Are You Moving Forward Toward Your Goal

Doyne Phillips

Doyne Phillips

Today, a friend of mine, Doyne Phillips who is the Managing Editor of Southern Writers Magazine joins us with a great post on goals.

What is your goal? Are you moving toward it? Do you make progress each day? We all need to know what our goals are. Someone once said a goal without a plan is just a wish. We need to have a plan to move in the direction that will ensure success in reaching those goals. How do we get this done?questiongoal (1)


First determine your goals. In the business world we have a short formula we use to determine our goals and it has three steps. They are: “How Much? By When? The Details?”


Let’s say you are building your platform and you decide you want as part of your platform 1,000 Followers on Twitter and 1,000 Friends on Facebook. There is your “How Much?” question answered.


Now we move on to “By When?”. You want those numbers reached by the end of the year. This will coincide with the completion of your first draft and you can refer to these numbers in your query letters you send to literary agents.goal2


Next “The Details?” step is more complicated. You determine the steps you must take in order to meet those numbers by that date. You know you can’t reach your goal in an hour, day or even one month. So you will need to determine what you will do and how you will do it consistently to complete your goal. You must break it down. An example: you have 200 days left in the year and need 2,000 new Friends and Followers. You need to add 10 a day for 200 days. How will you do it? You will need to say “I will reach my goal of 2,000 additional Friends and Followers by contacting 10 to 20 new contacts a day and request they become my Friend or Follower.” With that decided you must act.

I love the quiz; three frogs were sitting on a log and one decided to jump. How many frogs are sitting on the log? The answer is three. A decision without action has no results. In order to reach your goal you must act and do so in a continuous steady fashion. Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, calls it “sustained effort”.AndyAndrews, author of The Traveler’s GiftThe Butterfly Effect and The Final Summit said, “I persisted without exception.”  If Canfield or Andrews had made the decision and not moved on it we would not have these great works available to us today.

The only way to get nearer to your goal is to move toward it. Determine how much, by when and work out the details. THEN JUMP! 


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Friday’s Author and Book Report: Ann H Gabhart

Ann Gabhart  “A new Rosey Corner book, Love Comes Home, is now available at your favorite bookstores or on-line book retailers. I can’t wait for readers to take another trip back to Rosey Corner to see how the Merritt sisters are doing as they begin life after the boys come home from World War II.”

Meet Ann H Gabhart. She says she is a country girl, born and raised on a farm in the Outer Bluegrass region of Kentucky. ” I know you’re thinking horse farm, but no, not out my way. Mostly cows on the farms around here. My grandfather did have a big old workhorse when I was a little girl. My family grew tobacco and corn. We had a few milk cows, some hogs and sheep, but mostly beef cattle. I grew up working on the farm and enjoying the woods and animals. My roots grow deep in the land, and I now live on a farm just a mile away from the farmhouse where I was born and raised.

I started writing when I was ten and have been writing ever since.

Love Comes Home (1)Ann’s newest book is “Love Comes Home”. World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are busy welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline wants a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be–a life with a man who will never come back. And little Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Through the heartfelt storytelling of bestselling author Ann Gabhart, readers join these endearing characters as they walk an uncertain road. Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

Don’t miss Ann’s newest book. You will love her characters and her books will take you into worlds you want to visit.

To find out more about Ann H Gabhart, visit her blog and website below.

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Linda Yezak, Texas Author

Linda W YezakLinda Yezak is an author, but first a  Texan through and through. She believes her state is the best and has the ability to tell tall tales with the best of them.

give-the-lady-a-ride-2She is also a fantastic author pinning books like “Give the Lady  a Ride” which won the 2011 Grace Awards. The book is about Patricia Talbert, no bigger than a newborn heifer who is lured to the Circle Bar Ranch where no one knows her or cares that her father is a senator. Maybe on the ranch, she can separate herself from her father and develop an identity of her own.

Cat LadyHer newest book “The Cat Lady’s Secret is fabulous. It’s about Emily Taylor who loves to help people, loves to ease their burdens and make their dreams come true.

Millie wears crazy clothes and carries a tote bag and a fish net to capture feral felines. She walks all over town, and everywhere she goes, she encounters people with wishes, wants, and needs–and all are fulfilled.

But who is the real force behind these blessings?

When a con man ruins her reputation, she discovers that helping others is safer and easier from behind the scenes. When one of Emily’s gifts captures the attention of an avid journalist, her identity as the town’s anonymous benefactor-as well as  her renewed relationship with her high school sweetheart-are threatened. As her private life begins to unravel, she realizes the one hope for regaining control lies behind prison walls.

Aside from her writing, she is a freelance editor. She enjoys speaking for writing groups and conferences.A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association (WFWA), and The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network).

To find out more about Linda Yezak visit her website:

You can also get her books on her site or go to

Don’t miss Linda’s books. You will love her way of weaving the stories she has to tell.




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Friday’s Author and Book Report: Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling Lauraine Snelling loves to read. She is also a member of the more than 2 million books in print club.

She writes about real issues within a compelling story, which she shows, in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction, which has probed the issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer. In The Brushstroke Legacy, she wrote about three generations of women that discover God’s gifts are powerful enough to speak across centuries. In her book, The Way of Women, three women delve deep into their hearts as they encounter a volcanic eruption and prove that when women strive together they can face even the unthinkable.


