Friday, March 10, 2017

Just One Percent of Effort Will Change the Course of Your Life by Sylvia Duncan

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In my last two blog posts, I told you that hopelessness is a dream killer, I also gave you tips to know when and how this dream killer will hold you captive.  This month we’ll discuss how to take back your life.

I talk often about my childhood and how I grew up in a violent home.   And, some of you may be “over” hearing me talk so much about the adversity I experienced, and that’s ok.  I’m ok with it because, I know why I do it; I do it for two reasons, I do it to let you know that your past can and will affect your future, and I do it to motivate me to change.  Because adversity, not just domestic violence, but any adversity can and will alter your life in a way that will have you questioning “What the hell happened!?, Why are you where you want to be in your life?”  So, I continue to tell my story to let you know that, it isn’t you, it’s your reaction to what you experienced. 

Because what you experienced, left behind toxic, self-damaging behaviors such as; low self-esteem, lack of confidence and fear that have kept you stuck.  For example, you didn’t finish school because you didn’t think you were smart enough.  You didn’t apply for that job or seek that promotion because you didn’t think you qualified.  You were afraid to start the business so, you remained on a job you hated.  All toxic, self-limiting and self-sabotaging behaviors.

And I know what that’s like, that’s why I keep telling my story.  Like the man lying at the pool, waiting for someone to do for him, what Jesus told him to do for himself, “pick up your bed and walk” (John 5:6-8) ; I was spending my days waiting for something to happen for me, all the while, time was ticking away.  And, like that man at the pool who laid there for 38 years complaining that no one would help him, I stayed shackled by the toxic behaviors created by my past, complaining about the course my life had taken, instead of making things happen for myself.  And, that’s what I’m saying to you today, “Pick up your bed and walk!” Get up and do something!

Do Something

Yes, just one percent of effort will change the course of your life, but you must make the effort.  Instead of spending time reliving the pain of the past in a way that keeps you from creating the life you desire, let it be motivation for change.   Time is indeed ticking away and each day you spend stuck behind the bars of a “mental cell” you create, by indulging the toxic behaviors caused by your past, is less time you’ll have to create your destiny.  Hear me when I say this: “Reliving the pain of the past is a worthless activity”, the only things you’ll create are excuses and paralyzing fear that keeps you from moving forward into a productive, purposeful life.  However, using the past to motivate you to change is beneficial to your future.  Now…Get Up and Do Something.

Grace and Peace,

Sylvia Duncan, 
The Life Detox Coach, Author, Speaker 
www.sylviaduncan.com

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The SMART Strategy For Goal Setting by Pat E.Perkins, CPPC

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The S.M.A.R.T. strategy for goal setting by Pat E. Perkins
Goal setting is often referred to as the “secret” for most successful people in the world. Well, it can be very challenging to define the goals that inspire you and to hold yourself accountable to what we truly want in life.  This is why each year I sit down and write out the goals I desire to achieve in the coming year and then develop an intentional plan of action to fulfill them.  This takes something, but it’s completely worth it.
At the end of each quarter, I hold a quarterly goals review and look back over my accomplishments. When I actually see what’s been completed, that which I couldn’t see as even possible just a few months earlier is motivating.  There are many methods to use for creating goals. I use the SMART goal method to develop both personal and professional goals and so do many other successful people who want to experience their desires come to fruition. Here’s the detailed method:
#1: Specific – Goal clearly states what is to be accomplished in terms of end result. This may include the Who, What, Where, Why and When.
#2: Measurable – Goal clearly states the level of accomplishment of the end result. You are able to track the progress and measure the outcome.
#3: Attainable – The goal should is ambitious, but achievable. Goals may ask for improvement over past performance and/or are based on facts, analysis, and knowledge.
#4: Relevant & Remarkable – Make sure the goal is consistent with other objectives you have established and fits with your short-term and long-range plans. They should be realistic, yet challenging.  In other words, develop a stretch goal that moves your out of your comfort zone.
#5: Time-bound – Results will be accomplished within a certain period of time.  Short-term and long-term objectives are differentiated in specific time measures and deadlines and milestones serve as the basis for evaluation of progress for short-term review cycles.  Such as every 30, 90 or 180 days.
The bottom-line: Developing goals is a way to take SMART consistent action on a daily basis and help you fulfill on what you truly want in life. Don’t go without them.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” ~Tony Robbins
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Money Coach" Cozette M. White

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Cozette M. White, inspires individuals to live in purpose, embrace passion and achieve personal greatness through a balance in work and life. She is the Founder and CEO of My Financial Home Enterprises, a financial management firm helping entrepreneurs and organizations develop solutions that fuel business growth and transform products into accelerating profits. A leading authority on personal finances and business strategies, White’s advice has been called upon by ABC and FOX television stations. She has been featured on the radio, Black Enterprise, Women of Wealth Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Huffington Post and countless newspapers across the country. Women of Wealth dubbed White, “Wealth Builders Extraordinaire” and she is a recipient of The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award under Barack Obama.

