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Archive for December, 2011

Today’s Positive Thought

   Today’s Positive Thought is by Pamela Vaull Starr.

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

More Goal Information

    Today will be the last day for more goal information.  In January I will be incorporating these Goal Posts, pun intended, into a permanent page.  If you like any of the recipes please copy them as they will be deleted the first week of January 2012. 

At this time I want to thank you for being part of my of readership–which truly means a lot to me and for which I am grateful.  I am so thankful for you sharing this site; as a link, with friends, family, co-workers and others, or using the information from PCA (with acknowledgements) on your site. Life is surprising. I value, appreciate and desire only the highest and best life has to offer for you and yours.  You are the Success and always will be.  If you will pardon the following expression I borrowed from a friend, The Infinite don’t make junk.” Affirm daily, “I am successful and prosperous.  I am always led to the right people, places and things at the right time for success and prosperity in my  life.”  Thank you for joining me in positive living. Jay

There are three types of goals: immediate/short-range, usually up to one year; medium-range goals, one to three years; long-range goals, three years plus.

We have to set goals we believe in and have the belief they are now accomplished. 

As stated prior, if a goal needs to be changed be flexible and change it. Your vision of your life and where it goes is yours to direct.  We have to believe in ourselves.  Egotism is not an option. There is a big difference between believing in yourself and being egotistical.  Yes, we have to blow our own horn at times but not be a braggart about our work.

Medium and long-range goals aren’t going to drop into our lap.  They require us to work toward the goal, be innovative and positive, if they need to be tweaked along the way, do so.  Achieving our goals is like taking a road trip; we hop in the car, know our destination and drive to it.  Sometimes there are detours and we get to take the scenic route, we learn a new way of how or not how to get to where we desire in life.  No matter what the detour keep your focus on the destination.

Keep in mind, if your goals are vague they probably won’t come to pass.  Be specific setting goals, but do not outline how they are to be attained. For instance, a goal is a new car.  Ok, what kind of new car? What color ,make, model, two door, four door, convertible, coupe, etc. Go to the dealership, sit in the car, visualize yourself driving it and if the dealership allows take it for a test drive.  Cut out a picture of the car you desire and also know you have the money to pay for it.  Years ago an example was given in a class I had taken on goal setting.  A person had a goal of new home…they got the home but lost it due to not having the income to pay for it monthly. There are caveats that go along with our goals, suchas time, money, dedication and accepting the responsibilities that go with the specific goal.

What is your daily self-talk about achieving your goal(s)? Create a positive mental attitude toward your goals, nourish them daily with thanksgiving and positive thoughts.  Should a not so positive thought pop up, show it the door and be rid of it.

Identify with your goal; visualize the attainment of your goal, see yourself enjoying the fruits of your labor; be enthusiastic with feeling about your goal; be thankful that every day you are a step or two closer to the achievement of your goals. Life will respond to you according to the timber of your dominant thoughts and beliefs.

Concieve, Confidently Believe, Achieve.

The following are examples: short-range goals are, to again, be published in a variety of print and online publications and get back to speaking to variety of groups throughout the country after a long hiatus, this also includes being paid for my work.  A medium-range goal is to publish a book I am working on.  One of my medium/long-range goals is to speak and be published internationally.  There is no doubt in my mind that these goals are now being accomplished.  Now to state these goals in the present tense:  I am now published in a variety of print and online publications and paid well for my work. My book is now published and a best seller. I am an in demand paid motivational speaker to groups throughout the country.  I am now speaking and publishing internationally.  These are examples.  Why not grab a piece of paper and pen to begin writing down your goals.  Remember goals are for career/business and personal as well. Keep the personal goals to yourself as well as those career and business goals as necessary.

One is never too old to set goals.

Continued Success In All Your Works,


Poem on Goals

    One of my favorite poems/prose is by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, since I have been writing about goals this  poem on goals seemed to be appropriate.

One ship drives East and another drives West,

      With the selfsame winds that blow,

‘Tis the set of the sails

      And not the gales

That tells them where to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate

    As we voyage along through life,

‘Tis the set of the soul

     That decides the goal

And not the calm or the strife.

Today’s Positive Thought

     Today’s Positive Thought is a quote from Benjamin Disraeli.

“The secret to success is consistency of purpose.”

Just A Thought

This is just a thought, whimsical as it may be.

Have you played today?  Have you laughed at yourself? Have you had any fun?  Have you had your cup of coffee and creatively mused over an idea?  So, what have you been doing?  Well, gee, I really don’t know.  I’ve been thinking and doing what I need to do to get through the day. Ah, thinking what?  Most of the time we go through the day and don’t even realize how many thoughts we have, what they are or we are preoccupied. 

So, in the spirit of fun take a moment to think of your favorite joke or something that makes you laugh.  What did you do today that you can laugh at yourself?  Can you get a laugh from being half awake and looking in the mirror with morning hair?

Did you sing along with a song on the radio today?  Did you play the air guitar listening to a guitar solo? 

Have some fun today.  Be whimsical and let your creativity out to play, you’ll be surprised what solutions and ideas you will get when you let your mind go creative.

A man walks into a bar…..

Have A Wonder-filled Whimsical Day!


