To live by choice, not by chance;
to make changes, not excuses;
to be motivated, not manipulated;
to be useful, not used;
to excel, not compete.
I choose self esteem, not self pity.
I choose to listen to my inner voice,
not the random opinions of others.
I choose to be what God says I can be, not what others may have told me in the past.
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“Be prepared to find blessings coming to you from situations and circumstances which may at first appear to be the opposite.
Learn to look for the blessing.”
I have been coaching, training, and speaking at events all over the world the last 15 years. Much moreso the last 6 years. It is amazing the many tragic events that have come thru my life, where I have thought, for a moment, “Why God, Why Me? Why not _____? You picked the wrong person, I am not this strong”…..
And through that, staying close to God, praying and questioning Him *many* times (I promise! I ask, fight, argue, cry, whine! lol All the above!)
Then He will bring something in front of me, someone who needs something, a speaking engagement not for money (sometimes yes, sometimes not), but for spiritual, where I *get the opportunity to* help and be of service to others……
But it is in those moments, not that it makes it all better….
It never does……but He shows me, how, *simply me* can help someone else, and make a difference for good in *their* life. People come to me after, they text me, they private message me, they call me, they hug me, they cry with me, they tell me how they got saved, or grew closer to God……And I realize……*My Why* and why He allowed it.
It don’t take the hurt and pain away, don’t make it perfect…..but it DOES make me feel better, makes me *see* the difference I am being able to make in my *dash* while I am here on this earth.
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This came up again recently in talking w a few people….so I thought I would *talk* about it here –
When I hear people say ‘treat it as a business not a hobby, if you treated it as a business you’d find time’
(granted I agree, to a point) — for me, I was not treating my business as a hobby, I have always treated my *business as a business*, I am very professional, honest, ethical, etc in my business….. and have always worked it consistently for almost 25 years being self employed (25 web & graphic design, branding & marketing, 15 years speaking, coaching and training, 15 years in my Networking Luncheons business, 15 years in my greeting cards and gifting business, etc), BUT I have had a job at times as well, also own a few non-profits, had a husband for a long time and homeschooled my kids, and I was not going to neglect my family *in order to build a business*…..I designed and started my businesses to ENHANCE my family.
Others have said even build it so you can spend more time w your family later, which makes sense “to a point” ….but also I’ve seen many “lose” their marriage and/or kids during that process (and I did make that mistake some when I was younger, and sometimes still do, I have always been a *work-a-holic* but I also absolutely LOVE what I do, so it is not like work), and as I have experienced a few years ago, what if your spouse or child is not *here* one day? so….. then what was it worth????? Make SURE you don’t *neglect* them to build now totally, and plan for later, cuz you might not have a later with them….
My number one focus is FAMILY
but still being consistent in business at the same time…..
You have to learn to schedule…..too much of anything, good or bad, can become a bad thing….so you need to schedule your job, your spiritual time, your personal time, your business time, your spouse time, your kids time, etc, if it is not scheduled, you probably won’t make time for it, and you must be flexible of course as well – and to a point you can work your business around your personal life too….
CONSISTENCY is the KEY, a little bit or a lot a bit, every day, every week, every year, with out giving up…..remember your WHY you started it in the first place, WHY you are doing it and what you want out of it or from it……that is one of the things that has helped me
Relax more, worry less, and live and enjoy the moment.
I am learning to do this more and more all the time.
It is important to HUSTLE and make a difference in the world, do better for yourself and your family.
But it is ALSO just as important, if not more important, to spend TIME (=LOVE) with those you love and build those RELATIONSHIPS, because one day, money or not, those are what you will have.
Build relationships, keep that your focus, friends and family and clients and customers – when that is your focus, the business and the money will just happen……
Those *not there* don’t get it, those that FINALLY gave in, and tried it, and stuck with it – see those blessings.
Learn from those who have done it before you – listen to the wise, don’t listen to those that are not where you want to be – emotionally, spiritually, physically, financially, etc. Follow and listen to the ones that ARE where you want to be, and do what they tell you and what you see them do.
I truly love my life.
I get to wake up every day and work with clients and people and make a difference in the world for better.
I have a wonderful family and wonderful friends.
How did you wake up this morning?
Do you wake up and take five minutes and truly be grateful and thankful for everything in your life….
or does the alarm go off and you get up and rush around and get ready for work or your day or whatever you have to entail…
and forget to take five minutes to be thankful and grateful for the things that you currently have in your life?
Everybody has trials and tribulations in their life.
The good Lord definitely knows that I have had my share of them but I try to focus every day of things that I can be thankful and grateful for.
I truly believe that as we do that we will attract more things in our life to be thankful and grateful for.