A Community of Giving: 1 Million Meals


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At USANA, we have four core values that are our guiding light, our North Star that we point to.

  1. Integrity
  2. Health
  3. Excellence
  4. Community

I want to talk about community and what that value means to me.

We believe in giving at USANA. That’s part of being a member of a community, whether it’s a local community, a community at your company, or a global community — how can we give back?

I want that to be part of who we are at USANA and part of our culture.

A Community of Giving

Kevin Guest - USANA True Health FoundationWhen we talk about community, a large part of that is giving, and that’s why I’m so grateful for the USANA True Health Foundation. You can see in the video above the impact your service and donations have had on countless lives around the world in 2018 alone.

I love the following quote; you’ve likely heard me say it before. It’s often attributed to Winston Churchill.

“We make a living out of what we get but we make a life out of what we give.”

And if we can focus more on giving vs. getting, our lives would be so much more enriched. Even more, USANA will be a better company and it will help us become a stronger and healthier family.

Through the USANA True Health Foundation, we’ve provided tens of millions of meals to hungry children around the world. We continue to expand our reach and our effort.

1 Million Meals

To that end, I’m thankful for your support of All the Right Reasons. Proceeds from the book benefit the USANA True Health Foundation and its mission to feed and nourish hungry children.

Facebook - All the Right Reasons Announcement 3At last year’s USANA International Convention, I set an ambitious goal: 1 million meals in one year (one book sale equals 40 meals). I’m pleased to announce that we’ve already approached 700,000 meals!

We’re well on our way, but we have more to go — more to give.

Thank you for your support. The money is going to an incredible cause. It’s one example of how can we focus on giving vs. getting.

As you know, Dr. Wentz loves the True Health Foundation. I’ve been on many trips with him around the world. We’ve been to orphanages and we’ve personally delivered food to starving children and families.

I’m joining with him hand in hand and with all of you. If we can continue to focus more on giving rather than getting, I truly believe our lives will be so much more enriched.

Here’s where to purchase All the Right Reasons, and here’s how to donate directly to the USANA True Health Foundation.

What I’m Reading: Crucial Conversations

As I’ve said in the past, one of the questions I get as I travel the world most frequently is: What book are you reading? So in the spirit of that I want to continue to share books I’m reading (you can see last month’s entry here).

Crucial Conversations

What I’m Reading: Crucial Conversations

I’m usually reading three or four books at a time.

  • One is usually a religious book
  • Another is usually a self-help skills book
  • Another one is a management and/or leadership type book

Depending on how I’m feeling I’ll dive in and take notes.

Crucial Conversations

One of the books I want to share with you that I just love is Crucial Conversations.

I’ve read this book more than once and I continue to use it as a resource when I’m managing and running the company. I also use it in many interactions in my personal life.

The gist of the book is this: When stakes are really high and we need to communicate and talk to someone, how can we help manage that for the best possible outcome for all involved?

When we have a crucial conversation with someone, the No. 1 tip from the book is to stay in dialogue and not let your emotions take control of how you’re communicating.

I think controlling our emotions is so important. And that starts before the meeting ever begins or we ever have a conversation. We create a dialogue in our head.

We’re storytellers. We’re master storytellers. And we’ve obviously told ourselves many stories many, many times. Before we go into a conversation we’ve already told ourselves a story: What’s going to happen? What could the outcomes be?

Then emotions start flowing, and that drives how we communicate with each other.

If we can take control of those emotions, take control of how we communicate with each other and do so in a very, very level dialogue-esque way with each other, we will be much more effective in how we communicate.

I recommend you pick up Crucial Conversations. It’s an easy read and filled with great content. I’ve asked all of the management team at USANA to read this book and apply its principles as well.

What I’m Reading: Made to Stick

I’m often asked what books I’m reading. Currently, I’m reading Made to Stick.

Made to StickThe principle is — what are we doing here at USANA that makes USANA sticky? That makes people want to stay involved and stay connected? Those ideas, how do they blossom and how do they grow? Why do some survive and some don’t? That’s something we wrestle with all the time here at USANA.

You’ve heard me speak about relevance and it’s the same kind of thing — how do we remain relevant in a very, very competitive, busy, noisy workplace and work environment?

I’ve asked our entire management team to read Made to Stick and decide which principles can be applied to their own areas throughout the company.

The notion of stickiness is also important to us as individuals. If you’re an independent business owner. If you’re a father, a wife, husband, brother, whatever it might be. What makes others want to be around you and want to be involved with you and want to have that interaction?

That’s something that is constantly on my mind as I think about the future of USANA:

How can we continually reinvent, be creative, be innovative in such a way that people want to be involved with this great company.

