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21 Days of Habits

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I read that it takes 21 days to create a new habit, so I have finally been able to create a system to create small changes in my life. I posted this list in my room where I could see it everyday.

Starting July 14th, I began 5 small habits, and did them for 21 days.

  1. Read devotional and pray.
  2. Say my daily affirmation
  3. Call 2 people a day to develop a relationship
  4. Post daily to Craigslist about my business
  5. Watch a Ted Talk

After I had done this for 21 days, I kept doing them, and then I decided to add 2 more things on August 10th. This is 21 Days Part 2.

  1. Read devotional and pray
  2. Say my daily affirmation
  3. Call 2 people a day to develop a relationship
  4. Post daily to Craigslist about my business
  5. Watch a Ted Talk
  6. Blog My Notes Daily
  7. Post to Facebook daily, like and comment on my news feed, send 10 messages to 10 friends. Like and comment on the MLM Business page as well.

After August 30th, I will add a couple more things. So basically every 21 days, I will add something new to the list of things to do. This method of creating new habits will develop my network marketing business, but will always help me in several different areas of my life. It will change my career in musical theatre, my health, my relationships with other people, my spiritual life, and my overall confidence in myself. I think this method is great for anyone who wants to make changes in their lives.

I suggest you start small and continually add on new habits every 21 days. Mark your calendar with X’s each day that you do the activities on your list and don’t break the chain.

If you want to make major changes in your life, you will never just wake up one day and suddenly be different. You have to work on yourself daily to make permanent changes in your life. Focus on a few things at a time and don’t try to change everything at once.

I hope this helps!!

Dominique Duarte

MY WHY

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If you are in network marketing and you want to be really successful at your business, you should figure out your why and write it down where you can see it all the time.  Your why makes you push past your fears and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Your why could be as simple as saving for a car or as big as buying your parents a house. Your why is used to keep you motivated daily.

MY WHY

I want to be financially free. This is My Why.  Being financially free can make your future brighter and inspire others to do the same. I worked as a full-time teacher for about a month and a half in 2014. This was my first and only full-time job and it will be my last full-time job. The pay was great for a single person, but they wanted you to work on all these projects in addition to teaching 6-7 classes a day. The pay was not worth what they were asking me to do. My leadership was disorganized and this made me see that I didn’t want to work for other people. I wanted to work for myself and I wanted to keep it that way.

I started my own business as a voice teacher and I had more success with this than I had when I was searching for jobs for a almost a year and a half. My marketing for the business helped me get a job as an independent contractor at a local private school. It also helped me teach vocal lessons to students in the community.

I love having my own business because I made more money, worked fewer hours and still got to perform on stage, which is my dream. However, I know that I cannot support myself for the future with this business. My business has helped me pay my bills and support myself month to month, but I am still living paycheck to paycheck. Many Americans live this way and it is not a great way to live, especially when emergencies happen or when you want to retire in the future.

I realized that if I work my network marketing business consistently, I can still work on my own time and perform professionally in musical theatre.  If an emergency occurs, I could pay my doctor bills with no problem. I am going to make a  seven figure income so that I can support myself without worries and inspire others to do the same so that they can change their lives forever. I believe I can do this, but this belief didn’t happen overnight.

I have had to work on my personal development by reading books, watching videos, listening to audios in my car, and writing in my journal. I’ve done this over the course of the last year. I am formerly shy and I will be successful at my business. Anyone can be successful at network marketing, but you have to change your mindset.  Network marketing is not a get rich quick scheme. If you are serious about changing your life, you have to work on yourself, remove yourself from negative people, and build relationships with people daily. As my sponsor says “What do you want your Monday’s to look like? Begin dreaming again.”

I hope this helps you with your business,

Dominique Duarte

My MLM Journey So Far…

Singing an aria or song in front of a crowd was a piece a cake compared to talking to people on the phone or in person. I felt alot like Dorothy in “The Wiz” when it came to network marketing. I was scared!!

Hello, My name is Dominique Duarte and I am a  performer, music teacher, and a network marketer. There I said it. This was not easy for me to say. I have been in network marketing for awhile, but my fears have really held me back. It’s funny because a few of my closest friends, who I talk to regularly had no idea I had been doing network marketing until last week. That is how you know your fear is strong because you don’t even mention it to your best friends. I was scared and I didn’t know how people would perceive my new business venture. I cared what people thought and it hindered my progress in this industry.

When I graduated college, I had a hard time finding a job, so I decided to sell insurance. I liked the idea of a large income for hard work, but I didn’t have the confidence. A woman at the insurance company was a Mary Kay distributor and she pressured me into joining Mary Kay. I really did say “No”, but she would not take it for an answer and I wasn’t great at standing up for myself, so I signed up. This type of recruiting is not the best way to get prospects to join your team by the way. I didn’t really wear much make-up and I dropped out of the company and got a full refund for my products. During this time I had no idea that Mary Kay was network marketing. I was 23 and I didn’t know what network marketing was at all.

