Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson

Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson

Our December Book of the Month is Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson. Though not a business or self-help book, but offers great lessons for entrepreneurs, particularly women entrepreneurs. “Around the Way Girl” by Taraji P. Henson is a memoir that offers insights into the life and career of the accomplished actress. While it may not provide direct advice for women entrepreneurs, there are still valuable lessons and inspiration that can be drawn from Henson’s journey.

This Warrior Woman (Taraji P. Henson) has laid out her road map of how to use her grit and determination to reach her ultimate goal of joy and living in her truth. It won’t always look pretty, but when you set out a plan and pour every ounce of will and determination into that plan, you will always hit the mark. Get Around The Way Girl on Amazon

Here are a few lessons to learn from Taraji P. Henson.

Resilience and Determination

Henson’s story reflects her resilience and determination to succeed in the competitive entertainment industry. These qualities can be applied to any entrepreneurial endeavor. Her journey serves as a testament to the importance of perseverance in the face of challenges.

Fearlessness and Ambition

Throughout the book, Henson demonstrates fearlessness and ambition in pursuing her goals. This can inspire women entrepreneurs to be bold in their aspirations, take calculated risks, and push beyond their comfort zones to achieve success.

Authenticity and Individuality

Henson’s authenticity and refusal to conform to industry standards are evident in her narrative. For women entrepreneurs, this can serve as a reminder to embrace their unique qualities and not be afraid to stand out in a crowd. Authenticity often resonates with customers and clients.

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Navigating Challenges

The challenges Henson faced, particularly as a woman of color in Hollywood, shed light on the importance of navigating obstacles with grace and determination. Entrepreneurs can draw lessons from her experiences on how to overcome setbacks and turn challenges into opportunities.

Balancing Career and Personal Life

The memoir also touches on Henson’s experiences balancing her career and personal life. Women entrepreneurs can gain insights into managing the demands of both professional and personal spheres, learning to prioritize and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

While “Around the Way Girl” may not provide specific business strategies or advice for women entrepreneurs, it offers a motivational and relatable narrative. Entrepreneurs can extract inspiration from Henson’s personal and professional journey, applying the principles of resilience, fearlessness, authenticity, and effective navigation of challenges to their own business and career paths.

Your Breakthrough in 2024 is in Pivoting

Your Breakthrough in 2024 is in Pivoting

Introduction

As we step into the promising realm of 2024, the buzzword for personal growth and success is ‘pivoting.’ In a world that constantly evolves, your ability to adapt and transform is the key to unlocking breakthroughs. This blog post explores why your breakthrough in 2024 is in pivoting and introduces the “4 Interior Empires” concept that will be your guiding compass on this transformative journey.

Why You Should Pivot in 2024

Pivoting isn’t just a business strategy; it’s a mindset and lifestyle that can shape your personal and professional trajectory. The pace of change in our world is accelerating, and those who can pivot effectively are better positioned to seize new opportunities, navigate challenges, and lead fulfilling lives. Whether you’re looking to advance your career, improve relationships, or enhance your well-being, pivoting is the strategic tool that will set you on the path to success.

Know Your Year 2024 Outlook

Before embarking on a journey of change, it’s crucial to assess your current situation. What are your goals, aspirations, and challenges? Understanding your year 2024 outlook is the compass that will guide your pivoting efforts. Take stock of your professional and personal life, noting areas of growth and those that require transformation.

The 4 Interior Empires You Need a Pivot in 2024

A. Mindset (Psychology)

Your actions are guided by your mindset. Cultivating a growth-oriented mindset is crucial for navigating the challenges and opportunities that 2024 will present. Embrace a positive and resilient outlook, viewing setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow. Challenge limiting beliefs and foster a mindset that propels you forward.

B. Heartset (Emotion)

Emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of personal and professional success. Assess your emotional well-being and identify areas for improvement. Develop strategies to manage stress, cultivate empathy, and build meaningful connections with others. A balanced heartset empowers you to navigate relationships and challenges with grace and authenticity.

C. Healthset (Physical)

Physical well-being forms the foundation of a thriving life. Assess your current health and well-being, considering factors such as nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Establish sustainable habits that support your physical health. Remember, a healthy body is not only the key to longevity but also the fuel for pursuing your goals with vigor.

D. Soulset (Spiritual)

Connecting with your spiritual self provides a sense of purpose and direction. Take time to reflect on your values, beliefs, and the greater meaning in your life. Cultivate practices that nourish your soul, whether through meditation, mindfulness, or engaging in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. A strong soulset anchors you during life’s storms.

Your Year 2024 Pivot Strategies

A. Set Your Priority Based on Your 4 Empires

Identify the areas within the 4 Interior Empires that require the most attention. This could be a mindset shift, emotional healing, a commitment to better physical health, or a deepening of your spiritual practices. Prioritize these aspects based on your introspection, understanding that holistic growth involves nurturing each empire.

B. Allocate Resources to Those Priorities

Once priorities are set, allocate time, energy, and resources accordingly. Whether it’s dedicating time for self-care, investing in personal development, or seeking professional guidance, allocate resources to support your journey. Allocate them wisely to your identified priorities because they are often limited. This might involve letting go of activities that no longer serve your goals.

C. Get Help From a Strategy Coach

A strategy coach can provide valuable insights, guidance, accountability, and a structured approach to achieving your goals. Collaborating with a coach accelerates your growth and ensures you stay on course during times of challenge as you navigate your pivoting journey. Their expertise can help you uncover blind spots and develop effective strategies for success. Book a Discovery Call with Laura

D. Stay Informed With Metrics

Define metrics that align with your goals in each of the 4 Interior Empires. This data will serve as a compass, guiding your ongoing pivoting strategies. Whether it’s journaling your emotional well-being, monitoring physical fitness milestones, or tracking mindset shifts, having quantifiable metrics provides tangible evidence of your growth. Regularly assess and adjust your strategies based on these metrics.

Conclusion

In 2024, your breakthrough awaits through the art of pivoting. Embrace the transformative power of a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, physical well-being, and spiritual connection. By setting priorities, allocating resources wisely, seeking guidance from a strategy coach, and staying informed with metrics, you position yourself for a year of unprecedented personal and professional growth. Seize the opportunity to pivot, and watch as your 2024 unfolds with newfound purpose and success.

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Free Your Mind The Rest Will Follow – Mindset Monday

Free Your Mind The Rest Will Follow – Mindset Monday

About Mindset Monday

Mindset Monday is where we kick start the week with a positive mindset. In this weekly segment, we will explore various strategies and tips to cultivate a growth mindset, boost your productivity, and overcome challenges. Get ready to embrace new perspectives, develop resilience, and unleash your full potential. So let’s dive into Mindset Monday and make this week a successful one. In this week’s edition, let’s kick-start our week with Free Your Mind The Rest Will Follow.

Called to create solutions

You know I had to pop in this morning and talk to you guys a little bit about this kind of revelation I had today while I was reflecting in my morning time. I’ve been reading “CALLED TO CREATE” by Jordan Raynor. There are many beautiful nuggets and it’s rich with information, especially for those of us who are called to create solutions through entrepreneurship.

The book shares a biblical journey about how we are innately designed to create and how some of us can use that gift in the marketplace. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean we’re all called to create through entrepreneurship. It just means we’re all called to create solutions that need to happen in our community.

Free Your Mind The Rest Will Follow

So as I mentioned not everybody’s called to create through entrepreneurship but we are called to create solutions so our topic today is: FREE YOUR MIND AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW. Now some of you who are in my age group will know that that was a popular in-vogue song and those women were hot when they hit that song and they made a real significant impact if you ever paid attention to the lyrics. It’s just saying look, don’t be so judgmental, and don’t always think that you have to know in advance the solutions.

I want to talk to you about some very basic concepts around freeing your mind. You know, sometimes we get so caught up working on our business that we don’t work on our business. Meaning, we’re so busy doing all of those little things that take up so much time that we don’t have the opportunity to be strategic about the future.

As entrepreneurs we’re all called to create and we can’t do that If we carry the stress and the worries about our business, about funding, about not having enough resources, about building our client base we don’t put enough focus on our big why. To truly free our minds, we must ask ourselves why we are doing this. Why are we called to create? And what is that thing that has got you so consumed right that you have to do it right? You’re called to create solutions in the marketplace. This is your big why.

Tips on how to free your mind

Here are a couple of tips on how you can free your mind and prepare yourself for Monday morning. Believe me, this process requires discipline and consistency to be successful at it. This is my secret to being able to juggle both a nonprofit and a for-profit business. I have to have a set of strategies that work for me and keep me in tune with the tasks that I have at hand, so let me just say this freedom starts with:

1. Have a Plan

Having a plan, and that plan has to start the night before. It can’t start in the morning. I know what you’re thinking. Why the night before? It’s because on Monday morning you really wanna be able to hit the ground running. You don’t want to be sitting and thinking about what do I have to do this week, who do I have to see, what plan do I have to put in place, etc. You need to know the night before what you’re going to be doing for the whole week. In this way, you set up each day strategically for your success.

3. Set your 3 priorities for the week.

What are my priorities for the week? What are those 3 things that I have to be able to accomplish this week? You know as well as I do that if we don’t have a plan, if we don’t know the target that we’re shooting for we will be all over the place. Center these three priorities around people, process, and purpose. So our focus for the week should be on making sure that we’re connecting to the right people so that it supports the process that we have to fulfill the purpose.

3. Align your priorities with your purpose

The second thing you should be focusing on is setting up three tactical steps that will ensure you can achieve those priorities that you set. You should align these tactical steps with your purpose; the big WHY I talked about earlier. This alignment helps you stay focused on the things that are necessary to accomplish that priority.

A. Once you have things aligned you have to get clear about what you’re trying to do, because even though it may be aligned it may not be appropriate for that time, so get clarity around what you are trying to accomplish.

B. Then you want to trust the process. You know what it takes for you to accomplish your goals. For me it’s been over 50 I’ve been accomplishing goals but I had to be aligned and I had to have clarity about what I was trying to accomplish. Then I had to trust the process that I put in place and then once you’ve done those things,

C. You want to record your outcomes. If you don’t record outcomes, how do you know if you’ve hit the mark? How do you know if you were successful at it? How do you know if this process is repeatable? To record your outcomes, ask yourself: Did I achieve the goals that I wanted to achieve? Did I acquire the funding I was trying to acquire? Was I able to secure the resources that I needed to get to that next level?

Summary

Freeing our minds and the rest will follow is really about getting the clutter out of our heads, it’s about silencing the noise, and it’s about getting busy with the work that we have to do because creativity is the cornerstone of entrepreneurship.

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How to Build a Cohesive Team

How to Build a Cohesive Team

At its core, team cohesion refers to a group of individuals working together for the common good, be it completing projects or improving processes to boost the bottom line. When each team member brings their unique skill set to the table, collaboration and synergy are fostered, leading to the achievement of shared goals. A cohesive team operates effectively and efficiently, benefiting both the business’s bottom line and the overall well-being of its employees. In this post, we’ll explore the three most important pillars on how to build a cohesive team.

Building a cohesive team hinges on three crucial pillars: strong leadership and support, clearly defined roles, and empowering team members with autonomy and ownership. Get The Servant by James C. Hunter to improve your leadership skills.

3 Critical Strategies for Building Team Cohesion

Building a cohesive team requires effort from both leaders and team members. By following these 3 strategies, you can create a sense of camaraderie, motivation, and trust within your team, ultimately leading to improved performance and success.

1. Strong leadership and support

Strong leadership and support lay the foundation for team cohesion. A leader who is approachable, communicative, and leads by example fosters a sense of trust and respect among team members. By providing guidance, and motivation, and being responsive to the team’s needs, a leader instils confidence and a shared commitment to the team’s objectives.

2. Clearly defined roles

Clearly defined roles serve as a roadmap for success. When each team member understands their responsibilities and contributions, it minimizes confusion and conflicts. A well-structured framework enables efficient collaboration, prevents redundancy, and ensures that everyone is aligned towards common goals. This clarity encourages synergy and maximizes the team’s collective efforts.

3. Empowering team members with autonomy and ownership

Giving team members autonomy and ownership over their work empowers them to excel. When individuals have the freedom to make decisions and take ownership of their projects, it sparks creativity and initiative. This autonomy nurtures a sense of responsibility and accountability, driving team members to invest more deeply in their work and collaborate effectively to achieve shared outcomes.

In conclusion, cohesive teams thrive under the guidance of strong leadership that offers unwavering support. Clearly defined roles create a harmonious workflow, reducing conflicts and enhancing collaboration. Moreover, granting team members autonomy and ownership ignites their passion and commitment, propelling the team towards its goals with a collective sense of purpose and achievement.

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How to Manage Your Debt as a Woman Entrepreneur

How to Manage Your Debt as a Woman Entrepreneur

In continuation of our focus on money management in July, we will focus on managing debt as a woman entrepreneur this week. Debt management is crucial to running a successful business, especially for women entrepreneurs. As women-owned businesses continue to grow and thrive, it is vital to have a solid understanding of how to manage debt effectively. This post aims to provide strategies and practical tips on how to manage your debt as a woman entrepreneur. See Book of the month: Get Good with Money by Tiffany Aliche to learn more.

What is debt?

Before diving into debt management strategies, it is essential to have a clear understanding of what debt entails. Debt refers to borrowed money that needs to be repaid, typically with interest, over a specified period. It can be in the form of business loans, credit cards, lines of credit, or other types of financing.

Asses Your Financial Situation

The first step in effective debt management is assessing your current financial situation. This involves determining the total amount of debt you owe, the interest rates associated with each debt, and the monthly payments required. By understanding these details, you can develop a comprehensive plan to manage your debt efficiently.