The Ben Franklin Principle

The end of one year and the start of the next is my time to evaluate and assess what I’ve accomplished and what I’ve yet to accomplish.

I believe a goal not written down is merely a wish. Therefore, I try to be very specific about what I want to accomplish by writing down my goals. I actually add them to my phone using the “Notes” feature so I can refer back to what I want to work on and what I want to accomplish.

Ben FranklinThe first principle in my book, All the Right Reasons, is the Ben Franklin Principle.

Something I love about the story of Ben Franklin, a founding father of the United States, is when he was a teenager, he decided to write down important things that he wanted to pattern his life after. We translate those as values.

He wrote 12 things down, and later, added a 13th — humility. He decided he wanted to pursue a life of perfection by following these 13 very important principles. (Franklin’s 13 virtues can be found on page 8 of All the Right Reasons.)

He kept track of how well he did weekly. He picked one value each week. Franklin tracked in his notebook how well he did in following that virtue or that value. He did that throughout his life.

As he reflected late in life, when he was 79 years old — almost 60 years later — he said he never actually obtained perfection when it came to living his individual value system.

But he felt like he was a much better person because he had attempted to hit those values throughout his life.

Identify Your Core Values

I love the Ben Franklin Principle. Identify your core values. What makes you you? What’s your guiding light, your North Star? Do all you can to be perfect in those values you’ve established for yourself.

Although many of us will never hit it — I know I won’t — it gives me something to work toward. To become better and improve my life.

An Invitation for 2019

That’s an invitation I give all of you as we start 2019. Work toward becoming just a little better, a little kinder, a little happier, and a little better in your relationships with others.

And if you do, I believe you’ll find 2019 to be an awesome year.

This and 11 other timeless principles for living a life in harmony can be found in All The Right Reasons. Book sales benefit the USANA True Health Foundation to help ensure impoverished children and families reach their fullest potential.

Photo: Joseph Duplessishttp://www.npg.si.edu/exh/brush/ben.htm, Public Domain, Link

A Season of Giving

I love this time of year. As I mention in the above video, I believe it’s a season of giving.

Recently, the USANA management team spent a day shopping and wrapping gifts for children in need. It’s an activity I look forward to each year.

The presents will be delivered to children who, unfortunately, are spending the holidays at Primary Children’s Hospital here in Salt Lake. These kids and their families are facing challenges no one should ever have to experience, let alone during the holidays.

In the grand scheme, our giving of a few presents is a small gesture. But even the smallest acts of kindness have the ability to elicit a smile or brighten someone’s day.

Over the last several weeks, I’ve witnessed so many individuals generously giving of themselves — emotionally, physically, and financially — to help make the season a little brighter for others.

We all have the power to help others, to give back, and to do good in this world. That’s my wish and hope for you this holiday season — I encourage you to take comfort in the spirit of giving.

Happy holidays.

Each month, I send an email to subscribers. Click here to get added to the list. The above is an edited version of the email that went out on Dec. 21, 2018.

‘Tis the Season for Giving Thanks

Kevin Guest - China National ConventionIt’s the time of year when our minds and bodies tend to be overtaken by the hustle of the holidays.

For me, as I’m sure it is for many of you, the final months of the year also mean reflecting on the past and planning for the future, all the while giving thanks for my many blessings.

I recently returned from Macau (photos on Facebook), where I joined others in celebrating successes.

The China National Convention brought together thousands of like-minded individuals who are determined to help themselves and others live a life of health and happiness.

We’re all striving to express gratitude and live a life in harmony.

Support the USANA True Health Foundation

To that end, I’m grateful for the USANA True Health Foundation, an organization whose mission it is to ensure impoverished children and families reach their fullest potential.

Kevin Guest - USANA True Health FoundationThis group does such important work but they can’t do what they do without your support. If you’re looking for a way to give back, you can rest assured your hard-earned dollars are in good hands with the USANA True Health Foundation. Here’s how to donate.

As you know, I believe true health encompasses the body, mind, and spirit. In All the Right Reasons, I share several stories that have helped me along that path. Perhaps there’s a message or two in the book that will resonate with you as well.

I’m so grateful that proceeds from the book benefit the USANA True Health Foundation. One book sale equals 40 meals for hungry children.

As always, thank you for your kindness and support. May joy fill your holiday season.

 

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Living a Life in Harmony: Two Principles From All the Right Reasons

Kevin Guest - All The Right Reasons - The Dr. Oz Show

A few weeks ago, as you may know, I had the opportunity to appear on The Dr. Oz Show. We talked about how to live a life in harmony. It’s the thesis of my book, All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony.

As Dr. Oz says in his introduction, “We all face challenges in our life.” (you can view the full segment below this post).

