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October 31, 2012

What Michael Hyatt’s New Book Platform Taught Me: Part III

Hello All,

Today we’re focusing on Part III of Michael Hyatt’s “social media networking and marketing bible” (or at least that’s what I call it!): Platform.  I’d you’d like to get caught up to speed, you can also read Part I and Part II.  No matter what your Platform is, Michael Hyatt’s wisdom will help YOU create and maintain it.

In this post, we’ll be focusing on the gems of wisdom that stood out to me most in Part III: “Build Your Home Base.”  We already made sure to “Start with Wow” in Part I and prepared to launch in Part II.  I found this section of the book to be particularly packed with information I needed to know or relearn starting with the types of marketing I engage in.

 

Focus Your Efforts Online

For someone who doesn’t have the funds they would like to have, this chapter is important.  I’ll even go as far to say that if you have the funds you’d like, it still won’t make the best impact and give you your money’s worth if you’re not spending on the right things and putting it in the right place(s).

Internet marketing is the next best thing to word-of-mouth marketing as it concerns reach and cost.  It costs you nothing to tweet.  It also costs you nothing (or a little bit) to maintain a professional page on Facebook.  Pinterest, personal blogs, etc. the list goes on.  These are all free outlets to use as “borrowed platforms” for your brand and products.

You can also start implementing cost-efficient advertising with the likes of Google Adwords, Facebook, and other similar options.

 

Create the Content Yourself

Unless I ask someone to guest on my blog, I will never have someone pushing out content for me as a rule.  The only exception to this would be if I hired an intern or other team member for one of my growing enterprises—yet they would still represent themselves on behalf of the my company—not as a ghost-blogger, tweeter, etc.

Michael Hyatt’s very keen on this point: if you’re not going to maintain your blog (or Twitter account) yourself, then don’t bother at all.  People will interpret a ghost-blogger, etc. inauthentic and it will ultimately hurt your brand.

 

Create a Better About Page

This is something I have to work on myself.  My About Pages read just like a bio that you would have in the back of your book, submitted alongside and press release, almost like a resume in prose.  Ouch.

Michael elaborates on the fact that an About Page should be written in first person (yes, this is against EVERYTHING your English teachers and professors taught you!).  It should also be written in a conversational tone which is much harder to do in second or third person.

Your About Page should be about what the reader wants to know as well as what you want them to know about you and your blog.  It should also invite them to subscribe to your blog.  This is a no-brainer, yet so overlooked in many About Pages.

He also gives other wonderful ideas, but I’ll let you buy the book to check out those.

You may also view Michael’s About Page for reference here.

 

Build a Speaking Page

Now I literally just finished Marshawn Evans//ME University’s Ready 2 Speak tele-event (conference call) and it was all about the importance of pushing aside fear and all of its tactics, preparing yourself, and embracing the voice and message which God has entrusted YOU to deliver to the world.  She also has a brand new boot camp, Speak 4 Pay, which you may register for here.  (Trust me, it’s worth every penny!)

While in Miami, FL at my spiritual father’s conference, his good friend, Dr. Renny McLean spoke these words: have faith in your voice.

Now, if you’re reading my blog, tempted to purchase Platform, or have some other type of business, book, ministry, or invention, you must prepare yourself to speak that which God has given you to the world.

Proverbs 18:16 tells us that a man (or woman’s) gift makes room for them and brings them before great men.

This is the essence of Platform and preparing yourself to speak to these “great men” will not only expand your Platform, it will expand your wallet!  It will also place you in a position of authority that others will position themselves to learn and glean from.

Isn’t that the point of everything we’re doing?  Preacher or curator, author or inventor, it is our job to do our part to get the word out and God will do the rest through divine appointments, connections, and more.  Building a Speaking Page will encourage those who didn’t consider your speaking abilities to explore them and invite you.  Others will be happy to find if because they were expecting this “product” from you all along.  Do you really want to disappoint them?

As my new eBook Godly Government releases (more info to come soon!) on Election Day 2012, it is my opportunity to start building, not only a writing, but speaking Platform for myself.  Creating a Speaking Page on my blogs will help push me mentally, emotionally, and logically in that direction.

Please see Michael’s Speaking Page here.

