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How To Be A Badass Goal Digger: 2 Golden Rules Successful Achievers Never Break



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Have you ever been stuck on stagnant when it comes to achieving a goal? You start strong and dream of finishing strong. You get revved up and begin the race to achieve your next big accomplishment. Everything’s going great then somewhere in the middle or perhaps even shortly after beginning, things go south faster than you can say “gentlemen start your engines.”

There are as many different goals as there are countless numbers of people trying to achieve them. Sadly, only a few will make it to the finish line. What makes the difference between those that do and those that don’t might surprise you. Just stay with me and I will show you how to hit pay dirt when it comes to achieving goal success. 

It doesn’t matter if you want to lose weight, get a better job, rebuild your life, rebuild your credit, publish a book, or start a new business. Our goals may all be different and look different. We all have the same objective no matter the goal. That objective is to always get results. Goals without results are simply a source of frustration and a set up to lead you to a setback.

There are two main things successful achievers understand and do consistently well. Below are two golden rules that will have you digging up goal success like a pro:  

1. Finding The Landmines Before You Step On Them

The first golden rule may seem so basic that you may wonder why I even bothered bringing it up; However, you would be surprised at just how many people miss this crucial first step and miss the mark of achieving their goal. Sometimes we just need to be reminded how important this step is.

Over my many years as a nurse, I have lost count of the many patients and people I have worked with on achieving various goals. The goals ranged from seeking better health, better dietary or disease management, helping them to adjust to a change in their declining health status or helping survivors of domestic violence rebuild their lives.

The number one reason that held most of them back was not that they lacked a desire for change or even a lack of ability. Many of them had both the desire and the ability to change their situation but there was one big thing that stood in the way of what they wanted.

The one thing that held them back the most was happening on a subconscious level. Brewing just beneath the surface was a belief that they didn’t deserve good health or whatever it was that we were working towards. They held a belief within, that something or someone else was more important than taking care of themselves. This in turn signaled messaging to the brain that they were not important enough. Without question, this belief torpedoed any chance they ever had of achieving what many of them truly wanted and desperately needed.

Yet, because they believed they weren’t important enough or deserved it enough, the battle had already been lost before the fight even began. One of the most damaging things we can ever do to ourselves when we are setting our goals is to allow ourselves to believe that we don’t deserve success. Most of the time this happens on a subconscious level without us even realizing it.

Taking a little time out to self-reflect and examine if you have any self- limiting and self-destructive beliefs before you attempt your goal digging will go a long way in helping you to dig up the prize. It doesn’t matter how many degrees you have, how much money you spend on career advancement seminars, or how much you invest in your outer image. If you secretly don’t believe you deserve success, you will sabotage every effort to achieve it because you don’t believe you deserve it. If you have any lingering self-destructive beliefs. Identify them, deal with them, beat them and carry on!

“No matter how qualified or deserving we are, we will never reach a better life until we can imagine it for ourselves and allow ourselves to have it.” – Richard Bach

2. Can Someone Pass Me My Success….Please?

The second, and certainly not the least important golden rule is that successful achievers do not wait for permission to achieve. Successful goal achievers do not seek anyone’s approval or permission to succeed. If I’m brutally and somewhat painfully honest, in my younger days in the beginning of my career, I was guilty of feeling like I needed permission from others to succeed.

When I look back on my younger self, I realized how counterproductive, self destructive, and self defeating that really was. I wasted so much of my time treading lightly in the fear of intimidating someone or being seen as different than, I missed out on enormous opportunities.

By seeking or worse needing permission or approval from others to be successful is like handing the keys to your happiness and well-being over to someone else and hoping things turn out okay. The people who are in your life and there to support you will be happy you are succeeding. The only problem they will have is wondering what the heck took you so long!

