When God Opens Doors and You Pretend Like you Can’t See Them…

Everyday we have the opportunity to bless others’ lives.  And I am very fortunate to have a career that allows me to do so quite often!  The conversation I’ve found myself in quite a bit lately goes something like this “I’ve been praying a lot….”, “I’ve been wondering what His plan is for my life…”, “I’m not sure if…”, and “Maybe it’s just not the right time for me….”.   In all fairness, I’ve had this conversation quite often with myself too.

When I work with my business clients, it’s often that they do have great ideas, great intentions, well-planned strategies they’ve been “thinking” about for a few years now.   And when I meet with individual clients, they’re all wondering why God hasn’t shown them the perfectly paved in diamonds, straight road of which they are supposed to walk.  It’s becoming so powerful that I realize so many of us struggle with these same fears, insecurities, confusions, and….lack.

I want to share this with you.  I want to SCREAM it at you.  I want to shake you, hug you, love you, help you believe until you know for a fact that it’s true.

YOU.

YOU are perfectly made.

YOU are exactly on the right path.

YOU have been looking for God to lay out a perfect plan for you.  It’s RIGHT in front of you.  It may not look exactly the way you expected but there’s opportunities everywhere.

HE is waiting for you to take action.  He’s given you the tools, the skills, and waiting, patiently, for YOU to move.  Instead of being paralyzed by fears and the “What Ifs”, He says: It’s all laid out in front of you and you’re pretending to not see it.

Because you thought it would be white.  And it’s black.

Because you thought it would be the perfect job you’ve been applying for.  And a different company is chasing you down.

Because you thought you weren’t good enough.  And someone in your life has been begging you to see it.

Because you asked for money.  And instead of cash, he wrote you in someone’s will this week.

Because you wanted a shiny piece of jewelry and he gave you a hand-me-down antique, worth more value than any jewelry.

Because you want children.  And he’s got the perfect adopted child waiting for you to submit paperwork.

It’s not always exactly the way we pictured it would be, but it is EXACTLY planned the way it’s meant to be.  If you’re beating your head against a brick wall, turn around, there’s a rainbow behind you.  Be OPEN.  Prepare your heart.  Say your graces.  And ask God, what am I not seeing that you’ve placed in front of me?

It’s all there for you.  Perfectly.

Develop a Success Mindset

Who is your Higher Power?  Who is your Ultimate?  Your Savior, your Divine?

You have to believe in the process, understanding the journey, and gain your power from an ultimate, Higher Source. You can’t be a success if you don’t Believe in success.

How much time do you spend talking to, praying with, meditating to this source?  Do you share goals, dreams, visions, and then do you listen?

Stuff gets really messy in our heads –

I don’t know you said it but I’ll never forget it – Don’t go in the MIND alone, at night.  It’s a dark and scary place.

The 6 inches between your head it what blows out the burning flame of most dreams igniting.

I find this to be the #1 limiting factor that I see in working with professional women, they don’t believe in themselves and what they are capable of. This single truth alone brings many dreams to the grave.  It will leave many lives unchanged.  It’s the saddest and most prevalent women’s (mental) health issue currently in America.

This is where I have to insert a few messages from my favorite author: Jen Sincero.  Jen’s book You Are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life, is certainly one of my favs.  It’s a direct, in your face, get off your butt, and take action read!  Recently, she published the 2nd edition of You are a Badass at Making Money, also a good resource to have at your desk.

 

“You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. It’s got you wrapped in a warm gorilla hug of adoration. It wants to give you everything you desire. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to see what it sees in you.”
― Jen SinceroYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

 

“You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.”
― Jen SinceroYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

 

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
― Jen SinceroYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

ASSIGNMENT:  journal, affirmations, meditation, yoga, exercise (run, bike, swim)  “Get out of your space and go to a new place”.

Whether is takes 21-days, 30-days, or 90-days to create a habit, I agree it takes that same amount of time to break the habit.  This is your chance to write a new story.  Get real with yourself about habits you can and will admit to, don’t overpromise and underdeliver, or say things like “I’m going to wakeup Mon- Friday at 5 am” if you know that won’t be possible for you.

