Hey, hey everybody,
It's been a minute since I've blogged... I hope my message is finding you well. If ever you'd like to ask me anything, or get some advice or insight with something you're facing, don't hesitate to reach out to me at askrho(at)gmail.com...
I'm attending my second seminar of this year to help take my business ideas and personal fulfillment to the next level. I've been purposefully studying life principles, interpersonal skills, and other champion traits for successful living, for over 5 years now. The learning just doesn't stop. Since then, I have been writing books to share the knowledge I've been gathering, as well as sharing my personal experiences to help people realize their greater potential, talents and purpose. It has been quite the journey with many teachers on my path via books, courses, videos, seminars, and more.
Today, I decided to go one step further with my education and business development. I've invested in business coaching and a business tool to help me get on a faster track with getting my mission, message and products to the public. Coaches need coaches too!
I usually attend seminars and mostly invest my time (our time is valuable by the way). I do my best to retain all of the information I can, then add yet another much needed piece to my success puzzle. However, this time, I decided to invest more. I invested in the 1 on 1 presence of an expert coach in their field. After I pulled the proverbial "trigger", it felt empowering. I knew that I had just given myself another chance to thrive in life; to gain more knowledge at a faster rate, and to open more doors of innumerable opportunities.
How many of you out there are reading this blog and hesitating to invest in yourself? What's stopping you? For me, I've always wanted to make sure that I would get a return on my investment. Or, at least make my money back. I figure that any new knowledge gained could be transformed into tools for better living and/or dollar signs from enhancing my business savvy; I just need to apply it. This time, I had assessed it, and could really see the value in investing on this level, so I did it.
Is there something that you really want to achieve but you need more information or tools to really thrive at it? Have you researched the pieces of the puzzle you think you need? Some of you might be thinking that you don't know where to start. Guess what? That's OK. Maybe your first step is to get coaching so that your coach can help give you direction. A coach can help you get clarity. A coach can steer you in the right direction to start seeing the results you want. And, as long as you are willing to keep taking a step towards your goal; to keep asking for help; and, to keep investing in yourself, you can get there. Find a coach that specializes in what you need help with. If it's business, get a great business coach. If it's finances, get a thriving finance coach. If it's relationships, find a dedicated relationships coach...as so on.
I look forward to sharing more of the jewels that come my way because I've decided to believe in, and invest in, me. Let this post inspire you to know that you can do it too. You have something of value to share, in only the way that you can share it. That distinction makes your product or service unique. By your willingness to grow and go for it, not only will you show up for yourself, but those people that can benefit from what you have to give, will show up too... ;-)
Invest in you. You are worth it.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
This post is an 'oldie but goodie' from this blog... Enjoy, and here's to living your BEST life ;-)
It is NEVER too late to re-evaluate your dreams, update your goals, finally let go of something that is not working for you, dive into a passion, start something new or STOP procrastinating. I love to think of us (you and me) like we are captains of our ships. We set the coordinates for our travel. So, are you steering towards the island of Greatness, or have you settled with chillin' in a place called Mediocrity?
So many of us may have lost the drive, determination, energy, direction and belief in ourselves to think that we are still worthy of the island called Greatness. Some of us have conjured up every excuse, found every shortcoming, and have let the responsibility of having a family discourage us from saying YES to a life of fulfillment. I’m not saying that you would not have to make some major adjustments to go for your goals; however, I am encouraging, to let you know, that it is well worth the trip. Greatness, like success, is self-defining. There is no one-way to experience it or accomplish its distinction. For each of us it means something different. For some, greatness/success will come adorned with millions of dollars, awards, certificates of completion or lofty promotions. For others it might show up when they fall in love, have a child, finish the pursuit of a college degree, lose the weight, mend a meaningful relationship, or gather the courage to say to NO to a debilitating one. Whatever it looks like for you, it can manifest, with a commitment to action and a willingness to see things through.
A lot of the times though, you will find that success is more than one place to visit; more than one goal. Once you get there, what's next? Like nature, life is always shifting, changing and evolving. Eventually your accomplishment will lack its luster, and you will be looking for the next opportunity to reveal a more expansive you. Are you in that place of your life right now? Are you looking for an outlet to express and reveal greatness/ success/ happiness/ satisfaction?
So where to start? How do you get the energy to sustain your drive? Are you so far away from allowing yourself to believe it is possible, that you have forgotten what would bring forth a feeling of satisfaction and great accomplishment for you? If you are looking for some tips to restart your rudders, and bravely navigate newfound un-chartered waters... these suggestions are for you:
1. Looking too far ahead can be overwhelming; and looking in the past can paralyze you and keep you stuck. Start right where you are by writing down what you really desire to accomplish in whatever area of your life that you would like to see change happen. Clarity is key...
2. Eat well and exercise! Give your body what it needs in order to operate at its optimum best. The foods you eat can energize you or make you sluggish and tired. A lot of processed foods give a false sense of nourishment and eventually weigh in on your vitality. Also, a diet full of heavier foods can zap your energy because the body is spending its reserve energy on digestion. You can try eating your last meal for the day earlier in the evenings, so that you can wake up with more energy and feeling light. Also, eating your heaviest meal in the afternoon can give your body time to process, use, and eliminate it; thereby working it off before you slow down in the evenings. Exercising will enable good blood circulation, oxygenate your cells, give you a natural high and stimulate your brain activity.
3. Do mental push-ups with affirmations. Affirmations are 'pump you up’ or ‘positively affirming’ statements that anchor your confidence, perseverance and stick-to-it-ness to get the job done. Your mind needs guidance and training to stay on track and to be an ally for you.
4. Put yourself on a schedule and give yourself some structure to instill 'good' habits and maximize the time in your day. Discipline equals freedom.
5. "Ask and ye shall receive." Don't be afraid to solicit help. Believe that what you choose to accomplish is possible and that the doors of opportunity will open with your willingness to knock.
6. Develop and maintain a great support system. Family, friends, books, meditation, prayer and 'play dates' that can help keep you inspired and driven.
7. Enjoy the journey and the new you that is developing because of your bold choice to live out your dreams and passion. Greatness/success can be a collection of the experiences along the way.
8. Prepare and expand, prepare and expand... never stop growing. “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.”
9. Starting your day with an 'Attitude Of Gratitude' is one of the most powerful and complimentary ways to get you focused in the right direction. It lifts your point of view to a place of positivity and constructive thinking; as well as affirms the good that is already in your life, and what is to come.
10. Give your passion an outlet to shine. It will automatically lift your spirit and give your life more meaning by engaging in something (your passion/ interests) that you truly enjoy and look forward to.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
If you have a goal that is still being manifested, keep your eyes on the prize. No matter what it currently looks like in your life, keep holding a vision of where you are going, and who you are becoming. We don't know the day or the hour that we will see our 'vision of today', but if we can keep sharpening our focus for it, we will inevitably move towards it.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Although the 5th principle of Kwanzaa (Nia ~ PURPOSE) was the inspiration for this blog post, it has become a support for all in starting 2016...
'The Kwanzaa celebration honors African heritage in the African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. It endeavors to build community in African American culture by recognizing and practicing seven core principles (Nguzo Saba) which are: umoja (unity); kujichagulia (self-determination); ujima (collective work and responsibility); ujamaa (cooperative economics); nia (purpose); kuumba (creativity); and imani (faith).'
A buddy of mine (YO PMO! ;-) ) reached out to me and asked if I was writing something on the principle, Nia (purpose). I thought his inquiry was right on time because I had just listened to a dynamic talk from Myles Munroe about purpose and, though, I had written something the night of that 5th day of Kwanzaa, I needed more time to think my blog through before posting. Finally, I am sharing some of my notes here in hopes that it will inspire a unique revelation in you, as it did for me, when it comes to the power and gift of purpose.
First, let me share the definition of purpose as Myles shared it. He described it as the original intent for the creation of a thing that was in the mind of the creator of the thing. In other words, purpose is the reason, or the "why?" that something exists. If you want to know the purpose of a thing, never ask the thing. Ask the creator of the thing. Purpose is only found in the mind of the creator of the thing. For example, when you buy something, it comes with instructions. There's a manual. It lets you know for what purpose it is to be used. If you buy a Toyota car, you won't find the manual for a Mercedes Benz in that car. It is of no use to you. So, when you want to know the purpose of something, you must 'get the instructions' or the 'how to' manual from the creator.
Myles believed that everything has a purpose, and that nothing in life is without it. There's a purpose for the roach, the fly, the maggot, the lice, the snake, the Lion, the hair in your nose, etc... The creator created ALL things with purpose; but not all purpose is known. And, when purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable. Why do we kill the rat, the roach, or the mouse? Possibly because we don't know their purpose... and, over time, by killing things when we don't know their purpose, it can create an imbalance. Then, we're challenged to conserve and preserve things to try and get that balance back in our ecosystems. Something to think about. . .
"Where purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable." This goes for drugs, relationships, schooling, shopping, etc... for example, there are drugs in the pharmaceutical industry that use the natural cocaine plants, poppy seeds, and other medicinal plants like marijuana for healing in that industry. When used in a proper dosage, it can be helpful or good for the body. However, when purpose is not known for those things, they can be abused (root meaning: abnormal use).
More specifically, purpose is the key to knowing why something exists, and how by knowing it, you can (and us as a community) get on track with the greatest version of your selves. Have you asked the question, "why?" ... Why you were created? Does it intrigue you to want to know your purpose?
My journey, in particular, has inspired me to ask the question. And, I have found some solace in realizing that something so much more vast and Intelligent created all that exists, and, with purpose at the back of it all. Just asking the question has opened more doors of understanding, growth, healing, self-awareness, and authenticity in me. I feel as if I am still adding to, and discovering more, of my purpose. My willingness, alone, just to try and grasp it, has given my life more meaning. And, since the Kwanzaa celebration includes cultural awareness and community, I'm finding that one of the most powerful ways to be of service to this concept is to get to our personal purpose, so that we can be empowered to authentically and meaningfully contribute to the collective and progressive mission.
And, maybe you don't have to label it, or be able to eloquently put your purpose into words... but, I do think that just by having a sense of what it is, it will enable your life to become more of the 'awesome experience' it is designed to be. And, if you feel like you're still waiting on the magic answer of what your purpose is, GIVE yourself purpose, in the meantime, through your choices. Discover what interests you, that gives you an opportunity to contribute to society/life in a more meaningful way. In what way can you be of service to others that not only adds something desired to their lives, but to your life as well? How would it make you feel to contribute in this way? What 'YOU' could you become by giving yourself a chance to live a purpose driven life?
When you think about it, it's like a conundrum. Just as much as I'm inspired to ask my Creator about my purpose, in the same breath, I am the creator of purpose for myself as well. This conscious choosing puts us in a 'creator' seat. And, even though some of us are willing to surrender to what we feel is a Greater Power for guidance with finding our true purpose, we are still not helpless when it comes to making choices to do things that can give our lives more meaning...
And, so...the journey continues.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Excellent talk... great way to explain the power of perspective and its affect on the depth and potential of relationships.