This is for all aspiring entrepreneurs…

Not only aspire to do it...DO IT!

“You are now, and you do become, what you think about.” — Earl Nightingale

Many of us have actively set out to become an entrepreneur; all fired up and ready to go with hopes that one day we will realize the freedom of being our own boss. And then one day we realize we haven’t done anything yet.

Why?

I’m sure your list of excuses is just as significant as mine were but what is the real reason you haven’t started yet? I believe (my opinion) it’s because of two reasons: 1) you don’t think you can actually do it and 2) you do not have a definite purpose. I would like to share my insight on the first reason today.

Earl Nightingale and many other wise people were on to something when they realized that you become what you think about. There is validity to the power of our mindset determining how far we go in life. When I first started out as an entrepreneur, I came face to face with my defeated mindset. You see, before I could get started I had given myself 101 reasons why it wasn’t going to work for me.

Have you ever talked yourself out of doing something before you started?

If the answer is yes, STOP and just think about your decision not to finish or to not go forth at all. What will it cause you to lose in the long run? I can think of two things: freedom and fulfillment.

The poem below has been in my life since college and surprisingly I discovered the same poem in a book I’m reading…

“If you think you are beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you lie to win, but think you can’t,

It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.

For out of the world we find, success begins with a fellow’s will—

It’s all a state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,

You’ve got to think high to rise,

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

“Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man,

But sooner or later the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can!”

There must be something substantial about “thinking” because even the greatest book ever written (the Bible) says, “As a man (woman) thinks in his heart, so is he”. There is power in our thinking! Don’t allow negative thoughts and a defeated mindset keep you from pursuing your dreams and goals. You are what you think about and what you think about may place you among great men! So don’t talk yourself out of your dreams; like Nike says, “JUST DO IT”!

Be encouraged and THINK about it.

With Much Hope In You,

From Now On…® Prioritize. Strategize. Execute. It’s a Lifestyle!

Jen

 “If you aspire to become an entrepreneur then become one.”—Jennifer Priest

 

My definition of success

“Success is when you deliberately set out to accomplish a particular goal and you complete what you set out to do and it makes you happy” — Jennifer R. Priest

Don’t get caught doing the hokey pokey

Move forward. Beware of moving and going nowhere.

A great speaker once said, “The reason why most people fail is not because they aim high and miss but it’s because they aim too low and hit. Unfortunately, some don’t aim at all.”—Les Brown

That was me at one point in my life. Never aimed high enough to miss. I kept it in the no risk/safe zone. I was very ambitious but had a fear of failing so my life looked similar to that old school playground nursery rhyme… you put your right foot in, you take your right foot out; you put your right foot in and shake it all about. You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around and that’s what it’s all about.

In the video, we see a lot of moving going on but is he going anywhere? We have great ideas and big dreams of one day stepping out to do something different with our lives and the next thing you know you’re doing the hokey pokey and just turning around going nowhere; or maybe you are stepping out but you run into an obstacle or a speed bump that slowed you down and you become discourage and you just stop. Are you experiencing this?

Below are some things I discovered that will keep you in a hokey pokey mode:
1) The fear of failing
2) Wondering what will people think or say
3) Defeating yourself by saying, “I don’t think I have what it takes”

I struggled with this “hokey pokey” mode for a while; defeating myself with hindering thoughts that kept me from moving forward. I encourage you today if you find yourself doing the hokey pokey– STOP and remember that there IS greatness in you! Greater are you that is in God than those that are in the world and my all-time favorite: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Not some things but ALL things. Oh, the one I have decaled on my wall for my whole family to see and be reminded: For with God ALL things are possible!

Change your mindset about your ability to move forward. You can do it! As Les Brown would say, “There’s GREATNESS within you! Soooo, what are you waiting for?

With much hope in you,
From Now On…® Prioritize. Strategize. Execute.
Jen

5 Indications That You Are In A Purposed-Filled Career

Do work that you were intended to do

Last week I asked if you had a career or a job. If your choice was a career, let me ask you–Is it a purposed-filled career?

As defined in the chart included in last week’s post (click here to review that chart again), in a nutshell a career is the pursuit of a lifelong ambition (passion) towards progression of a lifelong goal (purpose). Having a purpose-filled career is no more than working an occupation that you were intended to do in life. Not only do you use your gifts, abilities, and talents you were born with but you also operate in this career daily. You know you are where you need to be and want to be because you absolutely love being there (LOL…a lot of B’s).

