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New Year Resolutions or a Chance at a New Beginning?

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on December 27, 2010

This is the time of year that many of us begin to focus on our New Year resolutions or our goals for the upcoming year. I find personally that New Year resolutions are quite cliche and sometimes set people up for failure.  Last year and this year, instead of “resolving”, I have put forth a list of goals or items that I want to accomplish in the following year and I have been successful with most of those items. Some of them remain a work in progress, but I try not to give up.

What is it about the New Year that makes us want to change and improve our lives? For me, I think it is because January 1st marks a the beginning of a totally new year—it gives us the option to dream big and cancel any negativity or bad news that was in the previous year. It is a hopeful and optimistic time. With the new year, we feel that we can say goodbye to the changes we didn’t get to see last year—it gives us a brand new start.

Last year, my goal was to make my blog big enough that I could eat and live off of it full-time. That has now become a reality, being as how both October, November, and December were epic months for income for TheCubicleChick.com. But this year, my goal is to grow my audience, continue to grow my voice, and learn from others who are doing wonders with their blogs. I also intend of growing my brand with a book, more videos, and doing radio and television appearances. My goals this year don’t just end with my blog—I want to grow as a lifestyle pundit and expert. I am hoping 2011 will be a year of growth for me.

Many people rely on a vision board for their goals and New Year changes. On my freelancing column on Young Black Professionals, I discussed creating a vision board. By creating the board, you put visual images or anecdotes on the board which serves as a reminder of what you want to accomplish. Seeing these visions everyday can help fuel your determination and improve your success. Mega blogger Necole Bitchie has mentioned many times that she utilizes a vision board to help propel her career. Oprah Winfrey has used a vision board as well, and we know how large she is!

I would suggest you that the to keep pushing despite any roadblocks that may appear in your way during the next year. I know personally, I have hit many roadblocks that are hard for me to rebound from. As I’ve gotten older, I don’t take no for an answer. I keep moving through another detour or method until I get the prize.

The one major thing I could say that I keep faltering on year after year is my weight. That is one goal that I have reached many times, but end up gaining it back. This year, I claim to lose the 25 lbs I’ have been trying to lose for years and I will keep it off. I am not giving in to settling for not being fit and healthy.

What are your goals for the New Year? Do you have a vision board or will you create one? Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.


Danyelle is the founder of Show Me the Blog, the first ever blogging and social media conference in St. Louis. She is also one-half of the blogging team The Blogging Chicks.

She has worked with the following companies and brands: Lifetime Television, Creme of Nature, Essence Magazine, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Lottabody, Nailene, Shoes.com, Zoya, China Glaze, Shuttle Lotion, Save-A-Lot, Macy’s, and more. Danyelle was also chosen as one of twenty-five Midwest moms to attend Build a Bear’s Brand Workshop in June.

Danyelle is a mother of two children and is a WAHM (work at home mom). She is a decent cook, aspiring writer, best friend, daughter, granddaughter, Godmother, niece, cousin, lover, and sometime vixen.

Simply put, she is EVERY woman.


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S.M.A.R.T. and FUN! Goal Setting

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 27, 2010

We have all taken some course or workshop that gave us the acronym “SMART” for goal setting -meaning that all goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. This has apparently worked for many goal-setting gurus. I would like to add some other descriptors to goal setting and those words would be: JOY…FUN….DREAM.

The reason why so many people do NOT set goals is because it is not fun or it is draining. According to SMART, they have to be realistic. I would agree, but I also think that we need to dream in order to truly push ourselves. Too much of the time, we are safe with our intentions – why not be bold with your intentions? Why not push yourself. Why not set 3 different levels of goals.

Why not have 101 goals – goals that could be achieved in the next year along with some lifetime goals – who knows, sometimes just writing it down, makes it become a reality. We can “dream” about making a $1M in our lifetime, but once we write it down, it commits us – it may not have to be this year or next, but why not have making a million dollars a goal?

Reprinted from Joy of Goals- Karen Hoffman

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Setting Attainable Goals

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 23, 2010

I was looking through a magazine and stumbled upon something I hadn’t seen in years, a glass piggybank.  I recall the first such bank I received as a child when I opened my first savings account.  It forced me to continue to save because I didn’t want to ‘break’ it until it was completely full, or I had enough to purchase something I really wanted.  My eyes were always on the prize.

By the ‘80’s piggybanks had changed; they had stoppers in the bottom to remove money whenever you wanted. By not having to keep adding to your savings until you’d reached your goal, many times they were never met.  The bank became a place to gather loose change and such, but it took away the demand, if you will, that you reach a goal or lose it all, by having to ‘break the bank’.

