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Newsletter Dated: 7/6/2007 3:37:29 PM
Subject: Take Charge Success Strategies Newsletter
Here is your July issue of Take Charge Success Strategies.
Volume 2, Number 5 ---- July 2007
Publisher: GoalMinds, Inc.
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"There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see
it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling
to settle for less."
--Kurt Hahn, German Educator (1886 - 1974)
In This Issue
1. Happy Birthday, America! By Annette Bass
2. Visit North Cascades National Park, Charles Beall
3. We All Have Dreams, by Philip E.Humbolt, Ph.D.
4. Reinvent Yourself--Personally and Professionally
A Belated Happy Birthday, America! July 4th in America is
the day we celebrate our independence. As we celebrated
America's independence on this truly American holiday, I
reflected on what it means as Americans to be independent.
Independence is a concept held in the hearts of Americans
and many others around the world. Our country was formed
because of the determination of others before us. Our
fore-fathers took action and forged a new way of life. Yes,
they met with a very large amount of resistance but were
able to overcome it because they knew what they wanted and
were determined to do whatever was necessary to have the
change and the new way of life they desired. The very core
of America is based on freedom to choose our own destiny.
People of many cultures have come and continue to come to
America because for them it holds the promise of a dream.
Others came here against their will but because of the
undying and contagious spirit of freedom, have since
followed the dream of freedom.
If not for the courage of the founding fathers of this great
country, we would not have the freedom and independence we
have today. They could have been content to stay under the
rule of their native countries, but instead, they made a
choice, a decision to take charge, to re-invent not only
themselves but an entire nation. Americans have a history of
reinventing themselves. It is who we are. We have fought and
will continue to fight for the rights to continue to choose
our own destinies. It is our history and our heritage. It is
in our blood. ~Annette Bass
2. Visit North Cascades National Park! Charles Beall
Just in time for a great summer vacation our friend, Charles
Beall of the North Cascades National Park in Washington,
informs us that the Diablo Lake Trail suspension bridge is
now open again for visitor use. The bridge spans the long
arm of Diablo Lake that reaches the foot of Ross Dam. Access
to the Diablo Lake Trail is free. The trail departs from the
parking lot of the North Cascades Environmental Learning
Center and offers dramatic views of the Diablo Lake Gorge
and surrounding peaks. Jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading
waterfalls and over 300 glaciers adorn the North Cascades
National Park Service Complex. Love those mountains! For
current trail information, Call (360) 854-7245.
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to
be achieved." --William Jennings Bryant
We All Have Dreams, Philip E. Humbert, PhD
We all have dreams and goals. Some of them are simply
"wishes", like winning the lottery or sailing to Tahiti. But
we also have goals that are vital to our futures and the
well-being of our families. And yet many of us make little
or no progress toward achieving our most important goals.
We wait and hope, but get no closer to our dreams. It
doesn't have to be that way! We all know people who soar
from one project to another, achieving their goals and
living the life they want. How do they do it?
1. CLARITY OF PURPOSE.
For a dream to become a goal, it must be specific. While
it's fun to daydream about being rich, it takes courage and
hard choices to decide exactly how much money you want and
how you are going to earn it. Being "thin" is an image;
losing 23 pounds by your birthday is a goal. In life, we
probably can't have it all. You can lose 23 pounds, or you
can have the cake and ice cream. Your choice. Be clear.
There's a story from ancient Greece about a general who
landed his troops on the beach, then burned his ships. He
wanted each soldier to know there was no turning back, no
retreat, no alternative to victory. Once your goal is clear,
emotionally commit to achieving it. There are no
3. TALK ABOUT IT.
This is called "accountability." Once you've defined your
goal and committed yourself to achieve it, start talking
about it! If you want to lose weight, don't blame your
spouse for buying ice cream if they don't know and
understand your goal! Talking about your goals makes them
emotionally real and powerful. It allows people to help you
reach your goal and support you along the way. Some people
will also criticize or undermine you. Don't worry about it.
4. WRITE IT DOWN.
This is basic, and one of the oldest, simplest and most
powerful techniques for achieving any goal. Write it down!
Describe precisely what you want, how you will earn it, when
you will have it, and the benefits you'll receive from
achieving your goal. Write the details. Write the colors,
the shapes and the dates.
5. WRITE IT EVERY DAY!
Every morning, use a small card or a corner of your
appointment book to record a short description of your goal
where you will see it all day long. Don't carry the same
card day after day! If your goal is worth anything, it's
worth 1 minute of your time to write a simple sentence
describing your dream and focusing on your priorities. Do
this every morning.
6. HAVE A PLAN.
Create a map for getting there. And put dates on it! A goal
to retire at age 40 has no meaning without a savings and
investment strategy. A goal to create your own business is
just a fantasy without a plan to attract investors, find a
location, hire staff and sell your goods or services. The
beauty of a plan is that it allows you to'
7. TAKE ACTION EVERY DAY!
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Any goal that is worthy of you, is worth a few minutes of
your time and some of your energy every single day. To one
day write a novel, write a chapter this week. To open your
own business, read a business magazine today. To create a
more loving family, give someone a hug today. To be
salesperson of the year, make a phone call right now!
8. USE CONSTANT AFFIRMATIONS.
One of my clients is a PGA golfer. From the moment his ball
lands on the green until he sinks the putt, he repeats over
and over "I will make this putt!" He repeats that phrase as
many 200 times before every putt! Do you think he would be
more, or less, successful if he spent those moments
thinking, "I just hope I don't miss it."? Tell yourself what
you want to hear!
9. REVIEW, AND RE-COMMIT, OFTEN.
Never be afraid to review your goals,evaluate whether you
are still 100% committed to them, and re-commit to achieving
them. If your values, or your choices have changed, change
your goals accordingly, and be honest about it! And if you
goals still fits, run to it with all your heart!
10. CELEBRATE EACH MILESTONE!
Never wait to have a party! Each deposit in your savings
account deserves a checkmark on the calendar and a hug from
your partner. Each day without a cigarette deserves a smile
and congratulations from your loved ones. Every step toward
your goal should be documented and celebrated! When you get
discouraged or have doubts, your record of past successes
will quickly get you back on track. Not sure about this' Ask
any marathon runner whether they count each mile on their
run to the finish line! Celebrate each and every milepost on
your path to victory!
© Philip E. Humbert, PhD With Permission
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw
off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the
trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- -Mark Twain
4. A Proven System to Reinvent Yourself Personally and
For a limited time, Jo Condrill is offering you a FREE CD
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