Where will 2022 find you?

Like it or not, you are EXACTLY WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.

Maybe you are unhappy.

Perhaps you are in a job you’re thankful for, but silently hate.

You might be out of a job now given COVID-19 and its effect on work generally.

You might be working but your hours have been severely slashed.

At this moment your future may look doubtful.

But this is your choice

Dr. Robert Anthony says that believe it or not, we would rather be in an unwanted situation than pay the price to change.

If I offered you the following options – the red door is the devil you know, the blue door is a new beginning, which door would you walk through?

Sure each situation is different. You might feel trapped where you are but don’t think that you can change now.

Regardless of our special circumstances, Dr. Anthony says that we have permitted the present environment to limit our thinking.

“By choosing to let a person, circumstance or condition dictate our happiness, you have abdicated your life to something OUTSIDE yourself. In effect you have declared that your situation is greater than the POWER with you to change it.”

If you want to travel, to go where you’ve never allowed yourself to go before, if you truly want to embrace being free then your thinking must control your limitations instead of your limitations controlling your thinking.

If you declare yourself a prisoner, you will ALWAYS be a prisoner

“Once you make up your mind to be free,” Dr. Anthony says, “and tell yourself you are sick and tired of being sick and tired you will be motivated to make necessary moves toward liberation and find a way to cease being sick and tired.”

We are approaching the half-way mark of 2021. Do not act as if you had a thousand more years to live.

The world needs what each one of us has to offer.

Time is not waiting. Dorothea Brande says that in the long run it makes little difference how cleverly others are deceived; if we are not doing what we are best equipped to do, or doing well what we have undertaken as our personal contribution to the world’s work, at least by way of an earnestly followed avocation, there will be a core of unhappiness in our lives which will be more and more difficult to ignore as the years pass.

The seeds you plant today is evidenced in the fruit. You cannot reap what you do not sow. We need to guard our time and not waste it on aimless conversations with the same unevolving topics, the same opinions, the same half-aimless observations to make on the same recurring situations, the same automatic indignation at the same old abuses, the same illustrations to prove the same points, and a few lukewarm arguments to bolster up what may once have been opinions but are now seldom more than prejudices.

We need to prepare for the calm before the storm. The world of work is changing again.

Now is the time to look to your gifts. You can no longer undertake work which calls for only a small part of your abilities and training. The world needs what each one of us have to offer.

Don’t submit to the will to fail. Instead look toward 2022 and ask yourself: Where would you like to be?

The first step is to start right where you are. Click here to request a tool that will help you determine just that.

Caught my eye this week…

Every creation starts with a lump of useless clay. The potter leaves a part of himself in every creation. Only the potter can hear the clay. He listens to know its breaking point, to learn its limitations, to reach past them or to accept them and make them a thing of beauty.

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It is always scary to put ourselves out there for the world to see. Many writers, artists, singers, lego-builders, doodlers, cartoonists…sometimes remain in the closet because they don’t want to be judged.

Regina Brett shares that when someone points out her flaws it’s difficult for her to accept the ‘unseen order’ in her life because she wants to be perfect. Yet in reality, most of the blessings that come to her, and most of the blessings that come through her, come through the imperfect.

Two creatives caught my eye this week. Zucca Meals and Decadence in a Jar.

What was it about these two products that stood out for me?

Their story.

For Zucca, whose pumpkin soup I’m about to try it was the tagline

Inspired by Italy, made in Trinidad.

This one line drew me in. I wanted to know more. This is the power of story.

In the last 24 years, no other writer has likely lured more travellers to Italy than Frances Mayes. Her 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan Sun tells the story of how she fell in love with a rundown 200-year-old villa outside Cortona, and how she painstakingly restored it alongside her Italian neighbours. 

When asked what still fuels her love of Italy Mayes said:

From the first trip until the last one, I experienced exactly the same sensations – the feeling of being at home. Who can explain how you can sense a metabolic connection with a foreign place, when you have no genes, no ties? Colpo di fulmine – “love at first sight”. I travelled to Italy originally to see the art and architecture. I live there now half of the year for about 1,000 reasons, but the most profound: I open the door and say aloud, “I’m home”.

Maybe that was why Zucca’s tag line drew me in: the allure of Italy and perhaps the gift of being able to get a taste of Italy right here in Trinidad and Tobago…delivered straight to my home!

Necessity is the mother of invention and Tami needed an alternative income stream when because of Covid, she could no longer work as an aesthetician. Zucca was her answer to many of the challenges faced in these turbulent times and the consistent positive reviews keeps motivating her to make small batches of pumpkin soup daily.

Decadence in a jar was lock down inspired by a 17 year old Chelsea, in Chaguanas. She decided to put her love of baking to create a brand that helps her anxiety and channel her creativity.

Cooking or baking has become a common cure for stress or feeling down, but there might actually be some science to why small creative tasks might make people feel better. According to a new study, a little creativity each day can go a long way towards happiness and satisfaction in the bustle of daily life.

In order to put together a good meal, cooks have to be constantly in the moment, adding ingredients, adjusting the heat of the stove and tasting their food to make sure everything will come out alright—all of which can be helpful techniques in treating some forms of mental illness.

“A lot of us turn to baking when we’re feeling low,” Melanie Denyer, the founder of the Depressed Cake Shop, a bakery designed to draw awareness to mental health conditions says.

Baking may not be a be-all-end-all cure for mental illness, but anyone in need of lifted spirits should consider pulling out the flour and warming up the oven.

In Chelsea’s own words…

Creativity sparks resilience.

What have you been too afraid to share, to let the world know about? Start today, and who knows – you might catch my eye!

P.S

I’ll be writing the stories of both Tami and Chelsea. In order to get those stories – subscribe here.

How do you choose a teacher or coach?

Most of us who train never believed it possible to do the things we now do. But we trusted the teacher who told us we could do it if we would just try. And the teacher was right.

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In July of 2011 Seth Godin wrote a piece called the arrogance of willful ignorance. He suggested that “If you’re doing important work (and I’m hoping you are), then you owe it to your audience or your customers or your co-workers to learn everything you can.”

I would add that it is our responsibility to teach what we learn but to appreciate that our audience may not initially be receptive when we first start delivering our “curriculum”.

Lester Wunderman believed that the curriculum theory of data-based target marketing had a far greater potential than any other form of advertising.

Advertising is a form of teaching that leads to selling, and the best way to teach is with programmed strategy. Curriculum marketing converts “suspects” to “prospects,” prospects to customers, and customers to repeat buyers.”

Lester Wunderman

In 1980 Mr. Wunderman approached his friend, Dr. Hans Guggenheim, an anthropologist at MIT who was also an expert on learning theory and asked for his help in learning about learning.

Dr. Guggenheim explained that the teaching of any subject was based on a planned “curriculum”. The curriculum was designed y educators to teach an entire subject one fact at a time. It was divided into what educators called “chunks”, the amount of learning a person could absorb at one time. A curriculum was a planned learning program broken into “chunks” that were communicated, taught and reinforced one at a time, like putting together a string of beads. Each bead was different, but when strung together they made a necklace.

Wunderman then asked Guggenheim if he thought it possible to create a curriculum that could teach people to buy Ford cars.

This entire experience created what we now call education-based marketing.

As service professionals we need to remember that you will not be trusted immediately after your first ad, or first post, first blog or initial face to face visit with a potential customer.

We also need to keep in mind that even if someone wants to work with us they may not want to go ‘all in’…they may first want to test the waters.

Divide your service offerings into chunks and offer a fraction of your fully loaded menu. Once you gain trust on the small project, then your clients will e willing to take a greater risk is true.

Jennifer Lawler tells us that If you’re looking for a teacher or coach, begin with small things and if the teacher proves trustworthy in those small things, be willing to take greater risks and trust the teacher with more important and larger things.

Want help figuring out how to create your own curriculum marketing package? Start here.

Give people permission to stray

FRAME HARIRAK

 Those you had hoped to influence today may choose to follow a different path. This can be a good time to reflect upon the uniqueness of the destinies of each and every human being on the planet. What proved right for you may not be what is best for those who solicit your advice, and you should not regard their choices as a personal affront.

As someone gifted to see potential, (I’ve always intuitively known that, but my MCODE results confirmed it scroll to the bottom of the page), I understand how you might feel when you provide guidance to a friend, an employee, one of your peers or one of your managers and they take a completely different path contrary to your direction. After all, the reason why we offered the guidance in the first place is so they might adopt our point of view.

What if we shifted our paradigm and gave in the spirit of generosity, letting go of the outcome?

Wanting someone to take our guidance lock, stock and barrel means we want to control them and that is never a good idea.

What worked for us, may not be the best approach for them. We need to give people the gift of making mistakes, owning their choices, and eventually finding satisfaction in their own way…and as hard as it is for us to swallow this pill…in their own time.

People will take from us, what they find useful and apply it to their circumstances in their distinct way.

The best thing you can do is to seek first to understand another person, what drives them, what motivates their behaviour and the surest way that I’ve found to unlock the essence of a person is to look at what they like doing and do well.

Each person comes into the world with a predisposition to a natural style and natural pattern of behaviour. When they know and understand their patterns only then can they fully begin to tap into their true potential; only then can they truly have the confidence to be less defensive and more open to whatever guidance is being shared.

Dance with the Energy of the Universe

You see the world that you have made, but you do not see yourself as the image-maker

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We care so much about what other people think, yet we seldom slow down long enough to examine our own thoughts.

We need to think about what we think.

Marcus Aurelius was amazed by how easily we love ourselves above all others, yet we put more stock in the opinions of others than in our estimation of self.

We are willing to ditch our own approaches, beliefs and convictions to match the opinion of an influencer for no other reason than they have more followers than we do.

Abraham Hicks tells us that each and every component that makes up our life experience is drawn to us by the powerful Law of Attraction’s response to the thoughts we think and the story we tell about our life.

Our money and financial assets; our body’s state of wellness, clarity, flexibility, size and shape; our work environment, how we are treated, work satisfaction and rewards – indeed the very happiness of our life experience in general – is all happening because of the story we tell.

We have lost the ability to feel good about ourselves until some outside third party validates us.

In his Daily Stoic readings, Ryan Holiday cautions that although we control our own opinions, we don’t control what other people think about us, least of all. For this reason, putting ourselves at the mercy of those opinions and trying to gain the approval of others is a dangerous endeavor.

We often mouth that we believe in God, a Higher Power, the Universe yet we go about living as if what we believe in doesn’t exist. Instead we look to others just like us to guide us and help us in making important life decisions, while ignoring our own inner guide – out intuition.

My good friend and Master Certified Coach, Dr. Marcia Reynolds says in this articleWe all have intuition but we don’t consciously listen to it, trusting only what appears to be rational in our often irrational mind.

Whenever you are afraid know that it’s a sure sign that you’ve left the God of your belief and understanding out of the picture.

In her fabulous book ‘The Universe has your Back’ bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein says “…being in union with the energy of the Universe is like an awesome dance where you trust your partner so much that you just surrender to the beat of the music. When you begin to dance with the energy of the Universe, your life flows naturally, incredible synchronicity presents itself, creative solutions abound, and you experience freedom.

Whenever we disconnect from the Universe, this is when we lose sight of the safety, security and clear guidance available to us.

Today let’s start thinking about what we’re thinking. Look at ways that we seek externally the joy that only comes from within. Focus on why you’re doing what you’re doing. Let your intuition guide you to write that article, share that idea, call that person, and step back and admire in awe as everything falls into place, and is as it should be.

And the next time someone’s opinion manages to get inside your head, pause, take a step back and reconnect with that Source of Power that will always guide you to exactly what you need!

It’s time to reconnect to your power. To discover exactly where your power leaks are, start here.

