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How to Set a Reading Goal that will Accomplish Your Other Goals
by On December 30, 2008

It is time to set your 2009 goals for. You will probably have goals for your business, goals for your health and goals for your finances. But don’t forget to set a goal for mental growth, learning and improving yourself in 2009.

A great place to start is with a reading goal and, as an added bonus, a reading goal will probably help you achieve the goals in other areas of your life as well.

Here are the step-by-step instructions for setting a reading goal.

  1. Decide what books (or what category of books) are most meaningful to you. This is going to be very closely related to you larger goals for your life. If your business goals are high priority, you will definitely want to include some business books on your list. Don’t just pick randomly select any old business book. Get specific. Determine which books will actually help you to progress toward your goals. The time you invest in planning, and creating a MEANINGFUL reading list will be a huge benefit.If your goals require it, definitely include other types of books, such as books on personal development, personal finance, spirituality, health, relationships, and so on. Again, tailor your list to your goals. Whatever you choose, make sure that the books you read are meaningful to you.
  2. Your plan for reading in 2009 should also be the right size. This simply means that it is best if you take a realistic look at your goals for the year, and the time and resources available to achieve them. You might like to think you can read 1 book a week, but you must ask yourself if you are truly willing and able to pay the price to do that. If not, then determine what you actually can and will do. If you can only realistically read one book per month, then make that your plan and pick the most important 12 books on your list. The list you can actually complete, realistically, is the right list for you. If you complete your list by October, good for you.
  3. Schedule time in your schedule for reading. It may be the first 15 minutes of your day or the last 15 minutes of your day. Just make sure you have a commitment and appointment with your self to read.
  4. Reading should be fun. That doesn’t mean that it is always easy or simple. But reading can be one of the great joys of your life, enriching your mind, widening your viewpoint, and sharpening your appetite for life, and expanding your soul. Therefore, always remember that your booklist is meant to serve you. Change your list if it will help you to make better, faster progress toward your goals. You are in charge of your reading. Make the most of it.

Be Free!

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Scheduling New Year
by On December 29, 2008

With 2009 right around the corner, many of you are starting to set resolutions or goals for the New Year. You probably have a long list of things you want to accomplish. Perhaps getting to the gym three times a week, taking a two week vacation, setting and sticking to a weekly budget, learn a new hobby, cooking and eating healthier each night for dinner, but you might be thinking to yourself, “Do I really have the time to make these resolutions a reality?”

We all know people, who seem to do everything, but how do they fit it in with work, family and other commitments? Did this just happen? Are they lucky? No, they are intentional with their long term planning.

For example, gold medal Olympians do not just wake up one day able to do best in the world. Lance Armstrong does not just happen to be a great cyclist and also have the time to start a Cancer foundation. John Coltrane did not just pick up a saxophone and sounds like a jazz legend. Successful people worked at their trade and they plan their development with diligence.

Maybe you do not desire to be a star athlete or rock star, but you would like to be in better shape, to be able to play a tune or two on a guitar. You have to start with the same approach, develop a plan to make your wish a reality.

The most effective way to turn a New Year’s resolution into a reality is to create a goal around that wish. Most people live only with dreams and wishes, which is a good thing …but it is very different from goals. In fact, 99% of people do not know how to set an effective goal. For us to make sure you are in the case of 1%. There are five characteristics of a goal:

  1. Your goal must be something that is important to you. This sounds so obvious, but many times our goals are created by others, our boss, a friend, resolves the child, but not you, so make sure your goal is truly your own goal.
  2. Your goal must be the right bet. You may want to run more but if you have not jog for the last year, it is probably not the right size goal to say that you want to be a world champion marathon runner by the end of this year. Your goal maybe a reach for you, but not completely not unrealistic.
  3. Your goal must be specific and measurable. Loosing weight is not specific or measurable. Loosing five pounds or thirty pounds by December 31, 2009 is specific and measurable. You need to be able to measure if you have met your goal or not. Loosing ten pounds by a 30-years high school reunion on September 28, 2009 is specific and measurable.
  4. Your goal must be written down. You cannot just think something in your head and call it a goal. Write it down and when you do, youown it.
  5. Your goal must be reviewed, look over your goal, put it in front of you. Review your goals; otherwise, it does not count as a goal.

