Act Like A Success

Think Like A Success: Personal Lessons Learned

A few weeks ago, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and reveal my answers to a few questions posed by Steve Harvey from Chapter 8 of Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success.  Since that time, I have traveled three weeks in a row for work while dealing with a sinus infection.  So it sort of felt like the universe was working against me and my plans.  I then had a few options:
1.  Quit
2.  Keep Moving
3.  Procrastinate

I chose a combination of the three options, I procrastinated for a few days and then I decided it was time to keep moving towards our goals.

When I originally wrote the post for Chapter 8, I thought sharing my personal story would motivate others to write down their own plans.  Since our goals should be personalized to our circumstances,  the goal I have chosen to share may seem either simplistic or complicated depending on your point of view.   Either opinion you hold is your opinion but at least my posting will allow you to either begin to formulate a plan for yourself or revise your plan.

So without further time to contemplate all the reasons not to share, here are my personal answers:

GOAL: Open A Non-profit Community Center

1.  Do you need to take this journey with someone else to ensure that you will keep your word? It has been my experience that I am more productive when I take others along the journey with me.  For example, I have been more committed to my own personal development since writing this blog.

2.  Will it be better to go solo to stay focused? I am planning my journey as a solo one way trip with no monetary or housing resources.  Interpretation,  knowing that I have no one else to depend on but myself allows me to realize and accept that only I have the power to create my center.  That means if I want to do the good things that I envision this facility could be for the community I will have to be intentional with my efforts.

3.  What kind of milestones do you need to keep yourself on track? I am choosing to use my children’s growth as my personal milestones.  The first objective towards my goal has to be completed by the birthday of my youngest child.  This strategy allows me a year to complete each step of my process. (Hopefully it won’t take me that long but I am conscious of my reality that I am the mother of an infant and toddler)

4.  Are there better times to execute certain parts of your journey than other?  The simplistic answer is yes.  The complicated answer is that I must plan out my journey concisely because my time of availability is when the little ones are asleep. For this reason I plan my week and utilize my lunch hour as time to work my plan.  I also take at least four hours on Saturdays as additional preparation time.

So there you have it, a brief glimpse into what I am working on.  There is an additional resource I chose to utilize in order to make my progress more tangible. I joined the Success Magazine Start Small, Win Big Challenge of 2015.

Til next time,
“It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Think Like A Success: Chapter 9

Happy Success Monday.

It is such a relief to be back home and healthy. I am behind in posting as I was traveling while sick which was not by choice but by necessity since it was work related and it was too late to cancel. Anyhow,  it is time to get caught up from the last post.

I mentioned that I would post answers to the questions from Chapter 8 and those will be posted tomorrow.  Today’s post will focus on Chapter 9 with Chapter 10 being posted later in the week.

One of the quotes I implemented over the last few week was: “Get out of your comfort zone and treat yourself to a first-class ticket for your next business trip or vacation – Steve Harvey. ”  I am an introvert who prefers to be behind the scenes. I don’t go to places where networking is required cause it just isn’t my thing.  But I stepped out of my comfort zone and not only attended a professional conference where networking was necessary,  I also initiated conversations with people I didn’t know.

I am also planning to upgrade my ticket on my next business trip because after all, if I don’t think I am good enough why would anyone else.  These voyages into my discomfort filled me with a desire to continue my exploration into things which previously made me uncomfortable.   Thus, my post tomorrow will definitely be a step outside the box.  Here’s to making the leap into my growth.

Favorite Quotes:
“You have to be clear about your vision because it will drive everything else you do.” – Steve Harvey

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

“Until you change your focus and elevate your imagination, your present situation will define you.” – Steve Harvey

“Kids don’t think about what is logical, practical, or even doable. They just let their imaginations rip” – Steve Harvey

“Do not limit your vision because you don’t think you are in the right place or know the right people” – Steve Harvey

Questions for Reflection:
1.  What does Steve Harvey mention as the one thing that disappoints him most?

2.  What do you consider to be your first class experience? What about your first class life?

3.  What are some ways in which you can treat yourself this year while also expanding your horizons?

4.  What are the greatest things about your vision and your gifts?  In what way is your current life placing limitations on the achievement of those great things?

5.  What method are you utilizing to keep your vision foremost in your life?  How are you working towards the achievement of your life vision?

6.  What have you learned from your past regarding the best way to accomplish your objectives? Are the methods you utilized back then appropriate for usage today in your current circumstances?

Til next time,
“Leave a history of mistakes behind and dream of wonderful, successful tomorrows” – Steve Harvey


Traveling While Sick

Happy Tuesday.

I am a week behind on posting and promise to get everyone caught up.  The last 2 weeks I have been traveling (work related) with a sinus infection but learning a lot and implementing some of the techniques from the book.

Til next time,
“Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

Act Like A Success

Think Like A Success: Chapter 8

Happy Monday!

It is so hard to believe that we are already at Chapter 8 of Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success.  What an interesting literary journey we have taken as we continue to explore increasing our ability to Motivate, Inspire, Dream and Achieve.

It seems I say this every week, but I liked this chapter.  The process of viewing the achievement of our dreams from the perspective of climbing a mountain was easy for me to visualize in my mind.  I especially liked the many questions, Mr. Harvey poses throughout for our personal self evaluation.  Each one made it a little bit more difficult for me to identify extra questions for reflection.  And you know what?  I couldn’t!

So this week, I am using a different format – no questions for reflection.  Just a summary of my favorite quotes.  I am also going to post later in the week, a peek into my answers to the questions presented.  Yes, you read that correctly – I am going to post my answers to some of the questions posed in Chapter 8.  This is definitely going to be a scary process for me because I feel that each answer would be like a peek into my diary.  But, it is my hope that by sharing with you I can not only keep myself accountable but also give you the courage to share your answers with your support system.

Without further delay here are my favorite quotes of the week.  If you would like to post your answers or make any comment regarding this week’s post, I will open the comment section for your viewing pleasure.

Favorite Quotes:

“I interpreted this scripture in my life to mean that walking into my destiny is a step-by-step process” – Steve Harvey

“What separates the dreamers from the does? Goals.” – Steve Harvey

“Goals are the key ingredient that helps us stay focused, consistent, and diligent on our path to achieving our dreams.” – Steve Harvey

“I definitely want you to make big goals, but don’t make them so far outside your comfort zone that you set yourself up for failure.” – Steve Harvey

“Your goals also need to be tailored to your gift, your skill set, and your lifestyle.” – Steve Harvey

“Working toward your dream doesn’t mean that you get so laser focused that you lose sight of your priorities” – Steve Harvey

Ok, that is it for this post.  A little shorter than normal and I feel like it’s missing a key element but I think answering the questions posed by the author himself will you get you further in your progression towards the top of the mountain.  Tune in next time for a peek into my personal progress.

Til next time,
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome” – Booker T. Washington