Thursday, January 9, 2020

Incorporating Your Intuition Into Your Business Strategy By Vanessa Abron

When I first started my business, I must admit that I wasn’t the most confident.  I carried with me the checklist of shortcomings others passed down to me, and I often thought, “Am I really good enough to be doing this?”  I read business books and articles on how other moguls achieved their success, hoping to learn their formula and apply it to my business so I can replicate exactly what they did.  I had ideas in the back of my mind that I wanted to implement, and my intuition would tell me to do other things. I was hesitant because I was a new entrepreneur and I didn’t trust my gut.  My ideas weren’t proven, and the success of the popular business leaders seemed more effective.  

To guide me with the development of my business, I enlisted a few trusted business consultants to help me along the way.  I would tell them about a few of my ideas, and they enthusiastically encouraged me to pursue them. This shocked me, but yet I decided to take baby steps in implementing some of my business ideas.  Surprisingly, my initiatives were well received amongst the audience I was targeting, which ultimately gave me a sense of empowerment. To add to this momentum, I met a woman at a networking event and she told me that if I learned to trust my intuition more than I would be more successful.  

She said, “Your intuition is like your internal GPS.  Think about a time when you entered a location you were familiar with into your GPS, yet didn’t know how to get there from your current starting point.  As you got closer, the GPS tells you to turn left, but you know your destination is only a mile up. So, you ignore the GPS and keep straight. As you get closer, you realize that there was an accident that is now prohibiting you from reaching your destination.  Had you turned right, you would have avoided the accident and made it to your destination in a timely manner.”  

When she said this to me, it clicked.  While our intuition may not seem to make “logical” sense in a moment, it’s often guiding us to take the best road for our own personal journey.  After that conversation, I reflected on the numerous times I ignored my intuition and wished I hadn’t. I realized then that my intuition was ALWAYS right, despite what my friends and family said, despite what old work colleagues and supervisors said and despite my own apprehensions.  

Following my own intuition has now become my number one strategy and it’s yet to fail me.  If we really pay attention to the moguls, we will also see that they also gained their success by following their intuition.  Their now proven formulas were actually unproven until they decided to implement them. Trusting our gut is essential for us to reach our success because we all have a unique journey that no one else’s formula can dictate to us.  Therefore, if there’s an idea that you’ve been wanting to try but just doesn’t seem to make sense to everyone else, I encourage you to take a leap and try it out. It just may be the million-dollar idea the world is waiting on.

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New Year, New What? by Dr. Sharice Bradford

It seems as if every time the new year rolls around people go into the frenzy of make resolutions or lifestyle changes or commitments that they follow for the first few months of the year and then by the King holiday it is back to life as usual. I know I have done that more times than I care to admit, which is why I decided that resolutions were no longer for me. I got off the resolution hamster wheel and decided that there were a few things I could do differently to ensure success in the coming year.
Here are three things that I do now that have served me well and I hope they help you too.

1. Throw away the resolutions. Why do we make resolutions? Who started that trend and why have we for generations decided that that was what we needed to do to make lasting or meaningful change in our lives. Statistically, resolutions don’t work. Studies demonstrate that less than 25% of people who make resolutions stay committed to those resolutions beyond 30 days.  30 days!  While only 8% of people accomplish their resolutions. 

2. So instead of making a resolution, select a theme or word for the year. Last year my word was Manifestation. I wrote it down and I posted it everywhere, I even made it my screensaver. I made sure that all of my thoughts, actions, and ideas lined up with what I truly wanted to manifest in my life. Just like Shaft had a theme song, come up with your ‘theme’ word for 2020 and make sure that everything you do, focus on or desire is in alignment with your word for the year. Be intentional about how you move and watch your life align with your desire.

3. Stay focused. It can be difficult to stay on track and keep going. Life happens to all of us, whatever or however life happens don’t let the distractions keep you from accomplishing your goals for the year. Keep your theme word for the year in front of your mind at all times. Tape it to your mirror, make it your screen saver, place it in your wallet, make sure it follows you wherever you go. Take a break if you need to, make the necessary adjustments but keep your eyes on the prize and keep your ultimate goal in mind. If you focus on one word or theme for the year and align everything else in accordance with that word or theme it will be a lot easier to stay the course instead of attempting to track that list of resolutions you made in December.

As businesswomen and as Bosses it is important to make moves that ultimately set us up for success and not stress us out or make the process any more difficult than it has to be.

Welcome to 2020 a New Year and a New Opportunity to live the life of your wildest dreams and greatest manifestations. What is your word for 2020?  Next month I will share mine with you! 

Learn more about Dr. Sharice Bradford via her website at and follow her on Twitter @CoachSharice7