This guy’s little 6-year old started the day with “You know what would be great?” And he proceeded to tell everyone how great it would be to all pile into the car and go to breakfast before school and work.
Before you knew it, this little guy had everyone practically tasting the pancakes… And the parents, who previously wouldn’t have given it even the most remote consideration to such an idea on a school or work morning pretty soon had the kids in the car. Off they went for a fun breakfast.
Now, that particular essay has absolutely nothing to do with MY essay today. But, it inspired it. It inspired it by having me ask myself, “You know what would be great??”
Then, I thought of the cool things that would be great.
Along came a few more ideas… and then some more.
Well, one thing led to another, and I traced some “You know what would be great” ideas back to a different source. That of taking action.
So once again, I find myself on this topic! I hope you’ll join me over at You Know What Would Be Great? Another Essay On Taking Action here at the Entrepreneurial Strategies section of the site.
Now, you do not have to be an entrepreneur to get something out of this. I think that the words are true for any situation.
I hope you enjoy my latest thoughts – and please add your own when you’re done reading!
I just received the book “The Procrastination Cure” by Jeffery Combs. I was contacted by the folks over at Career Press, and they asked if I’d have a look at this new book, and since the topic of procrastination is something I’m sure my readers are well aware of, I decided to have a look. Also, the long-time career coach in me can’t resist this topic or this publisher!
Anyway, this is just a VERY quick post to let you know that I have received the book, and have just begun to read it.
Right at the get-go, in the first chapter, “An Overview of Procrastination,” something instantly caught my eye. Jeffery talks about something called the “electronic income reducer” – aka, television (you weren’t really surprised, were you?)
That short passage about the things that tend to encourage procrastination – or, should I really say, encourage putting off ACTIVITY that furthers our lives – made me think of a few other things in that category. Although Jeffery Combs doesn’t mention it directly in his “Overview…” I would add the following to his list of “income reducers.”
=> Liquid Income Reducers (drinking too much)
=> Emotional Income Reducers (worrying or incorrect thinking that paralyzes the ability to take action)
=>Physical Income Reducers (“getting ready to get ready” – sharpening pencils, tidying up the desk, cleaning the house on a sudden urge rather than take action…)
Of course this is very simplistic, but I wanted to mention it since reading the “Overview of Procrastination” jarred my mind on it.
And, I thought about writing about this “at some point…” but then I realized I was, in fact, procrastinating. Why not seize the day today?
And so I did… (*****UPDATE!!!!!!****** SEE BELOW!!!!!)
Until next time… 🙂 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
******UPDATE!!!!!!*******UPDATE!!!!!!****** News Flash!!!!! I FINALLY finished the book, AND I just wrote my guts out over my experiences with it… If you care to read the full story – Here it is: INTRODUCTION to my Review of “The Procrastination Cure – 7 Steps to Stop Putting Life Off (includes some background)……
In my Healthy Living Tips section of the website today, I felt compelled to write a rather personal article based on something I just read in The Diet Solution Program by Isabel De Los Rios.
Today, my little “epiphany” if you want to call it that, has to do with alcohol. Booze. Spirits. Call it what you will – but after you read what I learned from Isabel, you may be more inclined to call it “poison.”
First of all, please note: I have NOT been paid by Isabel De Los Rios to read OR write anything about The Diet Solution Program.
Furthermore, you need to know that as a result of what I have personally learned from the book, I have now put links here in the site so that if you should decide to grab a copy through my link, I will get a commission for selling the book. If you do decide to buy it through my link, I would like to thank you, with deep appreciation. Hey, a couple of bucks here and a couple there… I am thankful!
But, with all that said, this one is pretty personal.
I don’t go around just finding out what OTHERS say about a book – although, I have to say that sometimes when someone recommends one to me, or if I see enough positive reviews on one, it might sway me to buy it myself and read it.
And I had seen enough of what other people HONESTLY say about Isabel and her work to convince me to go ahead and read the book and see what it has to say.
If you read my earlier account from this summer, about my initial experience with Isabel De Los Rios and The Diet Solution Program you’ll soon find out that some of what I knew intuitively was validated. You can read that account here.
So… Back to the Topic at Hand…
This topic is important enough, in my mind, to give it its own page here on the website rather than in the blog section. It’s all about the effects of alcohol on the mind and body – of critical importance for anyone who REALLY wants to move forward along the path of self development.
