Thursday, October 1, 2020

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By Dr. Terri Simmons

These days many people are working so hard at finding that light at the end of their long and dark tunnel. You just may be that light because of all that you have learned and experienced. The hard truth is although what you have gone through may have been hard for you, it was not for you at all. It was for you to lead the way for someone else to get through. Your hard road has given you a gusto, a bright light which is a pathway for someone else who is searching for their way out.

Here are 5 tips to keeping your brights on and turning them up!

  1. Be Stable – Don’t be led by your emotions. You are placed where you are supposed to be to be that example to someone. Don’t blend in. Stand out. Turn it up to the next level of brightness. Be the same at home as you are outside. There is no room for hypocrisy.
  2. Be Joyful – Don’t drink lemon juice! Live a joyful and consistent life in front of people. They will ask you what you do and will want to follow you. Happiness is not permanent and can change because circumstances can change, but joyfulness is an inner state of being. Can you not get what you want and still be joyful yet keep going? If you have joy you can.
  3. Be Good to People – Give forward. Smile first. Wave first. Give a card first. Do a project, an event or give love just because. Be a blessing to someone because you can.
  4. Be Positive – Good news helps the body, the soul and the mind to be positive. It surrounds you with good energy and people recognize it instantly, especially when you enter a room.
  5. Keep Doing What is Right – Make the effort to turn your brights up just a little bit more. Whatever the room, the atmosphere, the team, needs from you, you already have it in your power to give it. Reach down from your gut and deep in your heart and give it. And then after you’ve given, give some more. You will be better for it and so will they. And make no mistake about it, after you are long gone, you will be long remembered for it.

Your gusto is all the brightness that you have in you to give. So since you have it, turn it up. There is far more bright lights in you than all the lights of New York City! Not only make sure you have your brights on, but turn them up and let them shine, someone is looking for you!

by Dr. Terri Simmons

Many times in business we start slow because we think we need someone to hold our hand and show us the way, even though we already know the basic rules to the game. It’s when the game changes that we seem to look back and at the same time try to run forward with the crowd and wonder why the crowd is so far ahead.

For many of us it forces us to throw our hands up and sit on the sidelines and contemplate quitting. Past wins are not enough to stay in the game and quitting really isn’t an option. So how do we gather our wits and make all that we have learned work so that we can catch up with the crowd?

Here are a few steps to accelerating the rules of the game for our team, even our team of one!

  1. Leave: You cannot accelerate with the weight of the past hanging on you. Get out of your comfort zone and leave it behind.
  2. Get Busy: There is no such thing as boredom in a person who has things to do. Do not stand still. Make a list of things that must get done and people that must be called and do them.
  3. Moment: Do not miss the moment. Procrastination and excuses will do that. Seize it.
  4. Find the Way: There is always a way if you want to get it done. There is one way mapped out just for you and only you can find it.
  5. Know: You must know who you are and what you alone are supposed to do. You are unlike anyone else. To copy anyone perfectly will only render you second best.
  6. Conquer Distractions: Change your focus to conquer distractions. Don’t look behind and don’t look to the past. Past victories are a trap and a set up for a setback. Focus on your current journey, get a strategy and move only forward.
  7. Give: Give and you put yourself in a position to give more. You are to be a blessing over and over. You have been in a place of need because you have been in a place challenged to give. Give out of your own need.
  8. Listen: Clues to what is going on and what you need to do are happening every moment. You have two ears so that your listening will be clearer. Quiet yourself so that you can hear.
  9. Follow: Great leaders leave great footsteps. And because of that it’s not hard to understand which way to go. Look at the imprint, place your own foot in the steps laid by the masters and you will go in the same successful directions.
  10. Lead: You already have so much information, experience and knowledge inside you. Lead yourself forward while you are on your road to your promised land.

Fine tune each of these points as you build your army of believers. With all diligence, patience, tenacity and with keen focus you will be further than you expected and will begin to build a team that is running with you. Get Going.

