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Many of us set goals, but only a few of us follow through and bring our goals to fruition.
But why do so many of us set goals at the start of the new year, only to abandon ship before the thaw of spring?
We may have the purest of intentions, the desire and drive to succeed, but somehow, we always end up right where we were the year before; setting a goal and moving in the direction of it for a short time until something mysterious and intangible stops us dead in our tracks.
If this sounds familiar, then it’s time to discover how to successfully set and achieve your goals in The Best of You: The Ultimate Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals by Patrick Kalonji Ngoyi.
“One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they set a New Year Resolution,” says author Patrick Kalonji Ngoyi, “is that there is no accountability, and therefore, no follow-through. They are literally setting themselves up for failure - and the worst part is – most people do this year after year without realizing it!”
Before you pop the champagne this New Year’s Eve, pop open The Best of You, set the right goals for your life, then get ready to start (and finish!) 2017 off with a bang!
Don’t Procrastinate! Read The Best of You on your favorite eBook reader:
When you read The Best of You, you will learn: All about the basics of setting the right goals. Find out what works and what does not work. Learn to use your energy effectively without running around in circles. How the knowledge era has changed the speed at which people set goals and how to turn your life around even when you know you are far behind others! What are the most important tools you can use in order to motivate yourself. Learn ways to 'trick' your mind into blitzing for fast results and reward yourself psychologically from time to time so that you will triumph in the end. The most critical thing you must learn - the correct mindset if you want to set yourself up for winning and so much more!
Don't set yourself up for failure! Learn to achieve your goals the right way in The Best of You: The Ultimate Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Over the last decade, entrepreneur Patrick Kalonji Ngoyi has excelled in a variety of industries and marketplaces. With a burning passion for helping others realize the power of proper goal setting, now for the first time, Patrick Kalonji Ngoyi is sharing his tried and true techniques for successfully setting and achieving goals.
FREElance FREEdom is giving people powerful tools to earn their financial FREEdom doing what they love.
Rebecca Flansburg, writer at Cover Girl, HERLIFE Magazine, Frantic Mommy, and now Washington Post, is helping people discover how to make a full-time living by following their passion in her new book, FREElance FREEdom.
“Life beyond the cubicle is very possible” Rebecca urges aspiring freelancers and Moms who want to work from home.
Listen to Rebecca Flansburg on Angela Raspass’ Your Next Chapter podcast here.
In FREElance FREEdom, Rebecca Flansburg provides readers with powerful tools, tactics, trade secrets and insider strategies that they need to become a freelancer, take control of their careers, and be their own boss by doing what they love most - It's all much easier than many people think and anyone can do it. Freelancers can be anything from accountants and marketing pros to writers and virtual assistants. The opportunities for becoming a freelancer are endless.
This robust 90+ page downloadable e-book and resource guide is a treasure trove of awesome information about working from home (on your own terms) all rolled into a handy read-at-your-own pace guidebook.
For those who are looking to pursue a career as a freelance writer, virtual assistant, graphic designer (and more) this Resource Guide will provide the insight, tools, guides, advice and strategies that can apply to any freelance business. If you want the very basics of getting started without the benefit of support and coaching, FREElance FREEdom is for you.
Read a preview of FREElance FREEdom on Amazon here.
We live in a world that is in a constant state of flux. Today, the only reliable constant in our society is change, which occurs at a much quicker pace than it ever has before. With technology evolving faster than ever before it’s no wonder that along with it the way that businesses operate is also changing. Small and large businesses alike are either evolving with the needs of their customers or slowly dying off. Politics around the world are also changing, and as history has shown us time and time again, the repercussions of political change can often have disastrous results on the global economy.
Finances are most definitely changing. The best investment that one could make only five years ago is no longer a financially sound decision today. Guaranteeing financial security in the future requires a close observation and insight into the world’s economy and its multitude of influencers.
In Ask About Gold, bestselling author Michael Ruge explains why we need to ask about the one tried and true currency in the face of global economic collapse. This book will take a look at one of the best financial securities in a time of economic instability and uncertainty. Ruge gives readers an outlook in terms of what to expect from the global economy in the coming years based on research by some of the wisest economists in the world, and shares his insight on the future of finances, the economy, and the one asset which is the cornerstone of – gold.
The economy in countries around the world has revolved around gold for thousands of years. Only in the last few centuries was gold is no longer accepted in every day transactions. What does that mean for our economy, and more importantly, what does that mean for your own financial future?
In order to ensure financial security today, isn’t it time that you Ask About Gold?
Michael Ruge is also giving away a trip to Vancouver B.C. where two winners will get to pan for real gold with Michael Ruge and his family. Runners up receive a limited edition leather bound copy of Ask About Gold. Get more details on the giveaway here.
“Today turned out to be the best day ever! I got adopted!” You can almost visualize Millie’s tail wiggle-waggle as you read her words. For Millie, a dog who revels in the love of her owners, practically every day is the happiest day of her life – which is why she’s so confused when she suffers animal abuse at the hands of strangers.
In Lee Sherrill’s Diary of a Displaced Dog, we see the world through the eyes of Millie, an adorably naive pup, who gets adopted by a loving boy and his mother. But when they lose their house, this dog gets displaced and falls into the hands of a man with questionable motives.
Without spoiling too much of the book, it’s easy to say that this was an enjoyable read. Anyone who has every owned a dog at some point in their life can empathize with Millie every step of the way. Diary of a Displaced Dog is so cute that it will have you grinning the whole way through. Of course, it’s not all smiles, as the book addresses a very real topic happening every day to pets around the world who suffer abuse and neglect at the hands of the owners who they love, but let’s just say that the ending won’t make you cry.
Dairy of a Displaced Dog is a must-read for dog lovers. It’s short, sweet, and makes you feel for animals like you never thought possible. Plus, author Lee Sherrill is donating $1 from every eBook sale of Diary of a Displaced Dog to an Animal Rescue Organization. Get your copy of the book here.
This book is the first part in Sherrill’s upcoming series that tells the tale of lovable animals who suffer tragic abuse and neglect from their own point of view. This is an interesting concept that we hope to see Sherrill expand into a massive series – and hopefully help a lot of animals along the way!
Through Dr. Block's experience as the director of the Susan Block Institute for the Art & Science of Sex, we are given an insight into the world of eroticism. We see compassion, love, generosity, and a stark reality of a way in which we can live better lives by mimicking monkeys. The way that these bonobos live challenges all of our preconceived ideas about how civilizations work...Read More
Everyone reads at their own pace. We’ve previously discussed the best ways to speed read here. If you’re the type of person who enjoys books at a paced speed by savoring every sentence and giving it time to sink in, then you speed reading might not interest you. No matter how fast you read books, you can still increase your overall reading experience and enjoyment by creating a distraction-free space prior to cracking open your book (or Kindle).
If you’re reading this article at home, take a quick look at your nightstand. What do you see there? An eReader, like a Kindle, or the latest book you’re working on is probably the first thing that jumps out at you. In order to create a distraction-free reading environment, what items can you add or subtract from the space in which you do most of your reading?
Here are the top 3 ways to increase reading retention and overall book enjoyment through distraction-free reading.
1. Turn your phone off. Then plug it into a charger. Preferably in another room. Some people find this incredibly difficult to do, but if you’re focused on reading and not checking Facebook then there is no reason to have your phone with you, right? Also, reading books on your phone makes it incredibly easy to become distracted.
2. Keep cold water nearby. By far, the number one reason people put their books down is to run and grab something to drink. The foresight to have something cold to sip on nearby makes for distraction-free reading and improved reading retention. While coffee and tea are great, they are not optimal for evening reading sessions unless you enjoy tossing and turning all night. Alternatively, a swig of ice cold water has the same stimulating effect as caffeine and won’t make you lose sleep. Reusable stainless steel water bottles that stay cold over long periods of time without leaking condensation all over your nightstand, like The Coldest Water, is a game changer. That’s why The Coldest Water bottles are perfect for avid readers.
3. Stand up while reading. or pace around the room if need be. Strangely enough, this is a tried and tested method of your increasing reading speed. That’s because standing or pacing increases blood circulation and gives you a boost in mental energy. Conversely lying in bed under the covers is the worst way to read a book, but definitely the most comfortable.
So the next time you really want to power through a book, tuck your smartphone into bed instead, grab your Coldest Water Bottle in one hand, your book or Kindle in the other and start doing laps around your house.
After a highly coordinated, elaborate 20-month investigation conducted by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and South Lake Tahoe police, the undercover operation code-named "Deep Snow" led to the arrest of the drug dealing South Lake Tahoe mayor and his wife along with 17 others involved in their distribution ring, including a South Lake Tahoe chiropractor who was selling kilograms of cocaine to clients as “bottles of vitamins”. The workings of illicit drug trade centered in the resort communities around Lake Tahoe, with money and cocaine being shuttled among suppliers and dealers in Orange County, Palm Springs and San Diego.
