It's Spring and new things are happening all around me! Yep ... 2016 has truly turned into a true Jubilee season.
I shared previously that I'm in my 20th year as a road runner and I've used this milestone as inspiration to change my game. Consequently, as I've accomplished more in my running realm that confidence has spilled over into other areas of my life. This is a normal occurrence - often once we hit success in one area, the hunger to be successful in other realms ignites and we go for it.
Here are some of the firsts I've achieved already in 2016:
I enjoyed the first virtual race I did very much so I'm doing another this month. I welcome you to join me. Sometime between April 15 and 30 I'm going to run a regular 10k for The Incredible Virtual Run and collect a sweet finisher's medal in the process.
You may ask why anyone would bother signing up for a virtual run when they already run anyway. Lots of reasons. My mains are I like the bling without the crowd, early race time and competition. As I mentioned above I run as my chosen form of exercise and I've been doing it alone for two decades. I've never enjoyed fraternizing when working out - which is one of the reasons I don't like gyms. With virtual races, I have all the spoils of being a runner on my own terms and schedule; and being a teacher I appreciate that Level Up Runs donates to schools' sports programs.
I hope you're breaking through old mindsets and limitations in this season and making your own list of firsts. I hope this post inspired you to try something new. I'm telling you ... the right inspiration is contagious. If you find it, you'll be unstoppable. I'm a witness.
I'd love to help you locate the motivation you need to achieve your next milestone. Schedule a call or book a package today. The newness of Spring is waiting for you to take hold. Do it now. #IWill
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.
You will rise to the level of your expectation. Get in the habit of setting your expectations for excellence and win.
My favorite principal (boss) was Ms. McElroy. She saw potential in me, encouraged me and mentored me to successive promotions for four years. There were sometimes scenarios when she'd ask other teachers, "What would Zari do?" I was a classroom management, resource and Reading instruction expert.
There are experts in every field. Find one who's achieved the level of success you desire and learn everything you can from them. Watch this short video and share your thoughts.
I used to be afraid of everything and would run from any type of battle that arose. Partly because I wasn't trained in warfare and partly because the lack of ignorance about how to war effectively left me with a record of failed scirmishes and casualties that I didn't want to continue racking up. I'm not afraid anymore and my deliverance and courage are proof that you can live a bold and courageous life, too.
Unfortunately in life we often have to work with people who are immature and egocentric. They can't see past themselves and haven't truly learned to serve in humility. I used to be one of those people. When I grew out of that, I began to prosper and experienced great success in my career in public education.
But as you begin to elevate the skill (quality) of your enemy improves, too. You have to overcome something greater than your current level to be promoted. Therefore warfare to get to the next level gets ramped up. If you don't know or don't understand this, you may respond as I did and cower in fear and allow a weaker but louder and more persistent enemy to wear you down and run you out.
It can happen - I'm a witness - that a less intelligent enemy can defeat you because of fear. It's not that you're necessarily afraid of them, but the spirit of fear is at work against you. It's alive and powerful and grows with every sliver of energy you give it. It sits on your head like a hoodie pulled tight and getting tighter and wraps itself around your brain clouding your thoughts and smothering your smarts. Watch out, boy, fear'll chew up.
You have the authority and right to live a fearless life. But you're the only one who can overcome fear completely for yourself, or at least eliminate it in certain areas of your life. I know from mentoring that there are some people who truly believe to the point of arguing with me that fear in some areas is not only normal but required. I disagree. In my experience, being that fear is a living organism - like germs - once you feed it in one area it's only a matter of time before it spreads.
I overcame fear by learning to live life as one who forgives. I don't know what it is about forgiving others that defeated fear for me, but it did. That's power. It's supernatural. I stripped my soul and mind of dues owed me by anyone from my past (and still do as days go by for current situations because forgiveness is lifestyle) and I became the owner of peace that passes all understanding.
Are you ready to live a fearless life? Do you want the confidence to face any enemy - seen or unseen - without batting an eye? If your answer is, "Yes," than schedule a call or book a mentoring package today. Life is too short to live afraid.
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