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Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

Get set, ready, steady go. The challenge starts today. The die is cast. There is no turning back. This is the beginning of the month-long article posting challenge. In my previous post, I made a public declaration and challenged myself to a daily article posting challenge for the month of February. Well, the month is right upon us. This is the first post for the challenge. At the end of this month, we should have a minimum of 29 articles of good value. The month has already started with challenges for me and I need to quickly learn how to navigate through them without disturbing my 29 Days challenge. I know that I will face a lot of them, but what will determine my success are the learning points that I will take from them.

I am not looking back but pressing ahead and see how far this challenge will take me. The beauty of it is that at the end of February  I will have moved a step closer to achieving my objective of improving my writing skills and contributing to humanity. I believe that when something is written it is indelible. Usually, we write what we believe in or what we want to say. Most of the time we convey our feelings and thoughts through writing.  The major difference between speaking and writing is the ease of reference. It is much easier to refer to written speeches. Written messages are never forgotten. Today we continue to make reference to the many quotes because they were written down.

Here are some of the key objectives of the 29 Day Challenge.

Increase content on the site

Increasing site content is a no brainer. Remember that I pledged to increase content on this site. The more articles that are posted on any site will, of course, add to the existing site content and hence increase the overall content. This is a basic SEO rule. The search engines love new content. This has the potential to greatly improve the site rankings by the search engines and therefore, increase search engine traffic to the website.

I believe that search engine traffic is the best because users reach your site through what they are searching for. They are more specific. Increased traffic means increased visibility and access to a wider audience. My hope is to reach as many people as possible. Through this am hoping to get more referral links pointing to this site. More backlinks mean more improved search engine rankings. This can only be good news for me.

Improve visitor satisfaction

Visitor satisfaction will come with the quality of the content being generated. Although visitor satisfaction will not only depend on content quality, there are many other factors that will ensure it is achieved. Some of them may beyond my control. However, I will endeavour to change those things that are within my power. I am also very much aware that you cannot please every visitor. But, I will try as much as possible to make the site user-friendly and work with more reliable and faster hosting service providers.

Improve my writing skills

They say practice makes perfect. I believe that even before I undertake this challenge, my writing skills are improving with every article I write. I can only assume that there will be a great improvement at the end of the challenge. I know that there is a lot of room for improving my writing skills. I can assure you that am constantly working to improving them on a regular basis. The better and more easily my articles are the more user satisfaction is generated.

Improve writing inspiration

Those of my friends who are artists and bloggers will understand what am saying when I say that you need the inspiration to write. It is not easy to just wake up and start writing. You need to have some kind of inspiration to put your thoughts on paper and worse still put them in a meaningful way. A musician always needs the inspiration to write and sing songs. The inspiration may come through real-life experiences and many other sources. One of the most killers of not putting down our thoughts is differing them to another time. I have learned over the years that when you feel inspired to write, don’t postpone to a later time, your thoughts will have disappeared by then. Just sit down and get going with it. Your thoughts will flow on paper. Usually, the idea is not even as clear at the beginning but as you delve into it you simply flow with it.

Conclusion

As we undertake this journey together I also challenge you to do something you have never done before. It could be exercising on a daily basis for a period of time. You could also challenge yourself to get rid of an old bad habit. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it adds more value to yourself and the world at large. I believe that we will be made to account for how we spend our time on this earth. 

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Mental Health Personal Development Success

5 Personal success questions

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will” ~ Vince Lombardi. All normal human beings want to have personal success at whatever they are doing.  Any normal and ambitious being will pride themselves in whatever endeavours they are engaged in. I want to believe that no single person wants to show their failed results before they succeed. Usually we will brag and talk about our failures only after success has been realized or achieved. In my quest to achieve my personal intended goals I have asked myself some questions and these I hope will help guide you as well. Simple though they may seem, these questions can literally change your life.

Have I neglected a fundamental skill?
Before you answer this question ask yourself if you even have the basic skill. Regardless of what you do for a living, you cannot succeed if you’re failing to master the basics. In every area and aspect of our lives there are basics. You do not expect a baby to start running before it learns how to walk and sit for example. You need to identify the basic requirements for whatever endeavours you are involved with and ensure that you have the skill set. Many of the times people set out to do something without the necessary fundamental skill set.

For example to succeed in any business you need to gather the needed basic skill set before you even venture out. If you want to own and run a home business, say an affiliate marketing program. You will off course need to do a market research and understand the niche you are entering into. You must acquire the basic knowledge and apply it in your business for better results and success. Same applies if you are involved with personal development and coaching.

The lesson here is simple learn and do the basics of your job. Unless you’re doing that, you can forget about success, because it’s just not going to happen. It is better not to reinvent the wheel but improve on the wheel.

Is there a bad habit I should stop?
Great! You’re doing the basics, so now it’s time to look at the stuff that’s getting in your way. Look at your daily routine, your weekly activities, your monthly commitments. If you’re like most people, you’re probably doing things that aren’t just useless, but counterproductive. You are doing business as usual. Stop and check your daily activities and start doing “business unusual”.

Yes even for me there are a lot of bad habits I am working on that are very detrimental to my progress. Things like computer games, web surfing and more, these I find very destructive to my progress. I am slowly learning how to use the web for my growth and not otherwise. Take care on how you use the internet.

Whatever it is for you, you’ll get a huge burst of productivity when you limit (or stop) these behavioral impediments to your success.

