Teamwork makes the dream work

The same basic principles and core values apply when working with a team to accomplish purpose as with those of an individual. With the exception, that it takes the DECISION, COMMITMENT, COUNTING UP THE COST, DENYING OF SELF, INVESTMENT, WORKING and WAITING of ALL involved. It takes collaboration and partnership!

I’ll start this with my own personal story. Keep in mind this is my experience but also may be yours.

My Journey

Many years ago, as I started planning, developing, honing my skills, growing; as I pursued the visions and dreams for God’s Storehouse Ministries and REGS Books, I invited many in to be a part of the vision. Granted, although with some it may have been premature, yet I shared the vision and dreams with hopes of being a blessing to many others while praying that people would “catch” the vision and run with it.

The vision was plainly written, detailing services each organization would provide and shared with so many. There were many that came along at various stages and volunteered their assistance, some donated financially while others invested their time, yet it’s taken years for the manifestation to fully come about.

There were many that gave lip service.

I realized that even though this was my dream and vision to bless many through the services offered, I literally was running myself ragged. Neglecting my family, neglecting my health, investing my personal finances to the point where I placed myself as with my immediate family in some very precarious situations, assisting in the caretaking of an elderly family member, inviting people to come in yet they sometimes showed up and sometimes not. (Most often it was the latter.)

I opened an office, invited many to a grand opening, asked people to serve on the Board of Director’s for God’s Storehouse Ministries as with the Advisory Board for Regina Mixon Enterprises dba REGS Books Publishing (formerly REGS Books LLC). No committed takers.

While working a full-time job, I put in another 40 hours a week growing, learning, writing, falling down, getting back up…oh yeah begging and pleading with people to get on board. (David said “I was young and now I am old, yet I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken nor their seed begging bread.” Why was I begging people to help me to help them to help others? I didn’t know my worth plus I had to get to the point to where I was willing to stand alone: I had to get to the point of fully obeying the calling.)

Keep in mind, I share this not as a means of putting anyone on blast as I am truly appreciative to all those that did as with those that didn’t. I learned a lot because of each group and I honestly can say I am truly grateful.

I paid some people to do jobs that they never did and had no qualms about not having done so. I didn’t pay a few people that actually did jobs until…well later…much later.

No real financial donations came in for God’s Storehouse Ministries over the years yet many services provided. The highest outside amount ever received in any year has been less than $5,000. Too many verbal broken promises.

I tried to “SHOW” people that I am a team player as I attempted to partner with many. In most cases, it was not reciprocated. In a few cases it was.

I found that it was more of a “What can you do for me?” kind of relationship as opposed to the round table meetings taking place and discussing what can we do for each other.

I joined groups, letting the leaders know in advance in most cases, that I was limited in my involvement but would support as best as I could. I fully understand the importance of commitment. Our yes should be yes and our no should be no.

I paid for events that I could not attend. Why? Exhausted coupled with the fact that often I had no one willing to attend and assist me. Add to that limited finances that would not allow me to pay for an assistant.

Did I let people down from time to time? Oh Yes! Exhaustion overtook me many times to the point to where I could not fulfill my commitments. Feeling guilty, hurt and let down, I beat myself up.

It dawned on me sometimes later (actually years ago) that even though I was learning all of these things as the visionary for the company, it was not and is not God’s will for any one person to do. There is not anywhere found “I” in TEAM. 95% of the work done by one person nor the investing nor the sacrificing and neglecting oneself… It was totally out of order.

I sacrificed great relationships. I gave above and beyond the tithe!

Notice in these writings, there is absolutely too much “I” in here.

So now that I’ve shared that, the question I ask of you is: What Impact Does Teamwork Have on Manifestations? The answer is without a functional team, a dream is just a dream; a dream is delayed.

When you are building a church or business or organization that’s about community, or living in a house with other adults, it takes the cooperation and commitment of all parties involved to make it work. A house divided against itself shall not stand. Each person should understand their roles, the importance each plays and know that without the DECISION to make it happen, the COMMITMENT to the cause, the COUNTING UP THE COST, the WORKING together to see manifestations, the WAITING and the DENYING SELF in some situations, the house/organization is Destined to Fail.

God placed us all here with many different gifts and talents so that we could complete each other’s visions and dreams, not compete with each other or anyone for that matter. One person should not do all of the administrative work, the bookkeeping, the pick up and delivery of items, the taking of tons of classes, the writing of books, selecting books for publication, be responsible for paying all of the bills, cleaning the house, buying the food, cooking the food, adrress auto issues, etc., etc.. Not when there are other adults involved.

I know nothing about computers, or very little. I know nothing or very little about printers. Heck, most times I can’t even figure out my cell phones features!

What Impact Does Teamwork Have on Manifestations and having a house/group/organization/church stand? With a FUNCTIONING TEAM, the house/group/organization/church is DESTINED TO WIN!

Can one fully plan and execute an event or operate any of these without a willing and functional team? No!

What’s the consequences of not having a team? The house/group/organization/church will not stand. God is a God of order!

Having said all of this, I conclude this with this…What’s Gonna Work? Teamwork!!! Let’s get it in order and watch the hand of God move in miraculous ways. Forget yesterday. Today is a new day and a new beginning.

Just like I am tired, there are so many others out there who need your hands, your gifts, your talents, your resources. Your churches, your businesses, your ministries, your schools, your local non-profits all need your help!

I’m getting some rest now (and lots of it) as I have some personal goals to accomplish like–

  1. Getting out of debt (Yep)
  2. Losing weight
  3. Breaking free from some habits that are unhealthy
  4. Reevaluating and reassessing some relationships
  5. Getting my book to the editor

Yeah, I’ve got work to do. I’ve got to clean up some messes I’ve made so that I can start my life afresh! Excited!!!

Oh and I will still work, wait, and do whatever else I can as God leads. You see, He is not a man that He should lie and I know He’s sending my REAL TEAM PLAYERS in! (Maybe I’ve had some of them all along and they just were not ready…Either way…IT’S Time NOW!)

Love you ALL to LIFE! And I do love and appreciate each and everyone that has come on at various times throughout this journey. I could not have done what I’ve done without your assistance. Now it’s just time for ALL of us to come TOGETHER!

Next week’s topic: Market Analysis: Assessing Whether or Not There is a Need for Your Services

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What’s the secret? Why is it some people succeed or see manifestations of what they say in their lives while other’s don’t? Allow me to give you 7 keys that assures one of seeing manifestations.

  1. Decide. Everything starts with a decision. Regardless of what you desire to see manifest in your life, you first must DECIDE that you want it.
  2. Count Up the Cost. Once a decision has been made to do whatever it is you desire to do, you must consider the cost. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 lbs. by a certain date, you know in order to do so you must forego that ice cream that you love or those candy bars and that favorite soft drink of yours that you absolutely love. You also know that you must invest time in food prep, exercise, healthy eating…you must do all of the things necessary to achieve your goal. You must forego eating out 7 days a week or even 3 days a week. Your favorite meal becomes one that’s clean and your favorite activity becomes walking or exercising.
  3. Commit. There is absolutely no need to make the decision, count up the cost unless you are willing to commit 100% to achieving your goal or seeing manifestations. Being COMMITTED says “I WILL” not “I MIGHT”. A commitment means I will stick with this until the end, until I see the manifestations.
  4. Work. We know that God does the impossible for us when we trust and believe in Him, however, in order to see the manifestations in your life as in the example shown above, requires work on your part. Look at the example shown above: If you decide, count up the cost and say you’re committed without putting in the work, what’s going to happen? Absolutely nothing! Conversely, with the steps shown above plus WORK, manifestations must occur.
  5. Wait. This is a crucial step. We do not jump from point A to point B without going through waiting periods between the time we DECIDE and the time we SEE. Be assured that as you continue the process day after day, week after week, those 20 lbs. will be gone and you have the added benefits of looking good, feeling good, being more energetic, and being healthier. I would be lying to you if I said you start on your journey today and next week the pounds are gone. Waiting is crucial.
  6. Consistency. Be consistent. This is actually a part of the commitment process. Yeah, it can become pretty routine and become somewhat frustrating as you juggle 100 things every day, but it’s worth it. Keep the end in mind!
  7. Deny Self, Deny yourself the temptations and distractions that come along to throw you off course. Deny yourself when you hear that little voice whispering in your ear, It’s okay, you can eat just this one. or You can skip that walk today. Say out loud–NOT TODAY! Today, I’m going to do this!
  8. MANIFESTATIONS. Although this is not included in the 7 steps, this is the end result of your having applied the steps shown above. You and others will SEE what you’ve been working on for months or even years.

These principles apply as one pursues their own INDIVIDUAL goals: They do not apply where GROUPS are involved and in activities that require GROUP involvement or participation. In order for these to manifest, it takes the COMMITMENT of an ENTIRE TEAM or  GROUP, with each person deciding, counting up the cost, committing, working, consistency, denying self and waiting. I will cover TEAMS or GROUP involvement in next week’s writings as it relates to seeing manifestations.

If you have personal goals, visions, and dreams that you want to see manifest, begin to apply these steps on a consistent basis and watch them MANIFEST!

It’s Manifestation Time!

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Look for “The Manifested Glory of God” coming August 2017 by Author Regina Mixon with Contributors Courtney N. Williams and Roz Roberts

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Change the Channel

You’re sitting watching TV and you realize that what you’ve just previewed is nothing but pure trash or something you’re not interested in watching. Shaking your head, you start to flip channels until you come to one that interests you. Happy, satisfied, and content, you relax and watch a good old fashioned wholesome movie or show. You decided that your time was more precious than the junk on the prior channels. You CHANGED THE CHANNEL. Good for you!

The same holds true when tuning into a radio station…nothing you want to hear so you start the search for something worthwhile. You CHANGED THE CHANNEL.

Many question themselves as far as posting on Periscope, Facebook Live, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media sites and say to themselves,  “There are so, so many great speakers, teachers, coaches, etc. already posting very valuable content on a daily basis. Why should I? After all I am just another of many.”  I know I have said this and questioned myself on several occasions.

That’s when a friend and I discussed how one can simply Change the Channel”.

Digressing just a bit, please don’t get me wrong in the analogy used in my opening paragraph and the correlation with viewing speakers, teachers, etc. on social media: I don’t even think any of these powerful people on social media (well not all anyway) are spewing trash or junk. I actually love listening to others and gleaning from their experiences and teachings.

What I am saying to you is, if you are called to speak, teach, lead, mentor or coach, or whatever the calling may be, use the various tools out there to help you reach your targeted audience. If a person does not want to hear what you have to offer, that person always has the option of CHANGING THE CHANNEL. Don’t let your insecurities or thoughts that no one will watch or view or that you are one of hundreds, perhaps thousands doing the same thing. Every person has their own audience of viewers and supporters. Believe me, the harvest is plentiful, and even with those doing it there is always room for your gift.

Might I challenge you too to carefully monitor what you take in as with who you listen to. When you hear something that doesn’t sound right, CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

The bible tells us all throughout that we are to seek wise, Godly counsel and walk among the wise.  It goes on to tell us that we are BLESSED when we do so. Choose what goes through your ear gates as with your eye gates very wisely. Everything that sounds and/or even looks good just may not be. Exercise some wisdom.

For those who use a remote control (LOL We all do!) just sit and flip the channel until you come to something worth your time.

Walk among, listen to, glean from wise people and you too shall become wise. Whoever you associate or spend the most time with, you are more apt to become like . Hang with, view, listen to the wise and become wise. Conversely, hang with, listen to, and glean from the foolish or the constant, daily feedings of junk and foolishness and that’s what one becomes.

Okay, so don’t shoot anyone down. Keep your negative comments to yourself. You have options and one of them is to just CHANGE THAT DOGGONE CHANNEL!

