How to Achieve Any Goal In 5 Easy Steps

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If you could achieve just one thing this year, what would it be? Whether you’re picturing yourself crossing the finish line of the London marathon, shaking hands with your boss after earning a huge promotion, or buying a one-way ticket to Australia, all of us dream of becoming a better, happier, healthier version of ourselves. Yet so often the goals we set seem so hopelessly impossible to achieve that we give up before we’ve even begun. It doesn’t have to be that way. We all have the power to change our lives for the better. Our goals defeat us not because we aren’t good enough, but because the methods we use to achieve them aren’t good enough. Try following these 5 simple steps, and this could be the year you finally become whoever you want to be.

Step One: Pick one goal.

Imagine that your fairy godmother rocked up this very moment and offered to grant you every wish you could think of. Chances are you’d reel off a v-e-r-y long list, because most of us have multiple ambitions and goals. Consequently, whenever we think about resolution-making, the temptation is to determine to tick everything at once. Unfortunately, in a world devoid of fairy-godmother magic, goals can only be achieved by working hard for them. Pile too much of that hard work on at once and you’ll become overwhelmed and quit. Remember that one success is better than multiple failures! Don’t fracture your focus: pick just one goal and devote all your energy to completing it.  

Step Two: Make success measurable.

Thought of your goal? Good. Does it sound anything like one of the following: “be healthier”, “be richer”, “be more organised”? If the answer is yes, then rip it up and head back to the drawing board. These are examples of bad goals. Bad goals are generic, subjective, and consequently almost impossible to achieve. Exactly how organised is organised enough? A good goal has an obvious, measurable end point. Think “I want to lose 3 stone” or “I want to save £5,000”. Not only is it clear what you’re aiming for, it’s also easy to track your progress. The single best motivator to push us over a finish line is to be able to see how far we’ve already come. If you’ve diligently racked up £4,990 you’re very likely to skip those last two pints and add the tenner to your savings account. If you’re entirely unsure how much more celery you need to munch down on before you become adequately “healthier” you’re much more likely to jack it all in at the first sight of a Twix.

Step Three: Break the goal into the smallest steps possible.

Most people’s goals are big, challenging and lifechanging. That’s what makes them exciting – you wouldn’t feel the same sense of achievement completing something you could knock off in half an hour tomorrow morning. But the problem is that when you measure the distance between your end goal and where you are today, the huge gap is incredibly disheartening. Luckily there is a simple solution; break your goal down into easily-completed chunks, and focus on completing just one chunk at a time. Every slob knows he can’t just roll out of bed one morning and run a marathon, so he considers it foolish to try. But if his immediate focus was to complete just half a mile, the fact that it appears achievable encourages him to go for it. By building up slowly, he becomes the champion runner he could never have imagined being when he began. Every time you find yourself struggling, make your goal steps smaller. Even moving a millimetre each day gets you further than if you never moved at all.

Step Four: Plan how you will achieve each step.

If you’ve followed Step Three and made you goal steps nice and easy the amount of planning involved should be minimal – but that doesn’t mean it can be neglected entirely! Most resolutions require tools to move forward: a gym membership, a foreign language dictionary, a savings account etc. Make sure you’ve got everything you need set up and ready to go so that when you have a burst of motivation you won’t be hampered by any annoying necessities blocking your way.

Step Five: Get going!

By this point, you should know exactly what you’re going to do and exactly how you’re going to do it. All that’s left is to get out and get going! Prepare yourself for experiencing some inevitable slipups. They happen to everyone; the trick is to see them for the temporary setback they are and not get disheartened. It’s always okay to revert back a step if you need to. All you have to do is to keep moving, keep trying, and you can achieve anything you set your mind on.
Beth Leslie writes graduate careers advice for Inspiring Interns. They specialise in matching candidates to their dream internship. Check out their graduate jobs listings for roles.

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Is No One Paying Attention to Your Brand?

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Regardless of the nature of business one engages in, there’s no downplaying the importance of branding. The success of any entrepreneurial endeavor depends on the way it’s packaged and presented to the general public. There’s so much at stake with reputation that it’s of great advantage to put good effort into maintaining a positive public image.

When you are working and no one is looking, it’s an indication that something is off. You may write this off as a down-time period in business, but without rapid action, not only will you lose the few customers patronizing you to your competition, you’ll also lose any competitive edge you previously had over your competitors.

Five Reasons Why Your Brand Isn’t Getting Attention from Anyone

In any venture, there’s usually more than one causative factor that results to a problem. There are several possible reasons why you are recording low attention from your audience. Before you decide on a course of action to take, it’s imperative that you examine every observable flaw in order to effectively troubleshoot the problem.

Too much information

This should be the first point of call as most Entrepreneurs, in a bid to outclass the competition, churn out loads of information without considering how relevant it is to the receiving audience.

Before engaging on a marketing mission, you must keep in mind that the average audience has a limited attention span. In order to deliver your message across effectively, you need to get to the point while you still have their ears. As your business grows to a higher level, lesser effort will be required on your part as your brand begins to capture the audience on its own. But before then, you should stick the basics.


Many Entrepreneurs are guilty of being inconsistent. One day, they are singing a particular song, and the next, they are on to another due to impatience. Sometimes, the audience needs time to assimilate your message before making a favorable decision.

When you change your message and tone too often, you leave your audience confused, making them lose confidence in your brand.

Customers need to understand that, not only can they trust you with their time and money, they can also depend on you to deliver exactly what you promised. If your business messages are fluctuating, there’ll be little or no room for trust, making you lose the attention of even the most dedicated patrons.

See Also: 5 Smart Ways to Boost Brand Awareness 

Lack of proper outreach

marketing commercials

Having the best product(s) along with a killer marketing plan will have absolutely no effect if you fail to properly reach out to your audience. It should come as no surprise that people will pay no attention to your brand if they have no interest in what you are selling. To fix this, endeavor to reach out to your target clients and watch as you reel them in one after another.

The most popular media might look great but they may not necessarily be most suitable to reach your target audience. Before choosing to advertise on TV, ask yourself, do members of my target audience watch TV often? Perhaps they read newspapers more.

Poor reputation

It goes without saying that reputation is a key player in business. When your brand is known for quality services, more people will want to associate themselves with your business. Not only will a great reputation garner more attention for your services, it helps to improve your company’s profile.

With bad reputation, no one will be interested in what you are selling even if it beats the price of your competition. And that’s because people consider the bearer of a message just as much as the message itself. In such a situation, it’s important that you put a hold on your promotional campaigns and implement crises management strategies to cleanse your brand of the negativity surrounding it.

Lack of uniqueness

brand uniqueness

It’s not your fault that so many people are doing what you do. But, rather than follow the crowd, you need to add a little touch of uniqueness to yours, and carve a niche for yourself.

If you are going to be doing exactly the same thing that other brands are doing, you’ll probably have no audience. Ask yourself “What are those things that others aren’t doing?” Put on your creative cap and implement some exciting ideas that are hard to ignore.

In business, attention translates to sales or patronage in the long run. When people are interested, it’ll take very little or no effort to convince them to patronize you. It’s better to do little and get well deserved recognition, than do it all and have no one giving you a second look. Don’t just wait for people to give you their attention; sometimes, you need to command it.

See Also: 6 Tips for Designing the Perfect Logo for Your Brand


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A Breakdown of the Links You Should Disavow

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Lately, Google has been making some serious changes to their algorithm and guidelines. With these changes comes the potential of losing rankings within the SERP’s if you’ve been caught off guard and haven’t been following the do’s and don’ts. To overcome the search changes, I’ve been writing content about Google Panda, Google Places, and the Disavow Tool. However, recently, I received an email from one of my readers, asking me for a detailed breakdown of the type of links he should focus on when using the disavow tool. When I sent him a link to the content I wrote on bad links and what to look for, he replied asking me for some more details. I decided to write this content to add to my series on Google algorithm. Next,

It makes complete sense why, for some people, it’s hard to find EXACTLY what types of links are bad for your profile. For example, some can be natural links, some unnatural, and others that have been suspected of spamming from the last update. The problem is, if you’re getting links from any of these types of websites, then you can see a sudden drop in your rankings. Let’s jump into the fundamentals of link classification and what to look for when going through your “links” in Google Webmaster Tools. I’ll breakdown the content into the following…

  • Natural links
  • Unnatural links
  • A spam domain

Let’s get started…

Natural links

Sometimes you’ll be put in a position where you’ll have to disavow a natural link because the website is NOT following the Google guidelines. These types of links are very tough to sort out because you have to know the Google guidelines to recognize a website NOT following the rules. For example, if you visit the Google Guidelines, they have a clear indication on what type of content is appropriate. For example, look under Design and Content Guidelines to get a better idea of what is acceptable by Google. It’s your job to go through the list of external links pointing to your website and visit each to distinguish which one of them are a valuable link. Here’s what I recommend,

Because this has to be done every several months, I would hire an auditor to go through the links for you. Depending on where you search, you’ll be able to find one from $50-$350/per session. The price will depend on how many links you’ll like them to go over, etc.

So, what are natural links…

  • Sites that are credible and been around for years.
  • High domain age, domain authority, and page authority
  • Unique high quality content
  • Frequently updated
  • Images that have been used after receiving permission. They have a resource links and it’s clear they give credit where deserved.
  • Sites with a large social media profile

You have to remember many of these websites provide users with natural links, but sometimes fall victim to NOT following Google’s general guidelines. I suggest knowing the rules and to go through your link profile roughly 2-3 per week.

Unnatural links

The difference between “natural” and “unnatural” is very clear cut, starting with the fact that unnatural links are built from websites with spun content or low quality content. Google has further outlined unnatural links to be from website hosting enormous duplicate or republished content. When skimming through your link-portfolio, it’s important to know how to identify unnatural links. First, you can start by visiting the website and scanning the content to check if it’s smooth and makes sense. Next, perform a quick site audit that can be done from advanced tools or simply copy & pasting content in Google and checking to see if it pops up anywhere else. Basically, unnatural links are from sites hosting content other than natural linking sites above. Unnatural linking websites are already not following the Google guidelines by duplicating content. Next,

Tiered link building and link wheels are all considered unnatural links because they come from blogs created from a single person to boost their own rankings within the SERP’s.

Spam Domain

After Google issues a manual penalty, there is a chance the blog may be suspended for NOT making the required changes. If the blog continues to not follow the guidelines and refuses to make changes, they’ll be banned. This means any link on the domain is NOT valuable and can hurt your rankings. It’s important to skim through the list and visit each website. If the site doesn’t appear and shows the following message: “This Account Has Been Suspended”, then you know they’ve been removed from the SERP’s. Next,

It’s recommended that a website showing a “suspended” message be removed completely from your profile. Instead of submitting individual pages to be disavowed, I’d recommend to submit the entire URL or root domain. Once Google updates the disavow status on under Webmaster Tools, they’ll remove the whole URL, which will eliminate the spam links pointing to your website.

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The Only 5 Tips You Need to Live a Better & Struggle-Free Life in 2017

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We all hope for a life free of struggles and challenges. And, even though we know our “ideal” life won’t actualize overnight, we stay strong and determined to make sure our life gets better as each new day unfolds. Sadly, we followed this path in 2016 but didn’t get the life we wished for.

Now, we’ve stepped into a new year. And to kick-start the year, we’ve thought of a few New Year’s resolutions and goals we would love to achieve. But, are resolutions just all we need to secure a better life this year? No, they aren’t.

Your life can be far better than how it was in 2016. However, you need a few tips to keep you on the right track.

Are you ready to live a better life this year? If yes, here are five essential tips to make this a reality:

1. Strengthen Your Relationships

Our life will be far from “complete” without those we care about around us. And there are no two ways about it, to live a better life in 2017, you’ll need the help of those you love–your friends and family. So, to start the year, make sure you strengthen your relationships.

Were you offended by some close friends last year? Then now is the best time to put your anger away and follow the path of love. Get close to your friends, spouse, children, parents, siblings, and other people you’re certain will make your life fun. Nothing greatly brings about an emotional peace other than seeing those you care about around you at all time.

“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” — Benjamin Franklin

2. Write It

You only know you are making a few improvements when you look into your diary and find a habit (or something else) you once lived with, but have dropped. Don’t keep it all in your brain. Get a notebook and write it.

Write out your mistakes, little achievements, and things you seem to struggle with. With this information on a book, it’d be much easier to track your progress, discover your mistakes and count your achievements.

Didn’t take journal writing seriously in 2016? Well, you must not fail to make it a priority this year. Your life can be way better than it was in previous years but, it won’t take a different shape if you fail to add importance to a few relevant practices–like journaling.

3. Be Thankful (Show Gratitude)

First, you need to be thankful for who you are and the life you’re living. You know why? Because you are far better than over a million people out there. Although you may not have secured the million-dollar deal you’ve long pursued, yet you still have enough money to pay the bills. That’s enough reason to be thankful!

Second, you have to show gratitude to those who deserves it. Got a favor from someone you least expected? Then show gratitude! Although you may not have received something “huge,” yet the fact here is you received something. So, be thankful.

4. Take a Goal at a Time

Most times, we make life difficult for ourselves. It’s impossible to break a habit, learn five new languages, travel around the world, and learn a few new dance steps in a week! Want to achieve your goals for the year? Then try to:

  • List out your goals
  • Craft an actionable plan (a plan you intend to follow to achieve each goal)
  • Pick the most relevant goal on your list
  • Challenge yourself to achieve that goal before a specific time

When you set realistic goals and focus on one at a time, it becomes possible to achieve them all.

“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” — Jack Penn

5. Make Reading a Habit

Hate reading books, magazines, and blog posts? Well, you aren’t aware of how much information you could be missing. Information is vital. And when you read, you discover a lot of new things and get exposed to several lesser-known facts about life.

Reading has made me make several right choices in the past. I vividly remember going through a useful resource for writers. Although I’ve been writing for a while, I never knew all laptops weren’t just “okay” for writers. But after going through the in-depth piece, I learned something new (and useful). And, because the information was timely, it helped me make a perfect choice.

Reading can help you make the right choices too. It can also help improve your life and make you a better person. So, to live your “dream” life this year, you’ve got to fall in love with reading.

Were you unable to live a fulfilled life in 2016? What are you going to do differently this year? Leave your thoughts below!

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100 Spectacular Self-Love Quotes to Memorise

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What is self-love? “Self-love is a regard for one’s own well-being and happiness.” However, becoming a self-loving person isn’t exactly an easy process. Far too many of us struggle with setbacks, failures, and other issues in our lives that make it very difficult for us to love ourselves and be happy. It’s become so bad […]

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Dad Teaches Son To Just Follow The Rules, But Then The Son Makes His Dad Change His Mind

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Ever feel like you’re going through the daily motions? Get up. Go to work. Come home. Go to bed. Repeat. An incessant, tedious circle of drudgery. Your parents were expected to do it, their parents before them, and now it’s your turn.

You swore you would never become like that. You had passions that didn’t fit into the generic plan. You struggle to retain your individuality, and yet you can feel the monotony begin to sap your strength. Before you get swept deep into a soulless existence, take a lesson in hope from this video. Alike is an award-winning animated short film by Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez, showing a father and son struggle with following the expectations of society and choosing their happiness.

This movie opens with a father and son preparing for their day. The town appears bland, void of color from the buildings and cars to the people, as they trudge to work and school. The father’s sole joy in his life is his colorful happy little boy, it’s what gives him that special spark, and keeps him from becoming like the other colorless souls. On the way to school, the boy stops by a musician playing his violin under a bright orange tree. The boy loves the music, but instead of letting him watch, his dad drags him away to school, where he is expected to do his lessons like the bland children.

Each day continues the same. Eventually, the boy, forced to conform, loses his zest for life. The father, whose joy was directly connected to his child’s, realizes he was wrong to make the boy follow all of the rules, as he watches the happiness in his boy fade. In hopes of reviving his boy, he suggests they stop to listen to the musician.

A glimmer of hope sparks in the boy, but the musician is gone, and the boy, hopes dashed, gets ready to turn to the bland life the rest of their world has accepted as their fate. The dad, desperate now not to lose that light in his boy, goes under the tree and though embarrassed, starts pretending to play the violin. The boy stops, shocked at first, then overjoyed, runs over to his dad and throws himself into his arms. In each other’s love, they both glow, vivid again in their happiness.

This moving story portrays a universal message: happiness can not be achieved by complying with the expectations of society, but by following our hearts. Decide to be happy. Choose to be you.

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5 Ways Successful People Treat Books Differently

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What is the one thing that Bill Gates and Warren Buffet both wish they were able to do? It’s not the ability to fly anywhere in the world on a private jet at their merest whim. It’s not the potential to own any car, home or gadget under the sun. No. They can already do […]

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What Happens 24 Hours After Drinking An Energy Drink?

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Energy drinks; Are you an addict? Think they’re helping you burn the midnight oil and get through all that work you’ve got sitting on your desk? I mean, it’s in the name… right? You might want to re-consider your drink choice… We recently found an infographic on the web created by ‘‘, which shows the […]

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27 of the Most Inspiring Taylor Swift Quotes

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Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She’s currently one of the most popular female recording artists, and is known for songs which detail her personal life. We’ve put together this collection of the best Taylor Swift quotes for you to check out! Before you do, take a look at some of our other music artist […]

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Korean Valentine’s Year: 12 Romantic Celebrations Every 14th of the Month

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February 14 is a day for all lovers all across the globe. However, in Korea, the 14th of each month is very important for couples and lovers.

Let’s find out all the special celebrations happening every 14th of the month and Korea’s Valentine’s Year.

Diary Day (14th January)


Januray 14 is known as a Diary day for Koreans. On this day, people exchange a blank diary with a loved one. If you receive one from your lover, you should write down your feelings and sentiments in its blank pages. You can also mention yearly goals, resolutions, and even annual tasks.

Valentine’s Day (14th February)


Valentine’s Day is virtually the same in every country. In Korea, however, it’s the women who buy gifts for the man. Women show their feelings by buying chocolates or roses.

White Day (14th March)


White day is celebrated in the 14th of March in Korea. This day is an opportunity for men to pay back their female gifters. Men usually buy costlier and more expensive gifts like chocolates, jewelry, and other gifts that their partner likes.

Black Day (14th April)


April 14 in Korea is known as Black day. This day is for single folks who aren’t in a relationship. On this day, single people meet each other wearing black clothes. They eat a Chinese Korean dish called jajangmeyon. This dish is made of pork, vegetables and a very dark soyabean sauce. They celebrate this season as a disappointing day reminiscent of a funeral ceremony.

Yellow Day (14th May)


May 14 is Yellow Day. During yellow day, people exchange yellow roses or other roses with loved ones. Couples go to the cafe and restaurants and spend quality time with each other. It’s also a good day to be with close friends and family.

Kiss Day (14th June)


Kiss day is the favorite day of Koreans. It is the best way to express their deep love. Couples and lovers celebrate this day by kissing each other. Obviously it is the best day for the people who have deeply fallen in love. It is actually the best romantic day for couples.

Silver Day (14th July)


Silver Day has a kind of engagement ceremony. On July 14, lovers exchange matching couple rings with each other. These rings are also called promise rings as they signify their commitment to each other.

Green Day (14th August)


Green Day is Nature Day. People meet and go to beautiful lush places to celebrate this day.

Green Day is one of the best times to have a family get-together. Families meet, eat, or drink soju while possibly wearing some green clothes.

Photo Day (14th September)


September 14 is Photo Day in Korea. As you can guess, it’s a day for selfies and going to photo studios. Couples, in particular, have fun doing memorable photo shoots.

Families and friends go to photo booths or call professional photographers to capture these moments. Some go as far as having a photo shoot party. They prepare photo props and have their pictures taken.

Wine Day (14th October)


October 14 is a special day for drinkers. During this day, couples and lovers meet to have a romantic wine party. They drink in public events or local bars.

Families and friends also get connected on Wine Day. They give a warm hug to the closest family members on this day.

Movie Day (14th November)


November 14 is popular and one of the Koreans’ favorite days. Koreans celebrate this day by meeting each other at the cinema and watching movies. Some people stay at home, rent DVDs and pop their own popcorn.

also arrange to cinema settings at home. Some people rent their DVD rooms to cut the cost of movie ticket.

Hug Day (14th December)


We end the year with a Hug Day. As you can guess, Korean people embrace the person they love. Couples meet to give each other hugs. Single people are not left out though and give their warm hugs to each other or to friends and families.

Do you have something similar in your countries, too?


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