I believe it’s how we deal with those challenges and create “harmony” in our lives that make us who we are.

First, if you’re not sure what “living a life in harmony” means, here’s my definition:

A life in harmony is having the courage to stay true to the principles that are at the foundation of who you are, despite the circumstances. For me, that is to make a positive difference in the lives of other people.

Living a Life in Harmony

I’d like to share the two principles I talked about on the show, with the hope that they might help you in your own life.

Nothing is More Important Than Relationships.

A big issue for many in today’s world is we’re not connected to people nearly as much as we’re connected to our electronic devices. I believe human interaction is so important.

There’s a story I share in All the Right Reasons — it’s the story of Dorothy, a cleaning woman at a college. A few weeks into the semester, a professor gave a pop quiz. The last question was: What is the name of the woman who cleans this building?”

One student, who had breezed through the quiz until this question, wondered if that final question was a joke. He’d seen the cleaning woman several times during those first weeks of school, quietly going about her business cleaning the halls and classrooms.

But he hadn’t paid much attention to her otherwise.

It turns out, that cleaning woman’s name was Dorothy and it illustrated the professor’s point:

“In your careers, your paths will cross with many people. They all matter and deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile, say hello, and learn their first name. Few things are more important to people than being called by their first name.”

Eliminate Negative Self-Talk

We all have an “inner voice,” the little voice inside our heads that is constantly talking to us, providing a running monologue for every second we’re awake.

Psychologists call it “self-talk.” It can be useful to help us process and interpret our life’s experiences. Unfortunately, a lot of us are prone to negative self-talk. That is, “I can’t do anything right,” or “I’m not good enough,” or “I don’t have enough time.”

All the Right Reasons Book CoverWe start to believe that voice inside our heads. We have to flip that switch that turns the self-talk from negative to positive. Positive self-talk is even more powerful than negative self-talk, and learning how to channel and elevate the voice in your head can change your life.

On The Dr. Oz Show, I shared a story of how negative self-talk almost ruined a lifelong dream of mine — to perform at The Grand Ole Opry. I stood backstage, guitar in hand waiting to go on and I actually started having a panic attack. I’m thinking: “Why are you here? You shouldn’t be on this stage. You’re not good enough to play.”

Luckily, I had learned a breathing technique that helped snap me out of those moments of negative self-talk. I calmed myself down and went out to perform. But it’s amazing how crippling those few moments were. And what could have happened had I not eliminated the negative self-talk.

In the book, I share several other principles to live a life in harmony. It can be purchased now. I’d love for you to pick up a copy and let me know what you think.

Kevin Guest Appears on The Dr. Oz Show

Kevin Guest, author of All the Right Reasons and USANA CEO, appears on The Dr. Oz Show on Oct. 17, 2018.

Tune In: The Dr. Oz Show Oct. 17

Greetings from somewhere in the Atlantic. This week, members of the management team and I are celebrating USANA’s Growth 25 on a cruise to Bermuda. We’re having a lot of fun, but we’re also getting some work done. It’s important to set goals, and working to become part of the Growth 25 is definitely a worthwhile goal.

While I have a moment, I wanted to share some additional news. This Wednesday — October 17 — I’ll be on The Dr. Oz Show (check local listings for time and channel) talking about my new book All the Right Reasons and how to live a life in harmony.

I hope you’ve picked up a copy. If you have, I’d love to hear what you think. You can leave a comment right on Amazon (and that helps others learn more about the book). As a reminder, proceeds from All the Right Reasons benefit the USANA True Health Foundation.

Living a Life in Harmony

If the book’s still on your to-read list, you might be wondering what living a life in harmony means.

All the Right Reasons Book CoverFor me, a life in harmony is having the courage to stay true to the principles that are at the foundation of who you are, despite the circumstances. For me, that is to make a positive difference in the lives of other people, whether that be my family, my fellow USANA Associates, friends, or strangers.

What does living a life in harmony look like for you?

I always enjoy sitting down to talk with Dr. Oz. We had a great conversation at the 2018 USANA International Convention, and now it’s such an honor to be on his television show.

It would mean the world if you tuned in to The Dr. Oz Show on Wednesday. I’ll touch on several of the 12 timeless principles discussed in All the Right Reasons.

If that’s not enough, you can watch as we break out our guitars on stage. I had a chance to jam with Dr. Oz!

Thank you, as always, for your support and kindness.

Tune In to The Dr. Oz Show

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Kevin Guest Visits with Dr. Oz in Salt Lake City

Kevin Guest, author of All the Right Reasons and USANA CEO, visits with Dr. Mehmet Oz in August at the 2018 USANA International Convention.