Sunday, December 15, 2019

Welcome To The Goal Digger Club by Jacqueline Miller

Six Easy Steps To Greater Success

I am an unapologetic goal digger.

Well, how about we swap out the word "digger" for "setter?"

However, you get the picture.

Yes, I am an advocate of goal setting, strategy sessions, and vision boards, too.

In the words of the world-renowned writer, Lewis Carrol, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

No matter where you are in your life journey, whether you're a Gen Z or Baby Boomer, working mom or single and satisfied, it is my belief that establishing goals for your future is a worthwhile process and is a beneficial use of your time.

Many people spend more time mapping out what they are going to eat or wear next week than they do being focused on their short or long-term financial budgets, career and relationship goals, or health & wellness and personal development plans.

There's no doubt that many people are simply reluctant to establish goals.

But why?

1. Some feel that if they set goals, it forces them to stick with them no matter what. When, in fact, goals are editable and transferrable. Hell, life happens, and often these events require us to remove, add, and shift things that were once must-do items.

2. Whatever you do, don't confuse goals with New Year's resolutions. The latter typically are not as succinct, are vague, are often random thoughts on December 31, and are tanked and forgotten about by January 31.

As is the case with every decision you make in life, to create goals or not to create goals is an individual decision. However, those who establish them consistently generally speak highly of their usefulness, year after year.

If you have never taken the time to establish goals or are currently struggling to define them (clarity is essential to the process), here are six easy steps to greater success, simply by joining the Goal Digger Club.

K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sis!)
Start small. Many people find themselves throwing in the towel in defeat when they attempt to go big, fail, and then want to go home. If you have a big goal, take the time to break it into smaller ones. Baby steps allow you to move at a pace that you are comfortable with and provide you with the opportunity to scratch off more tasks from your list. Progress trumps speed, as long as you are moving closer to your goal in the reasonable timeframe that you have established.

H-E-L-P : A Cool 4-Letter Word
Very few people are capable of achieving their goals on their own. There is no shame in seeking the assistance of someone more skilled in an area than you are. No matter what your goals are, there is likely someone available to not only assist you but to help you with time management as you work toward achieving them. Why reinvent the wheel when a particular subject matter is not within your wheelhouse? That's crazy! Billionaire Malcolm Forbes once said, "The Dumbest People I Know Are Those Who Know It All."

There are coaches, mentors, advisors, and specialists available to be a resource for you. One of the primary reasons so many people give up on their goals is an unwillingness to admit that they can't complete the process alone. That revelation leads to frustration, which leads to procrastination, which leads to stagnation. Anything worth having in life requires effort.

Consistency is Key
Commitment requires consistency. If you are serious about this process and are genuinely determined to achieve your goals, you have to be "all in." Whether it's an hour a day or every other day, you decide. But be consistent and be thoroughly committed to your progress. Some action is better than none, especially if you are new to the process of goal setting. Think of where you could be now if you had begun last year this time. However, on a brighter note, think of where you'll be next year if you remain committed now.

Success May Require Shifts
One of my very first coaches told me "You have to be more committed to your results than your resistance." This meant that I needed to be flexible. I needed to be willing, able, and aware of when I needed to pivot. Shift the time, pivot way from a particular person, or idea. Switch gears if you discover that a goal you have set will make more sense in 2021 vs. now. Again, these are your goals, and no one should want to witness your success more than you.

How You Doing?
Who's giving you feedback, and who is holding you accountable? No matter how much of a boss we may be, everybody needs at least one person in their life to have honest conversations with. People who will candidly differentiate your reasons from your excuses. Yes, call you out on your stuff, but also present to cheer you on across your goal line. Nothing beats having a supportive celebration circle in your life, even if it consists of only one reliable soul. Quality beats quantity anytime.

Visualize It

You've drafted your goals, now what? Consider creating a vision board that will be a reflection of some or all of your goals. Your board will serve as a daily visual reminder of your goals and your dreams. A document consisting of your goals is great; however, a vision board will almost bring your goals to life. In addition, your boards can be edited, just as your goals can be. Seeing a board each day that you created can also serve as motivation to keep going.

If living your best life matters to you, there is no way you can be without goals. A “throw it up against the wall and hope it happens” mindset is not a strategy. At a minimum, it is a recipe for disaster and disappointment. And you, boss lady, are worthy of more than that.

Jacqueline Miller is a certified life coach, speaker, author, grief support facilitator, writer and career and leadership consultant for working moms. A former senior human resources executive, she is also skilled in helping leading-edge organizations boost their success factor, by delivering essential business and soft skills training workshops, designed to cultivate a workforce of high-performing talent.

Follow her on Twitter @mogulmomdujour

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT: BOSS Top 40 Business Stars Of 2019


2019 is coming to a close and it seemed only right to highlight some amazing women, who represent leadership, excellence and support the BOSS mission. 

This list highlights businesswomen, who inspire us by taking destiny into their own hands. They are leaders and change agents for the next generation of bosses. We salute them in all their greatness as they continue to make BOSS moves. Follow these bosses!
Dr. Syleecia
Felicia Cook
Sha'Meca Oliver@IamShaMecaLatai
Shirley Ann
Suvondal Taylor@LoyaltyCos
Syleena Johnson@Syleena_Johnson
Sylvia Duncan@LifeDetoxCoachwww.theduncanapproach
Tina Knowles

To learn more about the BOSS network visit us and join at The BOSS Network is a women's networking organization dedicated to highlighting, connecting, and empowering professional women and entrepreneurs while creating opportunities for growth through networking beyond events. The BOSS Network was named by as one of the Top 10 Best Career and Entrepreneurial Sites for Women. listed as a Top Website for Entrepreneurs.

Will you be a shining business star next year? #TheBOSSNetwork

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Don’t be Messy: Declutter Your Business Model By Alexie Young


Imagine your business as if it were a closet. How organized would you say it is? Sometimes when you’re a creative business mind, you come up with so many ideas for your business that you feel you should pursue each one and sometimes it's hard to decide what to pursue. I recently had an experience where I wanted to get really clear about my strategic plan for next year and realized that I had to call in a consultant to help me sort through all the noise in my head. 

Tip #1 Consult With An Expert Other Than Yourself!
If you're a boss then it's very likely that people often come to you for your expertise. However, when it's time to get yourself organized it could be overwhelming to sort through all the elements of your business you plan to keep, toss, or tackle. Your best bet is to call in an expert to help you tidy up your strategic plan. Your first task is to have your consultant help you focus on three areas you want to give consistent attention to. Challenge yourself to stay on task! 

Tip #2  Prioritize New Ideas! 
When an idea strikes it can sometimes feel like a bolt of lightning and you might feel a sense of urgency to execute. Sometimes new ideas can get you off track and distract you from what is most effective for your business: pick a product or service, perfect the production of it and be consistent. Often times businesses neglect new ideas if they feel it didn’t work. Perhaps it was low attendance for an event, low sales for a product, and entrepreneurs feel an urgency to shift gears to launch another idea.  It is often more rewarding to master a few things instead of spreading your business too thin. As for your new ideas, write them down and pick one of them to experiment within the year. Your goal should be to measure the outcome of your consistency, not the volume of producing new ideas.

Tip #3  Be Mindful About New Partnerships!
Sometimes when you’re running a business successfully it may attract individuals that have a high interest in working with you. Oftentimes, it may make sense to partner with people who have good intentions, but sometimes partnerships can get you off track and deter you from sticking to your strategic plan. Give yourself permission to be selective about what you give your time to. You may be asked to sit on panels, model for someone's clothing brand, be featured on a podcast, and beyond. Make sure that whatever you say yes to. it should have a clear connection to your business and that it highlights you in the best way possible. Stick to your plan and survey your results.

Learn more about Alexie:  Instagram @invizioncolorzinc

Friday, December 6, 2019

Three Mistakes Blocking Your Revenue by Dr. Jena L. Bell

We are just days away from a new year of abundance.  Are you ready to breakthrough and play all out like never before and explode your revenue?  In order to play all out, you must be willing to show up in your brilliance.  

As women, we sometimes unconsciously block our own abundance by focusing on the wrong things or wrong people and in doing so, we mute our brilliance. What I have come to learn is that in muting our brilliance, we block our revenue-generating potential and business sustainability.  

Recent studies show that women represent the fastest-growing segment of new entrepreneurs,  58% since 2007. Women employ over 9.2 million people and generate, get this,  over $1.8 trillion in revenue. But, as impressive as these numbers look, this revenue only accounts for 4.3% of the total revenue from the private sector suggesting, women are capable of generating unprecedented revenue levels, but far too many are still struggling to generate even $100k in their businesses. Without revenue, businesses are not sustainable. Thereby hurting their chances of achieving financial independence for their families.

In studying successful women entrepreneurs and working with clients around the globe, what I have learned is the biggest factor holding women back from achieving massive success has to do with what women believe about themselves! Yes, you got it, it’s the belief systems that hold your revenue potential hostage and lead to these three big mistakes:   

Mistake #1  The Comparison Loop. Comparing your journey to someone’s success and believing tearing other women down is required. 

Mistake  #2  Forgo Syndrome. Forgoing what’s really important to you in order to please others or meet someone’s expectations. 

Mistake #3  Dependency Cycle. Relying on a 9-5  mentality and expecting to achieve financial independence. 

Surprising as these are, the great news is that they are OVERCOME-ABLE! YES, you can overcome these factors by unlocking your brilliance and recognizing who you are, your value and worth.  

Here are my 3 secrets  to unlock your brilliance :

Secret #1 Take Control of Your Time Without having to sacrifice everything that is important to you. Control that which you can control. 

Secret #2 Walk Boldly without worrying about naysayers and other people’s opinions that don’t matter. 

