As I sat in my SUV looking into my rear view Mirror, I thought about a conversation with my accountability HBW Master Mind sisters Jamie and Odette, a few nights before. My sisters and I are powerful and passionate in what we do and we believe in the power of supporting one another to make great things happen. Jamie Bennett is the CEO and Founder of Assistance For Hire, Odette Flemming is CEO and Founder of Kitabu Circle and I am the CEO of Empower2Produce and Founder of the Wrapped-N-Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.We had engaged in conversation about building our businesses and what our next best move would be in taking our businesses to the next level. Now during these calls we pretty much call it like it is, there is no time for beating around the bush or sugarcoating anything.
I absolutely love these calls. We provoke thought, inspire, encourage, support and motivate one another, but what I like most is that we also give tough love, step on toes(figuratively speaking) and we keep one another in check on building our businesses.
It was during this call and one other previous conversation with my sisters that I admittedly expressed being somewhat uncomfortable with my role in my two businesses, one which is my foundation which is close and dear to my heart (breast cancer awareness) and the other which is built upon 25 plus years of work experience, education, skills and and the love of my profession (sales and training.) Well, this is where some tough love kicked in from my sisters. I was starting to doubt my WHY‘s, WHY I started these businesses, WHY I have the gifts to do what I do, WHY I have value in my offer and WHY I have taken the Quantum Leap to arrive and participate in a world of great possibilities and opportunities.
It didn’t take long during our conversation before one of my sisters said to me”you need to take a look in the Mirror and see you as others see you.” What I realized during that call, was that fear was creeping into my progress. And surprisingly it was not the fear of failure. The fear which was attempting to steal my joy and my progress within building my businesses, was the fear of success. I found that I was not doubting myself or my capabilities, but whether or not I was truly ready to receive. I was experiencing the what if’s of my life and my businesses. What if my business takes off and blow up? What if I am not ready to receive? What happens when the lifestyle that I live changes to the lifestyle that I have dreamed of all my life? Am I ready? Because I know without a doubt that I am on the verge of my breakthrough.
As I sat in my SUV, I found myself taking my sisters advice and literally began to look into the Mirror, my rear view Mirror at that. What I found was the importance of stepping back and taking inventory of my life, my dreams and my future that awaits my presence. When was the last time you took a good look at the person in your Mirror? Do you like what you see? Do see the person you want to be or do you see the person you aspire to be? Well Try it! What are you waiting for? Take a good look at yourself and allow yourself to see what may be holding you back in following your dreams or aspirations.
What I found was refreshing and it rejuvenated my mind, body and soul. I am working diligently on my businesses and I am investing in myself in ways that I have never done before! And the most important thing that I know is that according to Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a HOPE and a FUTURE.” Yes, God has a plan for you and I to utilize our talents and skills which he has equipped us with, but if we allow fear, procrastination and doubt into our plans, it’s a chance that we will never reach our God given potential. We have to recognize our value and our worth in life and business.
Here are 5 Values I rediscovered of myself as I looked at the woman in my Mirror.
(1) I PLAN for my future which gives me a roadmap to reaching new milestones and to identify my progress in life and business along the way.
(2) I SET GOALS so that I will have something to aim for.
(3) I MOTIVATE others through acknowledging their work, accomplishments and efforts. I have the gift of complementing and praising others.
(4) I INSPIRE others, God has allowed me to overcome many hurdles in life to share with others, to give them hope and trust in the process.
(5) I LEAD by example which encourages me to do the right thing in life and business which builds upon my character.
(6) I EMPOWER others though tools, resources, mentoring, coaching and the ability to be transparent in sharing my life’s story to help others overcome, breakthrough and get back on track after life changing events.
These are important aspects of my life which has made me the person and business woman I am today. I am determined to not allow doubt, fear of failure or fear of success block what my future holds for me.
I challenge you to take a look in your MIRROR and rediscover your true values. What you find may reignite the fire within and remind you of your self value and self worth, when you are in doubt of executing your plans to reach your goals in life and/or business.