Tune in next week for more wisdom from Platform and until then, PLEASE be sure to visit Michael Hyatt’s site and buy your very own copy of Platform!

 

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September 4, 2012

Guest Post: What Gabby Douglas Showed ME about Elevating Your Influence

Stewarding your gift means putting yourself in a position to be heard. And if there’s anyone who can model that for us, it’s Gabby Douglas. Now, face it, you probably didn’t know who she was two months ago. I know I didn’t…

But by now we all have heard her story: She trusted her calling, she put in the work, she prepared and prepared, she prayed and she showed up in London in the absolute fullness of her gift. When the time came to perform, she sent the blessings up to God and they fell back down upon her.

At 4’11 and the age of 16, Gabby has stood on the global stage and put herself in a position to be heard. She’s taken her “royal” position as a minister to the world.

And here’s what I believe this spirited and courageous young firecracker  can teach us visionary leaders and dreamers about the marketplace…

Hire a Good Coach. “I’ve got to get a coach I can believe in, and who believes in me,” Gabby told her mom two years ago. She left home and went to live with a family she’d never met in Iowa, because her new coach had a gym there. She made her decision—and that was that. She was lonely. She was homesick. And she stuck it out for her dream, with a coach who believed in her. Have you made the decision to invest in a coach who believes in your dream?

Be Consistent. Gabby recognized her own gift (her mother reports she could do perfect cartwheels at the age of 3) and said YES to her dream. God chose her and she owned it. You know how I like to say, Many are called, but few choose to answer that call? Well, she did, again and again and again. Former Olympian Kerri Strug wrote, “Gabby held her lead by staying dedicated to what she could control—her own skills and routines.” Where do you need to be more consistent, show more effort, be more dedicated?

Live in Faith. When you walk in pursuit of your purpose, you will be protected. Gabby moved 3,000 miles from home at age 14—and found a loving “second family” who took awesome care of her. Her mom emailed a scripture every day before practice. In an interview, Gabby said, “I wanted to perform for sharing God’s glory. When you’re scared of [learning a new] skill you just have to rely on God. He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of peace, love and sound mind. If I keep falling… I meditate. We have to put on the full armor of God so we are ready and prepared.” When fear knocks at your door, how do you strengthen your faith?

The promise is waiting for you. Thanks for showing us how it works, Gabby.

 

About the Author

Marshawn Evans is a Global Mentor and Catalyst for Women looking to Launch Their Dreams and Live Their Purpose. She equips others to AMPLIFY their lives, their leadership and their legacy by teaching the principles of influence, branding, and divine purpose. Her weekly eZine goes out to thousands of subscribers. Are you ready to unleash your brilliance and align with your REAL destiny? Sign up for a FREE subscription at http://marshawnevans.com.

 

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August 22, 2012

The Gift of Elevation

This afternoon I was reading through my awesome NKJV Chronological Study Bible when this verse jumped out at me:

“Do you see a man who excels in his work?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men,” (Proverbs 22:29).

Now being that I’ve been walking in the Lord (pronounced “Lawd”) for the majority of my 26 years (since the age of 7), so I’ve read this verse several times, but it stood out to me particularly today.

It speaks of a man (or woman) who is greatly talented—maybe in one area, maybe in more—and because of that great gifting God has given him (or her) access to “stand before kings”.

Standing before Kings

When I look at the phrase standing before kings, I think of several things such as the people you “stand” before:

  • Royalty
  • Politicians & Judges
  • Corporate Moguls
  • Celebrities, Athletes & Entertainers, etc.

I also think about what the term “stand” implicates.

  • To Meet, Become Acquainted
  • To Network
  • To Speak & Preach
  • To Teach & Train
  • To Befriend
  • To Be Mentored

King Solomon had it down when he stated this verse.  He knew that the giftings God placed inside of us would be worthy of the great men and women He (God) would cause you to interact with on various levels.  He knew that the greatness of your gift would denote the greatness of the people in the you were literally made to stand before.  You WILL NOT [only] stand before unknown men.

We also know that when a thing is said once or twice, that it is established.  So I guess that it’s a good thing there’s another verse to back Proverbs 22:29 up.