And so, if you DO happen to be interested in the healthy living tips I offer here, and even if you aren’t in the market for help in releasing extra or unwanted weight, you may find this to be enlightening. You may have already known this about alcohol, but if you didn’t, read on!
Please Click Here to Read my Article: Helpful But Scary Stuff ala Isabel De Los Rios and The Diet Solution Program
Talk about motivation and healthy living tips! Thanks to the new Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce, who lost more than 100 pounds the old fashioned way (i.e. by exercise and eating right – remember my post “Eat Less…Move More?” )
Whenever South Carolina makes the news, I tend to pay attention because I’ve spent three winters in the Myrtle Beach area of that beautiful and friendly state (Yes, indeed… Southern Hospitality is alive and well!).
And, of course my readers know that I’m into all things Self Development – whether it’s about Career, Spirituality, Motivation, Inspiration, or Healthy Living Tips that I love to learn from others and share.
So, when I saw a piece on the internet today about the new Miss South Carolina, Bree Boyce and her platform to promote healthy living, I knew I needed to read all about it. (NOTE: I had originally embedded the interview from MSN’s Today – but the embed code didn’t keep the story. After you read the highlights of this interview, scroll down and you’ll find another great interview I found on YouTube for you.)
What an inspiration! Not to mention courage to go out and tell the whole world (with pictures) about her journey from about 234 rather unhealthy pounds to about 124 pounds of fit and healthy happy human! “It’s not about a number on a scale or the size of your pants…It’s about being a size ‘Healthy’, and loving yourself, and having that self worth…”
In an interview on TV, the host asked Bree Boyce, “Part of (your) story is what turned the knob…what made you change into what you’ve become – a healthy, focused woman… What was the thought?”
Bree Boyce responds, “I had so many dreams and aspirations for myself…and I knew that being so unhealthy I could not accomplish any of those dreams. So by changing my lifestyle completely, I did a 180…and it has been completely amazing, and I’m just so excited…”
She explains that she works out 2-3 hours a day before a competition, and 30-60 minutes a day for a lifestyle. Her food choices have changed from fatty foods (she was a self confessed junk foodie), to nutritious foods including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats… She says she educated herself about what she was eating and how it was fueling her body. (For a nutritionist’s view on healthy eating, visit the new “Beyond Diet” book here where Isabel is adamant about a healthy lifestyle versus “dieting.”)
One thing that I find very inspiring about Bree Boyce is how she responds to the interviewer who discusses going out there in “pretty much a piece of Spandex” for the swim suit competition. Bree says she did not think of anyone else – only herself.
She thought only about how hard she had worked, and how many people she hoped to inspire as a result.
The interviewer asks Bree Boyce what she might say to others to offer some inspiration. Bree responds, “Whatever it is in life that you want to do, it takes hard work. There’s no secret…” She emphasizes again that it hard work…determination…perseverence.
If this sounds like nothing new or out of the ordinary, you’re right. It’s just one more person who has met with success by following a proven and successful blueprint. No “magic bullet.” No new rabbits being pulled out of any new type of fancy hat. What has worked for countless others in the past and today will also work for countless others in the future.
So, if you want a bit of inspiration for that “healthy living tips” section of your self development plan, have a look at Bree Boyce, a most inspirational Miss South Carolina, and understand that whatever challenges you or I might have, there’s something we can do about them. Also, if you are of a mind to do so, I suggest reading about “Beyond Diet”by Isabel De Los Rios – a nutritionist who honestly makes more sense than any “diet guru” possibly could. Actually, you can read an article I wrote about my own interesting experience with The Diet Solution that I started reading. You can see the article here => “My Take on The Diet Solution (now known as “Beyond Diet”)” by Isabel De Los Rios.
How much effort we put into our dreams and goals depends largely on how badly we want something. If you take a look at Bree’s journey and results, you’ll quickly see that she wanted to experience her dreams VERY intensely.
How badly do you want your own dreams to come true? If this doesn’t inspire you to go for your dreams, I don’t know what will! 🙂 Thanks for reading! Hope it helped motivate you…
Folks, as you probably know, I am very involved in internet marketing – and I am especially interested in spreading HIGH QUALITY information when it comes to internet marketing education.
