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johnwoodenJohn Wooden was one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time.  During his 12 years of coaching at UCLA, he won 10 national championships.

Wooden’s relationship with his players was far greater than just a coach.  He taught his players valuable life tools to help them not only become good basketball players, but to also become men.  I believe everyone in USANA should learn, and practice, Wooden’s Two Sets of Threes.

In his book entitled, “Wooden, A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court,” Coach Wooden shares what his father called his “two sets of threes.”  The first set is about honesty…

  • Never lie
  • Never cheat
  • Never steal

The second set of threes was about dealing with adversity:

  • Don’t whine
  • Don’t complain
  • Don’t make excuses

According to Wooden, his dad’s two sets of threes served as a compass for trying to do the right thing and behaving in a proper manner.

Thought for the day– Are you doing all you can to be successful in USANA?


good negotiationsTo many times during a conversation or negotiation I see one party disrespects another.  Nothing gets accomplished because feelings are hurt and pride overtakes common sense and good judgment.  Sometimes this can happen when you are discussing or presenting USANA to a new prospect who just is not getting it.

The best communicators (and USANA Associates) always separate the people from the problem.  While you can and should be passionate about your position, at the same you can and should treat the other person with with respect and dignity.

Thought for the day–  Treat people like you would like to be treated.


Spend your time on the important stuff...

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make.  One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”

Keep in mind that time is limited.  It’s a scarce resource.  You can’t save time.  Once a minute, hour, afternoon or day has passed, you can never get it back.

Successful USANA Associates all share one very important trait.  Each and every day they practice smart time management.  They make sure to plan and then do exactly what needs to be done in order to reach their goals.  Just as important, they also make sure they don’t spend unnecessary time on trivial matters.

If you remember nothing else about time management, remember the 80-20 rule.  It states that 80% of your results come from what you spend 20% of your time on.  Another way to look at this is that 20% of doing the right things at the right time will account for 80% of the right results.

Successful USANA Associates are proactive with their time management.  By this I mean that they understand that they are responsible for how they decide to use their time during the day.  They make smart time management decisions to make the very best use of their time instead of simply reacting to the conditions around them.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” The last thing we ever want to do is waste time.

Thought for the day–  When it comes to building your USANA business, spend 100% of your time on all the important stuff.


Do it anyway...

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.

Give the world your best anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

Thought for the day–  Remember Mother Teresa’s words.  What would she do in your situation?


The world is flat- go global

If you want to be successful in USANA and the business world in general, you need to understand that the world is flat. The good news is that with the technology provided to you by USANA, it’s no big deal to do business with almost anyone located anywhere in the world. The bad news is that because of this very same technology, you are now competing with everyone else in the world.

The new global competition extends to manufacturing, sales and services.  It also extends to the labor market.  When you are competing for a job in Los Angeles, chances are, your employer is also seeking potential employees for the same position from all over the globe.  The quality and pricing of your products and services are also subject to global competition.

If you have not already read it, I strongly recommend Thomas Friedman’s national best seller entitled, “The World is Flat”.  Here’s how you can get your own copy…

Thought for the day–  Make one new contact each month from around the world.

barack_obamaBarack Obama was raised by a single mother and his grandparents.  They didn’t have much money, but they taught him values from the Kansas heartland where they grew up.

He took out loans to put himself through school.  After college, he worked for Christian churches in Chicago, helping communities devastated when steel plants closed.

Obama turned down lucrative job offers after law school to return to Chicago, leading a successful voter registration drive.  He joined a small law firm, taught constitutional law and, guided by his Christian faith, stayed active in his community.  Obama and his wife Michelle are proud parents of two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Regardless of your political affiliation, this is probably one the greatest speeches of all time…


Thought for the day–  “Yes We Can!”

Solving problems is key to success

Learning how to solve problems will help make you successful

To solve problems, empower yourself with these questions…

What is good or great about what just happened?

What can I learn from this?

How have other people responded to this particular situation or result?

What specific changes do I have to make to avoid having this happen to me again and to reach my goals?

When you experience a problem, ask yourself these questions.  If you develop the habit of consistently and passionately asking yourself these four questions EVERY time a problem arises, you’ll find that the answers and solutions will appear.

Thought for the day– “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”  Albert Einstein

Ask Questions EVERY Day!

Ask questions every day!

When something good or bad happens, you can learn from the experience if you ask yourself the following four questions…

  • What is good or great about what just happened?
  • What can I learn from this?
  • How have other people responded to this particular situation or result?
  • How can I use this experience to improve my life and reach my goals?

The key to active success is to use these four questions every time something important (good or bad) happens in your life.  Turn this into a habit and over time, you’ll start to see amazing results.

Thought for the day–  You can never ask a stupid question.  But since there are so many questions to choose from, be smart and ask the right questions that work!

Read more about how questions can be used to achieve success and happiness by visiting our Questions Catagory.  For proven and effective “problem solving” questions click here…

Do you have any additional questions you believe should be included in this list?  If so, share your comments or contact us with your feedback…