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Set Your Goals – You Can Do It


“Set Your Goals – You Can Do It” by Joan Y. Edwards

Set your goals larger

This is the time to review your past goals and set your goals for the current year. Any time is a good time to look at and focus on recommitting yourself to your goals. If they are no longer meaningful to you, it is time to revise them to make the goals in your mind and on paper ones that you really want to reach.

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher had these little encouragement signs all over the room. One of my favorites was: “Make a Wish Upon a Star, take a seat and there you are.”  This showed me that if you set your eye on a goal, you can reach it.

Day 1 Title the page with your name and goals for the current year. Brainstorm possible goals. Set time to reach the goals for December 31, 2018 or 12 months after you’ve made your list. List them all on a piece of paper or in a file on your computer. Let them sit overnight in your mind.  Save file as Day 1 Goals for this year.

Day 2 Read them over the next day. Delete any goals that you have already reached or revise them to be goals you really want to reach. Delete goals that you wouldn’t care if you reached it or not at the end of the year. You want your goals to be items you feel a strong yearning to reach. Save this file as Day 2 Goals for this year.

Day 3 Read the goals again. Make sure you agree with them. Make sure you believe you can accomplish them. Revise any to make them so they not too hard and not too easy. Goldilocks goals…just right. Believable and Achievable.

Add 1-3 Images at the top of your goals to inspire you.

Free images from www.pixabay.com/

or www.morguefile.com/

Print out your goals. Post in a picture frame on the wall or on a file cabinet where you can see them every day. Revise when necessary to keep your mind positive and motivated to meet your goals and live and conquer your fears.

There are many ways to reach your goals. You know yourself better than anyone else. Choose the method that works for you. Many people make goals in their heads and are successful at keeping them. Others write down their goals. Still others share their goals with a close friend that keeps them accountable for their goals.

As for me, I like writing the goals down so that I can look at them every once in a while to see how I am doing.

If you check your goals every 6 months, you’ll be amazed when you see how many of your goals you have reached and how close you are to others. There may even be one or two you want to change and set a different goal.

Here is a link about a Harvard Business School study of goal setting that says that it’s a good idea to not only write down your goals but also write down the steps to achieve them.  Even if you don’t write down the steps, you can achieve your goal.

Good luck!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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All Bernadette “Bernie” O’Brien, an underachieving, overweight 14-year-old, who happens to be blind, wants is an average share of happiness. Instead, her life is on a runaway roller coaster that can only plummet down. Failed by those she idealizes, despising her own weaknesses, Bernie plunges into the desert of her own hopelessness. A Roller Coaster Down is a luminous, gently humorous story of failure and redemption, of the universal hunt for love and self-respect.

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Thank you very much for the many people who read this blog and the five people who left a comment on this post between January 2 and midnight, January 9, 2018:

  1. Violette Early
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  3. Carol Federlin Baldwin
  4. Lisa Anne Cullen
  5. Sandra Warren

Random.org chose number 4 as the winner. So Congratulations, Lisa Anne Cullen. You won a free paperback copy of “A Roller Coaster Down” by Mary Lash and Vasant Garcia. Please send me your snail mail address and I will mail it to you.


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100 Subscribers – Let’s Celebrate and Have a Good Time

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100 Subscribers-Let’s Celebrate and Have a Good Time
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“100 Subscribers-Let’s Celebrate and Have a Good Time” by Joan Y. Edwards

Today, November 26th I received notification that Mary Livingston, otherwise known as The Backdoor Artist, subscribed to my blog. As subscriber number 100, she chose a critique. Hip Hip Hooray! Let the fireworks fill the skies. Let’s sing together. It’ll get you and me in the mood to celebrate.

Kool and The Gang Sing “Celebrate Good Times”

Lyrics to “Celebrate Good Times”

I started this blog on October 9, 2009. A few days later Linda Martin Andersen became the first person to subscribe to it.  She will receive a Flip Flap Floodle DVD.  Linda commented on almost all 290 blog posts. Thank you, Linda.

I created an Excel file with the names of subscribers, their email addresses, and websites/wordpress blogs and the dates when they subscribed. I put them in order from 1-100. I’ll keep it up to date now. It’ll make it easier to do it along the way than doing it in one day.

Out of all 100 people subscribed to my blog, I asked Random.org to choose an integer between 1 and 100. They chose #55. Therefore, the overall winner of a pitch and 5,000 word manuscript critique goes to the 55th person to subscribe: Daniel Postlethwaite. He subscribed on February 18, 2012.  I told Daniel he won in a post on his blog and I also wrote a note on his Facebook author page.

10 Winners. Is your name below?

Random.org chose the following ten subscribers to receive a pitch and 1000 word manuscript critique or a copy of Flip Flap Floodle. It chose one from every set of ten people who subscribed.

On January 29, 2013 I updated the winners list. Only two who haven’t replied:

  1. Marilyn Muniz -#5 Aug 20, 2010 Haven’t heard from Marilyn. Left message on her website.
  2. Mary Lash #13 Sep 22, 2010 Chose copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
  3. Kristi Bernard #30 Mar 29, 2011 Chose copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
  4. Nea Wiseman  #35 Aug 7, 2011 Chose copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
  5. Joy Moore #42 Oct 27, 2011 Critique.
  6. Holly Jahangiri #51 Jan 1, 2012 Critique.
  7. Carole Rummage #70 Apr 20, 2012 Chose copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
  8. NMG.C #76 May 22, 2012 Haven’t heard from NMG.C. I left a comment on their blog.
  9. Maureen Wartski Aug 24, 2012 Chose copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
  10. Angela Scott Nov 1, 2012 Chose critique.

Winners please leave a comment on this post and email your pitch and manuscript to me at the email address listed in the left-hand column.

To celebrate a little longer, here’s Party Time, Trance Music played by Clubraiders. History of “Trance Music:” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trance_music/. It’s electronic instrumental music. It sounds groovy to me: Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTn9Y0pv9f8

Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you to all 100 people who subscribed to my blog. I’m dreaming up a new prize for subscribing. I’ll also offer it to the first 100 subscribers, too. Any ideas? A special blog post for members only – I could send you a password to it. Or I could create a special Never Give Up slogan or poster that you can post on your blog or use as a screensaver. Tell me what you’d like.

Since November is Family Stories month, Linda asked me to share how I told stories to my family when I was a little girl. What a great way to celebrate 100 subscribers! I  hope you’ll stop and read about my sad hot dog story:  http://tinyurl.com/cguckle or http://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/its-family-stories-month-meet-joan-y-edwards-an-author-who-has-been-telling-stories-since-she-was-a-child/

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Joan Y. Edwards
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