Achieving Your Goals!
BYÂ DIANA COSBY
â€œKeep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.â€Â â€”Mark Twain
Dreams are visions of what we can become.Â But, dreams are also an invitation to doubt, to wonder if youâ€™re good enough, or to ponder if you have what it takes. Â Â When I retired from the Navy, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a published author.Â After 100 rejections, I quit counting as I figured I knew how to achieve a rejection.Â Then, after 9 Â½ years, I finally sold.Â The journey taught me many things, which Iâ€™d like to share with you.
-Take yourself seriously:Â If YOU donâ€™t no one else will.
-Associate with people who inspire you, and encourage you to achieve your dreams.Â Encourage and inspire others as you grow in your career choice.
-Set a clear goal:Â Once you know exactly what you want, break down steps to achieve it. Â If youâ€™re unsure how to start, read biographies of people who have achieved your dream.Â Â What steps did they take?Â Are there comparable avenues you can pursue?
-Success is a compilation of small steps toward one focused goal.
-Affiliate yourself with professional organizations:Â Join accredited groups to educate yourself about the industry youâ€™ve chosen.Â In addition to net-working, you will have opportunities to learn from on-line or local sources.
-Self affirmation:Â Each morning reaffirm that you are good enough and clarify your goal of the day.Â Then, move forward with positive, focused steps.
-Inspirational quotes:Â Iâ€™m a huge fan of inspirational quotes, they ground and remind me that each of us struggle as we pursue our dreams.Â Each day, I find a quote that touches me and post it on my Facebook author pages in hopes others find inspiration in the message as well.
-Permission to fail:Â Success is not a moment, but a journey.Â As we grow within our craft, there will be times when we fail at a certain steps.Â Focus not on the failure, but on the lessons learned.Â What worked, what didnâ€™t?Â Move forward and make wiser decisions with the knowledge gained.
-The way we act and talk about our goals reflects our commitment to them.Â What are you telling yourself?Â â€œI WILL do this!â€Â Or, are you assuring yourself that one day youâ€™ll really try?
-Give the gift of example:Â When you make the choice to follow your dream, you are doing more than commitment to self, but teaching your children an important life lesson â€” dare to dream, and follow through.Â So, be bold.Â Believe in yourself.
Â I hope youâ€™ve found inspiration from my comments.Â Believe in yourself, YOU have what it takes!Â I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season!
Diana Cosby, Best-Selling Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense.Â Her award-winning MacGruder Brother books are available in five languages.Â Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Janeâ€™s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Womanâ€™s Day, on USA Todayâ€™s romance blog, â€œHappy Ever After,â€ MSN.com, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine.
Â After her career in the Navy, Diana dove into her passion â€“ writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people sheâ€™s met throughout the world.Â Â With the release of her 6th book in the bestselling MacGruder Brothers series, sheâ€™s now preparing for the release of the 1st book in her new Scottish medieval The Oath trilogy, â€œAn Oath Taken,â€ which will be available on December 8th, 2014.Â In addition, sheâ€™s excited about the upcoming release of The MacGruder Brothers e-Boxed Set on February 24, 2015!
Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey.