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What Are You Waiting For?

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 12, 2010

From Blueprint for Success Blog
Posted by: Patty Cook
What was I waiting for? I was waiting for the stars to align, for every detail to be in place, to have all the answers, to know how it would come out, to feel comfortable…etc., etc. etc.! In other words, I was waiting until everything was perfect before I would take a step.

Well, it turns out that being comfortable is overrated. Yes, there are times when nothing beats snuggling into a warm bed with a good book or knowing just what is going to happen next, but staying in your comfort zone locks out the thrill of discovery, the excitement of a new experience and the exhilaration of growth. Where in life would you like to go, but so far your comfort zone has held you captive? What idea do want to develop, goal do you want to reach, or change would you like to make that you just aren’t doing anything about? If you want to break the bonds of your comfort zone, consider these simple activities:

Get inspired. Why do you want to do this thing? Why is it important to you? Imagine what the future will look like when you produce the results you want.

Share your vision. The people in your life want you to be happy, healthy and successful. The more you share what you want to create with them, the more people there are to hold your vision, and the more resources naturally come your way.

Change your focus. A tiny internal shift of even a few degrees can make a huge difference in your life. For example, shifting your attention from concern for your own comfort to what could be realized in your life, your business or even the world can mean the difference between inaction and action.

Lower your risk. You don’t have to go it alone. Invest in yourself and hire a coach, or work with a mentor to help you solidify your goals and create strategies for accomplishing them, who will act as a sounding board and challenge you to do more than you might be doing on your own.

Take a baby step. The first step is the hardest, and the most powerful because it generates confidence and creates the momentum you need to keep you moving forward. Read a book, do some research, interview someone who has already done what you want to do, take a class, make a phone call, write a letter, do something, anything, that will move you forward. Then, celebrate your success and take another step, and then another…

Reduce your stress. It is a fine line between fear and exhilaration or excitement, and when stress levels build that line can become indistinguishable. When stress levels are high, your system becomes overloaded and you can become hypersensitive to discomfort of any kind, causing you to pull back from even those activities you enjoy. Take a yoga or meditation class, plan some down time, prioritize life based on what is most important to you, or create some other way to relax and get some perspective. Stress reduction can be learned, and if you can’t do it on your own, get some help.

These words inspire me to keep stepping outside my comfort zone, and go for it:

“You can’t get it wrong, and you’ll never get it done.” Abraham Hicks

“Anything worth doing is worth doing badly at first.” Attributed to many

“If you wait for every light to be green, you’ll never leave your driveway.” Unknown

“God can’t steer a parked car.” Unknown

Copyright ©2009 Patty Cook

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The H.O.P.E. Leadership Summit

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 25, 2010

Twenty-five thousand (25,000) people have been served by the nonprofit organization “Connections to Success” (CtS) and 242 cars awarded through its“Wheels for Success” program, since opening their doors in 1998. This month, “Connections to Success” (CtS) held its 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit.  The theme for this year was Helping Others Pursue Excellence (H.O. P. E.).  CtS has several different programs that provide resources to empower and encourage men and women to break the cycle of poverty one family at a time.

Kathy Lambert, CTS Co-Director expressed, “This year’s H.O.P.E.  Summit is very special because the Leading Ladies and members of the Professional Women’s Group were instrumental in the planning and execution of the whole event.” KMOV’s Kristin Cornett and Anne Murray, a graduate of CtS 2005-2006 Leading Ladies program, served as emcee for the event.    Leading Ladies is a 9-month intensive course where women learn about the different aspects of community leadership.

Molly Bunton from Charlie Dooley’s (St. Louis County Executive) office presented a proclamation stating that it was Connections to Success Third Annual Entry Level Women’s Conference day.

Michelle Y. Wright gave a presentation entitled “I’m Every Woman.”  She talked about the various roles women play in society and gave strategies to encourage and empower women in all that they do.   Vision 5 from Christian Embassy Church performed a moving inspirational dance routine.

Lethia Owens, an author, motivational speaker and founder of Lethia Owens International was the key note speaker. Owens shared her personal success story of how, despite the obstacles of being a teenage mom,  she became a high school graduate with an academic scholarship to Albany University. She shared her formula of action which leads to success and wealth. Owens calls the formula the 3 simple D’s.   She explained how after graduation from high school she defined what she wanted to achieve. She didn’t settle for being busy as an employee and dare to be a business owner. She shared her journey of how she transitioned from a six figure corporate employee to the owner of two thriving enterprises.

Donna Gamache of  EWomen Network and Karen Hoffman of City of Experts shared about the power of networking.  Hoffman said, People hire people, 70% of people receive employment through networking.  They also demonstrated through role play good and bad networking skills.  Hoffman stressed, the key to networking is asking “how can I help you.”

Teresa Willis talked about “Missouri Women in Trades,” a support and advocacy organization for women in trades.  Ms. Willis explained all the programs that  Missouri Women in Trades is involved in, from helping women get  construction work clothing to accepting donations of old tools to support the organization. She states she wants to help women to be more comfortable working in the construction field from work environment to clothing designed with them in mind.   Vycky Vaughan shared her experience as a participant in Construction Camp which is a five-day camp where high school girls are introduced to welding, carpentry and electrical work.

The H.O.P.E. Leadership summit ended with a fashion show “Hatitude with an Attitude” organized by Leading Lady graduate Sandra  Mc Clendon.  The models were women from Leading Ladies and Professional Women’s Group.  Some of the hats modeled were designed by Mr.  Song Millinery. He is  famous for the hat he designed for Aretha Franklin to wear at president Obama’s inauguration. The hats were provided by Sew Unique Boutique.