In search of formulas and easy answers

In the world of business there are so many shortcuts, formulas, newfound ways to do everything from writing a book in 3 hours to 6 figures in 6 months.

I have always believed in the power of possibility but I feel that there are some things that we must discover on our own.

The book ‘Thick Face, Black Heart’ by Chin-Ning Chu is about action and its effectiveness.

Dozens of books are published each year that attempt to teach you how to make yourself a more effective executive, a better salesperson, and generally a happier, more dynamic individual. In these books the author prescribes a course of action that will lead to the desired result. Typically, it is a plan that has worked for the author and for some of his students. But it doesn’t necessarily work well for many readers, even though they carefully follow the author’s instructions.

These authors do not seem to be aware that there is an inward state that must be achieved in order for words and actions to be effective. The experts who write these books are good at what they do because they have had the luck to achieve that state intuitively or unconsciously. They do not seem to comprehend the problems of those who have not been so fortunate.

Author M. Scott Peck of ‘The Road Less Traveled’ fame, had this to say:

Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience – to appreciate the fact that life is complex.

Any measure of risk taking comes with the possibility that you will fail, that failure will be involved!

To learn from failure and to continue to explore the unknown is a useful asset.

One of my favorite newsletters, Sunday Brainfood, recently shared this about Nobel Prize-winning biologist Peter Medawar (1915–1987) who was best known for work that made the first organ transplants and skin grafts possible. In 1979, he published Advice to a Young Scientist, a book brimming with both practical advice and philosophical guidance for anyone “engaged in exploratory activities.”

…one does not need to be terrifically brainy to be a good scientist…there is nothing in experimental science that calls for great feats of ratiocination or a preternatural gift for deductive reasoning. Common sense one cannot do without, and one would be the better for owning some of those old-fashioned virtues which have fallen into disrepute. I mean application, diligence, a sense of purpose, the power to concentrate, to persevere and not be cast down by adversity—by finding out after long and weary inquiry, for example, that a dearly loved hypothesis is in large measure mistaken.

to persevere and not be cast down by adversity—by finding out after long and weary inquiry, for example, that a dearly loved hypothesis is in large measure mistaken.

You will make mistakes.

That’s it.

There is no perfection.

You need to figure things out for yourself. This is the work that no bestselling author or infamous coach can do for you.

We need to quit searching for the secret and once and for all resign ourselves to discover the answers in the only place we can find them and that’s within.

Jason Leister shares a valid truth:

There are systems and approaches that work for some. There are systems and approaches that do not work for some. So it’s not helpful to put too much stock in anyone or anything. It’s not that people are out there trying to mislead you. It’s that no one knows what will work for you.

Say that again out loud:

No one knows what will work for me.

Here’s the next thing I want you to be absolutely clear and certain about.

It’s your job to figure it out.

Go ahead…say it like you mean it: “It’s my job to figure it out.” It’s not your job to Google it to find the answers – It’s your job to figure it out. And figuring things out is a combination of thinking, doing, recording, reviewing, revising and doing again.

Leister says, “I spent years thinking that successful people could ‘deliver me’ to the promised land. But that was stupid. ‘Getting there’ was my job. I could have saved a lot of time had I just sat down and got to work figuring it out myself.”

So where do you begin?

Remember that all of the success principles work some of the time in some situations. None of them work all of the time in all situations.

Start with an educated guess and grow from there. It will take work. Create a system, get one or make one up. Work that system, study it and improve upon it. Experiment. Tweak. Get up every day and do it all over again until you get the results you’re after because doing whatever it takes is always what it’s going to take if you want to realise your dreams.

What will it mean if you were to finally end self-sabotage, reclaim your power and design a future that pulls you toward what you want? Find out here…

Keep the beginner’s mind

Seeing the fractures as the design…

We are all probably talking more than ever before in chat groups, on social media. We are stuck at home. The coffee gatherings, the huddle at work…no more. We all need an outlet. Commenting seems to be a way to reestablish our significance.

