good business practices, committed to the ultimate vision and mission, you will eventually realize sustained success. When you do, I highly encourage that you never take your finger of the pulse of your business/organization. You may not ever have to work so hard again as you did in the beginning. Let’s hope you did it right, so that you won’t. 
-Sean Escobar

Monday, July 9, 2018

I wish I could say that I did it out of just a desire to help people.

"I wish I could say that I did it out of just a desire to help people. That would not be authentic. That would not be true. My shallow motivation at the time was simply, how do I invest the least amount of time (in years) and yield the highest return that will benefit my life and that of my family." -Sean

I feel so lucky? I feel so fortunate.

Let me share a story with you. I was 22 years old and I had just gone through a divorce. I was in a bad way, didn't really want to associate with people right then. Anyways, I wasn't making much money in my Isagenix business and at that moment in time could not see that as being my "thing" moving forward. I had to do something with my time and so I remember I offered to straighten out my dad's yard, his garage's, shed's etc. I can't remember for sure, but I think I was alone there in the yard for a week or so and I really cleaned that place up well, organized everything, got rid of a bunch of unneeded stuff etc. Then it was like, "ok now what?" It was not rewarding work. It was boring, time crawled. It was ok $ for me at the time, but there was no future there. I remember feeling the same way when I worked construction when I was 17 and 18. Good money, really hard on my body, just exhaustive hard labor with very little reward or future. It would not cause me to grow, other than getting into great shape, which I was in great shape, but I think that was so hard on the body, that it was unhealthy. I remember looking at my hands at times and thinking, my hands are always so sore and achy. My entire body ached. I have made a habit of really analyzing what people do for a living.
I wonder if they fill fulfilled.
I wonder if they just followed someone else's direction.
Did they just happen upon something, or was it really a calculated decision?
What does the future hold for them?
What would they do if $$$ was not a requirement to live on?

My mom was a waitress when I was 10 years old. I know that she made the most of it and did the absolute best job that she could. Our family really needed the extra $ at the time. I know that she made decent money and was probably the most beloved waitress there ever was at Toucan Cantina in Holladay. But she was not destined to remain there. She has always had bigger dreams and vision.

Crystal and I have had experienced major life transition recently. It is interesting to observe how much people are conditioned to adopt lables for themselves and then to identify by those labels and live within them. It becomes their identity. I am not sure if this is a healthy thing or not. Just an observation.

I wonder if Labels can inhibit us. I would think that putting limiting labels on ourselves could prevent us from reaching our full potential or from even trying to aspire to it.

I was taught from a very young age that I should always find a way to work for myself. I have a self admitted personality trait, that I think probably would have prevented me from working for anyone anyways.

I hated school. Mainly because the majority of the time I felt they were teaching me things that would not apply to my life or help me live a good quality of life. It is funny, because I see a lot of myself in my daughter Lily. She constantly asks, "Why are they teaching us that!? How is that going to help us? Why would we ever need to know that!?" Deja vu! She also resents being constantly told what to do, all of the time.

My brother tried to make me go to college, he had good intentions. He said, "dad is willing to pay for it, shame on you if you don't take advantage of that, many people would be so grateful to have the same privilege." He was right for sure. Still I couldn't force myself to do it. I dropped out after 1 class. Couldn't do it. Felt like I was being drug back into highschool with rigid structure and authority over me. I had lived on my own for a couple years and deep down I just desired to have that liberty to own my own life. There is no better feeling than owning your own time. Owning your own life. I cannot put a price on that. Sure there are challenges to being independent. However it is all I know and all I have really ever done for the last 20 years.

I love Entrepreneurship. I love taking risks. I love investing. I love being creative and open to all kinds of wonderful opportunities. I believe that although we are not all born on this earth with equal opportunity, and we are not, I don't care what anyone says about that. For example, I was born in America, the land of the free. I was born to parents who taught me the value of hard work and did everything they could to provide a good quality of life for me. I was never without food or shelter, although there were a couple of times where things did get tight. Still, I was better off than probably 90% of Americans. Most people that are not raised in self employment, do not pursue it or even have an interest in it. Human beings are copy cats. Most people do what their parents did. We often subscribe to the same line of work, politics, religion, financial views, etc as our parents did. That is a given. I have not had to have nearly the amount of courage in my life as say my dad or my mom did. In many ways I have just followed there footsteps. Did I have a choice? Sure. Mine was more of a conscious choice though, rather than just tagging along. I give them credit for 30 plus years of entrepreneurship before they found the Golden Goose "Isagenix." They tried 31 different types of ventures during that time that. That was only what I could remember. There was probably more. Most people do not live their life like that! I once heard "that a smart person learns from their own mistakes, however a truly wise person learns from the mistakes of others." When I decided to immerse myself in Isagenix as a career path, it was not a matter of me just doing what was available or natural. I had many options available to me. I looked at the kind of lifestyle that I desired and made a conscious decision to invest in the vehicle of network marketing to acquire those things I most desired. It was a business and a money decision. I wish I could say that I did it out of just a desire to help people. That would not be authentic. That would not be true. My shallow motivation at the time was, how do I invest the least amount of time (in years) and yield the highest return that will benefit my life and that of my family. That is how I ended up in Network Marketing. How do I beat the rat race? How do I get ahead? How do I leverage what skills, talents and gifts I had to make my dreams come true. Based on the experience of my parents, I knew there was not another place outside of network marketing that could provide me with such leverage. There isn't.

Where I got lucky. Yea we've made the $. I've always enjoyed making money, I don't deny that and see nothing wrong with it. I am so grateful, I have to have it, gotta pay those bills, gotta feed those mouths, want to enjoy life and all the perks, entertainment etc. What has been the added bonus is I have discovered that what many older/wiser people always said from the stage is so true. You do make meaningful, lifelong friends with people that are the best kinds of people on earth. We do get to transform people's health and help them rediscover their passion for their lives and their relationships. We help people evolve into a greater version of themselves. Personal development and self education is at the forefront of everything we do. You really just thought we hawked a product to people? You are sorely mistaken. You may not understand our deeper mission or purpose. Well, I could keep going on and on, but the bottom line is how grateful I am to do what I do. To have that privilege. Not everyone has that. I so wish that everyone did. Everyone deserves to live life on their own terms.

Sean Escobar