Friday, November 23, 2007

Thought For Today

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.

-- Babe Ruth

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Are you better off today?

Thanksgiving Day is a perfect day to ponder where we are...

So here goes.

In 1980 on the presidential campaign trail,
Ronald Reagan asked Americans,

"Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"

The answer that most people silently gave themselves is a

very big reason Mr. Reagan won the American Presidency
twice - and big.

This is a consequential question for us as network marketers also.

Starting a little business of one's own is no trivial thing.

So think back a moment...

To six months ago.

Assuming you intended that the business would make

you better off in say six months (at least)...

Did that happen?

If not, how can you change that?

From Kim Klaver's Blog


Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
The Cash Flow Strategy

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Box, or "Why You're Not Wealthy"

Everyone lives in a box.

Your perception of "how things are" is your box.

Own a house?

It's in your box.

Got kids?

They're in your box.

Earning $43,565 at a job you don't like?

That job is in the box.

So is the $43,565.

Here's what else:

If you believe you have to work hard to be successful...

...that hard work is in your box, too.

If you think that you're not wealthy because of your lack of education...

...that lack of wealth is in the box.

Along with your lack of a college degree.

It's all in there.

Everything you have and accept as "how things are" is in the box.

Now, here's what's also true...

Everything you want from life that you don't already have... outside your box.

And the "odds" --

in terms of the percentage of people who make the choice --

the "odds" are that you will never get to have what you want
simply because your wants aren't powerful enough to overcome
your insecurity of being outside the box.

Get that.

Because that's the only thing keeping you from getting
what you want: the insecurity, the fear or the anxiety
of doing the things that will bring those goals
INTO your box.

Thus, success is simply a choice.

So, why aren't you wealthy already?


Because you haven't chosen to BE that person.

You're busy staying in your box.

In fact, maybe you've decided not to be wealthy.

You might think, "Tony who would decide not to be wealthy?"

Well, you probably didn't say "I've decided not to be wealthy"....

But if you're not wealthy it's because you have
made the choices that do NOT lead to wealth.

And it's really the same thing.

You are where you are because --
either through action or inaction --
this is really where you wanted to be.

In fact, some of you are reading this right now and
you're appalled that someone should say such a thing.

That someone would suggest that your "not being wealthy"
has been a choice on your part.

You might even have a lot of "monkey chatter" going
in your head right now listing all the perfectly
good reasons why not being wealthy is not your choosing.

And here's the catch:

The reasons you give yourself for why you're not rich is
the stand that you've taken against becoming wealthy.

If you are not wealthy, you will be defending your decision
to remain in your current state EVEN AS YOU READ THIS.

If you don't believe it...

Stop right now and listen to your mind chatter.

Fortunately, the solution is quite simple.

Understand that you cannot get to where you want
to go with the same quality of thinking that
created your present situation.

Change your thinking and decisions and you change your life.

Get out of the box. Wonderful things are waiting.

Tony Rush
from the MillionDollarMindset blog

Tony Rush is a home-based entrepreneur living in southeast Alabama

with his wife, three sons and a dachshund who doesn't know he's a
dog. You can learn more about working with Tony and the impact of
his products at

This article may be redistributed provided that author information stays

intact. Copyright 2007. All right reserved.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
The Cash Flow Strategy

"What got you here won't take you there."

Friday, November 09, 2007

Get Rid of the Frogs

"When shall I entreat for thee, and for thy servants,
and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee
and thy houses?" (Exodus 8:9)

Have you ever wrestled with one of those problems
that stubbornly refuses to go away?

It seems to be immune to all solutions.

You swat at the thing in every conceivable way,
but instead of being eliminated, it expands and
multiplies until it's wildly out of control.

An Egyptian pharaoh faced just that kind of problem,
the Bible tells us, thousands of years ago.

He was in a hot dispute with God over the future
of the Israelites, and as a result of that dispute,
he woke up one morning to find his country

swarming with frogs.

Slimy, smelly, hopping-all-over-the-place frogs.

It was a serious problem.

I'm not talking about a frog or two in the front yard.

I mean frogs were everywhere --
in their beds, on their tables.

Big old frogs in the ovens.

Little bitty frogs in the bread dough
and the drinking water.


Frogs in your hair.

Frogs in places you wouldn't even want to think about!

Then God made a move.

He sent His man Moses in to Pharaoh to ask,
"When shall I entreat the Lord to get these
frogs out of here?"

Do you know what Pharaoh said?


Can you imagine that?

He could have said, "Right now! Today!"

But instead he decided he'd spend
one more night among the frogs.

You say, "That's the stupidest thing I ever heard."

Why in the world would he do it tomorrow?

I don't know.

Probably for the same reason you want
to wait until tomorrow to get saved
or healed or prosperous.

Here's what I want you to notice.

When Moses asked Pharaoh that question and he answered,
"Tomorrow," Moses said, "All right."

"So that you know there's a God in heaven,


Let me ask you this:

How long are you willing to let that
persisting problem harass you?

When are you going to get rid
of the frogs in your life?

Do you realize they'll stay around
as long as you'll let them?

They'll be there until you finally make
a quality decision to go with the

Word of God and get them out.

Why don't you do it today?

--- Kenneth Copeland

Mike Stokes
Panama City Beach, FL

The Key to the Puzzle:
The Cash Flow Strategy

Monday, November 05, 2007

It Doesn't Matter!

Know what doesn't matter (in network marketing)?


Know what "it" is?

Take your pick of the following "its":

Having the (really, no kidding, you can prove it) best product.

Having the (really, no kidding, you can prove it) best comp plan.

Having the (really, no kidding, you can prove it) best people
who ever ran a network marketing company in the history
of the world.

None of that or those matter.


One thing and one thing only matters.

You SELLING your product successfully and enrolling
business-builders in/on your team who do the same
or better.

That's it.

That's all.

"Well... you've got to have the best product,
and plan, and people to do that."

NO you don't.

Look around—in and out of network marketing.

The MOST successful business enterprises you can name
DO NOT have the "best" anything... except sales.

Yes, I know... I know...

But tell me please...

What are you "after" in your business?

Sales (which is what you are paid for)
is where the rubber meets the road.

Without that, you're driving a parked car
(even if it is a $1.2 million, 248 mph
Bugatti Veyron 16.4).

BTW, the best selling car in the world is
the Toyota Corolla with 35 million sold.

Hardly "the best" automobile in the world.

From - The Fogg Report
By - John Milton Fogg

Mike Stokes
Destin, FL

The Secret to the Puzzle:
The Cash Flow Strategy