Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Second Half of Year Success

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Throwback Thursday is about succeeding…The picture was taken at one of my early Celebrate and Connect meetings.  These are bi-monthly meetings that I am honored to be able to host as a Director with Thirty One.  This AMAZING group of women came to learn how to be successful in their business.  I love that I can call many of these women friends, today.  We are more than just a purse thing!


Can you believe it?  I was a little overwhelmed when I saw this picture of the end of the year dates.  What kind of year have you had?  Honestly, mine has been filled with challenges.  I’m not going to sugar coat things, I have struggled in many areas of my life.  I have talked about starting over, hitting reset and doing things differently.  The truth is, I fall back into the same mindset.  What I realized is that as much as I dislike structure, I need it for my business.  I don’t just mean office hours, I mean a daily check list of things to do.  A daily push to step out of my comfort zone and be accountable.

That being said, I found some great tips courtesy of JulieAnn Jones to ensure that we achieve the goals that we set at the beginning of the year.  I want to challenge you to take a few hours and to look at your own business (or life).  Okay, if not a few hours at least some time to work through the lists.

The first step is to assess where you are, I don’t mean the should of, would of, could of things.  Let’s evaluate our results to date – the GOOD things.

List #1 – Write down all that you’ve accomplished so far this year and celebrate your successes! Way to go!

List #2 – Write down everything you still want to accomplish before the end of the year and create a plan for getting there.

List #3 – Make a list (as long as you can) of every single thing for which you’re grateful up to this point in 2015.

Focus on that gratitude for at least a few minutes every day for the rest of the year.  I actually have an alarm on my phone that rings and asks me “What are you grateful for today?”.  Some days, I sit and write it out; other days, I just speak it out to the universe.  It is important for me to stay positive.  Yes, I squirreled!

Back to the lists…. Now, that you know what you have accomplished up to this point, let’s look at where you want to be before December 31st. You are going to make three more lists for this:

List #4 – What did you plan to accomplish at the beginning of the year that you’ve haven’t gotten done yet? Make a list of at least three to five concrete goals.

List #5 – What ACTION steps can you begin to consistently take RIGHT NOW and for the rest of the year that will bring about those goals (be SPECIFIC)?

List #6 – What obstacles might get in the way of you taking those actions and how can you avoid them? Planning ahead can make a HUGE difference in your results.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, find a new job, book parties, sell a certain amount of products or grow your team – by writing these lists, you will be able to set a plan in motion to help you reach your goals.

What did your evaluation and plan look like at this mid-way point? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Nutritional Cleansing

My Saturday Spotlight has been on products that I personally endorse but today has just a slight twist.  I met Michelle Antonucci Smith because we have a common desire to give back to the community.  She is running a Zumbathon today to help raise funds for a local family and I wanted to help.

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While we were talking, we shared our weight loss journey with each other.  Michelle has been a Zumba instructor for about 4 years. Here is her story:

When I first started teaching I was about 35 lbs. overweight. It bothered me that I was supposed to be setting an example of being healthy and students were coming to my class to get fit and I was overweight. I felt that I should be setting a better example. I decided to try a Nutritional Cleansing Program in September of 2012. It has changed my life in many ways. It’s changed me physically – I lost 35 lbs. It has increased my energy levels tremendously. Finally and most importantly it has given me freedom from Yo Yo Dieting. I have tried every diet plan out there. I have finally learned how to live a healthy lifestyle and no other program has made me feel this good. I am stronger than I have ever been, filled with positive energy, surrounded by uplifting people, and sharing in opportunities I didn’t think were possible. The best part is that I am now part of a team helping so many others reach their fitness and weight loss goals and living a healthier lifestyle. This change is possible for everyone!

The thing that really touched my heart was Michelle’s You Tube video.  During this video she talks about her Dad and her why.  Please make sure that you watch it by clicking HERE

If you want to hear more about Nutritional Cleansing, you can contact Michelle directly on Facebook or via email at  Want to attend any of her Zumba classes find her schedule on  Here are her before and after pictures….


Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!