Getting over the Ickiness

I use to care what people thinkI have a confession to make. There’s something in my work that made me feel icky when I first started doing it. I did not know I was feeling icky about it until someone asked me about it and I struggled to explain it. I knew there was an energy block and when I had a chat with myself about it, I realized that I was letting other people’s opinions (OPOs) control how I felt about what I was doing. For goodness sakes … I’m a Leo and that is never acceptable!! So I decided to venture out to help myself get over the ickiness being caused by OPOs.

So what was making me feel so icky? The concept of network marketing, otherwise known as multi-level marketing (MLM). Let me explain. I am totally addicted to and in love with Young Living essential oils. They have changed my life, the life of my cats, my family and friends. Maybe you’ve heard about Young Living and you love them too, or maybe you’re with another oil company, or maybe you don’t like Young Living or essential oils at all. All of that is beside the point. If you’re in a MLM, or if you’ve been thinking about joining one, you may have felt this ickiness at some point. So I am writing this blog to help you get beyond OPOs so that you can create financial stability.

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What is a MLM? It’s a business model that relies on people sharing the product via word of mouth rather than the company spending money on advertising. One person joins, they love the product and rave about it and others start to join and use the products and share, and so on. You earn a monthly check based on the volume of your group’s orders. Some people call it a pyramid scheme and that sends me over the edge because of the complete and utter ignorance in that belief.

A pyramid scheme is illegal and it’s nothing more than someone getting people to pay them money with the promise that if they sign up other people they will get a return on their investment. There are no products whatsoever involved. It’s simply people giving money to someone above them in hopes that they will make more than they invested. That’s a pyramid scheme and it’s illegal in the U.S. MLMs or Network Marketing companies with a product are reputable and NOT pyramid schemes.

Here’s why. Some people think that if a company is built like a pyramid with one person at the top who recruits a level of people who then recruit levels of people below them that it is a pyramid scheme. Think about it … what model is that? CEO, then Vice Presidents, then Management, then Employees? It’s called business. IBM, Apple, Ford and every other business on the planet has a CEO who has a level of executives who have a level of managers who hire workers. It’s shaped like a pyramid, just like a MLM, but it is not a pyramid scheme other than it’s shaped like a pyramid.

So here’s what I know about MLM businesses:

  • you are your own boss
  • you decide when you work
  • you decide who you work with
  • you decide how you want to work
  • you decide if it’s a home-based business (you can be at home with your kids and pets)
  • you decide how much income you will make
  • you get pay raises based on your hard work (not the same percentage that everyone gets whether they work hard or not)
  • you do not need any special education, degrees or expertise
  • you will earn money even if you are sick, on vacation or taking a break
  • you will never have a fixed income and can earn as much as you want
  • you will be rewarded for your hard work with incentive trips, retreats, gifts, free products as a thank you from the company for helping them avoid costly traditional advertising
  • you spend your time sharing passionately about products that have changed your life for the better and you want others to benefit
  • you get unlimited support from your upline (the people who came before you) because you only grow in MLM when you help others grow (name me another industry that does that?)
  • and you can truly achieve financial security based on your passion, dedication and work ethic.

Dir of my lifeNow, who would ever turn down any of those benefits? No one. But when I say the words Multi-Level Marketing or Network Marketing, people cringe. And I was one of those people. Why? Why was I cringing over a business model that I knew nothing about? It was because of OPOs. Once I figured that out, I was mad. Mad at people making judgments about a business model that they also knew nothing about, but most importantly mad at myself for letting OPOs control me. Grrrr……

So what did I do? I launched myself into massive education about MLMs and decided that if I still felt icky after learning all that I could, then I would know it was not right for me. But guess what? I’ve learned a ton about MLM (and still have more to learn) and I now feel AWESOME about the business model. Here’s why:

