Monday, December 31, 2007

10 Commandments of Goal Setting for 2008

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Well, it's early on New Year's eve here in Hawaii. Before I get off the computer to hang out with my family, I've been tidying up my Dream board, and getting my goals together for the coming year.

In the process, I came across a file, 10 Commandments of Goal Setting, on my hard drive. It's been posted a few places on the Internet before. But until I got it from Success University earlier this summer, I'd never seen it. So, I figured there's a reasonably good chance you might not have either.

I hope you find this useful in helping to make 2008 your best year ever.
1. THOU SHALL BE DECISIVE: Success is a choice. You must decide WHAT you want, WHY you want it, and HOW you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or SHOULD do that for you. It's your goal and your responsibility.

2. THOU SHALL STAY FOCUSED: A close relative to being decisive, but your ability to sustain your focus from beginning to end determines the timing and condition of your outcomes. Don't let outside distractions make your goals out of focus.

3. THOU SHALL WELCOME FAILURE: The fundamental question is not whether you should accept failure. You have no choice but to expect it as a temporary condition on the pathway of progress. Rather, the question is how to anticipate failure and redirect resources to grow from the experience. Remember what Les Brown said, "If you fall down, fall on your back because as long as you can LOOK UP you can GET UP".

4. THOU SHALL WRITE DOWN THY GOALS: Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. People forget things. WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS !!! Put them where you can see them every day. Send a copy to a friend, family member or a member of your upline. Establish accountability.

5. THOU SHALL PLAN THOROUGHLY: It is a proven fact that planning saves time at a 10:1 ratio in execution. PROPER PLANNING PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE !!!

6. THOU SHALL INVOLVE OTHERS: Nobody goes through life alone. Establish your own "Persoanl Board of Directors", people whose wisdom, knowledge and character you respect, to help achieve your goals. Once again, USE YOUR UPLINE!!! That's what we are here for.

7. THOU SHALL TAKE PURPOSEFUL ACTION: Success is not a spectator sport. Achievement demands action. You cannot expect to arrive at success without having made the trip.

8. THOU SHALL REWARD THYSELF: Rewards work !!! Think of what you will give yourself as a result of hard work, focus and persistance. Create your own ACTION = REWARD program and implement it. You DESERVE IT !

9. THOU SHALL INSPECT WHAT THY EXPECT: The shelf life of all plans are limited. No plan holds up against opposition. Everything changes. Therefore, inspect frequently and closely what is going on with your plan. It's an insurance policy on your success.

10. THOU SHALL MAINTAIN PERSONAL INTEGRITY: Maitain your COMMITMENT to your COMMITMENT! Set your goals, promise yourself that you will achieve them and eliminate wiggle room and excuses. That's personal integrity. EXCUSES and LAME JUSTIFICATION are the poisons that kill all goals!!!

So, how many of the 10 Commandments have you already incorporated into your goal setting plan?

Keep havin FuN!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Success and Motivation Lessons from a Billionaire

I know Sunday is my normal Link Love day, but I just couldn't pass up sharing this; in case any of you don't already read Mark Cuban's Blog.

A couple of day's ago Mr Cuban re-posted a few blog articles from back in 2004 which detail how he got started, and some of the lessons he learned along the way. Here are a few of my favorite parts ...
"I remember being 24 years old, living in Dallas in a 3-bedroom apartment with 5 other friends. This wasn't a really nice place we all kicked in to move up for. This place has since been torn down. Probably condemned. I didn't have my own bedroom. I slept on the couch or floor depending on what time I got home."

Definitely a "rags to riches" story.
"It's always the little decisions that have the biggest impact. We all have to make that 'make or break' call to follow orders or do what you know is right. I followed my first instinct: close the sale."

"I would continuously search for new ideas. I read every book and magazine I could. Heck, 3 bucks for a magazine, 20 bucks for a book. One good idea that lead to a customer or solution and it paid for itself many times over. Some of the ideas i read were good, some not. In doing all the reading I learned a valuable lesson.

Everything I read was public. Anyone could buy the same books and magazines. The same information was available to anyone who wanted it. Turns out most people didn't want it."

"In basketball you have to shoot 50pct. If you make an extra 10 shots per hundred, you are an All-Star. In baseball you have to get a hit 30 pct of the time. If you get an extra 10 hits per hundred at bats, you are on the cover of every magazine, lead off every SportsCenter and make the Hall of Fame.

In Business, the odds are a little different. You don't have to break the Mendoza line (hitting .200). In fact, it doesnt matter how many times you strike out. In business, to be a success, you only have to be right once."

Seriously, this is well worth 15 minutes of your time ... go check it out the whole post for yourself

Keep havin FuN!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

More Internet Marketing Lessons

20BucksYesterday's link post was about Pulling Back the Curtain on Internet Marketing. In case anybody missed the subtext on the sites I linked to, I wanted to share the main lesson I've taken away from reading these sites ...

