How to Reprogram Your Mind for Success

In the days we are living in now, it is beneficial, now more than ever before, to have a healthy mindset. Soo many people are dealing with mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. As a mental health advocate, and someone who has worked in the field with both children, teenagers and adults, I’ve seen how imperative it is to develop healthy habits that will support and influence positive mental and emotional health.

There are things that we all should be doing on a consistent basis to create and maintain a healthy life balance; mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and financial. Today, I want to tackle mental and emotional health.. many of which will have a positive effect on your life physically, spiritually and financially as well.

Today, I am going to share with you 2 things that you can START doing NOW, to reprogram your mind for success in every area of your life. As always, these tips are most effective when you do them consistantly. By reprogramming your mindset, you can: Become more confident, develop a positive success mindset and become more aware and open to opportunities you would be closed off to otherwise.

2 Ways to Start Reprogramming Your Mind Now

1

Get a sheet of paper and fold it in half, hot dog style. On the left half, MAKE A LIST of your most common/reoccurring negative thoughts about yourself AND about your life.

THEN, for each negative thought or limiting belief, CREATE a positive affirmation and write it directly across from the negative thought, on the right side. READ through your list, first the negative and then the positive, line by line, EVERYDAY. This will help enhance your awareness. After awhile, you will begin to become aware of the thought as soon as it crosses your mind. WHEN this happens, be sure to pause, acknowledge the thought and then replace it with the positive affirmation. SPEAK the affirmation aloud with authority and conviction. You may not believe the affirmation in the beginning, but over time, you will.

A huge part of changing or shifting your mindset, so you can change your life IS shifting your perspective of life’s circumstances. BUT this exercise will help you to SHIFT your perspective of yourself first. And why not? When, you ARE The creator of your reality, as God has blessed you with freedom of choice, right?

2

LISTEN to positive affirmations while you are asleep. Start by doing a 5 or 10 minute meditation, or longer if you’d like, before you drift off to sleep. After your meditation, set your affirmations to play while you sleep throughout the night.This is great accompanied by binaural beats. Lastly, when you awake, meditate for 5 to 10 minutes.

When doing this step, I encourage you to create a YouTube playlist. That way you can choose specific guided meditations and affirmations to listen to and can put them in the order you like and it will be ready to go when you are. You can always create multiple playlists or add/remove whenever you want, as amazing meditations are added to YouTube often. Also, when you hit play from within the playlist you won’t have to worry about it stopping after the first video finishes.

In our daily lives, we operate using our CONSCIOUS mind. However, our SUBCONSCIOUS mind is the driving force behind what we think and do habitually. So, we want to REPROGRAM our subconsious mind to develope healthy thinking and living habits. By listenting to positive affirmations while you sleep, your subconcious mind is doing all the heavy lifting, reprogramming itself.

These are by far the TOP 2 strategies I recommend when it comes to reprogramming your mindset. You will not only begin to THINK better, but you will begin to FEEL better about yourself and about your life as well. Remember, when you change your mindset, you can change your life!

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How to Unplug and Hit Reset on 2020

You said 2020 was going to be your year . The year you will finally take a leap of faith and pursue your dreams. But so far, most of us wish we could unplug 2020, wait 20 seconds and plug it back in again. I mean, on top of our own excuses, Jan – March alone has given us a few more reason to feel discourage and to procrastinate.

But, I encourage you to consider this..

You CAN unplug and hit the reset button on 2020.

Yes, you read that right. You can unplug and hit the reset button on 2020.. It begins with YOU make a conscious decision to SHIFT your mindset.

You can shift your MINDSET by:

1) Changing your focus. Focus more on the positive things in life and less on the negative .

HOW:

  • Set limits. LIMIT the amount of time you allow yourself to indulge in the news via social media and television.
  • While practicing social distancing, THINK about the individuals and environments in your life that are TOXIC and consider how you have distance yourself from those people or environments even after this current challenge has calmed.
  • JOURNAL daily to help you release, become aware of and to process your thoughts and emotions.
  • MEDITATE daily to help gain CLARITY and CONTROL aka AWARENESS of your thoughts. That way, you will recognize when negative thoughts bombard your mind and then replace it with a positive thought. And then, in that moment, continue to meditate on that positive thought.

Shifting your mindset is really just shifting your focus, by shifting your thoughts, over and over again. It sounds like an easy concept at surface level, but please hear me on this.. It takes work. It takes consistantcy. Sometimes, you have to do the DIRTY work to gain leverage over NEGATIVE thoughts.

If you find yourself struggle with the same negative thoughts/limiting beliefs, here’s what I suggest you do:

  1. Make a list of reoccurring negative thoughts and limiting beliefs
  2. For each thought/belief, write down a positive AFFIRMATION that you will remember. Write out that affirmation EVERY day for the next 21 days.
  3. Every time that negative thought or belief comes to mind, repeat the affirmation to yourself 10 times. When your first starting at, I encourage quoting the affirmation out load when possible. If the negative thought or limiting belief is about YOU specifically, rather than a particular situation/scenario, practice quoting the affirmations to yourself as you look at your reflection in the mirror. Another idea you can try; record yourself repeating the affirmations 10+ times and then listen to the recordings as you meditate (use headphones for best experience).