Do I need to upgrade my basic skills?
Now it’s time to examine the basic skills required for your job and identify any that need improvement. For example, if you’re in sales, maybe you’re good at asking questions and presenting solutions, but tend to hem and haw when it’s time to close the deal. If so, work on your closing skill.

There are many ways you can use to improve your skill set. The one I use most is reading relevant material. You could choose further training if you want to have a recognized qualification depending on what your demands are with your current situation. Upgrading your basic skill set will definitely give an edge over your competition. I encourage you to have an open mind and always embrace change.

If you are a manager be a good listener to your subordinates. Do not feel threatened if you have a member who has more knowledge than you. Instead embrace them and learn from them and use them to get better results. Besides it does not mean that when you are the manager you are the most intelligent no no no.

What extra skill will bring me the greatest success?
It’s time to take a big step in your endeavours. From this perspective, identify a skill or habit that today is totally foreign to you but which, if you mastered it, would also propel you to a level of success far beyond your current situation. Do not remain stagnant or content with your current skills set. Find a new skill to propel even further with your success.

For example, suppose you’re a brilliant innovator and have mastered all the basics of engineering. What would happen if you mastered the ability to sell your ideas to anyone? Similarly, suppose you’re making a decent living in Sales. How much more successful would you become if you mastered business accounting?

Conclusion
There are many more questions you can ask yourself that will help propel you to even greater heights. Make sure that you answer them honestly and always improve on them. It is always better to have a written down life’s mission that should be read on a daily basis and used to monitor your success progress. Bye for now and remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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Personal Development Self Growth

Knowledge is key to success

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

“Success is about living the life of your dreams whatever that might mean for you. It’s about being perfectly content and honestly saying to yourself that you would change very little about your current existence”. I believe that the definition of the word success is as unique as an individuals finger prints. If you think that being successful is about having a hefty bank balance then you are wrong. You could have a lot of money and still live a very miserable life. Take for example Mother Theresa of India, who knows how much money she had? Yet she was admired and adored by presidents and kings around the world. Would you say she was not a success?

As a matter of fact, money should be used as medium to help us continue with our purpose in life. They say money is good but the love for money is the root of all evil. Be careful what you want in life, is it to promote your God given talents and gifts in order that you do not deprive the world of them or is it riches you want to accumulate? I want to promote both my talents and acquire wealth. Let me  mention here that I am not saying you should stay poor no, neither am I stopping you from accumulating wealth no no no. I am just emphasing the point that success does not necessarily mean having a hefty bank balance.

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I have read quiet a number of books on success and have discovered that one of the most important ingredient to the formula of success is knowledge. Find  outlined below my 2 step processes of success.

Acquire more knowledge and skills

In order to have more, you must become more. “Your success is but a reflection of the value you bring to others and your value is a direct reflection of your skill set. The more valuable your skill set, the better your chances of higher achievement”. Every one of us wants more from life yet only a small percentage of us are willing to pay the actual price for it. If you are not willing to do what it takes to be successful then you do not deserve to be called successful and will stay where you are, period. Success does not come easy. It is not a destination but a journey. If you want to make more, then you must start giving out more. From this observation we can conclude that the first part of the success formula is to make yourself more valuable by improving your knowledge and skills set. Remember the market is willing to pay higher prices for better skills. How do you add value to your skill set, Of course by acquiring more knowledge.

If you want to succeed at whatever you want to do or are doing in life, you cannot escape the process of acquiring more knowledge and one of the best ways of doing it, is by reading relevant materials. There are tons and tons of reading materials today on virtually any topic you can think of. Today we have no excuse of failure. Books can be easily be purchased and accessed via many mediums including the internet.

Equally important to the concept of improving your value to is the avoidance of stagnation. Once you’ve taken the initiative to enhance your value then keep the fire burning. There is always an opportunity to expand your knowledge. The more knowledge you acquire the more valuable you become and the better the service you provide. Remember that humanity is all about service regardless of what you doing.

Apply the acquired knowledge and skills

Acquiring knowledge is the first part of the success formula, applying that knowledge is the second and sometimes the most difficult part. Knowledge acquired and not put to practice or implemented is a waste of time. Imagine, say you decide to study brokerage as a part time career. You attend seminars and read books about brokerage. Then after a while your free time seems to have been over taken by having to work late at your office so much that you cannot do any thing after your work. In the end your aspiration to becoming a broker has died and life has gotten in your way. Time has been wasted.

Am sure this story is familiar with many of us. The bare truth is that you wasted time in the first place and sadly the acquired knowledge will also go to waste for as long as you do not make time to put it to use . Sometimes it could not be that life has gotten in your way but the fear of failure has crept in. Fear is also one of the most detractors to success. Let me encourage you that whatever, obstacle you may encounter when implementing or putting your acquired knowledge to use, should be treated as a challenge. Life has so many challenges and it demands that you overcome them in order to succeed. Imagine a life without challenges wouldn’t that be a boring life?

When you triumph and succeed you will look back and say well I have come a long way. Remember that in order to have more you must become more. The more obstacles you overcome the more you become. Applying your acquired knowledge will propel you towards achieving greater heights of success be it in your career, business or indeed your relationship with others.

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Conclusion

Remember that there is no written down formula for success. This article is merely a guide on what has worked for me and I feel that it could also help you in your quest to your success. Personal development is not an easy task and demands that you are disciplined and consistent in your life. You will always be compensated according to the value you are able to deliver to other people and nothing more. Every new level of income you wish to reach demands a new you. You alone hold the key to either thrive or survive and you alone will determine the path to your own success based on how valuable a resource you are to others. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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