I'm serious about my goals. So serious that I have three success goals that I've set a deadline to achieve.
This note that you see above is on my focus board. I see it every day and I've even begun sharing with others that these things need to be done by that time. I'm sharing because speaking it out and hearing it solidifies it in my brain, and also because I'm excited about it. We always share what we're passionate about ... it's human nature and it's a good thing.
Sharing also keeps me (us) accountable because those I share with will ask how I'm doing with my goals and I'll have to tell them, I'm on track for success or that I'm falling short. I do not like to fall short.
What are you doing to document and track your goals, and to keep yourself accountable? If you have a system in place, it's a lot easier to hit your target. I'm a witness.
If I can be of assistance to you as you work to break through the place of transition to give birth to a new season in your life, relationships or finances I'm available. Schedule a call or book a package and we'll get you on the road to that next level of success you've been wanting to reach.
Social media is a fabulous marketing tool for any budget. With the creation of hashtags you can draw attention to any topic and even start a movement or go viral.
I have tons of websites and urls so I spent some time attempting to build a landing page that linked to all the others, and I wasn't able to do it. So I bought another domain and built a kind of landing page on a whole different website.
Then, I noticed someone quoted me on social media and used my name as a hashtag – #ZariBanks. When I saw that I had an "ah-ha" moment. Because my website is my name I could use it as a hashtag each time I posted it on social media (see pic above).
People really do click on hashtags. I know I do, and it just makes sense to make good use of my name because there aren't many others with it out there (if any), and none that do what and all I do. There's even a search engine just for hashtags – hashatit.com – which you can use to search when you need to see what's already in use and how.
So, if you're a business owner, blogger, whatever, consider having an about page using your name for the domain. It's a priceless branding strategy. Then train others, by example of use, how to find you on social media by using your name as a hashtag. I shared this in the GYDN business group and one of the members is doing it – #EmpoweredWives.club.
If you're ever on Twitter or Facebook, search #ZariBanks and check me out.
If you need more quick and effective strategies for your toolbox consider enrolling in the Supernatural Success Mentee Portal. If you need personalized success strategies, book a package or schedule a call today.
QUESTION: I've been slacking on my running goals and think an accountability partner may be the kick in the butt I need. Do you have an accountability partner?
ANSWER: Yes, I have accountability partners for the areas of my life that I require them. So I recommend one/them. Specifically for running, I don't have one because my appetite and the consequences keep me in sneaks and on the pavement every year without fail.
I've shared this before in other posts and other places — there are some things you won't ever accomplish without a mentor, coach or accountability partner. It's just a fact of life. We're not meant nor are we able to do everything alone.
I had to learn that the hard way. My own son, who's 25 years younger than I am, once told me, "You're so stubborn ... why don't you just let someone help you?" I used to pride myself on doing a lot and doing it by myself as a single woman/mother. I still do a lot, but I don't have any trouble asking for or receiving help these days. And because I do so much, help is a blessing.
Mentors, coaches and accountability partners are a form of help. They're finishers. They're champions ... overcomers and experts. We all need them.
My areas of expertise as a mentor are:
1. Communication — I help my clients clean up their speech. You know, most of us have a public persona and private one, and unfortunately the private one often gets neglected trying to keep up the public. So when we get home where we're comfortable, we don't guard our speech with words of love, care and concern as we should, and as a result end up creating dysfunction in the most-important realm of life.
2. Breakthrough and Deliverance — I help my clients get over, through and around barriers, whether invisible or physical, that keep them stuck or away from the success they desire. We all have dreams that seem massively unattainable, but that's never the case. With a little assessment and planning we can get from here to there. I'm a witness.
3. Financial Turnaround — I help my clients climb out of the pits of debt, poverty and cycles of lack. I've experienced all of those things (and homelessness) and through mentors overcame to become one who now mentors others on doing the same. Once you've lost it all and had to rebuild on a new foundation, you do whatever has to be done to build right the second time around.
If you're ready to improve your communication, experience breakthrough and deliverance or financial turnaround, book me today.
Happy, Blessed & Prosperous New Year, dear ones!
I'm putting another annual planner to rest this week. It's amazing how fast time goes by. It seems it takes forever to get to 16, 18 and 21 years old but then when you hit 30 everything's accelerated and there's no stopping it.
I'm excited for 2016. Are you? Or are you dreading it? I hope you're not dreading it but I understand if you may be. The last quarter of 2015 was rough for a lot of folks. Myself included. I had to fight through some ugliness to secure the vision for 2016. If you've been struggling in anything you have to do the same - press through and grab hold of the light shining through. No matter how small the glimmer of that light, if you fully take hold of it you have enough to keep you going until breakthrough comes. It will come. I'm a witness.
