Today is the 4th of July and never have I really questioned whether or not I was going to celebrate this holiday before but I am today. This year I could care less about waving a flag or looking at fireworks because our country is not free we are bound.
We’re distracted by poor leadership, we’re hurting from the countless injustices men, women, and children are suffering each day, and we have so many neglected community issues. Are we really free? Are our people truly liberated? I don’t think so.
I’m concerned because there are so many ignorant individuals who are celebrating BBQs with new weaves and nails and linen outfits and don’t fully understand what we’re celebrating. As an African American woman I would be remiss if I didn’t address what this means to be. The history of my people and the current oppression of my people leaves much to be freed from.
Instead of standing over a grill I’m going to stand over my notebook with my pen and draft more ideas to bring to my local community, review an outline for my next book for youth, and find more places to speak. Yes I’ll eat but I won’t be lacking because I didn’t have corn on the cobb but I will be empowered for the push forward.
We’ve got to take the action necessary to continue to push our country forward, our communities forward, and the people we call friends and family forward. Look for your opportunity today while you’re celebrating to strike conversation. It’s through asking questions that we really can get answers and form opinions. Use the tools you have in front of you to create the change you want to see. It may seem like such a small step but a step forward is progress. Be progressive!
May God bless America. I’ll continue to pray for my country, my local community and its leaders. What will you be doing?
Have you ever noticed that it is really hard to make a decision sometimes? There might be two really good choices to chose from and you just have no idea what to do? You call a friend and ask for their opinion and then you still try to decide what’s going to be best for you.
Check out these steps to the decison making process to learn how you make decisions:
1. Define the problem. You typically need to make a decision because you have a problem to solve.
What is the goal you hope to acheive when you reach a solution? Example: Problem: I really need an outfit for this graudation party. Solution: I will find something that looks good on me and is appropriate for the occasion.
2. Think about your other possibilities. You are stuck making a decision because you have multiple choices. Think about all the alternatives to the problem.
3. Evaluate your choices. Ask yourself is this choice in line with what I’m trying to accomplish with my life? If your answer is no, don’t do it. If your answer is yes, write it down until you’ve been able to narrow down your top choices.
4. Choose. Choose the best option that is in line with the problem. Make sure your choice makes you feel comfortable and makes sense after you’ve evaluated all of your choices.
5. Do it. Whatever your choice is, act on it!
There is nothing wrong with taking your time in making decisions. We are a result of the decisions we make so decision making is a huge part of who we are. It’s nothing to take lightly but it is something to take seriously, master, and utilize everyday.
Question: What is a big decision you had to make today?
How many excuses can you come up with before you actually get work done? Excuses help pacify the fact that you aren’t producing. It’s time to stop making excuses for yourself and get the work done.
Just think of every excuse you make for yourself as a step further down the ladder of success. Who intentionally wants to take steps in the wrong direction? I know you don’t!
As a woman you have to accept responsibility and provide accountability for the things you do and don’t accomplish. Your main purpose as woman is to reproduce! That doesn’t change when it comes to the work world either. This is your time to reproduce, that is multiply. By multiplying you can increase in all areas of your life.
You bring things into existence with your creative abilities. That means you supply your life with the things you desire by making it happen. Why deny yourself that? I challenge you to declare right now that you shall not be denied because of laziness. Declare that you will stop playing and get what needs to get done, done!
Remember F.O.C.U.S.!! Follow one course until successful.
1. Define your own success. When it comes to success I find it interesting that people are always Googling how to make it big or how to makes loads of money. The only way to be successful under your own terms is to define success for yourself. What does it means to be successful? Does it mean a new position? A new salary? A nice car or a house is a fancy neighborhood? You cannot allow others to define success for you.
I miss Michelle Obama. Every time she spoke she dropped knowledge to help us reflect our own way of thinking and actions! Here’s a look back to a few great tips from Michelle Obama.
“He believes when you work hard and you cross the door of opportunity, don’t slam it! Don’t close the door behind you! You REACH BACK and bring others up! @MichelleObama 1. Leadership is 100% about creating new leaders. If you are at the top and love the feeling of being above your subordinates then your motives for leadership are off. Effective leaders lead because they want to create change, influence others to take action, and work their way to a position to challenge the same in others. ”Being President doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are.” @MichelleObama 2. Leadership is an internal expression of an inward ability. Leaders shouldn’t become someone “new” once they get into their position because leadership is not about position. Leadership is about the ability to influence change on any level. It reveals who you are because it should be who you are.
If you are anything like me, you are a seeker. A seeker is a person who is searching for something or tries to find or obtain something. I believe that “seeking” is at the core of every person but what separates those who are more successful is their ability to understand fully what they’re trying to obtain and creating a plan for getting there.
This course is for you if you’re seeking freedom in all areas of life and are no longer interested in being bound by your own thoughts, negative words.
This course is a reflection of eight life steps and stages that you’ll transition through as you begin to seek greater experiences.
This online course is one that will allow you reflect on yourself, the path you’re on and the one you desire to enter into. This course will activate your faith and your help diminish your fears about your present and future.
So today I invite you to invest in this personal course and add it to your collection of development tools. It’s one of those courses that you can listen to again and again and get something new from it each time. Don’t forget to get social with me and share your feedback.
Here’s to your growth, transition, and re-commitment to your best life!
What steps can we take today to build our youth for the future? What jobs are we qualifying them for? What relationships are we helping them establish? What goals are we helping them reach? What gaps are we creating bridges for them to cross? There are many facets of youth’s life’s we have yet to reach. Take your gifting and connect with a young person today!
The Obama’s are resting comfortably on their pillows tonight soaking in every last detail of the White House and probably reflecting on a job well done. There are some tonight are at home crying about what tomorrow will bring as we induct a new president in these United States.
However I challenge you not to feel fear, regret, doubts, or anger. I challenge you to get ready. The blessed thing the Obama’s have done is set a BEAUTIFUL example of leadership, class, grace, work, relationship building, servant leadership, and public speaking. They have taught us how to gather people around issues that are important in our communities and neighborhoods and to do the work.
As with any great leader, they’ve created many more leaders. That’s us! We now have to say to ourselves it’s time to do the work. What’s still important to me? What’s still important in my community? What’s still important for advocacy, funding, and conversation?
We’ve been shown the way now it’s up to us to go the way! So tonight I go to bed with a smile on my face because regardless of what goes on in this world, I’m reminded of what I have that can never be taken away and that’s a passion for serving my community and the courage to do so.
Find your passion, find your voice, and let’s get out here and continue to carry the torch for our communities and those who are depending on us!