Archive for the ‘Goals & Success’ Category

My favorite quote is, “Where there is a will, there is a way.” I recite this quote more than any other. Why? To convince others that they can do anything, because, they can! I despise the words “I can’t”. “I can’t” is the short version of an excuse.

Neon sign: "Anythings Possible"A simple way to decide if something is impossible is to ask yourself if any human has EVER done it. If someone else has done it then it’s NOT impossible. If someone else hasn’t done it before, that still doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Take a look at Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison tested over 3000 filaments before he came up with his version of the incandescent light bulb.

“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

How do you do the “impossible”?

First, you must have an intense desire. If you don’t have a strong desire to achieve your goal, you won’t! Do you really want it? Why? Write down all the reasons that you want to achieve your goal. How will you and others benefit from you achieving your goal?

Second, you need to believe that you can reach your goal. We’ve already covered that above. If someone else has EVER done it then YOU CAN TOO! To say that you can’t is just an excuse. Believe in yourself!

Third, put your goal in WRITING!!! This is very important. Be very specific. Include the who, what, why, when, where and how. Make sure you set a deadline; a goal without a deadline is merely a dream.

Fourth, make a list of EVERY ACTION that you need to perform to achieve your goal. This list should be written in priority order and each action should have a deadline.

Fifth, make a list of all the possible obstacles that you may encounter while performing these actions. Decide how you will overcome these obstacles. Include any knowledge and skills that you might need to acquire. Add additional actions to your action list where applicable.

Sixth, identify your support system. Make a list of family, friends, groups and organizations that can support you in reaching your goal. Ask for their support and/or join a group or organization.

Seventh, TAKE ACTION! Your action steps are the only things that stand between you and your goal. It’s simple, complete your action list,  and you have reached your goal!

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

What if someone tells you it’s impossible? I love a challenge. When someone tells me something is impossible, I will prove them wrong. That is exactly what Arthur did. Watch this inspirational video. Arthur was told that he couldn’t do it. He proved them wrong and it was life changing.

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Kirsty Champion said it well:
“When I’ve dared to let my creative genius ramble around in the impossibilities of what it’s really like to achieve impossibilities in this life, I’ve become ALIVE.”

Read her full article. Click on the link, below.


I spend a lot of my time each day on my laptop and smartphone; therefore it makes sense, to me, that I organize my appointments and action lists using these two devices. I use Color Note on my Android Smartphone, Sticky Notes on my laptop and Google Calendar on both.

Example of Sticky Notes stacked on top of each other

Sticky Notes is available in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7.

You can use Sticky Notes to write to-do lists, create shopping lists, make call lists, keep track of appointments and due dates, or anything else that you would usually use a sticky note or pad of paper for.

Sticky Notes are kept right on your desktop and can stack on top of each other to save space. If you don’t want them on your desktop, you have the option to close them and re-open them at any time. When you close Sticky Notes, all your data is saved.

To get started:

Click the Start button and type “Sticky Notes” in the search box to find and open the Sticky Notes.

To create additional Sticky Notes:

Click on the “New Note” button (+) in the top left corner of a Sticky Note to open a new note or press Ctrl+N.

To delete a Sticky Note: An example of Sticky Notes used for a "Calls Today" list and a "Due Tomorrow" list.

Click the “Delete” button (X) at the top right corner of the Sticky Note or press Ctrl+D.

To stack or move Sticky Notes:

Click and hold the top of a sticky note and drag it to where you want it.

To resize a Sticky Note:

Click and hold the side or bottom of a Sticky Note to resize it. A Sticky Note can have the width or the length adjusted (example above). If the length of text exceeds the height of your screen, a scroll bar will appear (example below).

To change the color of a Sticky Note:

Right-click on a Sticky Note and choose from six colors.

To format the text on a Sticky Note:

Select the text that you want to format and then use one of the keyboard shortcuts in the table below.

Format Keyboard Shortcut Comments
Increase Text Size Ctrl+Shift+> Repeat to continue increasing.
Decrease Text Size Ctrl+Shift+< Repeat to continue increasing.
Bulleted List Ctrl+Shift+L Repeat to switch to a
numbered (or another) list.
Bold Text Ctrl+B
Italic Text Ctrl+I
Underlined Text Ctrl+U
Strikethrough Text Ctrl+T

An example of Sticky Notes used for goal setting:

The text on the first Sticky Note exceeded the height of my laptop screen/monitor. This resulted in a scroll bar appearing.

Goal setting for a business can require a very lengthy plan. I like the visual benefit of Sticky Notes to see what I’m currently working on. For a complete, master plan I suggest using Microsoft OneNote to create your plan and keep it organized.

An example of Sticky Notes used for goal setting

Failure Is A Necessary Part of Success

To have never failed means to have never tried.

Thomas Edison Lamp“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

My Social Media Objective

Once again, my Social Media Marketing class was given an assignment to come up with a social media objective and then to blog about our experiences.

My objective was to:

  • Determine which of my current pins on Pinterest had the highest amount of re-pins
  • Pin new pins to Pinterest and get one of those pins to get double the amount of re-pins that my highest-pinned pin had received

I had seven days to achieve this objective.

My Current Pinterest & Analytics Accounts

I signed up for my personal Pinterest Account in mid-December of 2012. I currently have 141 boards, 3,859 pins, and 151 followers.

I already had a free account with Pingraphy. Pingraphy allows you to upload and schedule pins and track your activity on Pinterest. Pingraphy gives you a minimal amount of information and it doesn’t update very often. The site shows your top ten pins and your board stats. My boards with the most re-pins were Success Quotes and Camping. My top three pins had 21-33 re-pins. This meant that I needed to pin something that would get 66 pins. I had six days left to achieve this.

The Hint of Failure Was in the Air

I decided that there were two things that I had to do to achieve my objective. One was to find a better Pinterest analytics tool and the other was to start pinning a lot of pins, especially success quotes and camping tips.

I started pinning a lot of pins and kept a log so that I could track those pins and monitor their success. What I didn’t realize is that I would never have a way to track them. I also started searching for a better analytics tool. I signed up for every free service that I could find and along the way I found quite a few services that weren’t free. Unfortunately, none of these services was what I needed. The free services that I found offered:

  • Analytics for pins pinned from your site/blog to Pinterest
  • Your “Pinfluence” similar to your Klout score
  • Campaigns to set up (you set a budget & demographic)
  • A page that kept loading and loading and loading (and still is). According to the forums, this site has been down since October. It is beyond me why they continue to let people sign up for new accounts.

The end result on Pingraphy was that none of my pins even made it into the top ten.

Was It Failure OR The Path to Success?

Thomas Edison quote about failure“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” ~ Dale Carnegie

I’ve learned quite a bit during this adventure. As my college professor put it, “The journey in social media is just as important as the destination.”

I’ve learned that:

  • It is important to have an attainable objective.
  • It is important to have a strategic plan and to do your research first.
  • Social media is somewhat of a game and we can’t always control the outcome.
  • ALL successful people failed before they became successful.
  • You must know your target audience, what they want, and how and when they want it.
  • It takes time to build an engaged audience. You need to have a long-term strategy.
  • Success requires calculated risks and failures along the way.
  • You need to test different strategies in an environment that supports failure.
  • When it comes to social media you need to have a student mentality and always be learning. Just when you think you “know it”, it will change.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill