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Today I continue applying into my own life the 50 Lessons I Learned From the World’s # 1 Achiever by Vic Johnson.

Making New Friends Everywhere

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Helping others is a way of enjoying the journey as go. A few days ago I started a conversation with a guy who as knowledgeable and interested in gardening as I was. The conversation was refreshing for both of us. I even shared with him my secret for preventing blossom end rot in tomatoes. I always dust dried powdered kelp in the planting holes before I plant the tomatoes. He said that he would help me with work on my trailer if I need it.

Another thing that I am doing this month in this department is (I alluded to it earlier in this post) is that I am moving out of my current living situation. My roommate and I decided that this was not the best situation for either of us. In order to keep our friendship, both of us agree that it is best that I leave. The trailer out in the country is so much better for me because I can garden and care for animals which something that I have not done for several years now.

In addition, by moving into my new place, I will be able to help my friends with some issues that they are not able to do themselves and they will be able to help me in other ways. It will be a win-win for us.

Sharing What I Have With Others With The Same Goal

One way that I have been sharing with individuals  with the same goal is helping others with their writing projects. I have done is that I have been writing on Bubblews different aspects and definitions used in self-publishing. I am amazed at how much I already know about this subject and that helps build my confidence as well as helping others.

Another way that I share with others who Have the same goal is that I share my gardening experiences with people who are interested in learning about gardening without using insecticides or chemical fertilizers. My gardens get better and better. Unlike chemically treated gardens, my soil always increases in earthworms and gets deeper and darker every year.

Visualization

I have started visualizing that everything is panning out. This one involves developing visualization techniques related to success. This month I have been visualizing what I envision my trailer will look like when I am done fixing it up. I am visualizing what my book covers will look like when I am done re-creating them.  I am visualizing how things will look in more distant future. I see myself traveling around the country, and speaking at churches, doing book signings, and helping others. I will be discussing more of this on a future post.

Doing Not Just Dreaming

What we dream will never materialize unless we do something about it. Taking action takes time, so it is important to examine how we spend our time to help us get the time we need to do the things that we really value in life. Back in January,  I determined what I am doing that is valuable and what I have been doing that is a waste of time. I am sure that on my death bed I will never say, “I should have spent more time vegging in front of the television or aimlessly surfing the internet”. I am currently working on finding two hours of wasted time per day that I can eliminate. I have started a daily log to determine every waking hour for two full days during the week and one day on the weekend.

Over the weekend I was trying to figure out how I could find another two hours per day that I could better utilize. Usually I read a book on my kindle at work and sometimes will write down a few things. This last weekend, I helped paint the kitchen at work and I wrote down how I was going to spend my week and didn’t do any writing or reading while at work. However, I did write a bubblew on Saturday for Sunday after work.

Book writing  has been taking a back seat lately to doing other things. I seem to take barely any time right now to work on them. Last week I added a Bible Study blog post on  Wednesdays. The rest of my writing is going pretty well. I think it would benefit me if I would take a few minutes every day to determine what I need to do next in each area and then outline that idea.

I think that the most time wasting things that I do is that I am watching old television shows at the same time that I write so my focus is not, well, focused. I like background noise, but perhaps it would behoove me if I listened to music rather than watching television.

What My Accountability Partner Is To Do

To help me keep on track, I will hold myself accountable by asking a friend to be my accountability partner.  My friend will help me stay accountable for staying on track and completing  my planned actions. I plan to ask my friend to meet me for coffee or lunch one day per month. When we get together, I will tell my friend about what  I have finished during the month since I saw her and then tell her what I intend to do during the next month. If my friend has any suggestions, I will listen, but she doesn’t have to provide any added benefits. She just needs to listen and hold me accountable to my own goals. Just the fact that I have to explain myself to someone else will provide me with incentive to follow through with my monthly plans.

 

 

 

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first 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. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


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Create your own destiny and learn how to fly!

 

A few weeks ago, I saw the movie the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I have also seen the movie The Bucket List. What is it that both of these movies have in common? In both of these movies, the men realized that life is a journey and in due time, it comes to an end.  The most important thing we discover at the end concerns whether we really lived our lives or if we simply go through the motions of living.

Creating My Bucket List

The first lesson in the book 50 Lessons I Learned From The World’s Greatest Achiever by Vic Johnson is to create a list of life goals that we want to accomplish over the course of our lifetime that if you complete the list at the end of your life you feel as though you had a complete and wonderful life.. I have already done a lot of the things that I always wanted to do in my life. I have traveled to most of the United States. I was in the military (all state side), I had three wonderful children, and so far I have written and published 3 books with the fourth one almost ready to publish as well. I wrote my list as so far, my list consists goals related to being an author including writing, marketing, and speaking, and goals related to traveling (including learning languages). Still other goals are related to living healthy including exercise, proper diet, and living a simple life. My ultimate goal is to travel the world at leisure, writing, marketing, and speaking along the way. It also includes what could be the opposite, a simple home where I can live off what I grow as a person.

 

Thinking Outside The Box

The second lesson in the book relates to thinking outside of the box. The idea here relates to the idea presented in the book Acre of Diamonds where a man sold everything he had, including his farm in South Africa to search for diamonds. He died broke. Several years after his death, the largest diamond field in the world was discovered right on the farm that he had sold years earlier. This story relates to the premise that what we want in life is usually right in our own backyard. In other words, look around you and looking at your surroundings with a different viewpoint.

This step involves a radical step of identifying a goal and taking massive action to begin accomplishing that goal.

I am taking two massive goals this month. First  Goal I am: “Developing a simple lifestyle so that I can focus my resources toward traveling, writing, and speaking in different locals”.To start going in this direction, at the end of April, I bought a used travel trailer that I am moving out onto my friends’ place at the edge of a national park to live in and to fix up. I plan to later this month that begin doing a little gardening. Maybe next month I will be able to get a few chickens and a goat.

The second Goal that I am taking Massive action on is: “Become a best-selling author.” A step that I have taken this month is that yesterday I had a session with a professional photographer for my author photograph on my books. In addition, I have updated my bio and the cover descriptions on all of my books. I intend to have help coordinating the covers of The Locket Saga so that they don’t just look like individual books, but that they look like books in a series. I will put all of these aspects together and update my books by the end of the month. Then I will update my website and include these new looks to my books on my site.

Creating A Dream Board

This lesson involves identifying who you want to be and create a dream board.

In this exercise, I created a dream board with the words Speaking, Ministering, Author as the center. Then I used mind mapping to create words that describe that sort of person.

Words that I used to describe this person that I want to become would include radio blog, Bible courses, speak at churches, Youtube videos, visit women’s groups, helping people, sharing what I know with others, traveling around the country, and visiting book stores,  festivals, meeting many different people, It involves living in peace, living healthy, and living simply.

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first 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. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

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