“I have something to say…”

“I know I am right…”

“People are so stupid…”

“Are we still discussing that?”

We have also become armchair experts and illustrate daily that a little bit of knowledge can in fact be dangerous. Our ability to share, forward, copy/paste, screenshot, means that misinformation is disseminated every second, worldwide.

This is not something any person, or body can control however we can all take personal responsibility and embrace being humble.

Humility is by no means passive. It is a lack of self-importance recognizing that everyone is valuable and may have as much to offer the world as you do.

There will always be people who feel differently and think differently than we do and while our understanding in some areas might be greater, we can always learn from each other.

I posted a picture in a book group recently of a flight of stairs which I later found out was called the Staircase of Knowledge,  located in the Koura campus of the private University of Balamand in Lebanon. Apparently for some people it was dishonorable to step on books. They took umbrage to the post while others loved it. That day, I learned something.

When we don’t know something we are curious but there comes a point where as we become more knowledgeable, we also become less open and less flexible. At this point we tell others that “they are wrong.”

If we keep beginner’s mind however we remain open to new experiences, new techniques, new ways of looking at and doing things. While we may do things in a certain way, we recognize that this may not be the ONLY way or even THE BEST WAY!

Perhaps now, more than ever, we need to adopt beginner’s mind in looking at ourselves and our businesses.

  • How have we taken ourselves for granted?
  • What gifts do we gloss over while trying hard to acquire skills that we are not good at?
  • Why do we continue to bury our heads in the sand hoping that when we finally resurface for air, everything will be “OK”.
  • What is it that we need to face that we continue to avoid?

Now is the best time to use beginner’s mind in looking at your career and your business.

Now is the best time to look at improving your digital communication and using all the tools available that will work best for you at this time.

Those things that you may have looked upon as your weaknesses may in fact be your greatest strengths. The solutions to all that you face lie in brainstorming approaches to your problems that revolve around those strengths.

our desire for control

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We want to have everything the way we want it yet we don’t realize that this is the source of our anxiety.

Before COVID-19 we felt that we had more control, because we had more choices. We could go out freely to the malls, go out to dinner, take our kids to the park, get drinks at a bar, see a show, hang out with friends.

Every moment is a teaching moment. What can we learn from COVID-19?

I was asking myself this question and remembered a book, (alas it’s always a book with me) LOL, by Pema Chodron called ‘Comfortable with Uncertainty’.

The unvarnished truth is that uncertainty is ALWAYS with us. We REALLY have no control and anxiety steps in when instead of accepting what is, we choose to control or attempt to control, to get what we want.

We try to control and change others. We try to force things to happen.

Acceptance. This is the porthole through which we can look at everything, including our harsh judgments about ourselves.

Fourteen months, give or take, into this and we are all mentally ragged. The days conversations are filled with how many: how many have died, how many contracted the virus, and of course – how many continue to jackass de scene.

We don’t know what is going to happen next and this is frightening. But step back for a minute and let this sink in: we really don’t know if today is going to be our last day…and this is our reality…way before COVID-19.

My Granny would often say “eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you may die.” As a child I was dismissive. She was old. Why should I think about death?

But I think I missed the point. This was not about death but about LIVING and LIVING NOW!

NOW is and will continue to be…COVID or no COVID…all we got.

I know it’s tough but we need to put things into perspective. Tony Robbins says “see things as it is, not worse than it is.”

We need to accept that living with uncertainty is par for the course. We don’t need to become detached nor do we need to get so deeply embroiled in the vastness of the virus and its implications that we lose our way completely.

I don’t want to give you the impression that I am skipping through the tulips, whistling a happy tune.

I am writing this for me as well. This is not a Giselle sermon to a public that needs to do better. We are all doing our best, based on the resources we have at hand.

If you’ve lost your job, struggling to pay your rent, not sure how to get customers, feeling stuck and just generally fed-up…reach out. You can email me, or someone else you feel more comfortable talking to – but reach out!

