DREAMS, GOALS AND ADVENTURE BY AUTHOR MICHAEL D. DITTON

DREAMS, GOALS AND ADVENTURE

DREAMS, GOALS AND ADVENTURE

 

Dreams, Goals and Adventure is a series of personal stories, the ups and downs of someone who inspires to reach all of the dreams set forth and how sometimes a life event creates a situation requiring a major adjustment. It is stories others will be able to relate to with the life adventures each and every one of them have experienced, both good and challenging.

For those following his tour, Michael is offering a special price on the Kindle eBook format of DREAMS, GOALS, AND ADVENTURE at a reduced cost of just 99 cents!Readers can also get a FREE copy of Michael’s GOAL SETTING BASICS in the eBook format. For one or both of these special offers just CLICK HERE!

Author Michael D. Ditton makes a stop here today as part of his Dreams, Goals, and Adventure Blog Tour through MC Book Tours.

 

WELCOME MICHAEL TO WRITER’S GAMBIT!  

I asked Michael two questions and these are his answers. 

 

  1. When someone hits rock bottom facing hardships, where do they start to rebuild to create a life of quality without visible resources to fund that restart?

 

One of the most difficult challenges is to think about a positive outcome of your future while at rock bottom. More importantly than the funds to restart, is the mindset that you can do it. That with determination and doing what it takes, you will succeed.

 

Setting goals, albeit small ones, ones you can manage, will guide you to the life you desire. If the goals are too lofty, especially while licking your wounds, you will set yourself up for failure. By setting and accomplishing smaller goals, you will rebuild the confidence needed to start working towards bigger goals.

 

For example:

 

Maybe it’s earning more money: What can you do? Can you earn more in the position you are in? How? Maybe it’s a second job.

 

How do I not spend as much? Am I buying things I really don’t need? I used a Want vs Need process every time I shopped. If it truly was a need, I got it. If it was a want, I walked away and thought about it. I almost never missed it. BUT, sometimes I earned it so I later returned for it. (Reward for accomplishing a goal, maybe). I also kept a daily journal of every single penny I spent. It was mind blowing at how frivolous I was even when I thought I was thrifty.

 

Then I started to save. At first, I put 10% of each check away into savings before paying the first bill. I was amazed at how I was still able to pay all the bills and still eat. Then after a while, it went to 15%. After which it was budgeted in per month, per material item, per need, for a reward, for a  necessity, to reach a goal.

 

Good support helps too. Family, friends and/or a loved one.

 

To this day, I have a $100 bill I keep in my pocket, a benchmark, with the date 4/97, that was the date I reached my crest of struggling and started on the road to Financial Independence. I had come a long way in 5 years.

 

Make sure you understand the meaning of Financial Independence:

 

Financial Independence means

having control over your time

without worrying about

the ability to pay your bills

 

  1. What is your next great adventure and what steps have you already taken to get there?

 

LIFE….is an adventure

 

When I decided to sail around the world, I put a 5-year plan in motion. I had to adjust a little but I still managed to leave in 7 years.

 

I have done the same for the next series of adventures.

 

In May I plan to set up a new “base camp”, home, and Big Island Hawaii won the vote after considering Alaska, California, and Mexico as well. Through a process of Pros and Cons, I picked the one that best suited my needs.

 

Later in the year, I will Co-Host a couple of 10-day adventure retreats on Big Island.

 

Summer 2018 I will spend 3-4 months traveling Europe with my girlfriend.

 

After returning from there I plan to build my own retreat center in Hawaii with grounds so spectacular you will never want to leave.

 

The balance of the 5-year plan is still forming as I experienced a MAJOR life changing event over the past couple of years and pretty much had to crumple up the plans I had and start fresh with new ones.

 

This is known as adjusting. Goals are meant to be adjusted at times. That is ok, that is life. Just know when you need to adjust them.

You will know when it keeps you going in a forward movement versus stagnant or backward. As a cruising sailor we used to say, our plans were like throwing jello against the wall. It may stick for a bit but it will most certainly change.

