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5 tips to stay motivated to achieve this year’s dreams and goals


There are 156 days left until December 31, 2021 (22 weeks and 2 days). How are you doing on reaching your dreams and goals? What is stopping or hindering you?

Here are 5 tips to help you stay motivated for the rest of this year to achieve success.

Spend quiet time with God first thing. Whether that is the morning when you first wake up (perhaps with your coffee), during your lunch break, on a walk or run, or late at night before you go to sleep, take time to be alone with Jesus, praying, reading the Bible, and worship/praise so you can get His instructions and wisdom for you and those you love.

What is God’s priority for you today? Ask Him and then do that! Get quiet and intently listen to His still, small voice. Let Him be your GPS and your motivator for your life and to help you succeed in your dreams and goals. 

Leopard print Happy Planner

Leopard print Happy Planner

Use a calendar at a glance. Whether that is a desk calendar/planner (I use the Happy Planner; you can also get cute stickers and office supplies) or a large whiteboard calendar, this will help you to see your year, month, and week with an overall view to help you plan more effectively. Seeing your dreams and goals in black and white in front of you will help you to stay focused and on track. I truly believe that actually writing things down helps us to achieve them.

“No matter who you are or what you’ve accomplished, motivation doesn’t last. You’ll notice yourself pumped up and energetic in sporadic periods only to sink back into a rabbit hole of self-doubt and hesitation a few days later. Even if you have the strongest and most relevant of goals, you need to write things down in order to maintain your resolve and remind yourself of your purpose on a regular basis. Whether you have them listed in your phone, stuck on the fridge, taped to your mirror, or jotted down in your planner, it’s best to keep your goals visible as a constant reminder.” –Tet, 8 Powerful Benefits of Writing Things Down, Productive and Free,

woman at whiteboard

woman at whiteboard

Create a daily to-do list~ and check things off! I confess that I’m a bit obsessive about this. It gives me such a feeling of accomplishment to check off items each day. I also believe the adage, “Aim at nothing; hit nothing.” Writing and completing a to-do list is motivating and fulfilling.

 “People don’t take anything seriously until it’s written down and becomes an actual part of their daily schedule. It might take you some time to get there but once that becomes a habit, you’ll end up getting all that you planned done simply because it’s part of your to-do list for the day.” — Jim Kwik

We also need to know when to just pull back to spend time alone or with family and friends, or to simply rest and refill. Learn how to balance things in your life and in your biz. 

Reward yourself for getting things done. I believe this is crucial. You and I work hard and it should pay off. The Bible backs this up, too.

“For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!” (1 Timothy 5:18, NLT)

chocolate ice cream cone in Nassau

Chocolate ice cream cone in Nassau

Some things you can do to reward yourself are:

  • new walking/running shoes or sports wear (a tank or t-shirt, shorts, ear buds, etc.);
  • watching a chic flic with snacks and drinks;
  • buying/reading a new book, listening to an audio book or a new podcast;
  • eating chips and salsa, chocolate (good for the soul!), or an ice cream cone (in moderation);
  • lunch or coffee with a friend;
  • buying a “techie” gadget;
  • enjoying a hot bubble bath or a massage;
  • shopping for a new outfit, shoes ,and/or jewelry;
  • visiting a new, fun place. 

For myself, walking regularly and eating healthy are a reward in themselves. I don’t need to do anything other than experience the good feeling of getting my walk in that day or eating a big salad with fresh veggies, and I feel accomplished.

Scarlet O'Hara. Image resource; Wikipedia

Scarlet O’Hara.
Image resource: Wikipedia

On the days I don’t make it to the track or exercise (or if I eat junk!), I don’t beat myself up for it. As Scarlet O’Hara said, “After all, tomorrow is another day!’ God’s mercies are new each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23) I can just pick up where I left off and keep moving forward.

Hiring a coach, asking prayer partners and/or intercessors to pray for you, and staying accountable for achieving your dreams and goals with an accountability partner, a mastermind group, and/or a support group or community is another way to stay motivated.

woman in hammock

woman in hammock

We can’t be an island unto ourselves, laying on a hammock alone as a recluse all day long or hiding behind our laptops. We need Jesus and each other to help us walk this challenging but exciting adventure called life and to succeed in business. We need God beckoning us higher to fulfill our greatest potential and other people surrounding us, who won’t just tickle our ears but will speak the truth in love to us–and yes, call us out when we need it!

