Taking a Chance with Your Goals

I wrote a little motivational thought to help us going with our goals.

When you start a goal you are always taking a chance that it will be successful or it will fail. You take the chance anyway.

CHANCE

Sometimes we do things for a person who don’t recognize, appreciate us or is taking advantage. It’s called chance.

And the one who is rooting in your corner and is there for you, you ignore. It’s called opportunity.

But what if say chance met opportunity and they didn’t get along. It’s called exploring.

In rare cases the two get along but not without chance taking the opportunity to explore. It’s called conclusion.

The conclusion could be good. An opportunity to take a chance exploring.

Or it can be better exploring the opportunity to take a chance.

Either way it’s a chance we have to take.

 

What chance have you taken to achieve your goal?

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Feed Off of Someone Else’s Goals-Person 3

One of the best things I got on a rainy day was a specialty cupcake from a daughter and pop shop. I went to Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia to the Tea and Spice Exchange to buy some tea leaves. On my way back through the rain, I saw a cupcake shop.

Related imageIt was inside one of the Victorian homes on the first floor. The shop wasn’t big at all; it didn’t have to be. What was inside made the store look and feel like a grand plaza. The smell of freshly made cupcakes bounced off the pink walls as the frosting glistened on all the various flavors. The candyland chairs sat daintily next to the tiny two-seater tables that rested comfortably against the wall.

I admired the owner. She baked the cakes as her father tended to the customers. She lived upstairs from her bakery. I remember growing up in New York city and seeing the apartments above the Bodega (corner deli store) and how the store owner lived above it. This was the exact thing except in a house.

It wasn’t only the cupcake that mesmerized me but the owners success in having her own cupcake shop. It was her dream to own a bakery and she achieved her goal.

This makes my third person and final example in my three section blog. No matter what your goal is, seeing another person succeed in theirs can be encouragement for you to accomplish yours.

I use a lot of different examples and success stories to help encourage me. I want to make my own success story. I want to  go back and tell someone else the steps I took to completing my book.

More important, I  want them to learn it and pass a success story on.

What encourages you to continue your goal?

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What Networking Can do For Your Writing

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The thing that I constantly blog about and drive in to my clients heads is to stop procrastinating. When you see an opportunity to better yourself, take it! That is exactly what I did on Sunday, August 20, when I attended Intros & Collabos networking party hosted by Events by Celeste.

The afternoon started with a singing lesson for my daughter turned into a last minute invite. In the beginning I was not going to attend but I quickly thought to myself ”This will be an opportunity for me to meet event planners and possibly other people that can help me.” I received a lot more than what I anticipated.

Intros & Collabos was one of the best networking events I attended. The crowd of professional entrepreneurs was of moderate size and enough for everyone to network comfortably. Like I said, this was a last minute invite from my sister-in-law, Mayra Figueroa-Clark, #The LoveExpert; therefore, I did not have business cards or a pitch for myself. That didn’t stop her from encouraging me to network. The result was certainly memorable.

After everyone introduced themselves, entrepreneurs flocked to me in regards to wanting to write a book. Thank the Lord for modern technology. I was still able to make a lasting impression without my business cards. I put my contact information into their device. Absolutely no way of dropping or misplacing it now.

So What Can Networking do For a Writer’s Career?

  1. Give you fans and opportunities in all types of industries.

Try to attend as much networking conferences as you can and not only specifically in your niche. If you are writing about a spaceship flying to Saturn, go to a scientist convention. All you have to do is tell them you are writing a book about spaceships and not only would they be interested in reading it but also they may be willing to help you with your research.

  1. Be the shell breaker you need.

Hard to believe but I am an introvert. If Mayra did not push me (let’s be honest, give me the ‘you better do this’ look,) I know I would had sat in my seat and soaked in the ambiance. Without a speech I explained who I was and what I can do for them. In less than a minute people knew how I can be of service to them.

  1. Prove business cards are not the only way to leave a memory.

Besides not being properly dressed for the occasion, I did not have business cards with me. This did not stop people from getting my contact information. Having social network exposure really helps. This is why I stress to my clients to get a blog. As a result of not having business cards and still getting contacts, I am going to add this no card concept to my branding. Giving my number and putting theirs in my device, is a confirmed way to stay in contact with potential fans or clients. Tell your contacts to make sure it is stored in a cloud or somewhere safe in case the phone zombies decide to attack.

