War Is Killing Us All…

explosion nuclear bomb in oceanAt a time of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s probably the worst time to talk about idealism… Or the best.

I’m an idealist, if you hadn’t already guessed. ‘Idealist’, an interesting word: Idea – list…!?

This is my list:

  • “There will be no peace until PROFIT is removed from war.”
  • “How can PEACE be made profitable…?”
  • IF the 5 most powerful countries in the world are the 5 biggest arms dealers in the world, and the 5 biggest warmongers… how does PEACE have a chance?”
  • Can ONE man make a difference…?
  • There are BILLIONS of us…

It’s a dream, an ideal… BUT, it must end.

I offer no solution (now) nor retribution (now) as that is not my job…

…I just KNOW things have to change.

 

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my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleAnthony James Donnelly is an author, motivational and business coach, and life guide. He has spent over 20 years working directly with individuals and corporations to adjust their perspectives on life. In his latest book, “My First Goal-Setting Book: How To Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals”, he concisely explains how to get whatever you want out of life.

 

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The Perfect Christmas Present

The Christmas madness has already begun: promotions in shops… bookings at restaurants… the commercials on TV… that arduous search for the ‘perfect’ gift for a friend or loved one…

my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleIf you are having trouble deciding what to buy as a gift for someone at work, or that friend that seems to be impossible to please, or perhaps you know someone that always sets New Year’s Resolutions, but never manages to keep focused and keep them, this might just be the perfect gift for them.

I wrote it specifically for that person just starting out on the process of taking more control of their lives and wanting to know the basics and the ‘how to’ of setting goals that CAN be achieved easily.

It’s a short book, easy to read, and written in plain English, because unlike many other books on the same topic of goal-setting, I specifically wrote this book to be USED, not just read and discarded without action. Although I cannot make any guarantees that you WILL hit your goals, I can guarantee that if you apply the simple principles in this book and stick to your plan, you will eventually succeed at whatever you have set out to achieve.

In this book you will learn…

  1. …that you already set goals, you just don’t do it consciously!
  2. …why it’s important to set clear, written goals.
  3. …how to construct a goal you’ll stick to.
  4. …a step by step formula to build plans that work to hit your goals.
  5. …and much, much more!

So, if you’re stuck for Christmas present ideas this year… why not consider buying a copy of this book.

Happy Holidays to you all, thanks for reading, and please feel free to share this far and wide.

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my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleAnthony James Donnelly is an author, motivational and business coach, and life guide. He has spent over 20 years working directly with individuals and corporations to adjust their perspectives on life. In his latest book, “My First Goal-Setting Book: How To Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals”, aimed at the beginner, he concisely explains how to get whatever you want out of life.

The Essence of Goal-Setting By Mary Vinnedge

(Kindly reproduced with permission from the author.
First published on a platform by SUCCESS.com)

my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleThe Essence of Goal-Setting
A step-by-step approach for moving from your status quo to your heart’s desire


By Mary Vinnedge
               If most goal-setting and action plans seem overly complex and intimidating, read on. Motivational coach-author Anthony Donnelly distills the process into easy-to-understand steps in My First Goal-Setting Book: How to Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals. Goal-setting might seem new to you, but Donnelly says in practice, you do it constantly: getting out of bed at 6:30, doing your laundry, etc. The trick is to be conscious and intentional with goal-setting. “If you’ve been waiting for your wishes and dreams to come true, but nothing’s happened so far, it’s most likely because you are leaving it up to chance,” he writes.
               Begin by jotting down notes about what you want, possibly related to health, leisure, family, career, education, health and/or giving back. Be sure each is something you’re extremely passionate about. Passion is the fuel that drives every successful person, Donnelly says.
               Also key: Zero in on a modest goal from your wants. For instance, if you’d like to launch a business, try selling online or persuading a merchant to give you a corner display rather than leasing a 15,000-square-foot building straightaway. If you want to run a marathon but have never done more than dash to your front door in the rain, aim for a 5K race (3.1 miles)―not a half-marathon (13.1 miles)―in two months.
               A key early step in Donnelly’s strategy is the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) planning tool outlined by Albert Humphrey in the 1960s. Divide a blank sheet of paper into SWOT quadrants and fill them in honestly and without rushing. Your strengths might include technical skills and tenacity. Perhaps weaknesses are impatience or shortage of money. Opportunities? Maybe a trade show or a mentor offering help. Threats could be competitors or a recession. Donnelly explains that this exercise forces you to think deeply and long-term, revealing problems to fix or avoid.                                                                                                                    
               Now develop your goal statement based on SMART―aka Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound―guidelines. Don’t just write, “I want to quit my day job and be a solopreneur.” Instead be precise about your quest, establish a metric (perhaps a startup treasury plus emergency fund total), make sure it’s realistic (honest assessment), be certain the goal suits you (do you see yourself still reveling in this achievement well into the future?), and determine a deadline, something like “I will raise $15,000 and quit my job to do XXXX by next Dec. 31.” Type or write it out, and read it to yourself aloud for a positive affirmation.     
               Also write down five reasons why your goal matters. An example for an aspiring personal trainer: “I feel great about helping others become fit.” Incorporate the reasons into a paragraph that starts, “The reason this is important to me is…” Read this reasons statement silently and aloud. If you don’t feel thrilled about the five-point summary, put your paper aside, perhaps overnight, Donnelly says. Then revise the statement until it feels empowering. Add it below your SMART goal statement, and read these statements at least twice every day, aloud if possible. Doing so at bedtime is especially beneficial as your brain will mull them as you rest and provide you with fresh insights after you awaken.
Of course, the best plan in the world means nothing unless you act.
The next step in Donnelly’s process is the creation of action items and intermediate goals. Referring to that $15,000 needed by Dec. 31, state what needs to happen after nine months (savings of, say, $12,000), six months, three months, two months and one month. Write out these interim goals and deadlines and track your achievements. Personal-development experts emphasize the importance of celebrating each milestone with a reward such as a new book, massage or special coffee drink.
As you push forward, write weekly goals and focus on each while also visualizing the big picture, that final goal. Donnelly considers the ability to visualize your progress to be crucial for success.
               Once you experience great results from setting and reaching that first modest goal, Donnelly predicts you’ll incorporate goal-setting into every area of your life, with your objectives becoming ever more ambitious.  
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my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleAnthony James Donnelly is an author, motivational and business coach, and life guide. He has spent over 20 years working directly with individuals and corporations to adjust their perspectives on life. In his latest book, “My First Goal-Setting Book: How To Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals”, he concisely explains how to get whatever you want out of life.

Face-tox Diary: Day Four – “Are You Okay?”

I didn’t write yesterday, as I was too busy doing things. It’s amazing what you can do when you are not distracted with Facebook crap anymore! I got to play 18 holes of golf… the garden looks great… I actually enjoyed the garden for a change… I’m reading more books…

BUT, I had to write today, as after four days, finally somebody has noticed I’m NOT on Twatbook – sorry, Facebook – anymore. A text arrived this morning shortly after 7am:

“I couldn’t find you on Facebook, are you okay?”

What a lovely text to receive (I just wish they hadn’t sent it so early, as I was fast asleep after a late night reading, and had nothing much to wake up for that early!) I’m probably an unusual Twatbooker, as almost all of my (less then 100) Twatbook friends are actually ‘friends’, people I’ve actually met in person, or are family – hence so few!

Some I have already personally been in contact with, but it was rather surprising that after four days only ONE person had noticed that I was no longer online. I wonder how many of you that have waaaaayyyy more ‘Twatbook Friends’ (most of which you don’t actually know) than me realise that the vast majority of your ‘Friends’ have probably ‘muted’ your feed, or don’t take any notice of you, or have so much Twatbook-misinformation coming at them that they don’t really care what the crap is happening in your life?

I can definitely say detoxing from Twatbook is much easier than detoxing from smoking! By day four I would be craving a fag something wicked, and almost wanting to kill somebody! In comparison, Twatbook-detox is very painless and very rewarding. For four days I have not been exposed to stupid, uneducated opinions about the election, what people have been eating, pictures of cats, mindless quotations that say, “Like if you agree” or any other mindless crap that says the same, or, “Read this, it’s AMAZING…!”

Dumb, mindless, Twatbook, pricks!

I’m sure if you are reading this and still a Twatbook member, you’re smart enough to read the humour, and are probably trying to work out how the heck you can get out of the trap that is TWATBOOK…!

My best advice for the election, since it’s tomorrow, is don’t vote. If nobody voted, they’d realise that we all know we don’t live in a democracy, it’s just a farce. They don’t act on our behalf, so why vote for them? They are all elitist snobs, that are educated the same, indoctrinated the same, brown nose the same, and have the same INTERNATIONAL paymasters!

I think Guy Fawkes was on the right trail…

 

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my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleAnthony James Donnelly is an author, motivational and business coach, and life guide. He has spent over 20 years working directly with individuals and corporations to adjust their perspectives on life. In his latest book, “My First Goal-Setting Book: How To Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals”, he concisely explains how to get whatever you want out of life. Dumping Facebook is just the first step to freedom…!

 

From Dream To Goal To Reality

my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleAlmost all of us have dreams and ambitions at some point in our lives. Social pressures push us to be more than we are. Seemingly overnight successes prove to us that we CAN be or have more than we do. It can make life frustrating. It can make us feel inadequate. Or it can empower us to take charge of our lives and become the best we can be.

But where do you go from there?

