I’m Sick of It… The Truth About Passion



Today’s article came from a deep place. I didn’t want to send this out because I knew some people would be upset. But I’m yanking the covers off the lie that’s prevailing in the marketplace. Honestly, I’m sick of it.

Scenario 1 

We’ve all seen it: the auditions for American Idol. During the interview, a young woman speaks passionately about her dream of becoming a singer. Her story is absolutely amazing and you even find yourself tearing up after hearing her express her desire to sing  with such emotion. You’re convinced that she might win just by her introduction alone. Suddenly, the moment arrives when she has to sing. But after she sings the first note…

…you’re slightly disappointed.

Actually, you’re shocked. Maybe even confused.

You ask yourself: “How can she be so passionate about singing and yet, she can’t sing?”

If you’re watching with a friend, you give each other that look and shake your heads.

The truth: She’s confused passion with purpose.

Scenario 2 

Michelle is multi-talented; in fact, everything she touches turns to gold. She’s competent at a number of things and has even won numerous accolades and awards for her ability to dominate in her industry. She’s heard about a great opportunity to start a new business in cooking. She knows that she can learn how to do anything (within her means, of course,) and she’s interested in this new venture. Everybody knows that cooking is something that brings her alive. But, she refuses to give it a chance.  She’d prefer to do what looks “good” to everyone else.

The truth: She’s confused purpose with ability.

Does this sound like anyone you might know?

What’s the Problem?

In the personal development and success/business coaching industry, there is a lot of talk about finding your passion, and unfortunately too many women are falling for this “passion trap.”   What’s even worse, is that these women (not you) start to mimic the so-called high-achievers in  search of  their own success and miss out on what they are YOUniquely purposed to do.

I hate to say this but, it bothers me, beyond irritation to see a women relinguish her creative power for synthetic power. She abdicates her purpose for passion.

Look..

I’m not opposed to passion, but I’d like to submit to you that passion should not be the litmus test for purpose or finding your calling. 

Trust me, I understand how passion can be an indication of what you’re called to do, but it’s not (repeat after me) the basis for determining your calling.

Why?

Because its possible to be passionate about the wrong thing. In scenario one, the girl was clearly passionate. She had a strong, intense desire to become a famous singer, yet she wasn’t equipped with the skills to express a note.

In scenario number two, the girl was successful, yet unsatisfied.She made good the enemy of her great.

Who knows what kind of life she’s missing out on because she’s settling for good or passion?

 

Passion is an emotion. Emotions give us some information but they are not always true.

Passion is a very strong feeling; an intense desire for something and many people make major decisions based on how “passionate” they feel.  But passion can steer you wrong if you’re not careful.

Passion alone can lead you to believe you’re called to sing, start a new business, move to another country, or start a new relationship. And six months to a year later, you will ultimately find that passion alone is not enough to keep you satisfied, and equipped for the road to success.

That’s the problem with passion – it doesn’t guarantee fulfillment, equip you for the long haul, nor does it challenge you to  serve others. The only thing that can bring about all of that and more  is purpose

In fact, what all human beings really want is purpose.

What is Purpose?

Purpose is a deep call and a nagging burden that you have to solve a persistent problem and bring healing to that area or to a group of people.

It’s not always fancy, but it does feel like “fire shut up in your bones”.

A true purpose will give you:

  1. A Deep Satisfaction – When you’re in purpose you’ll feel it from the bottom of your heart to the whole of your spirit. You’ll have an undeniable twinkle in your eye, and every part of your being will feel deeply satisfied. Their are no strings attached.
  2. Purity – Your call should bring you to a place of purity; a place where you seek to wash yourself of unrighteousness and cleanse yourself of wrong thinking and neediness from others. Purpose is the ultimate personal development course. As you step into purpose you’re bound to come alive and live the life you were created to live.
  3. Freedom – Purpose will give you freedom to express who you are without trying to prove yourself to others. In purpose, you’re not trying to find validation or seek attention. You’re simply free to use your gifts and talents to serve others without expectation.   *SERVICE is the key .
  4. Insight – Purpose will give you insight for change and will enable you to be a problem solver/change agent/revolutionary thinker through your job, product, or services.
  5. Wholeness –  Women in purpose always feel whole. They know that God is the center of who they are and they view him as the source of all opportunity, responsibility, and growth.

Simply stated, your purpose will enable you  to access your God-self (aka your best self and your greatest self.)

Ahhhh.

Now that’s what I want. Purpose. Not passion.

I want the ability to be my best self, serve others, and shine bright as a supernova.

You might still be wondering: “Shouldn’t I feel passionate about my job, business, or calling?”  My answer is yes, but I want you to remember this:

Passion does not yield purpose, but purpose always brings about passion.

In my next article, I’ll be giving you the seven elements for finding your purpose. But for now I want you to tell me what you’re passionately purposed to do?

Interested in Working with Me?

Are you impelled to take your life to the next level? Are you ready to RISE OVER THE TOP and push play on your creative dreams? If you say yes, you’ll love The Clarity Call Formula. It’s my most affordable success coaching & high-impact program designed for the creative woman seeking clarity, mentorship and proven success strategies to launch them forward and live their dreams out loud. I focus on igniting your passion, expanding your greatness and mastering your mindset. Among other fantastic benefits, each All-Start Client is entitled to three high-powered coaching calls per month from yours truly. Testimonials from clients illustrate their immediate RESULTS, new found confidence and readiness for accomplishing their goals.For more information about signing up for your Clarity Call, you may give me a call at 1-213-537-4738. You may also reply to this message for your inquiries. www.sheRises.org #KeepRISING

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What Confident Women Know: 5 Tips To Get Out of Your Own Way

I’ve been running Distinguished Learning Group, my educational company, as a side hustle for the past few years and I became quite the happy camper (ahem, I mean happy teacher) making an extra $15-$20k a year, plus my salary – bringing me very close to six figures. (Not bad.) I was totally convinced that I would teach for ten years, transition into administration, and then become a superintendent and lead a district of schools. But last October, something happened. My life plans came to a screeching halt when two of my biggest passions converged and I learned something that all confident women know.

It’s almost like I fell off of one plane of desire and landed in a new world where my mind was instantly expanded and I saw the possibilities that lay beyond even my wildest imagination.

In short, I felt an urgent need to really step up my game and jump into business full time. I was pressed by the purpose of calling women who are smart, powerful, and splendid to RISE to new heights of being and dominion and boldly become all that God had purposed them to be. And yet, there was an issue. For years, I had been known as Mrs. Queenie: Extraordinary Teacher, Extraordinary Results. I questioned myself and I even questioned God, trying to figure out how working with women measured up or made sense, because I was a teacher of children.

Finally, the heavens opened up (not really) and it dawned on me that for years I’d been working with children, but I’d also been coaching and mentoring their mothers, not just in parenting but also in pursuing their personal dreams and pushing them to the edge to unleash their personal power and potential. And then I remembered that for six years, I had presided over my church’s Young Adult Women’s ministry as well.

A sudden “Aha!” moment gave way to immense clarity.

It finally made sense. God was weaving together a bigger vision for my life, but I was limited by the title of being a “teacher”. I had let this title define yet limit me and who I had the opportunity to become. Many of us do that. We become highly successful and known for being and doing one thing and we forget that we have the chance to wear the “coat of many colors” and the opportunity to tap into the tapestry of our gifts and talents. (Think Oprah, Kimora  & Beyonce)

At that moment, I was full of excitement, eagerness and complete “overwhelm”. I was blown away by this massive call and my ability to trust such a great vision and realized that confident women know that you can’t limit yourself to yesterday’s success. Confident women readily wear many hats, and dance to different songs. Confident women aren’t afraid of stepping into their full power. They know that:

“When [they] stand before God at the end of [their] life, [They] would hope that [they] would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” – Erma Bombeck.

