The Top 5 Reasons Why Fear Can Block You From Your Greatest Dreams In Business and In Life – Part 2

The Top 5 Reasons Why Fear Can Block You From Your Greatest Dreams In Business and In Life – Part 2

This is a continuation of Part 1.

4. It Can Make You Settle for Mediocracy

You know deep down you don’t want to settle. Everything in your body, mind and spirit tells you that you should not be satisfied with being mediocre, but you look at those around you and there is more mediocrity than not. So, you make yourself believe that being mediocre is good enough for you as well.

I have a client who is currently struggling with this. She is allowing fear to block her from reaching what she knows is greater for her. From saying she’s not qualified, doesn’t have enough experience (over 20 years), doesn’t know enough (holds a masters degree in the field) and just overall isn’t good enough.

She has put up blocks in all directions to prevent her from doing what’s necessary to move herself forward in her business, which would help to move her forward in her life. She was ready to succumb to just staying in mediocrity. But I refuse to grant her permission to live on that side of town.
 

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5. It Will Have You Choose What Is Easy Rather Than What is Best For You

How do I know so much about this? Because I’ve had to overcome a great deal of fear in my own life. Fear that was keeping me stuck and unable to move forward. A fear that was preventing me from living the divinely designed life that was awaiting me on the other side of it. I’ve had to face fears and trauma around writing, school, people and animals among other things. When I think back on it now, after overcoming so much of it, the memory is as if I was fearful of almost everything!

What a blessing it is to be free from most of these ailments. I refused to surrender my future to fear. And every time you allow fear to win, you are sacrificing the greatness of your future for the smallness of your fear.

Imagine if I allowed my fears to win. I would not have been able to help the thousands of people I have through the work I do. I wouldn’t be able to live with the freeness I do in my life today. And ultimately, I would not be able to live my best and highest life.
 

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I know what it means to have fears rule your life and what’s required to eliminate them by regular and consistent actions. When I get stuck, I just think of those whose lives and businesses have been changed through me truly showing up in the fullness of who I am in the world. A me without fear. And I am then strengthened to be able to push through again.

We can often do more for others than we are even willing to do for ourselves. So, if you need to think of your children, family, loved ones, legacy, whatever it takes for you to move, use it to push you through.

The world is awaiting you. And so am I, once you make it to the other side of your fear.
 

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The Top 5 Reasons Why Fear Can Block You From Your Greatest Dreams In Business and In Life – Part 1

The Top 5 Reasons Why Fear Can Block You From Your Greatest Dreams In Business and In Life – Part 1

Where you want to go in your business or life is not about something external. It is solely about who and what you have to become to get there. I believe your greatest successes in life can be found on the other side of your greatest fears.

1. It Can Be Paralyzing

Fear is a great equalizer. It can stop some of the most amazing people from living their greatest lives. Fear can transform otherwise very successful people into accepting a reduced version of themselves, solely based on fear.

What have you allowed fear to block you from doing in your life? And are you currently taking the necessary steps to overcome it?

One of the toughest issues in dealing with fear is the paralyzing effect it can often have on those it possesses. This great paralyzer will thwart your efforts, wants and actions – causing you to deny and seize all desires to move forward.
 

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2. You Are Unwilling to Confront It

Have you ever wondered what makes some people conquer their biggest fears but not others?

We all have experienced fear in some area of our lives. Some a bit more than others, but we all know the human experience of fear and what it brings with it. Some people face fear head on, while others bury their heads in the sand and won’t face it at all.

What we know for sure is that if you are unwilling to confront it, fear will overtake you and you will never overcome it.

The world is filled with countless people who wish they would have the courage to face and overcome the fear that controls so much of their lives. But that requires them to take the first steps to acknowledge and face it. A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
 

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3. The Presence of Arrogance

Arrogance can often be found as an element of fear. How does it show up you may ask? It can show up as a defensive mechanism to hide the fact that fear is even present.