The more you do this, the EASIER it will become to RECOGNIZE (awareness) the negative thoughts/limiting beliefs and to COMBAT it.

To hit the RESET button on 2020, we must shift our THINKING/PERSPECTIVE of ourselves and of 2020.. IF you shift your mindset, you’ll be able to see the OPPORTUNITIES that may come as a result of the challenges we have and currently are facing. For example, many people have had a SIDE-HUSTLE or business idea that they’ve been wanting to start, but have yet to start because of their limiting belief that they CAN’T because they don’t have enough time. Those who have shifted there focus enough to see an opportunity have already started working on their business idea because they SEE the opportunity of TIME. Even if temporary, they have time NOW to START and to strategize a plan that will allow them to continue their pursuit AFTER things begin to return back to normal.

The fact is, we are living in chaotic, uncomfortable and uncertain times. BUT, even in this there is still HOPE and OPPORTUNITY. If you make the decide to shift your mindset, you will see it.

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This Is Why Your Plan Didn’t Work

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

– Benjamin Franklin

It’s early Monday morning.. That dreaded Monday morning… You hear your alarm alerting you that it’s time to wake up and prepare for the day ahead. You hit the snooze button and drift back to sleep. 5 minutes later.. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.. or maybe, you’re a little more sophisticated; you’ve got a good ole’ oldie or the latest Pop song as your ringtone.. but even that wasn’t enough to motivate you to get up and start the day.

You hit the snooze button that morning, not once, not twice, but three or four times. Until, finally, you’ve had enough of your sleep being disrupted by reminders that you’ve got to get up now if you wan’t any chance at arriving to work on time. You HATE, no you DESPISE Mondays, because it’s the beginning of another long, boring week of working a job where you are chasing someone else dream, building someone else’s empire.. doing something that you are good at, but are NOT passionate about.

Without that cup of coffee, you would not have made out your front door that morning. But you made it, you showed up with an emotionless smile, You work. You put forth your best effort. And, by the time you clock out, get through the rush-hour traffic and get home.. you feel empty and drained by just the realization, that in just a few hours, you’ll have to get up and do it all over again…

I know how it feels. Because that was me, not that long ago. However, I now work a corporate job I enjoy at a company I love AND I also spend my free time working on my SIDE HUSTLE that allows me to utilize my gifts, passion & purpose to empower others and building an empire and legacy of my own that will generate an income for myself and my family.

In my latest blog, I encouraged you to give yourself permission to DREAM big. Today, I encourage you to take it a step further! Don’t just dream big, but BELIEVE that your BIG dream is possible! If you are struggling to believe that it is possible, identify the limitations and limiting beliefs that are hindering your belief.

Not everyone has a BIG dream. Maybe, you’ve been experiencing an emptiness and longing to do more than work your day job, but you have no clue what you want to do.

OR

You’ve had this really big, impossible dream for awhile now, but you don’t know where you would even start.

OR

You already know that a dream without a plan is just a wish. So, you got to work and created a plan. You worked that plan and began seeing results. You gained momentum and until, suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, things began to fall apart.

Whatever your story may be, there is one thing I can say that applies to you:

You HAVE a purpose

You CAN do what you ENJOY and generate an income.

You CAN work a corporate job full-time and work your side-hustle too.

Your BIG dream IS possible, but you MUST have a plan.

And, not just any plan. You need to have the RIGHT plan.

The RIGHT plan will:

  • Have you prepared for limitations & limiting beliefs that can cause you to PAUSE or STOP the pursuit of your dream.
  • Have a support system and accountability
  • Have alternatives and solutions already in place

Many people GIVE UP on their BIG DREAMS, because they don’t have the RIGHT plan.

This week, I encourage you to create a plan. Start from where you are. If you don’t know what your dream (passion or purpose) is, then your plan may start with you taking the first steps to discovering what you dream (passion and purpose) is. If you already have that figured out but don’t know how to put it altogether in a way that will allow you to generate an income (build a business or side-hustle) around it, then you can start by taking the first steps to figuring out what you need to do or who you need to find/hire to help you figure it out! I’m telling you, my friend, there are resources out there that are free and many that are willing and ready to help you. No matter where you’ve gotta start, just start!

Now, if you had a plan in 2018 and 2019 that didn’t quite work out, you need a better plan. To get started, you can download my FREE Set Goals & Slay Workbook HERE.

You can also sign up for a 90 minute (+1 30min check-in session) Strategy Session with me to help you get clear on what your dream (passion + purpose), set strategic goals & create a GOAL-SLAYING strategy “plan” to set you up for success! Sign Up HERE.

Are you ready? Let’s work!