  1. Introduce you to fans and more fans.

I have new friends! I have people I can call on when my clients want to hold an event and need a complimentary outfit to wear-jbaldymac. Of course getting there without having to stress about directions and traffic-Borden Transportation is also something I can give to my clients. Let’s not forget about looking gorgeous for the crowd-Flawless Faces. All these entrepreneurs and gifts inspired me to continue to inspire you.

At the end of the day I gained more contacts in three hours than I did in six months. I am excited about going to more events and hope to have and other contacts help me with the premier party for my first novel. Networking improved my writing because more people are depending on me and expecting my book. I have more accountability and less reason to procrastinate.

 

Have you been to a networking party? What have it done for you?

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Journal Your Goals

The main point I have been stressing for the past year and since I started my Aliefwrites blog, is the importance of not procrastinating. I tried to show areas where we procrastinate and why as well as how we do these procrastinating things.
 This year I wanted to not only talk about procrastination but no longer do it and finally write my book. The best way a few of the best ways I figured this can happen is by setting some goals for myself.
One of the biggest goals that I have is that I will be in the New York City Book Con on the panel five years from now. From the first time I went to the Book Con, it was such an amazing event, I cannot see why any author would not want to be a part of it.
The next thing I did was think to myself “Okay I have this goal now how am I going to get there and accomplish it?” That is when I started writing down the steps I would have to take in order to achieve this goal.
One of those steps is to:

1. Stop procrastinating writing my book and actually write it!

The fact that I always have a variety of story ideas in my head, as well as the things that I have to do for the day, it can all get a bit frustrating and overwhelming.
I figured out a way easy-to-do way to compile all these ideas for a book I have floating around in my head. The same way I write a food list (so that I can remember what I need from the store) and the same way I write a to-do list (so that I know what I am doing for the day), I can also write a goal list of the things that I need to do in order to achieve my dream of having a published book and being a speaker.

Along with the list of the things I have to do, I also want to be able to look back and see all the steps I made during the process. I find that when I write down what I went through or what happened for that day, it helps me reflect on:

what went well,

            where I can improve,

                      what will move me along better,

                                   and how far I have come.

 What do I plan to do as far as achieving my goal for writing my book The Elements? I decided to keep a journal of my steps and procedures of writing this book.
I thought to myself this would also be good for anybody else who has procrastinated writing their book or who can’t see why the book isn’t being published yet.
One way to start is:
  • write down the steps that we took
  • how far we came
  • how we felt about our time of writing and
  • if any of the steps were helpful.
This will help us see where and why our book has been procrastinated. It may also be a great motivator for us to continue writing because having to write in a journal holds us accountable to having to have some type of information or story-line to give our journal for the week. If we don’t have something to say to our journal, that shows that we haven’t done anything.
Considering the fact I know that I am not the only person going through this (trust me I have so many people coming up to me saying how much they are procrastinating),  I have decided to create a writing journal that will help accomplish my goal. So as I embark on this goal journey, I hope that you will join me as and purchase the book so that you can follow the steps in the procedures and see how far you’ve come with your book writing.
 How do you hold yourself or persuade yourself to continue writing your book?
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How to Find a Mentor Without Looking For One

I always like to shop the competition when it comes to my publishing design skills, but as I was about to Google my next opponent, I noticed Google Doodle had a new image on their homepage. For those of you who are common users of Google, you know for the past years they have been putting up various video images that when you click on them they are more in-depth.

This particular day (I don’t think anything special was going on) I noticed the image was of an African-American lady in a futuristic space suit and silhouettes on either side of her. I couldn’t help but click on it to find out who she was.

To my surprise it was the famous science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Ms. Butler, who was born and raised in Pasadena, California was known to be the mother of Afrofuturism. She wrote the books Kindred, Dawn, Parable of the Talents, and Bloodchild, to name a few. These books not only talked about space but it included the controversial issues African-Americans were facing during her era.

She was the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. What am I getting at you ask? I just made Ms. Octavia Butler my mentor. Although she passed in 2006 at the age of 53, I decided to use her life and path to becoming a science fiction writer.

Although I was not looking for a mentor that day, I was amazed at how I came across one. They are plenty of other ways to find a mentor, even if you are not looking for one. If you are looking for one, they are esoteric places where one can discover a mentor. Here are a few ways to go about finding them.

 

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Seeking by Dianne Johnston. Found on Google images

Search Your Goal.

If I put in the word writer in my google search, the top search is a Wikipedia definition but upon scrolling further, I found a list of places I can go in order to read or become a writer.