In fact, I have been receiving numerous requests to bring more “self development for entrepreneurs” to the site – and I cannot ignore my readers’ requests!
As it turns out, over the last 6 or 8 months, I have become acquainted with a gentleman by the name of Jared Elvidge. Now, until I was in a course with Jared, I honestly had not heard his name before in the internet marketing education circles.
But, anyone who is a serious student of internet and affiliate marketing will soon be VERY aware of Jared.
Jared is not some self-proclaimed “marketing guru.” In fact, I’m guessing that when he reads this post – which he will! – he will proabably ask me to not even USE that term in the same paragraph with his name. 🙂 But, we’ve all heard the term.
With Jared’s permission, I posed a LOT of questions over the course of a few months. I had become so enamoured of his professionalism, helpfulness toward EVERYONE who reaches out to him, his integrity (there’s that word again! I must have people of integrity in my life), his values, and his genuine nature – that I just had to get to know him better.
As I did, I felt an impossible-to-ignore desire to write about him.
Please join me in my journey… The series of interviews I am about to share with you is quite lengthy. It’s in 5 parts, actually. I just could not cut anything out.
As you get to know and learn from Jared, you will soon find out why he is sure to become one of our most beloved internet marketing education professionals.
Please continue to the article here => Internet Marketing Education – and Integrity in Business and Life: Jared Elvidge
Because, let’s face it – if we were all 100% successful achieving our goals and objectives 100% of the time, WHY are there so many books, audios, seminars, workshops, programs, products, potions, and lotions on the market today?
Because, it makes sense to say that we SOMETIMES FAIL at reaching our goals.
Now… that does NOT mean we are “failures.” I think it’s safe to say that there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between EXPERIENCING a failure and BEING a failure.
It’s kind of like taking a test in school. If you don’t do well in ONE test, that doesn’t mean you fail the entire course. Naturally, we could go on about this, and agree that if you continue to fail every test… well, you probably WILL fail the course. 🙂
But that does NOT mean YOU are a failure.
There are a lot of reasons why people fail to achieve specific goals or objectives. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that there was an entire library of books on the subject. Right off the top of my head, I can think of a few reasons why I, myself, have failed at reaching a few goals in my life:
- I THOUGHT I really wanted the goal, but it turned out I didn’t…
- I lost momentum after a “failure…”
- I felt I lacked the skill…
- I felt I didn’t have the support I needed…
And it could go on. If you are honest with yourself, you should be able to ASK YOURSELF: “Why am I not making the type of progress I want to make?” And after you ask yourself – quiet your mind and LISTEN to what your heart says. It could be any number of reasons. Oftentimes, our “reasons” are more “excuses” than actual reasons.
I’m intrigued by this topic, and am going to be writing more about it in the future. I feel it is a fairly complicated topic, and certainly don’t mean to gloss over it with a platitude such as “Oh, You can do it! I know you can!” There HAS to be more to achieving goals than that.
For starters, I just wrote a bit more on what I feel is one of the BIG reasons why we sometimes fail to achieve goals and objectives at my article here => Do You Ever Fail to Achieve Goals and Objectives? Please read it, and let me know what YOU think!
In the meantime, I’ll be exploring this more in future posts, because I really think it’s an important subject for anyone honestly working towards personal development.
Ok everyone! You know that I want to put my money where my mouth is… I gave you a real life example of following my own advice when it comes to setting goals and objectives in my blog post about “Setting Goals and Objectives using the Mantis Rototiller as an Example” last week.
****Well, I wanted to give you an update.****
You saw that I did not hit my target on my 5th objective, which was:” Build a Squidoo Lens about small garden tillers and add Amazon links to it. Target Completion Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011.”
Well, I’m here to tell you that I have completed that objective
No, not on February 24th – I completed it on Saturday, February 27, 2011.
Yes, I realize that I did not hit the target date – but you know what? That objective was staring me in the face, and I need to account not only to you, my readers, but to MYSELF.
Having that objective WRITTEN and IN FRONT of me pushed me forward.
And I have to tell you, I had an absolute BLAST writing that Squidoo lens. Actually, if you want to read it, you’ll see that I had a little TOO much fun with it since now we have weiner dogs (aka dachshunds) and videos of “The Garden Song” in the mix.
