Navigating Busy

I don’t remember another Spring in the history of ACN that has been THIS busy.  I am spending a lot of time on phone calls with leaders, planning for the Los Angeles event and all other exciting things that go in to making ACN what it is.

As busy as I am, I am still looking at the future with anticipation.  Are you experiencing a busy time? Are you wondering how to fit it all in.  A little perspective can help you navigate a busy time in your life.  Sometimes it is just your reality for at least that moment in time – it is what it is.  But instead of becoming buried by the feeling, keep some perspective and remember your end goal.  Remember that what you are feeling right now is just a small percentage of your overall life.  For example, you might be running and gunning from sun up to sun down for the next three months in order to set all your goals in motion.  But a year from now, you will look back on those handful of months and they will seem like nothing, just a small blip in time.

At ACN, I always know that times like these always lead to even greater things in the future.  Think about what working hard now will mean for you and your family.  Think about the quality of life you will lead and make that your focus.  There is so much excitement and momentum in ACN right now.  As an IBO, talking to prospects, attending the International Event in Los Angeles, and helping others do the same – those are things I would make sure are part of my priority list.  These are decisions today that will impact your priorities tomorrow.  Never lose your perspective and keep your end goal in sight.

Until next time,

Greg

ACN President’s Club Retreat 2013

Greetings from Miami!  A few weeks ago I shared some pictures from our Global Retreat in Mexico where we celebrated the successes of our ACN global RVPs and SVPs.  This week I am celebrating with our prestigious President’s Club IBOs.  While on these exclusive retreats, it is always exciting to share the vision of ACN with the future RVPs and SVPs of ACN.

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Our President’s Club members understand that the ACN opportunity is one worth working hard for, but also understand the need to take time to recharge.

See how we relax ACN style!

Until Next Time,

Greg

What We Knew All Along

I came across an article recently that re-confirmed what a great industry we are in.   I shared it with our Circle of Champions globally and it occurred to me that all of our IBOs need to read it as well. The overall message of the article is that the MLM business model is the perfect example of mentoring and coaching and helping people grow.  It goes on to describe how this is done, but you and I know the answer to that. We do it every day.

By helping others at ACN, you become more successful monetarily, but more importantly personally. I am proud of the mentorship and coaching that the other ACN Co-Founders and I have incorporated into our business model, but I am even more proud when I see our leaders doing the same.  This article is a great reminder that we are truly in one of the best industries there is!

Here is the article: The Correlation Between MLM Success And Mentorship

Until next time,

Greg

Work Hard – Play Hard Mexico Style

At ACN, we’ve always believed that a little hard work goes a very long way.  After all, when you are operating in a “no experience necessary” industry, one in which anyone from all walks of life regardless of background can be successful, hard work is really one of the few things that separates the best from the rest.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t – and don’t – play hard too.  After all, what good is all the work if you don’t take a break to celebrate your successes?

In fact, we’ve just returned from our annual Global Leadership Retreat in Mexico in which ACN’s Circle of Champions, newly promoted RVPs from 2012, and top producers from around the world enjoyed some much deserved “play time”.  It’s just our “all expenses paid” way to say thank you for an incredible year, for giving so much of yourselves to build your company within our company.   And this year’s retreat was certainly one for the record books.

2013 ACN Leadership Retreat

ACN's 2013 Leadership Retreat

ACN RVP retreat attendees taking time out of the trip to make a difference in the local community. The group spent time with the Cancun Kids Rescue, participated in a piñata building contest and donated gifts and school uniforms.

I once read that the “more we celebrate about our lives, the more we will have in life to celebrate”.  So make sure you are taking time to celebrate your successes along the way too, because if you aren’t stopping to pause, reflect and celebrate your success how do you expect anyone around you to notice your successes either. But remember, the reward should fit the work.  Celebrate small success, small stepping stones on the way to your ultimate goal, with small rewards – perhaps a dinner out, a movie, or just telling someone about your success.  Sometimes saying it out loud, giving yourself a pat on the back is all you need.  But save the big rewards for those major milestones, those business-changing moments.  Because when you do, the reward will mean that much more and the success will certainly be that much sweeter!