Develop a Budget

Creating a budget is a key component of debt management. Start by identifying and categorizing your business expenses, including both fixed costs (e.g., rent, utilities) and variable costs (e.g., inventory, marketing). Then, compare your income to your expenses, ensuring that you have a clear picture of your cash flow. This will help you identify areas where you can cut costs and allocate more funds towards debt repayment.

Prioritize Debt Repayment

Once you have a budget in place, it’s crucial to prioritize your debt repayment. Begin by focusing on high-interest debts, as they tend to accumulate the most interest over time. By paying off these debts first, you can minimize the overall interest paid and expedite your path to financial freedom. Additionally, consider making extra payments whenever possible to reduce the principal balance and decrease interest costs.

Negotiate with Creditors

If you find yourself struggling to meet your debt obligations, consider reaching out to your creditors to discuss potential options. Many creditors are willing to negotiate payment terms, such as reduced interest rates or extended repayment periods, to help borrowers manage their debt effectively. By communicating openly and honestly with your creditors, you can alleviate some financial pressure and establish a more manageable repayment plan.

Seek Professional Advice

In some cases, seeking professional advice may be beneficial, especially if your debt situation becomes overwhelming. Consider consulting with a financial advisor or debt management counselor who can provide personalized guidance based on your specific circumstances. These professionals can help you develop a structured debt management plan and provide valuable insights to improve your financial health. Reach out to America Consumers Credit Counseling if you need any help managing your debt.

Debt management is a critical component of running a successful business, and women entrepreneurs must be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage debt effectively. By understanding your financial situation, developing a budget, prioritizing debt repayment, negotiating with creditors, and seeking professional advice when needed, you can take control of your debt and pave the way for a financially stable and thriving business. Remember, with proper debt management, you can build a solid foundation for long-term success.

Developing an Empowering Money Mindset

Developing an Empowering Money Mindset

Agatha Christie once wrote: “What good is money if it can’t buy happiness?” Developing an empowering money mindset is crucial for financial success and overall well-being. In order to achieve financial well-being, we need to cultivate empowering attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding money. Two weeks ago, we looked at some of the steps we need to take to regularly make informed financial decisions. In this post, we will explore key strategies and practices that can help you develop an empowered money mindset.

1. Become aware of your current beliefs

The first step towards developing an empowering money mindset is to become aware of your current beliefs and attitudes about money. Reflect on any negative or limiting beliefs you may hold, such as “money is evil” or “I will never be wealthy.” Once identified, challenge these beliefs and replace them with positive and empowering thoughts. For example, reframe “I will never be wealthy” to “I have the power to increase my wealth through smart decisions and diligent work.”

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2. Be grateful for the money you have now.

Gratitude is a powerful tool for shifting your mindset towards abundance. Take time each day to express gratitude for the money you have, regardless of the amount. Appreciating what you have attracts positivity to your life. You can create a gratitude journal or simply reflect on three things you are grateful for in your financial situation.

3. Set short-term and long-term financial goals

Setting clear financial goals is essential for developing an empowering money mindset. Define your short-term and long-term financial goals, whether it’s saving for a down payment on a house, paying off debt, or starting a business. Write them down and break them into actionable steps. For instance, if your goal is to save for a down payment on a house, you could set a timeline of 3 years and determine how much you need to save each month to reach your goal.

4. Increase your financial literacy

To develop an empowering money mindset, it is important to increase your financial literacy. Take the time to educate yourself about personal finance, investments, and money management. Read books, attend seminars, or take online courses to enhance your knowledge. The more you understand about money, the more confident and empowered you will feel in making financial decisions. One book I highly recommend is Get Good with Money by Aliche Tiffany.

5. Surround Yourself with Empowering Influences

The people you surround yourself with can greatly impact your money mindset. Seek out individuals who have a positive relationship with money and who support your financial goals. Engage in conversations and learn from those who have already achieved financial success. Surrounding yourself with positive influences will help reinforce empowering beliefs and behaviors. For instance, finding a mentor or joining a group of like-minded individuals who are committed to financial success can be invaluable in helping you build positive wealth-building habits. Visit EventBrite to locate networking meetings in your area.

6. Take Bold Action

Ultimately, developing an empowering money mindset requires taking bold action. Apply what you have learned and implement financial strategies that align with your goals. Create a budget, track your expenses, save, and invest wisely. Taking consistent action will reinforce positive money habits and solidify your empowering money mindset.

Developing an empowering money mindset is a transformative process that requires commitment, self-reflection, and consistent action. By challenging negative beliefs, practicing gratitude, setting clear goals, educating yourself, surrounding yourself with positive influences, embracing a growth mindset, and taking action, you can develop a mindset that attracts abundance and financial success. Start your journey today and unlock your true financial potential.

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