4 Things You Can Do Now to Prevent Burnout

Just like 2019 and the years before it, 2020 is off to a rapid start. If you set a new year resolution or goals at the start of the year, now is the time to gain momentum. It may seem strange that I would encourage this so early in the year, but I promise you there’s a purpose to it.

Burnout is real and if you’re not prepared for it beforehand, it will catch you at the very moment you should be picking up speed and pushing towards the finish line, not slowing down! But, it happens right? It happens to the best of us. We start of the year strong and then most individuals do 1 of 2 thing: Give up halfway through or get new the end and fad out because of burnout. But, listen, there is a way to combat burnout. The key is to prepare for it in advance! Get ready and stay ready. Here’s a few tips to help you do just that!

If you want to AVOID BURNOUT, you must prepare for it, even though our desire is to not experience it.

1. Shift Your Mindset – Make a conscious decision that you are going to take strategic action to avoid burnout. Instead of focusing solely on a few of your goals, set a goal for every area of your life and then AIM to have a HEALTH LIFE BALANCE. Approach with a flexible mindset; give yourself some wiggle room to make mistakes and learn from them along the way. If you don’t slay your goal the first time, try something different, keep going. Don’t be afraid of trial and error.

2. Set Goals that Are in Alignment With Your Ideal Lifestyle & Create a Plan of Action – Many people set goals, but then they end up doing a lot of busy work and after awhile, find that they haven’t gotten very far. Zoom Out: Identify what you want your life to look like 5 – 10 – 20 years from now. Then, zoom in: Set goals that are in alignment with your ideal lifestyle. Goals that will help you attain the lifestyle you desire to live. Then, zoom in again: Break down those goals into super specific action steps. Then, move on to step 3.

3. Create a Daily Routine – After you’ve made up your mind that you’re going to take strategic action, you’ll want to develop a strategic plan of action. I encourage you to utilize a daily planner that will allow you to break down your day by the hour. Get specific and identify everything that you intend to do each day of the week. I also advise using a habit tracker as well. Whether you use a printable habit tracker or you download an app on your phone; a habit tracker allows you to identify each goal or step you must take to achieve your goals, and record each day that you take action. You can always add to or take away from the list, but it’s a great way to hold yourself accountable, to see where you’re most consistent and which areas need a more effort.

4. Prioritize Self-Care & Relaxation – When you create your action plans and daily routine, I highly encourage incorporating self-care. If you can make time for self-care every day, do it. If that’s something you can’t afford, do it weekly or monthly. Take yourself on a date. Just you. This is not the same as You and your spouse, you and your bestie, you and your sibling or you and your children. No. This is just you, yourself and you! I know there’s a lot of individuals who often feel guilty about prioritizing themselves. If you’re one of those people, look at this way.. prioritizing self-care will not only benefit you, but it will benefit those you love as well, because YOU will BE A BETTER YOU; mentally, emotionally, spiritually.. A few ways to incorporate self-care into your schedule is to mediate, journal, go for a walk, watch a 30-minute episode of your favorite show, eat at your favorite restaraunt, get a massage, go to the movies by yourself… There are many things you can do. The point is to do something you enjoy BY YOURSELF.

Over the past few years, I have found myself setting goals and pursuing them with consistantcy and determination until September and October hits. Then, I’d begin to slow down and lose momentum. Slowly I’d start to fall off.. I’d stop showing up to work, church, the gym, or for myself (self-care) consistently! It was also around the last few months of the year when I’ve battled with depression and anxiety the most. And, one way that I’d always describe how I was feeling, was “burnt out.” I am determined not experience that this year. And, the tips I’ve shared with you above are the exact steps that I am taking in my own life to ensure I avoid feel the mid year or end of year burnout. I’ve made a conscious decision that I will be consistent this year. I’ve created a plan, meaning, I’ve set my daily routine and utilize tools to hold myself accountable; including taking myself on a date once a month.

If you any tips or ideas to help avoid burnout, share with us in the comments below! And, as always, happy manifesting in 2020!

7 day Goal Success Challenge: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of our Goal Success Challenge!

Today we will be setting SMART Goals! In today’s video I will break down what SMART goal looks like.

Here are my best tips for setting a S.M.A.R.T Goals:

🎯 Set a goal that is Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Realistic. and Trackable.

  • Get as specific as possible. The smaller the better.
  • An easy way to determine IF your goal is measurable & trackable is WHEN you are able to break it down into small action steps & set individual dates.
  • Approach goal-setting with the mindset of FLEXIBILITY. The target date may change and that’s okay. The important thing is to set a date to track your progress & hold yourself accountable!

🎯 Write down your goal with a pen and paper.

🎯 Write your goal in the form of “I am or “I have.” After you have clarified your goal and set a date.

Come back for Day 3 as we cover the 3rd step on our Goal Success Checklist. If you haven’t already, be sure to grab your checklist & the Set Goals & Slay Workbook + Planner below!