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Inspirations from an Everyday Woman

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on October 14, 2010

Are you missing the obvious? Are you recognizing the possibilities before you? Are you seeking something that you already possess? Are you feeling lonely? What are you really missing?

My encouragement to you this month is to call upon one of your fellow sisters that has invited you to events, emailed, text-ed, called or asked and you haven’t responded. Make a conscious decision to take some time out and speak to her. There is probably something that you’ve been seeking, searching or waiting for that she has the ability to connect you with. Just taking a few moments to speak into another persons life can make a great difference for both of you!

Through October see how many unexpected relationships you can sow into and watch how beautiful your harvest is!



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Knowing the Struggle is Over! Blog Tour with K.M. Johnson

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 18, 2010

K.M., the title of your book is, Knowing The Struggle Is Over! which is very fitting for the current economic situation. I know some people may be wondering, though, what exactly is the struggle?
Honestly, I get that question often. The struggle is not your typical financial situation, or necessarily an addiction that I am speaking of. Though those are two great examples, a struggle is actually any situation, trial or tribulation you may find yourself in. When you find yourself in a struggle, it often means that you have come to a point where you must make a decision and ultimately a choice! I say this with the understanding that everything we do daily is a choice. Whether or not we say or do something is a decision that we as a person have consciously made on our own, regardless if it is wrong or right.
In your book you tell the reader that they can get through any struggle in just three steps! So what are these three steps?
The first step is to Stop Complaining. Now I must admit I did say you can get through your struggle in just three steps, but I never said it would be easy! 😉 During this first step we are focusing on renewing our mind, and changing the way we view the things that are happening to us. Oftentimes, we become so caught up in the world around us that we forget about the God within us! The second step is to Let Go and Let God. For myself this was the hardest step. Mainly because I had NO idea what it meant to literally “Let Go and Let God!” Once I had an understanding, it became a natural sequence in restoring my faith in God in regards to my situation. The third step is to Acknowledge Him. Some may see that as easy and obvious, but how often do we “know” what to do and still we “don’t” do it! You have to develop a major spirit of praise and give Him ALL of the glory for everything big and small. The noticeable things in our lives we always seem to give Him the glory, but God is truly in the details as well! When we begin to pay attention, and notice how He is moving and working in our lives, that is when we can truly praise Him! And a praise like that becomes a sincere and spirit filled praise! It’s not forced, and you won’t even have to second guess.
How did God lead you to writing this book?
It’s funny and I talk about this at the beginning of my book, but at the beginning I received revelation on my drive home to Gulfport, Ms. from Houston, TX for Christmas. I was on I10 somewhere in Louisiana, and I began praying about my situation. As I finished praying, I remember thinking, “I should write a book.” Now what is interesting is that not only did God impress upon me the strong desire to write a book, but He also gave me the title, and contents during that drive! By the time I had made it to my mother’s house, I was so excited because I knew I was about to write this book called, “Knowing The Struggle Is Over” and I was going to have three steps that would help you accomplish just that! If I were a writer this wouldn’t have sounded so crazy! 😉 I never really had a true interest in writing an actual book before then. The only thing I had ever considered prior to that day was writing a children’s fiction book, or maybe a few songs/poems. A non-fiction book? Absolutely NOT!
Why did you feel that it was so important to write a book about getting through a struggle?
At first I was excited because I had heard God! I mean, at the time I had been praying and constantly, but I that was the first time I could remember Him telling me to do something outside of my situation. This was around the time I began to understand “how” to be obedient. You see I also realized that what I was going through, and even what I had gone through in the past, was not for me alone, but to share with others. It’s great to learn from your own mistakes, but it”s even better when you can learn from someone else’s! I also realized that I wasn’t in a bad place, I was just looking in the wrong place! In order to truly overcome my situations my faith had to be stronger. The bible tells us that every man is given a measure of faith, and in another scripture it tells us that all we have to have is faith the grain of a mustard seed, but I began to realize that it is easy to forget you even have that faith sometimes! So I had to find a way to get it back, each and every time, it started to look as if it wanted to disappear! Most of the time we stay in a situation because we don’t know what choice or decision to make that will get us out!
Please share anything else that would help us understand the writing of your book and how it helps others.
I truly just would like for your readers to know that with everything you go through, God is preparing you for the next level He wants to take you to in life. Sometimes we think that we have a relationship and we know who God is, and we really don’t. Just because you spent time with Him last week doesn’t mean you can ignore Him this week. To better understand how He works and is working in our lives we have to continuously strive for a closer, more intimate relationship with Him daily! God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean to put limits on Him, that just means to trust Him. If He did it before then surely He will do it again! We begin to lose faith because we aren’t spending enough time getting to know Him. You get through your situations, by restoring your faith and developing a closer relationship with God. Everyone has an area in their relationship with God where their faith is not at the level it COULD be! If your faith is a 10 on a 1-10 scale, then strive for a 15. All this will do is help you see the other side much more clearer. Then you will find that when you are in your situation you have a confidence, and renewed peace, with an unimaginable strength to make it through!
How can readers get their hands on their own copy of this miraculous book to help them restore their faith in God?
There are several options. My book is available on both my blog: michelejenterprises.blogspot.com, and my author site: kmjohnson3stepstoknowing.com. You can also go to the ordering desk at your favorite local bookstore and have it within a few short days! It is also offered on various online stores. Regardless of how you get your copy, the most important thing is that you get your copy! This is a great way to revive your thinking and restore your faith!

