Don't talk about it, be about it is one of those sayings that basically means: produce something.
I was thinking over this statement tonight and here I am producing this blog post instead of doing what's on my schedule to do right now. Let me walk you through my rabbit trail of thoughts.
First, I heard the comment, "You're always telling what you're gonna do and sometimes you do it and sometimes you don't." Then the title saying popped into my head.
Third, reasoning came into play. I am always planning to do things. A lot of things because I'm hyper-creative and productive. Not artsy creative, but building businesses and making improvements type creative. Most of the time I plan to do things I do them. But other times, my partner pops up and tells me to go a different route than my original plan, and because He's my angel investor, aka The One With The Funds, I follow instructions because I want to stay in business.
Therefore, if I drop the ball on a project or cancel, there's gotta be a good reason because generally I'm a finisher. I get things done.
Also, there's nothing wrong with changing plans. That's the great thing about successful businesses. On the one hand you're structured and have systems in place, and on the other you have fluidity that keeps you market fresh. And I can say after six years in business, I have more completions and successes than drops and cancels. I'm still here.
Think about where you want to be six years from now. At the rate you're going, will your business or relationship still be around? If you need some help becoming a finisher, schedule a call or book a package and I'll help you prioritize and organize so you can finish those business and personal projects, too.
Business travel can and should be fun, and not all work. At least that's what I believe.
I was invited to speak at The 1st Women After Restoration (W.A.R.) Conference in Atlanta, GA this past weekend. I was able to feed, uplift and encourage others by sharing how I was homeless August 26, 2011 and six short years later, I'm standing in front of them proving you can be restored after losing everything.
Getting back on your feet after losing EVERYTHING doesn't happen over night, but it can happen if you get your mind right, set goals, seek and secure wise mentors and - most importantly - FOLLOW THEIR ADVICE.
I'm a proven mentor because of what I've done, and believe it ... if I can do it anyone can:
I'm getting ready for another new beginning. And I'm excited about what's in store. Are you?
As each month starts I pull out my calendar and fill in my plans for the days ahead. I can't plan for everything, but I plan for what I know is coming to the best of my ability. Planning enables me to focus and be intentional about my priorities.
April 2017 was really busy because I traveled the first three weeks of the month. While I planned pretty well for my trips, there were things that came up that weren't on my schedule. But, guess what ... everything worked out for my great because of wisdom, problem-solving and support.
I'm thankful for new opportunities to travel, mentor, speak, teach, etc. but I'm reminded more than ever how important planning, preparing and prioritizing are. As my life gets busier and demands on my time increase, I have to be diligent about how I spend it.
This is true for everyone, of course, but crucial for me now that I've (and everyone else who has) launched out into greater realms of influence.
Here are some tips for those who have entered new seasons of more - more clients, activities, travel, opportunities and like:
If you're interested in having me teach a large-group session or speak at an event you can message me for booking inquiries at Zari Banks.
Photo of Sea-Tac International Airport by Zari Banks 2017
April 8, 2017-Virginia Beach, VA I sat on a business panel with five other entrepreneurs, coaches and authors. Everyone was most impressed with a 9-year-old entrepreneur who attended the conference for the second year in a row with his notebook and pen taking notes, and his very mature questions.
His name is Ellis and he's looking for sponsors to support his business dream. You can learn more about him on his page.
Having a mentor for various areas of your life is crucial. That's what parents are. They mentor, hopefully, and train us for adulthood. They're only given the first 20% or less of our lives to guide us in full measure, and from then on we're responsible for finding our own mentors and coaches.
I'm a mentor and I have several mentors. I LOVE to connect with experts and learn from them. One of my mentors told me at the conference this past weekend, that I'm not only mentoring and coaching because of the deep heart and personal issues I address; that I'm actually counseling. What's interesting about this is that a few people have recently suggested I return to college to get a doctorate. I've always said if I ever did get a doctorate it would be in psychology.
I love The Grow Your Dreams Conference. It's served as a launching pad for greater things for me each of the three years I've been honored as a speaker. I expect even greater next year.
If you want to be launched into your next level, you have to go where the launching pad is. Launching pads don't come to you. I'm available, and the conference has opened early registration for 2018. Don't delay. Windows of opportunity close.
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.
As we head into the busy fall season, I'm here to remind you to write it down. Whatever it is ... a schedule, a goal, a vision of the future, a dream. Write it down. Now. You can even stop reading and come back after, but write it down.
I write everything out. I have since I was a child. I've always enjoyed consistency, organization and checklists that allow me to track my progress. The pic above shows one of the most-recent lists I had on my daily board. My daily board is actually a mirror covered with notes of all shapes, sizes and colors of things I want to keep in front of my eyes. What I see affects my focus and I want my focus set on some very specifics things – that's how I foster success.
Back to the picture. I was down to the last little bit of my 2016 1000 km challenge, and I was bored out of my mind with running. I needed a visual that broke things down in numbers and progress. It's not fancy at all, but it worked and I kept running even though I wanted to quit. I know to be successful and accomplish my goals, whatever the goal, I have to stay motivated and on track so I do whatever's necessary to keep pushing forward.
Everyone has to do that. You may not need lists like I do, but you have to learn, pay and practice whatever it takes to reach your goals and achieve success. It can be done. I'm a witness of the many benefits of perseverance. I actually teach how to persevere in order to win.
A simple way to keep yourself on track to completing a goal is to write it down and keep it posted somewhere visible. WHAT YOU SEE AFFECTS YOUR FOCUS. If you want something, anything, keep it in front of your eyes and you'll be motivated to grab it.
If you need help with goal setting or an accountability partner to keep you moving forward to success, schedule a call or book a package today. I'm a finisher, and specialize in imparting that characteristic into others. I can do that for you in one session.
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.
I've decided to step up my running game and break through into the new. It's exciting and the personal accomplishments are fuel for more and greater. Watch.
There's nothing better than reading in someone's own words how you impacted their life.
Today I'm sharing a recent testimonial I received from a client. Remember: we can take someone else's testimony and use it to construct a vision of what's also possible for us in the future. If it can happen for one, it can happen for us all.
If you're ready to start living the life of your dreams, schedule a call or book a package today.
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