What You Need to Succeed

What will you accomplish in 2018? Will you lose weight? Write a book? Start a business? What tools do you need? You don’t have to go it alone. Here are some resources to help you accomplish your goals in 2018.

Weight Loss

Have you heard of the keto or ketogenic diet? I have been road testing this plan, and I am comfortable recommending it. In a nutshell, you consume a high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate diet. In a few weeks on the diet, I lost an inch of belly fat and seven pounds. I took a few days off for Thanksgiving and had no difficulty getting back on track. I am not hungry, nervous or crabby. I have more energy and feel more alert and focused. I’m confident that I will eat this way forever. Make sure you check with your health care professional before trying the keto diet. Want to learn more? Check out, Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone Diet by Don Colbert, MD and The Everything Ketogenic Diet Cookbook by Lindsay Boyers, CHNC.

Starting a Business

Did you know that you can get free assistance with your business start-up? Visit www.Score.org where you will find information about free workshops, webinars, and business templates. You can also get a free mentor, who has experience running a business and advising entrepreneurs.

Check with your local library. It may have a small business resource center that offers print and electronic resources and workshops for small business owners.


Planning to find love in the new year? Do you know what you want? What behaviors are not acceptable to you? Take a look at Boundaries in Dating by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend. This book will help you to determine what your boundaries are. Additionally, you will learn how to enforce boundaries in dating relationships including extending grace or ending a relationship.

Do you want to advance at work and foster harmony at home? Make sure you read the best-selling book, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This classic will show you how to gain the cooperation of family, friends and coworkers by first considering what they want and how they are motivated.


Several years ago, I decided that I needed to declutter my home, but it never happened until I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I read the book and started the process in January. It was at times fun and at times tedious, but by the end of October, I had removed over 1,000 pounds of stuff from my home. I feel like a huge weight has been taken out from my life because it has! It is a pleasure to go into my garage and my linen closet. I know that hair products are in the left cabinet in my bathroom and cleaning products, deodorant and shower soap are on the right. My home is a calm, organized sanctuary. I no longer waste time looking for things because everything is in place.

Decluttering my home was my biggest accomplishment in 2017, and it has had a positive effect on so many other areas. For instance, I have compressed my morning routine. It used to take me over two hours to get out of the house in the morning, now it takes me about an hour and 10 minutes. It is a delight to have so many hours back.

Writing a Book

Have you always wanted to write a book? You’re not alone. Millions of people feel that the have a great story to tell or advice to give. Want to sell your book to thousands or millions of people? Check out Sell Your Book like Wildfire by Rob Eagar who is a published author and marketing consultant. The book will show you what to do before you write your book to improve your sales. Take a look at Eagar’s website, www.startawildfire.com for excellent tips on writing and publishing your book.

What will you accomplish in 2018? Ready, set go!

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