At the end of that same year, I was introduced to another company and this time I found out what network marketing was. There was nothing wrong with this company, except that to really get in the business for real you needed to pay $1500, plus tax. I tried selling many things to get this money and I did not get enough. I ended up getting in as silver and not gold. I stayed in this company for about a year, but I didn’t do much activity. I was scared and I just didn’t know how to talk to people. I will say that the company I joined did teach me about personal development and I did begin reading books and I have probably been reading those books for about a year now.

Earlier this year, my friend, now my sponsor, introduced me to a company relatively new to the United States. I thought this company had a better variety of products and I tried the flagship product and it worked. I thought “Sure I will join this company and it will be great, I just have to share my story.” Wrong. I was still scared and it wasn’t that easy for me to tell other people about my testimony. It was even harder to tell my family and friends because I really feared talking to them about this business for fear of rejection.

Meanwhile, I had started my own business teaching vocal lessons. I got a part-time teaching job through my business and I was making enough to support myself, which was great. I had experienced working for other people when I worked temporarily as a full-time public school teacher and it was awful. When I experienced having my own business, I realized that I don’t want to work for other people. However, my small business will never let me be financially free. If I miss a check or two or an emergency happens, I don’t have too much money left over.

I really believed in network marketing, and the company, but I didn’t believe in myself. When you don’t believe in yourself, it doesn’t matter what company you join, you will not have much success.

The Game changer occurred for me, when I was hired to perform in Little Rock this summer at a professional dinner theatre. It gave me a chance to get away from home, which I hadn’t done since I had graduated college and it gave me free time to work on myself. I read that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. So I worked on 5 small habits, including calling 2 people a day to see how they were doing and did it for 21 days. Now, I have been doing this for 39 days and it gave me the courage to begin doing launch calls for my business. This required contacting my family and friends and this was the scariest thing for me to do, and it wasn’t easy, but I did it and that means that I can do this business. MLM is about overcoming your fears, so you can help other people overcome their fears and by the grace of God, I will be successful at this and help others do the same so they can be financially free.

I hope this gives you courage to overcome your fears!

Dominique Duarte

The Four Year Career- Richard Bliss Brooke-MY NOTES Part 2

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Four Cornerstones of the Four Year Career

  1. People- several people doing a little bit each, as opposed to traditional sales. Yes you can get 4 people, if you believe that you can get 4, then your team will believe the same.
  2. Product Sales- Network Marketing has very satisfied customers, they love the product. Everyone is selling the product. Average Network Marketer might only personally use and sell $100-$300 a month. Sales are simply created by the distributors using and offering products.
  3. Royalty Income- Levels of reps in your group; it is the percent of sales volume you will earn on each generation of brand representatives.
  4. Residual Income & Asset Value: Money you can count on long after you were building it and will have a corresponding asset value. When we build or buy something that produces income without working it daily, it becomes an asset worth money in proportion to the income it produces.

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Momentum: Launching Your Business is Like Pushing a Car Up a Hill

Launching Your Business (1-2 years)- Maximum Effort for Least Results

You Got the Ball Rolling, but.. (2-4years)- Less Effort, but you still cannot let off.

Critical Mass-Your Income Becomes Residual- Get in and Ride the Wave

What to Look for in an MLM Company

  1. Product- Something you would buy forever, something you can recommend to others without reservation.
  2. The Company- Must be proud of and trust the company.
  3. Your Upline- Love, honor, and respect them. Listen to them, follow their lead, get trained by them, be coachable.

Facebook for Network Marketing; Jim Lupkin and Brian Carter – MY NOTES

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Facebook is part of your strategy, not the whole strategy. You also need the following:

-You need Passion

-You need People Skills

-You need Communication Skills: You must get your point across with the least possible amount of words. If he/she wants to become a customer, STOP TALKING! Talk with people face to face because it is more meaningful. Talk with people over the phone because your voice is unique and when people hear our voices, we strengthen relationships.

-Attend Company Events-Those who attend company events develop a different type of appreciation for the product and opportunity.

-Best Distributors start out as most passionate customers!

-Pursue Personal Development- Read, listen to audio, attend events and have a personal coach.

-Network Marketing is a numbers game; Understanding the numbers allows you to create a clear plan to success.

-1 out of every 20 people you talk to will become a distributor & 1 out of every 5 will become a customer.

Facebook Groups for MLM Business

Facebook Groups are more effective than Facebook Business Pages

Use group to communicate with your marketing team.

Invite people who show interest in the your business into the group.

When new in network marketing career, you haven’t developed the skills and experience to inspire and move large groups of people into action.

Start Facebook group once you have made full-time income from Network Marketing.