It makes me think about my business goals in somewhat the same way.  I have to find ways of making myself accountable to reaching the goals I’ve set.  Last year, I setup several reminders to check in on my 2010 goals. When I got the first reminder, I realized, – YIKES, now where did I put those goals?   I was not focused on reaching them.

It’s difficult when you’re the boss, isn’t it?  How can we set goals and make ourselves accountable for the goals we need to keep our businesses afloat in these challenging times?  

First, take a look at what types of goals you might want to set for yourself.  Some to consider might include:

  • Sales/income
  • Number of new clients
  • New equipment/software
  • Knowledge-based achievements (certifications; classes)
  • Adding staff or sub-contractors

As you can see, there are many types of goals you can set for your business.  I usually try and have three to four of these areas covered in my yearly goals; that way, if one seems to be lacking, I can transition more time and effort into making that particular goal a priority, or adjust it to give myself a clearer way to achieve it.

I think the next most important thing is to put it in writing – something about memorializing it makes it seem more attainable, and real.  You might even consider sharing your yearly goals with a colleague or peer and ask them to check in with you several times a year to make sure you’re on track to achieving them.

Equally as important is making sure that you don’t beat yourself up if you don’t attain a particular goal.  Goals are something you are aspiring to achieve; they should help you be accountable for where you want your business to go.

2008 was a perfect example of that for me.  I was right on track with my sales/income and new client goals for 2008, right until the stock market crashed in October.  Suddenly, everything changed.  By the end of the year, several goals had not been met.

I rewarded myself for those goals I did achieve, took stock of those I didn’t, and tried to understand why; then I realigned my goals for 2009 and again for 2010, to offset these changes, and added several new categories of goals that will help me keep my business on track and growing.

Goals are meant to inspire you and invoke you into taking action.  Don’t let them bring you down if you don’t achieve them; re-adjust them. Find a cheerleader, someone who will help you stay on track with your goals, but will also encourage you and help you see the positive changes and growth you have experienced.

Re-invent yourself and keep making deposits in your unbreakable piggybank of growth.  Stay positive and watch what happens.

Jeannine Clontz, is a successful entrepreneur, author, speaker, and trainer. Clontz teaches a 7-week business start-up class in conjunction with Connections to Success and the St. Charles Community College, as well as a 10-week Teleclass for start-up and established Virtual Assistants. Learn more about Time Management for Virtual Assistants by downloading her FREE report “A Fresh Look at Time Management for Virtual Assistants”, or request her FREE audio CD “What’s Holding Back my Business Success?”,  and more by visiting:  http://www.VAbizcoach.com; or contact her at: coach@VAbizcoach.com.

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The Top 6 Benefits of Setting Goals

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 2, 2010

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that. –Earl Nightingale

The single most important thing that you need to know about setting goals is that they absolutely must be ‘in writing’. This is essential.

Please read this article carefully. These principles seem so simple, yet many people know the value of having written goals – but they don’t have them. The first step is to realize the power of setting written goals. Creating powerful goals can be the difference between having ‘an o.k. life’ or a life that you absolutely love, and the difference between ‘getting by’ or creating true wealth and happiness in your life.

The Top 6 Benefits of Setting Goals are:


You will have more CLARITY: You have to know where you want to go to get there. Setting goals requires you to develop clarity. This is the first and most important step to creating a life that you love and want.


You will develop a stronger FOCUS: Whatever you focus on your get more of: if you have clear goals and focus on them, you will get more of what you DO want (your goals) and less of what you don’t want.


When you get clear about where you want to go, you set up steps and actions to get there. This increases your efficiency because you are working on what is really important. When you work on what’s important, you will accomplish more than you ever expected.


You will get what you really want in life, rather than settling for ‘whatever comes you way’.


As you set and reach goals, you become more confident in your ability to do what you say and get what you want in life. Success breeds more successes.

And the number 1 benefit of setting goals is…

1. R-E-S-U-L-T-S

Only 3% of people in the U.S. have written goals, and according to research, these people accomplish 80% more than those who don’t. That’s an astounding difference, isn’t it?

Here’s the secret to setting powerful goals and attaining them: Goals must be in written form. Until you put them in writing, they are merely thoughts and hopes. -Mary Gunn

Would you like to join this elite group? Think about it. What would it be worth to you in dollars, happiness and satisfaction to accomplish 80% more? What would your life be like?

Congratulations! You have taken the first step. You have learned about the power of goal setting, and I challenge you to consider the impact it will make in your life.


Mary Gunn nSync Associates, Inc. http://www.createthelifeyoureallywant.com

Mary Gunn is a Life and Goals Coach for Entrepreneurs and Individuals. She has been a successful entrepreneur for over 25 years, and is passionate about helping people to “Create The Life You Really Want”.

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