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By Dr. Terri Simmons

We all know, “The Early Bird Gets the Worm”. Many people would rather burn the midnight oil in order to get extra things done, only to find that not much really got done. And when the alarm goes off, 5 minutes and then 5 more minutes and again just 5 little minutes later, there just isn’t enough time to jump into the shower, pour up that cup of java and slap the face adequately to be ready and awake for that to-do list that is always added to from what was not done the day before. And the proverbial, “There isn’t enough time in the day”, is ever repeated!

While night owls try to polish up their productivity, they have yet to prove that oil burning is really beneficial in the grand scheme of things. The birds on the other hand are proving that snatching up worms before day-break is not only beneficial but is far more satisfying to the mind, body and the soul. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.“ — Eleanor Roosevelt

Time is the only thing we can never get back once it is spent, therefore it is our most valuable commodity. There is no favoritism here. We each get the same amount of it, however some of us are greatly more skilled in how to use it than others. The better we are at using it, the more production we will have in the totality of our life. A simple thing as greeting the sun as it rises will dramatically change the direction and the quality of our life. Just by rising early we really do become healthier, wealthier and so much wiser. Here are 10 worm loving reasons why!

  1. You Can Get Prepared. You are awake some 16 hours each day. Make a list of about 4 to 5 major things and then 3 to 4 small things that must get done for the next day. Don’t over think this. Go to bed without the bad news on the tube. Preferably play light classical music, (no words), it creatively stimulates the brain while you sleep. If you have to squeeze housework, errands and other family things in your day, make your list shorter. If you go to bed, you can get up. Suppose you go to bed at 9 or 10pm, you can train yourself to get up at 4 or 5am. During your waking hours, set a start and an ending time to begin and end each thing on your list. Check off when completed. Remain focused. If you cannot complete it in the allotted time, move it to the next day. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin
  2. You Can Become Creative. After a good night’s sleep and listening to classical music to stimulate the creative juices in your brain, upon waking your brain is ready to create. In fact creativity flows better in the morning. After a few days of this activity, you will see your creativity begin to come alive. When you set this in your mind, your body will follow and your days will become much more productive.
  3. You Can Exercise. If you think you don’t have the time to work out, your time is found in your snooze-button. Those extra 10 minutes of sleep and then another 10 minutes it takes to get out of bed and then another 10 to get from the bed to hurry to get dressed, is 30 rushed minutes. Then, most assuredly you will slow down somewhere and either grab breakfast or a cup of java or the morning news or waste time in another area. There is the rest of your workout time. That doesn’t mean going to the gym. Get creative. It doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. Walk around the block, use the bottom step on your stairs, dance, etc… My point is you have time if you make time. It stimulates your brain and gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Even if you start small you will see results. Just 20 minutes a day…aren’t you worth that?
  4. You Can Become Healthy. Making healthier decisions requires thinking. It’s easier for others to think for you. Case-in-point, studies show that 70-80% of North America is overweight predominantly because of pre-packaged high caloric foods as well as the convenience of fast-food. If it’s important to you, research what type of foods are best for you and stock up on what is necessary for bettering your health. If you go to an event over the weekend, enjoy yourself and then once you return home, get back to your regimen. If you work late and know that you are a snacker, think, think, think! Prepare things to help you get through those late nights. Northwestern University did a study and showed that night owls consume 250 more calories than day folk thus contributing to the chunky population!
  5. You Can Build Momentum. While most of the world is still asleep, you can be ahead of the game. You can get more done before lunch than most people do all day if you set your mind to do so. You have that sense of being on top of your game, inner satisfaction and real accomplishment. There is something about being up in the early morning. My entrepreneurial grandfather use to say he could smell money in the air early in the morning more than at any other time in the day. If you sit near a window while you work in the early morning, as you are finishing your projects and the sun is coming over the trees, you can see the world waking up. What have they been doing while you have been creating? They have been pushing that snooze button…a dangerous thing!
  6. You Can Zero In. Early in the morning typically the house, the world is quiet. You can concentrate and zero in and be in your creative zone. This is when distractions are very minimal and silence is high. Get to it. Train yourself to go to bed so you can create and change your world! “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn
  7. You Can Go To Sleep. When you are young, staying out late is a way of life. But as age creeps in, sleep becomes your best friend, however to get things done, it appears that you must stay up to get things done. As the years go by, the lack of sleep will show its’ ugly head in bad health. When going to bed early, you will awaken fresh and ready for creative action which will add to you instead of subtract from you. Getting up early doesn’t necessarily make your days longer, just more effective so make each day count. The bonus to this is not only waking up early will allow you to sleep more soundly, but your sleep will be more productive. Give it a few weeks for your body to make the adjustment. Start slow. Set your alarm just a little earlier every day until you reach a reasonable sweet spot for your morning rise.
  8. You Can Become Hopeful. Everyone is hopeful when they feel a sense of accomplishment. Who isn’t happy when they are making head-way and getting ahead in life? Make the commitment to not only go to be and go to sleep but get up early every morning so that your productivity and creativity can happen before the rest of the world wakes up. Staying up late to watch flick after flick is not cool!
  9. You Can Get Up and Get Out. Whether it’s to work, the airport or a business meeting, getting up early allows you to prepare for where you need to go and get there without the hassle and headache that you would deal with if the roads were filled with people. Your commute or travel time is literally cut in half if you rise before the sun because the rest of the travelers are still in bed. And it speaks to your own well-being if you get to your destination early. You can scope out where everything is, get yourself situated, grab a cup of coffee, relax and do a little meditation before your meeting begins. This is part of you controlling your day instead of your day controlling you. Personal Satisfaction.
  10. You Can Have “Me” Time. If you can learn to go to bed and get up early and work productively and have satisfaction with your daily activities, you have the right to schedule play time for yourself. All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy! Schedule time for yourself and know that it’s ok to do so.

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” — Mark Caine

Successful people are a tight-knit group of individuals with a set of particular specifications. Among them, they all love the worm! They get up strong, very early and it carries them throughout their day with determination and intensity to get their varying jobs done, thus ending their day with great satisfaction.

Begin tonight so that you can start fresh tomorrow. Worms, you will learn to love them!

Did you know?

What you believe to be positive and motivating thoughts just may be what is keeping you from achieving your goals?

For example, you may constantly think, “I want to buy a new home,” or, “I want to go back to school and get a degree.” These both seem like positive thoughts, BUT they are actually hindering you from getting your new home or attaining that degree.


The phrase “I want” keeps you WANTING to do these things instead of actually doing them. So, you continue to WANT to buy the home or WANT to get a degree — never accomplishing your goals.

Train yourself to be very conscious of the thoughts you have, the words you say, the habits you develop, and the beliefs you hold dear. Your beliefs determine what you habitually do. What you habitually do is governed by what you say you will do. And what you say you will do was merely a thought before you ever uttered the words.

You are a creator, and your world is constructed on the foundation that is your mindset. If you don’t like the world you are living in now, you have the power to change it by first changing your mind.

We are embarking on a new year, use this as an opportunity to start things fresh. But in order for THINGS to change, YOU must change first! That means letting go of all the beliefs you hold about not being able to change because of one thing or another.

Going into 2015, let’s graduate our words from, “I want,” to, “I WILL,” and, “I AM!” Let us achieve the life of our dreams that, so far, we have only been practicing to live. It is time to not just have potential, but to be accomplished!

Written by: Javona Smith

Excerpt from the upcoming book, “From bags to Riches: Overcome Emotional Baggage.
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There are people in the world who, in an attempt to make themselves seem greater-than, are consistently trying to one-up you. They claim to be a better parent than you or are always bragging about a new high-tech gadget they recently purchased or how fulfilling their love life is. When you allow them to penetrate your mind, it causes you to lose focus on how great you are.

The truth is that one-uppers don’t really believe they are better than you; they enjoy telling you how wonderful they are because they have a delicate self-esteem and they are trying to impress you. They feel that you are worthy of impressing. Remember that and be gentle when someone tells you they have an 80” television compared with your 70”. If they really thought you were beneath them they wouldn’t feel the need to compare notes with you at all.

When some of us encounter the aforementioned type of person, we may feel insecure and waste time trying to fix what is wrong with us instead of shrugging it off. In addition, there is always something in the media that will lead you to focus on what you are lacking or on what is wrong with you. You then get distracted from your strengths because your focus is misplaced.

The first step is changing your own mindset or your perspective. For example, instead of taking action on your faults and the thing that is supposedly wrong with you, spend more time building up what you are good at and the things that are right with you.

In order to focus on what is right with you or your strong points, practice being more optimistic rather than pessimistic. Here is what this looks like: instead of wallowing in negative thoughts, think positive ones. When you find yourself thinking negatively, train yourself to snap out of it by thinking of positive outcomes instead. What can you learn from the situation or circumstance? Can this experience eventually help others get through this once you conquer it? If you think of positive outcomes in the place of impending doom, you open yourself up to be stronger and have more power over your own life.

Focus on building upon your strengths with what you already have, and more of that will be attracted to you, out weighing any so-called weak areas. If you have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) you may a tough time securing employment. Turn this into a strength by finding a fast-paced job with flexible hours and a less-rigid structure. Or start your own business so that you can design your own work environment and hours.

Everyone has at least one thing they can do better than thousands of other people. But so many people will claim not to have any talents or strengths. We were all created with at least one gift to share with the world, but we have to unwrap it and own it ourselves before we can give it away. If you don’t know it already, figure out what your strength is, own it, give it away, and watch your life change for the best – not because life became easier. But because you became better and stronger.

Written by: Javona Smith

Excerpt from the upcoming book, “From Bags to Riches: Overcome Emotional Baggage.”

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Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” ~ Helen Keller

You cannot have big ideas in small spaces, broaden your mind. Picture yourself being the best YOU ever, then take massive action to get there. Have you ever heard someone say, ‘I will believe it when I see it’? If this is your belief, it will hold you back from the greatness you can accomplish. A simple change of words and can change your life. A belief is what guides you into action. If you already believe a thing you will do everything it takes to make it happen. However, if you think you need to see it first, you may be waiting a very long time. There is no time like now to take massive action towards living the life you have always wanted.

Your beliefs and your mindset are one and the same. If you believe you can’t realize your dreams, you won’t. If you have a winning mindset, your dreams are already realized or just waiting for you to catch up.

There are many people who have started out just like you and went on to accomplish great things because they believed they could. Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carey, Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey, Brian Tracy and many more started out with so much baggage they couldn’t stand up against the world at times. They did not allow what their experiences to hinder them from living their best life. Oprah Winfrey was sexually abused by her brother, Jim Carey lived out of his car in Hollywood, Tyler Perry was molested by church members, Steve Harvey was homeless and divorced on his way to success, Brian Tracy did not graduate from high school.

If they had all waited until success came knocking on their door, they would not be where they are today. Instead, they sought out success and it eventually attracted to them like a magnet. It all starts with a belief. If you believe that “money is the root of all evil,” chances are you will be broke or subconsciously spend every dollar you earn for fear that it will somehow corrupt you. If you believe, “all men are dogs,” chances are you will always keep a man in the doghouse instead of in your heart. If you believe you are, “fat and ugly,” chances are you will create or contribute to that outcome.

It is more rewarding to know that money itself isn’t evil, but the people who love it are. Know that there are good men in the world get out of your comfort zone and make yourself available to one. Stop overeating or eating unhealthy foods. Get a makeover to change the way you look. But even doing all these things won’t change your life if you don’t change your beliefs. If you believe something cannot happen for you, you create the loser energy in your life. Once you believe you can do something, you will own the winning energy to do it.

Excerpt from the upcoming book, “From Bags to Riches: Overcome Emotional Baggage.”

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