Lead Yourself

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As I am sitting here praying for you all and your businesses so many different emotions and thoughts began to run through my mind and spirit. I know some of your stories and others I do not. But I know what it takes to be a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter in business. The highs and lows of life are so real. Sometimes business is booming and sometimes it flat lines. At times our relationships are easy and others they are challenging. Some days our bodies feel up to it, other days we feel like we were run over by a truck!

Life happens to us all and pressure is applied to us ALL. But the difference is how we handle it. Some quit at every test, some keep going while lashing out at everyone around them. Then a few press through and fight to be consistent, constantly checking their own heart, and thoughts. Being careful with their words, managing their time, constantly aware of what comes out of them when the pressure is applied. Success ladies is a two edged sword, it comes with more challenges, more influence, and more problems to solve. It comes with more risks and more rewards. The ability to lead others is more about leading yourself (remember that). It means being vulnerable, transparent, selfless, a student, discipline, a good listener, note taker, slow to speak, caring, balanced, giving, no nonsense, wise and more! What draws people to you and your business is your ability to lead yourSELF.

So I say all this to say, so many will go crazy looking outwardly for what they need to fill voids in their business and in life. The get all worked up and anxious about what it is they want to see happen, their expectations for others are higher than they are for themselves. They jump from networking group to networking group looking for "divine connections". Their mindset is always, "What can I get? What's in it for me?" They always complain about people wanting to use them and manipulate them. They have a hard time trusting people so they don’t take the time to slow down and get to know anyone. But if they come across someone they think fits the criteria to get them closer to their goals they instantly connect! They open up their life to people that seemingly have what they want. They gamble with their their purpose and destiny and end up disappointed when they don’t get the results they hoped for. Soon after they disconnect bitter and upset, but carelessly they go on the hunt again…looking for their next “divine connection” yet again. Looking, knocking, searching for the key to their success. The cycle is endless, tiring, time consuming, costly, draining and frustrating.

I know the cycle! I witnessed it firsthand! I have had the privilege of being around many successful leaders, some displayed great characteristics and others not so great. I learned from them all, what to do, what not to do. All in all the goal is to be a servant leader Leading yourself means:

  • To live a balanced life (meditation time/ family time/ work time / fun time)
  • To give from a place of abundance (time/ your gifts/ your money)
  • Focus on increasing your value (self-improvement/ self-care)
  • Pour into the lives of others (1on1, small groups, masses)
  • Read, read, read
  • Network, travel, make room to live and enjoy life
  • Be grateful, practice being thankful

I am sure you can add to this list, when I took my mind off money and placed on serving others, solving problems with my gifts…resources came. When you make money an issue, it becomes just that! When you focus on meeting the needs of others and you make an impact in their lives it makes you VALUABLE. I NEVER PRAY FOR MONEY! I ASK FOR WISDOM ON WHAT TO DO WITH WHAT I HAVE AND THAT IS NOT LIMITED TO MONEY!! I need wisdom in area of my life and so do you, pray for wisdom in:

  • Marriage & Family/ Relationships/ Churches
  • Health & Finances
  • Business

This is how we live, we seek first the kingdom! It’s in  him we live, move and have our being! If this helped you please let us know, tag us on FB, email us, let us know this information is beneficial to you. We are praying for your success!

Coach Coleen

In the New...

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I love Summer… with birds chirping, trees beginning to dress themselves in green and the smell of crisp morning air and feel of a warm sun, it’s a NEW SEASON!

I know most people talk a lot about seasonal cleaning but I want to focus us today on the NEWNESS of the season and not the DIRT OF THE PAST SEASON.  This is a perfect time to re-evaluate so many areas in your life and I’m going to help coach you on the way to seeing a new spring in your step and newness in a few areas of your life. Here’s a quick list of 4 things I want you to break down over the next 4 weeks and begin to experience NEWNESS!

1.     RELATIONSHIPS and specifically that with your significant other.   Whether married, dating, soon to be hitched you MUST set a focus to see success in this area. Take a moment to write down 3 things you feel are lacking or need improvement in the area of your relationship.  Then write down 3 commitments YOU will make, in the next 4 weeks, to see this improved.  We can only control OUR actions and if you will make a commitment to change I believe you will see great change in this NEW Season.

2.     YOUR HEALTH and more specifically what you are feeding yourself.   Food = Fuel, nothing more and nothing less.   We make food so many things… a reward, a stress reliever, and even a means of occupying our time.  I want you to sit down this week and meal plan… If you’ve never done this before GOOGLE is a great place to find some quick recipes and even pre-done meal plans for healthy eating.   Though exercise is an important part of a healthy living plan 80% of your success in maintaining a healthy weight and improving your overall health starts with your eating.   Plan, Prepare and Improve your Health in this NEW Season.

3.     NEW EXPERIENCES are so important to keep life fresh and interesting.   Summer is a great time to begin a new hobby, create a new routine and travel.   Whether it’s diving into an adult coloring book, going horse-back riding or a day trip to a museum mix it up.   These are the activities that give us time to de-stress and explore new avenues for enjoyment in life.    It is crucial as CEO’s that we keep ourselves in environments that
re-charge and challenge us in ways differing from our business life.   Make plans now by month end that you are doing something NEW!

4.     NEW MONEY feels and smells just as good at this time of year, LOL!   Why not get with your financial adviser or research on your own a high yield savings account online and commit to growing your income.   Is there an opportunity to do a short one time gig and bring in a nice penny to stash for a rainy day.   Think out of the box and do something NEW to grow your income in a new way this season.   As CEO’s we must consistently re-evaluate our income strategy and include new passive and active ways to stabilize our income cycles and future financial planning.

Don’t wait on the next season, take time today to journal how you are going to experience each new season in a new way in these 4 areas.   Here’s to a new season and a new you!

~ Coach Jenn