It’s time for you to get out of your own way. It’s time for you to grow into the next and more refined version of yourself. Since my expansion last year, I now fully understood how my work in the classroom with children was tightly connected to me working with women. If women lead powerful, passion-filled lives that touch the core of their soul purpose, it will have resounding implications for their children who will witness their evolution; helping them to dream and lead in the world with the same type of vigor.

Are there two areas of your life that can converge to make you more explosive and more dynamic than ever?

Are you afraid, or find yourself questioning God for how your personal elevation will happen?

Tips for Getting Out of Your Own Way:

1. Integration-Fully integrate parts of your life that seem separate or disconnected. I merged teaching with my love for working with women.

2. Think Like a Miracle Worker- Miracle workers know that no-thing is impossible. (This is my secret power.)

3. Envision- Take 5 minutes each day to imagine yourself beyond your current level of success. See yourself helping others and supporting them in their dreams. As you paint a picture in your mind, continue to expand it and make it more dynamic. Continue this until you feel a release.

3. Follow the Yellow Brick Road- Your life path is the clue to what you’re called to do. Think back over your life and assess yourself for the tools, skills and qualifications that you’ve gained.  This allows you to see all that you have to offer. (When I work with my clients, I use the Talent Tracker to help map and track their gifts and talents.) 

4. Ask for a bigger vision: You have not because you ask not. Don’t play small. Step up. Think big and play big.

5. Get Uncomfortable- Don’t limit yourself to your current success: There is more inside of you. Release it and let it go.

Now I’ve got a little challenge for you…

Leave a comment and share which strategy you’re going to try or which tip spoke to you.

Interested in Working with Me?

Are you impelled to take your life to the next level? Are you ready to RISE OVER THE TOP and push play on your creative dreams? If you say yes, you’ll love The Clarity Call Formula. It’s my most affordable success coaching & high-impact program designed for the creative woman seeking clarity, mentorship and proven success strategies to launch them forward and live their dreams out loud. I focus on igniting your passion, expanding your greatness and mastering your mindset. Among other fantastic benefits, each All-Start Client is entitled to three high-powered coaching calls per month from yours truly. Testimonials from clients illustrate their immediate RESULTS, new found confidence and readiness for accomplishing their goals.For more information about signing up for your Clarity Call, you may give me a call at 1-213-537-4738. You may also reply to this message for your inquiries. www.sheRises.org #KeepRISING

Can You See? You Are Brilliant, Beautiful and Fabulous?


I can see your power, your strength, your courage, your leadership, your compassion, your impeccability, your unshakable spirit, and most of all, your love and care for all humanity.

But can YOU see all of this?

When I was younger I used to get pounding migraines. The pain would shoot through my eyes and travel to the base of my neck. The pain was intense and excruciating, so much so that I was forced to turn off all the lights, close the blinds, and ensure that all light was wiped out of the room. The only thing that would ease my pain was being in a pitch-black room. Those days of migraines are so vivid, my lying across the bed with tears running down my face hoping that the pain would subside.

All I wanted was to be able to see with clarity; to see without he pain. Eventually, I’d curl up and fall asleep. And, despite the soothing feeling of the dark room, what I really wanted was to be able to see. I yearned for my vision, but the light still hurt.

Many of you find yourself standing in the light, yet you’re still unable to see. You’re seeking clarity around your purpose, your calling, and asking yourself, “How am I going to do this?” Others of you would rather hide, reject your greatness, and ignore the call that’s been placed upon your life because you don’t think you’re ready to step into your full power and live a magnificent life.

Marianne Williamson said: “It is our light more than our darkness which scares us. We ask ourselves – who are we to be brilliant, beautiful, talented, and fabulous.

But honestly, who are you to not be so?”

You see – you can escape to your own darkness, hoping not to deal with the light and truth of who you are, and relax in the illusionary calm that it brings. Or, you can RISE to new heights of greatness and soar.

Can you see yourself yet?

The power to elevate your life is all about vision. Vision is the ability to see. What you see is a reflection of who you think you are. What you see is what you believe and value.

Vision is the keystone to living a life of radiance and fulfilling your passion. You see, it wasn’t the darkness that soothed my pain; it was that my eyes weren’t yet adjusted to the light. Light is power. Light is clarity. Light is certainty. When you operate from this place you embrace your leadHERship. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

I want you to Dream Big; See Big, and Embrace the fullness of who you are.

I am calling you to see your greatness because what you see dictates where you’re going. In the end, seeing really is believing. Remember: “We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”

Share your vision for your life below and let us know about your big SPARKLY goal(s).

Interested in Working with Me?

Are you impelled to take your life to the next level? Are you ready to RISE OVER THE TOP and push play on your creative dreams? If you say yes, you’ll love The Clarity Call Formula. It’s my most affordable success coaching & high-impact program designed for the creative woman seeking clarity, mentorship and proven success strategies to launch them forward and live their dreams out loud. I focus on igniting your passion, expanding your greatness and mastering your mindset. Among other fantastic benefits, each All-Start Client is entitled to three high-powered coaching calls per month from yours truly. Testimonials from clients illustrate their immediate RESULTS, new found confidence and readiness for accomplishing their goals.For more information about signing up for your Clarity Call, you may give me a call at 1-213-537-4738. You may also reply to this message for your inquiries. www.sheRises.org #KeepRISING

Self-Quiz: Are You Too Busy?

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” –Henry David Thoreau

Time is the great equalizer. Everybody gets the same amount: 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour and although it would be pretty cool to say,”I’ll take 24 hours on Monday, 36 hours on Tuesday and 15 hours for Wednesday.” Unfortunately, we can’t save time, accumulate or rearrange it. No. It doesn’t work like that. You can’t turn it off or on.

And, it can’t be replaced.

But these days, it seems as if the lament of not having enough time has become a national anthem. Everywhere people find themselves constantly in a rush, over-booked and over-scheduled with no time off. And, I must admit I’ve been in the same situation. But, I realized that doing too much and being too busy can be unproductive and cut you off from experiencing vibrant relationships and living a healthy lifestyle. Though it may not always seem so, how we fill our time and how we spend it is our choice.

Answer the following questions to discover if you’re caught up in the “too-busy” cycle.

  1. I constantly find myself doing “urgent” things and trying to catch up.
  2. I allow myself to drift into obligations when I don’t know how much time or energy they’ll require.
  3. I find myself running from when I get up in the morning until I go to bed at night. I’m always tired and never feel like I accomplished enough.
  4. I seldom schedule a day off for myself and when I do, I tend to fill it with activities.
  5. I don’t make time for “self-care” activities: physical exercise, nurturing or “pampering” myself, cultural stimulation, spiritual well-being, learning something new, playing, or simply doing nothing.
  6. I seldom have time to do the things I really love.
  7. My work and project areas are cluttered with “I’ll look at this later” stacks and “to-do” piles.
  8. I often miscalculate how long certain activities will take.
  9. I often miss deadlines or work long hours to meet a deadline.
  10. I respond to interruptions such as phone calls, faxes, email, beepers and pagers, and allow them to take me off track.
  11. I try to keep things in my head rather than making lists. If I do make a daily “to-do” list, it’s impossible to complete in a day.
  12. I tend to move from one urgent thing to the next, rather than working toward specific goals and objectives.
  13. I find myself constantly wishing I had more time or projecting an imaginary future when I have more time, making comments such as “as soon as…” or “next year…”
  14. I spend time running errands and rushing because I didn’t plan well enough.
  15. I spend time doing things I could pay someone else to do.
  16. I often do things because I “should,” or continue to do things that no longer fit who I am.
  17. Other people complain that my schedule doesn’t allow enough time for them.

Post your thoughts below, are you too busy?

Interested in Working with Me?

Are you impelled to take your life to the next level? Are you ready to RISE OVER THE TOP and push play on your creative dreams? If you say yes, you’ll love The Clarity Call Formula. It’s my most affordable success coaching & high-impact program designed for the creative woman seeking clarity, mentorship and proven success strategies to launch them forward and live their dreams out loud. I focus on igniting your passion, expanding your greatness and mastering your mindset. Among other fantastic benefits, each All-Start Client is entitled to three high-powered coaching calls per month from yours truly. Testimonials from clients illustrate their immediate RESULTS, new found confidence and readiness for accomplishing their goals.For more information about signing up for your Clarity Call, you may give me a call at 1-213-537-4738. You may also reply to this message for your inquiries. www.sheRises.org #KeepRISING

Before You Quit Your Job


I’ve just wrapped a seven-week summer vacation, and Wednesday was my first day back to work. Yep, work. Some people dread going to work, but I absolutely love my job. Don’t get me wrong, I had a magnificent summer and during that time I had the opportunity to develop:

  • The plan for my digital magazine, The Success Maven
  • The Blueprint for two life & business coaching programs
  • A waiting list for Radiant YOUniversity
  • Signature strategies to help my clients achieve clarity and a plan of action to move them towards their ideal life.

And,

I delivered over forty hours of coaching with the Clarity Call Formula. Above all, I spent countless hours checking things off my to-do list. Whew! I didn’t even mention that I also ran and operated Camp DNI, a four-week design thinking camp with my company, Distinguished Learning Group, LLC.

As you can see this Success Maven, gets it done. I ain’t playin no games. (Lol)

By all accounts, I had a “You go girl,” type of summer. I operated in my full capacity and stretched myself in every way possible. It was incredible, and as you can see I dedicated my summer to building programs, courses and teaching high-achieving women to “Master their Mindset, & EXPAND their Greatness,” so that they can live their creative dreams out loud and make money.

Can you believe that I accomplished all of this in seven weeks? Some of my clients even reached some of their benchmark goals sooner than they expected. Wow! It’s so incredible to see someone else’s dream unfold right before your eyes. God’s plan is certainly working in my life, and I am grateful for that.

All of this sounds like heaven. And, it is, but going back to work could bring out the bellyacher in me, but instead it’s brought out a more joyful Queenie.

Why? Because my job is my small business loan. A small business loan is the capital needed to finance improvements or start a business. This summer I used my salary to fund my company, because I understand that SheRISES will not grow simply  because I’m passionate about it. I have to invest in the company, and the most efficient way for me to do that is to use cash flow that I get from my day job.

I know that we live in a culture where entrepreneurs are being celebrated and quitting a job is supposedly the sexist and most powerful thing since the invention of the iPad. Okay, I’m being silly, but you get the point.

I understand that having the “time” to work on your dream is so necessary, but I also know that having all the time in the world and no cash flow is painful. I’m asking you to develop a plan and strategize before you quit your job. I’m inviting you to think about how you can leverage your job and use it to propel your business forward.

I know you’re full of passion and that you really believe that God has given you the most extraordinary idea, or purpose, but you have to remember to use wisdom and discernment. As you’re reading this I can hear you saying, “But, I hate my job,” and ” I know this isn’t what I’m supposed to be doing with my life.”

Look, I know you’re ready to live a freedom-based lifestyle.

And, I genuinely believe that you have the birthright to live your creative dreams out loud.  And yes, you should be your own boss and make money on your own terms. But, I want you to know that business is a process. You need to feed it, and develop it. Plus, you have bills and responsibilities to yourself and others, and you can’t just jump up and quit your job because you have a bright idea that came from heaven (touché)

Here are some tip/strategies for you: 

1. Don’t despise your current job: Energy is everything. While you’re working on your job, acknowledge the opportunity that you have to invest in your company. Shifting your mindset will do wonders for you. It will accelerate your transition into your business or creative dream full time and open up massive opportunities.

2. Your job is your greatest asset: It enables you to purchase different platforms, hire (if necessary), fund start up cost, and create a powerful brand.  Remember building a business costs money. I didn’t say a lot of money, but it does cost $$ money. If someone tells you that it doesn’t, their  lying.

3.In the early stages of your business cash is king (along with strategy, foresight and creativity): Having a steady and substantial cash flow come in from my job afforded me the opportunity to purchase needed software tools, and programs to put SheRISES in the position to compete in the market.

4. Having a job doesn’t make you less of an entrepreneur: it gives you the fuel to become a better entrepreneur.

As I head to work each day, I know that I’m doing what I love while simultaneously funding my other dream and goal of creating a global brand for women who want to use their gifts to change the world.

I hope this article encourages you to know that you can build a business while maintaining a full-time job.

Interested in Working with Me?

Find my tips useful? Are you impelled to take your life to the next level? Are you ready to RISE OVER THE TOP and push play on your creative dreams? If you say yes, you’ll love The Clarity Call Formula. It’s my most affordable success coaching & high-impact program designed for the creative woman seeking clarity, mentorship and proven success strategies to launch them forward and live their dreams out loud. I focus on igniting your passion, expanding your greatness and mastering your mindset. Among other fantastic benefits, each All-Start Client is entitled to three high-powered coaching calls per month from yours truly. Testimonials from clients illustrate their immediate RESULTS, new found confidence and readiness for accomplishing their goals.For more information about signing up for your Clarity Call, you may give me a call at 1-213-537-4738. You may also reply to this message for your inquiries.

Bio: I’m Queenie Johnson, M.A., a mentor to women RISING to create outrageous & postive change in the world. I offer programs and courses to help modern women expand their capacity for greatness by teaching them specific tools & techniques to help them master their mindeset, mission and movement for outrageous success in every area of their life. My goal is to eliminate “overwhelm” and assist you in overcoming worry, doubt and fear, so that you can live out your soul purpose and make lots of money $ doing it. www.sheRises.org #KeepRISING

 

The Essence of Change

 Change takes place at two speeds.

1. Revolutionary- instant, quick, and fast change. It’s like microwave speed change.

2. Evolutionary-slow, gradual, routine/process driven change. It is like conventional oven speed change.

Understanding the two different speeds of change gives you power in assessing where you are in your life right now. Don’t be frustrated on your path if one area feels slow. That just means you’re in the evolutionary process. Don’t lose hope. Change happens anytime their is motion. Motion =movement. Keep moving because with every step you are changing. I like how Galatians 6:9 says it,  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Do you handle evolutionary change well?

[Coming Soon] EnterpRISING Execution Coaching Program

SheRISES is going to the next level and I want to give you a little glimpse of what’s to come. First and foremost, I’m customizing a special program to help you launch your creative dream. This program is a little different from our Radiant YOUniversity program, which is more like an accelerated “B” school for our fast-paced Success Mavens who prefer a more comprehensive program. 

Take an inside peek:

The program length is cut in half and it also affords you the opportunity to work with me at a lower price point. You will still learn about the nuts and bolts of launching your creative dream without sacrificing thoroughness and efficiency. This will benefit each participant with a minimum total of 5 hour in-depth coaching calls, unlimited email support and smart business tips.Trust me, every high-performing woman with a dream and a goal of turning that passion into profit should be tuned into this message. I cannot wait to share the rest of the details of that particular program with you. In the mean time, be on the look out for our hot promos and other one-on-one coaching opportunities that will be available in the coming weeks. The spaces will be limited, so start preparing now.
Do NOW:
If you’re not on my list please hop on it right now. www.sheRISES.orgFor those of you who are already on my list, check out our enterpRISING woman of the month, Ms. Spirit Wallace, the owner of A Pinch of Spirit.

 

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Interested in Working with Me?

Are you impelled to take your life to the next level? Are you ready to RISE OVER THE TOP and push play on your creative dreams? If you say yes, you’ll love The Clarity Call Formula. It’s my most affordable success coaching & high-impact program designed for the creative woman seeking clarity, mentorship and proven success strategies to launch them forward and live their dreams out loud. I focus on igniting your passion, expanding your greatness and mastering your mindset. Among other fantastic benefits, each All-Start Client is entitled to three high-powered coaching calls per month from yours truly. Testimonials from clients illustrate their immediate RESULTS, new found confidence and readiness for accomplishing their goals.For more information about signing up for your Clarity Call, you may give me a call at 1-213-537-4738. You may also reply to this message for your inquiries. www.sheRises.org #KeepRISING

Wednesday Wind Down (Why is it So Hard to Relax?)

Rest and relaxation are of the utmost importance, but many of us would rather pretend to be busy rather than stopping to enjoy the moment.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

Is it that we live in a culture that demands that we are in a constant, never ending rush to get the next “best thing.” Or, is it that we’ve lost touch as a society with the power of stillness?

Stillness allows us to:

  • Become one with God
  • Listen to the thoughts of our heart
  • Check our intentions
  • Stand in gratitude
  • Enjoy the moment
  • Cultivate the power of joy

These powerful qualities can only be developed in stillness. There is a powerful scripture in the Bible that reads,  “Be still, and know that I am God…”  Today I challenge you to be still.

Are you afraid of stillness? Or, is it hard for you to get quiet and stop “doing,” and just start “being”?

Post your answers below.

The Power of Focus



In order to go confidently in the direction of your dreams. You have to focus. FOCUS is the ability to hone in your talents, and gifts and give complete attention to one idea, one project or one person at a time. Focus is what allows you take in the project through all of your senses and get feedback from the (project)problem in order to engage in creative problem solving. Often times we are trying to multi-task and the truth is multi-tasking is not possible. If you are multi-tasking I can guarantee you that something isn’t getting all of your attention and something isn’t being done with efficiency, accuracy, or detail. This week I’m challenging you to focus on one goal without distraction from other things.

The Power of Asking For What You Want


What if I told you that the deep desire that you’ve been incubating in you heart could be yours today? Does that sound enticing? I’m sure it does, but let’s cut to the chase and get to the point. If you really want what you say you want then you better open your mouth and ask for it. Asking for what you want is a powerful act that can send strong ripples through your life. While it may seem simple enough, four things need to be in place first:

1.Know what you want
2.Fully believe you deserve it
3.Be prepared to accept the answer “No”
4.Communicate your request with clarity

What Do You Want?
Wants emerge from needs you are experiencing, for example: the need to be heard, the need for respect, expedience, beauty, and intimacy. Knowing the need helps you be clear about what you are requesting. It’s helpful to distinguish between needs that move us towards well-being and those that never really bring happiness, such as the desire for approval or to be right.

Believe You Deserve It
If you think you can’t have what you want, take time to examine your limiting beliefs. Make a list of all the things you want, then write all the reasons you can’t have them. Are these reasons really true? Have you made decisions about “reality” or made assumptions about others that keep you from even asking for what you want? When you ask people for what you want, you offer them the opportunity to contribute, something we all wish to do.

Prepare for No
Asking for what you truly want honors your experience and brings you into deeper alignment with the essence of who you are. You connect with your own humanness and know where you stand. Having asked, it may no longer be so important that you get exactly what you want; the asking, itself, is empowering.

Effective Communication
Tony Robbins says, “The answer is always ‘no’ if you don’t ask.” True! But asking is more effective when you follow these guidelines for effective communication:

1. State your need clearly, followed by your request.
2. Ask for what you want in the present (not “I wanted you to help me with the kids yesterday.”)
3. Ask for what you do want, not what you don’t want. (“I want you to spend time with me,” not “I don’t want you to be at work so much.”)
4. Ask in the form of a request, rather than a demand.
5. Detach from the outcome.

Remember that empowerment comes in the asking. When you ask for what you want, you have planted not only the seeds of better communication, but of more clearly knowing who you are, which is present in what you want.

Tell me if this article resonates with you. When was the last time you asked for something that you wanted?  I’ll be commenting back to your post.

 

 

 

Interested in Working with Me?

Are you impelled to take your life to the next level? Are you ready to RISE OVER THE TOP and push play on your creative dreams? If you say yes, you’ll love The Clarity Call Formula. It’s my most affordable success coaching & high-impact program designed for the creative woman seeking clarity, mentorship and proven success strategies to launch them forward and live their dreams out loud. I focus on igniting your passion, expanding your greatness and mastering your mindset. Among other fantastic benefits, each All-Start Client is entitled to three high-powered coaching calls per month from yours truly. Testimonials from clients illustrate their immediate RESULTS, new found confidence and readiness for accomplishing their goals.For more information about signing up for your Clarity Call, you may give me a call at 1-213-537-4738. You may also reply to this message for your inquiries. www.sheRises.org #KeepRISING

Self-Judgement, Criticism & Personal Power

Mavens, self-Judgment is debilitating and can stifle your growth. Anytime you find yourself criticizing, evaluating and comparing yourself use the STOP method.

Here is what I do:
S= stop immediately and say something positive about yourself.

T= think about how amazing you are and say, “ I am a wellspring of goodness, and I am growing and achieving my highest potential. I operate from light and love.”

O= Open Yourself up to receiving this truth by breathing in and out and listening to yourself breathe.

P=Place your hands over your heart and feel your inner being expanding and growing.

Repeat this method a few times to help release those negative thoughts. Try the STOP method and let me know how it helped you move from self-judgment to self-love and care.

Capture Your Life: A Notebook, A Pen, & Your Million Dollar Ideas

Opportunity ADD plagues most if not all high-achieving women. Once you’re in the creative flow ideas begin to pour forth and are limitless. Here is the key, you must pick one or two ideas or three at most, to throw your energy into. I know this is challenging but until you grow your ideas to a mature state where other people can help manage and develop them, your doing your ide

a and the people they serve a disservice. Your million dollar ideas are about about effecting people in a positive manner. They are also profit generating entity that will positively affect your wallet.But, how do you stop yourself from moving from one idea to the next?1. Identify your mission and purpose & abilities: The idea that takes the least amount of energy will feed into the other ideas at some point. Start there.

2. Keep an idea journal: Jot down all of your million dollar ideas and map out all of the details that you have about that idea. Once you get the idea out of your mind your can clear up some brain space to create, build and expand your main idea, mission or movement. When the mind is filled with ideas/information that is not filed or sorted it swirls around in your mind. You must capture and sort the information immediately.

3. Remember: Multi-tasking/Multi-anything is a myth. You only have a 100% to give to any given thing that you are doing at the moment. There is no such thing as 200%.

You have to properly manage your energy and know that for every idea, event, & situation that you take on mentally, physically and spiritually- your ability to give 100% automatically diminishes.

I ♥ using composition notebooks to capture my ideas. I have so many of them. Once I capture my ideas- I have the mental capacity to focus on what matters at the moment.

What do you use to capture and sort your ideas?

My Dream Book

I’m up early working on my DREAM BOOK. Every goal, every accomplishment has been driven my Dream Book. Once they are in my book, I use a scientific process to manifest each dream. Using this process has given me increase in every area of my life.

Do you have a Dream Book or a Vision Board?

[enterpRISING Tip] The Ultimate Strategy for Success

I don’t want to take to much of your time, but I just had to share this with you. The ultimate strategy for success is…drumroll please.

Ahem,

before I share this with you, will you promise to share this secret with every woman that you know?

Did you say, “Gladly?”

Okay, here we go.

My ultimate strategy for success is: To Sleep Your Way to The Top. Now don’t get all, “Oh, no she didn’t on me.”  You should know me better than that, besides you  need to get your head out of the gutter.

I’m literally talking about sleep! What were you talking about?  (I’m giving you the side eye)

Too many of us high achieving women are depriving ourselves of sleep. It’s one big idea that can change your life. Watch this video and post your comments, and questions below. I’m personally responding to each comment.

Establishing A Winning Mindset




R.Kelly:[singing] “I believe I can fly / I believe I can touch the sky/ I think about every night and day/ Spread my wings and fly away/ I believe I can soar/ I see me running through the open door/I believe I can fly.”

Tillie The Little Engine That Could:I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”
As even children’s characters will attest, a winning mindset is a trait to adopt. It attracts happiness, health, fulfilment and success. But what is a mindset, really?