As soon as you get the vision for the days head, be sure to write it down. Seeing it in your mind's eye is always the first step to achievement and attainment but don't stop there. Write it down. Rehearse it by speaking it out. Share your vision with others. Do the necessary work.
I dedicated the last 40 days of 2015 to put the tent pegs in the ground for the personal territory I'm taking in 2016. Throughout the upcoming year I'll share parts of my process so you can learn from the supernatural strategies I implemented and gleaned during that time. I hope that'll encourage you to keep moving forward in all you've endeavored to do.
In the email I sent out to subscribers this week there's a coupon for 50% OFF mentoring packages and a payment plan option. Also, I'd like to invite you to register for the FREE Prepare to Launch 2016 webinar, January 15 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST hosted by Linda Dominique Grosvenor-Holland The Grow Your Dreams Midwife™.
The best is yet to come.
I'm relentless about breaking through limitations in my life and moving into greater possibilities. I'm here to walk through the process with and encourage you when you're ready. Watch.
As a mentor and teacher I help you identify, learn and implement strategies that promote extraordinary success. That's what I'm called to do. It's my purpose and passion. As we work and learn together your Breakthrough Toolbox gets filled up and you live out your destiny as your authentic self. It's a win-win situation.
I call the strategies supernatural, others call them life hacks. Either way, they're small, hard-hitting actions that produce multiplied results. That's my style. It always has been. When given a task I always try to find the easiest way to get to the goal I desire. Short cuts ... yes. Lack of excellence ... no.
I believe I'm this way partly because I'm a baby/last born and want everything to be fun and exciting. For example, take a look at the About page on this site. Several people asked why I didn't have a bio or something similar on this page and I told them the truth - I do not enjoy writing personal bios. Then two friends whom I respect, love and admire asked why I didn't have a bio on this page so I took that as a sign that it was time to make a correction (gotta pay attention to signs, folks. They often include opportunities).
I don't like writing personal bios which doesn't make sense because I'm a writer. A writer who gets paid to write that type of promotional copy for others no less. So, I pulled a common parenting/teaching strategy out of my toolbox and got the job done. The strategy was to write the bio from a different point of view. I wrote it as an actual biography instead of an autobiography and employed third person pov.
See that? A simple strategy that made a dreaded but necessary task not only doable, but fun. And, it's been well received. Every time I post the link to the About page on FB it gets more than 100 views and several comments. I've even received emails about the information included in my bio. That's supernatural.
Now consider this: What area of your life could you use a supernatural strategy to receive a breakthrough right now? After you've identified the area, schedule a call so you can grab hold of your promotion. Mailing listers get 50% OFF all mentoring packages booked by July 31, 2015.
I've recently entered a new season brought about because I feel crowded need more room. You know how it gets sometimes - you're not frustrated because you don't know what to do but because you do know what your next steps are, they're just not manifesting.
I took this situation to an expert. I made an appointment with my mentor and told him what I was feeling, seeing, hearing and what was happening in my life. When he gave me wisdom he said many of the things I'd journaled myself, but hadn't mentioned to him. That's one of the benefits of being in agreement with a mentor - their confirmation of unspoken dreams, visions and plans encourages you to continue moving forward to your destiny.
Keeping in contact with a mentor for each specific area of my life is a strategy in my Breakthrough Toolbox. I know I have to complete the majority of the work alone, but I won't risk my destiny for failing to seek wisdom from trusted advisors. I have the final say, of course, but another perspective is invaluable for those who live lives of purpose and intention.
One of the things I journaled and my mentor said in his advice that rang loudly in my ears was, "When I feel I'm being pushed out of the nest ..." I journaled and spoke those words one day earlier recording, "I've outgrown this nest so it's time to go." That was the first confirmation in our communication. It's also an important one because I'm considering relocation.
Another thing He said concerned my family and I'd recently had a series of dreams that carried the same sentiments. All confirmations of what I'm preparing for and moving into in the days ahead. These weren't the only ones either. In all we were on the same page about everything I'd been mulling over privately and with those most affected by my decisions.
The last reminder he gave was to go where I'm celebrated and not tolerated. I hear this all the time, I say it all the time and yet, that day it really resonated with me. When I'm in a nest that I'm too big for I'm absolutely only being tolerated. No one will celebrate me when I'm flapping my eagle's wings in their faces because there's nowhere else to go. That's just annoying and if it continues it will cause strife and anger.
I understand that everyone isn't self-employed so you may not believe you can apply for promotions or switch companies or positions when you outgrow your nests. Why not? What's limiting or stopping you? Why would you want to remain in a nest that's too small for you? If you don't first think it's possible, you'll never grow to believe it's possible and you'll never have the once seemingly impossible.
