Mascara Marketing Workshop!
How to be visually appealing and effective online
By Monica Garcia Saenz
I’m so excited to invite you to this fun and very educational event! Tanya Torres from HerOffice Consulting & Networking Boutique has invited me to share my marketing expertise with a group of powerful and amazing #SWFL women. In this workshop I will be sharing what I’ve learned in my field over the last ten years. It’s a great honor and privilege to share my knowledge and help other business women understand today’s marketing and get the most out of their online presence.
October 18, 2016 from 9 am – 2 pm
Workshop & Networking Event
$25 Includes: Workshop, Networking Breaks and Lunch
Brought to you by: HerOffice Consulting & Networking Boutique
Register at www.HerOffice.org
Residence Inn at Gulf Coast Town Center
10054 Gulf Center Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
Mascara Marketing Workshop will Cover:
Websites Couture –
Your website is your 24 hour virtual salesperson and an online representation of your business, services and products. In this overview we will discuss the Top Ten Website Must Have’s as well as tips on how to grab your viewers’ attention and make them want to pick up the phone and call you. Q & A
Blush Blogging –
What is blogging and why should you be doing it? How often should you be blogging and why does it matter? Monica answers these blogging questions as well as going over the Top Ten Tips for Successful blogging as well as how to get more readers. Q & A
Matte Email Marketing –
With the ever changing world of cyber communications its often difficult to decipher what is proper email marketing and what isn’t. In this section of our presentation we will review Email Marketing Do’s and Don’ts, How to Create a Powerful eNewsletter and who should be on your email list. Q & A
Stylish Social Media Marketing –
With everyone always on their phone and surfing social media this is an important part of today’s online marketing. We will be covering the Top Social Media Marketing outlets, Best Practices for Business posting and how to make more online connections. Q & A
Fierceness – How to Tie it all Together –
The goal of online marketing is to create a strong online presence across the board with a branded image, make new connections and get your business noticed. In this section Monica will give a clear explanation of how blogging, email marketing and social media marketing all tie into driving traffic back to your website as well as making and keeping online connections with your clients and potential clients. Using all four of these sections will create a well-oiled machine that will take your marketing to the next level! Q & A
Monica Garcia Saenz is published author, an experienced translator, a creative graphic designer and a talented marketing consultant. Monica has over ten years of experience in the marketing field and brings her expertise into every job opportunity with MGS Designz & More. She is a very dedicated and motivated business professional who is passionate about helping others. She always strives to give 100% of herself to every project she commits to. Her greatest joy is assisting in the success of others and the satisfaction of her clients.
MGS Designz & More is dedicated to growing your business and getting you noticed. We proudly serve happy clients nationwide, however we are based out of Cape Coral, FL. We have been in #SWFL for over ten years now providing awesome services such as marketing consulting, web design, graphic design, social media marketing, blogging, email marketing, SEO, creative writing, translation services, public relations and more!
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Gearing Up for Season with Your Walking Billboard
MGS Designz is all about showing off our clients not only because we love what we do to make them look and sound good but because we really admire everything they offer!
Today we are showcasing Lisa Doyle-Mitchell with Your Walking Billboard and Social Cents Club. If you aren’t familiar with Lisa please take a minute to visit her website and give her a call to find out more about how she can help you get more exposure in the #SWFL area. Please click here to view her email blast in a separate page.
MGS Designz & More is dedicated to growing your business and getting you noticed. We proudly serve happy clients nationwide, however we are based out of Cape Coral, FL. We have been in #SWFL for over ten years now providing awesome services such as marketing consulting, web design, graphic design, social media marketing, blogging, email marketing, SEO, creative writing, translation services and more!
Monica Garcia Saenz
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A Weekend at Happehatchee with Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Genelle Grant
Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center
8791 Corkscrew Road
Estero, Florida 33928
HAPPEHATCHEE CENTER IN ESTERO IS PROUD TO HOST
WORLD-RENOWNED AUTHOR JEAN SHINODA BOLEN, MD
FEBRUARY 19TH – 21ST
Happehatchee Center is proud to announce a weekend with Internationally Acclaimed Author, Psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, in: “Circle and Sacred Conversation – Compass for Activism on the Path with Heart.” Join us for a lecture, workshop and healing circle from Friday, February 19th to Sunday, February 21st, 2016 for an inspiring and trans-formative weekend.
Pre-Registration is required, space is limited.
Estero, FL – Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center invites you to attend this fabulous weekend with psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and internationally known author Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD.
Dr. Shinoda Bolen will be in Circle and Sacred Conversation, discussing the Compass for Activism on the Path with Heart, in the beautiful natural setting of Happehatchee, from February 19th through February 21st, 2016.
- Friday Evening, Feb 19th 6:30 pm, Wine, Cheese and Teas Reception, followed by Dr. Shinoda Bolen’s lecture .
- Saturday, Feb 20th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Workshop. Light lunch provided.
- Sunday, Feb 21st 11:00 am – 1 pm: Healing Circle – Temple Artemisia, light lunch provided.
Dr. Shinoda Bolen brings the search for meaning and the need for a spiritual dimension in life to all aspects of her work, including the effects of historical archetypes within us, humanity’s collective consciousness, the power of working in circles, the awareness of synchronicity, and the connections and effects of family and culture upon individuals and tribes.
This special occasion is limited to 60 participants. The cost is $250 for all events – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This event is the Tenth Year Anniversary Fundraiser for the Happehatchee Center.
About Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, author of thirteen influential books in eighty-five foreign translations. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, was clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California San Francisco, former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. The Millionth Circle Initiative was inspired by her book and led to her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women (www.5wcw.org) She is an internationally known lecturer and a best-selling author of: The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, and Urgent Message from Mother. She resides in Marin County, California and has a private practice in Mill Valley. You can find her online at www.jeanbolen.com and reach her via email at email@example.com
About Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center
Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing. A Park in the Heart of Estero Village. Our mission is to sustain the Happehatchee Eco-spiritual Center as it provides environmental and healing arts education. We preserve and honor Happehatchee’s vibrant land as a way to make sacred connections with our selves, each other, and Nature. Happehatchee Center would greatly appreciate your support in order to continue to provide and offer everything we do as we continue to grow and offer our community even more!
Happehatchee Center can be reached at 8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928. Via phone at
(239) 992-5455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.happehatchee.org.
8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928
Office and Volunteer Hours every Friday and Saturday 10am – 4pm
Yoga in Nature every Tuesday through Sunday
All additional hours by appointment or rental only.
New Year requires a New Plan!
MGS Designz is all about sharing the positive and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Lee Knapp! We help Lee manager her blog, newsletter and social media every month and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!
Are you really ready for the New Year?As 2012 arrives quickly we can close our eyes and almost here it whispers to us “One, Two, Three… ready or not, here I come!” Just like in the days of our childhood hide and seek play, before we even had a chance to figure out what our next move was going to be, the countdown was over and it was time! Now is the perfect moment to stop and reflect on our accomplishments of the last year and consider where we want to go in the coming year. You have the power to make those decisions. It’s up to you to use it !
OK, let’s get started. First, eliminate all distractions, sounds , whatever. Sit quietly and ask yourself this question : “What do I want to accomplish in 2012?” Having a clear definition of your goal is the first step in reaching it. If you don’t know where you are headed than you don’t know what direction to take. Running a business can be frustrating, stressful, and confusing, at times. Having goals that provide direction and motivation help us stay creative and enjoy what we are doing.
You know, they say “Time flies when you’re having fun” and I don’t know about you but I think it flies whether you’re having fun or not! It’s happening whether we are prepared or not and we certainly aren’t getting any younger!
Success isn’t something we stumble upon. It isn’t something that arrives at our doorstep by chance or accident. We don’t wake up one day and find that we’re successful. We reach success after a period of time in which we have defined, planned, programmed, worked, walked, sweat, struggled, analyzed, reworked, and believed we could actually reach it. It’s not easy but it isn’t impossible either. It takes clarity, determination and persistence but it can be yours!