What’s on Your Mind?
A mindset is a person’s established set of attitudes that are based on their assumptions. These assumptions predetermine a person’s reactions to and interpretations of any event, environment or situation.Whether positive or negative, a person’s mindset is engrained, habitual and affects all aspects of his or her professional and personal life.

Is Your Mindset Working to Your Advantage or Holding You Back?

  • When facing a new challenge, do you react with confidence, knowing that with time, effort and practice you can succeed? Or do you find yourself questioning your abilities, talent and motivation?
  • Do you view failure as simply part of the process? Or do you avoid challenges in order to preserve your pride?
  • When you encounter setbacks and criticism, do you recalibrate and persevere or simply give up to save face?
  • How a person interprets and answers those questions gives insight into what type of mindset he or she has.

In her book Mindset, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck identifies two general mindsets: fixed and growth.

Fixed Mindset
•   Talent and intelligence is static
•   It’s better to avoid challenges
•   It’s okay (even preferable) to quit before failure
•   Effort is pointless
•   Ignores useful criticism and feedback
•   Views success of others as a threat
Growth Mindset
•   Talent and intelligence can be developed
•   Embraces challenges to grow
•   Failure is an opportunity for learning
•   Effort leads to mastery and success
•   Uses criticism and feedback to improve
•   Finds inspiration and learning from the success of others

It’s easy to tell someone to develop a growth mindset, but, if mindset is so deeply engrained, how does a person change it? Here are six ways to begin:

Six Simple Mindset Shifts to Improve Success

  1. Embrace failure instead of avoiding it. The faster the failure, the quicker the learning. Before starting his auto manufacturing company, Henry Ford failed at his first several businesses. What would the industrial landscape look like had he given up after his first try? Remember, embracing failure also means success can arrive that much sooner.
  2. Think abundance instead of scarcity. When it comes to spending money on self-improvement, many people resist due to cost. But clients and customers are attracted to people who believe in and value themselves. Instead of thinking of personal growth as an expense, think of it as an investment in your future.
  3. Embrace challenges. People who have a mindset of “growth” realize that challenges are just opportunities in disguise, and they choose to actively seek them out.
  4. Use setbacks as learning opportunities. No matter how thorough the plan, no matter how well-executed the details, obstacles will surface. Besides, who can predict with any real accuracy what setbacks will occur? Instead of wasting energy trying to prevent the unknown, why not just face obstacles as they show up?
  5. Don’t take it personally. Sometimes the best opportunities for personal and professional growth come from leveraging harsh criticism and negative feedback. How well do you listen to your customers’ and clients’ complaints?
  6. Stop re-inventing the wheel. Instead of resenting successful people for what they have accomplished, look to them to learn how they did it and turn that to your advantage.

Incorporating these simple, strategic shifts in mindset provides opportunities to experience not only tangible results (i.e., the bottom line), they also go a long way to shoring up determination, building self-confidence and encouraging action, productivity and fulfillment.

Are Your Actions Guided by Your Mission?

Your mission is your life and your light. It’s the foundation of every action you take and every thought you think. Remember this, a life worth living is:

  • One that is driven by set of deep-guided principles.
  • Filled with unconditional love.
  • Manifest itself through a personal mission filled with passion.

Answer these questions:

1. Are you living your personal mission out loud?

2. What problems are you solving?

3. How are you using your creativity to impact/affect the world?

4. Do your actions and thoughts align with your personal mission?

My #1 Strategy for Getting Things Done


As a wife, a business owner and a lead teacher in the classroom, I have to have a  system that helps me to manage all of my tasks and get things done with accuracy and efficiency. But, it wasn’t until last year that I really started to manage myself with a real system that helped me to use my time wisely, manage my energy and properly prepare for all the ‘things’ that I have to get done.  

My #1 secret to getting things done is the
The Getting Things Done System by  David Allen.

The Getting Things Done System (GTD) is a system for keeping your mind clear of clutter and helps your to learn how to take action on everything that comes in and process it so that it can be handled. 

This allows  your mind to be free from REMEMBERING and CLEAR to create.

Up until a year ago, I thought I could manage my life with  rinky dinky
to- do list, or by juggling (what I was secretly calling managing)  my day to day tasks in my mind.  

I’m ashamed to share this but it’s true:

  • Sometimes I’d  put my dates in my calendar on my Blackberry, but something was always being overlooked or double booked,
  •  I was trying to remember the grocery list, to pick up the cleaners and to get my oil changed. 
  • All this while trying to create curriculum, programs and services and be completely present as a wife, professional &  entrepreneur. 
  • My system was not failproof- it was an EPIC FAIL.

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” 

This system changed my life.

  • I’ve increased my output abilities by 200%
  • I’ve been able to create four times more in the past year
  • I’m able to be more present and focus with
  • I’ve increased my revenues by 50%  (amazing)

Now, I ask myself three important questions when I receive mail, or a project. 

Three-Questions To manage my projects
1. Is it actionable? No! Then I trash it, refer it  or put it in my SOMEDAY File 
2. Should I process it? Yes! Then, I  delegate (can’t do yet), defer (calendar it or Hotlist it) 
3. Will it take less than 2 minutes? Then I Immediately DO IT.

Save yourself your energy and manage yourself by 

GETTING THINGS DONE!!

I downloaded the THINGS APP on my iPad and on my iPhone. This App will save your life.

[Your Free Love Gift] Happy Hugs & Hearts Day


Love is the most powerful force, and I truly believe that love is the key to serving and helping others succeed. My passion is seeing you grow and be the Saavy-Dreamer and Kick-Ass woman that you are ‘RISE’ to the top of your professional industry & conquer your personal goals just like I did.

My chief aim is to help as many women as I can, live the life they’ve imagined. 

I want to see you living your dreams out loud and doing what you are called to do. As your success coach, I teach you how to locate, direct and drive yourself towards your purpose and passion, while helping you to overcome the obstacles that are sure to confront you  on this journey of personal success and perpetual growth. I  help you manifest your desires by teaching laws, strategies and technologies to unlock doors of opportunity and attract more goodness into your life.

Your Free Gift

That’s why I’ve decided to give you some of my personal decrees & confessions. 
A decree is an official order whereas a confession is an admission or acknowledgement. Confessing your greatness daily, is a ritual that every enterpRISING woman must adopt.

Our challenge this month is to love ourselves and others some more. I believe that the only way to love others is by loving yourself first. Remember that love flows from within,  then if flows without. My greatest strategy is to strengthen my self-love by using I AM decrees daily.

Establishing who you are is a game-changing play, if you want to go big and live out your dreams. It separates you from 99% of people who sit back and hope and wish that someone will acknowledge their greatness. You have to declare your own greatness, then you can share it with others through love.

Are you ready to be different? 

Well, I’m so excited because I have crafted a special set of decrees that I believe will open your heart and mind to the flow of love like never before. I believe that If you use these decrees with a pure heart and say them once in the morning and once in the evening over the next seven days, you will experience positive gains in your life.

Download your I AM Decrees NOW
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She Meditates

Meditation is a powerful technique to help quiet and still yourself. Meditation helps you listen to the voice within {GOD}, leading you to powerful truths about yourself and the world. Meditating everyday for as little as five minutes can have a profound effect on your life. Try finding a special location in your house, under a tree or any where in nature where you can be undisturbed.

Try these steps:
1. Still yourself and breathe in and out
2. Focus on your breathing and secure full control of your body
3. Take up one thought and let that thought take you into never before seen realms

She Speaks Boldly

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Successful Speaking Tips for Women adopted from Tara Mohr: 

1: Eliminate the “just” – I just want to say is totally unnecessary.

2. Drop using “actually” – I actually think that the company would… Simply say, “The company would.” 

3. Don’t speak in questions, unless you truly have one.                                                            

4. Make statements and pause in between your thoughts.

Remember using powerful speech invites people to take you serious-SheRises

She Values Her Time

Success happens when you understand the value of time. You also have a clear understanding that the only time that matters is NOW!