When you do set these habits, you’ll have to take conscious action, regularly, to push out the old habits, old thought patterns from coming through.

Find YOUR Sparkle Section

Defined as: Sparkle section, Amen corner, biggest raving fans!!

Exercise: For starters, this is your closest person of influence, which for most of you is going to be a significant other (your man).  Then it expands to the next 3-5 people you spend the most time with.  Again, for many of you it’s going to be your coworkers or employees.

The next circle of influence is your networking group, your coffee club, your Bible study group, and the other soccer moms.  But did you realize that you choose this?  You have a choice in your circle of influence and it can have a MAJOR impact on the speed of your growth and the size of your thinking.

Take a quick minute to jot down the top 5 names of the people you spend the most time with in any given week.  Are you surprised by this?  Honest question – do these people help you GROW?  Personally? Professionally? Spiritually?

Harder question – If someone is in your Top 5 but it might be in your best interest to remove them, how can we take the steps to do so?

How do you find new Top 5s?  Put yourself in spaces with Champions.  Put yourself in a room with people on your chicken list….be real, up front, and honest about it. Share your story, tell them WHY you want to be in their circle and how you will do the work to do so.

Removing old Top 5s:  No excuses here!  No back talk, no sneaking backwards, no sleeping with exes. No…but what’s? or what if’s?  These people have served a purpose in your life for a time but they are no longer serving your next purpose.

Mary Kay Ash always told us “The team (consultants) that got you to Director will not get you to your 1st car.  The team that got your 1st car won’t be the same team that earns you a Pink Cadillac.  And the team that earns you the Pink Cadillac won’t be the team that takes you to the (top level of the company) National Sales Director. “

AND THAT’S OK.  Releasing the past (like drawing back an arrow) is the energy, the inertia we need to catapult us forward at light-year pace.

Is your Sparkle section at work different than at home?  I don’t believe so.  As a small business owner, YOU are your brand.  You can’t turn off “who you are” and remain truly authentic and real.  Also, most of us I know are continuously looking for opportunities for the next client, the next mentor or the next opportunistic partnership.  Therefore, our 5 circle needs to flow like our work and life flow together.  I believe you have 1 circle.

Who’s in your corner?

10 Tricks to Becoming the Go-To Person in Your Industry

I get asked this question a lot:  How do you know all this?

The truth is:  I don’t.  I go to all this.

What I mean, is, I SHOW UP.  I attend events, I dive into local happenings, I post about them, I talk about them, somehow people now expect me to be there, it would be weird if I wasn’t there, of course I would “sponsor” and when she shows up…I have a question for her! (BOOM!) (KAPOW!) (Go-To Gal)

How do you become Top-of-Mind, the #1 person to go to in your industry….especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry? Do you have to buy the biggest billboard on your main highway to get noticed?  Is there more than 1 way to do it?  I’m going to show you and guide you through more than 10 ways that you can become the expert.  Although it won’t happen overnight, it can happen VERY quickly.

First Mistake: Do not drop dollars into advertising yet! Quit sponsoring every little Tom, Dick, or Harry that asks you for money for their new sports uniforms.  Besides your neighbor, or competitor (yes, I said it) is still doing this old-school marketing.  Don’t be like them.  Put yourself on a different playing field!

The #1 way to become the go-to person in your industry is through warm referral base and here are my Top 10 Ways to Becoming the Go-To Person in Your Industry (no matter the industry):

Top 10.  (order is irrelevant but the more you do the more you’re the go-to!)

