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An 8-Step Blueprint to Success

This morning, my soul was touched by Neo Souljah, who was the guest speaker on our TOTALPackage™ Weekly Women’s forum. She was asked by her very good sister-friend and TOTALPackage™ Co-Founder, Dyuanna, to join us to share her success journey with our listeners. As with all facets of my life, I decided to remove all distractions, open my heart drive and allow her words to flow through me. In turn, I delightfully recognized that she was revealing the blueprint to success.

Now, I’m not going to share her story, you will need to listen to the playback of the call to get that *grin* BUT I am going to share an 8-Step Blueprint to Success, inspired by Neo Souljah. (Neo, when I met you six years ago in Cleveland and I heard you spit those lyrics, I knew I was looking at a superstar. Congrats on your success and thank you for being an inspiration to many!)

1. TRIALS Every success I’ve had came with a big NO in front of it and I had to overcome that. ~ Neo Souljah
It is well known that 99% of us endure some kind of trial or trials as we grow into adulthood.  Whether it’s an abusive relationship, living a life of lack, low self-esteem… the list goes on and on. This first step to success is the foundation of success. It allows us to always remember where we came from, learn & grow from those experiences, and remain humbled by them.

2. DECISIONS ~ You either believe in God or not, there is no in between. ~ Neo Souljah
Within each of us lies our Divine Purpose that we have been programmed to fulfill, but it will never come to pass until one decides to take action…to choose victory over defeat…to embrace that Higher Force that can deliver us from the trials. Once this decision is made, you will notice a paradigm shift, as one of my mentors, Simon T. Bailey, calls it — the Vuja De moment. It’s the realization that you have the power to co-create your reality.

3. OPPORTUNITIES ~ I was offered a spot that I wasn’t supposed to have. ~ Neo Souljah
Every single human being is faced with many opportunities every single day. There are those who allow fear to prevent them from recognizing opportunities, then there are those who made the decision to Choose Life and are empowered to recognize them and embrace them.

4. OBSTACLES ~ Anything that God has called you to do, will bring much opposition. This allows you to rely on Him and take action in spite of…  ~ Neo Souljah
Now you didn’t think this was going to be easy did you? There are going to be many, many obstacles on our journey to success. Obstacles are necessary to test our fortitude. Quite frankly, they are only seen as obstacles by those who succumb to fear. For those who Choose Life, they are seen as the stepping stones of success.

5. SUPPORT God can put one person into your life that can shift your destiny…IF you allow them to. ~ Neo Souljah
It is critical to surround ourselves with people who have our best interest at heart. As Neo stated, our “Ride or Die” crew.  These are the ones who will build us up rather than tear us down. The ones who will inspire us rather than drain us. These are the ones who will tell you what you need to hear in order to push through the obstacles on our journey to success. The ones who will push your to be the best you that you are designed to be.

6. MIRACLES ~ I don’t know how it happened, but the next thing I knew
When we make the decision to push through any and every obstacle that comes our way, it is a display of faith. Faith that whatever we desire to happen WILL happen. That’s when everything falls into place. When it seems like doors open without you touching them.

7. STRESS TESTS ~ The very ones who say GO GO GO will turn around and try to trip you up as you GO.  ~ Neo Souljah
Everything’s going well, opportunities seem to be falling into your lap, then BOOM! An earth-shaking series of events will occur that will shake most to the core. The biggest success blockers will surface when you least expect it and many times from sources that you thought were “on your side”. I call them the Dream Stealers.  This is where our faith is truly tested because these are the people that we must learn how to love but let go in order to pursue and fulfill our Purpose.

8. RESOLVE ~ If you know in your heart “THIS is what I’m supposed to do” DO IT regardless of what others say or what comes your way. ~ Neo Souljah
The stress tests will simply confirm for you that you are on the right path. You immediately recognize that the most beautiful gems are created through intense pressure. You recognize that success is the journey not the destination. You recognize that success is a mindset.


These are the steps that I gleaned from Neo Souljah’s journey, there is so much more that can be shared but I prefer for you to listen to the playback of this morning’s call and glean the nuggets that are there for YOU to hear right now at YOUR right time.

Please be sure to share your thoughts below. I’d love to get your feedback.

