"Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them." ~ Orison Swett Marden

Archive for May, 2012

Smile and the world smiles with you!

 True happiness..what does that mean to most of us? Perhaps it means being debt-free, owning our dream home, or something less significant such as hitting every green light on the way to and from work every day 🙂 The truth is this, our happiness depends on each of us. We cannot depend on another object or person to create our happiness, it must come from within ourselves.  It has been said that  we tend to take on the personality characteristics of the five closest people that we associate with in our lives. Although we are responsible for our own happiness, make sure those people have a happy postive outlook on life as well! Keep smiling! 🙂



The weekend is starting to wind down and a new week is around the corner. Have you started any short-term goals? Long-term?  Did you know that only about 5% of people in the world set goals and that they are among the wealthiest people in the nation? When you want to set out to accomplish something, believe in yourself, you CAN do it! However, you must know where you want to go, have a plan to get there, and monitor your progress along the way.

What are your goals? Pick up a pen and a piece of paper and write down the goals you would like to reach. SMART is a good acronym for the five characteristics of well-designed goals.

Specific: Be specific! When putting down your goals, you want them to answer the what, why, and how.  WHAT are you going to do? WHY is this important to do at this time, and HOW are you going to do it?

Measurable: Do your goals establish concrete criteria for measuring progress? When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goals. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable: When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. Goals you set which are too far out of your reach, you probably won’t commit to doing. Although you may start with the best of intentions, the knowledge that it’s too much for you means your subconscious will keep reminding you of this fact and will stop you from even giving it your best. A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you.

Realistic: Your goals need to be set in a realistic manner folks. Let’s say for example you set a goal of acquiring one million dollars at this time next week Sunday by playing the lottery. How realistic is that outcome?? The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you are at the moment. Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort! Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too low and you’ll have difficulty sticking to your plan as the goal will not be a good motivator. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!

Timely: Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, in three months…. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards. If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action NOW. You  must make sure that the timeframe also be measurable, attainable and realistic.

Happy Friday!!

After many years of working a “9 to 5” job,  the idea of working at home was very appealing to me. I started a home business in 2010. It has the usual perks, no limit to potential income, work your own hours etc. etc. very exciting to say the least! I have to say though, as long as I’ve been doing this, I still get excited when friday comes! 😀 Takes me back , even back to my school days..friday at 3pm, the bell rings wooohooo, let the weekend begin! Today is absolutely gorgeous, couldn’t ask for better weather, I spent some time earlier sunning myself on my porch with a lemonade in one hand and a book in the other..Down time for ourselves is very important..Whether you work hardcore at 2 or more jobs, hold an executive position, or work independently…that time to ourselves is so vital to recharge! Even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes, take the time to relax with a short walk, or listening to your favourite soothing music. By the way, did i mention the weather is gorgeous today?  Not a cloud in the sky where I am in beautiful British Columbia! As beautiful as it is here, this tropical island with a hammock is looking pretty good too!

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog!  First of all, I would like to introduce myself.. My name is Tracy Norris and I have been inspired to tackle blogging for the very first time! We all face challenges on a daily basis in life. We feel stuck perhaps..maybe we need a career change, we have personal relationship challenges, or  probably the most popular one of them all, financial woes. Sometimes we just feel all alone in this world. Feeling lost with even a sense of hopelessness when we experience times of strife. Have you ever felt that way?  The more problems that seemed to come your way,  the more it seems that people are distancing themselves from you.. Sound familiar? Story of my life!  I felt like a slave to my job, trapped like a caged animal,  all the while, straining personal relationships with family as I felt I had absolutely no time for them…Friends? Sure I have friends, even a few very good ones…but after awhile even they stop calling when you don’t return their msgs..I felt I had to work as much as possible just to get by financially on a daily basis..well that was my way of living until I started to change my way of thinking 🙂 I do hope to accomplish one thing if anything else with my blog…to reach as many people as possible…offering motivational tips and helpful hints that may or may not inspire you to completely turn your life around..If I do inspire you, great! However, if something I have to say isn’t uplifting enough, perhaps a guest comment is 🙂 Yes, that was a hint to leave any helpful, inspiring comments, or stories of your own. Thanks to all in advance who visit my blog, I hope that you enjoy it, as I hopefully become a seasoned blogger 🙂