  • Well-respected business leaders say that MLMs are the most stable and sustainable business model if you want current, long term and permanent financial stability. Who are those people? Tony RobbinsWarren Buffet (who actually owns several MLMs), Sir Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad best selling author) just to name a few.
  • The Wall Street Journal calls MLM’s The Ultimate Social Business Model.
  • Forbes magazine proclaimed MLMs as providing financial stability in retirement. Robert Laura, author of the article, stated, “I believe that the entire industry is poised for explosive growth and can be one of the most significant solutions to America’s current retirement savings crisis.” Read it here.
  • Forbes magazine also called MLMs a successful business model in this article. I love how the article ends, “So, the next time you meet someone who runs a “home business” or “MLM” give them a high five for taking their career and life into their own hands and becoming an entrepreneur.”
  • There’s typically a very low investment to get started (usually under $200).
  • And at least for me and Young Living … we don’t sell, we share. (I still have a mini-block when it comes to “selling” … I’m working on it).
  • You attract people who have a need that you can meet. For me, it’s the wellness aspect of essential oils for people and pets in balancing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energies!
  • If just a few people sign up under you (become a part of your downline), you may earn a monthly check to pay for your product purchases.
  • If you get a few more people who love the products like you and they begin to sign up people, you may earn a monthly check to give you extra spending money each month (to pay monthly bills, to set aside for vacation or college education or retirement)
  • If you go all in you could replace your current income and potentially earn more than you’ve ever made (no matter what your career has been)
  • And I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. This is legitimate stuff.

So I’ve taken classes, attended conferences and read books on MLMs. I really recommend these 3 books (two of which are very short and easy to read).

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The more I learn, the more I realize how shaky the American and world economy is; that people do not have sufficient (or sometimes any) savings; that there is no such thing as job security and you could lose your job at any moment; that if a financial crisis hits (a healthcare crisis that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat, a weather disaster destroys your home) you could lose everything; that too many people are in constant financial fear about tomorrow.
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The Oil Fairy spreads wellness while on travel!

 

Although I am in the beginning stages of the MLM business to compliment Manifested Harmony, I can already tell you that IT’S TOTALLY WORTH IT! I love the people who have joined my Young Living team, I love the people in my upline who help and support me, I love sharing and teaching about the oils, I love interacting with new people and hearing how amazed they are at the results from using the oils, I love changing the lives of people and pets who are struggling with wellness and finances. I go about my day like an Oil Fairy dropping little samples here and there to people who are visibly struggling and need a boost (I do this a lot on airplanes). And after all of that, I love my monthly check … it subsidizes my oil habit and more as it grows.

And I chose Young Living because of its mission.

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So whether it’s Young Living or another MLM, I really encourage you to take your financial present and future into your hands and seriously consider why you are spending your days in a job (that maybe you don’t really like) helping someone else achieve their financial goals while you trade your time for dollars for a fixed income. You can start your MLM business while you still have your job and start to create residual income and a sustainable future.

And for me, I no longer feel icky.

As always, if you want to learn more or have an online or phone chat with me about the business potential of Young Living, just drop me an email and I’d be super excited to explain even more.

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you! She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Allie’s Favorite Things for 2015

Favorite Things 2015Each December, I love to post on my Facebook page one favorite healing/wellness tool each day so that everyone can benefit! I love testing out new products, books, concepts and sharing what has worked for me. So below is the complete listing of Allie’s Favorite Things for 2015! Enjoy!

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Allie’s Favorite Thing #1: Ningxia Red is my daily health drink. I cannot go a day without it. If your health is struggling, this is worth everyday penny! http://ow.ly/F4yOY

Allie’s Favorite Thing #2: This crystal bowl music sampler will help you concentrate, sleep and heal. Simply amazing! http://ow.ly/F4Bk9

Allie’s Favorite Thing #3: Is 2015 the year of balance for you? Then this is a must read! Humorous and practical tips! And the Oola guys have a line of Young Living essential oils that you should check out! Love it! http://ow.ly/F4Hp4

Intentions braceletsAllie’s Favorite Thing #4: A bracelet for every issue and situation and I can attest that these REALLY WORK! I’m loving the Chamuel bracelet right now. http://ow.ly/F4BEG

Allie’s Favorite Thing #5: Every year I use these workbooks. They help you get clear so that you can manifest what you want! Gift this to yourself for 2015. http://ow.ly/F4DI3

Allie’s Favorite Thing #6: If trauma/fear are preventing good sleep, if you need to release those emotions, this kit is worth every penny. Become a YL member and it takes $100 off. Used it & love it! http://ow.ly/F4CfS

Allie’s Favorite Thing #7: Going to local gem and mineral shows. You can find some amazing deals on crystals! http://ow.ly/F4Cze

8142Y--PILLAllie’s Favorite Thing #8: Currently my favorite deck to work with. Ask a question and select cards for some eye opening answers. http://ow.ly/F4CGH

