Turning the Ugly Duckling into a Swan in 2015

Make Plans not Resolutions

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution only to break that resolution a few days after making it? I know that I have. That is why this year, I am not making resolutions. Instead I am setting goals for the year, creating one affirmations per month and then using daily actions to reinforce those affirmations.

A cygnet becomes a swan regardless to what the ducks think.

A cygnet becomes a swan regardless to what the ducks think.

My goals for 2015.

1. Become a more charismatic person by becoming more social- attend a church service every Wednesday and attend church events that are on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesdays.
2. Look more beautiful on the outside. I will take the time to look good every morning before beginning my day.
3. Get my three books out in 2015-these three books are A Coward’s Solace, Sailing Under the Black Flag and In the Shadow of the Millpond.
4. Sell at least 1000 books per month on kindle current level less than one per month.
5. Organize my computer, physical spaces, and time toward becoming more productive
6. Become healthier, energetic, strong, and fit
7. Practice being kind rather than being right.
8. Develop ongoing campaigns for each book.
9. Blog posts at least 2 times per week
10. 365 bubblews this year
11. Better overall author platform overall, better facebook, linkedin, google +, YouTube presence
12. 200 featured hubs, 10 K twitter followers
13. Complete Spanish language course (start French course in 2016)

I will use affirmations to help me achieve these goals.

What are Affirmations?

An affirmation, according to dictionary(dot)search(dot)yahoo(dot)com  used in the sense that I use it here is that it is a noun which is:

  • Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment.

  • A statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, especially when used for the purpose of autosuggestion.

    The theory is that by telling myself a specific statement over and over again, I will convince myself that I believe that it is true and I will live my life accordingly. The problem with the affirmation theory is that if I don’t believe the affirmation, my mind will dismiss the affirmation as a lie that I am telling myself and I will never believe it. Therefore, it is always good to start using affirmations that I at least half way believe and that I can make actionable to reinforce that affirmation.

    So how can I get myself to believe my affirmations? My intentions are to create affirmations which I can take small actions on a daily basis which reinforce the affirmations as truth. By using small actions, I don’t have to make major commitments of time or energy to reinforce the affirmation. In my next blog, I will demonstrate how i am using this affirmation with followup actions to not only reach my goals, but also to make lasting changes to my character.



  1. Great goals and I wish you luck with them, although luck really doesn’t play into it very much, does it? 🙂 I know you’ll achieve them if you truly want them and are willing to work for them. Thank you for sharing them with all of us.

    • 1authorcygnetbrown said:

      Thanks, Bill! I love having you on my cheerleading squad, lol! You are right. Luck has nothing to do with it. My intentions are to do what I need to do to meet my goals. The most important thing in reaching goals is to know what I want and then doing what it takes to reach them. Simple, true, but not necessarily easy.

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