Bittersweet Day – Post 296

Today was a bitterIMG_8928_editedsweet day. Today we dropped my oldest son Kyle Abell off with the Navel Recruiting Office. Tomorrow, he will be sworn in and shipped off to basic training.


This morning at church his IMG_8968_editedsister bawled her eyes out while he sat next to her during mass. After mass father blessed his Saint Christopher Medal and then gave Kyle a blessing for safety. After church we had brunch, took a few pictures and then dropped him off.


IMG_8971_editedHis mom, and I are so proud of him. He has grown into a fine young man and we know he will serve his country well. He will be spending 8 weeks at the Great Lakes basic training camp and then two to two and a half years in Monterey California in school before shipping out for 4 years of active duty.


We will definitely miss him during this time.IMG_8936_edited

We plan to see him when he graduates basic and then again some time while in California. We ask that everyone pray for his safety during this phase of his life.


IMG_8937_editedKyle we love you, be safe and we will miss you.

WEEK 8.5 – Post 294

Well, it has been a bit since I have posted. I have had family from all over start arrivingturkeyday at my house this past Thursday. It is a tradition on my side of the family to hold Thanksgiving celebration on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year all my siblings and my parents came into town for the event. We all have not managed to be together for many years. Most of the family actually stayed in my house so needless to say it has been quite hectic.

The original plan was that most would arrive late Friday night or early Saturday morning but everyone except my brothers family actually showed up at various times throughout the day on Thursday. And believe it or not having them all here early was really nice.

You might expect with so much pressure having so many people in your house that it would be difficult to keep up the mental diet but it has been much easier since they all arrived than it was prior to their arrival. We have all had a very good time with not one single mishap the entire time. The stress levels have actually been much lower.

I would not be honest if I said I kept up with my readings 100% but I have managed to do so most days. Unfortunately I have not had a chance to even start on Week 9. Most of my family has now returned to their home states with the exception of my parents. They will be leaving early Friday morning. We won’t be seeing them on Thanksgiving. They will be getting together at my Aunts on my Mom’s side of the family. We will be hosting Thanksgiving Day this year at our house with my wife’s side of the family so things will continue to be busy around here through Saturday.

On Monday my oldest son leaves for basic training with the Navy so it looks like Sunday will be busy spending some last minute time with him. He will be in the Chicago area for 2 – 3 months of basic and then off to California for 2 years of training before spending another 4 years on active duty.

It looks like with all the activity for the next few more days I will not be able to give Week 9 any solid attention until Saturday evening and then I will probably catch up with Week 10 on Tuesday and then back to normal after that.

My Network Marketing business has also suffered from neglect with all this activity occurring so I am also looking forward to getting back with it next week as well. My wife has been really encouraging me to get back with it. She has seen that the checks continue to come in without too much change even though I have not been able to spend much time on it and she now realizes that this business is for real and she now sees the potential it has if I work a little harder at it. Just wish I had the time and resources to be doing the go90grow class right now. Hopefully another one will be offered in the spring. I would like to join in along with some of my team.

Happy Holidays for now. I will se you all with my full attention next week.

Week 7 – Mental Dieting – Post 293

bookcoverAmericans are concerned about weight and billions of dollars are spent every year on weight loss and weight control in this country. Whether it is to improve one’s physical appearance or to improve one’s health Americans are obsessed with dieting.

Last year I wrote an e-Book on Why Diets Fail. I won’t go into all the details on weight loss and dieting in this post but the jest of it was that all diets fail unless a diet program is supplemented with all of the essential nutrients necessary for the body to function optimally.

Now, after studying Hannel and The Master Key System I realize that there is another kind of “diet” that is needed to create or manifest the desired outcome of one’s life.

When was the last time you went on a “Mental Diet?”

The “Mental Diet” on which you live determines the entire character of your life. The thoughts you think and the topics that you dwell on in the mental realm affect everything in your life. Your physical well-being, your income potential, your happiness are all dictated by what you feed into your daily thoughts so over time your “Mental Diet” affects the outcome of your entire life experiences.

This idea of “Mental Diet” would explain why most people fail when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. It explains why, no matter how well you create a list of goals or how much detailed thought goes into planning those goals ultimately failure is the outcome. As dieting fails without a program of proper supplementation of the essential nutrients for optimal health, so does “Mental Dieting” fail without the proper consumption of mental supplementation for optimal mental well-being.

In “Why Diets Fail” I show that the lack of essential nutrients causes the body to crave creating an insatiable appetite in an effort to find the lacking nutrition. In the “Mental Diet,” Emmet Fox discusses how difficult it is to change current reality because past thoughts, the way our minds have been programmed, the diet we have fed our subconscious mind with, keeps us from standing back and taking an objective look at the reality in which we find ourselves. As a result we continue to “feed” our mind with what has got us to where we are in our current reality.

In weight loss, supplementing with the essential nutrients increases the effectiveness of any weight loss program. To succeed with a “Mental Diet” you have to carefully select all day the kind of thoughts that you think. If you want to have a life of happiness and a sense of being worthwhile you must be selective in the thoughts that you allow yourself to dwell upon. A properly supplemented “Mental Diet” shapes your life into what it can be not what it has been so far. This is precisely why I have chosen to go on this journey into Mark J’s the Master Key Master Mind Alliance.

Are you using 1960’s technology? – Post 292

So why do we make prospecting so hard?

Because we are working with 1960s technology. Yes, in the early 1960s, we didn’t have fax machines, cheap long-distance, the Internet, mobile phones … and not even a calculator!

We certainly wouldn’t want to go back to that era to build our business.

