Thursday, August 14, 2014

BUT, WHEN?! By Jamila Thomas

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Many times it is the WHEN question that will disturb and curve your enthusiasm for your vision. You will feel a tense sensation of wanting to move NOW because you think your vision is necessary. Well, I want you to embrace that feeling because your vision is needed now! The strategy you choose to implement your vision will determine the WHEN. Being anxious to move forward on your vision is a healthy sign that someone is waiting for you. The challenge is to be still enough to know WHEN you are suppose to move.

      For example, five years ago WHEN I implemented my 501c3 not for profit for young women, one of my inclinations was to speak in juvenile detentions centers.  The whisper that I received at that time was you are not ready yet. My first reaction was But, YES, I AM!. Needless to say, because I received that whisper I was obedient and didnt call the detention center. It wasnt time. I could have been destructive with my words had I visited a juvenile detention center and really wasnt ready. Fast forward 5 years later, I heard this whisper in my spirit, It is time to speak in juvenile detention centers.I picked up the phone, reached the exact person who handles volunteer speakers and a month later was I was speaking in the juvenile detention center.

      With our visions, we have to be obedient to the WHEN. Being obedient to your WHEN is listening to your internal voice that says, ok, it is timeor not yet. Move when your spirit says to move. Move even in those times when you think I dont have the resourcesbut your spirit is urging you to move. If you dont have the resources, you can at least write down what you think your move should be. This exercise will begin to open doors for you.

Are you ready to answer? When? NOW!

Connect with Jamila Thomas on Twitter @JamilaCThomas and to get more information about products and services visit Jamila online at jamilathomas.com

Staying Focused By Marita Kinney

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There are countless distractions throughout the day but staying focused is possible. We all have busy lives and sometimes we look crazy trying to juggle so many task. Multi-tasking is second
nature for most women, but it can also become our worse enemy. It can cause you to stretch yourself so thin, making it difficult to notice any progress in your efforts. We can find ourselves working, working, working, but nothing has changed other than your stress level. Yes! As your stress increases, you adapt it as your new normal. Stress becomes your way of life and so do your bad habits of creating distractions.

After coaching many clients about their career goals, lack of focus is among the most common road blocks that stand in their path to success. Have you ever wondered how some people accomplish so much with their time? I use to ask myself that question all the time. Then it dawned on me that all of us have 24 hours in a day. It wasn’t that I was wasting my time, I was merely mismanaging it. That means that I was doing a little bit of a lot every day. Gosh was I wrong. I had no idea that I’d actually be more productive if I focused on one task at a time. That should have been a no brainer right? Not when it comes to women who are used to multitasking incorrectly. If you give your energy and undivided attention to one task at a time, see if you notice a difference in what you’re able to accomplish every day. Of course I’m not suggesting that you discontinue doing multiple things. However it wouldn’t hurt to do one of those things for an extended period of time.
            If you’re struggling with staying focused here are some things that I’d encouraged you to try: 
  • Plan Your Day- In order to do this properly, ask yourself, “What are the things that I absolutely must accomplish in order to feel satisfied and productive?”
  • Prioritize- Consider putting the things that you dread doing at the top of your list of things to do. Often times this eliminates or decreases procrastination.
  • Main Focus- Decide what you’d like to spend the majority of your time doing. Instead of multitasking all things. Choose one thing or project to give your undivided attention towards. Consider spending 2-4 hours on your main focus.
  • Limit Distractions-   Distractions are everywhere, however becoming disciplined in this area could potentially free up several hours of your day. Email, personal phone calls, Facebook, television, and other guilty pleasures could be costing you crucial time. And for most of us, time is money.



The strategies mentioned may not be for your line of work, but is intended to be used as a guide in implementing whatever is useful for your particular purpose. Stay focused and you will be on your way to becoming the best you.

~Marita Kinney, BCC


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Quitting- Not an option By Trish Morrissette

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The challenge of yesterday is the creator of today's experience that forms tomorrow's success, so don't back out at the face of challenges.  ~Gendy O Mbah

People give up everyday.  CEOs quit leading.  Athletes quit working out. Sales people quit selling. Couples quit their marriages. People quit their diet, working out, and exercising.  They even quit "quitting smoking, drinking or clubbing" and decide to go back to that lifestyle. Nearly 80% of people who start a home-based business quit within the first year. Wow!!