And, if you are hesitant about displaying or promoting your ministry/business/gifts, remember they are number one, NOT FOR YOU but for you to be a blessing TO OTHERS and two, that people always have the option of CHANGING THE CHANNEL. Your audience is waiting for YOU!!! They need what you have to offer!

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Waiting

 

Isaiah 40:29-31New King James Version (NKJV)

29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Progressing through life and moving through the various seasons, there often comes times when we have to wait. How we wait is determined largely by us, but it is a given that there will be seasons of waiting. So what do you do? How do you wait?

First off, it’s exhilarating when everything flows smoothly and we are on cloud nine…doing fine on cloud nine…flying high on cloud nine. When things suddenly stopped flowing as you desired them to do, or when you hit a slump, a slight detour, a roadblock or a hiccup, what do you do?

I’ll answer that in one word–Wait!

WAIT expectantly knowing that things will change.

WAIT and continue to do what you know you need to do and are able to do.

WAIT as you go about serving others.

WAIT–fasting, praying, worshipping and praising. Thanking God in advance for the manifestations.

WAIT knowing that God who has created each and every one of us is in control of our seasons. We do our part, WAIT, and trust God to do the rest.

Partial Lyrics to Juanita Bynum’s “I Don’t Mind Waiting”

I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting on you Lord
I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting on you Lord
None of us truly likes to wait, however we realize that as we go from one level to the next, waiting plays a tremendous role in the process. That’s a given.
Do you mind waiting? Do you fall completely apart when life causes you to stop dead in your tracks or do you worship, work, praise God, serve others, study, learn, grow and realize that this is necessary for your growth? How we wait is extremely important!
There will be seasons of downtime. I believe we spend more time waiting as we go from one venture to another, than we do progressing. Notice I said, “I believe”.
Imagine if you will, you set out to lose weight. You start to eat properly. You exercise. You do everything you know you need to do BUT you see no results for weeks, perhaps even months. You’re waiting to see the results but you START on your journey to become fit KNOWING that at some point and time you will get there. You set your target dates for your weight loss. You may or may not hit the mark on that particular day but you see lots of improvement. You feel better. You look better. The scales however are not your friend as they show you DID NOT accomplish your targeted weight. Do you shake your head and just say “I quit” or do you set another date and keep moving forward?
Let’s say, you are in school. You expect to graduate within a certain time period. Life happens, the hiccups come in the form of sickness (either yourself or a loved one), financial issues, and any number of other things. Life happens!  These prevent you from graduating on your expected date. Do you just throw up your hands in despair and say “It’s just too hard. I quit!” or do you get back on track as life permits and trudge forward later accomplishing your goal, vision and dream of graduating?
Do you mind waiting? You might as well not mind, but make up your mind that you will determine how you WAIT. He gives us the strength to WAIT. It is necessary.
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Rise Up2

Happy Easter!

On this day many will teach and preach about the resurrection of Jesus and rightfully so. My topic today deals with a resurrection of YOU! Yes, it’s time to RISE UP!

Each and every week, we hear of people transitioning from this life. This statement, although very much real, is not to scare anyone but to cause you to reflect on the things that need to RISE UP within you.

Life is but a vapor; time is short. What in you needs to RISE UP to accomplish your purpose for being here? It’s resurrection time!

This will not be a long article but one that I ask that you search your heart and soul: ask yourself the questions and begin to walk in your calling fully embracing it and becoming who you were destined to be.

Let’s get rid of ALL excuses. The time is now! Time to RISE UP–rise unafraid, RISE UP!

Jesus said in the bible that even though he had done great works while here, greater works than these shall we do as he was going to his Father. John 14:12

There’s a passage of scripture taken from Isaiah 32:9 that states: “”As for you ladies of leisure— Get up and listen to my voice! You daughters who feel so complacent— hear what I have to say! International Standard Version” It’s time to RISE UP!

Even though the above scripture deals with women, the time is now for men and women alike to RISE UP!

So again, I ask that you challenge yourself; that you push yourself now totally and completely from your comfort zone; that you stir up the gifts inside of you; that you begin to RISE UP!

That’s all for today.

Always remember the gifts given you are not so much for you, but for you to be blessed to be a blessing. RISE UP!