If you're blogging about Blogging, Making Money Online, Internet Marketing, SEO, etc.. (unless you have some sort of unique expertise) ...

You're Probably NOT Going to have an Easy Time Making Money

Don't get me wrong, just like many people, when I started blogging the first thing I did was slap up a few ads, and start anxiously watching my bank account, waiting for the inevitable money to come rolling in.

Fortunately, by the time I switched over to wordpress earlier this summer, I'd figured out that this blog was never destined to be a big money maker. I'm treating it more as a "better" version of what I used to use my facebook and/or myspace profiles for ...

As a good way to Network, and Connect with Interesting People.

I do have (and intend to keep) a few ads on here. But realistically, any money I make from this blog is going to go right back into offline advertising for my candle business. (where I really do earn enough extra income to make the effort worthwhile)

All that being said, after reading Court, Vic, Grizzly and Josh's blogs, I'm definitely setting up a few niche sites for the New Year. I'll keep blogging here ... because it's FuN. But when it comes to Making Money, it just makes more sense to ...

Work Smarter rather than Harder.

Keep havin FuN!

p.s. Merry Christmas ... it's almost present opening time!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I Won the Wii Domain Name Contest


Last week I wrote about how we're getting a Nintendo Wii for Christmas, and that David Peralty at Extra For Every Publisher was running a contest where he was giving away a couple of Wii related domain names.

Well, today I got an email letting me know that I won one of Wii domain names! Thanks David.

I'm now the proud owner of (or at least I will be once the transfer goes through)

Now the real fun begins ...

Any suggestions on the best way to develop a (profitable) site around this domain?

lol, maybe I should run a contest of my own.

Keep havin FuN!

Friday, December 21, 2007

This is Why I'm Hot ... Air Force Style

Ok, so really I just want to test out embedding videos on my blog. Humor seems an appropriate way to do it.

I saw this clip for the first time while I was still over in Iraq ... cracked me up. It's entirely possible that I might find it funnier than someone who's not in the military and/or who hasn't been to the middle east. But, I hope you enjoy it anyway. (and if you know any guys/girls who are over there, give 'em a shout ... I assure you they'll appreciate hearing from you)


Keep havin FuN!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

How NOT to Network

Just a quick post with a lesson on (what I consider to be) a Very Ineffective way to try to get referrals.


I got this message from a MyBlogLog user in my email earlier today ...
Hello Todd,

I met you on John Cow Site and We both like Social Network stuff I think, so I gonna tell you this
(link to his yuwie profile)
Enjoy it as I do and You surely will!
It just right for the concept of you~
Merry X'Mas

I don't know this person.

We didn't really "meet" on John Cow. I was over there reading about how they got banned from Facebook, and my new "friend" saw my picture in the MyBlogLog widget.

He is right, apparently we do both like social networking. But, if he'd actually taken the time to read my blog, he might have also seen that I'm already experiencing a little social networking overload.

Even if we did know each other, I'm not really a great candidate to join another social network right now (although, truth be told I'm actually already a member of Yuwie)

I did kind of have to smile at the Merry X'Mas though.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to call this guy out or anything. Who knows, maybe down the road we might even have a real chat some day.

It's just that his method of "promotion" is, unfortunately, way too common among those who don't know any better.

If you read his email, and it sounds like something you might consider sending to a stranger ...

Please reconsider.

Don't be That Guy.

Keep havin FuN!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Nintendo Wii for Christmas

wii My step-son Johnathan doesn't know it yet, but we're getting a Nintendo Wii for Christmas. My wife just happened to be in GameStop one day, and they had two units behind the counter. Needless to say, she whipped out the debit card with a quickness.

So, why am I making this post, and taking the (very slight) risk that Johnathan might find out 10 days early?

Because David Peralty, at eXtra For Every Publisher is running a Contest to win a Wii related domain name that he estimates is worth a substantial sum of money.

I'd like to win.

I figure that with the Wii already sitting under the tree, I (or at the very least my kids) should have some insights to contribute to a site that may be developed using one of the two domains. (if I was to win).

And in addition, at the very least, this contest gave me something interesting to write about on a Saturday afternoon before I head off to my daughter Jordan's cheerleading event.


Hope you all are having a great weekend as well ... keep havin FuN!

41 Poignant Leadership Quotes

I really like quotes. This past week, I've been reading about leadership. Here are a few that caught my eye. I hope you like them too ...

