7 Strategies for Success

Copyright 2015 Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright 2015
                    Joan Y. Edwards

“Seven Strategies for Success” by Joan Y. Edwards
All of you, both men and women,  like to get what you want when you go shopping. You want what you want. You have certain ideas about what you’re shopping for. In your mind, you designate rules that this new purchase must meet:

Price
Quality
Fits you to a “T”
Simple to Use

In life when you make goals, you also designate rules for what things will look like when you reach your goal. Some of them are assumptions based on what you’ve learned about the situation from others and part of it you learn from personal experience. Sometimes your assumptions and reality are different. That’s when you have to realign your thinking to make sure you get where you want to go.
I realize that each person has different goals and aspirations. I’m not going to tell you what goals to make. This blog post focuses on beliefs, thoughts, and actions that will help you reach your goals successfully, no matter what they happen to be.

  1. Immerse and surround yourself with positive thoughts, words, actions, and people. State your goals as affirmations in the present tense. I am a best-selling author. I am a prize-winning illustrator. I find the best deal for a computer, dress, suit, shoes.
  2. Believe in you
    If you think you can’t do it, learn how. If you don’t think you can do it, change your thoughts. If you made a mistake, forgive yourself and let it go. When you’re down, give yourself three days to rest, recuperate, and realign your thinking. Talk with God. He understands. Talk to a friend, they can help you look at the broad picture. Be your best friend. Never give up. Be determined to get to your goal.
  3. Be thankful to God/Universe.
  4. Encourage others and share your time and talents with them.
  5. Use available resources: library, books, videos, blogs, Google search, and others. Ask questions. Talk to people who’ve done what you want to do. Ask for help, information, support, sales. Ask people to buy your book, illustration, or other product. Give them something extra free when they buy.
  6. Take action. Take a chance – Do what brings you joy! Put your money where your goal is: Take lessons. Build an audience (a group of followers who could possibly buy your product or help you find what you’re looking for. Write, draw, create. Get your work critiqued by your peers and by professionals, too. Submit your work to a publisher or self-publish.
  7. Celebrate baby steps and achievements. Reward yourself. Have a writing or illustrating party with other writers and illustrators.

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24 thoughts on “7 Strategies for Success”

    1. Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. Glad you liked the post and found it uplifting. You’re right. It’s important to take a chance on you. Doing something different will definitely help you grow in skills and confidence.
      Have a fun day.
      Joan

  1. Wonderful suggestions! I was told yesterday when I asked people to vote on my author shout contest, I approached it with negative emotions! I will try to do better!

    1. Dear Sheri,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you liked my suggestions.
      Be nice to yourself. You’ve a right to be a little negative. Being your sweet positive self will dawn again really soon. Love yourself. I voted for your cover.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

    1. Dear Lynn,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you believe my statements are true! I try my best to live by them. Every once in a while, I fall in a little ditch. That’s when I write and remind myself and others to keep as positive as we possibly can.
      May Peace and Joy be your constant companions!
      Joan

    1. Dear Tracy, Thanks for writing. You’re welcome for the pep talk. I’m glad it uplifted you! That’s what I hope for when I write.
      Do something fun for you today!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

    1. Dear Carol,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you consider these strategies good advice. I hope at least one of them sparks you in the direction of success.
      Do something fun!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  2. I find if I don’t write in the mornings by afternoon there is too many distractions. Getting words on paper makes me feel better about everything. Thank you for posting these helpful hints.

    1. Dear Sharon,
      Thanks for writing and sharing that getting up early in the mornings, works for you. Our world is a better place because of your writing.Keep on writing.
      Never Give Up
      Joan
      P.S. Somehow I erred when making a link to comment https://www.joanyedwards.com/2015/11/19/create-time-to-write-and-illustrate/ so your comment is with another blogpost. I’m going to copy and past your comment to the right blogpost. I hope this is okay with you. I want the readers to see your ideas for finding time.

  3. Joan, These are some great ideas! I do love DragonSpeak it has helped so much. It definitely makes it easier to write and saves my hands from hurting more than they already do 🙂 Now to be productive like folding laundry and using it….that will take some time 🙂

    1. Dear Kathleen,
      Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post about finding time to write. I’m so glad they invented DragonSpeak so it could help you write!
      God is so proud of you and your efforts to share your point of view about living with others.
      Somehow I erred when making a link to comment so your comment is with another blogpost. I’m going to copy and past your comment to the right blogpost. I hope this is okay with you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  4. I have to TELL myself…”Don’t open emails! Don’t open emails!…when I first sit down at the computer if I want to get any writing done. Most days it’s a struggle. The lure of correspondence with an old friend, messages from family, a possible request for a book or a presentation date is too enticing, like the dark chocolate bar hidden in the cupboard.
    It seemed easier, believe it or not, to carve out time to write before I was kid-free and retired. In those days I was forced to plan every moment and I found it easier to plan than today. Now, because I think I have all the time in the world, I don’t plan well and different things tug away my BIC time. And even after a book comes out when I’m ready to start working on another idea, marketing time eats away precious writing time. You HAVE to prioritize — easier said than done.
    Thanks for the reminder that with planning writing time is possible. I needed that pep talk today.

    1. Dear Sandra,
      Thank you for writing and sharing the things that have worked for you – Prioritizing your time. Time slips away when you open emails. Sometimes the social needs outweigh the writing needs. It’s a double necessity to find time to write and time to market! Thank you for making time to write and publish your books and have others to publish your books. Our world is a better place because of your writing.
      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan
      P.S. I erroneously put the wrong link for responding. I had changed it but didn’t update my blog. So I’m going to copy and paste your comment to the https://www.joanyedwards.com/2015/11/19/create-time-to-write-and-illustrate/. Thanks again for commenting.

    1. Dear Kathleen,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you liked my 7 strategies for success. Aww. Thanks for saying that I’m good at number 4. I love helping others feel better about themselves.
      You’re a great encourager,.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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