My business coach Diane Cunningham Ellis has often called me out for “hiding” on social media, exhorting me to “show up” more, to share the gifts which God has given me for His glory and to help others. This encourages me to stretch myself in faith (past my comfort zone!) and not be lazy, so that one day I will hear those beautiful words from God, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)

I love the quote by Erma Bombeck:

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything You gave me.”




What are some ways you can motivate yourself to achieve your dreams and your goals for 2021? Please leave your comments below.

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3 tips for book/eBook covers to draw more readers. And revealing my new fiction book’s cover!

On today’s Facebook Live video, I accidentally cut it off at the end. So I re-recorded the video, 3 Tips for book/eBook covers to draw more readers. And I revealed the cover of my new fiction book and its title that I’m working on right now!

You can watch the video which I recorded on Zoom and uploaded to YouTube here at the link below:

How the idea for the book came about

One day in my business coach Diane Cunningham Ellis’ Inspired Business Academy (IBA) training class, she mentioned the video game Tetris. Believe it or not, I’d never heard of it before or played it. It is a video game created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 for the Electronika 60 computer. 

Tetris game. Image source: Unsplash. Hello I'm Nik.

Tetris game. Image source: Unsplash. Hello I’m Nik.

When Diane explained its concept, I immediately thought, “That is a new book idea!”

Tetris is about creating order out of chaos, the way God does in our lives. You try to get all the colored falling blocks to fill empty space in a line at the bottom of the screen and win points. You can move and rotate the colored blocks. It isn’t easy. It’s challenging, but fun!

My book’s theme is about alignment to God’s will and His purpose for our lives. This isn’t easy, either. Everything in life doesn’t fall into neat, straight lines–even when you are a Christian believer.

iphone. Image source: Unsplash. David Grandmougin.

iphone. Image source: Unsplash. David Grandmougin.

I downloaded the game Tetris on my iPhone and began playing it to see how it worked. (I don’t usually play video or Facebook games!) I also asked my former editor/publisher Hanne Moon if I could use the name of the game in a new book title. She said no; the company could sue me and come after me with a “Cease and Desist.” Um, no!

So I asked my husband Ray to help me think of a substitute name/title for this intriguing book idea. He thought a minute and then said, “The Game Blocks of Life.” I liked it and am going with it!

Our beautiful & talented daughter, Leah

Our beautiful & talented daughter, Leah

Our daughter Leah graduated earlier this year from college, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Graphic Design. I asked her if she would be willing to design my new eBook’s cover. She said yes. I immediately hired her and am paying her for this. I bought the image from Istock. I like the fact that the royal blue block on the right side resembles a cross. Leah designed the cover and I love it! It includes all 3 of the tips that I shared in today’s video.

This is my new book cover, which Leah designed:

The Game Blocks of Life. Copyright 2021 Beth M. Jones Book Cover Design Copyright 2021 Leah Merae Jones

The Game Blocks of Life Copyright 2021 Beth M. Jones
Book Cover Design Copyright 2021 Leah Merae Jones

Leah designs book covers, logos, and more. You can find out more about her and her graphic design work at her website here below:

So far, I’ve written over 18,000 words on this new fiction book. 

What are you working on right now in your speaking and writing? You have a unique and powerful message to share that the world needs to hear!

Please leave your comments below.

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Conquer the 3 P’s mini-training (procrastination, perfectionism, and other pitfalls)

I’m not a procrastinator, but I have family members who are. Drives me crazy! 

However, I do struggle with perfectionism. I call perfectionism “procrastination dressed up in high heels.” Both are usually rooted in fear. Fear of being “good enough” or “perfect enough.” No one is perfect but Jesus!

There’s another “P” word. Pitfalls. What are these? Things like scrolling on social media too much, busyness, laziness, cleaning the house, organizing, errands to run, or anything that serves as a distraction to stop you from doing what God has called and anointed you to do and to be.

There’s nothing wrong or sinful about these things. But they can sabotage your success and mine.

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