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." - Lao Tzu

"A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves" - unknown

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them" - JFK

"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction." - JFK

"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." - Harvey S. Firestone

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

"The greatness of a leader is measured by the achievements of the led. This is the ultimate test of his effectiveness." - Gen. Omar Bradley

"Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself" - Blaise Pascal

"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever" - Chinese proverb

"Wars are not won by fighting battles; wars are won by choosing battles" - George S. Patton

"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare" - Japanese proverb

"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism" - Norman Vincent Peale

"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." - Ralph Nader

"If you are not failing now and again, its a sign you're playing it safe" - Woody Allen

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do." - Andrew Carnegie

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches but to reveal to them their own" - Benjamin Disraeli

"The best way to predict the future is to create it" - Peter Drucker

"A man should never neglect his family for business." - Walt Disney

"It's never crowded along the extra mile" - Wayne Dyer

"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand." - Colin Powell

“My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.” - Lee Iacocca

“We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” - Lee Iacocca

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

"The first step to leadership is servanthood." - John Maxwell

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." - Vince Lombardi

"The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way." - Henry Miller

A friend of mine characterizes leaders simply like this: "Leaders don't inflict pain. They bear pain." - Max DePree

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it." - Andrew Carnegie

"Probably my best quality as a coach is that I ask a lot of challenging questions and let the person come up with the answer." - Phil Dixon

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." -Thomas Jefferson

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." -Robert F. Kennedy

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be." -Rosalyn Carter

"...there is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." - Ronald Reagan

"...I know it's hard when you're up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp." - Ronald Reagan

"Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen." - Robert Jarvik

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Airmans Creed

Air forceI wear two hats. (many of you already know this). In addition to being a budding entreprenuer, I've also served in the U.S Air force for the past 18 years.

Back in April, our Chief of Staff announced our new Creed, as a way to "provide Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that they can hold most dear."
I am an American Airman.
I am a Warrior.
I have answered my Nation’s call.
I am an American Airman.
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,
A Tradition of Honor,
And a Legacy of Valor.
I am an American Airman.
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,
My Nation’s Sword and Shield,
Its Sentry and Avenger.
I defend my Country with my Life.
I am an American Airman.
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.
I will never leave an Airman behind,
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.

Every Airman, from the 4-star General, to the brand new slick sleeved basic trainee, is expected to learn and internalize this precept. It helps us to understand Why we do what we do.

After spending literally my whole life around the military (my dad is retired Air Force too), this creed is definitely something that I "get".

It's my other "hat", the entrepreneurial side, that I still have a bit of trouble figuring out from time to time. I'm almost ashamed to say that I've never really taken the time and effort to develop such a clear and consise Mission Statement for my part-time business, as the one that I have to guide me in my military career.

What is my "Why"?

It's a question I plan to spend some significant time pondering over the next couple of weeks, as my family and I celebrate the holidays. I intend to start 2008 with a clear vision what I'm doing, why I'm doing it, and where I want to go.

How about yourself ... do you have a "Creed"?

Friday, December 7, 2007

Why encouraging comments matters to new bloggers

Hey, finally a subject that I can write about with a bit of authority ... since I myself am a relatively new blogger.

photo credit: Sarchi

I'll admit, I didn't come up with this topic all on my own. Earlier today, I was reading an article where Skellie said "If you don’t have an authority-level subscriber count, your comments will need to tell the story you want them to."

This makes perfect sense to me. And subconsciously, it's actually something I was already doing ... over the past couple of weeks I've installed several plugins, with the explicit intent of encouraging more reader participation. I really do want to know what you think.

Here's why ...

Since my chosen topic is relatively broad, when it comes to many specific subjects,
You Guys (and Girls) are Smarter than I am!

... I'd be pretty silly not to try to leverage that.

Not only that, but I find it much easier to write when it feels like
the start of a Conversation, rather than the beginning of a Lecture

I've always been a fan of Synergy.

Obviously, I hope that people will be interested in what I have to say.

But ...

I know for a fact, that people are much more likely to be interested in what WE (collectively) have to say.

Quality is Quality ... regardless of the source.

... and ultimately, quality is why people visit (and revisit) blogs in the first place.

So, in case I haven't told you already ... THANK YOU for reading, and THANK YOU for sharing.

lol, and now of course it's your turn ...

Do you think comments are important for a successful blog?

Why or Why not?

Keep havin FuN!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Linking to some new friends from MyBlogLog


For this week's links, I thought it might be interesting to highlight a few posts from some of my contacts on MyBlogLog.

  1. Gary Pool has 5 posts so far in a series called top 10 seo tips and tricks

  2. Aaron Cook spreads a little hump day humor; Monty Python meets Star Wars

  3. Lin from Telling it Like it is made a post of links to the best tips for creating content others will want to read

  4. Andy Bailey from FiddyP wrote a detailed review of his new skype phone ... although I suspect this probably works better in Europe where they have good wi-fi networks.

  5. Fred Peters from Newest on the Net shares the top 10 most popular facebook applications (if/when I decide to actually start using my facebook profile this link will come in handy)

  6. And finally Making Sales, Making Money is searching for significance online

Happy ready, hope you find these articles useful and interesting.

Till next week...