These are the events that unfolded one warm, summer day back in ’89. The story is picked up in A Dead Game, a romantic suspense based on the true story of the drug lord mayor of South Lake Tahoe and his elaborate network of drug trafficking and money laundering.
Mira West’s A Dead Game is based on her first hand experiences while working in a casino during the course of these events. The story unfolds in a captivating tale of romance, suspense, corruption and greed.
Do you flounder through your online courses? Do you swear you have given up on online education? Do you want to take online college courses, but are scared you will fail so you stay stuck where you are? Jacqueline Myers has the perfect solution for all of the struggling students of the world: Your Online College Course Survival Guide.
Jacqueline Myers nails the top 10 success strategies for distance learning in a way that students can understand and implement immediately. As promised, the book is written for college students of all types by a legitimate online college educator. Students get the core strategies of successful online learning, all in one easy-to-read guide. To make implementation of the strategies even easier, action step checklists have been included at the end of each chapter. Online courses don’t have to be difficult! With this guide on your virtual bookshelf, you can make the grade and be successful in the virtual learning environment.
You can buy Your Online College Course Survival Guide: How to Make the Grade and Learn in The Virtual Classroom here.
Still think you can wing it through your e-learning? Get a free samples of Jacqueline Myers’ Your Online College Course Survival Guide here before it’s too late!
Jacqueline has taught high school English, English as a Second Language, remedial composition to new college students, information literacy as an academic instructional librarian and college-level composition and literature. She currently teaches exclusively online, and has done so since 2010. She is also a freelance writer & editor, as well as the owner & writing expert at Nitty-Gritty English, a blog dedicated to providing trusted writing tips to the reluctant college writer.
For student who want to added edge in English, Jacqueline Myers is also available for hire as a professional editor and writing coach. Find out more at Nitty-Gritty English here.
The world we live in is constantly in flux with an endless ebb and flow of information, all of which are made up of reasons that are ripe for knowing. As you walk down the crossroad of life, striving endlessly towards knowledge, there will undoubtedly be plenty of noise along the way. It can be easy to get distracted by the noise, but it is the task of every knowledge seeker to do their best to ignore that noise and find 3 simple reasons for everything.
What do we stand to gain by knowing things? Take a look at some of the most successful people throughout history for the answer to that question: Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou, Steven King and the list goes on. They all succeeded at their craft because they were highly knowledgeable in their field, as well as in life.
Knowledge is essential to success. It’s a key component that drives people to succeed because the more knowledgeable an individual is, the more difficult it becomes to sit idly by and not put that knowledge into action. Knowledge often begets action. This is why having an educated community is essential to the improvement of any society. It all starts by picking up a book. Reading is a window into other worlds which allows people to gain essential knowledge, vicarious experience, imagination, creativity and much more.
Introducing The 3 Reasons Why Book of Knowledge, mankind’s greatest weapon in the war against “why?”. The 3 Reasons Why Book of Knowledge informs readers on 365 different topics – or 1095 reasons - within the categories of culture, lifestyle, business, science, technology, the most important people in the world and much, much more. Readers are able to learn something new every day for an entire calendar year by reading one page from The 3 Reasons Why Book of Knowledge.
In addition to the massive Book of Knowledge, the 3RW team has produced eBooks for each category which offers easy-to-consume, bite-sized knowledge, including The 3 Reasons Why Book of Culture, Book of Lifestyle, Book of Money & Business, Book of Science & Tech, and Book of People.
The 3 Reasons Why Book of Knowledge is available for pre-order here and will be available wherever fine books are sold starting February 4. Find out more of the 3 reasons behind life’s biggest and littlest mysteries at the world’s largest source for knowledge, 3ReasonsWhy.com.
This is an article I originally wrote for 3 Reasons Why. To find out more reasons behind life's greatest and smallest mysteries, visit www.3ReasonsWhy.com.
A much more detailed explanation on speed typing and how to make tons of money by speed typing are discussed in our new book, How To Make Money Writing Full-Time: Establishing Life-Long Skills to Find and Keep Work as a Writer, the first part in my Writing for Writer’s series in which I help other writer’s and authors achieve their goals. Now available for just $2.99 here.
Not unlike speed reading, speed typing is an invaluable tool in any professional writer’s toolbox. This is especially true to those who churn a lot of content, because the faster you type, the more money you will make.
Here are three reasons why speed typing is an essential skill and tips on how you can quickly learn to type faster.
Reason 1: Your time is worth is!
Time is the one resource we have that is finite. If it takes you half an hour to send one email, then that is
Do you need any more reasons to start speed typing?
Reason 2: Get cozy and go to work!
It should go without saying that you work better when you’re more comfortable. The same goes for typing. Make sure you’re sitting up straight, but allow your wrists to rest while your fingers are on the keyboard. Having them in the air inhibits your speed and is just plain uncomfortable.
Additionally, keep both feet on the floor and take breaks when needed. If your fingers or hands start to hurt, take a break! Straining yourself gets you nowhere, but pacing yourself will improve your strength. It takes time, but eventually you’ll need to take fewer rest breaks.
Once you’ve gotten a decent feel for where the keys are laid out, eliminate the habit of looking down while you type. For one thing, it prevents you from visually editing your copy in real-time, meaning more mistakes and more time wasted editing in the end. You’ll also learn the layout of the keys a lot faster since you are not taking any mental shortcuts.
Reason 3: Practice makes perfect!
The worst thing you can do is become complacent. Your typing skill can always get better as long as you’re balancing how fast you type with how correctly you type.
Test your speed routinely and set goals for the WPM you want to reach.
Once you’ve reached it, aim higher! Consider getting some coworkers or friends in on it and see who will reach the farthest. Whatever you decide to do, remember that typing is like any other skill out there: it requires practice,
Here is a great website to test your typing speed for free.
This is an article I originally wrote for www.3ReasonsWhy.com. Find out the reasons for life’s biggest and littlest mysteries at 3 Reasons Why.
A more detailed explanation on speed reading appears in my new book, How To Make Money Writing Full-Time: Establishing Life-Long Skills to Find and Keep Work as a Writer, the first part in my Writing for Writer’s series in which I help other writer’s and authors achieve their goals. Now available for just $2.99 here.
If you aren’t speed reading, you are cheating yourself out of your own time. This handy skill is especially important in college or any academic setting, but also an imperative skill for all facets of life.
Here are three reasons why speed reading is an essential skill and how you can increase your reading speed.
Reason 1: Quicker Comprehension
At its essence, speed reading is a method of learning information much quicker than traditional methods.
Many speed readers claim to be able to take in over 1,000 words per minute, however, comprehension drops dramatically at that level. The key to speed reading is a balance between eye movement and reading comprehension.
Experienced speed readers constantly adapt their reading speed to match the importance and difficulty of the content. Difficult content requires a slower reading
Reason 2: Only practice speed reading under the best conditions
In order to get the most out of your speed reading sessions, it’s important to only read when you know you have enough mental energy to do so.
Speed reading inherently requires you to be in a high-energy state. Therefore, like any intense activity, performance can be improved through a proper warm-up. It may sound silly, but try to get your heart rate up a bit by jobbing in place beforehand. When all else fails, there is always coffee or tea.
Standing promotes blood flow, which increases alertness and energy levels. It also engages all your limbs, making it a more engaging activity. Of course, you don’t have to always do this.
You should also optimize reading conditions. Some people prefer the background noise of crowded cafés when they’re reading. Other people prefer total silence. Whatever your preference is, make sure the atmosphere is just right before diving into a speed reading session. The key is to minimize distractions and interruptions.
You can also increase your reading speed by optimizing reading distance and lighting. By increasing the distance between your eyes and the content, you are able to see more words at once. Everyone’s optimal reading distance will be different depending on how near- or far-sighted they are.
Too little lighting will negatively affect your level of energy, making you drowsy. Too much lighting will strain your eyes and make it hard to concentrate. We’re shooting for the Goldilocks effect here.
Reason 3: Different methods of speed reading
The pointer method is a great beginner technique to force your eyes to adapt to a
The pointer method has three distinct advantages, such as ensuring that you read at or near your current top speed. It also helps you maintain a consistent speed while reducing instances of you losing your place.
Block reading is when you read multiple words in “blocks” of a set width. The width of each block will depend on your ability, but a good starting point would be ~3 words length per block, but with practice, you’ll be able to increase it to 4 or 5 words.
Backtracking is when you go back to re-read something you thought you missed. It seems like common sense to go back and re-read something you missed, but it can actually have a net negative impact on your comprehension.
Multi-tasking that includes any high-function activities inevitably has a negative effect on the main activity. It is possible to multi-task several low-function activities, but not with high-function activities like reading. More on this later.
The slowest readers vocalize every word, that is, they either speak or whisper the words out loud as they read. If you think about it, this tactic means that their reading speed is limited by their speaking speed. The majority of readers don’t read out loud, but they do so as an inner monolog called sub-vocalization.