“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men,” (Proverbs 18:16).

Again, a person’s gift will literally create a time, place, and opportunity for you to stand before great men.

Real Life Examples

Marshawn Evans, ME University 

Marketplace Mentor, Reinvention Strategist, Author 

Site, Facebook Page, Twitter @marshawnevans 

I’m on a particularly exciting high right now due the free televent (conference call) Marshawn just hosted.  It was extremely inspiring!  Due to Marshawn’s mentoring from a distance, I was able to (finally) create a realistic Mission Statement for my life that helps to guide my decision and actions, started this blog, and wrote a book (353 pages and counting) that I am currently editing and looking for a publishing house to pick up.  All this and I haven’t even got the opportunity to buy her book SKIRTS in the Boardroom or attend one of her live events yet!

Officially, Marshawn Evans is a marketplace mentor and reinvention strategist who mainly deals with women, yet she is also a consultant who deals frequently with athletes, corporate giants and their businesses, and other high level individuals.  Marshawn has also finished as the third runner up in the Miss America pageant under the title as Miss District of Columbia (she won in the Talent & Interview segments) and starred in Donald Trump’s The Apprentice reality show.  Needless to say, Marshawn’s ability to take her wisdom, intelligence, and go-get-it spirit into a product that can be merchandised and also used to mentor other individuals on various levels has created a special niche in the world just for her.  If you’re not familiar with her, get familiar.  Her gifts will help you to realise your own.

Dr. Myles Munroe, Myles Munroe International

Kingdom Specialist, Government Consultant, Business Mentor, Author 

Site, Ministry Site, Facebook Profile & Page 

Dr. Myles Munroe is also another favourite of mine.   Defying the odds of his grade school teachers who told him he would never do anything, this determined man graduated from Oral Roberts University with not one, not two, but three Bachelors degrees at one time!  And that was just his undergrad studies!  I have sat under Dr. Munroe’s teachings theological and corporate teachings more times than I can count and read (and gotten autographed) more of his books than I can recall.  His influence during my formative college years into the present has produced in me a [Gospel of the] Kingdom mindset that is still continuing to form as I learn more and increase in wisdom.

Dr. Myles has the privilege of travelling the world translating his Kingdom principles into governmental trainings, corporate teachings, theological sermons, and phenomenal ministry products that world-renown individuals would pay any amount of money to receive in person.  Dr. Myles has stood before “great men”; he has literally been bestowed honours by the Queen of England; he has and is continuing to fulfill his purpose in the earth through the giftings God has placed within him.

Note that although your gift is meant and made to bring you before great men, that it does not mean you will never have a reason, need, or desire to stand before common men.  For if there was no one to provide you with a good and godly role model how could Marshawn and Dr. Myles have attained the heights they have?  Our common man, everyone who has a desire for more wisdom, more knowledge, and purpose will always need those who have mastered Proverbs 22:29 and 18:16 to teach them how to master it as well.  This example we get from the greatest and most gifted man to walk the earth, the Son of God: Jesus Christ.  His compassion moved Him always to minister to people whomever they were, wherever they were.  We should strive, even in all of our giftings to be just like Him.  God has given us each gifts and measures of gifts, therefore, we must be good stewards of that which God has given us and help to benefit, first the Church, then the world at large.  Without that goal in mind, our gifts would be entirely useless.

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July 18, 2012

Beauty AND Brains

Esther, like Daniel, the three Hebrew Princes, Joseph, and her cousin-uncle Mordecai, found herself in the court of a foreign king.  Her people were brought to the Babylonian kingdom, soon overtaken by the Medes and Persians, and under the rule of Xerxes I a.k.a. Ahasuerus.

Esther’s Dual Captivity

Ahasuerus’ wife, Vashti, embarrassed him in front of his likely drunk princes, government officials, and military men by not appearing and thus bought herself and one-way ticket to former “queendom”.  Beautiful virgins were taken from all over the empire and dragged to the royal citadel to become part of the king’s harem in hopes that one of them would be worthy enough to land the newly vacant role of Queen.  Esther, formally known as “Hadassah”, was among these women.