So, for example, if one of you resolutions is to read more, you can turn that desire into a goal. “I will read ten books by the end of this school year, June 15, 2009.” Now, of course, only you would know if that is important to you and the right size for you, but it is definitely specific and measurable, just be sure to write it down and review it and it is a goal.

Now, that you have turned your desire into goal, the next step is to design a pathway to achieve that goal. To determine your pathway, your proactive steps in achieving long-term plan, you needed two things:

  1. Decide how much time it will take you to achieve your goal.
  2. Schedule that time into your weekly plan.

For example, your ten-book goal means that you should average one book for month. You may say to read one book a month will take me 8 hours. Therefore, you need to include two reading hours per week into your weekly schedule. Plan this out into your schedule; just like you would a doctor’s appointment and you will be soon on your own way to seeing your hopes, and New Year’s resolutions become reality. The ability to turn wishes into reality is a powerful thing, enjoy, and dream big.

Be Free!

Leah Simpson
Instructor

Scheduling New Year
by On December 29, 2008

With 2009 right around the corner, many of you are starting to set resolutions or goals for the New Year. You probably have a long list of things you want to accomplish. Perhaps getting to the gym three times a week, taking a two week vacation, setting and sticking to a weekly budget, learn a new hobby, cooking and eating healthier each night for dinner, but you might be thinking to yourself, “Do I really have the time to make these resolutions a reality?”

We all know people, who seem to do everything, but how do they fit it in with work, family and other commitments? Did this just happen? Are they lucky? No, they are intentional with their long term planning.

For example, gold medal Olympians do not just wake up one day able to do best in the world. Lance Armstrong does not just happen to be a great cyclist and also have the time to start a Cancer foundation. John Coltrane did not just pick up a saxophone and sounds like a jazz legend. Successful people worked at their trade and they plan their development with diligence.

Maybe you do not desire to be a star athlete or rock star, but you would like to be in better shape, to be able to play a tune or two on a guitar. You have to start with the same approach, develop a plan to make your wish a reality.

The most effective way to turn a New Year’s resolution into a reality is to create a goal around that wish. Most people live only with dreams and wishes, which is a good thing …but it is very different from goals. In fact, 99% of people do not know how to set an effective goal. For us to make sure you are in the case of 1%. There are five characteristics of a goal:

  1. Your goal must be something that is important to you. This sounds so obvious, but many times our goals are created by others, our boss, a friend, resolves the child, but not you, so make sure your goal is truly your own goal.
  2. Your goal must be the right bet. You may want to run more but if you have not jog for the last year, it is probably not the right size goal to say that you want to be a world champion marathon runner by the end of this year. Your goal maybe a reach for you, but not completely not unrealistic.
  3. Your goal must be specific and measurable. Loosing weight is not specific or measurable. Loosing five pounds or thirty pounds by December 31, 2009 is specific and measurable. You need to be able to measure if you have met your goal or not. Loosing ten pounds by a 30-years high school reunion on September 28, 2009 is specific and measurable.
  4. Your goal must be written down. You cannot just think something in your head and call it a goal. Write it down and when you do, youown it.
  5. Your goal must be reviewed, look over your goal, put it in front of you. Review your goals; otherwise, it does not count as a goal.

So, for example, if one of you resolutions is to read more, you can turn that desire into a goal. “I will read ten books by the end of this school year, June 15, 2009.” Now, of course, only you would know if that is important to you and the right size for you, but it is definitely specific and measurable, just be sure to write it down and review it and it is a goal.

Now, that you have turned your desire into goal, the next step is to design a pathway to achieve that goal. To determine your pathway, your proactive steps in achieving long-term plan, you needed two things:

  1. Decide how much time it will take you to achieve your goal.
  2. Schedule that time into your weekly plan.

For example, your ten-book goal means that you should average one book for month. You may say to read one book a month will take me 8 hours. Therefore, you need to include two reading hours per week into your weekly schedule. Plan this out into your schedule; just like you would a doctor’s appointment and you will be soon on your own way to seeing your hopes, and New Year’s resolutions become reality. The ability to turn wishes into reality is a powerful thing, enjoy, and dream big.

Be Free!

Leah Simpson
Instructor

Got Resolutions? Want them to Come True?
by On December 26, 2008


Control Your Finances - Got Resolutions?