 

 

 

DREAMS, GOALS AND ADVENTUREAuthor Michael D. Ditton makes a stop here today as part of his Dreams, Goals, and Adventure Blog Tour through MC Book Tours.
Dreams, Goals and Adventure is a series of personal stories, the ups and downs of someone who inspires to reach all of the dreams set forth and how sometime a life event creates a situation requiring a major adjustment. It is stories others will be able to relate to with the life adventures each and every one of them have experienced, both good and challenging
DREAMS, GOALS AND ADVENTURE by Michael D. Ditton
◊ Paperback: 148 pages
◊ Genre: Self-Help, Motivational
◊ Publisher: BalboaPress (October 19, 2015)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1504335880
◊ ISBN13: 978-1504335881
From broke to retired in ten years . . .
Returning home from Desert Storm, I found myself mentally and financially bankrupt. Newly divorced, I had no job, no help, and no hope. My reasons to live were gone. At the lowest point in my life, I fell back on simple truths from my childhood: hard work gets results, and it’s okay to dream. And dream I did, setting goals that launched me from poverty to a life I could not have imagined. And you can do it, too.
          Dreams, Goals, and Adventure will inspire you to dream big, work toward your goals, and live your life as an adventure every day.
* Don’t be afraid to dream.
* Don’t accept “no” as an answer.
* Remove “can’t” from your vocabulary.
* Small goals are stepping stones to much larger goals.
* Learn how to spring forward from failure.
* Know you will have to adjust.
* Live life as an adventure.
“Your experiences are so extra-ordinary and you’re fascinating
to listen to. Your speaking style is humble and respectful of both your role as a speaker and of your audience, as one would expect after hearing of what you were trained to do. If others would open their lives to adventure as you have they would love their life even more.”
~Jim Cathcart, author of the bestsellers: The Acorn Principle and Relationship Selling. CEO of Cathcart.com 

Michael Ditton is an entrepreneur, personal development coach, and student of life. In addition to helping others realize their dreams, he can be found sailing or traveling in search of new adventures.

“When met by unexpected challenges, embrace them wholeheartedly as opportunities for adventure and education.”
I developed Goal-Setting Basics to help others interested in learning how to set goals. In my twenties, I had to gather these valuable bits of information a piece at a time. This site offers you an array of information, tools, and resources to help you in identifying, setting, and accomplishing your goals, whatever they might be. In these tools are free worksheets and examples to help you succeed. You will find Goal-Setting Basics is your single source for all of your goal-setting needs.
Financial Independence means having control over your time
without worrying about the ability to pay your bills” … So many think they have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to live a rich life, that is so far from the truth … Let me show you how.

 

DREAMS, GOALS AND ADVENTUREI was a dreamer from an early age. To this day I believe anyone can do whatever they choose to put their mind to.
I didn’t go from eight years old to semi-retired in the length of one sentence. Nor was it easy. But I did follow a simple, time-honored process.
I was in my twenties before I fully understood the true importance of goal setting. After that, I was able to be more focused, see where I wanted to be, how I was going to get there, notice when I needed to make adjustments, and had the satisfaction of reaching goals. I enjoyed the benefits of reaching a goal and putting a big, fat check mark on my list.
Here’s how those goals paid off:
At 8, sold vegetables door to door from my little red wagon
Age 13, supervisor, World’s Fare Hamburgers
Age 15, assistant manager trainee, Pizza Hut
Age 16, assistant manager, Round Table Pizza
Age 18, began a 20-year commitment with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a staff sergeant and Desert Storm veteran. Over my service career I became a leader and was recognized and awarded for my achievements and outstanding service.
Age 20, found my true calling as a sales professional
Age 31, began a successful career in real estate and real estate investments
Age 36, semi-retired
Age 37, owned and operated several companies
Age 41, semi-retired, sold everything and sailed south on his 45’ sailboat
Although I found success at a very early age, I became painfully aware of how quickly it can all be taken away. In 1991, after I returned from Desert Storm, I found myself bankrupt, mentally, physically and financially and divorced.
It was the lowest point in my life. Four years later, I had clawed my way back to even, and started to build from there. Two years after that, following my roadmap of goals, I reached my first level of financial independence. The rest is history.
For more on Michael, you can connect with him at the following sites:
For those following his tour, Michael is offering a special price on the Kindle eBook format of DREAMS, GOALS, AND ADVENTURE at a reduced cost of just 99 cents! Readers can also get a FREE copy of Michael’s GOAL SETTING BASICS in the eBook format. For one or both of these special offers just CLICK HERE!

Thanks for visiting during Michael’s tour stop. Are you following your dreams?



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