To paraphrase Pema Chodron, we need to experience our lives fully. There will always be tigers above us, and tigers below us. We can cling to a vine temporarily to save us then realize that a mouse is nibbling at that vine. Yet if we look straight ahead, we might see a strawberry, (a starch mango if you prefer)….and this might be the only moment of our life…the only strawberry we will ever eat. Resentment, bitterness, and holding a grudge prevent us from seeing and hearing and tasting and delighting.

We could feel depressed and anxious or we could finally appreciate it. We could choose to delight in the preciousness of EVERY SINGLE MOMENT.

Remember it is our desire for control that makes us anxious.

If you are a career professional or own a business here are a couple resources that might be helpful at this time. Don’t lose hope. Keep the faith!

Your best thinking 5 years ago is your baggage today

We’ve always done it this way.

That’s your death sentence right there.

Sure you might be making money, you might even be profitable, but chances are you are no longer enthusiastic about what you’re doing and operating with head and no heart.

You could be stuck in a miserable dead end job sitting in a gray cubicle for 40+ hours a week earning a decent salary, yet feel uninspired and unfulfilled. Status quo is what you know. Every day you do things the same way you’ve always done them.

You could be stuck in the corporate world, drowning in meetings where you hear words like revolutionary and ground breaking, disruption and mavericks; strings of fashionable phrases that speak about innovation but really take you on a peripheral walk offering superficial changes.

You could get charged by a great idea you have, to do things differently, yet too scared to go up against or completely give up the “security” of your day job and the regular paycheck it brings.

We’ve always done it this way.

The way it’s done in your industry should definitely not be the way you choose to go, unless of course you want to choose invisibility.

The reality is many people are great at what they do, but they aren’t fulfilled and they’re stuck spinning their wheels trying to get ahead. How do you breakout and move past the crowd? 

By being the individual that you are – not just WHAT you do, but HOW you do what you do.

We’ve been taught a standardized formula for success (a one-size-fits-all notion) which asks the question: What is the best way to achieve success?

Yet if we want to build great and thriving businesses, develop a great and thriving Trinidad and Tobago and operate in an equally thriving Caribbean region, we need to get the best out of EVERYONE no matter “WHO YOU ARE or WHERE YOU ARE STARTING FROM.”

In order to help everyone live up to their full potential we must begin by understanding and empowering them.

To do so we need to ask a completely different question:

What is the best way for ME to achieve success?

How can things be different, if I am “all me”?

You really just have to be your real self, without exception. Deep down, you may already know how to be different, unique, and valuable in a way that no one else is.

The question is – do you have the courage to do and be WHO YOU REALLY ARE?

  • Do you have the courage to buck the status quo and speak out for what you really believe in?
  • Do you have the courage to tell a prospective client your company doesn’t offer free consultations?
  • Are you prepared to speak up about that checkbox for bureaucracy that may have made sense 10 years ago but is no longer needed?
  • Do you have the guts to explain that full payment for a project is due upon commencement?
  • Are you able to confidently ignore or remove all of the folks trying to interrupt your day, and the plan you have for yourself, with emails or calls or texts?
  • Are you OK maintaining the boundaries you have set for yourself and others…and clearly articulate to the world what you are willing to do and what you will NOT willing to do?

In many businesses there are plenty of well-educated, talented people who spend a good deal of their time on pointless tasks and in pointless roles, in pointless meetings where nothing is accomplished.

The truth is, they are working towards superficial corporate “targets” while their creative potential is never fully utilized.

It might seem scary to be yourself, but in today’s workplace, it’s far scarier NOT to be who you are.

The world is created in such a way that it’s easy to get pulled into the rat race. It’s easy to feel the forces trying to get you to conform, to assimilate, to comply with “how things are done around here.”

But how things are done around here is a decision for only you to make.

Business owners, who were popular 5 years ago, no longer crowd the news headlines. Entrepreneurs who made zero shifts in their business models in the last 5 years have lost fortunes. Great leaders from 5 years ago now lead teams who aren’t performing because they continued to do things the way they’ve always done things.

