New Beginning

Resolutions for a new year and new decade!

The New Year is fast approaching. Many of us are feeling motivated and inspired to make 2020 our year - the year where we get on top of things and make significant changes in our life. I completely understand that sentiment and feel that way myself, who doesn’t?

Looking forward to the New Year, making plans, setting goals and starting a new regime is something that I started to take a lot more seriously when I started my Network Marketing Business nearly 20 years ago. I was taught some useful skills to help me make the best of this, and any other new start. If you struggle with making new starts stick beyond a day or two here are a couple of tips you may find useful:
 
But before we go into the New Year, I think is important to reflect back on the past one. There is so much to be gained from reflection - what went well this year? What did not go so well? What do I want to change? What do I want more of? These are all important questions to ponder on. Have you created a bit of space before the turn of the year to reflect? In fact, the end of this year is also the end of the decade. A valuable exercise might also be to reflect back on the whole decade. Once you have taken stock on the past month, year, decade, you are in a great place to look forward.

The next thing I would suggest to do is actually give thought to what you want to achieve in the next period, breaking it down into manageable chunks and not throwing yourself at huge dreams without a plan. Pick just one or two achievable goals that will also stretch you. Think about personal goals, family goals, health/fitness/lifestyle goals and business/income goals. Set one for each area so that you create balance. Write them down in the present tense with an achievement date. For example: ‘It is 30th June 2020, I weight 140 pounds and feel light and healthy’ Next create a pathway of small behaviours that you need to achieve this goal. Write these down too. Keep a diary or tracker to keep yourself focussed. For weight loss for example, the My Fitness Pal App can be useful.

Finally take time to make it visual by creating a Goal Board  which can simply be a collage of inspiring pictures cut from magazines along with attached written time-bound goals or try a Goal Map (Brian Mayne offers free tools for his fantastic system, find him at www.goalmapping.com)  He offers free tools on his website and inexpensive workshops too. I have found his system invaluable.

However you choose to create your visual goal reminder remember they should be SMART Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound.

Have fun and Happy New Year!

Need help with goalsetting? email me denise@newhorizon.uk.com

 

Integrity in Business

Hi Integrity has always been a high level value for me in all areas of my life. I have always tried to do the right thing and feel it keenly if I sense that others have different values.

When I joined the Network Marketing industry in 2001 my greatest fear was that I would discover that I had surrounded myself with people whose values didn’t match my own and that I would be embarrassed by others actions. I had read and heard rumours of this relatively new industry and whilst I liked the idea of helping myself by helping others I wasn’t naive enough to think that the principle couldn’t be skewed by self interested people.

Of course, no industry is perfect, and I would say that in my years in the industry I have come across some self centred rogues (though I might add, I met at least the same proportion in my previous world, the fashion industry!) Yes, I have seen some toe curling claims being made over the years and sad to say some individuals that were probably never right for our industry have been encouraged to join by an unscrupulous business owner looking for the quick volume that will give them a great prize or bonus. So sad.

There is a saying that still gets bandied about in our industry, ‘Are you prepared to do whatever it takes’. To be honest, no I won’t do whatever it takes, for me that over-steps the lines of integrity for me, it suggests that any action is okay. I don’t believe that is true.

I do believe however, that operating with integrity, knowing what is the right thing to do for you and those around you, is at the core of a great network marketing organisation. The most successful business owners that I have seen over the years are those that think about the impact of their actions on others and seek to have a positive influence on others wealth and wellbeing, be it team members or customers.

So if you are looking at our industry and wondering as I did all those years ago if it is something you would feel comfortable in being associated with I say ‘take a good look at the business that is being promoted to you, take an even closer look at the methods and attitudes of the person showing you the business and if after close inspection you feel that you could get happily involved, then go ahead with enthusiasm and confidence. Enjoy your very own rocket ride!’