As I write this post, I am watching the daylight of Day 1 in 2015 melt out the darkness from the last night of 2014 through my window. My youngest son, who still sleeps with mom at 7, is lying on the sofa next to me because he does not like sleeping alone. He was sleeping alone because I had to sit up all night for two reasons:
Prayer, Curfew and Planning
(i) To wait up for two of his older brothers (17 and 19) who had gone for a New Years’ eve party (mom must intermittently send prayers of protection to heaven, make sure they keep to curfew time and come home sober) and
(ii) To put the final touches on my 2015 Success Blue Print (Thought I’d be done by the time the boys got home at 1:00am. Well….I continued for another four hours!!) That’s how important it was to finish that document. I believe I am getting better at this with each year that I do it.
Appreciation and Gratitude
The purpose of today’s post is to appreciate and express my gratitude to God for creating opportunities for me to meet with certain individuals who have unselfishly shared their knowledge and expertise with me directly and indirectly in the profession of network marketing and using the internet for business.
In my quest for knowledge and understanding, God placed these individuals in my path. Some I have met in person and have had the privilege to sit at their feet and hear their voices. Others I have not met personally but their written word and spoken words via their blog posts, audios and videos have become a familiar part of my life.
Some I listen to daily, others weekly or monthly and others occasionally. More than just being routine, the most exciting part for me has been applying what I learn and sharing the information with my business team as well as with those on my mailing lists and social media networks. I pray that my attempts to package the information based on my experiences has been and will be of use to the readers and followers of this blog.
Success Does Leave Clues
I cannot mention everyone here, but I would like to make particular mention of Ray Higdon and his wife Jessica, Matt Morris, Johnny Wimbrey, Eric Worre, Mary Ellen Tribby and Dani Johnson. I have listened to and read their online training for the last three or so years. They have so become a part of my life that my seven year old knows them by name and can identify their faces.
I have personally met Matt Morris and Johnny Wimbrey at live training events and I look forward to meeting two of those I have no yet met this year, with diligent planning, hard work and God’s blessings.
I appreciate these individuals whose teaching I have been following, and will continue to follow for me to grow into the business person that I am today and will become.
I raise my glass to them for their generosity and unselfishness to spend themselves for others. As the saying goes “success leaves clues” and blessed is the man or woman who recognizes the people who have or are what they aspire to be and is humble enough to learn from them.
Amazing Team Work!
I also toast the local leaders in my network marketing company who are based in Harare and Johannesburg. I thank them for leading by example. Actions do speak louder than words.
I raise my glass to the team that God blessed me with in my network marketing business. It is part of the beauty of our industry that by introducing a few of my friends to an amazing concept, I now have a family of several hundred, spread out in nine different countries. I look forward to the day I am going to meet each of you face to face.
Finally I appreciate my family: my four sons Jabulani, Bongani, Anele and Sibusiso (my once Little Blessings), my mom (a pillar of strength) and my brother Dingi and his wife Viola (my American ATMs when the need arose) and God Almighty (without whom I would not exist).
True Blessings Defined
For everyone, I pray for blessings in 2015. Blessings are not synonymous with a smooth, problem free life.
Blessings are going through life knowing that through the challenges, there is an all-knowing, all-powerful God who cares and who will iron out what is beyond my strength and understanding.
Blessings are also knowing that through the challenges you have a cloud of friends and family who will surround you and support you and do all that they can to prop you up physically and in spirit.
Blessings are having the inner strength to keep going towards the mark that you desire for yourself and your loved ones without being intimidated by your circumstances or the opinions of others.
To you reading this article, may blessings pursue you and overtake you into 2015 (Deuteronomy 28: 1-14)
Tomorrow I will share with you the formula that I use to set my success blue print of the year ahead. Use it to plan for 2015. There is still time to plan and pray over your road map for this new year.
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Nomusa is a devoted mother of four sons. A professional water resources consultant with a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management, she has mastered the art of mindset shifting and integrating her conventional professional training with becoming a successful network marketing business owner.