Secret #3 Do What You have been Purposed To Do without sacrificing your value and worth.

Once you have these 3 factors running the way you want, you can begin to unleash your brilliance and turn on your revenue potential. 

Overcoming these mistakes take bold new strategies in 2020  and systems in your business once you decide to play all out. 

Play all out in 2020 and ignite your revenue-generating ability!

If you are struggling in your business and are ready to Play All Out, let’s Connect for a revenue potential strategy call to see how I can best help you. 

Jena L Bell, Mirror Affirmations, International Speaker, Founder, Purpose on the Rise Global Tour, Pathways to Abundance & Living In The Overflow Podcast. Follow at, InstagramLinked-In,  Facebook.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Be True and Authentic To Yourself by Deborah Allen

Entrepreneurship is the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. Entrepreneurship in this season of time has continually been on the rise and popular. People really like the look and benefits of being their own boss. I’ve had over ten years of experience in this and have become extremely acquainted with the flow and risk of being an entrepreneur.

Never the less, I truly know that uniqueness, originality, and authenticity sells and is very attractive. No one can do you better than you. Why do you think being authentic is profitable? It’s profitable because we are living now in a very visual and connected world. We all have so many voices and images that we hear and see especially on social media. Because of this and all the exposure, we have its hard to be true to you. If you not conscience and careful you will mimic and copy what others do because it appears to be working. So many things are influencing us and it can make it hard to be you. Firstly as an entrepreneur, you must know the vision for your business. You set the tone and standard for the business or businesses that you start-up and operate. It's critical that you be true to your dream and DNA or it will die. This is a time where you must know who you are and the vision you have for your business.

This business of being an entrepreneur involves great risk and you have to be willing to take the risk in order to be successful. But you have to be wise and risk what you know and what works for you and not someone else. You must and authentic or it could cost you everything. There is no one else that is like you and has your uniqueness and that defining quality is marketable and precious. Do not steal, reinvent or run your business by someone else plan or vision. It will fail mainly because it will not speak to you. Also, you will not have the know-how to make it grow because it’s not you. You will be a counterfeit to your customers, clients, staff, and self. Trust me that you also will not be able to be inspired by what is not truly you or yours. You will not have a clear plan, or path to breathe life into your business when you don’t see the total scope of where you going and how you need to get there.

Being fake kills your creativity and stops you from thriving. But staying on your course and being authentically you just grow. You will never run out of ideas or stop being innovative when you tap into your true self. Your business will flourish, and be prosperous. Not only that your company will be a place where things grow and manifest into the greatness of your dreams.

Learn more about Deborah at 
Twitter: @ladydeballen

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

How I Raised $10k In Two Months: Sponsorship Tips By Alexie Young

Last June I launched the first annual Art West Gallery Tour on the Westside of Chicago! Most people had no idea there were a variety of beautiful galleries available “Out West” and it was my first shot to debut a tour that would reshape the sad perception of Chicago’s beloved Westside. Imagine an art-crawl-day-party touring through North Lawndale, and East Garfield Park to explore the arts and culture spaces like the MLK Exhibit Center, Legendary Art Gallery, and 345 Art Gallery. Our budget of $10k is what made our event successful and it took a little over two months to raise that amount from sponsors. 

Nearly a year ago, I reached out to the founder of the BOSS Network, Cameka Smith, and I asked her what was the best way to acquire sponsors for an event. Her response was “It’s all about relationships.” I spent some time pondering what relationships I already had and the ones that I need to develop in order to get the support of the vision. If you’re fresh into hosting events for here are helpful tips to prevent you from dipping into your personal funds.

Tip #1 Find a fiscal agent!
The truth about some sponsors is that they want to support you, but sometimes they simply can’t if your business is for-profit. Some agencies only give funds to non-profit businesses. There’s a way around it. Find yourself a fiscal agent whom you trust to allow your sponsors to write a check intended for your event that will be received by your fiscal agent. I found a reputable organization that was a 501c3 entity. They supported my vision and signed a partnership agreement. I paid 10% in admin fees so they could handle all the tax-deductible funding that we received for the tour. Moving forward I can now afford to file my own 501c3. Nevertheless, this allowed us to receive fairly large amounts of sponsored funding from large agencies without actually being a non-profit at the time.

Tip #2 Write the vision and make it plain!
Draft a solid sponsor letter. You can find examples of sponsor letters on the internet. Find one that you can use as a template. Make sure it includes a clear vision of what you are trying to accomplish, how many people it will impact and how it aligns with the mission of their brand. Companies allocate funds for giving each year, so make your ask enticing for them.

Tip #3  Follow a process when approaching sponsors!
Create a list of people you can directly contact you may take interest in sponsoring your event. Find a person that you have a relationship with that could be a resource. 

Create a spreadsheet of the contacts and stages of your ask. For example, keep a note of your points of contact, scheduled meetings, submission of the sponsor packet, received a response, and accepted funds. 

Learn more about Alexie:  Twitter @invizioncolorzinc