celebrate-successEvery year in December I like to take some time to reflect on past year. January is the beginning of a new year and it is a time to set goals. I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. People usually don’t take those seriously, however, I am a firm believer in setting goals and making action plans to achieve those goals.

I generally begin by thinking about the different things that have happened in the year to this point but also in the years prior in my network marketing career. Reflecting on both the good things that happened and things that weren’t so good. I don’t spend much time on the things that weren’t so good but just enough time to take note of anything I learned or ways I could get a better outcome.

Not only is it important to be regularly analyzing things and improving as we go, it is also important to celebrate the successes of the previous year. Celebrating is really important because it sets a success energy that attracts more good things.

Three Reasons to Reflect on and Celebrate Success:

1. We train our subconscious to be aware and open to success and abundance.
2. We give our subconscious and conscious mind PROOF of our success and progress.
3. It builds self-esteem, confidence and belief in our abilities.

Some things to include in your reflection:

Any successes large and small. Even the things you consider small. Some of these small successes are stepping stones to larger successes.

New things you learned – This is a huge one that people often forget to include. Reflect on all the training you have taken, books you have read, videos & audios and live events you have attended, anything that has been good for growth in your personal development or business skills. Really celebrate this one knowing that training and personal development is the biggest success secret of network marketing professionals who earn full time income.

Don’t forget the things you learned by trial and error. Like when you began learning to write a blog or make a video.

There are lots of things you can add to your list. I recommend writing down your reflections. If reflecting-on-successyou have been following my training for any length of time, you should have this done from previous years and have saved them. If so, take out some of your past years reflections and look at the progress over the years. This is really fun.

Reflecting on the progress you have made builds confidence. When I look back on the shy girl who was terrified to be a leader, I am amazed at how far I have come. It always gets me choked up as I write and reflect on how I have changed. Network Marketing is the best business for personal growth.

After you have finished reflecting on the previous year, you can make a plan of action for the next year. What will you do to increase your business? How will you improve on your marketing skills and what will you do to implement. Think about where you want to be at the end of 2012. Write that down. Then make a list of all the things you plan to do to get there.

Writing all of this down is very important. It helps you have a direction for the year. Keep a copy of both the reflecting of the previous year and the plan for next year. It is really empowering to look back at the things you have accomplished in the past and how far you have come, especially when you have the notes for several years. You can see your growth over the years which is such a confidence booster.

Wow!! Where did the year go? Just a few days and it will be the start of another new year.

January has always been a time of new beginnings for my business. I don’t mean jumping into another company. I’m talking about looking at where you have been and making any changes necessary to keep moving forward. Make a business plan for the next year.

January, 14 years ago, I started with my current network marketing company. 13 years ago, also in January, I started writing my first newsletter. I still publish that newsletter to this day. It is the core of my business.

It’s that time of year again. A few days away from January 2011. Time to reassess business and make a plan for 2011. This year also has new things in store. I have a new Ebook coming out on “Emotional Freedom Technique for Network Marketers,” I also have a new email newsletter coming out in January. I am still thinking of a name for the newsletter but I am leaning toward, Esteem Power. It will be centered around building your self esteem and confidence with EFT and other related tools.

There will also be many new things in store for all who are involved with Home and Small Business Network. If you haven’t checked into Home and Small Business Network yet, I really encourage you to do so. The site will be unveiling more and more tools and training for business owners. Not only home business owners but any kind of business.

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.” — Napoleon Hill

That is one of many great quotes from Napoleon Hill. If you haven’t read his book “Think and Grow Rich” I highly recommend you add that to your list of books to read in 2011. It’s a book that should be read multiple times.

A Few Ideas For Making A Plan for 2011

Evaluate the Past
First look at the past year or even several years but especially the past year. What have you accomplished already? What has worked and what has not?

Make a list of things that went well and some things that didn’t work out so well.

Spend a little time reflecting on the good things that happened. How could you expand on those in the new year. Make a few notes on things that you would like to expand on. Look at the things that didn’t work out so well. Are there things you should eliminate or can adjustments be made to make those things work out better?

Make A Plan for 2011
Now that you have analyzed the previous year, what will you do with 2011? Decide what you want to accomplish this year. What kind of training and personal development will you include in your plan?

What will you do to increase your business? How will you improve on your marketing skills and what will you do to implement. Think about where you want to be at the end of 2011. Write that down. Then make a list of all the things you plan to do to get there.

Writing all of this down is very important. It helps you have a direction for the year. Keep a copy of both the analyzing of the previous year and the plan for next year. It is really empowering to look back at the things you have accomplished in the past and how far you have come, especially when you have the notes for several years. You can see your growth over the years which is such a confidence booster.

There is a quote: “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” I don’t know who said it but it is true. Start thinking about your plan for the next year. Spend a little time with it and and enjoy the pricess.

