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I hope that you are enjoying your Memorial Day! I know I am. I hope you also remember those who died for our freedoms.

Is Success a Result of Nature or Nurture?

Over this past weekend, my husband and I were discussing the concept of nature versus nurture. It’s a conversation that we often have and for the most part, we disagree. My husband says its primarily nature, that we are born with DNA and that we are destined to be the people that we become. On the other hand I believe that we decide what we want to become. I believe we become good at what we do because we enjoy what we do. He’s under the belief that we enjoy what we’re good at because we are destined to be good at it and because its easier, than not doing it, we do it.

Studies concerning successful people indicate that successful people are not successful because of genetic predispositions. We can’t do DNA tests to indicate who will be successful and who will be unsuccessful. One twin can be successful while the other is not. Successful people are successful because they think differently.

How Successful People Are Different

 

  1. For successful people, thinking is a discipline. They know that if they want to be better at it, they’ve got to work at it.

 

  1. Successful people take time to develop their thoughts. They don’t just settle on the first thing that comes to mind.

 

 

  1. Successful people think differently because they do things differently.

 

  1. Successful people create goals and plans. They plan ahead, while leaving room for some spontaneity

 

  1. Successful people don’t only plan for their day, they plan out their weeks, months, and long term goals. They don’t walk into meetings, parties, and coffee dates blind. They decide what they want to learn from people before walking in the door.

 

  1. Successful people figure out where they need to focus their energy, and then use the 80/20 rule. They spend 80% of their time on the 20% of things that are most valuable to them.

 

  1. Successful people make logical, informed decisions. Though many express “gut reactions” as something that they often utilize, they don’t let their emotions trump their intelligence. They slow down and think things through before they make life-changing decisions.

 

  1. Successful people are optimists that look for the silver lining in every situation. They don’t see problems, they see opportunities.

 

  1. Successful people are realists who are willing to get close enough to problems in order to tackle them. They understand the consequences and it gives them credibility.

 

  1. Successful people embrace ambiguity. They don’t fear failure.

 

  1. Successful people keep things simple. They narrow things down to best options and then follow through and avoid distractions.

 

  1. Successful people know how to focus.

 

  1. Successful people have agendas for the day and for when they meet people.

 

  1. Successful people take decisive and immediate action while others never take action and risks.

 

  1. Successful people focus on being productive, not just being busy.

 

  1. Successful people avoid perfectionism. They start projects and they finish them.

 

  1. Successful people willing to work outside of their comfort zone. They are willing to be uncomfortable so that they can grow.

 

  1. Successful people focus on making small, continuous positive changes. As their strength grows, they can take on bigger challenges. Henry Ford once said, “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small pieces.

 

  1. Successful people measure and track their progress. They don’t just work in their business, they work on their business.

 

  1. Successful people are resilient. They are not afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes just show them their progress.

 

  1. Successful people spend time with the right people. They associate with people who are focused, supportive, and likeminded.

 

  1. In addition to spending time with the right people.  Successful people expose themselves to different ideas and types of people to avoid groupthink where everyone thinks the same as everyone else. They spend time with people who challenge them.

 

  1. Successful people collaborate with other successful people.

 

  1. Successful people know when to turn off the phone and Facebook notifications.

 

  1. Successful people maintain balance in their lives.

 

  1. Successful people don’t care what other people think of them.

 

  1. Successful people have a strong connection to themselves and revere their individuality.

 

  1. Successful people are always working on their creativity and learning different things.

 

  1. Successful people know when to work alone and when to collaborate.

 

  1. Successful people know that they cannot live on past laurels. They live in the present and prepare for the future.

 

  1. Successful people don’t chase money because what they do is worth more to them than money.

 

  1. Most of all, successful people love what they do.

 

This is where my husband would say that what we love doing is in our DNA and that might be true. He would say that we love what we do because it is in our DNA. In any case, we should take our cue from the successful and do what we and do it with all of our hearts and minds that way we will live our lives to the fullest and not let the world tell us that we don’t have what we need to be successful. We need to believe that we can be, do what we love, take action, and hang out with people that believe in our commitment.

Have you read All 5 Books of The Locket Saga?

 

When God Turned His Head;(The Locket Saga Begins

Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues

Book III of the Locket Saga: A Coward’s Solace

Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag

Book V of the Locket Saga: In the Shadow of the Mill Pond

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“Planning my work and working my plan”

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This quarter, I am focusing on developing the marketing aspects of my self-publishing business. There are several projects that I really want to develop into systems that will make easier for me to incorporate over the coming months. There is a program that I am following to achieve my goals. I am focusing on obtaining a certain primary goal within the quarter. I am dividing the quarter into projects that I intend to complete within two weeks. These projects are divided up into missions that are then divided into tasks where one or two of these tasks can be completed within a day.

The primary goal this month is very specific.  My quarterly goal is to establish and test a systematic format using email and organizational templates for marketing through obtaining reviews, obtaining interviews, exchanging blog posts, and making books available to more people in several ways.

I have several projects. Each one I give a two week (fortnight) to complete. These first two weeks I am using to set up for the rest of the quarter. During the first few days, in addition to looking back over my accomplishments of the past six months, I have been working breaking this major goal down into projects that are broken down into two-week intervals.

Projects for Third Quarter 2016

  1. Organizing plan July 1-16
  2. Marketing to bookstores July 17-23
  3. Finding and contacting reviewers July 24-August 6
  4. Marketing to libraries August 7-20
  5. Scheduling podcasts and radio interviews August 20-September 3
  6. Exchanging guest posts September 4-17
  7. Review and Prepare for the Upcoming Quarter–September 18-30.

I will share more details as the month progresses.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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