The Professional Women’s Group meets monthly in East St. Louis, St. Louis, and St. Charles.  Contact the Connections to Success office for more information at (314) 333-4490

Twenty-five thousand people have been served by the nonprofit organization “Connections to Success” (CtS) and 242 cars awarded through its“Wheels for Success” program, since opening their doors in 1998. This month, “Connections to Success” (CtS) held its 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit.  The theme for this year was Helping Others Purse Excellence (H.O. P. E.).  CtS has several different programs that provide resources to empower and encourage men and women to break the cycle of poverty one family at a time.

Kathy Lambert, CTS Co-Director expressed, “This year’s H.O.P.E.  Summit is very special because the Leading Ladies and members of the Professional Women’s Group were instrumental in the planning and execution of the whole event.” KMOV’s Kristin Cornett and Anne Murray, a graduate of CtS 2005-2006 Leading Ladies program, served as emcee for the event.    Leading Ladies is a 9-month intensive course where women learn about the different aspects of community leadership.

Molly Bunton from Charlie Dooley’s (St. Louis County Executive) office presented a proclamation stating that it was Connections to Success Third Annual Entry Level Women’s Conference day.

Michelle Y. Wright gave a presentation entitled “I’m Every Woman.”  She talked about the various roles women play in society and gave strategies to encourage and empower women in all that they do.   Vision 5 from Christian Embassy Church performed a moving inspirational dance routine.

Lethia Owens, an author, motivational speaker and founder of Lethia Ownes International was the key note speaker. Owens shared her personal success story of how despite the obstacles of being a teenage mom she became a high school graduate with an academic scholarship to Albany University. She shared her formula of action which leads to success and wealth. Owens calls the formula the 3 simple D’s.   She explained how after graduation from high school she defined what she wanted to achieve. She didn’t settle for being busy as an employee and Dare to be a business owner. She shared her journey of how she transitioned from a six figure corporate employee to the owner of two thriving enterprises.

Donna Gamache of  e Women Network and Karen Hoffman of City of Experts shared about the power of networking.  Hoffman said, People hire people, 70% of people receive employment through networking.  They also demonstrated through role play good and bad networking skills.  Hoffman stressed, the key to networking is asking “how can I help you.”

Teresa Willis talked about “Missouri Women in Trades,” a support and advocacy organization for women in trades.  Willis explained all the programs that  MO Women in Trades is involved i , from helping women get  construction work clothing to accepting donations of old tools to support the organization. She states she wants to help women to be more comfortable working in the construction field from work environment to clothing designed with them in mind.   Vycky Vaughan shared her experience as a participant in Construction Camp which is a five-day camp where high school girls are introduced to welding, carpentry and electrical work.

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The H.O.P.E. Leadership summit ended with a fashion show “Hatitude with an Attitude” organized by Leading Lady graduate Sandra Mc Clendon.  The models were women from Leading Ladies and Professional Women’s group.  Some of the hats modeled were designed by Mr.  Song Millinery. He is  famous for the hat he designed for Aretha Franklin to wear at president Obama’s inauguration. The hats were provided by Sew Unique Boutique.

The Professional Women’s Group meets monthly in east St. Louis, St. Louis, and St. Charles.  Contact Connections to Success office for more information at (314) 333-4490

Written By

Ly Syin Lobster, is member of  Midwest Professional Women’s Group. She has been elected as the 2011 Midwest Delegate and assigned the task of leading the 2011 Community Action Project.

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The Top 6 Benefits of Setting Goals

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 2, 2010

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that. –Earl Nightingale

The single most important thing that you need to know about setting goals is that they absolutely must be ‘in writing’. This is essential.

Please read this article carefully. These principles seem so simple, yet many people know the value of having written goals – but they don’t have them. The first step is to realize the power of setting written goals. Creating powerful goals can be the difference between having ‘an o.k. life’ or a life that you absolutely love, and the difference between ‘getting by’ or creating true wealth and happiness in your life.

The Top 6 Benefits of Setting Goals are:

6. CLARITY:

You will have more CLARITY: You have to know where you want to go to get there. Setting goals requires you to develop clarity. This is the first and most important step to creating a life that you love and want.

5. FOCUS:

You will develop a stronger FOCUS: Whatever you focus on your get more of: if you have clear goals and focus on them, you will get more of what you DO want (your goals) and less of what you don’t want.

4. EFFICIENCY:

When you get clear about where you want to go, you set up steps and actions to get there. This increases your efficiency because you are working on what is really important. When you work on what’s important, you will accomplish more than you ever expected.

3. DREAMS

You will get what you really want in life, rather than settling for ‘whatever comes you way’.

2. INCREASED SELF-CONFIDENCE

As you set and reach goals, you become more confident in your ability to do what you say and get what you want in life. Success breeds more successes.

And the number 1 benefit of setting goals is…

1. R-E-S-U-L-T-S

Only 3% of people in the U.S. have written goals, and according to research, these people accomplish 80% more than those who don’t. That’s an astounding difference, isn’t it?

Here’s the secret to setting powerful goals and attaining them: Goals must be in written form. Until you put them in writing, they are merely thoughts and hopes. -Mary Gunn

Would you like to join this elite group? Think about it. What would it be worth to you in dollars, happiness and satisfaction to accomplish 80% more? What would your life be like?

Congratulations! You have taken the first step. You have learned about the power of goal setting, and I challenge you to consider the impact it will make in your life.

Mary

Mary Gunn nSync Associates, Inc. http://www.createthelifeyoureallywant.com

Mary Gunn is a Life and Goals Coach for Entrepreneurs and Individuals. She has been a successful entrepreneur for over 25 years, and is passionate about helping people to “Create The Life You Really Want”.

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