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Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary:
A Practical Guide to Goal Achievement

If you are ready to jump off of the New Year's resolution cycle and begin to really achieve your dreams, this is the book for you!

Dear Friend,

Do you set New Year's resolutions every year? Do you make the same resolutions every year, but find yourself farther away from accomplishing them each time?

You aren't alone.

What are your usual resolutions?

  • Lose weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Stop swearing
  • Floss your teeth
  • Read more and watch less television
  • Stay on a budget
  • Exercise

David DeFord has written the book you need to accomplish all that you seek in your life.

Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary-A Practical Guide to Goal Achievement will help you bust past the inevitable obstacles. In the past, you became discouraged and quit chasing your dreams.

Now, you can press past these roadblocks and reach your chosen destinations.


  • How to finally take control of your future
  • How to build foundations under your dreams
  • How you no longer need to “settle” for what you have
  • Why living the “TV Existence” kills your dreams, and how to break free
  • The best way to select your goals
  • How to identify your “Great One Thing”
  • How to use all of your sense to keep enthused
  • How to become the success you seek
  • How to deserve it
  • Some simple record-keeping techniques to measure your progress
  • How to talk yourself into overcoming the temptation to backslide
  • How keeping a journal will help you succeed
  • Resources that can help you keep your determination high
  • Free e-zines to instruct and inspire you
  • Discussion groups and forums that can help you
  • How giving back to your community helps you deserve abundance

I have the ebook "Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary" it is great and packed full of valuable links. Thanks for everything. miamor

A few years ago, I worked in an office building that had a health club attached.

Beginning January 1st , the parking garage would be full, and cars would be lined up a half mile on the road side.

People would cruise around in their cars waiting for a close-in parking spot to open up so they could go in an exercise. I never quite got that!

This would last until mid-January—when everything would go back to normal.

The list of resolutions above are all very worthy endeavors.

It has been said, “If you keep doing what you are currently doing, you'll keep getting what you are currently getting.”

To break this cycle, you will need to change your approach. The tools in this book will help you succeed. If you will follow these principles, you'll never again make the same resolution twice. You'll be able to tackle the bigger obstacles and challenges in your life and then go on to the next, until you can say that you have what you want to have, and you have become who you want to be.

In order to make these principles work, you will need to take some action . Goal achievement is all about action—calculated, deliberate action. If you sow, you will reap.

Jim Rohn said,

“Life responds to deserve and not to need. It doesn't say, ‘If you need, you will reap.” It says, ‘If you plant you will reap.' The guy says, ‘I really need to reap.' Then you really need to plant.”

All successful people are highly goal oriented.

The one single most important factor in your future success will be how you implement your goal achievements.

If you earnestly follow the steps outlined in this book, you will achieve the extraordinary! And as you do, you will grow into an individual who deserves success, and will maintain that success forever.

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“Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary” is an inspiring book that enables the reader to realise that their dreams are achievable and can be accomplished. It is a fully descriptive process for help in achieving one’s dreams. “Change your approach, not your dreams” is an awesome statement. I like the way you have used examples to express your meaning and also many other resources to follow. Michelle Peterson, Professional Organizer (New Zealand)

Have you noticed how a plastic grocery bag acts by the side of the road? The wind from passing cars tosses it into the air according to the direction the car is traveling. The bag has no control of its movements; it travels by the external force of the air currents. It ends up where the wind determines.

We need not be subject to the winds of external forces. We have the freedom to choose our destinations. Don't we?

Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don't. We often allow ourselves to be swept along by life, rather than proactively choosing our paths. We need to passionately pursue what we want.

Early in our lives, we develop lofty dreams. Thoreau calls them “castles in the air.” We see ourselves becoming physicians, lawyers, famous authors, and we have many other beautiful dreams of happiness and achievement.

But, as life kicks us around a bit, we lower our expectations, and begin to settle for what we have become. We cede control like the plastic bag—tossed by the winds of adversity and challenge and deposited by the side of the road that would have led to our dreams.

Deliberate living
Jim Rohn has said,

"If you don't have a plan (goals) for what you want, then you will probably find yourself buying into someone else's plan and later find out that wasn't the direction you wanted to go. You've got to be the architect of your life."

Before the builders of a massive office structure begin construction, architects spend months in designing every detail. They discuss functionality, beauty, local ordinances and make detailed plans for the building's construction.

They produce blueprints that detail the physical structure, the ventilation and electrical systems. They consult with interior designers to create the finest arrangement for beauty and function possible.

Contrast that office building with a young boy building a tree house. He dreams of a place he can go to be alone-a secluded, secret place. He imagines a wonderful “castle in the air.” But, rarely do young men plan the details of such a structure. He may find a board and nail it up on a limb. Next, he finds some masonite, which he nails next to the board. As he finds materials, he adds them to his little structure. Without planning, his castle becomes less than a shack.

We do that with our lives. We take what comes, try to find a way to use it in our lives, and settle for what comes our way. Rather than planning what we will become, we settle for what comes to us.

We may have striven to reach our dreams and because of opposition and trial, chosen to give up on them.

Road Construction Analogy
If you were on your way to work and found barricades indicating that your usual route has been closed for construction, what would you do? Give up and go home? Go somewhere else? Of course not, you would find another route to your destination.

We will often find barricades blocking our way toward our dreams. But, too often we give up and find another destination. Rather than changing our dreams, I suggest that we should change our route to our dreams. Find another way to get there. Make a new plan. The blueprints may change, but the basis of our dreams need not.

We need not settle. We can live our dreams. We need a plan.

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David DeFord has studied personal development all of his adult life. Having discovered Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as a young man, he has read and put into practice many of the teachings of the greatest motivational teachers of our time.

A frequent and popular speaker, he has honed his talents over the years. His enthusiasm and passion lifts his audiences.

In 2003, David turned a disappointing job loss into a successful entrepreneur venture with Ordinary People Can Win. He publishes the website www.OrdinaryPeopleCanWin.com and its companion electronic newsletter. He also speaks to civic and service organizations as well as corporations and conventions regarding achievement, living with passion and compassion, giving back to the community, and living with integrity.

David has been married to the love of his life, Kathy, since 1972. They have four children, and several grandchildren. They actively participate in church and volunteer organizations.

Are you ready to make it happen?

Are you ready to stop settling for what you have and live your dreams?

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