Are You Writing Down Your Goals? Write them down first, then make them happen!

Wake Up

(From the book: Wake Up! 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now, written by Gary A. McAbee, p. 95-96)

The best way to increase the odds of achieving a goal is to write it down. How many people write down goals? Statistics show that less than one out of every ten people writes down their goals! How does this translate into achievement? Chances are, this is the reason why two out of every ten people are living the lives they want. They are planning to work and working their plan. There is a direct relationship between writing goals and achieving them.

Writing down a goal by itself does not guarantee greater success. It only starts the process of achievement. Goals must be accompanied by action plans that clearly define how a goal will be reached. Action plans must include dates of completion for each step of the process of completing a goal. Without dates, there is no incentive or “pressure” to complete a given task. In other words, the hunger to complete a task is accompanied by setting specific deadlines.

Action plans must be broken down into steps. Each step, when added together, should equal completion of the goal. The steps should also have dates of completion. In other words, a goal will look like a blueprint or a series of instructions. Think about it: could you build a new house without a blueprint? Could you program the latest electronic device without step by step instructions? Without the blueprint or instructions, the likelihood of completing tasks is slim. It is also true when setting goals. Without a plan, the likelihood of completing important goals is slim.

The goal-setting process also takes examination of potential obstacles that will surely come. Every goal, regardless of its scope, will be challenged. The goal of passing a test will be met by the challenges of what to study, when to study, and where to study. The goal of starting a business will be met by challenges of what industry to enter, what services to provide, and how to incorporate. In short, when you set a goal, problems will arise. The way to handle obstacles is to prepare for them.

Is there a goal that you would like to accomplish? My goal worksheet and action plan can help you get started today…

Do you have a Positive Mental Outlook?


Do you have a positive mental outlook? A simple experiment can help you find out…

People who have a positive mental outlook are few and far between because most people are negative. Most people look for bad things to happen, make them happen, then claim that their theory of impending doom was correct. What many people do not realize is the process works in reverse as well. If you look for good things to happen and make them happen, then you can claim that things will work out well. It is all based on your mental outlook.

Have you ever noticed how some people can find good in everything? They look for and find a silver lining in every situation. Even on rainy days they can find something positive to think about. Their secret is simple: they have a positive mental outlook! The best part is that we all have the ability to have a positive outlook. It all starts with a basic understanding: there is a silver lining in every situation if you choose to look for it.

Try the following experiment:

Think about the worst thing that has happened to you this week. Now try to find something positive that can happen, or already has happened as a result of that bad experience. The truth is that if you dig deep enough, there HAS TO BE something positive you can take out of your worst experience.

How many people who try this experiment can find a positive result from a bad experience?

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!


What are lemons? Lemons are the things that bring about anxiety, fear, and frustration in our lives. You should consider yourself lucky if you only get a few lemons a day. Unfortunately, many people carry around a sack of lemons that is clearly visible to everyone. Others hide a lot of lemons in the closet.  You might not see them, but they will certainly fall out once they open the closet door. Even the so-called lucky people have their fair share of bitter experiences every now and then. Life tells us that we will have our own lemons to deal with on a daily basis.  

The best way to deal with lemons is to make lemonade. What is lemonade? It is the end result of dealing with the things that lead to anxiety, fear, and frustration. Small challenges can quickly be overcome, so making lemonade out of them can be a quick and easy task. On the other hand, major challenges can make it difficult to find a place to store your lemons while you search for a pitcher large enough to make your lemonade. Simply put, big challenges request much more effort, but once they are overcome, you have more lemonade for yourself, and others!

When you make your lemonade, be sure to add a little sugar. What is sugar? Sugar is the attitude we possess when we make our lemonade. The best way to handle life’s problems is to have a positive attitude and mental outlook. Hopefully, you have the ability to find a positive outlook on your own. I believe we have all been given this ability from God. You have been given your own sugar! However, if it is difficult to find or add your sugar, look outside to people or other sources of inspiration to add a little flavor. 

As a final thought, no matter how bitter your lemons may taste, someone else has lemons taste that taste just as bad, if not worse than yours. In other words, someone is always worse off than you are in your present situation! This is why it is very important to share your lemonade, and your ability to make it, with others. You never know when your story, or encouraging thoughts or deeds, will arrive just in the nick of time for someone who is saddled with a heavy burden. You might even inspire them to make lemonade out of their lemons and share it with other people too!

Have you been able to turn lemons into lemonade lately?


If you are saddled with a sack of lemons and you need a little help making lemonade, feel free to contact me. I will be sure to bring the sugar!

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The Law of Practice

Wake Up

From: Wake Up: 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now, by Gary A. McAbee, p. 69-70

The Law of Practice

The law of practice means that true success requires constant practice. Practice means work. We must put in our fair share of work to become successful. This is a timeless principle that is etched in stone. Everyone, regardless of race, who has achieved any goal, has used this concept. The law of practice can be best described by using an old saying: “practice makes perfect.”

An example of the law of practice is my career as a motivational speaker.

If asked 20 years ago about the probability of seeing myself speaking in front of large crowds, I would have said it was impossible. Public speaking was not my strong suit. However, time after time I had to speak in front of others throughout my education. Practicing by putting speeches together before presenting them made my speaking skills increase dramatically. Now it is easy to put together and present ideas in front of large audiences.

We as African Americans must understand that practice makes perfect. If we want to improve our lot in any aspect, it takes work. We can not expect our children to do well in school if they are not practicing it at home. We can not expect to improve our language if we are not practicing how to speak properly. We can not expect to expand our economic base if we are not practicing proper spending habits.

How do Venus and Serena Williams serve tennis balls over 120 miles per hour?

How did Tiger Woods become the best golfer in the world?

How does Denzel Washington produce mesmerizing performances in countless films?

How does Yolanda Adams sing songs to stir the soul and move the spirit?




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The Spirit of FEAR!

Bible2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
(In some translations, the verse begins: God hath not given us the spirit of fear…)

Where does the spirit of fear mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:7 come from?

The Word says that the spirit of fear does not come from God. Therefore, it has to come from our spiritual enemy. You know; he is the one who comes to devour and destroy. Yes that spiritual enemy! We need to clearly understand that EVERY time we are afraid of something, it is one of the Devil’s tricks designed to devour and destroy us. This not is to say that we should not or will not have fear. Fear is a natural experience that everyone faces on a daily basis. However, we must be aware of those things that make us fearful, understand where they come from, and learn how to effectively deal with them.
How should we deal with FEAR?

To overcome fear, we must do three things…

#1 Know that fear comes from our spiritual enemy, not from God.
#2 Know that fear can be overcome, and we have been equipped to deal with fear thanks to the love of God.
#3 Get into the Word to learn how the Bible instructs us to deal with fear.

How liberating is would be if we could check fear at the door every time it presents itself? Well we can! We can put an end to the deadly grip fear can hold over us by turning to God and the Word for guidance. Here is another verse that sums it up perfectly.

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

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Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV 2011

Welcome to Motivation for the World!

Motivation for the World is a concept created by Gary A. McAbee designed to have a positive impact on our neighborhoods, communities, and society.

The goal of this blog is to provide an open forum to provide motivation and inspiration to those who want more out of life. Gary has an awareness that a vast majority of people are looking for answers; they are looking to make a difference!

Welcome to my blog: Motivation for the World- one person at a time!