What are You Going to Achieve in 2018? Without Goals, You’re Stagnant! #inspiration #goals


2018 goals

 

Happy New Year! It’s a brand new year, full of possibilities, adventures and achievements.

 

What are you going to accomplish in 2018?

 

Looking back, I met 90% of my goals in 2017. I tried new things and met some wonderful people. I pushed myself hard and am pleasantly surprised by all that I accomplished. It’s amazing what you can do when you set high goals for yourself.

 

It’s 2018 and I have a long list of goals I want to achieve. Some of them are personal (I resolve to kiss MR N more) while some are professional (I resolve to republish POTL and write POTL 2). I’m stretching myself in ways I’ve never done before. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

 

If you’re not into New Year’s Resolutions, then sit down and write out yearly, monthly, weekly goals. I’ve learned through experience that when you have goals for yourself, you reach new heights you never thought possible. Tip: Be very specific in your goals. Don’t just say, I’m going to be healthy and lose weight. Instead say how you’re going to be healthy. My healthy goal includes drinking 64 ounces of water daily and walking four times a week.

 

What’s a goal you want to accomplish in 2018? Share below and together we all can cheer each other on!

 

MRS N

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When You Hit a Roadblock, Try a Different Path! #inspiration #motivation #ThursdayThoughts


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Are you dealing with roadblocks on your way to achieving your goals? Is frustration making you rethink your goals?

 

STOP! It’s not your goals that need a readjustment but the plan to get there needs tweaking.

 

I have certain writing goals that are taking longer than I thought to achieve. Am I feeling frustrated? Sure, but I know it’s a long road to the top and I need to keep trying new things. I keep writing my stories, blogging every day and with each baby step I learn what works and what doesn’t.

 

When I hit a roadblock, I steer myself around it and try to navigate through on the same path. If I can’t, then it’s back to the drawing board. I redraw a plan and take a different route. There’s more than one way to achieve a goal and most of the time, it take five or ten plans to make it happen.

 

Don’t get discouraged when your initial plan doesn’t work. Change the plan, not the goal. Stay motivated.

 

MRS N

Write Down Your Dreams so They Become Tangible! #inspiration #motivation #ThursdayThoughts


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Dreams are just dreams until you write them down. Once you write them down, they give birth and become goals.

 

One of the most important lesson I learned in life was the simple act of writing down my dreams. See, dreams are like air; you can’t see them yet you know they’re there. But when you write down your dreams, they become visible and tangible. Dreams, once written down, become goals and we all know about goal-setting.

 

Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith at the ripe age of 22 wrote down his dreams. He wanted to become the all-time leading rusher in the NFL. He hadn’t played one snap on the field yet he wrote it down. He kept his list with him and used it as inspiration. The result? He achieved his goal and many more.

 

My advice: write down your dreams and use the list as motivation. You have the power to make your wildest dreams come true. 

 

MRS N

Your Journey Begins With a Single Step… #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom #goals


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Are you struggling with life and feel like your dreams are out of reach?

 

Making your dreams a reality comes down to a series of single steps. Taking one step at a time, edging closer to your goals, is the most effective way to reaching your dreams. Sure, you can try to take a shortcut but in my experience, it only detours you.

 

Five years ago, if you had told me I’d be a published author and co-running an author promotions business, I wouldn’t have believed you. I would’ve told you, and I quote, “You’re freakin’ out of your mind. I’m not an entrepreneur; I can’t even balance our household budget.” It’s interesting what can happen in five years when you take it one step at a time.

 

It’s not easy, making your dreams come true. In fact, it takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, faith and sacrifices. They’ll be obstacles so high, you won’t have a clue how you’ll overcome. The key is to not pole vault to the finish line but to take it one step at a time.

 

What goals/dreams are you pursuing? Feeling worn out or discouraged? Don’t be. Instead, look at all you’ve accomplished then focus on the next step. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

 

MRS N

The Secret to Success in Life is to Have Greater Goals! #inspiration #goals #WednesdayWisdom


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How’s your yearly goals (New Year’s resolutions) going?

 

We’re five months into 2017 and I’m gaining ground on each of my goals. Here’s a recap of my 2017 goals:

 

Personal –

 

– I resolve to panic less. This is something I continue to work on. Stress tends to kick my butt and I move quickly to panic. I know, I know, I should really take my own advice. lol!

 

– I resolve to exercise four times a week.

 

– I resolve to pamper my body/skin. My body does the best it can and the older I get, the more I need to take care of it.

 

– I resolve to snuggle/kiss MR N lots. This is a fun one and something we’re both interested in. lol!

 

Professional –

 

– I resolve to increase our author promotions business by 25%.

 

– I resolve to write four times a week. My muse is kicking my butt and threatening a hunger strike if I don’t start writing again. Time to get back to writing.

 

– I resolve to leapfrog Amazon Rankings in 2017.

 

– I resolve to publish an Inspirational Thought book.

 

So, how am I doing? I’m surpassing all my personal goals with ease. It was a challenge in February to not panic due to the tax bill but MR N helped me in that area. He was the calm in the storm and I clung to him.

 

As far as professional goals, here’s an update:

 

– As of today, we’ve increased our author promotion business by 20%. I’m working really hard to expand our clientele and get the word out.

 

– I’ve been writing at least three times a week. When I was sick with that bad virus, I didn’t have the energy to write. I’m healthy once again so I am back to writing. Princess of the Light 2 is coming along nicely. I’m also writing my inspirational thought book.

 

– Part of our business model is to increase our reputation as book reviewers and so my goal of leapfrogging the Amazon Rankings was a no-brainer. Over the past five months, I’ve worked hard to climb the Amazon Rankings. I’m thrilled with the results. As a happy bonus, we’re also climbing the Goodreads Rankings. My goal is within reach and I couldn’t be more proud.

 

– I’ve been writing inspirational thoughts on this blog for several years and it’s time to publish it. I’m collecting and organizing the thoughts and I’m hopeful for a September release.

 

So, here’s the big question for you to think over today:

 

How’s your yearly goals coming along? Have you already reached it or are barely started?

 

It’s all good, either way. If you’ve already reached your yearly goals, create new ones. The journey to success, like the quote says above, is to constantly create greater goals. It stretches you as a person and you’ll be amazed by the results.

 

If you haven’t started on your goals yet, it’s not to late to get going. It’s only May and you’ve got seven months to go. Look over your goals and recommit yourself.

 

The secret to success is easier than you think. By challenging yourself with greater goals, you’re on your way to immense success. I never thought I’d be where I am today but by goal-setting and persevering, I’m successful. If I can do it, so can you!

 

How’s your yearly goals doing? Share in the comments below and let’s keep each other accountable!

 

MRS N

Happy New Year and Goal-Setting! #inspiration #NewYear2017 #goals


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“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.” –Melody Beattie

Happy New Year! 2017 is here and I, for one, am excited. It’s a brand new year and that means, new goals and new beginnings. Every year, I make a list of goals I want to accomplish, both personal and professional. Here’s my goals for 2017:
Personal –
– I resolve to panic less. This is something I continue to work on. Stress tends to kick my butt and I move quickly to panic. I know, I know, I should really take my own advice. lol!
– I resolve to exercise four times a week.
– I resolve to pamper my body/skin. My body does the best it can and the older I get, the more I need to take care of it.
– I resolve to snuggle/kiss MR N lots. This is a fun one and something we’re both interested in. lol!
Professional –
– I resolve to increase our author promotions business by 25%.
– I resolve to write four times a week. My muse is kicking my butt and threatening a hunger strike if I don’t start writing again. Time to get back to writing.
– I resolve leapfrog Amazon Rankings in 2017.
– I resolve to publish an Inspirational Thought book.
What are your goals for 2017? Share in the comments below.
2017 is going to be a fantastic year! Let’s grab ahold of it and enjoy the ride!!!
MRS N

Plans Change But Goals are Forever… #inspiration #motivation #goals


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We’re nearing the end of the 2016 and my thoughts turn to goals. I peeked at the goals I made back in January and for the most part, I’m fairly successful. Here’s my goals for 2016:

  • Build our author promotions business and gain twice as many clients as we had in 2015.
  • Love each other more than we did in 2015
  • Eat more chocolate
  • Pay down our consumer debt by increasing our payments
  • Donate more to our local food bank than we did in 2015
  • Have fun and enjoy each and every day

One other goal I had was to move up in Amazon Reviewer Rankings. I started the year over 200,000 and am proud to say I’ve moved up to just above 22,000. Sure, my original goal was to make it to being a top 1000 reviewer for Amazon.

Do I feel like a failure? No way! I just had to adjust my plan.

My goal is still the same: get to be a top 1000 reviewer on Amazon; my path getting there may take awhile longer than expected.

Has your plan to reaching your goal(s) taken a u-turn?

Don’t get discouraged. You might just have to change your plan and approach your goal(s) from a different angle. Change the plan, not the goal.

MRS N

#BookReview ~ Keep Calm and Ask On by Michael Samuels #selfhelp #goals #motivation


Keep Calm and Ask On

 

Title: Keep Calm and Ask On

Author: Michael Samuels

Genre: Self Improvement, Non-Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Hot off the heels of his international best seller “Just Ask the Universe” and his critically acclaimed follow up “The Universe-ity”, Michael Samuels returns with a fun and witty practical manual called “Keep Calm and Ask On: A No-Nonsense Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams.” With a few easy and entertaining steps, Samuels will inspire you that living the life of your dreams is not all that hard. It’s actually easier than you think. He will show you how to further develop your “I want” list to make your goals become a reality. He will also show how music and laughter are the two keys to unlocking a greater life. Samuels has studied the teachings of the greats just to pass the word around in a simple and no-frills manner. This is not some drawn-out, monotonous Law of Attraction book that only teaches you a small piece of the subconscious puzzle. The answers are here and Samuels did the research to give you the total picture with no hype or tricks. If you want something, the universe will deliver! Just remember to keep calm and ask on…

 

My Review:

I’m a big promoter of the power of positive thinking. I believe in the laws of attraction but I also believe that life is too short to be serious all the time. In his latest book, Michael Samuels shows us how to fulfill our dreams while having the time of our life.

A straight-talking narrative that reads like you’re talking to Michael while having drinks. He explains how to apply his tools and tricks laid out in his two previous books so this is a stand-alone book. It’s a quick read and packed with insightful ways to achieve your dreams… keep calm and ask on.

My favorite part of the book is where he talks about creating soundtracks for our life. Music speaks to us, whether it’s hard rock or classical, and playlists are a great way to stay motivated. I couldn’t agree more. I have several seasonal playlists but my favorite playlist to listen to in the middle of winter is my summer playlist. It motivates and focuses my attention to what I’m working on.

We’re one month into 2016 and I know many of you are struggling with your resolutions/goals. Keep Calm and Ask On will refocus your attention to those yearly goals. A must read for anyone looking to make changes in your life and making your dreams a reality.

Like Michael states, keep calm and ask on.

 

Favorite Quote:

“Nothing in life comes easy because if it did, it would be boring. Victory is only sweet when we sweat.”

 

My Rating: 5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Keep-Calm-Ask-No-Nonsense-Fulfilling-ebook/dp/B00LP3U14Q

 

Author Biography:

With a degree in English, a second degree in Finance, and a Masters in Business Administration, Michael Samuels has attracted everything into his life because he followed successful people and their thought ideologies. His first book ‘Just Ask the Universe’ is ranked 4th in the world under Spiritual on Amazon and has sold over 100,000 copies. His second book ‘The Universe-ity’ won Best Self-Help book for 2013 Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. Michael lives in New York with his wife and two children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.samuelsbooks.com

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

What’s Your BHAG? #goals #inspiration #motivation


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What’s your BHAG? 

I bet you’re scratching your head, thinking I’ve joined some weird gang or something.

BHAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal

I ran across this acronym while reading my fellow blogger, Joanne Sisco, latest blog post yesterday.

What’s my BHAG? Do I even have one?

When I do goal-setting for myself I usually create several small goals I want to meet over the course of a year. But it’s been a long time since I set a big goal for myself. In fact, the last one was when I was fifteen years old.

My BHAG was to be a published author. I achieved this more than two decades later. It was definitely a BHAG.

I thought about it for a second and then it hit me. I knew what my BHAG was going to be but then I hesitated. Could I share it with my followers? Would they think less of me? Was it even worth talking about? Insecurity wracked my brain.

Later yesterday afternoon, I got a response from Joanne. She wanted to know more. So, I made the decision to expose myself and share my BHAG.

My Big Hairy Audacious Goal is to be a Top 100 Amazon Reviewer. 

I’m working hard to establish myself as a professional book reviewer under my pen name, N. N. Light. I have a reputation of being an honest, insightful reviewer and my goal is to be an Amazon Top 100 Reviewer.

What about you? What’s your BHAG? 

Setting seemingly impossible goals allows us the step outside our comfort zone and reach for the stars. Like the quote above, to keep moving forward in life, we have to constantly make greater goals for ourselves. The impossible turns possible with a leap of faith.