Preventing yourself from sub-vocalizing is surprisingly simple. All you have to do is vocalize something else to block the speaking path in your brain. At first, you will notice that either your reading speed with
Once you reach a certain point in speed reading, you will naturally begin scanning the words both above and/or below the line you are reading. This will result in non-linear reading, or reading that doesn’t follow the natural order of the words. It’s basically an advanced form of block reading that extends vertically. At first, this will work as a form of previewing, rather than reading words, but with enough practice, you may develop the ability to read multiple lines simultaneously.
As with anything, practice makes perfect! You may be able to only read 400 words per minute at first, however, if you keep using these tools, you’ll be able to read like an all-star in no time.
Staples has a great free speed reading test where you can compare your score to the national average. Take this test at least once a week and continually strive to increase your reading speed.
This is a guest blog originally published to one of the other websites I write for, 3 Reasons Why. Visit www.3ReasonsWhy.com to find out more reasons for anything you've ever wondered.
We all have those moments where words just won’t come easy. The muses are certainly a fickle bunch, however, the sooner you get to know what inspires and motivates you the better off you are in the long run. There are many ways in which you can find inspiration; most of them sound silly, but they work!
Here are three reasons why we get writer’s block and how you can beat it.
Reason 1: You are uninspired or burnt out
If you’re feeling a bit uninspired,
Word games like Boggle and Scrabble are also great for this and force your mind to think of letters and words in unconventional ways. If you need a quick little inspirational pick-me-up throughout the day, try relaxing with a cup of tea and a crossword puzzle. The results may surprise you.
Reason 2: Get back to the basics
In order to champion writer’s block, you may want to get back to the basics. Listen to your favorite music from back when you were at the peak of your inspiration. Watch an old favorite movie of yours. Read your favorite parts from your favorite book. Get into a long conversation with someone you haven’t talked to in a few years. But remember, it’s important that you don’t linger too long in a nostalgic state of mind, lest you begin to backtrack
Reason 3: Exercise and Meditation
If you’re stuck on a one particular part of a writing endeavor, there are many things you can do to find your muse and jump start your brain. First, it is important to know your mind as well as your body. The best two weapons you can have in your fight against writer’s block are exercise and
Any amount of exercise which raises your heart rate and makes you sweat will increase blood flow to you brain, reduce cortisol and stress levels, and produce endorphins and other feel-good chemicals in your body which in turn sharpen your mind. Jogging is one of the best writing tools that anyone with a pair of headphones and pair of legs can do.
Although they don’t need to be in succession, a good meditation session
If you’ve never done meditation before, it is quite literally the easiest thing in the world. Here is a video that explains more.
The great thing about exercise and meditation is that they provide prominent results in your body and mind instantly and you can continue to reap these benefits throughout the day. Unlike caffeine, the intense mental clarity provided by exercise and meditation do not diminish over time.
Go for a jog. Sit and breathe. Write words. Repeat.
If you aren’t in the habit of doing some form of writing on a daily basis, you may be missing out on an easy way to dramatically improve your life. No matter what you do for a living, writing is an unavoidable part of everyday life, which is why it’s important to harness your inner Hemingway by cultivating a daily writing habit.
If you groan when you hear the phrase “daily writing exercise”, think twice. Daily writing can be as much fun as it is beneficial - and the benefits are boundless! Just 15 to 30 minutes of writing when you wake up in the morning has been known to increase problem solving, creativity, focus, communication and overall success.
Daily writing exercises can be as simple as writing down your thoughts or feelings in a stream-of-consciousness style. You may be surprised what kind of self-discovery happens when you’re writing whatever comes to the forefront of your mind. Many people prefer the structure of daily goal setting with their writing, which involves writing about their daily short- mid- and long-term goals and what they can do to realize them. By keeping your eye on the prize from the second you wake up, achieving those goals becomes much easier.
Gratitude writing is another popular daily writing exercise that is known to increase overall happiness. This takes the form of writing about the positive things in your life that you appreciate. All of us experience an abundance of positive things in our daily lives, from a traffic-free commute to a day of perfect weather, but its rare if we ever take the time to stop and appreciate each and every one. When you write about all of the positive influences in your life that you're grateful for, you'll be able to appreciate them more over time.
It’s not just writers who benefit from forming a daily writing habit. Because writing is one of the strongest forms of communication, anyone who takes the time to routinely formulate and compose their thoughts onto paper will develop an increased ability to communicate. This can have a dramatic effect on people’s relationships as well as their work life.
Tonight, set a pen and paper on your nightstand. As soon as you wake up, sit up in bed and jot down whatever comes to your mind for at least 15 minutes. Give your daily writing habit a chance to develop and you might be surprised at the profound benefits it will have on your life.
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