28 Jan

On Your Way!

Blog No Comments by Susan McCuistion

buy clomid online cheap, clomid without prescription. on your way to achieving your goalsIt is a brand new year. It is that time again where we make New Yeara��s resolutions about a lot of thingsa��losing weighta�� exercising morea�� volunteering, etc. We also sometimes decide that we are going to change jobs, prepare for a promotion, go back to school to get new skills, or many other career related goals. The problem is such goals usually lose momentum by March. We get into the day to day grind and forget about our long term focus. This month we will try to give you helpful tips about staying true to your dreams and realizing your goals.

Are you frustrated because youa��ve already been hit with a setback? Consider this, from Michael Jordan:

a�?I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.a�?

All month long, wea��ve been guiding you along, giving you tools, and cheering you on to your goals. So, how are you doing?

If you have set your goals and have been motivated all month long, good for you! For those of you whoa��ve already fallen off the path (I admit, Ia��m one of them!), below are a few questions that hopefully get you back on the path to success.

Goal Setting

Were you honest in your self-assessment?A� Sometimes, we truly think we want to achieve a particular goal, but when we get going, we realize that therea��s something else we want more.

Have you clearly determined what your goals should be and why? Make sure your goals are tied to your self-assessment, your vision for your life, and your values.

Are your goals SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-oriented), and have you broken them down into small enough parts?A� Re-check to make sure you havena��t missed a step.

Staying focused

Have you anchored your goals to a vision?A� Consider creating a visual representation of your goals or developing inspirational phrases to keep moving forward.

What has helped you get back on track when youa��ve lost focus? Try meditating, exercising, or journaling to work through your lack of motivation.

Tending to obstacles

How have you mitigated the risk around some of the things that might take you off track?A� Talk to your family or boss to get support accomplishing what you need to do.

Are you feeling a little a�?blaha�? about your goals?A� Maybe youa��re just having a bad day, or maybe your goals arena��t truly your own.

Are you feeling a little out of balance?A� It is possible to focus too much on our goals to the exclusion of other things in life that give us joy. Work on rebalancing your life, and remember that Rome wasna��t built in a day!

Inspiration

Still need some inspiration to get back on track? Try these stories of successA�or this inspirational poem.

Good luck on achieving your goals!

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25 Jan

Focus On Focusing (A Poem)

Blog No Comments by Mary-Frances Winters

Focus On FocusingIt is a brand new year. It is that time again where we make New Year’s resolutions about a lot of things…losing weight… exercising more… volunteering, etc. We also sometimes decide that we are going to change jobs, prepare for a promotion, go back to school to get new skills, or many other career related goals. The problem is such goals usually lose momentum by March. We get into the day to day grind and forget about our long term focus. This month we will try to give you helpful tips about staying true to your dreams and realizing your goals.

My life is a constant blur
I am so busy, it’s hard to be sure
If I am accomplishing what I want
Or simply doing what I think I ought
I go from one day to the next
Not always sure I am doing my best

I want to focus on the goals I set
But I seem to mostly end up with regret
I am distracted by this and that
And end up feeling like my life is flat
With all of my good intentions
I am not achieving enough to even get honorable mentions

I woke up and said to myself
You need to change for the good of your health
I decided that I am in charge of my life
And that it was me causing all of my strife
I would have to learn to say no and focus on me
If I wanted to achieve all that I could be

Change is not easy, no indeed
So I would not want to say anything that could mislead
I decided to focus on just one goal
Eliminating one activity that I could control
Taking charge of my life one step at a time
Made it easier to stay in line

Staying focused is ever more challenging
But focusing on focusing has kept me from rambling
Back to a place where my life was a blur
Not being in charge of what did occur
I hope my story is of some help to you
And I truly wish you the best in all that you do.

© Mary-Frances Winters

Stay Focused!