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Restoration

Jeremiah 33 is a familiar passage of scripture to many of us. In the beginning of the chapter, God came to Jeremiah and told him to call upon him and He would answer and tell him great and unsearchable things he did not know.

He went on to say that He, the Lord, would bring health and healing to the houses and city of Judah that had been torn down. Let’s take a look though at some other promises God gave Jeremiah.

He said:

  1. I will heal my people and let them enjoy abundant life.
  2. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity.
  3. I will rebuild them as they were before.
  4. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me.
  5. I will forgive their sins of rebellion against me.

THEN, the Lord says why and what will happen: This city will bring Him renown joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of the good things He does for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace He provides it.

People, He said, calls the cities desolate waste, without men or animals, but He says that the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying Give thanks to the Lord almighty for the Lord is good;  his love endures forever.

He states, “I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before.”

What is it that you need God to restore in your life? Is it family relations? Health? Finances? Your reputation? Dreams and Visions? Just what is it that you desire Him to restore for you? God has given His promise of restoration: He can and will do it for you if you only ask and believe and follow His guidance and direction.

God wants us to live and enjoy an abundant life. A life filled with good health, great relationships, financial overflow, peace, joy, love, happiness…He wants all of that for us. He’s actually promised us throughout His word that He will restore everything that has been taken from us. Jeremiah 33 is just one passage of scripture that addresses this, but there are many more that lets us know God is a restorer, and only wants what’s best for His children.

So how do I get it becomes the question? At the start of these writings, I paraphrase Jeremiah 33:3. How do you or I get what God is saying to us for total restoration to take place–Call upon Him–morning, noon, and night and He will answer and tell us the way. Yes, He is the way and as such, will lead, guide, and direct us to total restoration.

Listen to hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying to you. Be quick to obey and watch restoration take place. He’s promised us this and God is not a man that He should lie.

Peace and Blessings to all of you!

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Believe in Yourself2

Really? Did you even have to ask this question? YES! YES! YES! You definitely need to promote yourself and the works you are doing. In fact, you should be the biggest promoter of you and your works!

Many authors are disappointed when working with a publisher to get their books in print. I’ve heard it time and time again…The publisher did nothing for me. Let me let you in on a little secret: Unless you have a contract with the publisher to promote, market and distribute your book to include their fees for service as well as the percentage each party will receive, the publisher has no obligation or responsibility to promote your book.

Business owners find themselves extremely upset as their family members, friends, and associates do not distribute information regarding their business. Do yourself a favor, get over it! Promote you and your works.

How do you promote your business and your works?

  1. Join groups that allow you to share what you do on their social media pages. Reciprocate by allowing others to share on your social media sites.
  2. First things first, get established on social media sites–Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and on and on and on. There are many out there. Use them!
  3. Attend events and have your products with you. If you have no products so to speak, at least have professionally done business cards, postcards, and/or flyers that you can hand out to those you meet and greet.
  4. Have a 30 – 60 second elevator pitch prepared well in advance. Practice it until you perfect it. Imagine yourself enclosed in an elevator for 30 seconds with someone. What would you say to the person as a way of introducing you and your business or products?
  5. Be a vendor at various events. Enlarge your territory by supporting others in business by being a vendor.
  6. Take out inexpensive ads in various newspapers, radio, and even TV. Believe me, there are some out there that can be affordable.
  7. Always be ready to go when the opportunity presents itself. Of course, it’s humanly impossible to attend all functions, but get out there, let your presence be made known: Work it, work it, work it!
  8. Remain humble, teachable, listen a lot, learn from those that have gone before you doing what you aspire to do and follow your coach’s advice. In order to get somewhere you have never been, you must be willing to do some things you’ve never done. As you learn, network, grow and venture out…PROMOTE YOURSELF and soon you will find that others are promoting you as well.
  9. Never forget to express gratitude to those that do promote you or open doors for you. Remember, no one has to do anything for another. It’s only the goodness of that person and the grace of God. Acknowledge them for what they do.

