It’s Possible!

I’ve witnessed the success of so many people who started from little or nothing. They didn’t know what they wanted to do with their life. But they kept pushing until they reached their goal. Am I saying that it was easy? No. Am I saying that they didn’t have obstacles? No. What I am saying is that it’s possible if you keep working towards it.  Everyone’s story is different. Some people end up living their dream in their 20s… other people in their 30s… and some people even in their 40s. You can’t always put a time constraint on success.

Take my friend, Joe, for instance. He started out working for a carpet installation company. He didn’t like working under others and decided to open his own carpet cleaning company, Carpet Cleaning Montgomery, at the age of 30. His business is now booming! He’s happy and making much more money than he did working for someone else.

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Setting Goals

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Okay, so how are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you?! Have you already given up on them? Well…. Rather than setting a new year’s resolution, how about setting goals– real goals?

First and foremost, sit down and think about what you desire to accomplish. Write those things down. Then, go through the list and make sure that each one of the goals is realistic, detailed, measurable, appropriate, and deadline-oriented.

When setting a goal, you want to work towards things that are feasible. Am I telling you to set goals that are super easy? No, I’m not… you want to create a challenge for yourself while also doing something that is within your control. If you set a goal that is unattainable, you may become discouraged and lose confidence in yourself. Therefore, set goals that are challenging but realistic.

Also, be sure to specifically define your goal. What all does it entail? Shy away from general or vague goals. The purpose of setting them is to guide you in the direction you desire to go. If you don’t know, then figuring out is a part of setting the goal.

Make sure that you have a means of measurement for your goals. Use factors, such as dates, quantities, etc., so that you can measure your progress. By having measurable aspects of your goal, you’re able to see progress and remain motivated. Many times, people become discouraged and quit because they don’t see progress. However, if you are able to track your progress, this is less likely to happen.

Your goals should be appropriate for the direction you desire to move in. By doing so, you become more focused on what where you’re trying to go and what needs to be done to get there. If your goals are all over the place and are not relevant to the path you’re looking to take, there is no point. Your goals should consistently support with the circumstances you are trying to create.

Finally, always set a deadline or due date for your goals. Having a deadline keeps you on track and gives you a greater sense of urgency. You’re more likely to move at a constant pace. And once you reach the deadline and your goal is accomplished, you’ll have a reason to celebrate and even set new goals for further progression.

Here’s an example. If my goal is to save more money, I could write down the following:

Save $50 per week to create a total savings of $2600 by the end of the year in order to constantly increase the amount in my savings account.

This goal is realistic if I have an extra $50 per week that is not consumed by daily living expenses and financial obligations. It is clear that this goal is aligned with my desire to increase my savings and improve my spending habits. Also, money serves as a measurable factor. If I put at least $50 in my savings account each week, I will feel accomplished and may even be encouraged to increase the weekly amount. As you can see, the goal also sets a deadline. I want to have saved that total amount by December 31st.

Regardless of whether your goals are related to finances, your career, or personal development, take some time to set some goals that you can actively work towards. Be sure that they possess all of the characteristics we discussed.

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2016 is here!!

Happy New Year!! Okay, okay, okay… I know I’m a few days late, but you know what they say… “Better late than never”, right?

Anyways, I know that most of you have come up with your resolutions and goals for the year. And that’s great! Now, the next step is to make a vow and a plan to work towards them. You have to find a way to keep just same amount of motivation that you had when you identified them. What was/is your motivation? Keep reminding yourself of it!

Go ahead and start that business that you’ve been wanting to start. Pursue that career that you’ve always dreamed of having. Go get that degree that you know will help take you to the next level. Whatever your goal is get to work. Even if you’ve been working toward your goal before this new year, keep going. Make it happen. Make 2016 different from all the other years that you’ve made resolutions that you forgot about or gave up on a few weeks in the year.

