I’d like to take a moment to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year! Regardless of what corner of our ACN world you call home – whether it’s here with us in North America, just south of us in Latin America, across the pond in Europe, Australia or Korea, or are joining us from our newest country in Japan, I think we can all agree it truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
A time when we surround ourselves with family and friends, a time to reflect on the past year and a time to look ahead to the New Year with anticipation! While I believe Christmas means something unique to each and every one of us, I am certain that to everyone, regardless of your beliefs, the holidays represent a time of peace, hope and new beginnings.
In fact, peace, hope and new beginnings accurately describe how I am feeling about ACN right now. I am more at peace with the ACN of today than ever before. 2016 was a transformational year for ACN around the world – and I assure you it will be a year that will go down in our history books as one of our most important years. We welcomed Japan as our 25th country, we introduced Flash Mobile in Mexico, it was a banner year in Australia with expectations being exceeded in every way, Europe and North America streamlined and simplified their product offerings, and Korea established a solid foundation of leadership. Everything we did in ACN worldwide in 2016 was dedicated to building and solidifying foundations. And the foundation of ACN today is stronger than ever before.
And certainly I’m more hopeful for the future of ACN in 2017 than any of our previous years, because everything we did in 2016 was designed to propel us forward as a company in 2017. Yet even more importantly, I’m hopeful for the future for each of you as well. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the year, reconnecting with leaders and meeting so many new faces, and I believe we’ve never had a more committed group of people making up the ACN family. The vision is clear, the leadership is strong and the future is brighter than ever before.
Lastly, we will experience many new beginnings in 2017 – our 25th year of business. As we stand at the dawn of our silver anniversary year in 2018, to me, it feels as if ACN is just getting started. I’ve never been more excited or had more anticipation for the start of a new year than I do at this very moment. You heard it here first – 2017 will be the year everything transforms for ACN – it will be a year we will never forget.
For myself and the other Co-Founders, 2016 is merely a stepping-stone – to a better, stronger ACN in 2017. Will you allow it to be a stepping-stone for you as well? Regardless of whether this was a banner year for you or, one you thought would be more productive – it doesn’t matter. 2017 is laid out before you – it’s up to you to craft it any way you choose. Remember, the harvest may be plenty but the workers are few. The ACN harvest is bigger, brighter and more promising than ever before. It’s up to you to go to work and reap those rewards for yourself, your family and your future.
Close out this year strong, and greet the dawn of the New Year with a grateful heart for everything that has occurred and for what you’ve accomplished in 2016 – and set your sights on an extraordinary 2017. This is the most exciting time in our history. With ACN, you have the opportunity to do something truly extraordinary – and the success story you write is up to you.
I wish you peace, hope and new beginnings in 2017 and beyond. God Bless you and your families.