These are just a few ways to promote your works. Hopefully they will get you fired up and either on track or back on track in promoting the works you’ve done.

One last tidbit, always be ready to help promote others in whatever way you possibly can. This has a two-fold recompense: it helps you as with the other party.

Wishing all a great week filled with loads of love, tons of blessings, great health and peace that surpasses all understanding!

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Regina Mixon Quote Poster 2

As I pondered on some of the reasons things had not gone as I had hoped in my life, one thing resonated within and this may possibly be the thing that keeps you from succeeding…I was double-minded! Yes, and we know the word says a double-minded person is unstable in all their ways. Before you crucify me, allow me to explain and you may just see yourself in this.

Throughout the years, I have vacillated back and forth between staying on a job which provided comfort while pursuing my businesses and ministry. For awhile this was okay as in going through the various stages of learning it was absolutely necessary to continue doing both BUT the season ended a while ago and yet I still tried to hold onto my good job, my comfort zone, and pursue my purpose at the same time. It didn’t work. Torn between two lovers.

And things got worse on both.

God graced me for a season to be able to do both effectively but after that season was over I could not and would not let go.  I was mediocre in both and hated that. I was also extremely exhausted and frustrated because things were not happening.

He gave me the strength that was needed for that season. I was like Jonah when the season ended: God said “go” and I said “no”.  But, I got turned around

You might ask what stopped me. I’ll tell you– it was fear of letting go of what was familiar, wanting to stay around the people I grew to know and love and because of this I ended up exhausted, not being fully effective or efficient in either of the jobs I was doing. Still, I held on.

It was my having my plan and trying to make my plan happen and not surrendering 100% to His plan.

Before you say “You? You’re a woman who talks faith all the time!” Yes I do!

Yes, although I didn’t fully realize it at the time, but I was caught in the clutches of “FEAR”. Imagine that!

When a person becomes hungry enough for the vision God has placed inside of them and realize that we do walk completely by faith, then that person is ready to receive the blessings God has for them. We honor and show God that we trust Him!

God is calling many from their comfort zones into the walk of faith. Will you accept the call or will you hang up the phone?

Something else I realized by learning from the school of hard knocks: When one is not hungry enough, when one has “their” backup plan, when one does not aggressively commit 100% into their purpose, another cannot do business with them. A person must be able to deliver what they promise, when they promise and how they promise. If one has too many irons in the fire, too many options, so to speak, it causes them to put your business on the back burner resulting in your business suffering.

Why? Because that individual has to decide if they are hungry enough and going whole hog into their purpose. When that becomes their number one priority, then and only then, can one do business with them.

Okay, so February 28th I broke the cycle and left my good government job, the awesome and amazing people I work with and I jumped! Now I am resting up for a minute, getting some things in order, and moving forward. Yes, Lord!

Frightened a bit, but doing it anyway.

What if I fail? What if I win!!! After all, we are DESTINED2WIN! So failure is not even optional.

I encourage you to “JUMP” into your purpose. Don’t creep…JUMP! I am so glad I did and only wish I had been obedient earlier. Partial obedience is disobedience!

Now I can admit my shortcomings and as you look at the person staring back in the mirror at you, ask yourself–Do I really want it? Am I hungry enough yet? If the answer is yes, JUMP!!!

While we are on the subject, ladies, I said ladies, can you hear me? If you sit back and want that house cleaned and you know it’s filthy, JUMP up and clean it and repeat it as often as needed.  Holler!

If you want to rid yourself of excess weight, hit the gym or go walking or do something at least 3 days a week…JUMP!

If you wish for that degree, guess what? Wishing won’t make it happen…JUMP!

Consistency is the key!

Dedication, determination, disciplined, decisive, faithful, focused, fearless…

Whatever it is you desire, the time is now to JUMP! That is, if you really want it.

Men, you too! Jump, jump, jump to it!

I’m hungry and I am jumping like crazy…time for me to eat. I recall a scene from the movie BAPS where the male character is telling his lady (through tears) that he wants to be able to take her to a nice restaurant to eat and they shouldn’t have to sit back and watch others eat all the time (or something to that affect) and not be able to eat themselves.