Here are some indications that the career you are in is a purposed-filled career:

  1. You no longer feel like you should be doing something else.
  2. You are doing what you are passionate about.
  3. You have found a solution to a problem that needed to be solved.
  4. You are motivated and full of energy towards accomplishing your goals.
  5. You have determined what activities, places, and people provide this fulfillment and inspiration in your life.

We all have something that is intended for us to do as a lifelong goal. Why not focus in on making it a more definite one. I’m not putting down working a job. I’ve worked one for over 17 years and it has supported me and my family but I’ve always known there was something more I was meant to do and now I’m doing it. Still on the journey but progressively moving towards that lifelong goal of motivating and encouraging others to discover their purposed-filled careers.

Have you found your purposed-filled career? If so, please feel free to reply or leave a comment. Tell me how you knew you had found your purposed-filled career.

Expecting great things for you!

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Value Yourself!

Suggestions that will keep you from doubting your value

One key factor in professional growth today is knowing your value. Today’s society has painted a picture of what the ideal successful person should look like, dress like and act like. Leaving those who don’t look, dress or act like what is portrayed wondering where they fit in. As a result, people are trying to live this false perception of what is considered expectable or right in someone else’s mind when in reality it’s not about what they think you should be but about who you really are.

In some of my earlier posts I share how my defeated mind-set and low self-worth kept me from having the confidence to actively go forth with my business ideas. A person can easily fall into this mind-set when they don’t truly know their value. One thing that could hinder your growth as you seek a better career or entrepreneurship is feeling like what you have to offer in not enough. If you are feeling this way—STOP–find a mirror and say “I’m more than enough! I have what it takes to reach my goals and to become successful!” (Repeat daily as needed).

Let me ask you, “Is how you value yourself keeping you complacent?” I personally had to work through this so I know how much of a stumbling block it can be especially when you have a vision. It’s like pulling a 50lb- weight, you’re barely moving and getting nowhere fast. I’ve learned that my individuality is what makes me unique and to accept who I am with no reservations.

Here are some suggestions I would like to pass on to you when you start doubting your value:

  • Everyone has value and so do you! You are fearfully and wonderfully made and born with purpose.
  • Never compare yourself (gifts, talents and abilities) to other people. Although what you do may be similar to what someone else is doing, it’s not the same. What you do or how you do it is uniquely YOU!
  • Forgive yourself for past mistakes and keep moving forward. Unforgiveness has a way of slowing down progress. Whether you need to forgive yourself or someone else, do it. Don’t let unforgiveness hold you back.
  • Don’t underestimate your capabilities. You have the potential to do anything you want to do. Discover your potential and pursue the work you love.
  • Love who God made you to be. Should I say more…Drop the Mic!

Sometimes changing the way we view ourselves will also change how we value ourselves. Don’t let the world system dictate your value, or better yet, don’t let a defeated mind set keep you from realizing your value. Nurture your vision and successfully grow in your career or as a business owner.

If you are feeling a little devalued, I encourage you to use the suggestions above as tools to keep you focused and to build your confidence. Value yourself and your abilities and never doubt what you are capable to being or becoming.

 

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What is Career Readiness?

Get Ready! Get Set! Get Career Ready GO!

There are several definitions on what career readiness involves. Some people see it as learning skills in a specific area or industry while others define it on a broader spectrum to include workplace and employment/job training. Career readiness is a mixture of all these and more. Here at JenniferRpriest.org, we consider all the aspects of career readiness plus focus on preparing an individual for the workplace beginning from the inside and working to the outside.

 

Career Readiness Defined:

Dictionary.com defines Career as an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress; while Readiness is defined as a willingness to do something or the state of being fully prepared for something.

In a nutshell we at JenniferRpriest.org define Career Readiness as learning methods to progressively improve your life by attaining capabilities necessary to strategically plan a career and take action towards achieving a goal.

Career Readiness as an ongoing process of thinking about your interests (passions), what you are capable of doing and what you love to do and working a plan that will help you operate in those interests. Many people go through life just doing work they don’t like and get stuck there without ever progressing into a career that is meaningful and fulfilling.  While getting career ready you explore your life passions, gifts and talents and find options available to you to use those skills. So even when you have reached a level of success you must be willing to continuously fine-tune the plans for your life so that you are able to walk out your God-given purpose.

Career Readiness helps you to succeed by:

  • Changing your mindset
  • Discovering Your Potential
  • Increasing Your Knowledge
  • Obtaining the right tools
  • Building Your Confidence and
  • Helping you take action towards building a career you love!

