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Why a “Dream BIG” Mindset Can Get You Farther, Faster

Ask your 5 year old what they want to be when they grow up and be prepared for what may seem like a “ridiculous” answer. An astronaut or a movie star, really?!

Remember when you were younger and everything seemed possible? What happened?

Somewhere along the way, between our jobs and being moms, we let go of that dream big mindset. “Get your head out of the clouds; you’re being unrealistic!” we may have told ourselves (or even had someone else tell us).

Put aside all the negative thoughts you’ve been conditioned to believe about the pointlessness of dreaming big for a moment. We at Moms Making Six Figures want to make the case for why you should dream big. There really are some big benefits to having lofty goals.

Dreaming Big: The First Step to Success

Think about it. Without a big dream, you have nothing to work towards—and probably won’t achieve success, or achieve it as quickly, or reach as high. Sure, you may climb the corporate ladder, but chances are you’ll peak at what probably isn’t your highest potential. Why? Because you won’t challenge yourself.

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall, at last, unveil.” – James Allen

Big Dreams Force Us to Make Long-Term Changes

Bringing that big goal to fruition requires us to make changes in our lives. Ask yourself, “What am I doing now that my future self will thank me for?” Or, “If I continue doing what I am doing, will I achieve my goal, and by when?”

Think of “now” as the foundation for your goals. Is your foundation equipped to support the end goal? If not, you know what changes need to be made in order to support that end goal. Do you want to buy a new home by the end of the year? Does your current foundation (job, income, credit rating) make this goal feasible? If not, a career move or some credit repair work might put you where you need to be.

These proactive changes are also likely to filter into the rest of your life, and self-improvement is always a good thing.

A New World of Opportunities

Speaking of making changes, working towards these goals will likely open up doors you probably never knew existed! For example, you may know that your goal is to work from home, but you’re unsure of how to make that happen. In your efforts to find a way to do this, you will push your boundaries, and possibly meet new people who can introduce you to new opportunities.

All of these opportunities would not be possible if you hadn’t dared to dream in the first place. You’d probably be stuck in your 9 to 5 job, missing out on what could have been.

Dreaming Big and Achieving Your Goals: Changing Your Mindset

Many of us dream big already, but not as many of us act on those dreams. The difference between those who dwell in the dream world and fail to realize their dreams and those who live in the real world and follow a plan to achieve their dreams is often their mindset.

The number of naysayers in your life is likely to outnumber those that encourage you to think big and chase your dreams, so your mindset really makes a huge difference. Here’s how you can stay positive and focused:

1. Constant Positive Reminders

From motivational quotes or images stuck on the fridge to more detailed vision boards, surrounding yourself with positive visual reminders can help keep you focused on the goals you are working to achieve, and why.

2. Create a Plan

Thinking big is great, but achieving your dreams requires a plan. Brainstorm ideas that will get you closer to fulfilling your dreams, and put them in a logical order of progression. A plan will help you feel less lost and will make the dream feel more within reach.

3. Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People

Your circle of friends can mean the difference between realizing your big dreams and not. Surround yourself with people who are inspiring, encouraging, positive, and even possibly successful in what they do. With a healthy support system, you are more likely to stay focused and your path to success will be less daunting.

Dream Big: No Limits!

When you lower your goals to something more “realistic” or “achievable,” you lower your potential for success. Don’t be discouraged by the enormity of your dreams—be curious and take a risk!

Take inspiration from your kids’ seemingly outrageous dreams, and encourage them to continue to dream big. There is power in your thoughts; they can take you from the mundane status quo to out-of-this-world possibilities. It’s never too late!

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

We at Moms Making Six Figures want to help you achieve your big dreams. Visit our website www.momsmakingsixfigures.com or contact us at (858) 837-1505, and together we can make your dreams a reality.

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Can I Help My Child Be Smarter?

blog2 Yes, you can!  Fatty brain foods help developing brains, baby brains, adolescent brains and aging brains.  I’m talking about Omega 3 fatty acids primarily from cold-water fish such as tuna and salmon or fish oils.  And the specific Omega 3 fatty acid that improves brain development, cognitive function (higher test scores), visual acuity, as well as improving ADD in some school children, is DHA.  Unfortunately, western diets are far too low in Omega 3s.  While our diets are typically full of Omega 6s found in oils like salad dressings (think olive oil), prepared foods and corn oil, Omega 3s are harder to come by without supplementation.

