Category Archives: Motivation/Inspiration

Need Help Setting Goals?

As you know, at the end of December I posted my online goals for 2010. I set goals every year, whether they’re big or low expectation goals. I truly believe that if one doesn’t set goals, then they have nothing to look forward to or to try to achieve. I know it’s not a universal belief, but that’s mine.

I also recognize that when it comes down to it, many people have absolutely no idea how to set goals, or any kind of idea towards a process which might help them set goals. I do it often, not relying only on the goals I put on this blog and my other two blogs, because there has to be some measurable goals that I know I can hit if I persevere. Whenever you achieve something, it inspires you to try to achieve something else.

Just today, for instance, I went to a goal setting retreat. A friend of mine was holding it at his house, and invited a number of people over to participate in the process. His eventual plan is to create something he’ll be able to market. As we went through the process over just over 4 hours, it was fun and enlightening to share each others goals and to find ways to articulate just what it is that we all hope to do for 2010 and further into the future. That’s actually a good way to go with goal setting, in a group, as long as no one in the group is either a downer or dominates the entire process.

Anyway, back to you. I have two things for you that you can decide to download that might help you plan your goals. The first I posted previously here, which are some goals worksheets you can download that were created by Paul Myers of TalkBiz News. The second I just uploaded from my own stash, which are a different set of goals worksheets. This download is only one file, though it has 34 pages; the other has multiple files.

Take your pick, or download both and choose which one you think works better for you. Go ahead, dream, and dream big; we have things to do, places to go, and money to make (yeah, I changed it up). Success, everyone!

Goal-Pro 6.0 Goal-Setting Software






Yes We Can Be A-List Success Stories

The other day, I read a post on a blog called WordPress Theme Customizations written by a guy named Costa on the topic Are You Still Dreaming To Be Famous Blogger. His point is that people will read what these A-list bloggers have to say, buy what they put out, and often you’re not only left with a product that didn’t really tell you anything you could use to try to get where they are, and not only are they not really even blogging anymore as much as managing, but you will never reach the level these guys got to, and that maybe it’s time for you to just be who you are.

He makes some interesting points, and I hope you click over and read what he had to say. I, being me, do take some exception to some of what he had to say, but not because of the reasons he chose. Here’s my take on it all.

Any one of us can be an A-list blogger. What that means, however, is that at some point you’re going to need one of two things. One, you’re going to need a major break of some kind. Two, you’ve got to be set up to capitalize on that big break when it comes.

This post isn’t about any of that, however. What it is about is not giving up on a dream, no matter how big, no matter how small (yup, now I’m channeling Horton the elephant). Anthony Robbins once said “if you have nothing to live for, you die.” If you’re not trying to accomplish something with your blog, why bother with it at all? If you’re willing to be less than your potential, why bother?

True, based on reality, everyone can’t be an A-list blogger. Does that mean you can’t be? Not at all. You could be a famous blogger without being an A-list blogger. You could make a lot of money without being an A-list blogger. You are whatever you are, and you can potentially be whatever you strive to be. Even if you never made it to the A-list, you will always feel secure that you have gone all out to be the best, and you can never take anything but pride in that. And there’s a lot to blogging; just check out these stats from The Future Buzz.

I do agree with Costa on one point that says a lot of what you purchase doesn’t end up giving you exactly what you want. For instance, that Beyond Blogging book on the side there isn’t a book that’s going to give you step by step instructions on being a better blogger. It’s tales of how some bloggers who have made a lot of money did it. It’s motivational; nothing wrong with that.

It’s like networking, for those of you who work for yourself; it is what you make of it, and if you leave a networking event without meeting at least one person, most of the time it’s your fault. Some people join organizations thinking those organizations are going to help them make business contacts that are going to bring money into their pocket. But that’s not what most groups are about, so it’s their fault for thinking that.

Now, if you want some free ebooks that may or may not help you, you can check out this post of mine offering some ebooks on affiliate marketing, and then this other post with more ebooks on affiliate marketing. These are free; go for it.

Back to my premise. I’m shooting for great success in 2010. After all, I’ve just been named one of the Top Baby Boomer Men of 2010, thank you very much. 🙂 After that other post of mine on publicity, this is a nice start to the new year. But I don’t have to be the only one shooting for the stars. The world is big enough for all of us to try to be as big as we want to be, whether it’s A-list blogger, famous movie star, or just rich person without any notoriety whatsoever.

Just don’t give up on your dreams because it seems like a hopeless cause. Now let’s get out there and conquer the world!
 

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Three Videos Of Motivation

Man, I’ve been on a tear. I figured it was time to slow things down, and it’s a Saturday, so what better time than to rest a little bit. So, instead of a lot of words, I hope you’ll indulge me in a little bit of sharing I’d like to do. Here are 3 videos of the motivational type. They’re relatively short, but they remind us of just why we’re all here on Earth, and why it’s a pretty nice place to be.

The Secret DVD



Do Something Out Of The Ordinary

I always say I write about topics that maybe others have covered, but in a way that hopefully helps me stand out from the crowd. I believe that if I can continue doing that sort of thing that, one day, the masses are going to discover me and think that they just have to tell everyone else about me, and then I’ll achieve all the things I want in life.

Red sails in the. . .
Les Chatfield via Compfight

That may or may not happen, but reality says that doing something out of the ordinary will help you to stand out from the crowd. It works towards making you memorable, and unless it’s a picture where you’ve fallen asleep in the street with your clothes off and a dog urinating on your head, being memorable isn’t such a bad thing.

It’s a strange thing to consider, especially when sometimes just showing up makes me stand out of the ordinary. Being black in a predominantly white town often means I’m the only dark face in the crowd, or maybe one of only a few. Back in the 70’s & 80’s it made the kind of impact where people wanted to meet me. These days, sometimes people go out of their way to act like I’m not there; how does that work?

Nope, being the only minority in the building isn’t enough to make one anything special these days. It takes something more just to get people talking to you. I haven’t mastered this one yet but I understand its importance to my career and social life. At least I think about it often enough.

It’s not just anyone that’s ready to try standing out from the crowd on purpose. It often takes one of two things; confidence or idiocy. Sometimes the lines are blurred. Confidence is writing a book and putting it out to the world saying “look what I did”. Idiocy is putting honey on your genitals, having a friend toss a bunch of fire ants into your underwear and filming the results; that video actually exists on YouTube.

Whichever way one determines to become famous (or infamous), it may or may not work. For all the effort it takes to write a book, lots of people have written books. Not all that many have intentionally had an encounter with fire ants (thank goodness). Yet, which one offers the possibility of long term success and admiration if a break comes?

It’s with that in mind that I offer the video below. This couple not only created a memory that everyone at their wedding will remember forever, but it went viral and has given joy to millions of others on the internet. What will you do to try to stand out from the crowd and be extraordinary today?


https://youtu.be/4-94JhLEiN0

 

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