Thank you to Amy Cancryn for visiting our blog.
Read on for her guest post, 'Nine Steps to Winning Anything' ...
It’s the age old question. How do we make it? How do we lose weight? How do we change careers,? How do we write that great American Novel? How do we win?
I’ll tell you what I’ve read. I am no expert, but I do spend way a lot of time on the internet “learning” things. These tips I’ve learned have helped me accomplish the goals I’ve set.
1. Start small. Stupid small. mini. Give yourself such a small goal, it’s almost ridiculous NOT to do it. That makes it seem easy, which makes you not think about it and just complete it. Let’s say you want to finish a 70,000 word novel. Don’t pressure yourself by demanding thousands of words per day or week. Give yourself a word count goal of 50 words. If that’s too much, 25 words. See stupid, ridiculously small. You fool yourself into thinking the goal is so ridiculously simple, you can do it with your eyes close. Once you complete the small goal, you will find yourself doing more on a regular basis.
2. Keep it Simple. When you set your goal, make sure it’s simple and measurable. Make the goals specific so you know exactly what you are working towards and can measure it. Do not be vague or lofty. Make sure you are working on one goal at a time. ex. Finish my novel in 9 months. Lose 10 lbs in 3 months, and so on.
3. Remind your self why you want to accomplish your goal Why do you want to finish your book? Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to move overseas. There was a reason why you started on this path. Remind yourself of it. Write it down and refer to it often to stay motivated.
4. Commit Publicly Let friends and family know your goal. You are more likely to keep on track with your goals based on social pressure. No one wants to be a failure in the eyes of friends or family. So when you feel like giving up, remember the slow head shake you will get from your Mother in Law.
5. Find Like Minded Friends Whether virtually or in person, find other people who share the same goals as you. Join the community and participate. You can cheer each other on. This will also help keep you accountable to your own goals.
6. Read Inspiring stories and quotes Keep positive feelings flowing in your daily life. Read positive and inspiring stories of other people who’ve faced hardships or difficulties, but found a way to win. The harder the struggle, the easier your struggle will look. Your life won’t seem so bad anymore. Your goal won’t seem so hard or unattainable. Inspirational and positive quotes help you feel better and able to keep going when you are ready to give up.
7. Give yourself credit Give yourself credit for all that you have accomplished and how far you’ve come. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Show yourself gratitude. Speak well of yourself and good things will come of it. Yes, you are awesome, you lost 7 lbs. Yes you are awesome, you wrote 5000 words. That’s 5000 more words than you would have had if you hadn’t started. Praise yourself for your accomplishments and take good care of yourself. There’s only one you.
8. Never, never, never give up. Keep going. Don’t give up. I promise you will get there. You can take a break, but get back to it.
9. Believe in yourself To accomplish any goal, you have to truly believe you can do it. You have to believe that you will suceed. you also have to believe you DESERVE to succeed. You DESERVE to win, so you will.
All of the above occur in Hope Learns to Jump Rope. It’s a rhyming Children’s picture book with a deceptively strong lifelong message applicable to the entire family.
"Let me introduce you, to a little girl called Hope. She didn't want to start first grade until she could jump rope." Excited by the skipping rope from her loving father, Hope tries to jump rope. But soon realizes, jumping rope was harder than she'd ever imagined.
She tries and tries and tries but is ready to give up, until ....Hope learns the secret to success.
Her hard earned success is utterly joyous, and serves as a positive and totally enjoyable inspiration for readers of all ages.
Hope Learns To Jump Rope is a motivational story focused on the most basic of positive character traits. She displays the ability to work hard, and persevere. Hope overcomes the desire to give up, and ultimately succeeds.
"A timeless story told with perfect rhyme and gorgeous vivid illustrations. This book is irresistible."
"... has written a feel good, light hearted story that goes much deeper than it appears. This is a short rhythmic story of a little girl named Hope, and her overwhelming desire to learn to jump rope, through practice, temporary failure and hard work."
Hope Learns to Jump Rope is an irresistibly lighthearted children’s story told in vivid illustrations and perfect rhyme. A motivational story focused on the most basic of positive character traits, a little girl named Hope displays the ability to work hard, learn to be gracious in temporary defeats, persevere, overcome the desire to give up and eventually celebrate her triumphs.
This children’s story book is a great story to read to your young ones before you tuck them to bed at night, it offers you an opportunity to discuss the value of hard work and teach your child the importance of not giving up when faced with challenges.
Written by Amy Cancryn and published by Firebrand Publishing, “Hope Learns to Jump Rope” is available NOW! What could be a perfect Christmas give-away than an inspirational book that would leave young minds and hearts with a valuable lesson to learn from than “Hope Learns to Jump Rope”.
Amy Cancryn is a little introverted, but fun (when she decides to loosen up a bit.) She fell in love with reading in elementary school and continued to devour books whether she worked for a toy store, retail clothing store, International Banking Company, sold cars or cosmetics.
Amy has a seven year old daughter who is going on sixteen, and a almost two year old son who thinks he's a mini man. Amy lives with her wonderful husband Gregory, who has to put up with Amy constantly forgetting their wedding anniversary. (He forgets too.)
Amy works with her husband (and no, neither of them have tried to kill the other...yet) in a suburb outside of Atlanta, where they currently live.
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