It's my responsibility as a mentor to help you see it is possible, believe it's possible and make a plan of action to obtain the impossible. Enough people throughout history have burst out of their nests with focus and achieved success to give you the hope and courage to do the same. You have a destiny and desires for a purpose and sitting on them stifles you and drives you mad.
I welcome this new season. I'm excited about it and I'm looking forward to the greater that's in store for me as I fully stretch my wings again.
Copyright © 2015
This week I'm sharing with you another strategy I have in my Breakthrough Toolbox and the strategy is journaling. This is a $1 million lifehack and if you put it into practice you'll begin to see the changes and reap the benefits in your life within weeks - if not days.
Our brains and souls, which are connected, of course, file everything we experience whether consciously or unconsciously away. We can train ourselves to recall information more readily through various practices - one of which I remember and utilize from Educational Psychology is known as chunking. Chunking is breaking things up in bits for easy memorization. An example of chunking is telephone numbers. They're three bits for the area code, three bits for the prefix and four bits for the identifier for a total of ten because our brains can naturally grab information in chunks of three, four and ten.
Another way to train your brain to remember things is to write them down. It increases the power of learning. Hearing audio is a great way to learn. Seeing a visual representation is a great way to learn. Combining the two multiplies your ability to learn and retain. Adding writing to hearing and seeing brings even greater increase of understanding and retention.
Not only that, writing is a natural way to organize the multitude of experiences your brain has catalogued. Writing declutters your mind. Journaling your thoughts gives you freedom to release things that could keep you upset, hurt or angry onto paper. Journling allows you to flesh out those small ideas that begin in your mind and birth businesses, books, inventions, plays and countless other projects that have the potential to be streams of income.
As a teacher I always began my writing instruction with journaling - teaching students the simple practice of recording their thoughts by matching word for word what you want to say in your mind on paper. One year two of my first graders won two of three awards for essay writing. They were honored at a school-wide assembly by our principal.
Your brain is always at work but if you don't journal you'll miss opportunities it's offering you to be healed, restored and to prosper. If you look at my mentoring packages each of them includes a journal. Journaling is necessary. Writing is necessary. We learn about history and life from writings of recorders past and present. Most of the books I've written began as journal entries. That being said, I believe everyone should write a book. It's an opportunity to have your life documented for others. Your life matters.
Take a few minutes each morning to journal your night dreams. Then take a few minutes before bed to journal your day. Don't worry about being legalistic if you miss a few days here and there. Matter of fact, if you can only journal weekly, on your day of rest, do it. It'll bring a new dimension of clarity to your life. In three weeks it'll be a habit and you'll have a record of how what you've accomplished to look back over and provide inspiration to keep moving forward.
If you need help journaling, pulling your thoughts together to receive healing or making sense of the historical record you already have schedule a call today.
People often ask how I began mentoring others. If you've read my bio you already know that I'm a state certified master teacher and that I served two years, two districts and multiple school sites as an Instructional Coach which is a mentor or teacher of teachers, and that I hold a masters degree in Teaching & Teacher Education.
I'm one who goes a step above the norm to receive the knowledge and understanding that leads to wisdom which I impart to others. One of my strategies for being an excellent mentor is to secure successful mentoring relationships for myself with others who excell and have far exceeded what I've accomplished thus far. I've always been this way ... I've always reached for the coat strings of champions so that I can learn their secrets. Their secrets work which is why they're successful, and I know that if I follow their advice as far as possible, I'll be successful as well.
Learning to listen to my mentors was a huge lesson for me. HUGE. I used to be a rogue woman. Stupid to be honest. I was book smart but life stupid. Because I was so book smart I thought I didn't need to listen to be able to make it and that's just not true. Not listening and heeding others' advice caused a lot of frustration in my life. But I'm overjoyed beyond belief to say that I've broken through. And you can, too.
Over the last two weeks I've mentored several people who were fed up and frustrated with situations in their lives. Though they were frustrated then, I'm confident that they'll overcome, too, because they reached out to me for wisdom. When I'm frustrated, I reach out to my mentors; one is Prince Handley.
Prince told me in July 2012 that I was a deliverer and would lead others to breakthroughs and successes in life. I also became aquainted with podcasting through his mentorship. Additionally, many of the strategies in my Breakthrough Toolbox have come from his wisdom and resources. Here's one of my strategies to combat frustration - Frustration and Your Future. I listen to this when needed to realign my focus and set my faith for the victory ahead.
Overcoming is all about strategy and action. I'm exceptional at breaking through because I've tasted the goodness time and time again, and I refuse to settle for less. If you're ready to make the necessary changes to experience greater realms and dimensions of success, schedule a call with me today.
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