When I went further in-depth and typed sci-fi writer “OH Nelly!” A slewful of sci-fi writers and their pictures appeared. I can easily email them or their publicist or even follow them on instagram or twitter.

They are actual websites which are strictly for motivation. One of them that has quick but impactful messages is Goalcast. You can find a person whose life or words can inspire you to achieve. I found an article on one of my favorite artist (Pitbull). His ideas on how to go about making the right decisions from a business stand point was aww inspiring.

 

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Walking by Sport Knee. Found on Google images

Walk Outside.

Whether your goal is to be a painter, weight trainer, teacher, or chef, walking outside can open your mind to ideas and other ways to accomplish your goal. Yes, the great outdoors has a way of freeing our minds from the mental clutter that impacts them.  The sound of a bird can help you write the voice of your character or the sway of a branch may help you find a way to explain to kids how to flow the pronunciation of a word.

 

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Eating out.  Google image by eating low.

Eat Out.

While on my quest to find a job as an editor, I attended a seminar for job hunting. The speaker mentioned to the group to go places where the people in your field hangout. Everyone eats. After work on Thursdays was the days my co-workers and I used to go and  hit the clubs. We would find a lot of account managers and advertising sales managers at these places (mainly because that was who we worked for). Find the area or place where your mentor would go.

For writers, you may find a mentor eating in an organic restaurant or artistic neighborhood. Doctors would be in the hospital cafeteria or the food places around the hospital.

Wherever you would eat would more than likely be a place where you would find someone like you and they can become your mentor.

 

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Library. Google image of Toronto Library

The Library or Bookstore.

Any goal achiever is in the books seeking information or finding the next largest seminar to attend. If you go to a bookstore, simply walk to the area where you would find information about what you want to achieve and more than likely you would find someone with the same interest there as well.

 

They are other ways to find a mentor, maybe someone on your job or try striking up a conversation while you are waiting in line to check out. They are plenty of other ways to find a mentor besides the usual of attending a seminar or finding one by goggling “mentor”.

 

What are some ways you find a mentor even when you are not looking for one?

 

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Let Rejection be a Motivation-Person 2

Continuation from-Three Ways to Find Motivation
From People

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Motivation can come in different ways and from different types of people. For the most part we want our motivators to be positive, upbeat, and a goal achiever. The same way the sun rises and sets, we have motivators and rejecters. It takes a person to repeat 30 times positive words before it sinks in and becomes permanent, yet, it takes only one time for that to be broken down. I found a way to take these negative situations and use them to motivate me toward my goal.

As some of you know my goal is to become a published author. I have not finished my book as of yet but, like most goal achievers, we can’t help but have ideas resonate from our head. The cutest, whimsical short poem flowed from pen to paper.

I was thinking of turning the short poem into a children’s story book with illustrations and a morale at the end.

The first thing I did after I wrote the poem, was read it to persons whose opinions I value. The response I received was a little appalling. I thought they would like the story which they did but the question that followed was browbeat.

Where everyone else understood who the narrator was and enjoyed the poem, one surveyor asked me who the narrator was. I told them it was the baby. They said they do not see a baby speaking words nor using those words  in that manner. I tried to explain of course a baby would not say these words; they cannot even speak!

I was a little confused as to why they did not understand that this was a baby’s dreams or thoughts but then I looked at it like “okay they just rejected me.” I took the situation and just said this is how it would feel when I write my young adult book and an agent does not think it is suitable enough for their business.

The feelings I took were okay that’s just one person that doesn’t like or understand the story it is not the end of the world. This is the way we need to think about all our goals. Just because somebody doesn’t see the end result or believe in it or even think that it is anything beneficial or good, does not mean that we give up. It is not their goal, it is yours. With that thought process instead of me getting upset and thinking I am the worst writer in the world, I used that as a motivation for me to publish this story. I passed it along to other people to get their opinion and soon enough this book will be published. Not because someone said I can’t, but because I said I will!

 

Has someone ever rejected you and deterred you from your goals? How did you feel and how did you respond?

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Three Ways to Find Motivation from People-Person 1

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The Cheerleader

One of my former co-workers, who moved out of state, came to visit us as he prepared for his wedding. We were all very excited to see him and his fiance as we reminisced about all the fun we had working with him.

As we were having lunch, in the middle of nowhere, he asked me how my book was going. I was surprised. My face lit up as I thought to myself Wow, people are really interested in my book!  It reassured me I was pitching it correctly to those around me.