In 1960, we didn’t know how the human mind made decisions to join, or not to join our business. So here is what we did:

We called prospects, made an appointment or invited them to an opportunity meeting, and then we dumped one hour of presentation information on them. Maybe we even showed them a movie (videos were not yet available) to bore them even further. And finally, we asked them for their decision.


Thankfully, today we know how prospects make their decisions. We know how they decide quickly and efficiently. And we have the skills to manage those decisions.

We need to start by learning what goes through the prospects head. Click the link below or go to

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As the late Jim Rohn always said, “REMEMBER THE SAME WIND BLOWS ON ALL OF US ITS THE SET OF YOUR SAIL THAT DECIDES YOUR COURSE!!” Set your sail for success in network marketing today by learning the skills for success. If you would like some personal help on this and any other aspects of network marketing then subscribe to my blog and be sure to check out some of my past posts. Also if you find value in my posts please share them with your team.

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Is social media slowing growth in your business? – Post 291

So how hard is it to talk to “live” people?

Network marketing is person-to-person, talking to a “live” human being. So why do new network marketers make it so hard?

They want to start with strangers, because they don’t know what to say to people they know. Not sure if strangers will appreciate them not knowing what to say.

So what do they do?

They post on social media, and then spend weeks writing content for their blog. They set up a squeeze page that sends people to a landing page that uses an opt-in box to put them on an autoresponder sequence. Then, they send email messages until the person goes and watches a teaser video, and hopefully will leave their details to be contacted.

And then, finally, the new networker can make that phone call to this low-quality lead and hope not to get rejected.

Why not go into Starbucks, sit down near the door, and start a ‘live’ conversation with a ‘live’ person.”

Bypass all the filters, hoops, and social media, and just go and talked to a “live” person. Pretty neat.

But people say, “Well, that person in Starbucks … how do you know that person is interested?”

Of course that person is interested. Almost everyone wants more money and a better life. That person is just as interested, just as qualified as the low-quality lead that put some information on a form.

But isn’t just talking to people “old school?” Yes. It is so much more efficient than spending weeks and months for a chance to talk to a lead.

But isn’t social media, having 5,000 Facebook friends that don’t care, a modern way to do network marketing? Well, if delaying talking to prospects is modern, yes.

“But I heard of someone who made a fortune just buying an Internet course and sending out emails!” Well, could be true. Ask yourself if you have the same skill set, the same relationship with a mailing list, etc. as that person.

Now, I am not saying, “Don’t use social media.” What I am saying is that many new distributors hide behind computer screens, avoid talking to “live” people, and delay the start of their business.

Our business is talking to “live” people, so we want to get on with it as soon as possible. And the cruel truth of all of this is: If we spend weeks or months to get a chance to talk to a “live” prospect, we still have to talk to that prospect.

Quickly learn how to talk to prospects, and your business will grow faster.

Click the link below or visit to learn how to build instant rapport so people ask you for a presentation.

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As the late Jim Rohn always said, “REMEMBER THE SAME WIND BLOWS ON ALL OF US ITS THE SET OF YOUR SAIL THAT DECIDES YOUR COURSE!!” Set your sail for success in network marketing today by learning the skills for success. If you would like some personal help on this and any other aspects of network marketing then subscribe to my blog and be sure to check out some of my past posts. Also if you find value in my posts please share them with your team.

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Everybody loves a good story – Post 290

When you are walking past some friends telling a story, what does your subconscious command you to do?

Listen. We love to listen to stories. Even little children, two years old say, “Mommy, Daddy, tell me a story.”

So this should be a hint. If people love stories more than facts, how should we communicate to them? If people put up resistance to facts, but are open to stories, how should we communicate to them? 

Our stories create pictures inside our prospects’ heads, and a picture is worth 1,000 words. Let’s look at the difference stories make by simply talking to a young man who just graduated from high school. We could say:

“Over 80% of the people who retire are broke. A residual income to add to our pensions is the key. By sacrificing current income, you could create a cash-producing asset in a few years …”

Yawn. Boring. Not connecting.

So we could talk to that same young man with a story. We could say:

“Two young men graduate from high school. Young man #1 goes to a university, graduates $100,000 in debt, unemployed, begging for a job that will only pay him enough to be in debt the rest of his life, and then he gets to … die.

“Young man #2 graduates from high school, starts his own business, and when his friend graduates from university, he retires, buys a university, and gives himself the grades he always wanted.”

Does the story communicate better? I think so. Everyone loves a good story.

I know stories work. And I know stories pay off big.

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WEEK 6 – Mental Calisthenics – Post 289

Not sure how to classify this week. It has been a mentalcomplete emotional roller coaster. Work has been very busy and on the home front lots of “fires” have had to be dealt with. This MKMMA program has actually been a grounding experience throughout the whirlwind of life. The more determined I am to make changes in life the more life fights back.

I love scroll two . . .

I will love the ambitious for they can inspire me;
I will love the failures for they can teach me.

I will love the kings for they are but human;
I will love the meek for they are divine.

I will love the rich for they are yet lonely;
I will love the poor for they are so many.

I will love the young for the faith they hold;
I will love the old for the wisdom they share.

I will love the beautiful for their eyes of sadness;
I will love the ugly for their souls of peace.

I love all the mental calisthenics we are doing.

I am w-a-y behind on blogging and really have not had the time to put more thought into this post.

Oh well, week 7 starts today and I am looking forward to getting back on schedule not only with this class but also with my business blog. I haven’t posted a vBlog since I got back from my business trip to Vegas in early Sept and I used to make 2 posts per week. I think I am going to make this weeks goal to get back on track with posting at least one vBlog on my business site weekly and to get last weeks “promise” done as well.