If you have a child age 2 years or younger, his/her brain is growing rapidly, using more than 50% his/her calories for brain growth.  The needed building blocks for proper brain development in the womb and early on in life are imperative for optimal brain function.  Fats make up 60% of our brains and nervous systems.  A diet low in Omega 3s has been shown to lead to a smaller brain, a higher chance of MS (multiple sclerosis) and degenerative diseases, lower IQ scores and a higher risk of vision problems.

Adolescents also benefit from a diet rich in Omega 3s.  Their brains may not be growing rapidly but neural connections are still being formed – and lots of them. Omega 3 fatty acids may actually act as neurotransmitters for these connections, so these fatty acids are extremely important for the ongoing optimal health of our teens and their development of world-changing ideas (and, of course, our teens are smarter than us…just ask them and they will happily remind you).  Furthermore, teens are often either consuming the wrong fats with fast food or cutting out almost all fats (even the good ones) to optimize their appearances, whether due to a culture hyper-focused on physical appearance  or a heightened focus on eating more protein to improve athletic performance.

So, how do you add Omega 3s to your infants’, toddlers’, tweens’ and teens’ diets (and your diet, while we are on this subject, to minimize age-related memory loss along with helping control chronic inflammation, which causes heart disease, arthritis & degenerative disease)?  It’s not too complicated, really; we just need to eat more fatty fish and/or find high quality fish oil supplements that don’t give us disgusting “fish burps” and are actually palatable.  Look for fish oils that have (at a minimum) about 1000mg of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids combined per adult serving.  And remember to check the ingredient list so you aren’t duped into buying a product (and there are many) that claims over 1000mg of fish oil, but actually has far less EPA and DHA than 1000mg total per adult serving.

Admittedly, many of the fish oil supplements do taste fishy.  Yuck!  But there are a couple of products out there that are truly delicious (no, I’m not joking, just ask the young ones in my family and my husband).  Additionally, a quality fish oil supplement will have removed toxins such as mercury found in our fish these days from environmental contamination, so those of you who are pregnant can partake in the fish oil fest without concern.  Food sources high in Omega 3s include halibut, herring, salmon, tuna, trout, oysters, sardines and halibut.  Flaxseed and walnut oil also contain Omega 3s.  If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your child receives her Omega 3s from your own personal intake.  Aren’t our bodies and their abilities pretty amazing?  We truly are what we eat, especially in the case of our beautiful brains!

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A Real Life Testimonial

hen Christina Thebeau gave birth to her second child, she realized she was no longer going to be able to work outside of the home and be a full-time mom. As a certified public accountant, Thebeau was used to working long hours, which took away from her family time in the evening. She was so excited when her friend Cheryl Toste introduced her to Moms Making Six Figures because she found the flexibility she needed for both her professional and personal life.

Moms Making Six Figures was founded in San Diego and now has a group of over 40 women, all who work from home. This group of moms created the marketing company Moms Making Six Figures to represent one primary organization, and they come from a variety of backgrounds including human resources, information technology and, like Thebeau, CPAs.

As a newlywed in her mid-30s, Toste was anxious to start a family. She is so excited that she is expecting her first child in January. “The lack of stress, and flexibility in my schedule gave me the opportunity to focus on starting a family. And I am very fortunate that I was able to get pregnant right away,” Toste said.

“I love working, and I am still able to work part time as a CPA to supplement my loss in full-time income with Moms Making Six Figures,” Thebeau said. “I am thankful that Cheryl shared the company with me, and I know that she will appreciate the flexibility when she has her baby.”

Thebeau and Toste have had many friends in Las Vegas who have lost their jobs or had their hours cut with the turn in the economy, and they are thankful that they are now able to share Moms Making Six Figures with them.

Through Moms Making Six Figures, Thebeau and Toste meet with interested women to talk with them about the specifics of the business. “A typical workweek can range from part-time or full-time hours, but I plan around my schedule,” Thebeau said. “There is no inventory, no party planning, no selling and no risk, but you do need to be self-motivated and have a desire to succeed,” she explained.

Both Thebeau and Toste work very hard and both say they have so much fun working together. “I am so glad that I am able to work with one of my best friends,” Thebeau said. “We have no cap in our income, and we work on our terms.”

“We truly are living the motto of Moms Making Six Figures,” Toste said. “We are ‘bringing women home to their lives.’”