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Are You Ready to Commit? Your Best Life is Waiting!

As a result of working with me, clients refuse to stay paralyzed. They move forward with that they can achieve higher goals in life. One such person improved his ability to connect while speaking publicly and his audience increased and his opportunities greatly improved. Another person discovered that she was beautiful inside and out and decided to show her potential to those from whom she once hid. She received better compensation and more opportunities in her career field. Another gentleman gained enough personal skills to overcome his introvert tendencies and mix and mingle at networking opportunities which benefited his company prospects.

My clients felt better, looked better, and did better. They learned that they could Win Again. They learned that a failure in life does not have to be a death sentence. They took the strategies they learned, applied them to their situations and came out of a situation of despair into a future of hope. That’s the kind of results I want for you. Join with me in the next couple of weeks to explore how you can also experience more again, more fun, more money, more opportunities, more confidence, and more challenges. You can Win Again! The power is still within you, let me help you strengthen your spirit and bring it out where you can employ your power to gain what you truly desire in life. As Les Brown says, “You Deserve; There is Greatness Within You!” I believe that and I know I can help you.

Join me in this transformation process; let me walk alongside you as you get the results you desire. This program works because when you’re ready to work it; doors open in your spirit and mind and whey you’re ready doors open in the world. The world is waiting on you to want it. I’m waiting on you to want it! Let’s do this together. Inbox me, call me, email me, just reach out to me; there is nothing to fear, but fear itself. So I say again, “Do it afraid!” Now is the time for you; You Can Win Again!

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Even a Change in Midlife Can be Used to Succeed! You Can Begin Again!

My life changed when I was driven to change career directions and made the decision to pursue my early childhood dream, that of becoming a University Adjunct Professor. I enrolled in school and began a doctoral program designed to help me become an adult educator and a consultant to school systems in need of innovative thinkers in the field of adult education.

However, the need to take care of my family pushed me after two years to try a non traditional approach to obtaining my doctorate and after receiving it in 2008, I was immediately hired to teach by the University of Phoenix as an Adjunct Professor of Humanities. As I developed more confidence and conviction that I could begin again, I applied for and graduated from both the Walden University Masters Degree Program in Leadership Studies and the John Maxwell Certification for Speakers, Trainers, and Coaches.

My setback became a springboard from which to become an independent consultant working with other leaders who have needed to make a total change in direction and rebrand themselves in order to be successful. That’s why I love to work with those who have had climatic experiences that threaten their future potential, because I was there ten years ago, but by the grace of God I received a brand new start. Let me help you begin again!

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Reach Past the Past and Achieve Your Potential

 19The Lord said to Moses in Midian, Go back to Egypt; for all the men who were seeking your life [for killing the Egyptian] are dead.  [Exodus 4:19]

            Moses began his adulthood at odds with the law.  Presently he’s living as a fugitive.  He had run from Egypt after committing a capital crime – that of killing an Egyptian guard.  The Pharaoh sought to take his life, but Moses fled.  He ran and kept on running until he came to a wilderness place called Midian.

            Presently, he is living based on his past not his future.  He has developed a comfortable life in Midian.  He is married to Zipporah, the eldest daughter of Jethro, the High Priest of that region and settled down as a shepherd tending the sheep of Jethro.  Moses has settled; his original dream suppressed – his role as deliverer, rejected and his label as murderer, accepted. That label, murderer, lived in his mind for 40 years. To observe his life, you would say Moses was doing quite well.  But what Moses put behind him, destiny brought back to him.  A spiritual encounter quickened his conscience and challenged his reality.  Moses could no longer stay in that nice, pretentious, settled existence. He realized he was living a lie.

Uncle Albert and I were discussing conflict and issues and he said to me, “When time fixes it, it is well fixed.”  When your future becomes your present, you can stay in your past no longer.  Destiny waited until time had passed, the situation had changed, and Moses was receptive.  Moses realized that the life he settled for conflicted with the life he was destined for.  Moses could no longer exist in his present; his future had invaded his now!

Yet, his past had a strong grip.  It reminded him he was a felon, a fugitive no less.  The past brought up all the reasons why Moses should remain in Midian, in his comfortable, settled life.  Again, “When time fixes it, it is well fixed.”  After 40 years, Moses was no longer the talk of the town.  His record had long since been exonerated.   His record was clean; he could do whatever he liked.  The only thing keeping him in Midian was his mindset; he needed to exercise courage to break free from the prison of his mind.  Moses rejected the voices of the past and with faith moved toward his future.  He lived a life of power, adventure, challenge, and purpose.  His wife gained in her respect for him and his sons honored him.  Dad had taken off the shepherd clothes and put on the mantle of deliverer.  Life was worth living now because Moses had stopped settling and starting directing his life in concert with his potential.  The past had lost its grip.  Moses was free!

            Judge Greg Mathis had a past.  He grew up in the housing projects of Detroit, and as a teenager was well on his way to a life of crime.  Mathis was a gang member who dropped out of school, was in and out of jail.  But, as a promise to his dying mother, he vowed to change his ways.  At age 18, he turned his life around, earning his GED, continuing on to college and earning a jurist doctorate degree.  Despite tremendous obstacles and odds, Mathis became the youngest judge in Michigan’s history and was elected a Superior Court Judge for Michigan’s 36th District.

             “It pains me to think of all the hurt that I caused my neighborhood, my community, my family,” said Mathis.  “That’s why I’ve made a lifetime commitment to redeeming myself and changing my life and helping to inspire other street youth to redeem themselves and change their lives. With Judge Mathis, [Television show] I hope to reach even more people with my story and, hopefully, make an even bigger difference in the lives of others.”  His past ran into his future and became his present.

            Two monks belonged to a convent that did not believe in touching a woman.  They were walking down a road one day toward a river they needed to cross to get to their convent.  When they got to the river, they encountered a woman.  The woman asked them to help her across.  The monks looked at each other for a moment.  Then one monk just picked up the woman and carried her across the river.  He let her down and the two continued their journey.

            About two miles down the road, the monk who had done nothing said to the one who had carried the woman.  You know that we are not allowed to touch a woman, why did you pick up that woman?  The monk who helped replied, “I put that woman down nearly 2 miles ago.”  If anyone is still carrying her, it is you, not me.”  And with that he continued walking.

Defining Reality: The First Responsibility of a Leader

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality” ~ Max De Pree

There I was.  I had just walked into my new role as Senior Personnel Sergeant charged with leading a group of soldiers tasked with performing all the human resource management tasks for our unit as well as being excellent in the execution of common tasks for a combat soldier.  Each of the men came up and introduced themselves and I did my best to size them up based on their demeanor, voice tone, and presentation.  It became obvious to me who the leader was; a specialist with about three years on the job.  He was the one who briefed me, told me my job, and proceeded to direct all the others.  He was fun to watch; it was clear he had no clue as to what role this personnel office really played within the unit.  He was just completing tasks as they came in and sticking to a schedule of reports that had been directed by the commander.  He was a good manager; but he was not a leader; he had no vision.

The role of defining reality involves discovering and committing to the vision of the corporation, not just the tasks of a unit or team.  A leader does not read procedural manuals to learn processes per say; rather, a leader reads procedural and policy manuals to learn the vision and culture of the company.  A leader intuitively desires to know the big picture; how can I add value to the company as one of its servant leaders.  He or she is looking for where the company is, where the company is headed, and processes used in the past and in the present to reach that vision.  From this data, a leader helps his or her team discover purpose, identity, and value in their role within the company.  A leader defines the reality within which that team operates as a part of the entire organization.  Do you remember the song “Misfits” in the movie Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer?  In that song, the principal question that needed answering was, “Why am I such a misfit; why don’t I fit in?” Leaders define reality for the team in such a way that they understand how their role fits into the bigger picture of the company. Additionally, leaders use their influence to ensure the gifts of each person under their purview are maximized.  Leadership is influence beccause leaders cast vision; they define reality in such a way that people enjoy performing their roles in excellent fashion.