It has been said that a smart man knows when to ask for help. But when you are consumed with arrogance, asking for help is not something you are remotely interested in doing. Instead of being consumed with what you think people may think about you, stay focused on what can be manifested in your life if you simply ask for the help that you need to overcome the fear that is blocking you from moving forward.

Continue to Part 2 here.

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The 5 Reasons Why I Now Call Asia Home – Part 1

The 5 Reasons Why I Now Call Asia Home – Part 1

The longest flight in the world is from New York’s Newark Liberty Airport to the country of Singapore. It is over 9,500 miles and takes nearly 19 hours. Little did I know, when I boarded that flight to the other side of the world that everything I currently knew in my life was about to change.

That is the amazing gift of life. You just never know what might be waiting for you just around the corner. Everything can change in just an instant if you are open to the abundance of gifts life has in store for you.
 

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1. Because My Soul Tells Me So

One thing I have known even before I started this current human journey is the gifting of allowing my soul to lead the way. I allow this ever knowing compass to guide me in all areas of my life as it knows what’s best for me and is ever calling me to go higher.

Upon arriving in Singapore my soul knew that I was finally home. As much as I have loved and enjoyed other places I have traveled like Hawaii, Southern Italy, Switzerland among others and a few cities in the US, nothing has resonated with me and my soul outside of New York City as Asia has. My soul just knew it was home.

The interesting thing about this is that it has always known. The sole reason I was invited to Asia was because of the connection a friend knows I felt to Asia and they wanted me to experience it for myself first hand. And boy were they right! I often say, “I am an Asian girl trapped inside of a Black girl’s body.” I now know my friend was used to guide me there. I have a lot of work and living to do in Asia and I’m excited to get started!
 

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2. Its Culture Feels Very Familiar to Me

I have always felt very intimately connected to the culture of Asia – from its food, art, architectural design and philosophy around health and wellness. I have also been drawn to their use of naturopathic medicine to cure diseases and ailments. All of these elements have felt ever so connected to my world and life.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has a fabulous series on CNN called “Chasing Life” where he explores some of the places in the world that are leading the planet in areas of longevity, nutrition, health and wellness – to no surprise some of those places are on the continent of Asia.

My family owned Chinese restaurants in NYC for years, which I know seems very odd to many, but seems so very normal to me. The decision for them to start Chinese restaurants did not come from me, but the mere existence of them as part of my life had a deeper level of resonance with me and my ties to the Asian culture.

Check out Part 2 of this article here.

If you are interested in experiencing Asia for yourself, join me as I will be hosting a group of entrepreneurs for a Mastermind in Bangkok from October 10th – 13th. Spots are filling fast. Learn all about our upcoming Asian adventure at www.LeverageUpinBangkok.com.


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Why Do I Do So Many Things?

Why Do I Do So Many Things?

One of the things I’ve heard a lot over my life from different people is – why do you do so many things? What’s interesting about that question to me is that it has never been a question I’ve asked myself, but only one that others have obviously wondered.

Over the course of my life, the varying experiences I’ve had as a singer, model, working in the financial world, being a reporter, real estate broker, lawyer, having varying businesses and now working on television just seems to have been a lot for many of the onwatchers to see.
 

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I was raised by parents who believe in exposing their children to all that is possible in the world. That included exposure to as many opportunities as possible. And what was always instilled in me was the knowing that anything I decided to do and was willing to work for I could achieve.

I have been blessed in always knowing that my gifts and talents were varied. Some people are gifted in just one or two areas and others are gifted in many. For me, I knew I fell into the latter group. I believe you don’t allow people to put a period in your life where God has put a comma. That is a principal I have always lived by.

I believe in living life intuitively and going where I am led. No one knows what’s better for me and my life than I do. Fortunately for me, I’ve never been swayed or concerned with the opinions of others regarding what I’m suppose to be doing in my life or where I’m suppose to focus my time and energies. I just stay committed to my life’s purpose, my work and where I am being led to go. A life lived from this perspective is a far simpler one.