Today’s Positive Thought

    Today’s Positive Thought on Achievement is by Robert Louis Stevenson.

“That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.”


In setting goals, it is our intent to attain these goals.  Setting our personal goals is just that, personal.  It is up to us to set our own goals.  No one else can set them for us nor can we set them for someone else.  It is also important that we keep our personal goals secret. Too many times people have shared their goals and had their goals derailed by believing the negativity others have had to say about them, etc.

In preparing our mind for achievement it becomes important to see and accept the goal(s) as already accomplished. If we state a goal in the future tense, i.e., “I will…,” it seems to be out of reach; something we are chasing after rather than accomplishing in the here and now.  Every moment of every day we get closer to our goal(s).  We are not chasing anything, we are accepting that the goals are now part of our life.

The more we give our attention to seeing the end result, the better off we are and on our way to a positive end.

From past experience, some goals just don’t seem to be all that we think they are and no longer hold importance for achievement.  When we get “clues” that the goal is not for us, we let it go, take a bit of time to review, then, create a new more viable goal.

Life always gives us “clues” as to what direction to follow, call it intuition or a gut feeling, take heed of these feelings.  As a friend says, “Listen to that still small voice.”

Sometimes people get too involved in the “process of” rather than letting it be—it is like digging up a seed every day to see if anything is happening.  It can be likened to opening an oven door every minute to see if the cake is rising—not going to turn out well.  If one tries to force something it is not going to be a good thing nor have good results.  There is an old Beatles song, “Let It Be,” please do so.  See the finished/completed goal(s) and it will appear.

As we proceed in our goal achievement we may hit a snag/brick wall and be dumbfounded as to a solution or how to proceed.  The more we try to force a solution or an idea the more likely we won’t get one.  Let it go and forget about it, and, when you least expect it, in a least likely place, you discover the solution or an idea flashes. Let creativity be creative in your life to accomplish the goal.

As we go forward in setting goals let us ask the following questions of ourselves, “Can I accept it?”  “Is it something I really want?”  Remember, our personal goals are about us and our vision concerning our life.

Goals need to be definite and realistic.  This is not a time for fantasy or setting unrealistic goals that are guaranteed not to be achieved and setting ourselves up for failure.

It is wonderful to reach our goals, yet, we need to be aware of and accept the responsibilities that go with the goal.  Are we willing to accept all that goes with the accomplishment of our goal(s)?  This is a question we must honestly answer.

As we prepare ourselves, let us mentally accept and confidently expect the accomplishment of our goals.

Remember. Conceive, Believe, Achieve.


Today’s Positive Thought

    Today’s Positive Thought is by Henry David Thoreau.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Goal Basics

There is a new day dawning and time to share some goal basics.  From the seed of thought grows our life experience.

Sit down and think about what it is you want to achieve in the New Year.  What do you want to set as immediate/short-range goals, medium and long-range goals?  Make a list and review it, edit it and when necessary edit it again until you have a list which will allow you stretch yourself to new experiences in life and living.  Don’t hold back the dreams and desires, these help us to set the goals we want to accomplish in the coming months.

First and foremost, KEEP YOUR GOALS TO YOURSELF! More on this later.  If you are setting common goals, you and another, there is a need for it to be agreed to by both parties.  If you are setting business goals the goals must be agreed on by those involved in running the business.  These are basics.  Keep these goals amongst those who are involved.   

Set realistic goals. Goals can be set throughout the year.  Goals can be changed or tossed out, if  you toss out a goal be sure to replace it with another.

Goal setting is about  being flexible in achieving the goal(s) you set.  Nothing is written in stone.  As our life changes so do our goals. 

Goal setting gives us a direction to follow.

Ok, here we go, set a goal and be single-minded in purpose to attain it.  If we are conflicted about the goal then we need to revisit it and either address the issue we have with it, change it or toss it out and create a new one. 

Along the way there may be distractions or events that detour us from our goals.  Get back on track as soon as you can and do not be discouraged.  I speak from experience from the life changing events in my life this year.  It is not merely about the experiences but how we overcome those bumps in the road that lead us to our success.

What we give our attention to will enter our life.  When you catch yourself in a not so positive frame of mind concerning a goal, dismiss it and reaffirm your goal, your desire, which you intend to attain/accomplish.  Discouragement, disbelief and doubt will kill off a goal faster than anything else.  Careful what you think and say to yourself (self-talk).

One last thing.  Conceive, Confidently Believe, Achieve.

You have the power, talent and ability to achieve your goals.  I know this and so do you.


You may want to copy this out as you can use it for reference with the other articles on goal setting in the coming days.

Get Ready

   As the holiday is over and we are recovering from the hustle and bustle, time to get ready for the New Year.   

In the coming week leading up to the New Year I will be presenting ideas for goal setting.

As a prelude, I share with you the following by Ernest Holmes.

“Think of what you want to happen and never let yourself get mentally lazy and sluggish…See yourself as being in the position that you desire, mentally dwell upon it and then speak with perfect assurance that it is done…All is yours, but you must take it.  The taking is always a mental process; it is believing absolutely.”

See it.  Believe it.  Achieve it.

I wish you a wonderful and successful week in all areas of your life. 

Remember, The World Is Your Cookie.  Create It! ™


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