Now most PG-rated ministers will tell you that the king simply wanted to look at the women, pick who was prettiest, and make her queen.  They would be wrong.  The king spent one night—not sleeping—with each virgin, allowing them to cross over from the virgin’s harem to the experienced women’s harem to remain indefinitely until the king called them by name.

This, as I’m sure you know, is against everything Christians and Jews—especially ancient, traditional Jews—believe in.  Sleeping with a man you were not formally married to or at least not considered married until after the [sexual] intercourse took place; marrying a foreigner, etc.  There were rules against that kind of thing.  And yet God allowed it.  Could it be that the king’s acquisition of Esther was made to mirror the acquisition of the entire people?  The prophet Jeremiah prophesied time and time again that those who gave in to the Babylonian captivity would flourish and be blessed while those who resisted it brought themselves under a curse (Jeremiah 29).  Likewise, had Esther fought the king and his servants or allowed herself to sink into the depths of despair, then she would have missed her blessing and ultimately been destroyed.  But Esther knew her God.

Esther’s Smarts

Another Babylonian “acquisition”, Daniel knew the benefit of knowing his God as well.

“But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits,” (Daniel 11:32).

Like Daniel, Esther understood that her situation was not traditional or even desirable, but she also understood that she could choose to make the most out of it and allow God to do “exploits” through her.

Esther put on a positive attitude and through her amiability, God gave her favour with the eunuch who ran the entire harem.  It was he that instructed her on what she should wear for her encounter with the king.  I don’t know if the king liked a certain kind of jewelry, perfume, Medo-Persian lingerie or what, but whatever the eunuch gave Esther to wear, she apparently wore it very well and I believe that her willingness to adapt and learn coupled with her optimism and favour was what moved the king to select her.  Of course, God’s hand was in all of this from the beginning; however, Esther played her part in the grand scheme of things very well.

Eventually, Esther won favour that had her king-husband overruling himself, countering edicts, and offering her up to half his kingdom on multiple occasions.  Needless to say, Esther had Ahasuerus in the palm of her hand.  I can imagine that they had a very long, happy life together despite his non-Jewish heritage and religion.  God absolutely used Esther “for such a time as this” and through her position and favour, allowed her to save alive her entire captive people and set the stage for Nehemiah and Ezra to lead the people back to Israel.  Today, Esther’s tomb is still guarded and lauded by the Muslim, sworn enemies of Israel and Christianity in Modern day Persia [Iran] despite her Jewish-captive status.  If that isn’t a lasting legacy, I don’t know what is.

Take a Cue from Esther

What I love about Esther was that she was not religious; that would have cost her her life or at least her favour in the royal harems and court.  Esther was discerning with her faith; she knew when to keep it to herself and when to display it.  She also did not employ manipulation, fear, or mere beauty to get what she wanted.  If she had, her favour and position never would have lasted.  Esther chose instead to use her brains.  Yes, her beauty was absolutely a tool and benefit, but it was not all she had.  I dare say there were other, prettier girls in the harem with her, but something about her caused her to stand out.

What do you have in your possession?  As women, especially in the corporate world, we are encouraged to act or dress a certain way that will attract the desired attention and help us up the corporate ladder.  That is not God’s way; it’s manipulation.  Then there is the other extreme who try to equate themselves to men, take no care for their appearance or even hide it, attempting to force the men around them to see only their work and not their face or form.  This doesn’t work too well either.  It is possible to be a successful female entrepreneur and businesswoman whilst being attractive and well-dressed.

Your appearance can be an asset to you just like it was to Esther, but don’t let that be the end; allow it to only be a means to an end.  Think like this “people notice me because of how I look”, (be realistic, not arrogant), “but I will allow it to be a platform for my true gifts and talents”.

Numerous times in the past when I would apply for particular jobs, the hiring managers would verbalize their desire to hire me because of how I looked.  Even back in high school a guest speaker informed me that she would trust me as a [future] wedding planner because of how I looked and presented myself.  And just the other day, a movie executive interested in helping me publish my first book told me that my “great name” was one of the benefits that place me ahead of other aspiring authors.  And guess what?  I have the knowledge and expertise to back up those beauty and name-based remarks.