Well, if you’re like me and tired of watching others eat while you sit on the sidelines, you too will JUMP!!!

If I fail, if I succeed, at least now I will live totally and completely as I believe. Holler!

One last thing, what if you jump and it does not work out? Will the people mock me? Will the people support me? Will I look foolish? Will I lose?

Reverse that: The people will support me. The people will celebrate me. The people will encourage and cheer me on. Those that are going to will; those that don’t really does not matter. Truth!

JUMP into whatever God is calling you to do. Don’t wait. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t vacillate between your plan and God’s plan. Just participate and surrender fully your will to His. Then you are ready to JUMP.

By the way, pick up a copy of Steve Harvey’s book, JUMP. I have it, haven’t read it yet, gifted a copy to a friend but I know it’s going to be yet another tool to help keep me motivated.

Have a great week!

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As we come to the close of Women’s History Month, I would like to introduce to some Mrs. Jewel Diamond Taylor aka The Self Esteem Doctor, Inspirational and Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Minister, Author, Radio Personality, Wife, Mother, Grandmother…a woman who wears many hats and wears them ALL well.

Jewel is a pioneer that has broken the glass ceiling for women who aspired to be inspirational/motivational speakers treading through unfamiliar waters when no one, or very few women, were doing this. Feeling the calling to do something greater with her life, Jewel left her government job in the 80’s and went on to become a world-renowned, internationally acclaimed, much sought after personality.

Jewel hosts annually her Super Goal Saturdays which are held in January of each year where hundreds of men and women alike come together and get inspired and empowered to brace the oncoming year with faith, tenacity, the belief in God and themselves that nothing is impossible and the drive and determination to grab the ball and run with it.

Jewel has several signature events that she hosts each year.

She is the Founder of Women on the Grow with women from across the globe joining in regularly for daily inspiration.

Jewel is definitely a “can do” person and she shows it in her daily walk. She doesn’t just talk a talk, this sistah walks the walk she talks.

I have personally sat and gleaned at the feet of Mrs. Jewel Diamond Taylor since 2006 and learned so much from her. When I told her I was too fat to take pictures, she said “Don’t wait until you lose weight, take the pictures now.” and her famous line “Procrastination is a thief.” So I began taking the pictures. 🙂 Always the encourager!

I, like so many others, have seen extreme growth since coming in contact with Jewel and am truly, eternally grateful.

I dare not fail to mention that she is also a sister to Jamila Holloway and Joy Lewis. Both are entrepreneurs in their own rights. Jamila has beautiful clothing, jewelry and accessories. (I should know as I have several pieces.)  Joy is the Founder of The 411 Café Network of which I am a proud member..

This recent grandmother has had her share of ups and downs but through it all she continually gives God glory and willingly shares her testimonies in hopes of helping others. Yes, she is a pioneer, a woman of God, a woman extraordinaire, a phenomenal woman…that’s Jewel!

To learn more about Jewel Diamond Taylor, please go to her website at http://www.donotgiveup.net or http://www.jeweldiamondtaylor.com.

Jewel, today I salute you and pray that God continues to bless and elevate you to higher heights: I pray that God continues to bless you indeed and enlarge your territory. Because of YOU, we can!

And now, the main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing…

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my friend, my mentor, an amazing woman–Mrs. Jewel Diamond Taylor! She was born for this!

Jewel Diamond Taylor 03 2017

 

 

The Cost of Freedom

Is freedom really free or is there a price that is paid for freedom? Do we actually have freedom of speech as laid out in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America?  What about the freedom to be and/or do whatever our desires are?

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

In all honesty, we know that freedom of speech is almost non-existent. We can take a look at several cases where people have actually lost jobs, been arrested, verbally attacked, stereotyped and labeled as hate groups, and so many other negative actions taken against them as they exercised their right for free speech. The laws define, and sometimes on a case-by-case basis , what is and is not free speech.