New Year’s is a unique holiday. It’s the only holiday that celebrates the passage of time.  Perhaps that’s why, as the final seconds of the year tick away, we tend to become introspective. Then we wonder: how did time get away from us? And why did all our hopes and dreams never materialized?

Inevitably, that introspection turns to thoughts of self-improvement and the annual ritual of making Resolutions.

We all do it. We swear to ourselves, “This is THE year” for transforming our lives and fulfilling our goals. We are determined to keep all the promises to lose weight, stop smoking, make more money, be more patient…just fill in the blanks.

Over the next few days millions of people from around the world will ask themselves questions as they figure out how to make 2009 the best year of their lives.

The following is a creative exercise for you to think about how to surpass your potential in the New Year.

In 2009, I’m finally going to__________________________!

How would YOU fill in that blank?

Go ahead, take a minute and give it your best shot… I’ll wait right here…

Now fast-forward to December 31st – New Years Eve, 2010. You’re reflecting on the past year, jotting down a few notes in your journal.

“I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year…

I reduced my credit card debt by $_____________________________.

I feel great and now fit into my ________________________________.

I have increased my retirement fund by $_______________________.

I have achieved a number of goals to include____________________.

I have exceeded my own expectations by__________________________.

I’ve got nearly enough money saved for a nice family vacation in ______________________.

So, what did YOU write down? What are your aspirations for the coming year?

Are you ready to make 2009 the best year EVER?

Well, this doesn’t have to be just a fun little exercise. It can be something much better…

If the idea of erasing your debt, making more income, doing something good for those in your community or finally making lasting changes this year sounds good to you, then pay VERY close attention.

I’m going to tell you about something wonderful that IS the exact thing you’ll want to make your Resolutions stick! AND you’ll even get BONUSES!

Introducing the “Got Resolutions?” Program

I’d like to show you how to dramatically increase the odds of making all your dreams -whatever they may be- come true in 2009.

“Got Resolutions?” is a personal leadership program that provides a step-by-step system for setting and achieving your New Year’s Resolutions.

When I saw this exciting program, I was so impressed by its content, delivery, and overall impact of both its message and first-class execution.

If focus, discipline, and accountability were among the things that prevented you from achieving your resolutions in the past, then “Got Resolutions?” is for YOU!

In fact, here’s what Best-Selling Author Brian Tracy has to say:

“Got Resolutions? is a serious program for serious people, who want to make serious and immediate change in their lives. There is no better way to start the New Year, and Gary Ryan Blair will show you how to finally turn your Resolutions into reality!”

On New Year’s Eve, 2007, did you set some Goals and Resolutions?

Did you make promises to yourself, but soon discovered that none of your Resolutions were even met?

Right now you have the opportunity to create history rather than repeat it. How about actively fulfilling your Resolutions this year? How about surprising yourself by actually following through?

As you reflect on your future life in 2009, would you like to see yourself begin the year fast, focused, and positive? Are you going to keep ALL your promises to yourself?

ALL you have to do is say YES, I’m ready to turn my Resolutions into reality.

Are you ready for a thrilling, positive change in your life?

It’s easy to get started right away. Visit GotResolutions.com and turn your Resolutions into reality!

Happy New Year!

P.S. Be sure to check out the video that explains the entire system. You’ll be glad you did!

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Wishing You Peace, Joy and Love this Holiday Season
by On December 24, 2008

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A Holiday Reminder – Giving Gives Life
by On December 23, 2008

The holidays are upon us. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or how ever you celebrate, the season is all about giving. I wanted to share a lesson that I learned from nature that helps me to understand that giving truly gives life.In the Middle East, there are two bodies of water close to one another – the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee.

There is a reason the first body of water is called the Dead Sea. Nothing lives in the Dead Sea. Why? It is the saltiest body of water on Earth. Why is this? The Dead Sea has no outlets. A river flows into it, but the water cannot leave the Dead Sea, except by evaporation. The Dead Sea gives nothing, and as a result, it is the saltiest and least lively place on Earth.

Nearby is the Sea of Galilee, which is a whole different story. The River of Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and the then it continues to flows to outlets. Surprisingly, the sea has significantly more outlets than there are inlets. It is a bit of a mystery as to how it stays full. Interestingly enough, the Sea of Galilee is one the most lively places in the world. More life per cubic inch lives in the Sea of Galilee than almost any other place on Earth. Why is this? It is because the Sea of Galilee gives to its surrounding environment. It gives off more than it takes in, and as a result, it supports an enormous amount of life.

