Since Goals Are Essential To Achieve Success …

 

Goals: 10 Rules for Success inspirational video from simpletruths.com

May I be reminded of this from now on, since I’m too often easily distracted…

I have set some new goals for myself today & this blog post was one of them…  I am grateful for the Divine Guidance that is providing the words that I’m using to help me to reach this goal… 

I once read about this person who had always led an active life, while in advancing age, had prayed that despite any challenges that life might have in store for her that when it came her time that they write on her headstone, “She died climbing”…  I would like that to be my epitaph when my time comes also… 

I want to thank those of you who take the time to read my blog…  I’d like to invite you to visit my new FB page, 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/My Sunshine State Of Mind

Like only if you do & share what you will…

I like to believe that Divine Guidance is what has brought me this far & at 77, I like where I’m at today… 

At 67 I was involved in an accident that left me physically unable to perform my duties for the best job I ever had…  I was with the company for 17 years…  I lost my job…  While struggling to keep our heads above water, (the housing crises was in progress), we discovered that my husband Billy needed a triple bypass…  He had just reached retirement age so he thankfully he was covered by Medicare…  One month later he underwent surgery for a tumor that was on his spine…  They discovered that he had Stage 4 Melanoma…  August of 2010 we didn’t know that anything was wrong with him…  By November of that year he was gone…  Towards the end I prayed that God take him quickly so that he would no longer have to suffer…  Our doctor was like his guardian angel who helped him see this through, our doctor & Hospice who I can’t thank enough for making him comfortable in his final day here on earth…  It was like now that he was finally comfortable that he could let go… 

Billy was a Navy Seal who served our country for 37 months in Vietnam…  We had been together for 15 years & married for 7…  He was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life…  I was so proud of him & his service…  He was the smartest man that I’ve known & I learned so much from him…  Unfortunately I wasn’t eligible for any benefits because we would have to have been married for 10 years before I could receive anything through the VA…  His Social Security was cut from my SS check because we weren’t married long enough… 

I was already behind in our house payments…  I knew that I couldn’t maintain our little house…  Billy had so many projects that were left unfinished because he had gotten sick, but I tried so hard because we had two Great Danes that were like our kids…  If anyone doesn’t believe that dogs can make a difference in a Veteran’s life I’d like to tell them a story about dogs & PTSD,,,  It was my privilege to see that miracle happen with my own eyes after we had gotten together…  In my heart I knew that I would have to move to an apartment & that meant that I would have to surrender our beloved “Bubba” & Patch…  While I dreaded doing that, I knew that I couldn’t keep them…  I moved forward with “Mission Impossible” & it was through a friend of ours that I learned of Southwest Florida Great Dane Rescue… These wonderful people reassured me that they would find good homes for each & they did…  Now I was ready…  I gave the house back to the bank because we had no real equity in it, I surrendered our two babies & found an apartment immediately, almost without looking & it suited my needs perfectly…  It was a little complex in our neighborhood that we had always found remarkable in the way that it was maintained…  It just so happened that they had a for rent sign out front & I rented it immediately…  Talk about Divine Guidance…  I’ve been here for over three years now & will renew my lease for another year…

Though I’ve seen some pretty rough times I have always been provided with, while not necessarily all of my wants, but definitely all of my needs…  I’m forever grateful that my Faith was strong enough to see me through all of this…  I feel that I have now come out on the other side…  This is the reason for my forever gratitude… 
Finish Strong - Watch the inspirational movie nowThat’s all that for now…  Warm regards ’til next time… 

Linda Michel White

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Personality Vs. Character…

Today I wish to explore the difference between my personality & my character…  My personality is who I am when I’m around others…  My character is who I am when left alone…

Because of my Sunday School upbringing I learned right from wrong, though I became rebellious & had to learn many of life’s lessons the hard way, I paid the price for that…  I’ve known many a difficult time because of this poor attitude of mine…  I truly needed an attitude adjustment… 