I excitedly answered him and told everyone it was going well. “I plan to finish it this year,” I told them, and myself.

The fact people are interested in my book encourages me to work on it even more.

As we try to fulfill our goals, convincing ourselves to keep going and follow through, can be a bit daunting and mundane. We already know we want to achieve our goal. If you can encourage yourself to do it that’s great! Some of us need a little push however.

Gather Your Cheerleading Squad

The feeling you get from knowing they are people who have your back, will push you more to accomplish your goal. You do not want to disappoint them or come off as a hypocrite. Mainly, you do not want to disappoint yourself.

Motivational speaker and karate teacher, Keith Elkins of CrosStrike Martial Arts and Kickboxing, in Waldorf, MD, wrote in his book The Pony Principles, make a buddy system to help you get motivation.

Wow, people are really interested in my book!

All this time as I wrote the book, it didn’t dawn on me that knowing my followers are anticipating the book, would make me feel better about my goal. It also motivated me to talk about my book more.

As a writer, we tend to be drawn in and quiet. The hardest part for us is to market our book and ourselves. I find talking about my book is a great ice breaker and the result I get are more people cheering me on.

Way 1-Speak Out

There is a simple way to gather a cheer squad. Just like when tryouts for a cheer team are broadcasted, you must announce you are writing a book. Most of the time people are already lined up to be in your cheer squad.

Speaking out about your goal is one way to get motivation from people to help you achieve it. You do not have to ask them to be your motivator, or cheerleader, just let this person (even if it’s in your mind) be the one that holds you accountable.

Take that notion and finish your goal. Tell everyone, even if you don’t know the person, but find your personal person/s that you can think about while you are working on your goal.

It should be someone you respect, and don’t want to disappoint. You want to think about a few things as you achieve your goal.

Think about how they would feel if you give up on your goal.

Think about how you would feel if they told you about a goal they had and then just dropped the ball on it.

  • Would you want to encourage them to continue?
  • Would you have any  trust for them that they would accomplish anything?
  • Would you respect them?
  • Would you trust their integrity?
  • How can achieving your goal inspire others to achieve theirs?

Note your answers somewhere (I always say have a goal journal) and go with the motivation.

Who inspired you today to achieve your goal and how? I would love to hear about it.

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3 Reasons You Need a Support Team

Your support team

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It’s not often I watch television furthermore a reality television show, but Growing up Hip Hop Atlanta, caught my attention.
In one of the episodes, the daughter of Lil Wayne, Reginae Carter, spoke to her family about a breast reduction. Unfortunately the episode I was watching, only her friends supported her.
That episode had me thinking about my writing career. Where were my supporters when I told the world I was going to write a book? Like some peoples experience, those close to you never seem to believe you. Then when you do it, they try to act all suprised as if they never thought it possible. This is NOT the type of support team you want anyway. If anything stay away from people with such negative characeter.Like an infection, thier negativity will spread into your mind and eventually discourage you from achieving your goal.
My family felt my idea of becoming an encouraging writer was just a dream I had (along with many others such as being the first African-American ice skating Rockette.)
Besides my mom being one of the positive supporters in my writing career, I was able to find a great support group.The crowd of friends I had in high school were very supportive and encouraging for me. They always wanted to know what I wrote about and never gave me some ideas. That support system is long gone and years later I am now returning to riding with a new set of supporters-YOU.
A support system is very important for a lot of reasons:
1. It makes you feel good.
Whatever you do in life, it is always more fun with a friend. A friend would encourage and inspire you. They would always be excited to know what you wrote next. Taking thier advice not only helps you but also makes them feel important because thier adavice matters (and everyone wants to feel important). Having supporters would encourage you further in the next reason for having a support team.
2. It holds you accountable.
With everyone wantting to kow what will happen next you have to fulfill thier curiosity. You don’t wan to disappoint or lose your suppprt team by leaving them hanging for a long time so you write. And you like some more. You write until you eventually finish the book. That is when you ask for the support if your support team to fulfill reason number
3. They will spread the news.
People love to know they are part of something and you support team would love to know they are part of the beginning of a great book. They also love to know they contributed and letting everyone know your book is released (and they supported you through it), is a reward anybody would love to be a part of.
A support team is great and used in many subjects of the world. Let’s take for example of football and basketball team; they have cheerleaders rooting for them. Use your support team as your cheerleaders and you can never lose this fight.
I want to take this time to thank you for being my support. Please invite more and let me know who is on your support team.
Make one of your goals this week to get a support team.

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