Monthly Archives: January 2016
There are numerous books about setting life goals that have been helping individuals get started on a path towards success. Whether you’re looking for luck in love, a boost in your career or are entrenched in finding your calling in life, you will find the words of these inspirational authors to be extremely helpful as you find your way. Personal achievement is only possible with the establishment of aspirations and the creation of a logical game plan to get you there. Even with a plan, people can fail if they don’t have the drive and the motivation to see their dreams through. It’s a wise idea to learn about the process before you get started on your own personal quest for fulfillment.
One book about setting life goals that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is “The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals” by Keith Ellis. This 256 page book tells readers how to have greater focus and stronger follow-through when it comes to reaching goals. The Magic Lamp touches upon dreams of getting more money, buying a new home, seeking a promotion, attaining better relationships and finding more fulfillment. Turn your life ambitions into an amazing adventure, rather than a dull chore with the methods put forth in this book. One reader says, “Since reading this book, I’ve started exercising regularly, getting up 30 minutes earlier to work on my dream and stopped beating myself up in the process.”
“My Cup Runneth Over: Setting Goals For Single Parents and Working Couples: by Daryl D. Green is another popular book about setting life goals. This book has been recommended by newspapers like the Knoxville-News Sentinel and The Shreveport Times, as well as associations like the Administration for Children and Families Department of Health & Human Services. This book aims to guide families in establishing group goals and practical solutions for single parent or working parent households. Time management is a problem for many and is naturally the focus of this book. “Instead of running around in circles, we are now managing our time more wisely,” one reader testifies. “Juggling busy schedules sometimes leaves parents and kids segmented, My Cup Runneth Over brings about an awareness of some of the pitfalls and gives practical information as to how to correct and enhance family life,” a customer writes.
You can learn more about setting life goals from “The Complete Idiot’s Guide” book series. As with all other books, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Reaching Your Goals” leaves no stone unturned in its explanation of the smart goal setting process. The book explains the difference between “goals” and “wishes,” barriers to achievement, the power of affiliation, contracting with yourself and time management. “Instead of covering the tired old trail of you too can be all that you want to be, this humorous, chatty, sometimes irreverent book gets to the heart and soul of what it takes to set and reach a goal.,” writes one reader. “It also exposes many of the myths of goals setting too often propagated as truths by other authors and other books.” Another reader said he finally finished a project he’s been working on for a year. A third reader called the book “insightful while at the same time witty.”
The LRB uses an old fashioned essay led strategy that is a million miles away from the fast paced punchy style increasingly favoured by online publications. Nevertheless it retains a core and very loyal readership.
The magazine market is changing. We know this because every expert on the matter says so. Digital content, user generated copy and SEO all change the way we read and the way publications are put together. Both authors and readers are changing the way they act, but does new technology have to be as vital as we think? Can publications such as The Times Literary Supplement and The London Review of Books cut it in the fast paced market place?
Both publications could be viewed as dinosaurs in the current climate. In a world in which their competitors are heading online, can their more considered and analytical style find a market? More importantly, even if it can find a healthy readership, can they make it pay?
The same could be said of the Times Literary Supplement. Founded back in 1902 it has been at the forefront of the literary scene for over a century. It retains an enviable reputation; however the need to compete in a fast paced newspaper environment brings with it a number of complications.
The Observer’s future has been under scrutiny for some time. Despite being the one of the more successful strands of the Guardian Group rumours surfaced last year that it faced closure. A redesign followed instead, but the long term outlook is far from certain. The Times Literary Supplement faces a similarly challenging environment as it seeks to satisfy two different requirements: the need to maintain its reputation and standing within the industry and the financial requirements of a modern newspaper.
There are also plenty of up and coming modern rivals. There are some good modern equivalents. You might try taking a look at Neon, an online alternative poetry e-zine. Titles such as True Confessions and Writing magazine produce a modern glossy spin on the subject of literature.
However, the Times Literary Supplement can provide one thing its rivals cannot: an established position in the cultural mindset. Even in a world in which content is being devalued that can prove enough. The question is this: will it be enough? For now the jury is out, but let’s not give up hope for the written word just yet.