I’m going for it… are you?

MRS N

What Inspires You? #inspiration #inspirationalthought


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What inspires you?

Every morning, as I’m getting out of bed, I think how lucky I am and I give thanks to the Universe. I’m living the life I’ve always wanted, married to a man who loves me unconditionally and I couldn’t be happier.

January is the month of resolutions, healthy eating and exercise, not to mention cold weather.

If you resolved to get in shape and exercise more, take my advice and write down one sentence that will motivate you.

The day will come when you’re exhausted, the weather is nasty and the lure to skip a workout will be a siren call to you. Instead of giving in, read your motivational sentence and be inspired.

This will become your mantra and it works for more than resolutions. Brainstorm and discover your inspiration. Trust me, it works.

Inspiration is all around you; you have to reach out and grab it. Find your inspiration and let it be your beacon of light.

MRS N

2016: It’s a Brand New Year! #inspiration #resolutions #MondayBlogs


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Happy New Year, everyone! I’m back from vacation and ready to tackle 2016.

Every new year, millions of people around the world make resolutions. 

Do you?

I used to make impossible resolutions and by March, I’d given up on them. I felt horrible about myself, calling myself a failure. Truth is, I wasn’t the failure; the resolutions were.

So now, I create yearly goals for myself. I make sure they are possible to achieve. This year, MR N and I have the following goals for 2016:

  • Build our author promotions business and gain twice as many clients as we had in 2015.
  • Love each other more than we did in 2015
  • Eat more chocolate
  • Pay down our consumer debt by increasing our payments
  • Donate more to our local food bank than we did in 2015
  • Have fun and enjoy each and every day

Goals don’t have to be serious, as you can see from the chocolate one. lol!

What are your goals for the year? If you’d like to share in the comments below, I’d love to hear them.

2016 is going to be a great year! We (MR N and I) hope your 2016 is filled with new experiences, love, laughter and may your dreams become reality. Dreams really do come true… we’re proof of that. 😀

MRS N

Goals are the Road Map to Your Dream Life #inspiration #motivation #goals


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What are your goals in life?

Many of us make goals/resolutions at the beginning of the year.

How’s that going for you?

For me, it’s going pretty good. I just published my second book in two years. I’m healthier now than when I was at the start of the year. I launched a small business and am happy.

Setting goals is a great way to make your dreams come true. It’s not too late to start a new goal.

Today, write down 1-5 goals you’d like to achieve. They can be short-term or long-term. Keep this handy so you can look at it many times a day.

Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.

MRS N

Don’t Ever Be Afraid to Dream Too Big #inspiration #motivation #goals


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Are your dreams too big?

Mine aren’t.

I learned a long time ago that I can do anything and be anyone, no matter what the critics say.

Did I ever think I was going to be happily married, a published author and wake up every day excited to see what happens?

No!

Growing up, I thought I was probably going to end up alone, unhappy and miserable.

When I turned thirty, I was still single and working in a bookstore. I decided to make changes and the first thing I did was create a list of goals (both short and long-term). I told myself that anything was possible. They included:

Meet future husband and get married

Write a book

Get published

Travel

Wake up every morning happy

Looking back on the list, I’m impressed that I have completed all my goals. So, it’s time for a new list of goals.

I’m dreaming HUGE and you should too!

Nothing is impossible. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve it.

MRS N

Setting Goals for the Road Map of Life #Goals #Inspirationalthought #MondayBlogs


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December is here and boy, 2014 has flown by! I was looking through my planner and I happen to spot my yearly goals. I looked it over and surprisingly I have met most of my goals!

What are you goals for 2014?

I love making goals and then pursuing them. I learned a long time ago that if you make goals, no matter how far fetched they may seem at the time, your life will unfold in the most amazing ways!

Read this quote again and ask yourself, “Am I setting goals for myself and going after the life I want?”

It’s not too late. Think about what you would like to achieve in the month of December and then make a plan to make it happen! You’re the only one who can do it and the only roadblock too.

I believe in you and you can do it!

What are your goals for the month of December?

Here are a few of mine:

– Relax and enjoy the Christmas season. Last year, it was crazy-busy and I didn’t stop to enjoy it.

– Get at least two editing clients for the new year.

– Blog at least three times a week about writing/editing.

– Try at least four new Christmas baking recipes.

C’Mon and share in the comments below.

Have a wonderful December!

MRS N aka N. N. Light