Who can benefit from Career Readiness Coaching?

Everyone! No matter your career level.  Career Readiness is beneficial especially from the perspective of working from the inside out. You don’t have to already be a professional to take advantage of the tools available on this site. It is for people who are just starting their careers, people who are well into their careers, people transitioning careers and people who have wondered this; “There must be more to my life than this?”.  However, there are a few pre-requisites for being here.  You must be committed, a dreamer, a hard worker, and an action taker with a desire to build a successful career. Once you embrace what it takes to become successful, you also realize that you are Purposed for Success!

DREAM                COMMIT                       PLAN                    PURSUE

About the site:

This website and the tools that are available are designed to show you ways to capitalize on your potential through different resources like coaching/training programs, live workshops, online seminars, blog articles and so much more.   As the site continues to grow, more specific resources will become available to you. The primary goal is for you to see yourself differently and successful as you discover what you really want to do in the workforce. Working for the inside out conditions us to become better career minded business owners and employees. We must first discover our greatness before we can help others become great. Your success begins with you and how you view yourself, your aspirations dreams and passions. Establishing yourself as a winner instantly makes you more marketable to hiring managers and prospective employers. So what’s the key to being successful? It’s commitment and position:  Commit to wanting to make a change in your life and position yourself with discovering the resources to help you make that change.

Topics you will see:

  • Resume Writing
  • Employment Preparedness
  • Career Transitioning
  • Job Search Skills
  • Professional Growth Recommendations and so much more!

Expecting great things for you!

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When You Feel Like There Is More

I feel like I'm supposed to be doing something different...

Have you ever had that tugging feeling in your heart or mind that prompted you to say, “I feel like I’m supposed to be doing something different” or “There must be more to my life than this?”  Well, if you have, you are among many others who wonder the same thing.

As a career readiness coach, I realize that one of the main issues with people planning their careers is that they really don’t know what they want to do or should be doing. Let me share this with you: I am a professional with over 18 years of experience and I struggled with the same thing until almost two years ago. Yes, that’s right.  I have been working in a field that I never really liked. I am very good at what I do but it was never really what I was meant to do.

Each one of us has a specific assignment we were designed for and the only way to satisfy that tugging feeling is to find out what that assignment is and pursue it.  Many people go to jobs every day and don’t really want to be there–just miserable.  Why? Because that’s not where their heart is. Or some people have convinced themselves that “this is as good as it gets” and some allow fear to keep them complacent without taking a risk of stepping out into something new.  Does any of this sound familiar to you?  If you are feeling like there’s more you should be doing, let me encourage you to seek after it.

Below are five ways to help narrow down what your true assignment in life might be. Take your time, sit in a quiet place and really think about these five statements. If you feel like there is more to life than what you are currently doing, then 9 times out of 10—your right.

1)     What you do will naturally draw people to you.

2)     It’s not what you do well; it’s what you do best. You are at your best when you are operating in it.

3)     It gives you a feeling of fulfillment.

4)     It can be used to serve others.

5)     It’s something you do effortlessly.

It often takes time for us to learn enough about ourselves and experience enough to identify the specific assignment purposed for our life–but it’s there.  We often are told to make goals, strategize and plan our careers but if you don’t know what that career is, how  can we plan for it.

I encourage you to take time to really examine your passions and gifts. Pray about your direction and work to discover your true calling in life.

Expecting great things for you!

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First Impressions

Working from the inside out

We’ve all heard the sayings, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression” and “first impressions are lasting impressions”.  Well, I can personally say from the perspective of a job seeker and a business owner that these statements are very true.

 

Whether we want to admit it or not, in today’s society how others perceive us has become very important.  As business owners, aspiring business owners or those who like me are both a full time employee and a business owner, it is important that we make great first impressions in the workforce as well as with perspective clients.  If you are seeking employment, your first impression may be the deciding factor of whether you are called back for an interview and if you are a business owner, your first impression may win you a new client.

Two areas I relate to making a great first impression:

1) Inward Qualities (The character others see when they first see you)

2) Outward Appearance (How people see you when they first see you)

I would like to highlight three points for both the inward qualities and outward appearance that I use when making a first impression.

Inward Qualities

You may ask what do inward qualities have to do with your outward first impression and I say, a lot.  Here are some powerful characteristics I demonstrate when meeting people for the first time:

1.) Self-Confidence. When you exhibit trust and firm belief in yourself and your skills, people can see that.  Having a certain level of confidence will allow others to see you as a person who believes in her/himself and products or services she/he provides.

2.) Integrity. “Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles or moral uprightness” (Merriam-Webster dictionary’s definition).  Integrity is a personal characteristic most employers look for when bringing people onto a team.  Are you a person that can be trusted and reflect that when you are working with co-workers or clients?

3.) Attitude. Your attitude makes a big difference in how much you gain or lose in any situation.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that “attitude is an expression of favor or disfavor toward a person, place, thing, or event”.  You can have a negative attitude about your situation or you can have positive attitude about your situation and it will reflect through your mannerisms and actions.

Outward Appearance

Below are areas I believe are important representations when it relates to first impressions:

1.) Your Resume. When applying for a job, a resume is usually the first impression perspective employers have of you.  A resume is a written representation of your skills, talents, abilities and accomplishments.  Really, this is the first time your perspective employer meets you.

If you are a business owner, this may be your website, flyers, postcards or any other marketing tool you use to advertise your business.  How you present yourself via written communication is just as important as your face-to-face presentation.

2.) Your Attire. Regardless of what you hear, how you present yourself physically can make the difference between your getting the job or someone else.  How do you present yourself and/or your business?  This is very important.  How you are dressed when you show up to an interview will tell a lot about you and/or your business.  Take pride in your appearance.  If you are a business owner your appearance when meeting and greeting clients will show them your professionalism towards the services you provide.

3.) Communication. Effectively expressing yourself verbally is a very important aspect of a first impression.  Learning how to communicate your skills and accomplishments to a perspective employer or marketing yourself to a new client will help you relay your services in a professional way and give the interviewer or client a great impression of you.

To sum it all up, when you are a well-dressed, trustworthy  professional  who projects confidence and integrity and can effectively communicate written and orally you have positioned yourself to make a great first impression every time.  Your inward characteristics directly relate to how you appear on the outside.  I recommend that while you are working on the outward appearance also take note of the inward characteristics that make your overall first impression a lasting impression.

There is a quote that says, “Never hire anyone who is going to report directly to you who you do not intuitively just plain like from first impressions.  If your instincts tell you you’re going to have a hard time working with someone, pass.”  –Fred Charette

 

Don’t be the one that’s passed over.

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Deadly Distractions

Distractions. We are faced with them throughout the course of our lives. So, what are they? Oxford Dictionaries defines distraction as a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else. It also lists synonyms like diversion, interruption, disturbance, interference and hindrance. To sum it all up, distractions are designed to throw you off course and the bigger they come usually the closer you are to completing a goal.

Listen, I have to say this first about distractions: we have an initial choice about them. We can say no or yes to them. If we say “no”, we move forward with our journey. But if we say “yes” to them and lose focus, distractions can be deadly. What do I mean by this? They can derail us from obtaining our goals and dreams; delay our promise. They can damage significant relationships in our lives. They can drain us emotionally; defeat us spiritually. They can demean our integrity. They can diminish our success; defame our character. They can define our destiny. They can even threaten or cause our physical death. Distractions are designed for our demise, our death, on so many levels.

Have you ever considered allowing the death caused by your distractions to work for you instead of against you? Well, that’s what I decided recently. I decided that I would put a different spin on the death that can be caused by the distractions in my life. I am choosing to allow the death caused by my distractions to work for my good and not my bad. I am choosing to allow them to build me up instead of tear me down. I am choosing to allow them lift me to the next level and not keep me stagnated in a place where I was never designed to be.

Here are some examples of what I mean: I have resolved to use the distractions in my life to be the death of long standing strongholds in my life; The death of unresolved anger, hurt and pain; The death of a defeated mindset; The death of the suppressed effects (feelings, thoughts and emotions) due to past tragic life events; The death of toxic relationships in my life; The death of allowing others’ happiness to trump my own; The death of unforgiveness towards others and myself. You see, I’m learning that until these things die in me, I can’t move forward with the awesome plan God has for my life and because of that distractions will continue to trip me up until these issues, feelings and/or emotions are dealt with appropriately. They will keep me stuck, frustrated, stunted and defeated.

So, the choice is yours too? What will you allow your distractions to be in your life? A hinder or a help? A crisis or an opportunity? A burden or a stepping stone? A deterrence or a motivator? My hope is that you choose, like I did, to allow distractions to work for you.

 

B.C. Raines

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