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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,
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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,

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