I love this poem. Listen up 

I have only just a minute, Only sixty-seconds in it. Forced upon me, can’t refuse it. Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.But it’s up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it. Give account if I abuse it. Just a tiny little minute,
but eternity is in it.~Benjamin Banneker

Every minute counts. What are you doing with your time?

The Trouble with God-Centered Entrepreneurs

You love God.

You’re committed to serving.

You give and give (almost to a fault).

But, you’re not making (enough) money.

I hate to say this, but the problem is you.

Yes, you!  How do I know? I was right where you are two years ago.  I blamed my clients, their mindset, not having enough time to get anything done, and I had the nerve to blame my coach (I’m giving myself a side eye).

Although it felt good to blame others, I quickly realized that “blaming” didn’t boost my business profits. It actually left me feeling disempowered and hopeless. I quickly realized that I had to take 100% responsibility for the results in my life, stop  wishing, crying and start making some real money.  I knew I had something powerful to share with the world.  Eventually, I fully embodied my determination. I stepped fully into alignment with my coach and my faith, created a real money making strategy, and saw some spectacular results. Below I’m sharing with you three problems that all God-Centered Entrepreneurs have to overcome to power up their business, brand, and brilliance.

 

Problem #1: You missed the part in the scripture where it says to love thy neighbor as THYSELF.

Keyword: THYSELF

How can you possibly give and it takes away from you? True giving never takes away from you. I know you’ve been taught that sacrifice means denying yourself of what’s yours to be of service to others, but that’s not true. The truth is “sacrifice” is giving up something of a lesser value (something you think you need) for something that actually has more value and purpose in your life.  For example; I’m sacrificing this McDonald’s meal (lesser value) for this quinoa salad with fresh salmon (greater value).This is the real meaning of sacrifice. It feels like you’re giving something up, but in fact, you’re gaining so much more. In this example, you’re gaining a better body.

 

Solution: Release the false humility that makes you feel that you have to give and give without ever receiving anything in return. Giving and receiving exude the power of love. Love will show you how to empower and motivate your clients to invest in themselves by making powerful sacrifices, and help you gift them with certainty. I can teach you to how to facilitate this process for your clients.

 

“Realizing that I had to truly love and empower myself first so that I can truly love my neighbor was a critical shift in the way I positioned myself, services and offers. It was the shift that helped me increase my prices and revenue 10x.  If you’re ready to bust through your upper limit and really prosper even as your soul is prospering and show up as a real business owner, apply here for a complimentary strategy session where we can help you discover the next steps to help you gain 3 clients in the next 30 days.”

 

    The trouble with God-Centered Entrepreneurs

Problem 2: You’re broadcasting the wrong message.  

Jesus had one message: Love the Lord God with all your heart mind and strength & Love thy neighbor as thyself. There is no confusion. No fuss. No fluff.  What is your message? Is it clear? If you are attracting clients who under appreciate your services and can’t afford to pay you what you’re worth, that is a clear indication that you’re broadcasting the wrong message.

Solution: Release the need to articulate all the ways you can serve your client. I’m not telling you that you have to niche down, but I am saying that it’s easier for people to remember the 1 to 3 services you offer rather than the 7 to 9 things you can do for them. Nail down your offering. I’m talking about the one that will have them running to you. Jesus offered love and eternal life. Pinpoint your ideal perfect client and evangelize your offering with a clear and articulate brand message. Your message should communicate what you do and why you do it. My brand message is simple; I train God-centered Entrepreneurs to have it all: A brand, business, and brilliant child.

 

Problem 3:  You’re hiding.

Deep down you believe that if you put yourself out there, you’re bragging.

You’re not.

You post on FB, but that’s not enough to succeed. You have to get aggressive with this and show what you have to offer.

I had to learn this the hard way. It’s not enough to say that you want to serve people. You have to put yourself out there consistently. Get in the game and SHOW up.

There was a time I was so afraid of putting myself in the spotlight. I had this mind chatter that was telling me that I was doing too much, showing off, blah… blah….blah. Once I quieted the chatter and reframed my scripts around being visible I was able to gain traction in my business, show up  and shine with bright faith.

Remember, Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem proclaiming his message and demonstrating his value. Jesus was a marketing and sales genius. Did others think he was being over the top? Yes, to the people who were used to the status quo (ahem, the Pharisees). In reality, he was simply being himself. He was so empowered by his message of love and hope he shared it with unabashed fortitude. As he shared his message with confidence, crowds were drawn to him.

Solution: Release the idea that you have to play small. God said that you are a child of LIGHT. If you are a light, why are you hiding? Your function is to be a light in dark places. Stand up tall. Pull your shoulders back and shine, baby, shine.

What does that mean?

SHINE and articulate your offer, demonstrate your unique beautiful value so you can do the work that you know you are called to do and get paid very well for supporting your clients in their gorgeous transformation.

 

 

 

 

MAVEN LOVE LETTER- Happy Valentine’s Day

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Hi Beautiful Maven,
I love you because you want to make a magnificent difference, I love you, because you and I we share a common bond…..

You see, every day in order to live extraordinary- God filled lives, we crave FREEDOM
Freedom to create, freedom to choose, freedom to be everything that God has called us to be

You see, WE love adventure and taking risks…. We thrive when people tell us something is IMPOSSIBLE, we break down walls, and we don’t give up, we seek connection with others who support our CONSCIOUS CAMPAIGN.

Like me, you have an inner drive, and a deep ambition.
we’re mighty, brilliant and radiant in all of our ways

We yearn to live genuine lives, crave perpetual personal growth, and need a touch of sophistication and lots of style in our life. We desire to experience a life full of abundance, dynamic friendships and quality connections.

You won’t relent. …..you love creativity, helping others and being of service.

Our imagination is our greatest asset. It’s there that we create grand ideas…..where we can see things that others cannot.

At your core you have a deep ambition….that at times you struggle with, BUT, you’re convinced that it will create the change, abundance and influence that you seek.

To BE a living declaration of GOD, to be unconditional, unshakable, and non-negotiable devotion to your family, your entrepreneurial pursuits and living life WIDE AWAKE!
At the core of your BEING is a deep commitment to changing the course of humanity.

You dream of living your best life, building your beautiful brand and being a voice of change. You see yourself leading the pack, speaking to thousands and impacting lives every day.

And last year, you saw obstacles in your way. But not now.

You’ve decided to expand your vision, to NOT waste any more time doing it by yourself, or being hard on yourself. You’ve decided to stop—-creating, and creating… and start producing.

Choosing this new path…. Enables you to EMBRACE all of who you are, Stand in the fullness of love and light and INCREASE YOUR INFLUENCE.

It’s time to leverage your natural feminine gifts, magnetize your greatness, and shine your light on that which comes naturally to you.
Now is not the time to back down, self-sabotage, deny your greatness or resist your gift.
Now is not the time to make EXCUSES, continue to do what’s comfortable, or live to make others happy. STOP THAT this moment.

We are cream of the crop, female success leaders, influential women called to REGIN.
You’ve finally released the need to be perfect, to not be scared, or to ask for help.

Finally you can take off the mask, drop the façade, and
BE true to who you really are….
Why?

Because…
You’re tired of choosing to “Just enough”.

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It’s time to kick to the curve the old way of “worrying, and doubting” yourself and just get on with the job.

You’re not losing yourself anymore.

And you’re not giving in.

No more…excuses, playing small, complaining or giving all the reasons why you can’t do something.

It’s not part of your design. You’re built for something far greater, to live on a higher level, to pursue great exploits….

To be an ambassador of change.
It’s time to DO what you’ve been CALLED to do and live the GOD-KIND Of LIFE.

The great thing is…

You’re not alone on this quest….

And even better, you don’t have to surround yourself with “many” to fulfill the task that God has given you. A task that includes taking risks, trusting his direction, and giving more of ourselves to HIM.

You now have a place where only the ambitious, the driven, savvy and unabashed female leaders get stuff done.

Finally, you can clear your mind, and revel in QUALITY instead of quantity.

It’s time to Tap into your INNATE GENUS right now… with ease and flow.

Tapping into your innate genius means reaching your 6-Figure Business Radiant ReBrand Crusade- through mentorship, support and high-level education which is focused on…
• Accepting that you have more than enough to succeed “right now” at this very moment
• Discovering your natural feminine gifts and influence
• Systematizing your operations and plans

NOW you finally gifted yourself with CHOICE.

Remember doing the work that you mastered, leaving you bored and unfulfilled. Working on someone elses vision… the place that you settled for… the place in your life that left you feeling frustrated and irritated.
I admire that you’re now prepared to lead and drive change, because you know that it will influence change and guarantee the results that you desire in your life for you family and your tribe. I value your courage to step up and answer the God’s call
To RISE to the next level.

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I think we click because maybe, just maybe you see the world though “abundant” eyes.

And because you’ve always believed there’s a different, more endearing way to inspire those who like you and I, don’t settle for “average”

Conforming to the status-quo makes both of us sick.

And, while others vilify or even worse, ignore the “black sheep, you marvel at their genus, model them and contribute to shifting the experience of
I know you’ll influence change

Together with our clique of conscious crusaders, we’ll build our stunning 5-Figure business, with class, innovation and originality.

We’ll lavish in abundance, revel in goodness and delight in our greatness reflected in others.

We take the time out to be grateful for the natural gifts servin in our life, We conspire for the success of others (no matter what)

We do what it takes. And, we live FREEDOM  everyday.

Why?

Because we see what other’s don’t,

And because …we’ve gifted ourselves with the choice.

I look forward to leading you to where you want to go beautiful, Success Maven.

Ms.Queenie

MARKET LIKE MY GRANDMA (Old School Techniques from My Great-Grandma Angie)

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You probably won’t believe this, but there was a time when I was terrified of marketing. The very thought of it made me cringe.

I hated talking to people about my business because I didn’t want to be known as “THAT” girl.

Well …

Long gone are the days where I keep my mouth shut about what I do for fear of how others may perceive me; now I seize every opportunity to share with others how I change lives through my work with SheRISES. (I also had a no-fluff business coach who straightened me out!)

When I stepped up my marketing game I realized that all I had to do was follow my great-grandmother’s marketing tips. Say what??

Yes. I was thumbing through some old photos of her and suddenly realized that she was a marketing genius. Here are 4 tips that I stole from my Grandma Angie:
1. HAVE A STRONG SCENT: Your grandmother probably wore a strong and very distinctive perfume. You know, the kind of perfume that lingers long after you’ve hugged her. My grandmother wore CHANEL 5; she was a sophisticated and classy woman. Just thinking about her, invokes the delightful fragrance. Grandma Angie’s house carried a distinctive smell as well. When I walked into her house it had a peculiar smell – like that old fashioned moth ball smell. I actually squirmed at the aroma when I was younger; however as I grew older, I came to appreciate and welcome the smell of my grandmother’s house. I instantly knew I was back in Florida when I walked through her door. Even now, whenever I’m in a store and I come across the distinctive “moth ball” scent, I immediately think about my grandmother. From a brand perspective, this taught me to carry a scent and to create a brand that has a smell (literally and figuratively). Does your brand have a scent?

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2.BRING YOUR SIGNATURE DISH TO THE TABLE: I don’t know about your grandmother, but my great grandmother had a signature dish. Her collard greens were delicious, and her country time iced tea was absolutely amazing. This might make you laugh, but my grandmother was also known for “stockpiling” before it became popular by the extreme couponers. Her kitchen was laid out like a grocery store and everybody knew it. Let’s pull out the marketing secrets from this tip. You must have a signature program, service or product and a distinctive way in which you do business. My signature programs are the 5-Figure Radiant Rebrand Business System & the 6-Week Female Success Brand & Personal Power Program. I hand select every woman that I work. All of my clients know that I don’t come into coaching calls unless I receive their application. No application, no call. Period. My 5-Figure Radiant Rebrand Business System teaches clients how to use a spiritual and stylish approach to add 5K every month over the next 12 months, attract premium paying clients and build a brand their clients love and adore. What’s your signature program, product or skill?

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3. ESTABLISH YOUR DISTINCT STYLE: My grandmother always wore these floral and plaid print cotton and polyester housecoats (Dusters). As a child I believed she had hundreds of them, but I’m sure it wasn’t that many. When customers see you and your brand (your skill or product) there should be a consistent visual identity to help them instantly recognize and relate to you.Your goal is to project an image that represents your values and establishes your unique beliefs. Clearly my grandmother was going for ease, comfort and a dash of style. Your brand image is all about how your customers perceive and experience you. How do your customers see you?

4. ESTABLISH YOUR PERSPECTIVE: Every grandmother has her point of view and she has a special way in which she sees the world. If I ask you to recall a saying or a deep-seated belief that your grandmother has, without hesitation, you’d be able to fire off several grandma-isms. In business, if you don’t have a unique position or view-point your customers won’t recognize your brand value and you won’t be remembered. As you talk to your customers about what you do, your goal is not to convince them to like you, your goal is to gain their respect and trust in you. Most grandmas have something to say about everything, and whether you agree with her opinion or not she’s going to give it to you. Your brand needs a stance and a point of view. Establish your own expressions, brand phrases, and mottos. Leave your trail of thinking in every business conversation. This will do wonders for your brand.

Brilliant Thinker, leave a comment and tell me which marketing tip resonates with you the most? What tips can you steal from your grandma?

5 Habits of Powerful People


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Habits are addictive practices that can either enhance your life or keep you stuck in life-defeating patterns that lead to mediocrity.

Powerful people maintain powerful habits that propel them forward and help them to access their greatest self. Here are five simple habits that you can adopt and incorporate into your life. 

1. Stillness– Your mind is full of chatter and fires off anywhere from 40,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Stillness helps you to evaluate, redirect, and cancel out thoughts that aren’t serving you and your purpose, and are life-draining and toxic. Challenge yourself to sit still for two minutes and hold one thought. Start with holding a word in your mind, such as love, God, purity, peace, or beauty. As you get better at sitting still, improve your time by 30-second intervals. When you do this, find a comfortable chair and sit up straight. Feel your toes, your hands and your heat beat. Get still as stillness will help you to become more of who you’re created to be and less of who you currently are. Adopting this mindset tool will help you to become stronger and helps to establish presence.

2. Writing– I write constantly because there is power in writing down your thoughts. I’ve been known to capture ideas and write them on the back of receipts, napkins, in journals, on my iPhone/ iPad, on scratch paper, and even in my bible. I’m always writing something. Writing is a powerful exercise that helps you to unveil hidden thoughts, beliefs, and creative ideas to help you lead a more dynamic life. Writing helps you make meaning out of your world and allows for you to express yourself in ways that speaking or thinking can’t. The power of this habit can’t be stressed enough.

Where do you write your thoughts down?

3. Exercising- I’m still working on this one, but movement is extremely helpful. When you move you’re aiding your body in the flow of oxygen, giving your digestive system a boost, helping blood flow through your body. All of this helps with lifting the fog from your mind and increasing clarity. When you run you release worries and doubts, and you learn to push through your self-imposed limits.

What’s your favorite exercise?

4. Reading- I strongly believe in having a balanced reading diet. You should have a healthy dose of fiction and non-fiction in your personal canon. In my library you can find books on law, government, social issues, spiritual dynamics, personal finance, and historical books. Your library is a reflection of your values, thoughts, and mindset. Say that with me: My library is a reflection of my values, thoughts, and mindset. Literacy gives you access to dynamic thoughts, propels you into conversation and thoughtful discourse, challenges your thinking, increases your discernment, and aids in personal growth and development. The great Jim Rohn said: “All readers are leaders.” He was the grandfather of personal development. Your leadership capacity is dependent upon this strategy.

What was the last book you read? How did it help you to become a better person? What lessons did you learn?

5. Thinking– Thinking is an underrated activity, especially in our “speak your mind and say what you want to say” culture. Deep thinking allows you to mull over ideas and meditate on your thoughts so that you can pull out important messages. Incorporating time within your day to think about the matters of your heart is just as important as taking big action. This type of thinking will allow you to make better decisions, download creative ideas, and establish scripts on how to proceed and succeed in different areas of your life. Most people are afraid to sit with their thoughts and balk at the idea of taking time out of their day to think about something on purpose, but this method increases your brilliance and puts you in a class of your own.

What’s the difference between stillness and thinking?

When you take time out of your day to think, you’re bringing a thought into your mind to grapple with, where as stillness is about letting go of your thoughts and allowing new thoughts and ideas to come to you.

The goal is to act thoughtfully instead of reacting to your world.

2030663I’m Queenie Johnson, M.A., Master Teacher & Brand  Strategist. I’m  a wife and DREAM MAKER. I founded   SheRISES-The School of Success for Women, a coaching, training and success academy designed for  the ambitious, yet stylish female entrepreneur who’s ready to make her creative dreams real and make more money, so that she can help more people. Let me help you launch your creative dream and teach you the Money,  Mindset & Magnificence Formula to help you upgrade your life. 

Queenie Loves: The Strategic Pyramid


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Mavens, today we’re kicking off our 10 days of Queenie Loves: Tips, Strategies, Resources & Products to Help You Live a Life that You’ll Absolutely Love.  Today I want to share with you the Strategic Pyramid, one of my favorite TED Talks and a great book.

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Many of you are working on launching your business or redeveloping your brand so, I thought this tip would be the perfect way to start our countdown to Valentines Day.

Do You Have  A Business? 

Building a business isn’t easy, but building a business without concrete knowledge of your purpose, mission, vision and goals is a big NO, NO. Are you doing that?

Introducing The Strategic Pyramid 

What I like about this pyramid is that it helps you to put these big ideas into perspective.Remember, your ‘WHY’ (Purpose)  is the most important aspect of your company. What’s Your Why?

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Want More Evidence?

Check out this Ted Talk by Simon Sinek. In his presentation he shares, How great leaders inspire action. “The Golden Circle” will teach you why some are able to inspire and others are not.

If you like his Ted Talk you’ll love his book. 

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Find your ‘Why’ Mavens.

Identifying your ‘WHY’ is foundational to building your  prosperous business.

If you already have your ‘WHY,’ post your why below.

 

Interested In Working With Me? 
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You don’t have to be alone in the dream making process. Do you need to get UNSTUCK? Do you need LASER-FOCUS to help push your programs, services or products OVER THE TOP? If you say yes, you’ll love The Clarity Call . It’s my most affordable success coaching & high-impact program designed for the creative woman seeking clarity, mentorship and proven success strategies to launch them forward and live their dreams out loud. For more information about signing up for your Clarity Call, you may give me a call at 1-213-537-4738. You may also reply to this message for your inquiries. www.sheRises.org #KeepRISING

Thursday Talk w/Queenie: Turning Passion into Profit

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Today is Thursday Talk w/Queenie.  Our question today comes from @CocktailsnConvo-

Hi Queenie-How do you turn your passion into an opportunity to be an additional stream of income. Where do you start?

Answer:

Fantastic question!

@CocktailsnConvo-You must start with two foundational understandings.  You are a creator & money is energy.

To have them flow into your life you must be willing to accept that what you create has power; power to inspire, encourage and make others feel good. You also have to understand that money will willingly flow into your life once you make space for it to show up. As an energy force, money has unlimited potential and can manifest in your life at any time.

I’m assuming that in this case your passion is your purpose and when you exercise it- people respond to you positively. If this is the case then it’s time to put a price tag on what you’re already doing and start selling it.

Once you have a price its now time to:

1. Start telling people about your offer- Give other people the opportunity to partake in the goodness that you’ve created, don’t be stingy. Be sure to find the right people for your product or service, just remember not to become spammy on social media sites.

2. Get some real estate on the worldwide web- Get a simple website up but, don’t spend unnecessary cash upfront on a website. Your initial website is a place for you to post your services, pictures of your service or product and accept credit card payments using PayPal or a merchant account. As your business grows you can invest in an upgraded website.

3. Think about how much you’d like to be making- Declaring how much money you’d like to earn and attract is empowering. Target a number that makes you feel happy and alive. Aim for the number that makes you a little bit uncomfortable and challenges you, not for the number that makes you scared and paralyzes you.

4. Establish systems to get results-How will clients get in touch with you? How will you organize your time and establish your calendar? What strategies will you use to follow up with and through with clients. How will you ask for money, bill and collect it?

 

As you apply these principles more information will be unfolded to you.

Keep RISING

Queenie Johnson/Success Coach

Interested in Working with Me? 

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[FREE] The Ultimate Gift for the HOLIDAYS

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Today I am offering a special gift to everyone. Some of you may have this gift already and, if you do, great. Your job is to tap further into the opportunity that exists for you as a beholder of the gift.

And for those of you who don’t have the gift already, my hope is that you’ll read about what’s available and gladly accept the gift.

The gift that I’m giving away is absolutely FREE. You don’t have to pay for it, but it will cost you something.

It will cost you your old thoughts, outdated beliefs, and your bad habits.

The gift that I’m giving away will shine a light on the darkness of your past and your inner conflicts and reveal any area of your life that’s out of alignment.

My gift to you this season is a set of understandings based on one idea. I call this gift the ultimate personal development decision.

All you have to do is understand, receive, and accept the gift of CHRIST (also known as Jesus or by his Hebrew name, Yeshua).

1. Understand that Christ loves you and your decision to see yourself as love in and through HIM is a game-changing decision for how you live your life. Remember, LOVE is a filler. It fills every void in your life and allows your tears to be turned into peace and joy.

2. Receive the forgiveness that exists in HIM. Forgiveness is an agent of change that you can use in every area of your life. Forgiveness will wipe your heart of its cuts and bruises, deep disappointments, unseen bitterness, and resentment. You will also be able to release toxic and life-draining thoughts that are established to stop you from growing into your glorious self.

3. Accept CHRIST as the atonement. This is the ultimate gift that you can give to yourself and everyone around you. When you do this, you immediately access CHRISTal-clear vision. CHRISTal-clear vision is the ability to see things from a higher plane. You’re able to make quality decisions and choices that have profound effects on your life and everyone around you.

4. Realize that Christ’s goal is for you to have “life and live more abundantly”. Regardless of the personal development courses you’ve taken on being your best self and the tapes you heard or the shows you’ve watched (e.g., Life Class, Tony Robbins, and Iyanla Fix My Life), at the core of all of these teachings is an understanding that having CHRIST makes all of it work.

Even when you read great classics like Think and Grow Rich or listen to tapes by the great Jim Rohn, they all recognize this one truth.

By accepting The Ultimate Gift you will be able to return to the source of all things. This simple act of receiving will enable you to tap into your inner wisdom and it will serve as a power pivot in your life.

To accept the gift all you have to do is say: Christ, I accept you as the atonement for my sins and I invite you into my heart.

It’s that simple.

Once you accept this gift, you have the greatest opportunity to open yourself up, develop and strengthen your innate capacity for greatness, as well as RISE and elevate yourself at any moment from any “gravitational pull of stressful situations” – whether it’s a hurtful exchange of words with a loved one, a difficult circumstance at work, or a horrible act of violence that takes place in the world.

Your courage to step up and into the light is admirable.

For those of you who’ve received the gift of Christ in the past, I challenge you to spend some time re-establishing your connection with HIM. Reignite your inner flame each day and ground yourself in HIS love.

There is an undeniable beauty that exists in abiding in HIS love and perfect peace.

Once you accept this gift and attune your awareness to the heart of God, you’ll be able to be enter the majestic calm and rest in a deep state of stillness and intimate communion.

Your optimism will leave you ecstatic about your future and what lies ahead.

Cheers and Happy Holidays,

Queenie

P.S. This is one of my BIG VISION 2020 secrets and internal personalized truths.

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