“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” Louisa May Alcott
This is one of my favorite quotes. It succinctly expresses what I believe is the essence of setting and achieving goals. And if you are like most people you started out the year with a big list of goals you wanted to accomplish and just like the quote above, you are trying to “follow where they lead.” Did you know that statistically speaking of those goals set at the beginning of the year (aka resolutions) 97% are never fulfilled? That is staggering! I mean why set ourselves up for failure? Perhaps it’s because they are not really our “highest aspirations.” We don’t “believe in them,” and so we don’t put 100% into accomplishing them.
To top it off, it’s already March! I mean where did the first two months of the year go? Since January 1st, of this year I have been going full-throttle. Trying to finish things. Finishing a book, finishing a website, finishing client projects. You name it. If it’s on my to-do list, I to-did it! Or at least attempted to do so.
How about you? What’s on your to-do list that you have yet to cross off? And what’s holding you back from doing so? Victoria Holtz said, “Your role in achieving your goal must be giving your all. Involve yourself whole: with your heart, your mind and your soul.”
This issue of WE magazine which we have affectionately dubbed the “Winter Spring Issue (don’t worry there is still going to be a Spring Issue, but it may be the Spring/Summer Issue) is filled with great advice to get you in gear to achieve your goals.
You can begin with Esther Kane’s article about Beating Winter Depression. I have seen Winter Depressing linger into early Spring for some people.
And the Article on Goal Setting ~ Why New Years Resolutions are a Waste of Time is enlightening and freeing.
In fact, this issue is filled with hope, positive thinking and inspiration. Be sure to read the article called “Don’t wait for the Economy to Turn Around.” It will really help you get on the right track in business and your life.
And if you really want to achieve greatness, “Take Time to Take Back Your Time” will inspire you to do just that.
In addition to the how-to articles and strategic thinking mentioned above, this issue has inspiring articles about people beginning with our Cover Story of Mercedes, a woman who gives wholeheartedly to her passion of serving others. And the place we visit this year is Cuba. You will learn a thing or two that make you want to visit one day. And things, do we have things. One of my favorite channels is our Global Channel. In this issue Laurel Delaney shares her 10 Predictions that will Shape Our Global Business in 2010. A must read!
Be sure to peruse our Tech Tips section. There are ten resources you simply must check out for your business and for fun. One of my favorites is ChaCha (www.chacha.com). You can ask ChaCha anything and get an answer! Go ahead, ask away.
And finally be sure to click on the Family Business Cover Story Competition link. WE magazine is looking for our next cover story. If you are in a family run business, you could be our next cover girl! Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/WECover
Remember all our regular channels including our newest Product Reviews. WE magazine is always looking for new and innovative products, tried and true solutions and every day things that women want and need. And WE magazine loves to highlight women doing great things in our community in our WOMEN Channel at http://WEMagazineforwomen.com/women. You could be one of them!
Andrew Carnegie said it best, “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” My team and I hope reading WE magazine is on the top of your list of goals this month. To access this month’s issue of WE Magazine, visit: http://www.staging.wemagazineforwomen.com/WEMagWinterSpring2010.pdf
Special thanks to all our new contributors for submitting great content, to our editorial team for sending in articles, posting to the WE Magazine site and for finding exceptional articles written by others. You are what make WE a success. And to Joanne Estes and Kaitlyn Estes from Chicks in Red Heels, (www.chicksinredheals.com) a very special thank you for allowing us to use their photo on the back cover. Joanne and Kaitlyn were among our finalists in the Mother/Daughter Cover Story Competition in the Spring of 2009.
Thank you for reading WE Magazine for Women. And of course WE thank you for sharing it with your family, friends and colleagues.
To check out the current issue of WE Magazine, visit: http://www.staging.wemagazineforwomen.com/WEMagWinterSpring2010.pdf
To your success… and then some,
Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief