Goal Setting

I have been reading about goal setting and 30 day challenges and I know that it takes 30 days to create new habits, so this morning I made a decision.  I am challenging myself to work on my goals every single day for 30 days.  I thought I would start on the 1st of September, but then I thought why not start today.

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I found this picture this morning and there were a number of items on this list that spoke to me – #3 Get started on a project.  What have you been talking about doing but not begun yet (I don’t think I have enough paper or time to list all of that…)?  Set aside a day to plan it out and get started….


Okay.  I sat down and started to list things that I want to/need to do over the next month.  I still need to put them into priority order, but here is my list:

  • prepare emails for Marketing and Public Speaking clients (get response)
  • Complete Facebook posts for VVA, Renfrew, Pembroke, SSTSS, Fran Watson
  • Link FB posts to challenge highlighting what I am learning
  • learn Instagram
  • write emails for marketing and public speaking
  • post weekly blogs
  • finish my poetry e-book
  • write short stories for book to go with some of the poems
  • clean up the shoe rack by the door
  • take bags of clothing to charity – SA or church
  • record books I want to sell using app on phone (buy full version)
  • create a minimum of 1 lead gen/sign up page/product – choose what it will be
  • listen to Tom Antion’s Screw The Commute Podcasts
  • listen to the Strategy Hour podcasts
  • create a podcast
  • create a slide presentation with me in it – public speaking tips
  • set up interview with Gail for authors book to be out in October
  • do final speech for advanced manual – VVA
  • go through box of papers from kitchen table
  • finish quilt binding
  • wash mom’s quilt (needs large washer)
  • recycle old Toastmasters material (speeches and books prior to 2017)
  • reading – make a list of books to read in the next 6 months  – 1 per week

Phew… I think that is enough for right now although I know I will be tempted to do #7 in the picture above.

My challenge in goal setting is to Read these goals every day and work on at least one item per day for an hour.

I will work on prioritizing them tomorrow.


P.S.  What challenges do you have? Do you want to join me in my challenge?  Post below.

Goal Setting Challenge


Let’s do this!!



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Broke? Here is some good advice


I just finished watching this video and was so impressed with it I wanted to share it.  Brendon Burchard gives some excellent advice.

To your financial success

Fran Watson


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Building A New and Better Life #BANABU


Every day you have a choice to make.  Do I build a better life or do I complain about the life I am living?

It takes a great deal of effort to face some of the challenges we are presented with, but the effort is more than worth it.  Just watch and listen to Amy Purdy:

There are opportunities all around us to make a difference, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those around us.   Find out more about a Listening project that reaches out to strangers to offer a listening ear.



How about you?

What difference can you make in someone’s life today?

What challenges are you overcoming?

Do you need a listening ear?

I’m here.

Fran Watsonwww.franwatson.ca

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Unforseen Circumstances

What do you do when you are hit with something that changes your life in a major way?

Do you rant and rave?  Do you scream and cry?  Do you try to ignore it?  Or do you muscle through it?  Or perhaps you do a combination of the above.  Or perhaps you suffer in silence, keeping everything to yourself and not letting anyone else know how you are affected.

At the end of November, my 97 year old mother had to be hospitalized.  My life as I knew it changed in an instant as I began to spend the days at her bedside.

It is now May and she has been in and out of hospital several times.  Currently she is still in hospital.  Her body has failed her.  She can no longer walk, and her mind is failing as well.  I am still spending days by her bedside, which has had a severe impact on my work and my income.  I have now brought in my computer and am working while she sleeps.

She has been asleep for a couple of hours now and will be waking up soon, so I will sign off and come back later to write some more.

Fran Watson


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One Year Ends and Another Begins

New Beginnings


How was your 2017?  Did you have some good experiences?   Some bad experiences?  Some breakthroughs?  Some disappointments?

My 2017 had all of these – the birth of my great grand-daughter, the wedding of my youngest daughter, my oldest daughter visiting from Taiwan, getting together with all of the family for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

December brought some difficulties with my mom being admitted to the hospital for the month, but she is now back at her residence and doing well.

My career counselling business took a bit of a hit as I spent the month at the hospital with my mom and wasn’t able to book any appointments.


But here is a new year and a new start and I am now working on my business again, setting out a plan for each area – my speaking business, my career coaching and my online marketing.    My plan is to have lots of information for you in the near future – some downloads, some e-books and more.

See you soon




Fran Watson

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Change Your Behaviour


“Despite irrefutable proof of what we can accomplish in a short amount of time, most of us remain firmly fixed in the comfort zone and follow pre-prescribed paths.”

“You cannot change your behavior nor experience exponential growth, until and unless you change your beliefs…and that the most important element in your strategy to win the battle for your mind and productivity is your own psychology.”

Learn more

To your success

Fran Watson


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Happiness is a Song

Have a wonderful day… Click here for a bit of happiness


Happiness is a choice. It’s not the absence of problems, it’s the attitude that you carry regardless of your problems. – Gary Brian Blair

Don’t worry…be happy……….even if it is just for 5 minutes

Fran Watson




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BANABU – Building A New And Better Universe

From the original developer of the BANABU principle and name – Mike Kemski – your opportunity to pick up his book on Kindle. Click here

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You can find Mike on Facebook still sharing his knowledge and wisdom.  He has hard times beyond what most of us face, but he has come through victorious to share what he has learned with the rest of us.  You owe it to yourself to check out this page.

To your success

Fran Watson


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One Day At A Time

Live one day at a time. The only moment that we can control is the moment that we are in. Accept it and enjoy it, and just maybe you will enjoy the next one too!