Remember, consistency is key! Grab a hold and don’t let go of the process. If you put forth the effort, it will come to pass. If you’ve tried before and didn’t get the results you were looking for, take a look at the steps that you took and the things that factored into your results. Try a new approach.

Minimize your distractions and make use of your resources. If you’re often distracted or discouraged by your family or friends, social media, etc, take your focus off them/ it. Don’t let anything or anyone hold you back. If you know that a degree or a person can help you reach your goal, sign up for the program or find a way to contact the person.

I hope you found this blog to be inspirational and motivational. Make 2016 YOUR year… the year you make your dreams come true! Best of luck to you!

Have you reached your goals for 2015?

At the beginning of each year, we all come up with several new year’s resolutions. But how many of us actually follow through with them? Not many!

Think back to the goals you set throughout the year… what did you plan to accomplish this year?

Checkout Wikipedia’s definition of a goal . It explains what a goal is and describes the different types, including short-term and long-term, personal, etc. Regardless of what type of goals you set, the next step is to take action toward them. Set deadlines for yourself so that you can hold yourself accountable for each action step. Also, set a time for when you would like to have the goal accomplished by.

Now back to my original question… What goals did you set throughout 2015? Did you accomplish them? If you did, great! If you didn’t, don’t stress out– just create a plan for yourself. Outline steps, whether daily, weekly, or monthly, that need to be taken to reach each goal. Get started immediately!

Although you may not have accomplished everything you desired to just yet, keep working. Use your brain, family, friends, and other resources to help you. You may encounter some obtstacles, but don’t let  them hold you back! Use them as encouragement.

Always remember that you determine your own destiny. So what are you waiting for?! Get to work. Don’t hold yourself back. I can’t wait to hear about your progress, accomplishments, and new goals!

Characteristics Necessary for Success

There are some key characteristics and attributes that you need to have in order to really go after the success you’re looking for.

  • Commitment– you have to make up in your mind that you’re put your best effort into fulfilling your goals. Don’t allow other things to distract you! Focus on what you’re trying to do and the results will follow.
  • Persistence– Depending on how big your goal is, it is very likely that you won’t reach it over night. Obstacles and stand-stills may come, but you have to keep working towards whatever you’re trying to accomplish.
  • Passion– Go after something that you’re passionate about. Don’t let others influence your decisions and change your mind about what you’re passionate about. Other people, including parents, family members, and friends, will often times try to stear you in the direction that they want you to go in.
  • Open Mind– Don’t limit yourself. There are so many resources available to you, whether it’s people, programs, books, etc. Don’t be afraid to explore your options. You never know what might workout for you.
  • Faith– You must believe in your dream/passion even if it doesn’t happen in your timing. Stay positive and know that in due time it will work out.
  • Humbleness– Always remain humble. Be thankful for the help and things that are given to you. If you remain humble, others will be more inclined to help you!

Be sure to keep these characteristics in mind!

Check out this link on Huffington Post to learn more about what successful people do.

Go For It!

Hi guys! I created this blog, Puddle O Fred, to motivate others to keep pushing and work toward your goals no matter what obstacles come your way.

In this post, I want to share my story with you. I grew up in a really small country town. There were very few businesses, a few schools, and no colleges there. All I knew was my home town. We did very little traveling, so I wasn’t exposed to much more. In school, they didn’t really encourage creativity or further education. Most people in our town was expected to simply get a job in the city.

Once I graduated from high school, I knew that I had to figure out what I was going to do. Was I going to stay in my home town or escape? I had to ESCAPE! I considered the military, but I knew that wasn’t for me. I also considered college, but I wasn’t really a good fit for school either. So I decided to get a job, but I knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to be an entrepreneur.

So I worked and saved! And I eventually decided to quit my job and start my own business. My parents, friends, and everyone around me thought I was absolutely insane. They told me I couldn’t be a business owner because I didn’t have a college degree and I didn’t come from wealth. I explained that I was didn’t need a lot of money to start and that I was willing to take the risk.

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