Saturday, October 24, 2015

What Are You Waiting For? By: LaTasha West

I was in McDonald's, I'm sure that you are familiar with their menu: burgers, fries, chicken sandwich,Filet o fish. That pretty much sums up the options. The menu has remained consistent for about the last 20 or so years, but for some reason the person ahead of me just could not decide what to order. Is that you?  Does it take you an extended period of time to make a seemingly simple decision? Are you the person who needs to weigh the pros and cons and then weigh the pros and cons of the prosand cons?

This process is somewhat acceptable when making a life altering decision, however if you are doing this before you decide on something as simple as what to wear for dinner, chances are you are a procrastinator.Procrastination is a form or fear and lack of confidence which will quickly kill your dreams and plans.Normally people think procrastination is putting off doing something until a later time, which is true,however procrastination can take on many different forms.

Here are some the most common ways people procrastinate:

-Always busy but getting nothing accomplished. You have 4 open projects, yet it's been 3 months and have not launched one. You are self sabotaging. Focus & complete a task.

-You have to look at all of the possible outcomes, every one that you can think of, before you decide. News flash, nothing is foolproof, you might still get it wrong. Stop thinking & move. If you make a mistake learn from it and start again.

-You need more research. How long do you need to study the market? By  the time you decide to jump in the trend will have moved on without you. Trust yourself. If you are wrong, see above.

-It's just not the right time. Well tell me this, when is the right time? I'll wait for an answer. Exactly!

There is no perfect time. Never has been. Never will be. Stop waiting & move before you miss your moment.The state of indecision will not only drive you crazy it will stifle your growth. To be successful you will have to take some risk. You are intelligent enough to make a decision. Trust yourself. Move from your gut and go!

The Author

LaTasha West is the CEO of West International Business Solutions LLC. She is a certified Small Business Development Coach, a passionate speaker, the founder of The Next 100 Project, co-author of The Entrepreneur Within You 3 (book) and creator of the First Impressions Customer Service and Soft Skills training program. Known as an innovative and creative business strategist, she has helped numerous small businesses expand their playing field.

   Connect with LaTasha West on Twitter &
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Empowerment Catalyst" Shana Naylor

Shana NaylorCharismatic, encouraging, giving, loyal, educated, and inspiring, these are just a few words to describe Shana Naylor. A confident woman walking in her purpose, passionately carrying out her mission to empower single mothers worldwide. The founder of “The Real Single Moms Club”. Their motto is Redefining the Image of Single Moms.

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? 

SN: Hands down overcoming Fear and not feeling worthy of the task.  Fear of failure, fear of what people would think and say, how would this look if I failed? I had no idea where to start.  I kept thinking, now exactly how I this supposed to happen.  At each level of success there comes a different fear factor but through this, I have learned to identify what it is and that fear is only a distraction of the enemy to keep me from living my best life. 

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?  

SN:struggled with overcoming guilt and shame of being a single mom.Through my involvement with women’s organizations and attending empowerment sessions, I received a renewed sense of strength and saw unimaginable possibilities. I realized that other single moms needed someone to encourage them to be #MoreThanAMom  

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you  been able to find a balance? 

SN: When God gives you a vision, it’s easy to get in grind mode and never come up for air butI am always stressing to other’s how important it is to have Me Time, therefore in order to live by example, I am getting better at adding things to my calendar even my personal appointments.  But it is a challenge.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by? 

SN: "All things are possible if you believe."

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way? 

SN: I have been blessed with some amazing mentors, Sonya Sloan,Dee Marshall and Zenovia Andrews. 

BN: What are your "Must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?                                       

SN: My inspiration is my Babygirl.  A team that shares the vision, mentors that are 20 steps ahead of me, a calendar, a journal and a glass of wine!! 

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

SN: A woman that impressively balances all areas of her life and isn’t afraid to take on new endeavors. Her greatest asset is that she isn’t afraid to teach others the game.  

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Monday, October 19, 2015

The Struggle Is Real: Conquering Your Fears & Believing In Your Gifts By: Lauren A. Smith


We all have slight anxiety when trying something new. Training for your first 5K, moving to a new city, entering a new relationship, going back to school…all examples of things that may produce anxiety. Your thought is to be successful. What can sometimes make “spreading your wings” difficult, is when you have others who will attempt to affix their fears onto your shoulders…especially those who may be close to you, or those who you expect support from. It can be very easy to fall into a trap of second guessing yourself, which is why the struggle to be great is very real. Here are a few things to remember.

1. Your gifts are very real. It’s an amazing feeling when you finally establish what your purpose is. Working in your gifts is also one of the best feelings in the world. Focus on “the gifts” - ALWAYS. You have chosen this path for a reason, and the more you work in the space that was created for you, the more your gifts will make room!

2. Expect for people to have “something to say”. Support is great; kind words are encouraging; congratulatory messages are absolutely awesome. However, know that naysayers aren’t too far behind. It could very well be a situation where you are doing something that someone else
never had the courage to undertake; that’s not your issue. If you can remember that compliments shouldn’t go to your head, and criticism shouldn’t go to your heart, you will be able to push through!

3. It’s either fear or faith; there is no room for both. Fear is crippling, and will paralyze you into thinking that you won’t achieve what you desire. Faith, and a strong belief in your abilities, will stomp out fear when fear tries to rear its ugly head. You will make mistakes; you may even get
discouraged from time to time. In those moments, find a way to encourage yourself! What’s more important; your fear or your faith?

Not everyone is privy to your behind-the-scenes story, yet some may be inspired by your diligence. There’s always someone watching, and your example of not giving up is all it may take to inspire another person. Remaining positive is the key to being able to survive. My Parents used to often tell me as a child “your attitude determines your altitude”. I didn’t know at the time that this would be    something that I would live by, and that this would be the one phrase that would always force me “check myself”. It’s absolutely true; the way you think will ultimately determine how far you will go. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone in the struggle to be great, and remember going forward that “whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right!” (quote by Henry Ford).