In real life you get to define the direction of your business and you should. Do you want to grow or downsize? Should you move to a new location or work from home? Do you want to make more money? Do you want to take on a partner or hire a new employee? Do you want to add a new service or reduce your product line? All of these questions you need to ask and answer yourself and then define what your plan is for 2012. You can’t expect to walk into 2012 without goals and a game plan on how you will achieve them.
Part of what I do as a Business Coach is to sit down with you, as a client, and walk you through this process. I can help you understand where you are, where you want to be and what it’s going to take to get there. My years of experience give me the opportunity to see what you can’t see and then help you plan how to get there. We can define what you would like, what you absolutely have to have and that middle ground that is a compromise between the two. We can create a realistic, attainable and sound plan for you to start your New Year knowing where you are going and how you’re going to achieve your success.
Sometimes people forget that they have to spend money in order to make money. Sometimes they forget that it’s much better to hire someone who can help them figure it out from a different perspective. It’s easy to be so close to our business that we don’t see opportunities right under our nose. Gaining another opinion and brainstorming with other professionals just makes good sense. I do the same thing for my business. I have learned that it can cost me more money to try to figure things out by myself instead of bringing in another professional to help share ideas and their expertise.
Knapp Consultants has been offering Business Consulting and EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING for over 23 years! You can contact me, Lee Knapp to hear how I can help you grow your business and further develop the skills of your employees. . (239) 481-8557 or visit www.LeeKnapp.com for more details!
Do I really need a Bookkeeper?
MGS Designz is all about sharing the good stuff! Lately we’ve been showcasing our clients blogs on our blog – just so you can see who are clients are and also see samples of our work. Today we’re going to share a great blog post from Judith McMahon from Bean Counters of FL! We have been working with Judith for years and have helped her with her logo, business card and website. Please read on and feel free to contact us for more information!
Bookkeeping Tips by Bean Counters of Florida
An audit trail is nothing more than a record of all your invoices and checks in numeric order. The thing to remember is never skip numbers. Record voided check and invoice numbers in numeric order with all other checks and invoices, only denote each one that is “voided.” This assures there will be no gaps in your numerical sequence and leaves a proper audit trail.
# 2 Due Date Reminders
It’s a good idea to follow a payroll tax due date reminder. Whether you have a payroll service preparing your payroll tax returns or you’re preparing them yourself, you should follow a check-off list of all the required payroll tax reports. A good due date reminder would be customized to your business’ specific payroll liabilities and include the follow information:
- Due date
- Type of tax
- Report number
- Government agency
- Time period covered
- Submit money, a report or both
# 3 Remember to Be Consistent
Consistency is essential to successful business bookkeeping. If you use a paper bookkeeping system, always be sure to head your columns the same way each month throughout the year. This small matter of consistency will save you and your accountant time and aggravation.
Many business owners don’t keep good records. Some don’t understand bookkeeping; others understand it, but may be afraid of what the numbers might tell them. Think of it this way–bookkeeping is the glue that keeps your business together. If your records aren’t in good shape, the business could fall apart. A healthy business is monitored through its records on a regular basis so you can find problems and correct them before it’s too late.
# 5 Deposit Ticket Books
How do you handle your bank deposits? One easy way is to record your daily deposit in a deposit ticket book. Generally, these books come with a white (original) copy and yellow (duplicate) copy in books of 50. For a small business, an order of 200 duplicate deposit tickets could last 2 years unless you make deposits every day. As you write each deposit ticket, it is a good idea to remove the white
copy to give to the bank and leave the duplicate (yellow) in the book. That way nothing gets lost.
Why would I have to hire a bookkeeping service? I can just go out and buy QuickBooks and do it myself.
Yes, you can, and then again you can’t. Why do we say this? Clients come to us after they’ve attempted to do their own books with QuickBooks. They usually fall into two categories: those that have made a complete mess of things and those who find they don’t have the time to get to it what with running their businesses, managing their employees, handling sales and marketing, family and so on. Eventually they find themselves so far behind that they know they’ll never catch up.
Hiring a professional bookkeeping service gives you a professional individual who doesn’t need to be trained, doesn’t want health insurance, workers compensation or vacation pay. Bookkeepers do the work of accountants for an affordable price. Can you go to your CPA? Sure you can. But think about this. They charge their normal fee, pay their bookkeeper a wage or a fee and pocket the difference. Wouldn’t you rather have that money in your pocket?
We bring to your business over 35 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience. We’ve worked with a number of different companies and know what you need and what needs to be done to get your books in order and keep them that way. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out about your bookkeeping, then give us a call. We will be glad to help. Bean Counters of Florida is a full service bookkeeping company that serves small and start up businesses. What do we mean by full service? Well, everything from reconciling your accounts all the way to paying your bills and doing your payroll. We do it all!!Judith McMahon 239-313-6322 Office 239-288-2546 Fax Judith@beancountersfl.com www.BeanCountersFL.com
Clarity and Preparation…
MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Angela Patterson from Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services! We help Angie put together her blog and newsletter every few months and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. – Alexander Graham Bell
Anyone who has ever wondered how successful people achieve their goals has quickly discovered that preparation was the key and the main difference between those who win and those who fail in life. I wonder how something so simple and obvious can be so complicated and difficult for so many people. If you want to arrive from point A to point B you get a map and take the quickest and safest route possible. If you want to learn a new trade you research, study and plan out your goals and then walk in that direction. If you want to be happy in life you stop doing the things that make you unhappy and start doing the things that make you happy. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Well it is!
I’ve come to understand that the problem most people have in life isn’t necessarily in failing to take the steps they need for success but rather in not knowing what they want to begin with. Most people tend to go through life wandering aimlessly… searching without a clear direction of where they are headed. Sadly they have no idea what they are actually looking for. They don’t have a list of goals and they don’t even have a map. They haven’t searched within to understand who they are and what they really want out of life. They lose their faith and forget to call on God for guidance. Then the years go by and time takes its toll and life passes them by. They waste their youth trying to be someone they aren’t and then they waste their adult life trying to buy back their youth. They live a lie and they don’t even know it. They are lost and they can’t even see it. They struggle just trying to keep up with the Jones’s or in wanting to have it all while in truth they had nothing at all because they lost themselves in the process.
My last blog was about the importance of pre-planning for your death and enjoying the peace of mind that your family will not be burdened with the details of your funeral. Click here if you missed it, it’s important! And while I feel it is very important to take the time to plan out the details of your end of life I feel compelled at this moment to urge you to plan for LIVING now, before it’s too late and your time has run out. Being in the funeral business here in Southwest FL I have seen more grief and regret than any person needs to see in a lifetime. The purpose of this blog and maybe my purpose for being here at this moment, writing for you, is so that I can inspire you to look within and discover who you are and what your own purpose is.
The only way for you to plan your life and really enjoy each day God grants you is to know who you are, what your purpose is and how you’re going to achieve it. I invite you to search for your personal map so that you can find that quickest route to your own personal happiness. Write down your goals and start walking in that direction now, today… there’s no need to wait until Monday or next year. Life is shorter than you realize and sometimes the things you think are important really aren’t that important at all.
This brings me to something I read in a book recently and I’d like to share it with you now: Nothing in life can take the place of knowing your purpose. If you dont’ try to discover your purpose, you’re likely to spend your life doing the wrong things. As psychologist Viktor Frankl said, “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” Each of us has a purpose for which we were created. Our responsibility – and our joy – is to identify it. – Taken from: Leadership Promsises for Every Day by John C. Maxwell.
You have a purpose and only you can discover what that purpose is. My goal today was to inspire you to live life in a manner that can bring you happiness, joy and peace now and all the days to come. In my next blog I’ll get back to more benefits of pre-planning for your funeral so stay tuned.
Anderson Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services is here to help you find Peace of Mind today knowing you have taken care of all of the important details ahead of time. We have experts waiting to answer all of your questions and help you pre-plan your funeral. Please feel free to contact us at (239) 694-4121 or (239) 368-7080 or visit our website at www.AndersonPatterson.com.
Do you know what your Customer needs?
MGS Designz is all about sharing the positive and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Lee Knapp! We help Lee put togehter her blog and newsletter every month and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!
YOU CAN’T PLEASE YOUR CUSTOMERS UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM!
Customer Service is a big part of every business and unfortunately it’s one that often gets forgotten. Every year business owners spend hundreds and thousands of dollars in advertising, marketing, getting the best packaging for their product, securing the perfec t location, etc… – it’s all a part of doing business, right? So why doesn’t it always work? Well often times they are missing a really big element – Customer Service! In this new blog series we’re going to review several tips, tricks and ideas on how you can become a successful business person by improving your customer service skills! If you missed it, click here to read Part 1.
Part 2 of “THE FOUR CRITICAL STEPS TO CUSTOMER LOYALTY”
2. KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER!
If we take a look at the big business successes of the past it’s not that difficult to see that the leader or person in charge of that company or business had a pretty good idea of what the end-user wanted and was then able to fill the need in a manner that made the client happy. Take Steve Jobs for example – he was able to take Apple from a dream idea to a household name with products that everyone doesn’t just want but HAS to have and right now… how? He had a knack for knowing what people wanted. Even when everyone else around him said it was crazy, impossible or a waste of time, he not only made it happen but he created a success out of it.
Now I know we all can’t be Steve Jobs and we certainly don’t have crystal ball or magic powers to see what our potential customers want but there are plenty of fundamental and basic tips to great customer service. There is a lot that you can do as a provider of a product or service to research and learn more about your customers and what they need. Below are just a few tips to help you get started!
IDENTIFY THE STUDENTS/CUSTOMERS NEEDS
- Know their timing needs.
- Try to anticipate their needs in advance.
- Be able to ‘READ” their attitude.
- Practice skillful listening with care.
- Create two-way dialog.
Knapp Consultants has been offering Customer Service Training for over 23 years! Please contact Lee Knapp to find out how she can help you and your employees increase your sales and improve your customer satisfaction. (239) 481-8557 or visit www.LeeKnapp.com for more details!
5 Steps to Living in Gratitude
MGS Designz is all about sharing the positive and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Lee Knapp! We help Lee put togehter her blog and newsletter every month and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!
So this month Lee’s Success Blog has been focusing on Gratitude! First we talked about having an attitude of Gratitude and how gratitude is a state of being that can bring you closer to the success you desire in life. Then we discussed the POWER of Gratitude and how it can really transform your life and the lives of those that you come in contact with on a daily basis. Today’s blog continues the topic…
Give thanks – show your attitude in word or deed. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William A. Ward
So now you might be asking OK – all that sounds great, but how can I stay focused and LIVE in gratitude on a daily basis? Well – here are five easy steps to LIVING in Gratitude:
1.) Gratitude Journal – A journal is a wonderful way to notice all the things in your day that you have to be grateful for. Sometimes we tend to take for granted all the great things that life offers us. So I suggest you write them down, every day! Even if it is only 5 things a day – just jot them down! Soon you will start to notice your life transforming and more beautiful unexpected surprises coming into your life because you are not only taking note but you are feeling grateful for them as well.
2.) Gratitude Stone – Sometimes we just need a reminder to stop and give thanks to our creator for all the many blessings we receive on a daily basis so I suggest a Gratitude Stone! Find a smooth, soft stone and make it your special rock – then place it your pocket, on your dresser, on your desk or in the kitchen. Place it anywhere that when you feel it or see it, you are reminded to name your list of gratitude. Why the stone? Because it is a concrete reminder of expressing your gratitude.
3.) Vision Board – What better way to be grateful than to show gratitude with a collage of all the things you are grateful for and what you want to draw into your life and visualize on a daily basis. That’s what a Vision Board is – a place to showcase your dreams and pause every now and then to connect to them and just give thanks!
4.) Visualization – There is no right or wrong way to use this technique, however, having a quiet, serene “time out” from the distractions of the world is helpful in really focusing on what you are grateful for and what you want to draw into your life in the future. Seeing a mental movie of all you desire or using Visualization is a powerful tool in attracting good and in living in gratitude.
5.) Meditation – They say prayer is talking to God but Meditation is Listening to God speak to you. Connecting with God, the universe, your source – this is meditation. Turn off the noise and the distraction and just BE for a few minutes. Spend some quiet time connecting, listening and recharging your energies while filling yourself with gratitude and love.
Count your blessings. Name them, list them, draw them, but count them. To truly feel gratitude as part of a lifestyle of a grateful heart, you have to acknowledge your blessings. “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” Eric Hoffer
Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker Lee Knapp’s goal: “We help our clients gain, train and retain satisfied customers and employees.” As the President of Knapp Consultants, for over 20 years, Lee has been inspiring people to raise the bar and exceed their greatest expectations. Our mission is to “Provide high-energy, educational and motivational programs to assist clients in achieving results”.
We thank you for sharing a few minutes of your time with us to read our blog and learn more about gratitude. Now we invite you to share your gratitude stories with us in the comments below, we love hearing from you! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog if you haven’t already done so – you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win an autographed book by Lee Knapp – Discover your Inner Strength.
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Persistence vs. Procrastination
Do you ever wonder why certain people never get past the “I’m gonna” stage in whatever new and fascinating idea they happen to conjure up in their minds on any given week or year for that matter? Now I’m not talking about the reoccurring New Year’s resolution to lose ten pounds that never, ever comes to pass or the inevitable battle with the never-ending laundry pile or forever growing number of emails in your inbox. We all have an ever-present TO DO list that starts to get done but doesn’t because life gets in the way. Those are the ongoing everyday life challenges that we humans must endure on a regular basis that just keep us, well human for crying out loud!
Today, I’m actually talking about a yearning from within or what can be described as deep-rooted desires or much-needed life changes. These yearnings seem to sometimes grow on us like the weeds in our yard… slowly but surely and one day we just notice they really are there and we should do something about them! Sometimes they hit us upside the head like a coconut falling from a palm tree or overcome us unexpectedly like a wave of hot wind on a mid summers day. But once you open your eyes and really notice them there’s no going back because you can’t shut out awareness. You can’t just magically close your eyes again or pretend you don’t hear your heart calling you to something greater than what you have in front of you. In that moment you know you “should” take action and follow that path into the unknown and see what’s on the other side… if for nothing else other than for shit’s and giggles.
Yes, I’m talking about an “aha” moment that inspires you to walk in the direction of greatness with only hope at your side and faith to guide you. I’m talking about that yearning deep within you to change your career, learn a new trade, move to a different state, learn a new language, end a relationship, meet someone new, move on with your life, start your own business, publish your book or just adopt a new lifestyle change. The key word here being “change”… nothing more feared or more needed by the human race!
Sometimes these “aha” moments of inspiration come to us unexpectedly from the strangest of places or sometimes they reach us from exactly when and where they need to reach us and at the precise moment in which we needed to hear it. That life defining moment could be from a book or blog we just read, a comment on Facebook, a tweet on twitter, a heart wrenching moment on Oprah, a song on the radio, a memory from long ago or an honest friend gently holding up a mirror in front of us saying “Hey, when are you going to realize you have egg on your face!” This, my friends, is the fork in the road that defines our future because we make the choice to grab inspiration by the hand and embrace change bravely or we close the door of our hearts in denial and fear and let the voice of spirit disappear in the evening wind.
Now let me ask you this… Have you ever met someone and ten years later you run into them again and they are in the exact same miserable spot they were in back when you both hung out to complain about life over a cold beer or a cheap glass of wine… just wishing you could magically change the people, places or things in your life that you just didn’t like but you didn’t know where to begin? And here they are all these years later only now with ten more pounds and even more wrinkles still saying they’re “gonna” do this or “wanna” do that. Everyone knows at least one and sadly some have to admit being that person, stuck in their own reality, a victim of their own doing or actually their own NOT doing.
If you really think about it we all have 24 hours in a day, we all pretty much go to bed and get up the next day in just about the same way, slight variances I’m sure but with the same basic concept. We all put our pants on one foot first and then the other… we all intake food and output waste, we all breathe in air and drink water and if you’re reading this you too have a computer, just like me. If you really stop to think about it a little longer you just might realize that if you take it all into consideration: blood type, religion, race, color, creed, nationality and belief systems most of us are more alike than we are different. Like my friend Barb’s dad used to say, “If you put five men into a room and strip them off all their belongings, name, social status, bank accounts, etc… What do you have?” Well, you have just five men in their birthday suits, nothing more and nothing less.
So what makes one person different from the other? What makes one man get up one day and realize his dreams while the other finds himself ten years later still wishing they had another man’s life or wife for that matter? Why is it easier for some of us to embrace and accept change while other’s hold on to the familiar for dear life, however unsatisfying and distasteful that reality may be?
I’m sure everyone has their very personal and intimate reasons for not following their dreams but my first instinct is to respond with this: FEAR. I say this because fear seems to be the strongest, most powerful emotion out there next to Love, of course. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of not being good enough, fear of ridicule, fear of falling down, fear of pain and then there’s just plain, old, boring fear. The irony is that there is nothing REAL about fear, it’s all in our heads and 99.9% of what we fear never really comes to pass. As Dr. Wayne Dyers says; “Fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real” and I believe that the only purpose of fear in our lives is for us to learn to overcome it and become better people for having done so.
But fear is very real for some and very paralyzing in the lives of many and it is for the most part this unseen fear that keeps people stuck in the “I’m gonna” and never allows them to reach the goals they have set before them. I myself happen to be one of those people who you’ll never hear say “I’m gonna” do this or “I’m gonna” do that, other than laundry, of course! I’m one of those people who once I make up my mind I jump in head first, shoes on and don’t think twice about it. You’ll probably look up one day and find that I already did it because once I set my mind to something Nothing and I mean No THING stops me from accomplishing it.
Now this isn’t to say that I recommend this technique to everyone… some of my biggest life disasters have been due to my impulsive nature to jump in without thinking, asking questions or looking both ways before crossing. But no one can take away the learning that came from these choices or the woman I have become because of the experience that came with it so in the end I look back with no regrets and am at peace with my past or most of it anyway. I also believe that some of the greatest challenges I have accomplished in my life are due in part because I didn’t stop to ponder what it would take or how long it would take me to get it done. I just had this crazy blind faith that I could do it and so I did.
And this is by no means a proclamation to perfection because I am still very human and I do battle with my very “real” fears on a regular basis, I just don’t let them dominate my life. Some of my fears I have made more progress with than others but I can easily say I see progress every time I say NO to fear and YES to faith. Now, having said that, I have to admit I have more than ten pounds I currently need to shed and I have yet to publish my book that’s still in the “making”. But these things haven’t come to pass because they haven’t been my focus and not because fear has stopped me from realizing them.
I look over the last ten years and I see myself climbing those stairs in life, setting one goal after another and walking in the direction of my dreams. I listened to the voice of spirit and I embraced faith, I’ve pushed away fear and asked God to guide me into a better tomorrow. Every time I have fallen wasn’t a failure but rather a lesson in life on how to get back up again, reinvent myself and just keep on going. I chose persistence over procrastination and even to this day, as I set new goals before me, I continue to choose change over the familiar every time I get that sour taste in my mouth or that wave of inspiration showing me what could come to pass if I only wanted it bad enough.
Today I’d like to challenge you to take just one of your dreams and start turning it into reality. Don’t think about all the many reasons why you can’t do it and just decide that no matter what, you’re going to find a way to get it done. How? Simple! Take a piece of paper, YES right now, and write down your goal. Now take ten minutes and write a plan, it doesn’t matter if you have to revise it tomorrow, put it down in black and white. Now take positive action today and walk in the direction of your goal. All you have to do is stick to it for 28 days until it becomes a habit and don’t give up. And finally, a week from now, a month from now or a year from now, it doesn’t matter when – celebrate your accomplishment!
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