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Trust the Timing

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 11, 2010

When you first declared that goal for yourself (whatever it was), it seemed like there was more than enough time to reach it. Whether it was January or the first day of Spring, the time in front of you seemed expansive and your plan was doable. But then… inevitably… things came up: expected things, interruptions, distractions, problems, complete curve balls, and some good things, too, including potential opportunities that you stopped to investigate. Everything that vied for your attention has brought you to now. You may be left to wonder: Is what I was aiming for still possible?

Here’s the Thing

Certainly when you’re working on a goal that’s important to you, some days it’s going to feel like success can’t come soon enough. It can be tempting to think you’re not really making progress and that you’re not working hard enough or fast enough.

It’s true that changes in strategy may be necessary along the way to any goal. It might be time to accelerate your effort in one area and decrease it in another. You might need input from others and to work things from different angles. That’s all to be expected and can be managed. What’s important to remember is that you can be flexible and make the required adjustments without buying into the idea that something’s not coming to you fast enough. What is fast enough anyway?

Whenever I catch myself thinking “I should be here” instead of where I am, I remind myself that:

I trust the timing of my own evolution.

It’s not an affirmation I read somewhere but rather something I realized one day. When I think it, I automatically take a deep breath. I feel calmer. I remember that I just need to do my part. Life will do the rest. I can’t force it. I can choose to go with it.

You are becoming, growing, learning, and accomplishing at the exact right pace. Do you believe it?

What If You Really Did?

Even when you can’t see the complete result, trust the unfolding. Even if you sense that you need a new strategy, trust the unfolding. As long as you are staying alert and listening to how your own life is guiding you and inviting you to respond, you can trust the timing of your own evolution.

What would this make possible?

You will feel calmer.
You’ll be freed up to do the work that’s before you.
You’ll become more curious about how things might happen…
and open up even more possibility.

And, bonus… you’ll arrive at your destination in better shape,
less black and blue from beating yourself up with the
should-be-doing-it-faster mentality.

This Week:

* Trust yourself to make the best decisions you can, to take courageous steps, and to let the rest unfold in perfect timing.

There may be some side trips on the way to your goal but you can make it.

I trust the timing of my own evolution.

Article by Virginia Kravitz, Career & Life Coach, Copyright (C)2010,
www.inthecurrent.com. All rights reserved.  Virginia (Ginny) Kravitz founded
In the Current(R) to serve accomplished professionals who want to move boldly
in new directions and start living with greater joy and abandon.

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What’s Holding You Back? Surround Yourself with Supporters

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 9, 2010

Starting and growing a successful business isn’t easy.  You need to surround yourself with like-minded people.  And that means people who encourage and support you in starting and maintaining a business.

As hard as this is to say, you may have to minimize connections with family and friends who are not supportive of you in a positive way. It is detrimental to the health of your business to be in the company of anyone who will encourage you to, ‘get a real job’, or insinuates that your job is less important or not making a contribution to the family finances.  This can really chew away at your resolve and determination to own your own business.  You have to maintain a positive attitude and only like-minded friends, family, and peers will keep you on your game.

That’s why making time to continue growing and learning whether by reading, participating in seminars and groups are so important to continual business success.

Make the commitment to surround yourself with positive supportive people as you start and grow your business.  Join one or more industry associations and get involved by volunteering or participating regularly in forums.

Join several well respected social networking groups and set aside a minimal amount of time each day or week that you’ll participate in these forums.  This will increase your network of ‘positive’ support and help you strengthen your resolve to grow a profitable business.

Jeannine Clontz, is a successful entrepreneur, author, speaker, and trainer. Clontz teaches a 7-week business start-up class in conjunction with Connections to Success and the St. Charles Community College, as well as a 10-week Teleclass for start-up and established Virtual Assistants. Learn more about Time Management for Virtual Assistants by downloading her FREE report “A Fresh Look at Time Management for Virtual Assistants”, or request her FREE audio CD “What’s Holding Back my Business Success?”,  and more by visiting:  http://www.VAbizcoach.com; or contact her at: coach@VAbizcoach.com.

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