For the vast majority of people, this exercise in self-development stops there. It remains a dream. You may share it with friends and family. “One day I’m going to…”, “I’d love to be doing…”, “When I retire, I’m going to…”, etc.

Sound familiar?

Being able to dream and imagine is something that sets humans apart from the animals, but sadly most of us stop there. It’s comfortable. It’s safe. If it just stays a wish and a dream, it is neither fulfilled nor unfulfilled. It has a kind of Schroeding’s Cat feel to it, rather quantum mechanic-like. We’ll get to it ‘one day’.

What if that day never comes?

“Show me a graveyard, and I’ll show you a field of buried dreams!”

Fear stops many people from moving from a dream to a goal, but that’s daft. We’ve all felt and overcome fear. After the fact, we usually feel rather silly for having had that fear in the first place, but that is where our imaginations can also be our enemy: we can picture what might NOT happen in the future just as well as we can picture what WILL happen in the future. Our unconscious minds can’t tell the difference!

Many people with dreams also don’t know how to take the next step. Not all of us are neighbours with Richard Brandson, or other successful people, so we look at our environments, who can we look to? Where can I go for advice and guidance?

We aren’t taught goal-setting in school for a reason!

Personally, I think it should be mandatory to teach children goal-setting, speed reading, and memorization techniques, as these are as important (or more important) in life than English and Mathematics. Imagine if we were actually given the life skills in school to take charge of our lives…! But we are not, because the establishment doesn’t want us to take charge of our lives. I’d like to change that.

A 1% change can make a 100% difference.

Imagine if you just made a 1% change in your habits and behaviours every day how much you would change in a year. It’s staggering. One less bite of food… one more step… one more page of reading… just 1%…

Change and improvement doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t have to be a chore, it can actually be FUN…! Especially when you see and feel the difference. I’m not saying you have to read my book to experience change. I’m not saying you have to buy my book and change your life. I’m not even saying change. But, if you are serious and passionate about becoming more than you currently are – and you are enough just as you are – why not read a few of the free pages available, and if you’d like to invest in your future, buy, read, and apply the principles in my book.

Get my book for FREE!

I’ve priced the book affordably for those that are serious about taking action, but if you seriously cannot afford the price of my book, send me an email, or write a comment below with your email address, and I’ll send you a free pdf version of the book. All I ask, if I do so, is that you rate and review my book on amazon. I want this book to get out there, so if you plan to use it, but can’t afford it, I’d rather you had a copy to use. Once you’ve applied the techniques you’ll be able to buy a copy for a friend.

“Together we can change the world into a much, much better place where we love more, share more, teach more, and give more… and world peace is a reality.”

 

Anthony James Donnelly

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my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleAnthony James Donnelly is an author, motivational and business coach, and life guide. He has spent over 20 years working directly with individuals and corporations to adjust their perspectives on life. In his latest book, “My First Goal-Setting Book: How To Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals”, he concisely explains how to get whatever you want out of life.

 

 

2016 New Years Resolutions: How To Hit Your Goal This Year

dec-31-calendarNew Years Resolutions (NYR) abound this time of year. Although I don’t personally make New Years Resolutions, because I tend to regularly set and hit goals throughout the year, for those that don’t, this is a good time to get into the habit of taking control of the direction of your life.

WHY PEOPLE FAIL

First, let me list a few reasons why most people don’t keep their NYR:

  1. They are not written down.
  2. They don’t make a plan.
  3. They are unrealistic.
  4. They don’t really want it.
  5. They don’t put a date of achievement on it.
  6. They haven’t solidified the rewards.
  7. They aren’t specific enough.

I could go on, but as you can see there are a few very simple fixes to increase your success in achieving your goals in 2016. Let’s look at them:

Why are you making a New Years Resolution?

Is it for you or for somebody else? For over 50% of the people that have NYR this year, the answer will be because of somebody else. Isn’t that amazing? If YOU don’t want to do it, even though you say you do, the chances are YOU won’t do it. So, you have two choices:

  1. Don’t do it, because you most likely won’t, or
  2. Find a way of making it personal to you, so you will.

Start at the end and work backwards.

Let’s suppose this is a resolution that YOU have decided to make for YOU, and YOU really want to achieve it. It could be anything, getting a new job, losing weight, finding your life partner, anything! Imagine you already have it. Picture yourself at the finish line. Answer the following questions and WRITE THEM DOWN:

  1. How do you feel?
  2. What do you look like?
  3. How have you changed?
  4. Is anyone else upset? Why?
  5. Who’s happy? Why?
  6. Do you miss anything/ anyone?
  7. Was it worth it? If not, why not? If yes, why?
  8. Listen to your new self, what are you saying?

If you don’t already meditate, try sitting alone, silently as you do this step. Keep a pen and paper handy so you can write things down.

Why start at the end and work backwards?