As we head into the holiday season, this is a great analogy to remember; the more we give, the more life we get. Now, you understand that you do not give money, time, and energy with the selfish eye to the future. You give because, that is what we are designed to do.

I just recently read a story in National Geographic magazine where they studied cultures where people tend to live into their 90s, and even passed a hundred years, and have a good quality of life. In all of these cultures, one of the key factors that was found to lead to a long and happy life, is being a giver. They give to their family, they give to their community, they give in their business and they do it joyfully.

Focus on giving with a joyful heart, even once and I promise you will become addicted to it, and your world will become a better place.  The secret to enjoying the holidays s that giving, as giving gives life.

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor

The Ultimate Goals Program by Brian Tracy
by On December 22, 2008

It is time to set your goals for 2009 and this program is guaranteed to help propel you to new heights in the new year.

The Ultimate Goals Program: How to get everything you want faster than you ever thought possible!

Your ability to set and achieve goals will determine your success and happiness more than any other skill you can ever learn! 

You can’t hit a target that you can’t see. The starting point of great success is when you sit down and decide exactly what you really want, in every area of your life. This program will show you how to do this, better and faster than you ever dreamed possible.

Learn how to step on the accelerator of your own life. In this fast-moving, practical, and informative program, success guru Brian Tracy shares with you the results of 30 years of research and experience in setting and achieving goals.

The Ultimate Goals Program: How to Get Everything You Want – Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible is the most complete and effective goal-setting and goal-achieving program ever created. In this exciting program, Brian Tracy takes you through a simple, proven step-by-step system that you can use immediately to achieve anything you really want in life.

Brian has shared these ideas in more than 2,000 talks and seminars over the past 21 years, teaching more than 2 million students how to dramatically improve their lives with goal-setting and goal-achieving strategies. Brian’s graduates have transformed their lives, moving from frustration and unhappiness to success and high achievement. They have gone from rags to riches, from worrying about money to becoming self-made millionaires. And so can you.

Brian is intensely practical in this program. Every idea you learn is immediately applicable to your life. From the first session, you will put your hands on the wheel of your own future and begin moving in a new direction.

In this powerful program, Brian teaches you the 21 most important principles of goal setting and goal achieving ever discovered.

You will learn:

  • How to unlock your own unique potential
  • How to apply The Golden Triangle success formula to your life
  • How to take complete charge of your life and everything that happens to you
  • How to practice no-limit thinking and free yourself from any ideas that hold you back
  • A powerful, proven goal-setting system that you can use to determine exactly what you want, and how to get it
  • How to measure your progress along the way, day-by-day and month-by-month
  • How to identify your special talents and focus your energies where you can achieve the very most, the very fastest possible
  • How to become an expert in your chosen field
  • How to unlock the powers of your subconscious and your superconscious mind
  • The five steps to fast and effective problem solving
  • How to unlock your “inner genius”
  • How to develop the twin qualities of self-discipline and persistence for goal attainment
  • How to intensify your belief and increase your confidence in yourself and your ability
  • A day-by-day method to multiply and reinforce every goal-setting principle

As you listen to this program and implement the tools that Brian has created, you will learn the keys to unlimited personal and professional achievement, and set yourself onto a boundless journey of adventure and personal fulfillment.

Purchase The Ultimate Goals Program by Brian Tracy

Goals – Your Roadmap to Success
by On December 19, 2008

The end of the year is here and I’m sure most of you have set your goals for 2009 or you are in the process of doing so. So let’s talk a bit about actively pursuing your goals to give you a head start into the New Year.

Our goals are like a road map, they tell us where we are going and how to get there. But most importantly, you must understand why you are working towards that goal. What motivates you??

You don’t just head out to Mississippi with no idea why you are going there. Even if it’s just because you want to get away and see something new, you still know why you decided to get in your car and drive. You must understand this for professional goals as well, because the WHY is what drives you when times get tough. You need a reason to push onward, something to look forward to, and something to keep your eye on.

Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. You must MAKE your own opportunities. You are not lacking anything. You do not need better resources, or more intelligence or more opportunities. Take what you have and make it into what you want!