When you start to consume yourself with what others think about what you do and how you do it, you are leading yourself down a never ending rabbit hole. When you are concerned and consumed with others’ thoughts about you and opinions of how you should live your life, you lose focus on how to actually live your life for your highest good in the manner that is most desired and fulfilling for you.

When you focus solely on your desires, your goals, ambitions and are willing to do the necessary work to get you there, things begin to move on your behalf. Opportunities are revealed to you and your world begins to shift and change. Dreams begin to manifest. I am not suggesting that all of this happens overnight. But what I am suggesting is that if you are willing to do the work to get yourself there, you can begin to make anything happen.


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Why Entrepreneurship is Not For the Weary

Why Entrepreneurship is Not For the Weary

If you’ve been in the entrepreneur lane for more than a minute, you know that there is at least one time in which you’ve wondered if you should continue running on as a business owner or if you should just call it a wrap. Every business owner has had to come to that question and most have had to ponder it much more than once.

Entrepreneurship is not for the weary. You will be tired, tried and tested throughout your tenure. So, if you haven’t experienced it yet, know that at some point you will. And when you do, take comfort in knowing that the exception to the rule would be someone whose circumstances did not require them to think of it at all.

When that moment happens to you, it is important to take an analysis of where you are in your business and where you still have yet to go. Owning a business is no small feat. It requires tenacity, unrelenting faith and perseverance just to name a few. Even with all the right characteristics, there will be moments in which you wonder if you should go on in your business.
 

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I have had to ask that question at some point in almost all of my businesses. But know you can never create a successful business without making it through some dark seasons. Entrepreneurship can produce the most unbelievable, amazing results, but once you get to it, know that you deserve every bit of that success after all you would have had to endure to make it there.

When you do your analysis, look at whether you’re currently doing the best you could possibly do in the business. Look for support in the areas where you see gaps, and determine what is going to be required to get you out of that hole.

If you are able to do what is necessary to produce the end result, keep running. But if you see that even with the necessary components it is still not worth it in the end, or you are not willing to do what’s required to get there, perhaps it’s time for you to let it go.
 

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Nothing comes without sacrifice. There is a price for everything. Many who have built successful businesses will tell you that often times those they loved had to be sacrificed. For some, the sacrifice was worth it. For others, it certainly was not. But only you can determine whether the sacrifices it took for you to get there was worth it for you or not.

Seek out advice from those with specific expertise in the areas you need support. But be sure to make the best decision for yourself and one that you can live with and not regret as your life goes on.


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How Faith Works

How Faith Works

True faith is the belief or trust in things unseen.

You can have faith in a loved one, faith in yourself, faith in a higher being and faith in things yet to come in your life. But faith first starts with believing in something that is ultimately intangible.

Many otherwise very difficult accomplishments were achieved by people that would not have occurred without them first having the faith that the ultimate, desired outcome would avail.
 

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Faith allows you to bottle up your concerns, your worries and anxieties around a situation and place it in something far greater than yourself, far greater than your own mind’s understanding so that you can just focus on the present experience, the goal, the mission and whatever is necessary and required to get you there.

When you are working on something that you need to overcome, it is most important to focus your energies on the ultimate goal and the necessary steps to get you to it. If you focus on all the possible mishaps and challenges, you will be doing a tremendous disservice to yourself and your desired results.

Being able to focus on those elements that will push you further will be key and essential to your progress. You must shake off the self-doubt, the negative talk and the words of the naysayers so that you can be laser focused on precisely what your next steps are to get you where you want to be.
 

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If you allow faith to fulfill its purpose, you can lean into it and not consume yourself with unnecessary fears and doubts.

A worrying mind never produces positive results. All it does is create unnecessary internal anguish for you mentally, emotionally and physically. Many illnesses are born because of people’s uneasy minds from worries and stress.

The next time you’re facing something that’s far greater than you can imagine, simply make the best determination possible based on the information at hand and then just lean on faith to give you the necessary stamina to see you through.


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