I have been a consultant now for 4 years. I am entering my 5th year. I have never had what you would call a steller year. First and foremost you must know that I work a full time job besides doing Pampered Chef and I average 45 to 50 hours a week. I found out something interesting though. I have mentioned this in the past but I will say it again, the only thing standing in your way of getting what you want out of this business, is you! I myself found out that it is a very true statement. I set goals, I dreamed big but nothing ever seemed to happen the way I wanted it to go. Or so I thought. It happened exactly the way I planned it to happen because what I had really planned for was everyone to come to me asking to have parties and for all my hosts to know what to do to get great sales without help from me. Like that's really gonna work!! Goals are great but you MUST do the leg work involved in getting there. Dreams are wonderful too but you MUST close your eyes after the dream and form a plan. Nothing will happen if you do nothing. Now I am not saying that a mircle occured or that I had a major epiphany but I did get an eye opening of sorts. I had shows planned for November. I had a goal in mind but wasn't really prepared or willing to do the leg work as far as host coaching went. But, I knew I wanted something. I did set aside time to make phone calls to past hosts and a few past customers and to my current hosts. (Leg work! It was like "Oh my gosh, I got off my butt, (so to speak as I was on the phone), and did something to insure my success!") I had a $1600.00 plus show and I had a few others for a total of $2258.00 in sales for November. Did I like that feeling. I actually planned something, phone calls and what not, and did the leg work, I made the phone calls, and I got exactly what I really wanted out of my business!! I then decided that I was going to MAKE the December sales quota for the first level Spring/Summer samples. I made my calls and did what I needed to do. I ended up with a total of $1243.00 in sales. I made my quota not to mention a decent commision. What was really neat was that I was able to actually purchase the Christmas Gift I wanted to get for my other half. I was able to get an Apple I-Pod Mini! And I had money left over to take us out to a really nice, (bucco $$), dinner!! All this time I was booking January shows too. I must confess here that one person did just come to me a drop a show in my lap but I had to work at the other three! I ended up having 4 shows booked. I made the $2500.00 quota to get what I wanted, the half off conference credit, the Italian Bracelet and the charm for January. And I will end up with a nice $627.00 commission check. Now, I have NOT gotten off the phone and I have not stopped talking up shows. I am taking it easy in February in order to clean my basement. I want to move my currently shared office down there so I can have my own space. So I can do more leg work and more planning!! I have 2 shows in February - I still want the February charm for the bracelet!!! I have 4 shows for March which was a bit of a trick as I have to work around the last weekend as it is Easter Sunday. But I got 4 shows. I want one more and am pretty sure I have it but not quite written in stone. (I have to keep telling myself not to drop the ball and call, call, call!) I also am booking April already. I also have a show booked in July with a host who had a show on a Saturday January 23rd. A day on which it snowed so much that I could not get out of the neighborhood I live in until 10:00 p.m. so I spent the night - about an hour - on the phone doing my consultantly duties over the air!!! She closed at $471.00!! So my year is going well. I just have to keep up the leg work and the planning. The ultimate goal here, to hit the $25,000.00 by October 31st to get the anniversary charm. And to prove I can do it and that I am the only thing holding back my business. Oh, on top of this I have two recruit propsects!! So I may be a future director again!! The business story here in a nut shell is very simple, make sure of what you want, and do something about getting there. It will only happen if you let it. And just a side note: if you work for it too! Never, never, never expect anything but nothing if you do nothing. I can speak from experince, IT WON"T HAPPEN!!!!