Goals give you direction and provide guidance. You will reach toward the next rung only if that is your goal. Achievement will not come without setting and then actively pursuing your goals. Hitting our goals is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choices we make every day.

Once you have a goal and you keep your focus on it, it will lead you there just like the road map. Just follow the path you set out for yourself, and when roadblocks arise, find an alternative route. You don’t turn around and go home just because there is a detour. There is always another option if you have an open mind.

So stay on track and keep heading that way, heading towards the accomplishment of your goals and heading towards success.

I hope 2008 has been a very prosperous year for all of you and I wish you all the best in 2009! Happy Holidays everyone!

Be Free!

Lauri Sompres

Planning to Decrease Holiday Stress
by On December 17, 2008

As you’re coming into full swing the holidays, this article is guaranteed to take some of the stress out of the holidays and help you kick off the New Year with harmony in all areas of your life.

A great first step is to simply take some quiet time for yourself and come up with you priority list. Things that are meaningful to you. Go to lunch by yourself, or at least get to a place that you will be uninterrupted for a half hour or more and think about the things that want and need to do as you wrap up the New Year. I call this creating your “wish list.” Amidst all the craziness of your days, I realize this might seem unrealistic. But more likely than not there are things that are very important to you that simply aren’t getting done because in the hustle and bustle of your busy day they are simply overlooked.

Once you have your wish list in front of you, grab out your calendar, or your planner, open up your schedule and make sure and schedule time for a couple of the most important things for you that you’ve been putting off. In addition to your deadlines, and your family commitments, and all the responsibilities that traditionally consume your days and weeks, making a firm commitment to yourself to do whatever; to have dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months or spend a couple of hours exercising, or catching up on some reading, or taking a class that you’ve been putting off for a couple of years, or just planning a getaway with your significant other, whatever it might be. You’ll feel less overwhelmed, you’ll feel reenergized because of the deposits you are making back into you. And not surprisingly, you’re actually going to accomplish more I your everyday activities as a byproduct. You’ll be feeling better and you’ll have more energy throughout the day.

This is simple stuff, but you know that it works. Make a promise to yourself that you’re going to put yourself first a couple of times these next few weeks and you’ll have a lot more to give to others.

Happy Holidays!

Be Free!

Eric Plantenberg
President

Freedom Personal Development is Hiring Speakers – Salt Lake City, UT and Hampton Roads, VA
by On December 15, 2008

Position: Speaker/Sales
Location: Salt Lake City, UT and Hampton Roads, VA

Job Description:
* You will be selling and teaching the most sought after business skills in America.
* You will give high impact presentations to groups of 5 to 150 people.
* You will develop and maintain relationships with our training clients.

Requirements:
* Have an Entrepreneurial Spirit
* Be Teachable
* Be Goal Oriented
* Live with Passion and a Positive Attitude

We do not feel these requirements are “fluff.” They are simply the way we live and the way we work. There are those who claim to possess these requirements, and there are those that exude them. Which are you? If these requirements are already a part of your life, we will be very excited to talk with you!

Talents and Skills:
The ideal candidate has these talents and skills or is extremely motivated to learn them.

* Jaw dropping presentation skills
* Mastery of the entire sales process: inside and outside
* Proven independence and self-discipline
* Excellent time management, goal setting, and organizational skills

Compensation:
New speakers can expect to earn $60k to $100k per year (base plus bonus). Veterans in our business earn between $100k and $250k. We encourage all staff members to take 3 to 5 weeks of vacation each year.

Company:
Freedom Personal Development provides training and personal development to organizations across North America.

Our clients range from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. We are in our 12th year of business, and are rapidly growing. Philosophically, we believe in delivering freedom to ourselves as well as to our clients.

We operate around five Core Values: Integrity, Joy, Freedom, Excellence, and Profitability.

Our focus is delivering: Memory Training, Goal Setting, Time Management, Attitude Management, Speed Reading, Effective Communication, and every level of Sales Training. We not only teach these skills, we live them everyday, professionally and personally.

For additional info, check us out at: http://www.deliverfreedom.com/  

To Apply:
We receive thousands of resumes each year. A personal cover letter and a phone call will help us get to know you better, and will benefit us both as we begin the interview process.

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Be Free!