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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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What Are You Waiting For?

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 12, 2010

From Blueprint for Success Blog
Posted by: Patty Cook
What was I waiting for? I was waiting for the stars to align, for every detail to be in place, to have all the answers, to know how it would come out, to feel comfortable…etc., etc. etc.! In other words, I was waiting until everything was perfect before I would take a step.

Well, it turns out that being comfortable is overrated. Yes, there are times when nothing beats snuggling into a warm bed with a good book or knowing just what is going to happen next, but staying in your comfort zone locks out the thrill of discovery, the excitement of a new experience and the exhilaration of growth. Where in life would you like to go, but so far your comfort zone has held you captive? What idea do want to develop, goal do you want to reach, or change would you like to make that you just aren’t doing anything about? If you want to break the bonds of your comfort zone, consider these simple activities:

Get inspired. Why do you want to do this thing? Why is it important to you? Imagine what the future will look like when you produce the results you want.

Share your vision. The people in your life want you to be happy, healthy and successful. The more you share what you want to create with them, the more people there are to hold your vision, and the more resources naturally come your way.

Change your focus. A tiny internal shift of even a few degrees can make a huge difference in your life. For example, shifting your attention from concern for your own comfort to what could be realized in your life, your business or even the world can mean the difference between inaction and action.

Lower your risk. You don’t have to go it alone. Invest in yourself and hire a coach, or work with a mentor to help you solidify your goals and create strategies for accomplishing them, who will act as a sounding board and challenge you to do more than you might be doing on your own.

Take a baby step. The first step is the hardest, and the most powerful because it generates confidence and creates the momentum you need to keep you moving forward. Read a book, do some research, interview someone who has already done what you want to do, take a class, make a phone call, write a letter, do something, anything, that will move you forward. Then, celebrate your success and take another step, and then another…

Reduce your stress. It is a fine line between fear and exhilaration or excitement, and when stress levels build that line can become indistinguishable. When stress levels are high, your system becomes overloaded and you can become hypersensitive to discomfort of any kind, causing you to pull back from even those activities you enjoy. Take a yoga or meditation class, plan some down time, prioritize life based on what is most important to you, or create some other way to relax and get some perspective. Stress reduction can be learned, and if you can’t do it on your own, get some help.

These words inspire me to keep stepping outside my comfort zone, and go for it:

“You can’t get it wrong, and you’ll never get it done.” Abraham Hicks

“Anything worth doing is worth doing badly at first.” Attributed to many

“If you wait for every light to be green, you’ll never leave your driveway.” Unknown

“God can’t steer a parked car.” Unknown

Copyright ©2009 Patty Cook

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