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Diana Cosby: Achieving Your Goals! (Contest)
Sunday, September 24th, 2017

UPDATE: The winner is Kathryn Green!

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 Achieving Your Goals!

By Diana Cosby ©2017

Dreams are visions of what we can become.  But, dreams are also an invitation to doubt, to wonder if you’re good enough, or if you have what it takes.   When I retired from the Navy, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a published author.  After 100 rejections, I quit counting as I figured I knew how to achieve a rejection.  Then, after 9 ½ years, I’m humbled to share I finally sold.  The journey taught me many things, which I’d like to share with you.

-Take yourself seriously:  Until you take yourself seriously, no one else will.

-Associate with people who inspire you, and encourage you to achieve your dreams.  Encourage and inspire others as you grow.

-Set a clear goal:  Once you know exactly what you want, break down steps to achieve it.  If you’re unsure how to start, read biographies of people who have achieved your dream.   What steps did they take?  Are there any similar avenues you can pursue?

-Each step forward is exactly that:  Success is a compilation of small steps toward one focused goal.

-Affiliate yourself with professional organizations:  Join groups where you can learn the craft you desire.  In addition to net-working, there may be opportunities to learn from on-line or local sources about your area of interest.

-Self affirmation:  Each morning reaffirm that you are good enough as well as clarify your goal of the day.  Then, move forward with positive, focused steps.

-Inspirational quotes:  I’m a huge fan of inspirational quotes that inspires me.

-Permission to fail:  Success is more than a moment, but a journey.  As we grow within our craft, there will come times when we fail at a certain steps.  Focus not on the failure, but on the lessons learned.  What worked, what didn’t?  Move forward and make wiser decisions with that knowledge.

-The way we act and talk about our goals reflects our commitment to them:  What are you telling yourself?  “I WILL do this!”  Or, are you assuring yourself that one day you’ll really try?

-A gift of example:  When you make the choice to follow your dream, you are doing more than commitment to self, but teaching your children an important life lesson — to dare to dream, and more, to dare to follow your dreams.  So, be bold, believe in yourself.

I hope you’ve found inspiration from my comments.  Remember, there is no right path, but the steps right for you.  Believe in yourself, YOU have what it takes!

Sincerely,

Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN Ret.
Romance edged with danger
www.dianacosby.com
International Best-Selling Author

Diana’s 13th novel, Forbidden Vow, book #3 of The Forbidden Series, will be released May 15th, 2018!  *Available for preorder.

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About the Author

A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense.  Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series have been translated in five languages.  Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,” MSN.com, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine.

After her career in the Navy, Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world.  After the release of the bestselling MacGruder Brothers series, The Oath Trilogy, and books #1 & 2 of The Forbidden Series, she’s now working on book #3, Forbidden Vow which will be released in May 2018.

Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey.

www.dianacosby.com

8 comments to “Diana Cosby: Achieving Your Goals! (Contest)”

  1. Charlotte
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      · September 24th, 2017 at 8:23 am · Link

    I needed that today thank you.



  2. Kathryn Green
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      · September 24th, 2017 at 9:43 am · Link

    What a fabulous interview! Diana has been an inspiration and mentor for my photography, but I found her by reading her books first. I fell in love with Alex and my love for her books just grew from there. I might need to keep a screenshot of the inspirational quotes Diana. What a great way to start my day! ????



  3. Diana Cosby
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      · September 24th, 2017 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Charlotte wrote: I needed that today thank you.

    ~Charlotte, thank you so much for stopping by, and I’m so glad you found my blog post helpful. Believe in yourself, that’s a key to achieving your dreams. Take care, and I wish you every success!
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.



  4. Diana Cosby
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      · September 24th, 2017 at 12:21 pm · Link

    Kathryn Green wrote:

    What a fabulous interview! Diana has been an inspiration and mentor for my photography, but I found her by reading her books first. I fell in love with Alex and my love for her books just grew from there. I might need to keep a screenshot of the inspirational quotes Diana. What a great way to start my day! ????

    ~Kathryn, my sincere thanks for stopping by and for your kind words about the article, my photos, and photography.

    I agree, Alexander is an incredible hero. 🙂

    I think each of us has such immense abilities, but it takes us believing in ourselves to unlock our potential. Take care, and I wish you the very best!
    God bless,

    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.



  5. Mary Preston
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      · September 25th, 2017 at 3:23 am · Link

    It’s very important to have dreams.

    A great post thank you.



  6. Diana Cosby
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      · September 25th, 2017 at 10:15 am · Link

    Mary Preston wrote: It’s very important to have dreams. A great post thank you.

    ~Hi Mary, I appreciate your stopping by and comment. I agree, dreams give us a sense of direction. Take care, and I wish you the best!
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.



  7. Jodie Bivins
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      · October 4th, 2017 at 9:11 am · Link

    This was a fantastic interview I hope you don’t mind but showed it to my niece and older granddaughter and told them see I not the only one that thinks like I do…..lol They have both posted your article to where they can see it daily. For that I will always be grateful. May your days be prosperous and may you reach a goal each day.



  8. Diana Cosby
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      · October 4th, 2017 at 11:45 am · Link

    Jodie Bivins wrote:
    This was a fantastic interview I hope you don’t mind but showed it to my niece and older granddaughter and told them see I not the only one that thinks like I do…..lol They have both posted your article to where they can see it daily. For that I will always be grateful. May your days be prosperous and may you reach a goal each day.

    ~Hi Jodie, I appreciate your stopping by and sharing the post with your niece and older granddaughter. Yes, many people do think positive like us. ^5 Thank you so much for your kind comments and good thoughts, and please know that I wish you the best as well. Take care! *Hugs*
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.