So again I ask you: what do you have?  Maybe you’re like me and have a good-looking outer shell in your favour.  This also means that many people have probably underestimated you because of your beauty; story of my life.  Most people have no clue of the God-ideas and depth that are within me.

A few weeks ago I participated in a conference call with Marshawn Evans, marketplace mentor and reinvention strategist, who recalled a time when an ex-boyfriend of hers doubted her ability to write a professional column for a magazine saying, “What are you going to write about?  You’re a pretty short book”.  WOW.  I’ve had a lot of things said to me in my day, but never anything so ugly.  Luckily for Marshawn, she’s written that column, SKIRTS in the Boardroom, had a successful law career, and now has a thriving branding and marketing business; all by her early 30s.  Sucks for him whoever he was.

Marshawn Evans

So for the last time, I ask you: what do you have?  Beauty is a God-given gift from the Father of Lights who desires that you use it for His glory (James 1:17).  That beauty will serve as a “foot in the door” which will lead to a platform to display the full set of gifts and talents God has given you as well.  Don’t be a Vashti and hide behind your religious convictions, false humility, and futile desire for the world to judge you based on your talents and not your beauty.  The world will see your outer shell before they ever give you the time to display what you are gifted to do.  Don’t fight it.  Go with the flow, put your trust in God, and allow Him to make you and Esther in your realm of influence!

For the entire story of Esther, see the Book of Esther.

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May 9, 2012

The Right to Write

When we as Americans think of our rights, we rarely think of writing.  But writing most certainly is an innate right of ours.  Merriam-Webster describes a right as,

“qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval; something to which someone has a just claim; the power or privilege one is justly entitled to; something that someone may claim as due; the cause of truth or justice”. 

You—whoever you are, wherever you’re from—have the duty, claim, power, privilege, and entitlement to write.  It is our gift and privilege as human beings to be able to take our thoughts, emotions, wisdom, and advice, record it—either by ourselves or with the help of someone else—and present it to the world.

Writing is Serving

I will refer to a quote which was the basis of my first post “Write to Serve” by author and branding strategist, Marshawn Evans, which states,

“If we look at writing as serving, [it] will probably change our perspective on it”.

We must serve our gifts to the world.  What good will keeping it to yourself do?  You may not be the number one person in your industry; you may only be a young entrepreneur like myself, but you can help someone.  You can encourage someone.  You can help someone avoid the mistakes you made along the way.  Experience is a great teacher, but sharing wisdom makes you a greater teacher.

What You Love vs. What Serves

Rabbi Daniel Lapin is a wonderful man and author of several books such as Thou Shalt Prosper has a very different spin on entrepreneurship and life than many do.  He believes that to tell someone to study and do what makes them happy.  Instead, you should serve people by meeting a need and that, in turn, will make you happy.

Take your writing and or entrepreneur giftings, share them, and serve them to your fellow man.  You will change someone’s life and be happier than the popular, yet selfish mindset of simply doing what makes you happy.  What you feel makes you happy is subject to change; making someone else happy never changes.  That is the true pursuit of happiness; not just for you, but for the world.  It is your inalienable right.

Be Fruitful & Multiply

Last and most importantly we are commanded to serve our gifts.  How? Where?  Great question.

In March, I was able to visit Orlando, FL and hear one of my favourite ministers, Bishop Tudor Bismark preach.  He taught a new sermon of his entitled “Be Fruitful and Multiply”.  In it, he illuminated to us that the first thing God said to [man] after He created us was “be fruitful and multiply”.  He also walked through the rest of Genesis up to Jacob’s blessing his son Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.

Now most people think that “be fruitful and multiply” means to have a lot of babies.  And though I do not disagree with the truth of that statement, it does not stop there.  We are to multiply in love, kindness, finances, and yes, our gifts.

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus tells a story about a man leaving his servants with talents (money).  One had five, another two, and the last one.  The first multiplied his talent and when his master returned, was able to give him back ten.  The second servant returned four talents to his master.  However, the one talent man did not even invest that one; instead, he buried it and returned the single talent to his master.

The master was pleased with what the five-talent and two-talent servants did, so much so that he made them rulers over cities commiserate to their gifts and abilities.  However, when the one-talent man faced him, accusing him as a harsh man who takes what isn’t his and so forth and so on, he took the talent, gave it to the one who had five, and threw the man into darkness.  (See entire parable in Matthew 25:14-30.)

Let’s look at this story objectively: the men who multiplied their talents were considered faithful and given a reward for their faithfulness.  The one who buried his talent had it taken from him, was considered “wicked and lazy”, and was punished.

Some of you may find this unfair.  Why should the one-talent man be punished for his fear and returning exactly what he was given?  Because seedtime and harvest is a biblical—and logical—law.

Illustration: How would you feel if you invested your money in a bank and at the end of the allotted time, you got back nothing more than what you’d put in in the first place?  You’d be upset.  You’d feel like you wasted your time as well as the investment; you could have put it somewhere else and gotten much more out of it. 

When God created plants and trees and flowers, He did so placing within them the ability to reproduce themselves—to multiply—without Him having to create them all over again (Genesis 1:11).  He did the same with the birds, sea creatures, and land animals.  Everything created has within it the seed to multiply.  Therefore, if we simply maintain what we have, that alone is not acceptable to God.

We are meant to multiply, increase, our talents and gifts.  Don’t just limit your writing abilities to your personal journal, launch a blog.  Write for a community newspaper.  Start your manuscript—something!  It’s the same with the fashionista, the history buff, science “nerd”, and more.  Find what your gifts are, no matter how great or small, how popular or obscure—bar anything illegal of course—and serve them.  Multiply them.

And guess what?  God will bless you!  Why would you not want to usurp your God-given right to write, serve people, and make God happy?  “Try Him in this” and see if He won’t bless you!

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May 2, 2012

Write the Vision

I was sitting at my computer tonight saying God, show me what to write.  And He simply said, “write the vision”.  Now some of you may not be familiar with this phrase but it comes from the Book of Habakkuk in the Bible.  It reads as follows:

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry,” (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

Now, we know that when we hear wisdom—whether Biblical or otherwise—we should not just listen to it and say “that’s wonderful”, but actually apply it to our lives.  Therefore, the first instruction of this verse is to “write the vision”.

Writing the Vision

Some of you may be wondering what the vision is that I speak of.  In the literal translation, it is the word which the prophet was given.  However, since this is not a theological blog post it we’ll focus on the, metaphorical application that will benefit your life.

What is your purpose in this world?  What dreams has God given you?  What visions do you desire to achieve?  That is the vision I speak of.  That is what you are to write down.  Writing the vision, dreams, and goals of your life is not only an encouragement to you, but an act of faith.

The passage itself is entitled “The Just Live By Faith”.  As Christians, we know that it is impossible to please God without faith.  However, we also know that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20 & 26).  Therefore, this means that when we realize our vision for our life that the first action we should take is to write it down.

Writing it down encompasses creating personal as well as professional vision/mission statements, goal lists (daily, weekly, monthly, annual, etc.), business plans, and more.  Whatever literature and lists, etc. that you can create to help organize your vision and goals, create it.  They are the act of faith that will propel you forward emotionally and professionally.

In writing your vision and goals, remember that it is an act of faith; not perfect.  The chances are very high that what you plan will not happen exactly the way or time in which you planned it to happen, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.  I’ll give you an example.  I recently made a temporary move from Tulsa, OK to Charlotte, NC believing that I would follow a particular plan which entailed me focusing largely on Desired Assistance, my virtual writing and editing company.  However, mere weeks later, I was led to create DA Weddings blog and now, this one.  It was been a most wonderful turn of events!  Step out on faith to write your vision and God will perfect it to align with His purpose and timeline for you.

Run with It!

The next part of this verse states “…that he may run who reads it…”.   As we started to touch on in the last section, faith without works is dead.  In other words, you can’t just write the vision and forget about it.  Keep it before your eyes.  Meditate on it.  Speak it out loud.  Then do what you’ve planned.  Run with it!  If you can’t expect to lose weight without eating differently and working out or having the perfect wedding without planning or hiring a wedding planner, than you cannot expect to succeed in business without making an effort as well.

