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Free eBook Deal (now – 11/27/12) – Tell your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

Happy Cyber Monday!

In honor of the Cyber Monday, I thought it would be great to post a listing for something that will cost you $0.  So take a few minutes from your cyber spending and head on over to the Amazon website to download a copy of the book – Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews.

If you don’t have a Kindle or a Kindle app, you can download one while you are on the website for free.  I have a Kindle and an app on everyone of my tech devices as I find it to be extremely useful (more on that at a later date).

Now here is my disclaimer:  I HAVE NEVER READ THIS BOOK.  However, the book is free and it had great reviews.  Thus, I am putting it on my to do list and I will write a review for you here at a later date.

I chose this book because:

1) It’s free

2) Everyone could use a little advice on Time Management

3) I have never read a book on Time Management

If you have read this book, leave a comment and let me know how it is.  Or if you know of another great read, leave that comment as well.  But in the meantime, get her book and read it because as the book cover says it all about why we need to give it a try:  How to manage your schedule so you can live free.

Til next time,

“Action expresses priorities” – Mohandas Gandhi

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Lessons from Black Friday

Yesterday America celebrated Thanksgiving with family, friends, food, and entertainment such as sports, parades, and shopping.  Now that the turkey is eaten and leftovers packaged for family and friends, another big day has begun.  The beginning of the holiday shopping experience which some consider a sport of its own, Black Friday.

Before the sales were announced and as each day brought us closer to the big day, conversations turned to how they spent last year’s Black Friday and the strategies which helped them score big.  A few keys to a successful hunt are:
1.  Have a list of items, usually a wishlist of your own or a combination of yours and others;
2.  Know where the best deals are housed, this requires scouring the sales papers, text message deals, internet, etc. – in other words you hunt for the ;
3.  Set up a game plan as to which store to tackle first and how you are going to get to your coveted items;
4.  Have a support system, select others who love the day as much as you.  These are the people that won’t complain about long lines, rude people, and early rising.

These four keys coincidentally are also essential keys to achieving your goals:
1.  Identify what you want, make a list of these items.  Emphasis on multiple items so that you can increase your opportunities for success.
2.  Know where you can obtain assistance, resources and education for each item on your list.  This will require research from places such as newspapers (yes they still exist), magazines, internet, YouTube even.
3.  Set up an action plan by prioritizing the most important to you or the easiest to obtain.  Sometimes beginning with the easiest to obtain allows you to increase your confidence level by reminding you that success is within your reach.
4.  Identify a support system, select people who will help you search for what you identified in step two.  Make sure you choose people who are willing to go the distance whether that may include getting up in the wee hours of the night when you have writers block or anxiety attacks and need a sympathetic ear.

Black Friday is just one example of lessons to be learned from real life.    And real life can be the best educational institute if you are willing to look for the lessons it teaches.  So what did you learn from Black Friday?  If you are willing to share, I am willing to listen.

Til next time,

“Action expresses priorities” – Mohandas Gandhi

 

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What Motivates You?

Motivation.  The M makes up the first letter of this new project.  The word brings to mind images of people, places, things, and situations which lead to accomplishment.  But what does the word mean to you?

Dictionary.com defines motivation as the desire to do; interest or drive.  Merriam-Websters dictionary defines motivation as a motivating force, stimulus or influence.  The M.I.D.A project defines motivation as your purpose for taking action towards personal or professional growth.

My motivation used to be a better life for me; however, my motivation now is a better future for my children.  I want them to wake up and never wonder why they weren’t provided every advantage available to them.  We have created our own family affirmation of which we use to keep us focused on the end result, this family jingle is different for each child but essentially the same.  Here it is – my teenager will be a millionaire by the age of 30 and my 2-year-old will be a billionaire by that same age.