They say everything happens for a reason…  I’ve had many people come into my life & I’ve learned many valuable lessons from most…  I will be eternally grateful for those lessons because they have gradually made living my life much easier…  I have a very outgoing personality & I used to feel the need to be the life of the party…  I learned that if I became a clown I could still be the life of the party & the party would be on my terms…  I will be forever grateful for my “Book of Life”, otherwise known as The Bible…  That is what helped me to develop my character & it’s because I developed a gratitude attitude that my personality didn’t have to suffer… 

First Thing Every Morning inspirational video from simpletruths.com

I’ve learned that it’s ok to be good to myself today…  I am so reaping the rewards from learning that lesson…  I don’t require a lot of material things & find some of life’s greatest treasures in thrift stores…  I take comfort in the fact that the items that I purchase there once meant something to someone & gave added value to that person’s life… 

I am so grateful for my life as I know it today…

That’s all for now…  Warm regards ’til next time… 

Linda Michel White

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The Gift – 1440 in 24…

This morning I’m reminded of the gift that I am given, 1440 minutes in 24 hours…  As I prepare myself to write this I wish to put my gratitude on display…  I’m also reminded that yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery & today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present…  I have an important assignment that I’ve given myself today, so if it’s going to be it’s up to me…  I must keep the focus where it needs to be today so that I may reap the benefits tomorrow… 

I was reminded recently that I don’t have enough music in my life & after that was pointed out to me I realized that was true…  Today, with all of the trouble in our world I will pray for peace…  I would like to share this video by one of my favourite groups, “Playing For Change”…  I hope that you will enjoy… 

They have taken some of the best musicians that the world has to offer, recorded them separately & then put it all together so that when you’re listening they sound like they’re being recorded together, live & in person…  I absolutely love the concept & the talent that we would never have seen had it not been for the vision of one man to do this, Mark Johnson…  This to me is amazing the way that he put this together for the benefit of us all…

Thank you for reading my blog & please feel free to leave a comment…   I would also like to invite you to visit my Facebook page, “I Love Divine Guidance”…  Like only if you do & share what you will… 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Love-Divine-Guidance

That’s all for now…  Warm regards ’til next time… 

Linda Michel White

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I Love Divine Inspiration…

Since I’m a firm believer in Divine Inspiration I received this message while I was meditating this morning… I had heard this before, but I easily related to it today…

The Story of the Two Frogs…
Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl…
One was an optimistic soul;
but the other took the gloomy view…
“I shall drown,” he said, ” and so will you…”
So with a last despairing cry,
He closed his eyes and said, “Good-bye…”
But the other frog with a merry grin,
said, “I can’t get out, but I won’t give in!!!
I’ll swim around ’til my strength is spent…
For having tried, I’ll die content… ”
Bravely he swam until it would seem
his struggles began to churn the cream…
On top of the butter at last he stopped
and out of the bowl he happily hopped…
What is the moral??? It’s easily found…
If you can’t get out—keep swimming around!!!
—Anonymous—

Since I became a self taught clown,
I want my life to resemble a smile parade…
This is how I accomplished it…

The Best Way Out Is Always Through inspirational video from simpletruths.com

That’s all for now so ’til next time warm regards…

Linda Michel White

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What Would You Do?

This story really struck me because my husband was a Vietnam Veteran & as a result he knew quite a few homeless veterans…  I know what I would do…  What you would you do?

This last Memorial Day made me remember one of those veterans that my husband knew…  Pete was a former volunteer fireman from somewhere in New Jersey…  Vietnam cost him his marriage, his home & his kids…  Pete was an alcoholic & homeless by choice because living on the street there were no rules that he couldn’t avoid…  He was of slight build so was perfectly suited to be what was called a “tunnel rat” in Vietnam…  His job was to enter the tunnels where the Viet Cong hid & work his way through them by any means available…  This was not a pretty job…  I’m certain that the memories of this job are what drove him to drink…