So, I invite you to see the results of my ACTION that I took on that objective. I hope it puts a smile on your face as well. Enjoy it here => Mantis Rototillers, Weiner Dogs, AND The Garden Song.
I hope you can see that setting goals and objectives – and taking action on them – doesn’t need to be a brutal or painful process. After all, if we’re making progress, we should be feeling good about it, right? Something to think about. 🙂
Again, please pop on over to the Squidoo lens and I hope it makes you smile => Mantis Rototillers, Weiner Dogs, and The Garden Song
See you all soon! Thanks for reading.
Just a quick post about internet marketing education ala Chris Farrell. He’s the best. Hands down.
Frankly, I had never even heard of Chris Farrell before this past August. Iwas going along merrily, marketing my various websites – marketing cheap discount kids clothes at the time, and writing about resort vacations (which John & I love).
At the time, I had been marketing online for 3 years, and was seeing some excellent results and progress. My sites were growing in popularity and rank. But I also realized that I needed to take my businesses to the next level. And I had also been wanting to launch additional sites offering Self Development and Growth resources, since this is a topic very dear to my heart.
It was around then that my search for additional marketing materials brought Chris Farrell and his internet marketing education services to my attention. I spent hours watching and learning from a wealth of free materials that Chris offers through his membership site (which you can access here => Chris Farrell Internet Marketing Education at www.YourInternetBasedBusiness.com)
Chris taught me strategies that frankly I had never even considered – for example, the importance of using Facebook marketing, relationship marketing, etc. I can honestly say that if it had not been for Chris Farrell, I would not be typing in my Self Development and Growth blog now. I would not have written the Personal Goal Planning Strategies guide that I sell at Self Development Strategies.
Chris Farrell has opened my eyes to a whole new level of internet marketing education that I had been previously unaware of. That’s the reason I decided to put an Internet Marketing Education section here at Self Development and Growth – because I’m sure that many other people who are interested in Personal Development are also the type of person who looks to venture into earning additional money online.
So, for those of you who are interested in this topic, please be sure to check out the articles I’m posting at the Internet Marketing Education section – and you can read a little bit more about Chris Farrell at my article here => Internet Marketing Education with Chris Farrell.
Thanks for reading! And Chris, if you are reading this: THANK YOU! 🙂
My long-time readers know how much I emphasize the importance of setting goals and objectives. Or, if you prefer, you can call it setting targets – some people just don’t like the word “goal.” 🙂
Well, this particular post is a bit off the beaten path in that the goals and objectives I’m going to share with you are not related to self development. BUT… What this post will clearly illustrate is how:
1) I practice what I preach in my Personal Goal Setting Strategies Guide, and
2) anyone can write clear and concise goals and objectives for nearly any endeavor.
Also, if you are a long-time reader, you know that I feel that most people get stuck right at the get-go – primarily, I believe, because they don’t know the difference between a goal and an objective. I’ve written extensively about this in my Goal Planning Strategies Guide, as well as in numerous articles online.
(If you would like your own copy of my Goal Planning Strategies Guide, you can buy it at =>Personal Goal Planning Strategies at Self Development Strategies )
Rather than go into the whole long explanation of the difference between goals and objectives here, let’s just do a quick recap since you can read about that in depth in the Personal Goal Planning Strategies Guide. In a nutshell:
=> Goals = the broad view or “big picture.”
=> Objectives = the measurable steps you take to achieve your goals.
Because of some positive results I have seen from this activity, I decided to share my own latest activity and results of setting goals and objectives from the last week.
So, there I was, thinking about gardening, and THAT thought got me thinking about our garden (which is currently under snow at this time). Then, my mind wandered to how soft the earth would be when we got home in May, and how that will be the perfect time to get it ready for the garden.
And THAT got me thinking about our small garden tiller – The Mantis Rototiller/Cultivator that we’ve had for at least 10 years. 🙂
And THAT got me thinking that this would be the time of year when people would be getting ready to BUY a Mantis Rototiller/Cultivator, and THAT got me thinking, “Hmmm… I wonder if I could sell a few of these on some of my websites.”
So, I went over to Amazon.com and sure enough, there were several Mantis Rototillers for sale. I decided to go for it. BUT, first I needed a strategy.