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Tracy Brack RN, BSN is an author, registered nurse, domestic violence advocate and motivational speaker. She has worked in some of America's top Level I trauma and training health systems including Yale Hospital in New Haven Connecticut . Her blog @  is designed to inspire and empower single women to expect and achieve more in their lives. Download her Free Ebook “The Single Woman’s Rise From Pain To Power” @

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How to Choose the Best Affiliate Programs for Your Blog

If you follow these steps, you can create an affiliate marketing plan that makes money, fits well with your content, and connects with your readers



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Picking the right affiliate programs for your blog is really important. It can make a big difference in how much money you can make and how much your readers get out of your blog. With so many choices out there, deciding which ones to go with can be tricky. 

This guide is here to make it easier for you. It will give you clear steps and helpful tips to choose affiliate programs that fit well with what your blog is about, what your readers like, and what you stand for. 

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Understanding Affiliate Marketing

Before you start picking affiliate programs, it’s important to really understand what affiliate marketing is and how it works. 

Basically, affiliate marketing is when you promote a product or service on your blog, and then you get paid a little bit every time someone buys something or does something because you recommended it. 

It’s great for both the person selling the product and the blogger, because the seller gets more sales with low risk, and the blogger can make money from their blog.

How to Choose the Right Affiliate Programs for Your Blog

1. Assess Your Niche and Audience

The key to doing well in affiliate marketing starts with really knowing what your blog is about and who reads it. Consider the following:

  • Your blog’s content: What topics do you cover? Ensure the products or services you promote are relevant.
  • Your audience’s interests and needs: What solutions are they seeking? Choose affiliate programs that offer products or services that solve their problems or enhance their lives.

2. Research Potential Affiliate Programs

Once you know what your blog is about and what your readers want, start looking for affiliate programs. Choose ones that are well-known for good products, great customer service, and helpful support for affiliates. Resources to find these programs include:

  • Affiliate networks like ShareASale, Commission Junction, and ClickBank.
  • Direct searches for “[Your Niche] affiliate programs” in search engines.
  • Recommendations from other bloggers in your niche.

3. Evaluate the Commission Structure

The commission structure is a critical factor to consider. Look for programs that offer competitive rates that make your efforts worthwhile. Consider:

  • The percentage of commission per sale.
  • Whether the program offers a flat rate per action (e.g., per sign-up).
  • The cookie duration, which affects how long after a click you can earn commissions on sales.

4. Consider the Program’s Reputation and Sureness

Join affiliate programs with a solid reputation for quality and sureness. This not only ensures that you’re promoting good products but also that you’ll be paid on time. You can:

  • Read reviews from other affiliates.
  • Check the program’s history and background.
  • Look for any complaints or issues reported online.

5. Analyze the Support and Resources Offered

A good affiliate program gives you things like ads to use, training on their products, and helpful managers. Having access to these resources can really help you do a better job at promoting their products.

6. Understand the Terms and Conditions

Before signing up, thoroughly review the program’s terms and conditions. Pay close attention to:

  • Payment thresholds and methods.
  • Any restrictions on how you can promote their products.
  • The program’s policy on affiliate marketing on social media platforms.

7. Test the Product or Service

If possible, test the product or service before promoting it. This firsthand experience allows you to offer genuine charge and build trust with your audience.

8. Look for Recurring Commission Opportunities

Some affiliate programs pay you again and again for subscriptions or services that charge fees regularly. These can provide a more stable income compared to one-time sales commissions.

Implementing Your Choice

After choosing the best affiliate programs, the next step is to smoothly include your affiliate marketing in your content plan. This includes:

  • Creating valuable content that naturally incorporates affiliate links.
  • Disclosing your affiliate affairs transparently to maintain trust with your audience.
  • Tracking your results to understand what works best for your audience and adjusting your strategy accordingly.

Picking the best affiliate programs for your blog involves careful planning, research, and making sure they match what your audience likes and needs. 

If you follow these steps, you can create an affiliate marketing plan that makes money, fits well with your content, and connects with your readers. 

The real key to doing well with affiliate marketing isn’t just about the products you talk about, but also how much your audience trusts and values your advice. 

With enough time, patience, and hard work, your blog can grow into a successful space that earns a good amount of affiliate money and helps your readers choose the right products.

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