Pete was one of the nicest vets that my Billy knew & I was always happy to see him…  Even when he was drinking he always treated me with respect…  Pete was always made to feel welcome in our little one bedroom duplex & had an open invite to come over for dinner any time…  He didn’t do that often because he would never want to be considered a burden…  Billy & I didn’t have much, but would share what we could & it was always appreciated…  It was good to see the two veterans talking about their problems & our having two dogs didn’t hurt…  I’m a true believer in the fact that dogs have great healing abilities because I saw what effect that our Kaleb & Shadow had on Billy’s life…  Kaleb was an abused Doberman rescue of mine that took to Billy from moment one…  Shadow was a Shepherd/Wolf hybrid that we took in at 8 weeks old…  The people that were going to take her didn’t want her at the last minute so she became Billy’s best pal…

We talked many times with Pete about getting help through the VA, but I guess Pete felt that his was a hopeless case…  I think that I knew Pete for about 3 or 4 years when we learned that they found his body one morning behind a bar where he used to hang out…  I guess he got his wish & I felt grateful that even though I would miss him tremendously, he was in a far better place & no longer in the physical pain & mental anguish that haunted him in this world…

Billy inspired me to write a Welcome Home Tribute to the Vietnam Veteran…  It’s been very well received & as a result two copies are in the Library of Congress, one copy in The Smithsonian Institute & one copy in The National Naval Museum at The Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida…  Billy was so proud of my effort, I guess because no one else would take the time…  I was asked to recite it for Pete at his funeral…  Of course I felt honored that this was the least that I could do for our friend…  I had to excuse myself because of the tears that got tangled up in the words…  I just couldn’t help it, just like the words in my tribute, they just seemed to flow…  No one seemed to mind so I continued & completed my recitation in Pete’s honor… 

Pete had many friends because he was the kind of guy that you just couldn’t help but like…  I was so grateful to come across this video because I hadn’t thought of Pete in a long while…  I’m grateful that he came into my thoughts once again & always will from time to time…

My Billy passed away 3 years ago last November from stage 4 melanoma…  I pray that he & Pete are together once more sharing old stories once again…  Thank you for reading my blog & keep coming back as I plan on making this an important part of my life…

I’ll leave you for now with warm regards ’til next time…

Linda Michel White

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This may be a tall tale but…

 

A little imagination goes a long way…  So what if I’m stretching the truth just a little…  I saw this awhile back & I just had to look it up again because I thought that the imagination used here was simply remarkable…  This is proof that if you will keep an open mind & allow your mind to roam freely you never can know where your mind will take you…

I have learned over the years that imagination & enthusiasm are important in my life…  That’s why my clowning was so successful even with no formal training…  One year I won the award for best clown entry in one of the parades…  A clown friend of mine who had started a clown group years before I ever thought of taking it up was upset…  She told me that it wasn’t fair to the groups that were in the parade…  I didn’t even know that I had won it until later that week when the city’s Chamber of Commerce called me to inform me that I had won…    I was a solo act, but I had a fun bike that had a 27″ front wheel, the frame dropped down to a little 12″ wheel in the back with high handlebars…  I decorated it with colorful tinsel garland wound around the spokes & frame in Christmas colors…  I tricked it out complete with 3 pinwheels, one extending out of each handlebar & one straight up in the middle…  I added an oogah horn & I was good to go…  I would always get behind a band, doing doughnuts with the bike while bouncing up & down,  peddling to keep time to the music all the while hollering out, “Merry Christmas” to the town’s name while waving to the crowd…  Needless to say I had a blast…  The prize was just a little trophy only a foot tall which included an honorable mention in the local fish wrap, but to me it was a very pleasant, unexpected surprise…

What’s this got to do with marketing?  It taught me that extra effort goes a long way & that I can have fun while working at things I enjoy…

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Life temporarily interrupted…

