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Goals = Success

““Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be." – George Sheehan

What are you better at doing than anyone else? What unique abilities give you a competitive edge? Try these seven tips to get you going, then think of any others that may keep you moving toward your personal best and for your personal success.

Human beings can use their potential only by striving to better themselves. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.“ - Ralph Waldo Emerson hit upon this important aspect of life and success. Basic plans tied to enthusiasm energizes goals that you set for yourself. In fact, a basic idea imagined first in your mind, with deep passion, can and will eventually become real. This type of achievement and motivation is vital for success.

The three major steps needed for achievement of a goal are:

  1. Have A General Concept or Idea

    A generalization of something that you want to accomplish should be narrowed down to a logical and workable plan. This allows your goal to be achievable and within reach. For example, if you are interested in helping the elderly, the limits are endless. So, narrow down the ways you can help. Your goal cannot be attained with just a broad generalization because all elders cannot be helped by one person. When the concept is narrowed down, then it becomes realistic. One approach would be to volunteer or work in a retirement home. Another may be to visit the elderly in your neighborhood and help with their household tasks. Make up a similar plan for each of your goals.

  2. Make A Clear Description of Known and Potential Barriers

    Describe what’s possible and what’s not possible to do. Think of the problems or obstacles that may arise. Could you find the time to do it? Does it require a huge financial obligation? What are some of the other possible barriers? A well thought-out description prepares you for a successful result.

  3. Create A Reasonable Plan for Carrying Out Your Goal

    The last step is the work you need to do to put any plan into action. Undivided attention of your goal is necessary. Regardless of the obstacles, the plan’s guidelines, including the descriptions, should take care of them. If you complete your plan correctly, your goal may be successfully completed.

The real test of personal success is your ability to set goals, define the barriers or obstacles, and find the vital steps that allow progress. Do all that you can to help set your plan into action.

Then above all, put enthusiasm into your planning. Enthusiasm is the emotional key to making your plan work. It helps you grow, it broadens your senses, increases your faith in making things happen. It provides your mind with positive personal triumph. Go, do and be successful!

About the Author

Gerri D. Smith combines her many skills as a fashion designer, entrepreneur, author, creative writer, and an online fashion, beauty and wellness guide.

For well over twenty years, Gerri D Smith combines her many talents as fashion apparel and accessories designer, entrepreneur, and creative writer. On the design side, creating elegant and distinctive designs is her on going passion. In Gerri’s words, "It is always a loving challenge to create and/or find unique accessories that can highlight your appearance and beauty as a woman." On the writing side, Gerri loves to motivate and challenge you with words of wisdom and inspiration. Visit,

www.gerrisdistinctwearables.com
Pacifica, California
Email: elegantgerri13@gmail.com
Phone: (650) 359 1581

 

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Seven Tips for Personal Success

““To change your position in life, which includes your financial condition, you have to change what is going on inside of you." – Joan Sotkin

What are you better at doing than anyone else? What unique abilities give you a competitive edge? Try these seven tips to get you going, then think of any others that may keep you moving toward your personal best and for your personal success.

ONE - Think in Positives

No matter what you do, whether it is great or small, will be determined by your thoughts. If you think with a defeatist attitude, you tend to achieve failure. Turn this around and train your mind to start thinking with optimistic visions, and you may get successful results. By the thoughts you give priority to, you intentionally create your own successful circumstances.

TWO - Believe in Yourself - and God

Deliberately tune out every negative thought you have about yourself. Focus on your strong points. Think of all the natural gifts, talents, and skills you were born with and picture yourself succeeding . Do not leave God out of the equation. Success can be yours when you and God work together. Do your best, then leave the results confidently to God. That’s faith in action!

Three - Set Your Goal

Write your goal down. Then write down the steps or smaller goals which may help you reach your main objective. Ask yourself, “Is my goal right for me?” Consider all the facts that can lead to your achieving what you desire. However, there is no easy road to success. Learn to deal with problems calmly and rationally. Always find the good in a problem and remember that there is always a way it can be solved - with or without outside help. Learn to organize your time efficiently. Appreciate the “now,” it is yours to use.

Four - Take the First Step

“Do it now,” said W. Clement Stone, a businessman and philanthropist. And the great Chinese philosopher Leo-Tse, once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Take that step and do it now. Good intentions will not give you success. Plan your work, then work your plan. Each step forward is a step closer to your goal. When you link your steps or goals to a clear purpose, with enough passion behind it, you experience success.

Five - Expand Your Desire

A strong desire is extremely important when trying to reach any goal. When your desire is soul deep, you experience a deep hunger for your goal to happen. All the inner forces of your nature act to bring about a realization of your desire. So, direct your thoughts to how successful you wish to be in life. Then put action and faith behind your wish and make it happen.

Success then, begins in your mind. So start thinking success. You can if you think you can. Only positive thinking combined with strong positive feelings, may bring you positive results.

About the Author

Gerri D. Smith combines her many skills as a fashion designer, entrepreneur, author, creative writer, and an online fashion, beauty and wellness guide.

For well over twenty years, Gerri continues to write inspirational, fashion and image improvement articles. Her creative wisdom weaves words into emotional triggers that give you hope, make you dream, and may change your life. Her words can lead you to a vision of your next great accomplishment. For more motivational wisdom and a peek at Gerri‘s semi-autobiographical, and inspirational book titled, “A Challenge of Love,“ visit, http://www.gerrisdistinctwearables.com.

Or, to replenish your accessories with something unique, go to: www.gerrisdistinctwearables.com. Thanks for your support!

