Try it and you will like it…

If you have been a subscriber for a while THANK YOU; you know that I primarily send emails that Educate, Motivate, Inspire and Encourage (E.M.I.E) pronounced (E-MY-E). I realized some time ago that I love motivating and helping people capitalize on what they already have so they can use that to become what they desire to be.

A great start to “be-coming” what you desire to be is to P.S.E. your life! It’s what I promote and what I love to teach others to do: Prioritize, Strategize and Execute in your life. Most of what we do can be categorized in these three action words that translate into 1) make goals (prioritize), 2) create a plan on how to accomplish those goals (strategize) and 3) take action (execute)—P.S.E.

P.S.E. works in all aspects of our lives. Life happens and it can be quite overwhelming; trust me–I know but if we take the time to put “life” in order, we can approach it in a more calm, peaceful, and productivity way. Try it, you’ll like it.
Remember, “Take what you have and make what you want”! You were born to be great…so BE GREAT!

With much hope in you!
From Now On…® Prioritize. Strategize. Execute. It’s a lifestyle!
Jen

P.S. The career readiness training is coming along greatly and should be ready soon. I’m so excited about the information and I am sure that it’s going to be of great value to you.

Be on the lookout for these three career crushers…

“Start today creating a vision for yourself, your life, and your career. Bounce back from adversity and create what you want, rebuild and rebrand. Tell yourself it’s possible along the way, have patience, and maintain peace with yourself during the process.” Germany Kent

There are a number of reasons that hinder us from having successful careers. Many of which we can conqueror just by changing our mindset. Let me share a bit of my story while pointing out three career crushers of which to be aware:

1) A Defeated Mindset
I ponder… when did I fall into a defeated mindset?? Hmmm, I honestly can’t remember but what I do remember is growing up and not being validated by my dad as much as a little girl needs, in my opinion. I was not verbally or physically abused but I remember wanting my dad’s attention; however, he was preoccupied with other “affairs” that kept him gone from home a lot. Needless to say, I didn’t get to spend much time with my dad although I longed for that attention. That’s being pretty transparent but I imagine my feelings of defeat may have stemmed from feeling rejected. My relationship with my dad is better now that I’m older but often we do not realize how something in the past can affect us and keep us for moving forward.

2) Low Self-Esteem or Self-Worth
As long as I can remember, I was the type that would down play my self-worth. If someone gave me a compliment, I would flip it as if I was not worthy of it or try to explain why I didn’t deserve the compliment. If someone told me how great I did on a project or job, I would somehow throw the attention off of me and down play my accomplishment and highlight someone else. The response to the compliment should have been and is now “Thank you”. Crazy, right? Well, not so much when your mindset is corrupted with negative thoughts.

I didn’t realize it at the time: I could see the potential and greatness in everyone else but I could not see in or for myself. Why? The fear of failure and rejection and the defeated mindset (stemming from my childhood), I think these attributes created a low self-esteem or lack of self-worth.

3) Unbelief in Yourself
What is success to you? What is success for you on your job, in your business, in your life overall? We are our own worst critics. We can be so critical of ourselves that we limit our successes because we just don’t think we are “good enough” to be in the spotlight or to be on top or accomplished–successful. I had to get to the root of this. I was in denial and even ashamed that I felt this way. Here I am, a professional working woman for the government for years; have met with company owners; have pitched ideas to Generals at the Pentagon; a Desert Storm vet; at one point, President of a major business organization in college; winner of several speaking competitions and here I was (in spite of all of my past successes) stuck in my own negative critical thinking when it came to stepping out and reaching a level of success as a business owner. I thought I was career ready but I was really gliding until I learned how to take what I have and make what I wanted.

Here’s a bonus…
I’ve noticed there are three types of people in the world: Those who stand by the pool of life and look at everyone else enjoying their lives, starting businesses, prospering; those who sit by the pool and dangle their feet in the pool but never jump in; and those who take full advantage of all the world has to offer and they jump in. Which are you?

There is a possibility of drowning (that’s the hard part) for all three types but there is also a possibility of swimming and surviving. You have to just dive in. If by any chance you are not living a fulfilled life doing what you currently do…you need to dive in. If you find yourself looking at the progress of others and wanting to do the same thing…try diving in. If you are struggling financially but have an idea that could help/benefit others and increase your income…dive in.

So, what helped me and what I recommend to help you with your career? Change your mind set by changing your philosophy about life. I will give more tips on how to change your life’s philosophy in another blog post.

Let’s wrap this up. I encourage you to not let the career crushers get in the way of your succeeding in your professional or personal life. One important fact is that career crushers are stealth– they lie dormant for years, sometimes, before you discover what’s hindering you. If you suspect one of these career crushers is at the root of your tree–get focused, be determined and change the way you view yourself, your life and your career! I challenge you to learn how to take what you have and make what you want!

 

With much hope in you,
From Now On…® Prioritize. Strategize. Execute. It’s a Lifestyle!
Jen

Don’t just start…FINISH.

I often talk about my military days because although sometimes challenging, I learned valuable lessons that I have carried with me throughout my professional career. One of the valuable lessons I learned was to be persistent and not to easily give up.

As a solider, we had to run–what seemed–non-stop every morning before breakfast. Our First Sergeant loved to run and I declare (that’s southern slang for…REALLY...lol) I thought he was a robot. I started out strong at the beginning of the runs but after a few miles into the run, my body would tell me to quit. Now to know me is to know I “quit” several things a week in my mind so it would have been easy for me to give up and stop but something down on the inside wanted to finish strong with the rest of my company. It was hard sometimes. Often I would look back wanting to turn back but I kept plowing through until the end.

How many times have you felt like quitting what you started just because you ran into a little difficulty? You may have started out with great ideas and concepts, acted on them for the most part and got to a certain point but never finished–you started but you never finished.

Well, I must say you are not the only one. I’ve been through this as well as many others. Starting is the easy part but sometimes we fail to carry out the project to the end. We give ourselves good reasons why we should turn back or even stop–then we feel defeated.

If you are experiencing or have experienced being stuck, meaning to say, starting but never finishing, I want to share these helpful tips with you:

  • Stop doubting yourself—If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you probably have not scraped the surface of what you can do or become. We can be our own worst enemies when it comes to realizing our full potential.  Is there something you have always wanted to do but talked yourself out of it?  If you talked yourself out of it, I encourage you to look at it again.
  • Beware of fear– The fear of failing or stepping out to pursue greater challenges can be the number one reason we get stuck in life. Sure, going into unchartered territory can be a little intimidating but you have what it takes to go there and get through it.  If you never step into your purpose, you will continue in a place of just existing and trust me that can be very frustrating.  Conquer your fears.
  • Be determined to succeed– Never give up. In life, there will be times when giving up seems easier than going to the next level.  There are two types of people in this category: risks takers and lookers.  Risk takers jump in and try it while the lookers don’t because they have a fear of succeeding.  Yes, some people have a fear of succeeding and those are the people who stand on the sideline watching others do what they always wanted to do.  Are you a risk taker or a looker?

I encourage you to go back and revisit those projects you have started. What will it take to finish them? You will never know what the results will be unless you see it out to the end. Prioritize your goals, strategize your plans and take action!

 

With much hope in you!

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

Jen

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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