Here is what I came up with:
GOAL: To market the Mantis Rototiller/Cultivator
a. Make a dedicated blog so that I can place content and ads about Mantis Rototillers/Cultivators. Target Completion Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
b. Place Amazon links for Mantis Rototillers/Cultivators for sale on the blog. Target Completion Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
c. Write article about Mantis Rototillers/Cultivators for sale and publish at eZineArticles.com. Target Completion Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
d. Build a “small garden tiller” page on one of my websites (that I owned at the time), and add Mantis links to that page. Target Completion Date: Monday, February 21, 2011
e. Build a Squidoo Lens (which was a “page” in Squidoo-speak – but in 2014, Squidoo was sold to HubPages, and so that’s where the article is now) about small garden tillers and add Amazon links to it. Target Completion Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
How do you think I did? 🙂
Actually, I did quite well – although I did not hit my target dates. Here’s how I measured up:
a. (Make dedicated blog) = I got the Mantis Rototillers for Sale blog up and running on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. (One day off, but at least I got it out there)
b. (Place Amazon links on blog) = Also completed Wednesday, February 16, 2011
c. (Write article for eZineArticles.com) = Completed Wednesday, February 16, 2011, but it didn’t go “live” until Friday, February 18, 2011.
d. (Build “small garden tiller” page on a website) = Completed new “small garden tillers” page on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 (a couple of days late)
e. (Build a Squidoo Lens) = Not yet complete – probably won’t get that done until Thursday 2/24 or Friday 2/25. (Remember, 2015: It’s now at HubPages.com)
As a result of this activity list, I was able to MEASURE my progress. Something else it did for me was make me realize that there were other aspects to the goal that I had NOT written a plan for – namely, researching the viability of whether or not I could actually COMPETE with others in selling Mantis Rototillers/Cultivators! 🙂
Fortunately, I did do research to make sure I wasn’t going to waste my time – but because I hadn’t PLANNED on that activity in my step-by-step plan, and determined it would be a good use of my time.
So, here you can see from my own “real life” example how I used the process of setting goals and objectives – and it really started with knowing the difference between goals and objectives to begin with. 🙂
Hopefully, seeing how I applied the knowledge to get a commercial campaign up and running fairly quickly will help you as well.
(PS: Because I market on line for a living, I did add a section here at Self Development And Growth that talks about Internet Marketing Education and Strategies that may be helpful as well. For example, you can read about my experiences with Chris Farrell, who has a #1 voted internet marketing education service. To read the article click on => Internet Marketing Education with Chris Farrell)
Do you every feel like you need help overcoming procrastination? If so, you are DEFINITELY not alone!
Please believe me when I tell you that this particular little demon has been one that I have extensive personal experience with. 🙂 My dad has also admitted to me that he procrastinates. Sometimes we joke around about it, “Never put off today what you can put off tomorrow,” or, “Seize the day, tomorrow.”
I love the tagline at www.Procrastinators.org – “Productivity is Overrated.”
But while overcoming procrastination may not be a serious issue for some – it is practically crippling for others.
Especially for those who need to produce results on deadlines, for anyone who has to reach sales or productivity quotas, for students who need to finish their homework, for the parent who promised to bake cookies for the school event, for those who are self employed … you get the idea. It can be an obstacle for just about anyone.
Sometimes, it doesn’t really seem like procrastination is all that harmful (especially when people joke about it so much…).
But consider, for a moment, being the parents who put off baking the cookies for their kids’ school event. What kind of message are the parents sending the kids?
Or, how about the self-employed entrepreneur? If you happen to be self-employed – whether it’s in a bricks and mortar business or in an internet based marketing business – you may have heard the old saying:
“The great thing about being self-employed is that no one tells you what to do. The bad thing about being self-employed is that no one tells you what to do.”
So, as it turns out, overcoming procrastination is actually rather important, isn’t it?
Again, I’m not saying that the occasional bout is anything to worry about – but if it starts getting in the way of seeing positive results in your life, guess what? Then it’s a problem or obstacle that needs to be addressed.
I came up with a couple of ideas about overcoming procrastination, and I have posted the article right here on my blog!
This is a technique I have used myself (Remember… I have needed to really work on overcoming procrastination myself !)
Have a look here => Overcoming Procrastination – An Important Key to Your Success
As always, I would love to hear YOUR ideas!