Until next time,

Greg

Sharing Our Story With An Entire Industry – The Privilege Was All Mine

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The other Co-Founders and I, along with our Executive Team, try to attend as many direct selling industry events as we can.  As stewards of our industry, we feel it’s important to stay on top of what other companies are doing in our space – both their successes and their failures.  I was asked to speak at one of our industry’s premier events this week in Dallas, Texas, which brings several hundred executives from direct selling companies around the world together for two days of training, networking and sharing – all with one common goal: to advance our industry as a whole.

Given it’s ACN’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, I was asked to provide some insights we’ve gained over the past two decades – insights that might help other company leaders as they set out on their journeys into the direct selling history books.  So I spent my time sharing the successes, failures and most importantly, the lessons learned during ACN’s 20-year history. See it’s easy for us to forget that for many new companies, where ACN today is a dream that seems incredibly out of reach.  Many new companies are simply focused on staying open one more day, month, year – and 20 years seems like a lifetime away.  Well, you know our story well and we have certainly been there, so it is my hope that I was able to impart some small piece of ourselves, of our history with these other companies as they embark on their next 5, 10 or even 20 years.

But regardless, I have no doubt that I gained far more than I ever could have given. In fact, it’s events like this that remind me just how proud I am to be a part of not only ACN but this industry as a whole – and how proud we should all be.  There isn’t another industry in the world that puts the needs of its people first, that gives people hope and allows them to finally start dreaming again.  In fact, as a company proudly operating in the direct sales space – it is a privilege for us to put “changing lives for the better” at the top of our priority list.  And there certainly, without a doubt, isn’t another company in another industry anywhere that I would rather be a part of.

Until next time,

Greg

It’s an ACN Three-Peat!

Most people only get to celebrate an important milestone – like an anniversary – once, but at ACN, when it comes to celebrating our accomplishments, bigger is certainly better!  ACN kicked off our 20th Anniversary Celebration in Charlotte, NC, in February, and last week we traveled 4,892.5 miles to Budapest to do it all again with our European teams.  Here’s a quick sneak peek at how we jumpstarted the event Saturday morning – better than any fireworks display I’ve ever seen:

 

But we aren’t stopping there!  We plan to three-peat that celebration in two weeks in Brisbane, Australia, for our Pacific Convention, which will wrap up our tri-continent celebration.

And while celebrating is exciting, these events are really about so much more than just what happens inside those three days.  In fact, it’s the momentum coming out of events that really matters most, and I can tell you; momentum in ACN worldwide has never been higher than it is right now.  Momentum can best be described as “a driving power or strength.”  In fact, I think that perfectly describes what momentum should do in your ACN business.  See, momentum is what keeps you going when you think you can’t – and it’s what will keep you going long after others have quit.

Think about a snowball, for example.  If you release a snowball at the top of the hill, it will increase in both size and speed as it moves further down the hill.  It won’t stop or slow down until it either reaches its final resting place or gets knocked off course by an obstacle.  Take ACN’s events: I think we can all agree these are natural momentum creators – you can’t help but feel reenergized after leaving one.  But what do you do when that feeling has worn off?  How to you keep the momentum going?  There are lots of theories on this, but I have one of my own.  For me, the best way to keep momentum going is to continue setting aggressive goals for yourself.  If you accomplish one goal, celebrate that success, set a new goal and then use the momentum to carry you through to your next goal.  If you do this, your snowball won’t be able to help but increase in size and speed.  But if you allow obstacles to get in your path, to throw you off course, you’ll be left with nothing more than a pile of snow.

So set some aggressive goals, hold on tight, and remember, that the greatest of avalanches often starts with the smallest of snowflakes.

Until next time,

Greg