Heaven Sent Rain In this book, Dinah Taylor has an orderly life that is just how she likes it. A perfectly furnished luxury apartment, a satisfying career as a scientist and CEO of her own company, and an uncomplicated personal life. But all of that changes when she meets seven-year-old Jonah. 

The boy shows up one day, a scruffy dog by his side, in front of her office building. Dinah knows nothing about kids and even less about animals, but after she buys him breakfast, he shows up the next day…and the next. She tries to learn more about him, to help him, but he’s remarkably skilled at evading her questions. And then, late one night, he calls her in a panic-his dog has been badly injured. Dinah rushes them to a local animal clinic, where she meets Garret, a veterinarian with a thriving practice and a passion for drawing. Though Jonah takes to Garret right away, for some reason neither understands, Dinah and Garret just don’t mesh. But for Jonah’s sake, their lives continue to collide, and slowly the relationship between these three strangers begins to change.

For more information on Lauraine Snelling and to check out and see what books she has written visit her website


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Friday’s Author and Book Report: DiAnn Mills

diann Mills-portrait-thm  DiAnn Mill. Author of over fifty-five books. You know you are in for an adventure when you choose DiAnn’s books. She draws you into the world she is writing about immediately, and you will not want to put the book down until you finish. When you do finish, you will be looking for more of her books. She’s that good. When I got her book Firewall, the only time I put it down was to make our meals, and then right back to the book. It’s that good. Her newest book, Firewall (published by Tyndale),  just released this month

.FirewallAfter a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimated the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties. Be sure and check out her other books: The Survivor,The Chase, Attracted to Fire, The Fire in Ember, Pursuit of Justice, Sworn to Protect, Breach of Trust, texas Legacy, When the Lions Roar, just to name a few. When I got her book Firewall, the only time I put it down was to make our meals and then right back to the book. . DiAnn spends time and effort perfecting her writing craft. She weaves her thrill of suspense touched with romance into her work. She goes where her research takes her. Whether it be riding with the border patrol, Southern Sudan, talking with Homeland Security, law enforcement or FBI. Do yourself a favor––pick up a copy of this book. Check out her interview with Southern Writers Magazine, July/August issue Visit her website and see her video below: Video or paste this link in browser:

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rudyard kipling200px-Collier_1891_rudyard-kipling  Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. His quote “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind” is just as true today as it was then. He is remembered for poems of British soldiers and stories for children. One of his best known works was The Jungle Book (a collection of stories which includes “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi“); the short story, The Man Who Would Be King“; and two of his poems Mandalay and Gunga Din.

A verse from one of his poems:


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

April is poetry month. If you love poetry spend the next thirty days

looking up work from your favorite poets. Might I suggest you might

want to do that on even days and on odd days read the poems of poets you

aren’t familiar with.

Enjoy the month of poetry reaching and touching your heart.


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Third Secret to Beauty


ben hogan Ben Hogan, one of the great golfers said, “As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”

If you truly want to be beautiful, you have to slow down your pace a little. Yes we all have jobs to do, places to report for work, household chores but we need to slow down enough that we see the beauty that was created just for us. A beautiful blue sky, flowers with sweet smells and beautiful colors, oceans and mountains are all there for us. It offers us tranquility and an aura of peace so that we can breathe in the serenity that helps us navigate through our everyday responsibilities.

Being hurried all the time takes its toll on the beauty within and without.

The third secret of beauty is to take the time needed to appreciate the beauty around you.


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Beauty Secret


audrey hepburnth  Who could forget the beautiful Audrey Hepburn? A Hollywood Star with movies such as “Sabrina” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Her elegance and charm captured your heart.

But she was just as beautiful on the inside. She said, “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Every female I know wants to be beautiful in their own fashion. Ms. Hepburn’s words tell you how. Words  that will  change you on the inside and overflow to the outside. A true beauty regimen. Try it for thirty days and watch the transformation of beauty before your eyes.




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Attitudes in Living


The_Prophet_Book_Kahlil_Gibran_Arcturus_foulshamKhalil Gibran was a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer who said, ” Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

His book, The Prophet, was originally published in 1923. It continues to inspire millions worldwide. It holds timeless words of love and mystical longing.  Writing with insight, hope, and a remarkable compassion for the human condition, Kahlil Gibran explores ideas of joy and sorrow, friendship, good and evil, pleasure, reason and passion, expressing humanity’s yearning for a Unity of Being, only achieved through love.

In life we are going to have disappointments and hurts. We never want to get use to them but,  we want to know how to handle them.sad sack1 Our attitude toward them and how we handle them will determine to a great extent our success in life as a person. We don’t have to be down trodden. Yes, things happen, but we control our reactions to them. We are in control of our attitudes.



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One State to the Other

mark twainSamuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twin said, an American author and humorist said,   “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

All through the working years, you  hear people say, “I will be glad when I don’t have to work anymore and can do what I want”. Or perhaps you’ve heard, “Boy, will I be glad when I can retire.” Other things are, “I shouldn’t have to work.”

Funny thing about that, when you get to the age when you can retire and not have to work anymore you just may find yourself wondering what to do with yourself all day.

Working is one of the rewarding parts of life. It teaches you many things as well as provides many things. One of the most important things it teaches is an appreciation of yourself and your efforts. Of course, the other thing it provides a roof over your head, clothes on your back and food in your mouth.

We pass from one stage to another in life. We seem to always be wishing for the next one, at least until we get there. Then we start the cycle over wishing we were in the next one. Perhaps we might find it more exciting to live in the present one instead of wishing for the other one. After all, it will come fast enough.


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