  1. Be the resource for all things community! (all community events)
    This might include but not limited to events in health, fitness, school, park & rec, religious, entertainment, fundraisers, guests, and open mic nights!
  2. Look at the Chamber as your business partner.
    I’m assuming at the least you’re a member but hopefully you join committees, attend all after hours, booths, events they host.
  3. Be accessible!
    Sorry, I know you don’t want to be working 24/7 but then you need to figure out how to be accessible.  Return all calls and emails within 24 hours, if not sooner.  Return all messages on Social Media the same day!
  4. Encourage clients to talk about you!
    Truthfull it doesn’t matter if they’re giving testimonials on your site or if they feature you on theirs….cross-marketing is excellent referral-based business!
  5. Be involved in a minimum of ONE (1) networking or referral group.  If you’re new to the game, join a couple to find your best fit.  Make sure you attend the meetings in a prepared fashion.
  6. Attend local (High School) or collegiate sporting events (always a crowd!)
  7. Join a gym where you talk to people. New concept!?
    Leave your headphones at home; group classes or trainings are the best for meeting people.
  8. Get to know your city officials, city boards, school board, or EDA.  Or all of the above.
  9. Shake hands and ask people their name!  (genius!) Then give a true compliment.  Sounds crazy, I know, but people aren’t doing it.
  10. Be consistent. People like familiar faces.  Repeat actions 1-9 on a weekly basis.

 

Questions?  I’d love to hear more or your thoughts!  Share with me at jessiwendland@gmail.com or better – on Facebook!

Women’s Success Summit

WHAT IS WOMEN’S SUCCESS SUMMIT?

The struggles of the female professional are real. Your business needs you, your family needs you, your community needs you, you need you. It’s a grind, we get it. The American Dream, right? No one feels as pulled as you do, in multiple directions every minute of every day. You’re already working your tail off, being a mom or a wife 24/7, and you’re frustrated not earning the income you know you’re worth or not reaching your full career potential. The madness has to stop and today’s the day.

We’re here to help you capitalize on your full potential and turn challenges into opportunities. In just 1 day, learn how to:

  • Triple Your Revenues
  • Never Run Out of Warm, Solid Leads
  • Create Explosive Revenues
  • Bridge the Generational Gap at Your Workplace
  • Invest in Your Strengths
  • Turn Professional Challenges Into Opportunities

Women’s Success Summit is a full-day success training event that will give you strategies to bring back to your office and implement. This event is designed for the female entrepreneur, the female decision-maker of any company, or the woman who’s been looking for the perfect training to launch her next big adventure.

Thursday, April 6:

8am-9am: Registration & Full Breakfast served

9am: Welcome

930am: Cheryl Glaeser, B – X – Y – Z: Alphabet Soup and Strengths in the Workplace!

12pm: Lunch served by Chef Craig’s Catering

1pm: Jessi Wendland, Strategic Marketing for the Most Efficient Professional

4pm-6pm: Happy Hour (cheers!)

FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION HERE:

https://consciouswealthcreation.leadpages.co/womens-success-summit/

5 Questions Every Skilled Marketer Should Ask

Do my customers ever want to be upsold and weren’t offered the opportunity?

This would be one of the worst ways for your customers to leave your store, your office, or to hang up the phone.  What might be worse than a buyer who isn’t yet your customer?  One that is your customer and doesn’t feel like all his or her needs are met.

Am I always closing the sale?

Not only do we shy away, get scared, panic, freak out, chicken out, back out, sweat it out, forget to ask, babble on, mumble……STOP!  Ask for the sale. (stop talking). Close the deal. (don’t say any more).

Do I always have room for another exceptional salesperson?

YES, YES, YES!  You can never have enough exceptional employees.  The ones that will go in, around, over, and through, and have your back.  Always be hiring these when your paths align.

Am I the go-to resource in my community?

Do people come to you with questions because they KNOW you’ll have the answer?  That means you’re the go-to-gal.  Are you always getting asked to volunteer, chair an event, start something new?  You’re it.  Do people call you with the most random questions, you tell them the answer, and laugh together?  Nailed it.

What is the #1 thing I am great at?

Yes, do that!  Don’t just start counting all of your IPAs (income-producing activities) but rather what are YOU THE BEST AT?  Do that.  Day in, day out, day over. Week in, week out, week over. Month in, Month out….you get it.