Goal Setting- Half Marathon

Do you have anything you are working towards? What are your goals?

Without goals, whatever you are doing can be pointless. Goal setting is a powerful way to increase motivation about your ideal future, and for turning your goal into reality.

Just listen to a few known people about the importance of Goal Setting:

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”
Earl Nightingale

“Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.”
Viktor Frankl

“All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.”
Norman Vincent Peale

One of my personal goals is to do a Half-Marathon in December in Charlotte, North Carolina. I will be running the Amica Insurance Half Marathon on December 12th, 2009. If you decide to join me the link is below:

I didn’t just roll out of bed one morning and decide to run the half marathon; I have been running for awhile. I mentioned before that my wife got me the Nike Plus to track my running for Christmas last year. Since then I have been running 5 kilometer races and will run a 10 kilometer one this weekend, and have a 15 kilometer one scheduled for next month.

2XU Compression Tights

2XU Compression Tights

Recently I purchased some compression tights by 2XU to give better knee support, help my muscles to stay warm and to reduce fatigue. Just this morning I ran 10 kilometers in my neighborhood as part of my training routine and I shaved off two minutes wearing the compression tights. My wife says it was all mental, I can partially agree with her. But whatever it was, I ran two minutes faster.

You have to be SMART about your goals, I’ll talk about that in my next goal setting post. Until then, here are some links to other Goal Setting posts:

Half Marathon, here I come,
Samuel Carrara

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 Advice 12 Comments

The Secret To Blogging Success

Guest Post by Keith Goodrum

Ask most bloggers what is the secret to blogging success and you will get many answers. Writing, posting, networking are several answers you will hear. Some even recognize that promotion is a huge factor to blogging success.

You will also hear specific tactics or strategies like commenting on other blogs, linking, deep linking, article writing, trackbacks, guest posting and many more…

Actually none of them are the secret to blogging success. And neither are any of the other answers people will come up with are the secret. OK so what is the secret? Well…

*There are no secrets!*

Yep, that’s right… nobody has any secrets squirreled away. Sure there is a period of time that a secret will remain hidden. But, eventually they all get out.

And there are a couple of reasons why.

1. There are too many blogs blogging about blogging – Hey, pretty much every method, process, tactic or strategy has been blogged about. Bloggers are so starved for original content that they will publish everything. Everybody wants to be the 1st blogger to blog about some newly discovered tip. All
the bases are covered.

2. Humans as a general rule… CAN’T keep secrets. The temptation is too great to spill the beans. Think about this; most people when they find out something new are busting at the seems to tell someone. They feel so smug that they’ve figured out a secret that it’s no fun keeping it to themselves. They have to tell someone.

3. A blogger starts to achieve great success, and people take notice. What happens next is people want to know what this particular blogger is doing. They will reverse engineer the blog to figure out the secret. It becomes a challenge to “crack the code”

*So, while some “secrets” appear to be kept*

They really aren’t kept. It’s just taking longer for that information to get spread around. Information spreads at different speeds. That’s one of the reasons why some information appears to be a secret. It’s spreading at a much slower rate.

*The real secret to blogging…*

It’s sitting right under your nose, and is come disguised as work. The key to building a blog is taking action. Stop looking around for that magic bullet. Get started today.

So, what do ya say… want to share one of your blogging secrets? Oh, wait… if you did that, then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 Guest Posts 1 Comment

Sell It By Ebay Auction

A few days ago I encouraged you to unclutter your house. The third way was to sell it. Here is a little more about selling your items on Ebay. (Hint- The shortcut is at the bottom of this post.)

Steps to take for a successful sale:

  • Setup an account with Ebay. Take a few minutes to decide on a username that people will see when you sell items. Many people use a name close to the type of items they will sell (ie. dart boards would be dartman). Even if you’re not ready to sell, buy a few items to see how the process works. It will also help you gain positive feedback, no feedback makes buyers wary of buying from you.
  • List all the items you want to sell and start taking pictures of them. I recommend putting a bed sheet or single color background behind them. There are alot of listings that have so much going on in the background, that it gets confusing.
  • Search around the site to determine what other people are buying similar items for. There is an art to pricing. You would be surprised to find that you want to start with a low listing price to get a high price sold in the end. you want to get them committed to the item and then they will want to win it no matter what.
  • Write the description, include all the features, what it includes, condition (used, new, etc.), shipping costs, returns, etc. There is alot of information you will want to give.
  • Finally get down to putting the listing on Ebay. Pay the fees and determine how long you want the auction to last.
  • Sell it, take payment and ship it. Paypal seems to be the easiest way to accept the money.
  • Get feedback- this helps future buyers have more confidence in you.
  • Rinse & repeat- keep the money flowing.

This whole process can be very complex. The list above really just glazes over what you need to do. Put a system in place to maximize your profits, best way to do this is take advantage of a Free Ebay course at: Auction Success. All you have to pay is shipping, which is $4.95. That link is:

Sell It By Auction,
Sam Carrara

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Saturday, March 15th, 2008 Ebay 1 Comment

Get Back Up

How many times have you tried something and failed at it? For me it’s numerous times. There are a few good quotes to encourage you to fail again.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. (Thomas Edison) This was in response to all the ways to create a light bulb that didn’t work. What if we gave up on the 147th try? You may be in the dark.

Fall down seven, Get up eight. In Japanese it is translated nana korobi ya oki. No matter the number of times you fall, get back up.

Some people fall and refuse to try again. Don’t be one of those people. Pick yourself up and try again. LEARN from your mistakes. Push past failure to success.

See what Keith Goodrum had to say about getting back up:

Get Back Up,
Sam Carrara

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Friday, March 14th, 2008 Advice No Comments

Why I Lose Time

Do you feel like you are reading emails, blog posts, articles and ebooks all the time? Oh I forgot about watching videos and listening to MP3s. I sometimes do!

I have realized that being successful isn’t about having and learning the most information. You could go broke by buying all the over hyped “Must Have Info.” I’ll add another name to the list of Hypesters, sounds like F M. He’s a butterfly guy. I know, I’ve suggested it before. Its one ok product and the rest of his products are rehashed info with slight variations.

I recently unsubscribed to his hypester emails because there was little to no content or value. They were all marketing messages. There were a few others that got the ax also, to include JC (Adsense). I won’t promote him either. Their junk mail is enough to make anyone go crazy.

Here are some great headline ideas from “Gurus”:

  1. The Ultimate Product You Don’t Have
  2. Why I’m Rich and You Make Me More Rich
  3. Why I Am Successful
  4. Give Me More Money
  5. You Are Getting Sleepy, Now Open Your Wallet
  6. These are all in jest, but funny none the less!

So what am I promoting?….. Read less, but take action with what you are reading! Find one or two techniques (articles, links, blog, comments, etc.) get really good at it and let it grow your business, then you can venture out and try one more thing.

Here’s a short list of started projects that never went anywhere (for now):

Want more? Check out what Keith Goodrum has to say about “Gurus” and Unsubscribing:

Get Your Time Back,
Sam Carrara

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 Advice 2 Comments