Churches have been labeled as ones promoting hate as they do nothing but preach the word of God.  The press has been arrested or “called out” by some as they attempt to do their jobs in covering the news. People peaceably protesting have been arrested for no real cause. So, is there a price to pay for freedom?

Let’s take it on another level, a personal level for most individuals. As you continued your education or climbed the ladder of success in hopes of securing a better life for you and yours, did you pay a price? Yes, you did. You were in search of financial security and debt freedom, a home for your family, obtaining a great job, buying a car, starting a business…You were in search of freedom as you defined it for yourself and your family. So what was the price you paid?

I’ll tell you some of the prices paid/investments made as you sought after freedom–

  1. In order to continue your education, many first had to put up an INVESTMENT of MONEY unless you were given a full scholarship or grants covering your education. The investment may have been made via student loans, parental support or any number of ways but an investment was made.The same holds true for starting a business, buying a home or a car. There was an investment of money made upfront.
  2. As you sought after freedom in the areas shown above, there was an INVESTMENT of TIME made and most likely lots and lots and lots of it; sometimes years. You put in the time in studying. You put in the time in searching out the best deals when considering purchases. Time was invested in finding out the best possible home in the location you desired to live in for the best price. When searching for a vehicle for your family the same holds true. You looked at numerous houses and cars before actually purchasing one. You invested time in seeking out the best possible deals  for the amount you were willing to pay. You didn’t jump and buy the first thing you saw without counting up the cost and you SAVED towards a down payment or outright purchase.
  3. You made the INVESTMENT of PATIENCE. Yes, patience is an investment that leads to freedom. As you studied hard to pass the courses you realized that it would take a minimum of two years or four years or perhaps even six years before you actually obtained the degree or completed the course. You patiently waited and while doing so, you worked your butt off. You searched and looked for the houses/vehicles. You researched and learned everything you could about starting a business. You patiently accepted the fact that you were going to have to continue education in some form or another in order to stay relevant.
  4. You made the INVESTMENT and understood the necessity of DELAYED GRATIFICATION. You saw the end at the beginning and kept it in mind as you pursued. You were focused!  There were many things you may have WANTED but you understood the difference between WANTING and NEEDING and so you denied yourself these items. Now you can buy all of the shoes and other items you want. The price was paid upfront so that you could reap the benefits at the end.
  5. You paid the price by being MISUNDERSTOOD by your friends and family. You knew you could not go all of the places they wanted you to go. You knew in order to reach your goals you had to remain focused. You knew that many were disappointed by your decisions and didn’t understand why you were backing off and that this opened the door to much negatives–“Who does he think he is?” “I guess he’s too good for us now.” Oh we’re not good enough for Mr. College Boy” “Guess this neighborhood is not good enough for him anymore.” You understood why you were doing what you were doing and instead of some being happy for you, you were sometimes just plain ole misunderstood.
  6. You paid the price by telling the TRUTH and taking a STAND even though you knew upfront you would likely be persecuted for doing so. You took a stand and remained true to yourself and true to God. In doing so, many false accusations were made about and against you. You held fast to your convictions.
  7. You paid the price, remained true to yourself and to God and because of this, you succeeded in accomplishing your goals, dreams, and visions. And guess what, you realized the price you paid was worth it in the end.

These are just a few of the prices paid for your personal freedom(s). I’m sure you can add a lot more to the list. Suffice it to say, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE as there is a price to be paid. But once that price has been paid and the investment made, one can celebrate days of freedom many times over as each accomplishment is made.

I found many great quotes regarding the price of freedom. One stated it is death. Another stated it is eternal vigilance. Yet another stated responsibility is the price of freedom. I am in total agreement with each of these. Yes, freedom is not free.

None of our pursuits, or any worthwhile, will happen overnight. It takes time! Be willing to do whatever needs to be done, having God as your guide, faith in yourself and keep trudging along until it manifests. It will, and as stated above, you will celebrate many days of freedom.

Graduation–Celebrate!

Purchased that new house–Celebrate!

Bought that new car–Celebrate!

Started that new business-Celebrate!

Wrote that book–Celebrate!

Got that new job–Celebrate!