We are excited to announce a new series here on the Larsen Global blog where we will be interviewing leaders in our organization, and from the greater USANA family.
Lisa has worn many hats in her life. She found herself a single Mom as a teenager. She later worked in the corporate world, but traded Bay St for the film industry eventually becoming a partner & VP Managing Director of her own production company. After 9/11 she moved to Real Estate, where in her first year she was in the Million Dollar Club going on to achieve the Top Producer award while selling 40 homes in less than a year. Lisa has served a number of charities and consulted for companies. She stays very involved in her community and loves helping others achieve their dreams. After years of searching for her purpose and passion she’s finally found something that fulfills her. Lisa is now a full-time Silver Director in USANA. She’s a Life Time Premier Platinum Pacesetter, Top PC enroller, Top Associate enroller, Top Income Earner, Celebration at sea contest winner and was a speaker at the 2011 Vancouver XRC. She also trekked to Mt Everest’s Base Camp in 2010. This is just the beginning, but she counts being a mother of two as her greatest accomplishment.
If you have any follow-up questions for Lisa, please leave them in the comments below. You can contact Lisa through her USANA website at lisawhittall.usana.com.
How and why did I get started in USANA?
I started with USANA as a product user while I was trying to get pregnant with my now 7 year old daughter. I had been a severe asthmatic since I was 4, on every medication including steroids. I knew I had to change my health before having my daughter because of the dangers associated with being medicated & pregnant. Within 3 months I became symptom free of asthma I was able to be around cats, dogs, horses, most things that in the past I was not be able to go near without having an instant attack, as well as being able to now exercise with ease.
4 years ago my 92 year old grandmother became gravely ill with congestive heart failure, my daughter that I worked so hard to have was in daycare, I had to work most nights & weekends not being able to spend the quality time with her that I wanted, I was also starting to see my eating habits & stress of my job having a hugely negative impact on my life. It was then that I decided to change my life partnering with Larsen Global, within 6 months I gave up my Real Estate license to do USANA full time, to be a caregiver to my grandmother & a full time mom.
Because of my decision to take control of my health, my family’s health & my life I’m so very happy to report that with the help of the USANA products & dietary change my now 96 year old grandmother is medication free with the exception of the occasional water pill as needed, she is pain free from crippling arthritis that had her taking Tylenol #3 everyday. With the help of the USANA products, my USANA business income & the amazing mentors in Larsen Global, I have been able to become a full time mom. I’m at my daughter’s school for class trips, I read once a week with the class, I’m on the PTS & I never have to miss a special occasion again. My daughter is thriving in grade 1, she has not had any health issues, she makes health choices including taking her supplements every day, packing healthy choices in her lunch & is in competitive gymnastics! Sarah loves working with mommy & being as healthy as she can, she believes in her dreams to go to the Olympics one day & that she can be anything she wants to be, she knows the difference between 1 BC & 3 BC’s & doesn’t understand why everyone doesn’t take USANA supplements yet (to tell you the truth I can’t explain that one to her either). That is the gift that USANA has given my family
During your time in USANA, what have you learned about business (in general) and yourself?
Wow this one is a hard one because I’ve learned so much! About business I learned that you need to set an example & put in consistent effort always building adapting & never ever stay in your comfort zone. About myself…ummmm just about everything!!!! I have to say I learned the most lessons on the mountain, I like to refer to my life as B.B.C & A.B.C. which is Before Base Camp & After Base Camp. My trek to Mt Everest Base Camp in 2010 only happened because of my association with USANA, my complete health turn around & because I surrounded myself with people who were just crazy enough to think you can do anything you want to do if you just want it bad enough & have the right mindset (it’s kinda hard not to let that rub off on you). It was there that I faced 89% of my fears I was scared of bridges, helicopters, flying, landing, taking off, heights, didn’t like the cold or walking. But when you do something as crazy & exhilarating as going to Mt Everest with one month’s training as an asthmatic you then come to think that if you can do that then you can do anything. It made me realize what I was really made of & recognize my true heart & my strengths. Owning your own USANA business forces you to really face your blockages & helps you become a better whole person not just in health of the body but health of the mind & soul as well.
What are 5 Traits that describe a successful USANA associate?
1. Most importantly being coachable, open to learning
2. Passionate about life & getting everything out of it you want
3. Being humble, I’m humbled by my team & my mentors & my USANA family every day because of their greatness
4. Team player, as a leader you can only be as strong as your team & how much you empower them to be leaders
5. Caring, you need to care about yourself, your family, your team, your customers, your world, your word, your life, your dreams, your team’s dreams, people around you, just be caring
What is your greatest strength and weakness as an associate?
My greatest strength can sometimes be my greatest weakness, it’s my passion. I am so very passionate about health & changing the world & helping to inspire others to know that they can do the same. It gives me so much pleasure to see one of my team mates or crossline achieve their dreams or grow as a person. I say that it can be my weakness because sometimes I’m so passionate I forget that others don’t always feel the same way & that it took me several years to get that passionate & to change my thinking that I sometimes I can take it personally when they don’t feel the same.
What direction do you give new USANA associate?
I teach what I’m taught by my amazing mentors Collette & Zak. crossline, with other associates who are like minded, surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed & who can lift you up rather than bring you down & be negative that was one of the reasons I started the private Facebook group Hybrid Solutions only for USANA associates. That is a private forum only for USANA associates to find mentors, crosslines, events, support, ask questions, help from Dr’s on the group & for a pick me up when life happens. Focus on your why, why you started this business what are your dreams what do you want for your life, in the beginning don’t look for the unhealthiest people you can find because even though they are the ones that need it the most they are usually the ones that are going to be the most resistant to change, when you are stronger in your convictions, your beliefs when nothing can shake you then offer your help with no expectations. Write down on a paper you carry with you a description of your perfect associate. It’s like when you decide to have a baby all of a sudden everyone around you is pregnant, but really you are just noticing them all now & have your eye out because that’s on your mind same thing will happen with USANA you will notice a need & attract what you both need.