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How Much Is Your Talent Worth?

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” —Oprah Winfrey

Discovering you talents demands lots of time, energy, and expense. And mastering your talents demands an awareness for fine quality in all of the things you create.

To become unique, each of your talents may require many different skills, and in the end the finished product or service must be created with a pride and elegance that flatters the one who becomes the owner of it.

Here are five ways to inspire talent:

  1. Develop a value system. Know what’s important to you and treat yourself and your neighbor accordingly. Remember the Golden Rule? It works! Depending on your unique talent or skill, always balance it with work and play. Don’t forget to include your family in your time.

    Talent is a gift that  requires a caring attitude. Be honest. Take care about making money from your talent. This is essential if you own a business. Always improve your products or services for your customers. Give back to your community.

  2. Have faith in a higher authority. Having a spiritual nature leads to a higher level of physical energy that is required to maintain and present your talent to the world. When your talent makes you feel good; it develops a happy attitude.

  3. Make sure your talent is a conscious choice that’s true to you. Take a risk. Say no if it goes against your true nature. In spite of what that choice may cost you, know what it means to you, and the victory will be yours. Your life becomes free and you discover who you really are. This is liberating! The most common incidents have a way of uncovering hidden talents, This brings new self wisdom and greater inner strength.

  4. Never try to be right all of the time. Your talent and the manner in which you use it puts you in control of it. Stop pushing your desire for self-fulfillment upon others. Look inward and discover your feelings behind the reason you wish to use and present your talent. Can you live with your decision? Will it mean a life and death reaction to yourself, or to others? If  so, take the risk, then accept the fulfillment of your talent.

  5. Find a passion for new goals.  Then develop a value system for your talents. When you change your way of thinking you can change your destiny. And when you do what is true to your inner self, you win and others around you also win. Accepting life’s challenges calmly and confidently puts you in touch with a higher power. Keep the faith. Living honestly and accepting day to day successes with a humble gratitude, puts you in touch with victory.


May you always nurture success and value in your business and in your personal life. It increases your confidence and motivates you to continue discovering your hidden talents, for each and every one of them, no matter how small, or how big, are priceless.


About the Author

Gerri D. Smith combines her many skills as a fashion designer, entrepreneur, author, creative writer, and an online fashion, beauty and wellness guide.

  For well over twenty years, Gerri continues to write inspirational, fashion and image improvement articles. Her creative wisdom weaves words into emotional triggers that give you hope, make you dream, and may change your life. Her words can lead you to a vision of your next great accomplishment.  For more motivational wisdom and a peek at Gerri‘s semi-autobiographical, and inspirational book titled, "A Challenge of Love," visit:  www.gerrisdistinctwearables.com.

And for your unique accessories, go to: www.gerrisdistinctwearables.com.

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Recipe for Success

"Desire is a tremendous force, and must be directed in the right channels (to work). - Florence Scovel Shinn

Take one cup of Desire,
Mix it well with a heart full of Passion,
Shake in a tumbler of Willpower,
Add a full cup of Thought.
Stir in two cups of Commitment,
Slowly add one heaping spoonful each of Preparation, Ideas, Working Capital, and Fun

Mix and stir all of the above ingredients while adding a pinch of Faith (about the size of a mustard seed), and stir all until well blended.

Then with lots of Action, you will soon start to see the results of your Effort and Hard Work.

If your success doesn't come true the first time, start the recipe over again - this time with more feeling. Discover what you need to do to make the recipe for success work. This places you at the threshold of where you wish to be. Listen to the voice inside of you. Trust the source that comes from a Higher Power. He knows all of your wishes, your dreams, your ideas, and your plans for fulfilling them. You will be guided by the wisdom of the ages.

To do this you must start from a new point of action. Get rid of all doubt, confusion, and fear that prevents you from succeeding and reaching your goals. Then you will no longer react to the negative things in your life, but will live with a purpose, and go forth with confidence. Negative events will have no affect on you or the choices you make.

Pay attention to the guidance you receive. Your "inner ear" will lead you to the right choice and in the right direction. If it's something you desire now, go for it. Fearing to make that commitment will make you loose the opportunity - and it may just be the opportunity of your lifetime.

Feel free to change the "recipe for success" in any way you wish. It's yours to amend so that it fits your desires, your goals, your dreams, your life. Make it important enough to change your life. If you're in business become aware of how you conduct yourself with your clients, associates, employees, your vendors and suppliers. Measure their performance based on the way you interact and/or react with them.

If your performance is negative and critical, change it. If it's positive and uplifting, keep doing it. Try not to confuse or frustrate others. Try not to let others confuse, frustrate or anger you. Be aware of your feelings moment by moment. Do you show anger? Doubt? Fear? Are you judgmental? How can you stop your thoughts from controlling you? Knowing how is the first step to knowing yourself. This leads to empowerment - and success.

Will you do it? Will you actually take this step in faith?

About the Author....

Gerri D. Smith combines apparel design, and creative fashion writing, into a successful business. In business for twenty plus years and lovin' every minute of it - even the ups and downs, Gerri's deep passion for creating women's fashions and accessories is enhanced by her love of writing.

Another of Gerri's passions came true with the publication of her first novel, partly based on her own true life experiences. “A Challenge of Love” deals with the age old problem still  facing our society today – Abuse – in all it's devastating forms . Giving the female character the challenge of her life, and struggles to regain her self-esteem, Gerri weaves words of hope and encouragement throughout the story and  shows how to challenge life and regain self-esteem. More details available at, www.gerrisdistinctwearables.com.

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