Many of us THINK we know what we want, but when we get it we discover it really isn’t what we wanted. It’s one of the reasons people that use Law of Attraction DON’T attract what they actually want.

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my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleAnthony James Donnelly is an author, motivational and business coach, and life guide. He has spent over 20 years working directly with individuals and corporations to adjust their perspectives on life. In his latest book, “My First Goal-Setting Book: How To Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals”, he concisely explains how to get whatever you want out of life.

 

 

 

 

Thoughts Behind the Making of “One”, a Short Film by Anthony James Donnelly

I AM truly amazed – and humbled – by the great, early response to my debut short film, “One”. Thank you all…! Since it has been so well received, I thought I’d share some of the concept and thinking behind the project, just in case any fellow actors and film makers are interested.

Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve wanted to make films: I’m fascinated by the whole process behind film making, and I feel very fortunate that I am able to act in the industry for a living. A little over a week ago, I invested in a video camera, and whilst playing around with it, I got the idea in my head to make a short film – how difficult can it possibly be, right?

The brief was quite simple: “With no budget and no other people involved, could I film and produce a short film that told a compelling story and hopefully evoke an emotional response, all in only one week?”

To stack things in my favour, I decided to shoot without dialogue to save the challenges of dubbing and syncing up the sound in the editing process – and I’d never edited anything before! The theme of ‘one’ became the focal point initially, then as I began shooting rough footage, the story of this lonely man emerged. I love playing with words, and I saw that in the word ‘lonely’ you have the words ‘one’ and ‘only’, so I started to evolve concepts of mundanity and how we overlook the ordinary, yet essential things we use in life – including people! Additionally, there is an interconnectedness between things: a toothbrush needs toothpaste, gloves come in pairs, etc.

I was fortunate enough to discover some royalty-free music by the talented composer, Kevin MacLeod, which gave the footage a very sombre feel, yet had a lot of diversity in the melody, which I hoped to utilize in the editing phase. Adding to the bleak feel of the film, it was a very early decision to shoot the whole thing in black and white.

Utilizing the ‘Bollywood’ shooting method (minimal number of takes, no complicated scenes, just shoot and move on) I was able to get an awful lot of footage in a very short period of time, often doing only one take. My biggest concern was shooting footage of myself – as I was also the cameraman! – I wondered, if I set up my camera on its tripod and then walked away to go acting, would somebody run off with my equipment? Thankfully, the opposite was true, almost as if passers-by couldn’t believe there could only be one person involved, they all steered well clear of the equipment!

All in all, it was an incredible experience, and I believe my little experiment has worked. It’s already inspired some fellow actors to follow suit and try to produce their own shorts. Hopefully you have found this inspiring as well, why not give it a go. I had a lot of fun shooting this in between working and daily life. It IS possible, if you have the will and the motivation. I’m looking forward to shooting my next short film soon.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t give too much of the plot away, but I’d love to hear any constructive comments and feedback, either on here or on the youtube page.

Many, many thanks, I hope you enjoy it…

Dare To Dream…!

Hopefully 2017 has begun as well for you as it has for me. If it hasn’t, you might want to read on and ponder on the following: Everyone has wishes and dreams.

The ability to use our imaginations to dream and create fictional constructs is one of the major human traits that clearly separates us from the animal world. The major difference between those who set and achieve their goals, and those who don’t is quite simply they have learned and practiced regularly how to use this gift to their benefit.

The unconscious (or subconscious) mind cannot differentiate between fact and fiction. This is good news, as it means whatever you wish to create in your future, you can do this simply by constantly feeding your unconscious mind pictures and information (including senses and feelings) focussed on what it is you want. This is why having clear, structured, realistic written goals that are reviewed on a regular basis are so essential.

The unfortunate fact of life is that there is a huge propaganda machine (the media: advertising and the news!) that is constantly trying to fill your head with THEIR messages. Look how many people on both sides of the ‘Pond’ are STILL moaning and complaining about Brexit and Trump! Get over it, you have no more control to change what’s happened. BUT you DO have control over what is directly happening in YOUR life.

Stop tuning into the media messages that are unproductive. Stop gossiping. Instead, set some goals and an action plan to create the life YOU DO WANT.

Fear may be stopping you from taking that first step, but we’ll be covering how to overcome fear and procrastination in the next blog post. If you want to learn how to set and achieve your goals, why not have a look at my book. It is very affordably priced, but if you truly cannot afford a copy, please message me and I’d be more than happy to email you a pdf copy for free: it’s my goal to put this information into as many people’s hands as possible. I’m here to help!

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my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleANTHONY JAMES DONNELLY is a personal and business development coach with over 20 years experience helping people and corporations hit and surpass their goals. He is not just a theorist, he practices what he preaches, therefore in addition to this he is pursuing his own personal goals of professional acting and writing.