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Grind, Glow & Grow : How Bad Do You Want It Part 2?

Lolo Jones, an American track star, was quoted as saying: “I’ve trained every day for the past four years, five days a week, for a 12 second race.”

Um, come again?

Did she really say 12 seconds?

Yes, she did.

When I heard Lolo say that I instantly realized that I couldn’t fathom training every day for a 12 second race.

In fact,

I couldn’t imagine training five days a week, eight hours a day, for an opportunity four years into the future.

Heck, can you?

Come on.

Don’t lie.

Can you really imagine your dream in real time being held within a 12 second timeframe?

Honestly, I can’t – but if you’re a track star, that’s your reality. You train to position yourself to compete at the highest level. Then you train some more to prepare for the “big stage” (aka the Olympics) all to represent yourself, your country, and your coach. This is why I admire  athletes – they have such a deep level of discipline and work ethic towards not just achieving their goals, but positioning themselves to have the opportunity to achieve those goals.

It’s the difference between hoping to arrive, attain, and achieve, and taking the necessary steps to move towards the mark set for yourself.

When I think of the SheRISES community (the Success Mavens), I think of smart, dynamic, and creative women like you training for their next big race. The race is synonymous with our personal projects and goals that will serve the greater good of the world. But I often question our level of dedication to being and becoming the person who God called us to be.

Twelve seconds for Lolo Jones is the difference between being a track star and being an Olympic Gold Medalist, and although being a track star and record holder is good, being an Olympic Gold Medalist is much better.

So my questions is:

“How bad do you want it?”

I asked you this same question a couple weeks ago in Part 1 of the How Bad Do You Want It? series and many of you said, “Queenie, I really want it.”

So my question to you today is: “What does your training look like?”

1. Is it once a week or five times a week?
2. Are you consistent or spotty?
3. Do you train like your life depends on it?
4. Do you train like someone else’s life depends on it?
5. Are your training days scheduled?
6. Have you narrowed down what you’re training for?
7. Do you have a coach to help you train?

This week I challenge you to push forward and Grind, Glow, and Grow.

It’s time for you to stop talking, stop daydreaming, and start taking the necessary steps to give yourself and your dream everything you’ve got. If you have a book in your mind, start writing; if you have a program, start scripting the outline; if you want more clients, start developing your sales strategy. If you want to start a volunteer program, just start it.

Remember,

excellence is the result of high-level training.

It’s not an accident,

nor does it occur by happenstance.

Simply stated, you have to train for success.

Write This Down:
Success is a deliberate intention, coupled with right action, and accurate thinking.

Interested in Working with Me?

Are you impelled to take your life to the next level? Are you ready to RISE OVER THETOP 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

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