Unless we can let go of everything we currently think of and do, we will fail to see the opportunities of tomorrow.

The core of who you are, and what you do, is the raw essence that has always powered you. You need to strip back to that essential core and create new ways to do things differently.

Whether you feel trapped in a dead-end job, taking the first steps on your journey into entrepreneurship; whether you think you are already on the right track, or if you feel in a dark place, directionless and adrift, I am here to help you answer one question: What is the best way for ME to achieve success? To find out where you are and what you need TODAY! REQUEST YOUR FREE PRE-ASSESSMENT

How are you dealing with the financial stress that accompanied COVID 19?

True power in this world comes from economic independence. Way before COVID-19, too many people in Trinidad and Tobago had way too much month left at the end of their money. I suspect that since COVID-19 this situation has gotten worse.

This Pandemic Recession, as it is now being referred to, has caused quite the economic upheaval. Many have been forced to take a pay cut because of reduced hours and some people have lost their jobs. Everybody is worried about the future. Whether you are worried about contracting COVID-19 or not we all share in the financial stress, felt by millions around the world.

This is how things look today:

  • Pre-retirees have been forced into retirement, whether they were prepared or not
  • Many have been racking up credit card debt just to make ends meet
  • Small and large businesses alike are struggling to stay afloat

So what exactly does your stress look like?

During an infectious disease outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the following physiological and emotional symptoms are most common:

  • Fear and worry about your own health.
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Worsening of mental health conditions.
  • Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and/or other substances.

Many of the money related solutions I’ve reviewed following COVID-19 revolve around being proactive with your finances. Except in many cases, those being affected have little to no “finances” to speak of. What should you do if this describes your position?

Napoleon Hill tells us that every adversity has within it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit. In his book ‘Grow Rich with Peace of Mind’ Hill says that within that phrase lies the key to our peace of mind.

No matter what financial position the Pandemic finds you in, you need to stop, take a deep breath and CLOSE THE DOORS TO YOUR PAST insofar as any regrets or post-mortems are concerned. You are where you are. What has happened has already happened. Dwelling on how stupid you are, or what you should have done, is not very helpful right now.

Hill reminds us that when we speak of failure, that’s exactly what we will attract. So stop and let failure lie behind the door that you are about to close for good!

What greater benefit can you find as you navigate through COVID-19?

John Hope Bryant, an American financial literacy entrepreneur says that there is an inseparable connection between “inner capital” and “outer capital” – financial wealth.

The inner capital he refers to is your mindset, plus knowledge, plus spirit.

You have a wonderful opportunity to look at yourself. Real wealth starts with the view you have of yourself. You are your first capital and you are the CEO of your life.

When you get in touch with your mind – with who you are – you can begin to live your own life and wipe out any past records of failure. Some of us can do this on our own. Others need help.

We all come fully loaded with assets that we can all turn into earning an income if used correctly. Take inventory of your skills and bit by bit, break those self-inflicted mental blocks and focus not on where you’ve been but on where you can be.

Once you get yourself into this frame of mind, determine where you think you want to go next and what you would like to achieve. Start where you are. If you’re down to zero, you might consider starting with earning a fixed amount consistently before you increase that figure, and before you get to wanting to be a millionaire.

With this mindset you will either find what you need or find a way to do without and still achieve what you set out to achieve.

Napoleon Hill tells us that once our minds can truly picture a desire, and feel success consciousness driving it toward that desire, we can achieve what we set out to achieve.

Ambassador Andrew Young is an American politician, diplomat, and activist. He began his career as a pastor, and was an early leader in the civil rights movement, serving as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a close confidant to Martin Luther King Jr. He says “There is a difference between being broke and being poor. Being broke is economic but being poor is a disabling frame of mind and a depressed condition of one’s spirit.” In other words, being poor is having a broken view of who you are.

We must all vow to never, ever be poor again! I want to give everyone the ability to succeed and prosper no matter what very real roadblocks society puts in their way. We have more power than we realize if only we can recognize and claim it.

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