23 Jan

10 Reasons Why You Should Not Give Up On Your Goals

Blog No Comments by Mareisha Winters

do not give upIt is a brand new year. It is that time again where we make New Year’s resolutions about a lot of things…losing weight… exercising more… volunteering, etc. We also sometimes decide that we are going to change jobs, prepare for a promotion, go back to school to get new skills, or many other career related goals. The problem is such goals usually lose momentum by March. We get into the day to day grind and forget about our long term focus. This month we will try to give you helpful tips about staying true to your dreams and realizing your goals.

“Adversity causes men to break; others to break records.” –William A. Ward

Sometimes when we set goals for ourselves we get discouraged when they do not come to fruition soon enough. Not seeing our dreams actualized in a timeframe we think suitable, can cause us to give up on them altogether. You may be surprised to know that many of the people who have achieved great successes in this world have gone through adversity and many naysayers before getting there. However, because they never gave up, they ultimately succeeded.

Below are ten well-known examples of people who succeeded against the odds and despite the naysayers. They did not allow their first (second or third) sign of obstacles deter them from setting out to do what they wanted to do.

  1. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Henson, the authors of the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, were rejected by over 140 publishers before their manuscript was finally accepted. Their book ultimately became a best seller, selling over 100 million copies, launching the Chicken Soup series. I bet those publishers were kicking themselves after that!
  2. Arguably one of America’s most successful media figures, Oprah Winfrey’s success did not come easy. Winfrey was fired from her job as a news report for Baltimore’s WJZ-TV, but did not let that stop her from realizing her dreams. After being fired Oprah moved to Chicago where she became host of AM Chicago. The show was later renamed the Oprah Winfrey Show which ran for 25 seasons. Winfrey is now running her very own TV network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She is also the wealthiest Black person in the last century and one of the country’s leading philanthropists.
  3. Olympic great Jesse Owens not only had to jump hurdles on the track field he had to overcome obstacles due to his race. Owens ran in the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Despite the hatred all around him in Hitler’s Germany because of his race, he won a total of four gold medals. He knew what he wanted to accomplish and set out to do just that, regardless of the naysayers. Ironically, there is both a street and school named after him in Germany today.
  4. The magic of Macys almost never was. R.H. Macy, the founder of Macys, was no stranger to failure.  He had a history of failed investments and business adventures – success seemed to not be on his side. Macy opened his fancy dry goods corner store at the age of 36 in NYC. This small store at the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue would grow to be one of the largest department store retailers in the world – Macys.
  5. Steven Spielberg is by far one of the greatest directors in Hollywood, but he didn’t get there by going to his dream college.  In fact, Spielberg was rejected three times by the University of Southern California. He went on to direct some of the biggest blockbuster movies in history. Now he’s worth $3 billion and in 1994 got an honorary degree from the film school that rejected him (only after the person who rejected him agreed to sign it).
  6. Honda is one of the most recognized and most purchased brands in America. However you may not know that this billion dollar business started with a series of failures. Soichiro Honda was passed over for an engineering job at Toyota and left unemployed.  He began making scooters at his home and finally started his own business. Take that Toyota!
  7. Vera Wang is best known today for her elegant wedding gowns. What you may not know is that she failed to make the US Olympic figure-skating team and was later passed over for the editor-in-chief position at Vogue. She started designing wedding gowns at age 40 and today has a multi-billion dollar industry. Wang’s story is a perfect example of how you may have to change your path a few times before you achieve your success, but still don’t give up.
  8. “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?” that’s what a casting director told Sidney Poitier. Poitier went on to win an Academy Award and is one of the most revered actors in the business.
  9. We all know and love the Cat in the Hat, but we may not have if Dr. Seuss gave up on his dreams. His first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, was rejected by 27 different publishers. Dr. Seuss went on to publish 44 children’s books that are still popular today.
  10. We have all seen the commercials for probably the coolest vacuum ever – the Dyson. Developing vacuums is no easy feat! Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 (yes 5,126) failed prototypes and his 15 year savings before getting it right. Now the Dyson brand is the best-selling vacuum cleaner in the United States.

Rarely a dream or goal comes to fruition easily and effortlessly, without delays, problems or hurdles. The ten examples above should give you the inspiration you need to not give up on whatever goal(s) you may be struggling with today.

Stay Focused!