Allie’s Favorite Thing #9: If you are struggling to find “the one”, this book takes you through 49 practical tasks to end old patterns. It’s really amazing! http://ow.ly/F4CQb

Allie’s Favorite Thing #10: Brandberg crystals are amazing to help you through transformation. A must have for 2015! http://ow.ly/Fyse0

Allie’s Favorite Thing #11: I cannot live without my cold oil diffuser. It’s a great way for pets to benefit from oils and your house will smell great! http://ow.ly/F4D2P

Allie’s Favorite Thing #12: These handmade chakra pillows by my friend Paula are fantastic for healing sessions (and you can lay crystals on the pillow so that they don’t fall). Love them! http://ow.ly/F4DgE

pixy_shower_mousse_tub_lime_sorbetAllie’s Favorite Thing #13: I discovered this Lime Sorbet while in Ireland. All natural and it smells good enough to eat. Worth the shipping price, too! http://ow.ly/F4Dt5

Allie’s Favorite Thing #14: Everything fairy! Create a fairy garden in your backyard to welcome fairies; visit a fairy fort (I found one in Ireland that was so peaceful); or get a Fairy Quartz to connect with the fairy world.

Allie’s Favorite Thing #15: This book features 35 goddesses and how you can draw in their help in work, health, finances, love and more! Practical exercises too! http://ow.ly/F4DT8

Allie’s Favorite Thing #16: Thieves toothpaste and oral care products… can’t live without! A healthy mouth is a healthy body! http://ow.ly/F4Efl

Anchi_SMAllie’s Favorite Thing #17: Crystal singing bowls are so healing and soothing, for people and pets. I cannot get enough of these bowls! Worth every penny. http://ow.ly/F4ErU

Allie’s Favorite Thing #18: Go back to a magical fairy-like time and attend a Renaissance Festival! I love getting dressed up for these events! http://ow.ly/F4EIj

Allie’s Favorite Thing #19: If you are ready for strong guidance, this is your deck! The imagery is beautiful and the messages are clear. Great way to start 2015! http://ow.ly/F4EUH

Allie’s Favorite Thing #20: There is no reason to purchase products tested on animals. So many varieties are now widely available. This is where to start! http://ow.ly/FSt1l

Allie’s Favorite Thing #21: I consult this guide everyday. It has transformed the health of my pets, clients and myself. A must have if you want to have a healthy 2015! http://tinyurl.com/na887kq

91wHkkNOFML._SL1500_Allie’s Favorite Thing #22: Become your own boss! This book explains how to do it and I’m doing this through Young Living’s amazing products! http://ow.ly/F4FEM

Allie’s Favorite Thing #23: Check out Faerie Con if you’re near one! This is such a fun event and it gives you a reason to put on fairy wings! http://ow.ly/FStiE

Allie’s Favorite Thing #24: This is a concise way to help you plan and stay on target with personal and professional goals. I love this! http://ow.ly/F4Gf5

Allie’s Favorite Thing #25: Such a simple yet powerful book. A must have to kick off 2015 on a positive note. http://ow.ly/F4Gp4

Allie’s Favorite Thing #26: The full kit or just the oil kit is a must-have for anyone who has pets or works with shelter/rescue animals. Truly amazing results! http://ow.ly/F4GAf

Earthing and groundAllie’s Favorite Thing #27: My favorite activity … put your bare feet on the ground (preferably wet sand) and earth yourself! Instant way to feel healthy. And rock hound while you’re at it.

Allie’s Favorite Thing #28: Seems like the world has gone mad, eh? Gregg Braden explains how peace is coming. This is a must read! http://ow.ly/F4Has

Allie’s Favorite Thing #29: Get your oil on and join me at the Thrive conference Feb 6-8 in Nashville or the 2015 Young Living Convention in Dallas this August! https://thethriveconference.com

1888832_912630665422808_8398983688183840928_oAllie’s Favorite Thing #30: Start a gratitude and dream jar for 2015! Everyday, add gratitude and dreams. Then open them 12-31-15 and see how many blessings you really had!

Allie’s Favorite Thing #31: And my last favorite thing is a combo of my favorite oils to jumpstart 2015 onto the right path! I’ve used these and seen the results. Message me if you want to know more!

I wish you the most amazing, joyous, vibrant and abundant year! And remember to check out my in-person training classes and online workshops!

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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