Recently, my faith was tested. My sister had an aneurysm burst in her brain, which required an 8-hour operation. The doctor forecasted a 1 in 3 chance of survival. Thankfully, after 22 days in the ICU she was released from the hospital. Feeling better now, she is recovering at home.
I’ll never forget Saturday, October 5 at 4:45 p.m. I was sitting at home working on a presentation for my client, healthcare giant Cigna, while anticipating a relaxed evening at a jazz concert. My father called, looking for my mother. When I told him she wasn’t at my home, in his usual calm voice he said, “Thaddeus (my sister’s husband) took Wanda to the hospital. They think an aneurysm burst in her brain.”
With tears running uncontrollably down my face, I headed to the hospital in disbelief. This unexpected turn of events changed my perspective on life. I now know what it feels like to notice you have a crack in your foundation – your faith.
We needed a miracle. And, to be honest, I was fearful that we would not get one. I needed a reference point. I looked to my grandmother’s life. She was given up on by doctors five times, yet lived to be 91 years old. After that, although I remained prayerful, I was good.
This lesson on volatility created a sense of urgency in me to help as many people as I can. That’s why, although I’ll continue to do live presentations, I’m taking my message to the Internet via webinars, teleseminars and live hangouts, and I suspect I will continue to find unconventional ways to teach, learn and grow from and with you. I hope you’re in!
Some time ago I sent out a 5-question survey. I wanted to know how you perceived our relationship, and what your most pressing concerns were. According to current results, the top 3 topics you wanted to learn more about were entrepreneurship, spiritual growth and self-confidence. Regardless of what we talk about, it will be from a spiritual perspective. Therefore, since entrepreneurship is a hot button for you, I’m going to start with a webinar on my area of expertise – image/branding.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, employee, community activist or government official, or have dreams of being something that you are not right now, branding is crucial for your success.
I am poised to launch my first webinar, How to Create a Buzz: Grow Your Life and Business, on Thursday, December 12 at 12 noon. This webinar IS for YOU if you want to understand:
· Why you didn’t get the promotion or contract you expected
· How to stand out in a crowd
· What makes you likable.
There Is More,
I bet you connected with the last message–we catch the vision early, but it takes years to execute it. A part of the reason it takes so long is because we are trapped in time. We are still sporting behaviors and entertaining thoughts that we’ve had during our teenage and young adult years. One of the elements of success is to do the work. I’m not saying get stuck trying to clear everything that happened in the past, but, most certainly it helps to acknowledge, accept, learn, forgive and move on. Unfortunately, sometimes we think we’ve moved on and really haven’t.
Don’t feel bad, though. We’ve all been there. And, we all have to do the work to move beyond that familiar place. In this audio, I share the importance of doing the work. And, I share a specific exercise to assist you on your journey. Download your audio for “Awaken Your Spiritual Senses” now.
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Recently, I was at a business event. There were about 50 people in the room. Arriving 30 minutes late, she walked in the room. Momentarily catching everyone’s attention, I thought: Wow! sharp sister. Directing my attention back to the front of the room, there was a panel of experts answering questions about the present and future of organizational leadership and employee development.
After the event was over, I made a b-line to the front. I knew exactly who I wanted to meet. On my way, I ran into her–the sharp sister. I extend my right arm to shake her hand. I said, Hello, my name is S. Renee. With a beautiful broad smile she said, Hello, my name is …. I asked: What brings you here today? With a burst of energy she said, I provide tax services. If you’re in need of a tax advisor, I’m the one you are looking for. Excitedly, I said, oh, do you have a card? Simultaneously saying No, while looking in her purse she goes on a search for a business card she knew she didn’t have while chattering about Lord only knows–you know the type.
Not wanting to dismiss her, although she had dismissed herself by the floundering and senseless chatter, I patiently waited for her to stop hunting in her oversized purse for a non-existing business card. Giving her a way out I said: “Here, please take my card and forward me your contact information.” Taking a deep breath, I could hear her sigh of relief.
Like many of us, we still believe that we can fake it until we make it. Not so, not in the 21st century when we have lived in an age of reality talk shows and television programming. We are too smart to fool one another. Watch this video below to avoid being like this sister and discover the first spiritual step to building a personal brand.
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It took 7 years to develop the courage and confidence to execute the vision. Here’s why?
Facebook has become the gateway for people all around the world to reach out for solid advice about how to face, deal with and respond to troubling situations. I’ve picked a question from a semi-pro basketball player who is currently playing overseas. He asked me this question.
How do you handle people who are jealous of you? They call you names, including the “N” word. I’ve ignored them for a long time. I know how to deal with them in an ungodly manner, but how can I deal with them in a Godly way?