Good intentions this year led me to a couple of speed bumps that I wasn’t planning on… Both of those speed bumps were health related… Without going into a lot of detail, one had the potential of being life threatening… My doctor insisted on a test that showed a 90% blockage to my heart… A balloon was put in place & a new test showed that everything is now clear… Since I was a self taught clown I guess he thought a balloon would be appropriate… The other issue is being resolved by modifying my diet & is now taking a break…

I am now ready to get in shape this year… It was my goal to take complete charge of my fitness this year & now I have my doctor’s blessings to do this… I’m 74 & grateful for my good health in spite of having 6 herniated discs in my neck, mid-back & low back… While some of the exercises are a little too much for me, (like push-ups), I found that if I modify them I can do them with good results… I found something that helps me with the motivational part… Now I make sure this is part of my workout every day & I make sure that I end it with a large dose of Gratitude…

The Power of Discipline inspirational video from simpletruths.com

I’ll leave you for now with warm regards ’til next time…

Linda Michel White

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a photo - steps - I won't do it - I did it...Finally putting it all together…

I’ve done all the research that I need & I’ve finally found the missing pieces of the puzzle to make this new year one of total success…  Now I’m anxious to see the results…  I plan on blogging to several sites so that I get in the habit of writing…  I want to record my journey this year & treat it like it’s an adventure so that it will be more enjoyable…  I had a pretty serious health issue last year so my focus has been sharpened on what I need to do to improve the quality of my life…  I’m 74 years old & counting my blessings that I can still be self sufficient…  

  • This is my year to seriously focus on my health… 

  • I’ve committed to losing a pound a week Challenge until 3/29/2014…

  • I will exercise 7 minutes a day 3 days a week… 

  • I will join Toastmasters because I want to learn how to speak fluently in public… 

  • I want to volunteer at a nearby church that has core beliefs like mine…  

  • I also will attend any conferences that will help me with my online marketing… 

I think these goals will keep me pretty busy for right now…  I also have permission  from my landlord to do some minor gardening in our little complex…  I love where I’m living so it will do my heart & body good to invest in improving my surroundings…  Well, I’ll sign off for now, but keep checking back because I want to be held accountable for my progress or lack thereof…  I will not let either of us down…  I promise…

I’ll leave you for now with warm regards ’til next time…

Linda Michel White

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Lesson #1: Learn to Laugh at Yourself…

 

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I’d like to share a story about how important it is to let go of old ideas, especially when learning successful internet marketing.


Bear Hugs Kettle

by Emmett Fox

I once read an anecdote of the Far West that carries a wonderful metaphysical lesson.  It appears that a party of hunters, being called away from their camp by a sudden alarm, left the camp fire unattended, with a kettle of water boiling on it.

Presently an old bear crept out of the woods, attracted by the fire, and, seeing the kettle with it’s lid dancing about on top, promptly seized it.  Naturally it burnt and scalded him badly; but instead of dropping it instantly, he proceeded to hug it tightly – this being Mr. Bruin’s only idea of defense.  Of course, the tighter he hugged it the more it burnt him, and of course the more it burnt him, the tighter he hugged it, and so on in a vicious circle, to the undoing of the bear.

This illustrates perfectly the way in which many people amplify their difficulties.  They hug them to their bosoms by constantly rehearsing them to themselves and others, and by continually dwelling upon them in every possible manner, instead of dropping them once and for all so the wound would have a chance to heal.

Whenever you catch yourself thinking about your grievances, say to yourself sternly: “Bear hugs kettle,” and think about God instead.  You will be surprised how quickly some long standing wounds will disappear under this treatment.

It’s been my experience when it comes to internet marketing to let go of longstanding beliefs because most of them are other people’s misconceptions about the subject.

Case in point:

I Think It’s A Pyramid Scheme!

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Now don’t you hesitate because you know

what they say about that.  Open that door,

and pay close attention, because I’m going

to ask questions later.

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Learn how to have fun with it.  It can be very

rewarding, and enjoyable if you just relax

and let your imagination flow.

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Let’s make it an awesome year…

From my little corner of the world to yours…

Linda Michel White

Senior Netrepreneur

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