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

 Cozette M. White: The biggest obstacle that I encountered in the start-up of my business was implementing and developing online self-pace courses for my clients.

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

CW: I was mentored by my high school teacher, Mrs. Paramore. I can remember vividly having a conversation with her about my future dreams and aspirations. She insisted that I take an elective course, in which she instructed. It was during this period that Mrs. Paramore inspired me to explore a career in the field of Accounting/Finance.

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

CW: I find balance in my personal and professional life by taking time to pamper me. I typically take getaway trips to unwind from it all.

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

CW: One inspirational quote that I live by is“You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

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

CW: I have several influential people or mentors that have helped or encouraged me along the way. I’ve looked to these individuals for guidance in numerous ways. One person in particular that encouraged me to venture on this journey that I’ve been riding is Ms. Ky Smith. I remember sitting in her salon chair getting my hair done and we began discussing several things – speaking opportunities, expanding my existing business and leveraging opportunities that would position me for leaving a legacy.

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

CW: I must continuously engage in personal development activities that propel and contribute to my individual growth. In addition, I must continuously invest in a coach.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS? 

CW: My definition of BOSS is being in control of my life and having realistic expectations about the day-to- day challenges which are perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life. No one is in control of my happiness; therefore, I have the power to change anything about myself and my life that I choose to change.


Be sure to follow Cozette M. White on Twitter @cozettemwhite Check out her products and services at www.myfinancialhome.com




Before You Walk Away by Michelle Small

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So you think it is time?  Time to “Just Do It”, Time to “Just Jump”!  Time for full-time
ENTREPRENEURSHIP! 

Recently, I read an impassioned writing by a young woman giving her thoughts regarding
“4 Reasons To Quit Your Job To Be An Entrepreneur”. 

Oh, how I wish I could sit down with her over coffee, my treat, of course, to discuss her four points:  


1. Recognition and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
“Yes, you want respect. You want to feel validated in a way thus far robbed by the corporate world or 
regular day-to-day job you live in.”  

Well, my dear, the first person that needs to recognize, respect and acknowledge your accomplishments is YOU!  If you are needing validation now, you will find yourself chasing it for a long time.  Focus on walking out your destiny, then the recognition will come.  There is no greater respect than self-respect!

2. Control
“Most entrepreneurs finally take the plunge when they become sick and tired of not controlling their own destiny."

Control or do you mean “decision making”?
In entrepreneurship, yes the decisions are all yours!  Right, wrong, or indifferent the buck stops with you.  But, if it is actually ‘control’ you believe you have, think again. The new master and overseer of Control are called “Time”.

3. Freedom
"Wouldn't it be nice to work from the beaches of Costa Rica or the slopes of Aspen? Owning your own business – you can do pretty much whatever you want; whenever you want! "

Wow!  This does sound great!  But, back to Time…You must master Time, or Time will master you.
Yes, you have the freedom to work from the beaches of Costa Rica, but most likely your computer is with you to conference call back to the U.S.

With Freedom comes responsibility!  Responsibility is called Time-Management!

4. Financial Rewards
"Goodness – lest we forget the money and financial opportunities. Do you realize there is no better way to create wealth for yourself than by being an entrepreneur?"

Now, THIS is true. Before you Jump, do your due diligence:

 Research - Identify your competitors; what makes you unique in this field?

 Personal Expenses - Along with rent, utilities, food, clothing, etc., be sure to factor in the costs of
health and life insurance provided by your current employer.

 Business expenses - Along with your personal expenses, you will need money for the business.

 Identify Potential Partners - Who is your Tribe? Don’t try to go it alone.  You need people--the
right people.

 Consider Your Strengths and Weaknesses – Honest assessment.  If you have trouble identifying them, ask somebody.

 Consider your work habits - Do you enjoy working on your own? Do you get lonely without others?

Entrepreneurship does offer a number of benefits.  Yet, with greater freedom, financial rewards, control, and respect greater responsibility!  

Remember, what you walked away from may not be where you left it if you need to go back.

Learn more about Michelle via her website at Courageousmi.com and follow her on Twitter
@courageousmi, on Instagram @courageousmi50