Leave a comment and share your ideas for 2011.

Wishing you an Abundantly Successful 2011,

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

It’s really not a big secret but some people can’t seem to see it. We all create our future, no matter if we have failure or success. It all depends on what we focus on.

VisualizationVisualize your goals as a reality.

Imagine what your life will be like once you accomplish your goals. Your mind cannot tell the difference between something that you vividly imagine and what is real.

When you vividly imagine your goals as though you have already achieved them, your subconscious mind will begin to recognize and attract all the resources you need to make your goal a reality. The more vivid your visualization, the more effectively this works.

After setting some goals and WRITING THEM DOWN, Visualizing your future is a big key to success in any goal.

4 Keys To Visualization

    Feel the Emotion
    Vivid Detail

I want to tell you a little experience I had with visualization. I took a Law of Attraction class several years ago. One of the classes was on getting a mental picture of what we wanted for the future. She had us think of something that represented abundance for us. Picture something that you would think someone with the kind of abundance you want would have, or something you would be doing. For me it was a champagne colored Lexus. Not that I really wanted a Lexus but when I thought of having abundance, a Lexus is what came to mind.

When we started the exercise, the instructor asked for a volunteer. She asked the volunteer to picture in his mind something that symbolized abundance for him. He said a red Ferrari.

She started asking him questions drawing him out and trying to get to the feeling underneath his choice. WHY the Ferrari? She had him close his eyes and picture it. What are you feeling as you drive around in your Ferrari? After several questions and drawing him out she got to the underlying emotion that he was really wanting in his life. The feeling that the red Ferrari symbolized.

As I listened to that man go through that, I realized what my underlying emotion was. I wanted FREEDOM! Freedom from crappy jobs working for people I didn’t respect, freedom from the work schedule, freedom from living in scarcity & not having enough money. So, for me, the Lexus represented freedom.

Next, the instructor had us visualize our chosen symbol. If it was a car, picture the color, walk around it, kick the tires, run your hands over it, open the door, get in and sit in it, smell the leather, turn on the radio, start it up and go for a drive. All the while noticing the feelings you are having. She recommended going into more detail with it. Visualize yourself washing the car, driving to different places and visualize how people react to you.

Anyway, you get the idea. Be as vivid in detail and intensity as you can. Really focus in on the emotion you are after. For me it was the feeling of freedom.

Here’s the neat thing. I did this exercise every day for months even though I didn’t really understand how it worked. I just thought I was putting myself in an attracting energy. Well, it’s true that I was doing that but much more was happening.

Fast forward a few months . . .

Remember that clunker van I mentioned? I had decided it was time to get something better. I had been reading a book by Wallace D. Wattles. Something he said made me decide to get a better car. I wanted a used car but one only a few years old so off to find one.

After looking around for a couple weeks, my husband and I drove to a dealership where we had seen a Toyota Avalon listed. That car was only a couple years old but it had been beat to hell and it was a mess. No way on that one but just 3 cars down from it sat this beautiful champagne colored Lexus. It was a couple years older than the Avalon but it looked like a brand new car. We test drove it. Oooooooooh My!!! What a ride!

We bought that car, so I ended up with a 5 year old Lexus. On the way home, riding in my newly purchased Lexus it hit me. This is the exact car I had been visualizing for months. Exactly. The color the model, everything. I started to cry. I couldn’t contain myself. The emotion of what I had created in my life, not just the car but it was about that time that my husband retired from his job and joined my full time in my business. Not only that but my son Brandon, who was 23 at the time also quit his job and went full time in his network marketing business. I tell you, it still brings tears of joy to my eyes.

Visualize Freedom I realized that my life was changing and it was entirely because I wanted freedom and I was determined to get it. I took my goals and my visualization seriously. Freedom is what I wanted and freedom is what I got.

At the time I did the visualizing daily thinking, “I’ll try it, it’s free, what if it works?” Today I am a firm believer in visualizing your goals.

Oh by the way, my son Brandon also visualized a Lexus in his future. Guess what kind of car he drives today.

So, I urge you to visualize your dreams . . .

Frequently – Visualize as often as you can. Whenever you have a moment, close your eyes and spend some time with it. I like to visualize before falling asleep at night. Sometimes I wake up in the night. I use a few minutes to visualize as I fall back to sleep.

Feel the Emotion – The more emotion you can feel while visualizing the better.

Vivid Detail – The clearer you goal is in your mind’s eye, the more power it will have on your subconscious mind. When your every detail of your attained goal becomes absolutely clear in your mind you will be very close to achieving it.

Duration – The longer you can hold an image of your attained goal in your mind the better.

When you combine all of these four keys you begin to activate all of your subconscious powers to move you, drive you toward accomplishing your goal.

Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite visualizations and if you have had any come true.

Wishing you Abundant Success,

Melodie Kantner