Together, she and I chose the age of 30 because at 16 years of age, she is already an entrepreneur with her own line of natural bath and body products.  Thus as she continues on this path, this experience of running a business while increasing her education will help her make her first million by 30.  Our two-year old looks up to her and as a result, he will have a positive example of how to turn a million into a billion.  But of course, this goal will not come to fruition if we (the parents) don’t demonstrate how to stick to goals until they are achieved.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” Thomas Jefferson

I am teaching my children to not waste time on figuring out who they are.  I tell them they are children who will become millionaires and billionaires because they will always achieve one goal then create another.  Create goal, achieve goal, create another goal.  Create goal, achieve goal, create another goal.    For now this three-step process is working for us.  But as we know, in life we grow and we change.  So will this process but until then we will keep working at it.

Their motivation is the achievement of their goal.  My motivation is my children’s future and my passion for helping others.  What’s your motivation?  What is it that drives you to want to do more?  What makes you want to be more than you are?

Need a little help identifying your motivation?  Have a listen to a song that always keeps me going, Shine by Laura Izibor.

Til next time,

“Action expresses priorities” – Mohandas Gandhi

 

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Why M.I.D.A?

The name The M.I.D.A Project grew from a desire to traffic in practical & motivational information to help individuals realize my personal mission statement.  Motivating others to find the inspiration to dream big and put plans in motion to achieve those dreams.

I am a regular person who has achieved many of her goals but not all of them.  As long as I am alive I will continue to make new goals and strive to achieve them.  This blog is one of my newest endeavors and it has kept me up many a night because I failed to follow it through.  I made a goal to implement this plan in November after I learned this was National Blog Posting month or NaBloPoMo.  What better way to gain traction towards motivating others than by achieving my dreams.  That’s the impetus for the name.

Another goal I added this month, I want to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge, National Novel Writing Month.  Complete a 54,000 word novel in 30 days.  No plans to do it this November but its definitely planned for the next 12 months.

Til next time,

“Action expresses priorities” – Mohandas Gandhi

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It began with an idea!

Every once in awhile an idea sparks your intellect and burrows a whole until it is firmly planted in your mind with interest growing daily in your spirit and soul.  Simple words, gestures, photos, songs, etc bring you back to the idea until you take action.  In my case, until I put pen to paper and thought into motion.

What is the great idea which haunts my brain and my nights you ask?  The idea is an age old premise sparked by a quote I read by Zig Ziglar, “Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”  When I read this quote, I inherently thought back to my childhood where our home bookshelf was full of encyclopedias and books of every subject.  We also spent a considerable amount of time at libraries and my #1 request for birthday and holiday gifts were books to read and money to buy books.  Books were always my best friend, vacation, and confidence booster.

I have forced this desire on my teenage daughter and have been instilling it in my toddler as he grows but I noticed, lately we have spent more time surrounded by the big TV (and only TV in the house) in our living room.  It was time to get back to my first love and forcing  encouraging my daughter back to the written word.  But not just any word, into words worlds of possibility.  Of course you noticed I crossed out the words and replaced it with worlds of possibility because we live in a technological age and that technology makes it possible for them to experience so much more than just books.  The world now makes it advantageous to live out another of my favorite quotes this time by Audrey Hepburn “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”  (Yeah, I am a huge quote junkie but that is for a later post)

So now back to my idea.  I want to demonstrate to my children what I preach to them (or at least my teen right now), no matter how much money you have an education is possible.  In discussing this with several friends and family members and attempting to convince them to help me out, no takers yet, I thought public scrutiny would require me to stick to my plan.  So step one of putting pen to paper and bringing this idea to life began.  Introducing M.I.D.A.  Each week I commit to posting about the lessons I have learned from a variety of medias. Examples include my number one favorite, the written word, as well as mediums such as podcasts, blogs, video, radio, & tv to name a few.

I am calling this segment, The M.I.D.A Project.  Motivate, Inspire, Dream, Achieve.  Because I am not great on staying true to one theme, I like the aspect of variety The M.I.D.A Project allots me.

Well that’s it for this moment.  Idea implementation has begun.  Stay tuned for more posts.

Til next time,
“Action expresses priorities” – Mohandas Gandhi

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