Stay engaged in current Facebook groups for your MLM company. Comment, like, share on the company page.

Facebook Profile

-Step 1: Getting to Know You: Keep same profile picture. Your picture is the brand for your business.

-Step 2: Beginning to Like You: Show personality through cover photo. Change your cover photo to keep current with your life. Don’t express political views through your cover photo.

-Step 3: Beginning to Trust You: Complete your About Section: Share work history, relationship status, favorite books, movies, etc.

I would suggest reading the book as well. Network Marketing for Facebook by Jim Lupkin & Brian Carter.

Hope this helps you!! Be Blessed

Dominique Duarte

Schedules, Lessons and Rehearsals, Oh My!

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My spirits have been great this week and my increased productivity has made me feel more content with myself. The process of getting into a daily routine will lead to some wonderful results if I continue to work on it. I started to plan out my days the night before and I may not get every single thing on the schedule done, but it does give me a framework of what needs to be done each day. The schedule has given me the incentive to start my day earlier so that I can accomplish more tasks.

I had a huge milestone last Friday by getting up at 6 am. I have tried within the last couple of months to get up at that time, but it was really a huge struggle. This week I have gotten up around 6 am and read my bible. I fell asleep reading it a few times, so I realized that sitting in a chair is necessary when reading the bible to stay awake. However, I was not successful at exercising regularly this week and it is another work in progress for me. Making a change is not easy and making several of them simultaneously takes time and patience to make those changes permanent and consistent.

I created a beautiful brochure that fits the Beautiful Melodies business and looks professional. The brochures are going to be given to schools, churches, wedding planners and wedding venues in the Mid-South. I contacted all of the Memphis Independent schools in the area and let them know that I was starting a business for voice lessons and asked them if they would be interested in offering my vocal program at their afterschool enrichment programs or during their summer camps. Most of the schools told me to e-mail and drop off my resume and more information about my business. I have e-mailed some of the schools and I attached my resume, my brochure and a reference letter written by a St. Georges parent. I plan to stop by some of the schools this week as well. I wanted to stop by the schools earlier this week, but I worked at St. Georges from 10 am to 4:30 pm the last couple of days to teach the children the music for the play during their recess and afterschool. I love working with the children for the play because it is fun and I work more hours which is always wonderful.

Furthermore, I have two voice students now and I am really excited about this, but it is still a learning process for me as well. I have taken voice for four years and I have a degree in music, but teaching voice is a different ballgame. The Voice Lessons for Little Singers book has helped so much because it focuses on ear training, technique and it has little songs for students to learn how to sing intervals. Sometimes I use simple techniques that my voice teacher taught me in voice lessons as well, like hula hooping. It is funny, but pretending to hula hoop actually does make you sing better. It engages muscles in your core that you might not feel if you are standing still and I do notice a difference in their sound when they do it, so it works. I try to make lessons fun and stay energized because they are children and I want it to be fun for them.

Recently, I began doing some research on voice lessons and I have read that there is some controversy about teaching children private voice.  I think some voice teachers are controversial because they try to teach children opera or bel canto technique and that is not my intention at all. I did not learn to sing classically until I was eighteen and my big voice didn’t come until I was in my late teens. I wouldn’t encourage children to sing opera. Children have a naturally beautiful voice most of the time, so I just want to enhance the gift they already have by teaching them how to sing correctly, how to read music and how to be confident as a performer. I had a lesson today with one of my students for the first time since December and I was in awe of how much she has improved. She sounded beautiful and I was very proud of her.

Children’s choirs are great for children to learn about singing, but with some students like my first voice student, I think sometimes they need individual attention for singing. She is very shy and I think individual attention will help her confidence so much more than only being in a group setting when singing. In group settings, introverts tend to get overlooked most of the time because they do not talk as much as others and this happens in the real world, not just in elementary school. It is not a great feeling to feel ignored or overlooked and I know this based on my personal experience. However, I know people do not try to do it on purpose and it is just a natural tendency in society to pay more attention to extroverts. Sometimes it feels like the world thinks everyone should be extroverted and people do not always know how to interact with quiet or reserved people. As I have gotten older, I understand this more and want to do a better job of reaching out to introverted people.

It may seem that a quiet person does not seem to care if you talk to them, but it might mean the world to them, even if they don’t show it in the way you think most people would show it. According to my voice student’s mother, her daughter really loves lessons, is singing more at home, showed more presence at her Christmas choir performance, and talks about me all the time. It surprised me because she is really shy and I didn’t think I was making an impact on her because I only had two voice lessons with her. However, people have misread my facial expressions and body language many times so you just never know what quiet students are really thinking. Introverts are some of the most interesting people and probably the most misunderstood by others at times, but I will save that topic for another post. I am glad my student is enjoying lessons and it will be beautiful to watch her grow throughout this process. Have a blessed day and I hope you enjoyed reading!