Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What’s in Your Toolbox? by Jena L. Bell

“When you realize that you truly “got this,” you can step out and move forward in ways you never dreamed possible.’ - Dr. Jena L. Bell

I love this quote because it became a powerful realization of mine during every period of elevation during my professional and entrepreneurial journey. At times I would find myself struggling, feeling uncertain about my abilities to excel at the new level. Maybe you too have experienced uncertainty at times. You get that new promotion or a new opportunity that you’ve been working for, sacrificing and putting in the effort to achieve. Then, when it happens, you are suddenly faced with self-doubt. Over time, you settle in and things start to fall into place but other times, self-doubt causes you to become stagnant and less motivated.

What I have found to be true over the years is that when this happens and it lingers for an unhealthy period of time, it’s because you have become disconnected from your true self. Frustrations and unhealthy negative thoughts have penetrated deep in the psychic and block your vision. When this happens, it’s time to pull out your toolbox. We all have one, we just need to be reminded to activate the most critical tool we have - sensory perceptions of who we are, who we have been designed to be, to whom we belong and what we inherently possess - our inherited gifts, talents, and unique skill set. These gifts and talents are not just things you do, they are your special tools, the essence of your treasure chest, bestowed on you to accomplish your purpose and impact the world as only you can.

What’s in Your Toolbox?

While there are many definitions and long thesis explaining the difference between gifts and talents, for our purposes, we will keep the definitions very simple. Let’s look at a gift as a special ability to do something while talents are inherited or learned abilities. We have both. You may have the ability to do certain things naturally, without much teaching or training. You may be a gifted leader. There are things that you do well because you were trained to do them. You may be a talented artist or engineer. Whatever unique gifts you hold, you can use them to create your path of abundance.

We often try to hide our gifts and talents because of what we believe others will think. If you had a special gift as a child but was teased about it, chances are you may have buried that gift. When those moments of uncertainty arise and self-doubt holds you, hostage, it’s time to unearth the toolbox and do an inventory of the toolset. Success leaves many clues around you. Look and observe past performances, look for even the smallest of wins. Behind every win is a success clue to your greatness. As you assess your past wins, you will be reminded of those times you overcame the biggest challenges or the obstacles that once seemed impossible. You will discover, “You Got This!”

If you struggle identifying your gifts or purpose or would like help deploying for greater business results, let’s Connect for a discovery call to see how I can best help.

Jena L Bell, Author, Mirror Affirmations, International Speaker and Founder, or Connect with Jena, Instagram, Linked-In, Facebook.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Deborah Allen

Millionaire childcare coach, Deborah Allen, is an entrepreneur at heart! She had successfully owned, operated & was Director of Little Lights Childcare Center for 10 years that earned 2 million. Her book “Fierce” birthed Fierce TV, Fierce Radio, Deborah Allen Ministries, Ladies Advocating Ministries International, Visionary Consulting & Group LLC.

What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
Entrepreneurship has definitely pulled, drawn and caught me again. This new business is actually a revision of my original dream. After 10 years of operating a childcare center the vision was altered and I closed my center. My greatest obstacles were getting back up again. I went back to corporate America and that was easier than all the work it took me to build my own business. Obstacles are always present but they cannot stop destiny. God put me in a position that made me start building again. It took 4 years of reflection, growth, and soul searching. As a woman, I have to juggle family, marriage, ministry, pastoring, finances and work. However, the sacrifice is worth it!

What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
I’ve served as Executive Director of our non-profit L.A.M. Ministries Inc. since 2001. This office was key to me becoming Director of Little Lights Childcare & Learning Center. There was a need for a director and I fitted perfectly into the slot. This experience has given me proven tools and strategies in business management, marketing and monetizing. I specialize in ensuring clients are left with all the resources to help them with retention, parent involvement, and overall center success. Visionary Coaching & Consulting Group LLC motto is: “Seeing your words come to life…” We pride ourselves in being fully committed to each of our clients. Our goal & focus is to give professional, developmental and creative concepts. VCCG entire team assists our clients by providing visionary planning techniques, dynamic coaching seminars, and revolutionary entrepreneur training while focusing on leadership, integrity, and purpose. We offer Childcare Coaching, Author Coaching, Pastor Coaching, Ministry Coaching, Training, Conference, & Motivational Speaking.

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

Balance is key and it’s not easy! My greatest source is God. This is a season of grace and teamwork. I strive to balance my time. I give it my all and where I fall short God covers me in grace. I stay before God and he gives me balance, wisdom and grace. God is my source because he helps me not to be overwhelmed.

What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
It’s a quote that I penned for Deborah Allen Ministries “When walking in purpose, fiercely walk in divine authority.” We are built for the battle. We must hold on, remain and be strong in our everyday life. WE ARE FIERCE!

Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
I have been blessed with awesome teachers throughout my life. As well as my pastor, Bishop Glen Allen Sr, has been a great source of encouragement unto me. He has spoken prophetically into my life, encouraged, strengthened, prayed and cheered me to pursue my purpose.

What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
I must honestly admit that my must-have is God. Without God, I can do nothing and he’s my ultimate source. My family and church are a must-have too.

What is your definition of a BOSS? To me a BOSS is relentless. We never give up and are without excuse. I work and believe that no one can outwork us for we get the job down! BOSS MOVES

Provide us with two words that describe you? 
“Fiercely Determined”.

Learn more about Deborah at Website: Twitter: @ladydeballe