They give up on their hopes, dreams, aspirations, desires…they give up on their future not knowing that the very thing that they’re giving up on is the very thing that would have allowed them to accomplish their dreams.  A little bit of work, a little bit of frustration, a little bit of challenges…and wala……  You got yourself the perfect recipe for success!!

I think about when I was first challenged to leave my full time job of teaching for 8 years to go into the insurance sales business.  I didn’t understand why God was leading me in this direction.  All I knew was that I had to be obedient.  I went into insurance sales and hated it!!  I made more money than I did working in the school system, but the desire and passion for the job was just not there.  I was just working for a paycheck….or so I thought!  Nevertheless, I worked in the field for about 6 months total until my time was up, and I was suppose to move on to starting my very own business…Professional Translations, Inc.- a translation company that translates to and from over 160 languages worldwide.  The thing about this was…I had no idea why God led me into insurance sales until I started my own business.  The training that I received while in insurance was everything that I needed to know in preparation of launching my own company!  How crazy is that!  You see…If I would have quit doing insurance all because I didn’t like it, I would have never gotten the preparation that I needed to launch my own company! 

Many people would have quit in the middle of that process.  They would have come up with every excuse in the world as to why they should leave.  Instead of thinking about why we should leave, it would be a great idea to start thinking of the reasons why we should stay.  There is always a purpose in the middle of that process.  Do you understand or even know what that purpose is, or are you more concerned about how you feel about the job right here and right now.  God has you there for a reason.  What is that reason?  What exactly are you suppose to get out of this entire process?  This is definitely something that we should be thinking about before making any quick decisions.

Also, think about it along this line.  Ok…. so your business is not making the amount of money that you want it to make.  You haven’t made all the right connections yet.  Your appointment book is looking really scarce.  Do you give up?  Or, does your hustle get stronger?  Measure your hustle.  How much time are you spending getting uncomfortable?  How much time are you spending by passing out your business cards?  How is your marketing campaign going?  What goals have you set on a weekly basis for adding new clients?  Do you have a process for how you plan to add those new clients?  If you don’t have an answer for the above questions, then the reality is, you shouldn’t be thinking about quitting; however, you should be thinking about creative ways to make your business work.  It will definitely work if you get out and work it!  Quitting should NOT be an option!

Once you know the REAL reason people quit, you will be able to protect yourself from quitting on your own dreams.  And you can help others from quitting on their dreams. Have you ever heard of extrinsic motivation? Neither had I. That is, until I started researching this information. I must say…it was eye-opening.  Extrinsic motivation is when you are motivated by external things, like money, recognition and rewards. Motivated by… "The check?"  "The status" "the  'in' crowd?" etc... Extrinsic motivation works…..  For a while….  About a minute anyway. You won’t stick around long enough to create any lasting wealth if you only have extrinsic motivation. Why? Well, if you don't get a big paycheck, you get frustrated and quit. But intrinsic motivation??? That's what keeps people going.

Intrinsic motivation is when you are motivated by inner things like purpose, passion and mission. People who are motivated intrinsically do not quit very easily. They stick. Sales jobs have the biggest turnover. It's all extrinsic motivation.  If you make the sale, you get the check and a pin, but that's it. Most sales managers don't care how you made the sale. They just reward you on the results. Will you be willing to work your business intrinsically….meaning, even if you didn’t get paid, you would grind and hustle until the dollars started flowing in.  Giving up is not even an option for you when you work your business intrinsically.  The passion makes it all worthwhile!

No matter what phase you are in, know that you are in this position for a reason.  There is purpose behind it whether you are on a job or have your own business.  Don’t give up on your purpose because it will soon cause you to live your passion. Hustle, grind…do what you got to do to make it happen.  In due time, you shall reap a harvest!

Connect with Trish Morrissette on Twitter @ladytrishm and to get more information about products and services visit Trish online atprofessionaltranslations-inc.com