My friend, I want to acknowledge your frustration. You may even be dealing with loneliness and being homesick. You have adult bullies on your hands. Some people, like animals, will prey on others who appear to be weak and vulnerable. The purpose is to gain popularity and power by making others believe they are strong; yet their actions indicate they are insecure, weak, scare, and unsure of themselves. Even animals have a higher purpose than power and popularity for attacking their prey. I hope you’re able to see how pitiful they are.
They are the same cowards who came to arrest Jesus in the night when he taught during the day in the synagogues. The same scaredy-cat who kissed Jesus on the cheek, took the money, and then committed suicide versus living the penalty of his decision. The same chickens who came to get Jesus with an army equipped with swords when he was only one man.
It is important that you understand the immature mentality you’re dealing with and how out of alignment they are with themselves and the universe. For all the seeds that they plant, they will see a harvest.
Three things to consider:
1. Just as Jesus’ journey was a part of the script necessary for the fulfillment of his purpose, you too, have to get the lesson that has showed up to serve you and usher your soul into a higher level of spiritual awareness. I would bet that this isn’t the first time you’ve had to deal with a situation that requires you to stand up for yourself. Ask yourself: What am I to learn? What is trying to emerge within me? How am I to use this new skill for my good and the good of others?
2. Decide on who you are. It’s difficult to handle situations and respond to people when you don’t know who you are, what you value and how you want to show up. There are numerous ways to handle this situation. You could fight, tell your coach, develop your own relationships and create alliances, study your enemies and make them your friends, and the list goes on.
You have to make that decision based on who you are and what your value. Today, I would pull them one by one to the side and ask: Have I done something to upset, insult, or hurt you? I would not fight or raise my voice. My sole purpose would be to meet with them, dump their stuff off in their space and leave it there. What they do with it, would be up to them. I would guess that most of them will be apologetic and humble.
3. Stay positive. This is not the end of the world, although, at times, it feels like it. Find people who think like you and connect with them. God always sends someone.
God bless you as you journey.
Do you have a question about life, love, professional or spiritual development? Submit your question or leave your comment below.
Hello Ms. Renee,
I need your help. I often doubt myself in most situations. For example: I often think I won’t be able to handle the classes my major requires—physics and chemistry. Math and science are my worst subjects. I can do the work, but I will just have to work so hard at it. It drives me crazy. I try to stay encouraged, and stand on God’s word, but my main phobia is failing. I get so discouraged when I don’t do as well as I would like to. Can you help me get over this crisis, please?
Thank you for your courageous question. Every day each of us are faced with thoughts, feelings, and challenges that force us to face ourselves and who we claim we are. That’s what confidence building is—evolving to a state of consciousness where we no longer freeze in doubt, but, instead, know that whatever decisions we make we can handle the outcome. In There Is More Inside, I explain that confidence is learning to trust yourself with your own life.
I’m not sure if we ever earn our own complete trust. I believe, however, that the better the decisions; the better the outcomes. Successful outcomes develop the trust that one needs to build a confident relationship with him/herself.
As I access your email and concerns it is clear that you are, as an older and wiser friend shared with me, “turning on yourself.” The admission that you “often think I won’t be able to handle the classes…” tells me that there is a battle. Like an argument with a loved one, internal battles drain our energy and occupy needed thought space for other important matters. This is what causes chaos and creates fog in our lives.
Quantum leaps always start in the mind. You may have faith to begin the journey, but do you have the belief system to sustain yourself over the course of the trip? As in your case, you had the faith to start college. Do you believe that you can finish it? It is important to have faith. It is equally important to have belief in the faith that you claim you have. You can’t “stand on God’s word.” You have to know and understand the laws and principles so that you can move in God’s word.
You claim that, “Math and science are my worst subjects…it drives me crazy. I get discouraged when I don’t do as well as I would like to.” I hope that the results don’t come as a surprise to you. Words travel farther than you can see them go. Creating the life you ask them to create. Think of it this way. If you sent a package via one of the express carriers to China, you would expect it to arrive safely. Every word you speak arrives safely to the Creator. The Creator then assists you in creating what you’ve asked for. But, remember, you asked for it. It’s never about what you can or cannot do. You’re not the first person challenged in a subject. And, you most certainly, won’t be the last.
What did the individuals who were in your shoes do? They studied more, got a tutor, and joined a study group. I don’t believe that you are in a crisis. The person who doesn’t have access to food, shelter, clothing, education, and safety is in a crisis. You are learning, growing, and evolving into the person that the internal, real you knows that you are. When you seek, you will find the answer. Remain Powerful and always remember that There Is More Inside.
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