It’s amazing how much of our life we lose by worrying about what we did in the past, what didn’t go right in the past, who hurt us, etc.  And then we lose more by worrying about what might happen in the future – what if we lose our job, what if we lose our relationship, what if Donald Trump does declare war on North Korea.


It’s time to live one day at a time.  Take a look at what is happening in your life right now.  Do you have food to eat today?  Great.  Do you have a place to live today?  Wonderful.  Do you have a job to go to?  Congratulations.  Do you have people to talk to?  You are lucky.

What if you don’t have any of these things?  Then it is time to take action TODAY.  Don’t sit and complain about your situation, think about ONE thing you can do to change it.

If you don’t have a job, you can go online and look at job ads.  Maybe that is all you can do today, but that’s okay.  Tomorrow your action step could be to actually apply to a couple of jobs.  If you don’t have food to eat, find out where you can get some for free or at a very low cost.


The point is to look at where you are right now – good or bad.  Appreciate what you do have, change what you need to change.  Do you want to be healthier?  Today eat a good meal, not junk food.  Do you want to be more educated?  Today start reading a good book.  Do you want more friends?  Today be a friend to someone new.

It is up to you to live one day at a time.  No one else can live your life for you.  You make the choices that will make you better or worse.  Choose TODAY for the better.  Forget the past, it won’t change.  Forget the worries of the future – there is nothing you can do about them right now.  Choose happiness and contentment today in whatever situation you are in.

Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.

Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it.

To being more mindful

Fran Watson


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Are You Lacking In Confidence?

Self-Help Tips for Dealing with a Lack of Confidence

Many of my clients tell me that they have lost their confidence.  Sometimes this is due to the loss of a job, or a boss or co-worker’s criticism.  Other times it could be because of a relationship breakdown or the loss of a family member.

Many people suffer from a lack of confidence. This is nothing to be ashamed of, it is a common problem. Here is a list of ways that people have been able to deal with their lack of confidence.

1. Live in the moment. When you live in the moment you can focus on the now rather than focus on the past where you experienced your hurt and encountered your fears. This is called “mindfulness”.  As you stay in the present you realize that you are okay, the past can’t hurt you and the future isn’t here yet. Mindfulness is something that takes time to master but it is worthwhile.  You can find out more about mindfulness  here:

2. Develop awareness. When you’re aware, you can notice how you are acting during certain situations.  You can stop and take a deep breath and see whether you are reacting or responding.  When our emotions are high we usually react.  When we create space between our emotions and actions, we are more able to simply respond to someone or something in a healthier way.

3. Write in a journal. Many of our thoughts and feelings are stuck inside the subconscious part of our brain. By writing, we are able to release those thoughts. Many people find it helpful to have a special book or journal to write in.  They set aside some time in the morning to just write for a period of 10 minutes or more, just free writing.  Once you’re done writing, you can take some time to look over what you wrote and try figuring out why you felt a specific way. This can often help you to separate the negative thoughts you may have from the truth behind who you actually are; a unique person who can do whatever you set your mind to.


4. Don’t be judgmental. How many times have you told yourself that you were bad or wrong?  How many times have you judged others as wrong when they don’t do what you expect or want them to do? Take some time to analyze and think about some of these things. When we can approach our lives without judgment, we are able to accept ourselves, our experiences, failures, and successes. We are also more open to accepting others just as they are, whether what they do appears good or bad.

5. Stay connected to who you are. First you have to know who you are.  You do this by spending some time by yourself, looking at what you like to do, what you want for yourself, rather than always doing things for others. By doing this you are able to establish a connection with yourself and reduce possible people-pleasing habits. Don’t always think of other needs over your own. You are just as important as everyone else is; don’t forget that! Set some time in your appointment book for you.  It might be an hour to read a book, have a massage, get your hair done.  It doesn’t matter, as long as it is something YOU want to do and not something you are doing for someone else.

6. Practice mindful meditation. Many people are confused by the word “meditation”.  They think of people sitting and chanting all day.  The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. There are many different ways to meditate.  Check out some of them here.  Meditation allows you to let go off the negative thoughts that invade your mind on a daily basis. You don’t have to accept those damaging thoughts, feelings, emotions, and beliefs as part of who you are. Take time out of each day to take a few deep breaths and slowly feel the negativity leave your body and mind.

7. Let it all go. All those negative thoughts that are constantly swirling around in your brain making you feel “less than”.  We often have a hard time recognizing our strengths and talents.  Many times we are not aware that things we do with ease are talents.  When people compliment us on them, we dismiss them with a casual “It’s nothing”.  Take time to recognize what people are saying about you.  Sit down and take a look at the things you have done well.  You can find at least one thing to focus on to help get rid of that voice that whispers, “You can’t do anything right”.


8. Show yourself some love. Take a look in the mirror and find something about yourself that  you like – your eyes, your hair, your nose, your lips, your ankles!  It doesn’t matter what you choose, just pick something and tell yourself that you like it.  We are our own worst critics.  Most of the time other people don’t notice the “so-called” flaws that seem to overwhelm us.  It’s time to give yourself a break.  Everyone deserves compassion, whether it be from yourself or someone else. When you tell yourself how much you love you, you’ll gain a sense of strength, safety, and acceptance.

Everyone has things they aren’t confident about, whether it be about themselves or a situation they aren’t comfortable in. Each one of us is unique in our own way, but sometimes we forget that. So before getting too down on yourself, remember who you are and remember that you are loved and supported by the people you carry close to your heart.

Fran Watson


P.S.  This past month I have written a series of articles on confidence which you can find at my other blog – SimpleStepsToSpeakingSuccess

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