If your business—like many nowadays—thrives on referrals, then network in person and on line to make contacts.  Create the actual plans and literature for the next phase of your business.  Start writing that blog or book.  Whatever you vision is, act on it.  As Marshawn Evans would say, God’s anointing [ability to function in your specific gift] is attached to your appointing [what you are purposed/gifted to do].  When you discover what you are purposed to do, you will have the ability to “run” and do just that.

Wait for It…!

This is probably the most frustrating part of the vision process.  We can write and we can work, but ultimately, we always have to wait.  Tarrying is an old school term for waiting and in English, we typically define it as a passive act.  However, it is actually an authoritative act.  In short, we are empowered to do what we must until the God-given visions come to past.

We must be patient.  There is always a perfect timing for everything whether it’s the writing and release of that book, the promotion of yourself or your business, that million-dollar contract.  Whatever it is, do what you know to do—don’t be passive—and if it’s meant to happen, you can absolutely guarantee that it will happen at the perfect time.

I encourage all of you today: go, write the vision!  Be specific as possible and do it in good faith knowing that if it is for you and if you work at it and towards it, it will happen!

Note: If you have visions and dreams that God has given you for your life and or business, create a Promise Journal.  Make a list of everything He’s said chronologically if at all possible.  Add to it when He tells you something new and comment on it like you would in a text book or essay when you start to see things come to past.  It’s a source of encouragement to you and, I believe, it is an affirmation that you trust God, acknowledge that He is keeping His promises to you, and encourages Him to keep doing what He’s doing in your life. It’s a wonderful thing!

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April 25, 2012

Write to Serve

I’d like to introduce myself to those of you who may not know me. I’m Desiree M. Mondesir and I run my own virtual freelancing company, Desired Assistance (a.k.a. DA), as well as my own spin-off wedding blog, DA Weddings. As you can probably imagine, I love to write.

A Powerful Statement from a Powerful Woman

I recently and quite by chance, discovered a wonderful woman named Marshawn Evans who is a marketplace mentor and reinvention strategist who specializes in helping women leaders elevate their purpose as well as launch lucrative brand empires.  And I’ve decided that she is my new mentor-from-a-distance. She may not know me yet, but she has already impacted my life in a significant way.

(By the way, if you all do not have mentors in close proximity to you, I encourage you to adopt them from afar and allow their materials whether they are interviews, podcasts, books, blogs, etc., to mentor you from afar until you’re blessed to know them or encounter other personal mentors.)

Today I received an email from her site today and it had a clip of a radio interview she did recently.  In it, she made a point that made me cringe a little and that I think we should all consider and implement. The statement she made was:

If we look at writing as serving, that will probably change our perspective on [how we view] it”.

I was floored.  Yes, I am a writer and yes, I have three blogs—two professional, and one “soapbox”. However, the writing I’ve been saying I’ll publish and unsuccessfully attempting to do for years is becoming stale.  The books fanciful, theological, and poetical, I’ve been saying for years I’d write sit unfinished or un-started.  (Yes I just created a word. Shakespeare did it, cut me some slack!) And now with Marshawn’s weighty words settling on me, I realise the treasures, the advice, the wisdom, and the knowledge that I have—willfully—refused to serve my generation with.

Was it intentional? No. Was it somewhat discerning? Depends. Was it acceptable for me to be entirely unpublished by this point? Absolutely not.  I know I could and can do better, and now I will. I allowed immediate situations, concerns of inadequacy, and Lord knows what else stop be, but no more.

Serve Your Gift

Some of you are not necessarily meant to be publishers on the New York Times’ Best Seller list, but perhaps there’s a blogging or similar void out there that will forever remain empty until you serve your gift in your respective area.   It could be weddings or events like me, a blog for moms, book worms, or beauticians.  Maybe there’s a financial or scientific column somewhere that needs an author and it’s you. Now that you are sufficiently informed, will you continue to deny the world—either on a local or global level—your voice and gift(s) in that area?

Dr. Myles Munroe, one of the foremost voices in the world as it concerns leadership as well as the Kingdom of God, has messages and materials without number on the subject of servant-leadership.  Something I’ve heard and read him say time without end is “die empty”.  The grave yards throughout the world amass the greatest treasures in the world because it is full of people who refused for one reason or another to serve the world their gifts; they died full. I implore you not to do the same.

Serve the world your gift; die empty.

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