Love, Light & Success,
CLB

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You’re Invited » “Vuja De – Shift Your Thinking & Accelerate Your Results”

Backstory
I had the awesome pleasure of learning about Mr. Simon T. Bailey via a very good friend who shared with me three mp3s of various interviews. His message had such an impact on me that I took it upon myself to connect with Simon in person and hear him speak in Washington DC. We also had the pleasure of having him as a guest speaker on the TOTALPackage™ Women’s Network Saturday morning calls (http://bit.ly/sHrF5D) — and I will tell you this, you will most definitely glean many insightful nuggets from this gentleman. His insights are presented from fresh perspectives and you will walk away with greater clarity on your purpose and how to fulfill it.

You’re Invited
I invite you to join me for an interactive online session with Simon on Thursday, February 23, 2012. You’ll be able to connect face-to-face online and interact with some of the world’s top experts, authors, and speakers in the health and nutrition field. These interactive sessions are all provided free of charge with the aim of fostering a movement of greater health, happiness, and success among people all over the world. So please help spread the word and let more people know about these incredible sessions!

Register for this free webinar at http://www.learnitlive.com/class/1802/Vuja-de-Shift-Your-Thinking-Accelerate-Your-Results

Love & Light!
CLB

Course Description
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” That sage perspective comes from the Father of Modern Physics, Albert Einstein, and offers a practical explanation as to why we need to shift our thinking.

The reality is that anyone and anything that has made an impact or left an undeniable imprint refused to be common. Financial markets are shifting all over the world, industries are being forced to adapt to the “New Normal,” management philosophies are being re-examined for relevancy and organizations are being forced to reset, reignite and shift.

Best practices must move over and give way to what are the best ideas. If you practice the way everyone else practices that doesn’t mean you are going to get the same results. You deny yourself and your business from discovering how to fail forward.

In one of Simon’s favorite programs, you will be invited to open your minds, roll up your sleeves, and engage your mind. You will be immersed into exercises that will become your action plan to ensure that the learning conversation lives on.

Got Pinterest?

The lastest Social Networking phenomenon — though in existence for two years now — is Pinterest! A unique and fun way to network online and share the essence of WHO you are!

As with all the Social Media platforms, when used strategically, Pinterest can serve one well with Social Networking objectives — or you may simply want to use it for planning an event, such as a wedding, or for tracking fashion or just simply for plain old FUN!  The old adage of “you get out of it what you put into it” rings true here.

As a Visual Communicator, I believe that because Pinterest is a VISUAL site this is truly why the interest (pun intended) is flying off the charts! We are visual creatures, so now that we have a simple AND social way to express ourselves and share content visually — well, I believe the statements in Pete Cashmore’s (of Mashable.com) CNN post and the statistics shown in this info-graphic can complete my thoughts here.

Geek speak aside, Pinterest totally rocks! I believe Pinterest is a remarkable Social Networking tool & I LOVE it!

BTW, be sure to stop by Dyuanna’s board and CLB’s board to take a peek at the wonderful world of Pinterest! If you’d like a personal invite so you can start pinning, let us know and we’ll send an invite right away!

Love, Light & Success!
CLB

Happy New Year!

Welcome to Flight # 2012.
We are prepared to take off into the New Year.
Please make sure your ATTITUDES and BLESSINGS are secure and locked in; in the upright position.
All self-destructive devices should be turned off at this time.
Should we lose altitude under pressure during this flight, reach up and pull down a prayer.
PRAYERS will automatically be activated by FAITH.
Once your FAITH is fully activated, you can assist other passengers.
There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight.
The Captain has cleared us for take off.
Destination GREATNESS!

Wishing You Abundant Peace, Joy, Love, Health & Prosperity in 2012 and beyond!

Love, Light & Success,
Christine L. Bowen & Dyuanna P. Mebane
www.TPforum.net


TOTALPackage™ Weekly Women’s Forum
Resumes Tomorrow ~ Saturday, January 7 @ 8:00am ET
712-432-0075 (Access Code 333220#)

We will be discussing Section One of “From Crackers to Caviar: A Guide to Personal Development”

We look forward to having you join us!


TOTALPackage™ Book Club » Now Reading… 


From Crackers to Caviar: A Guide to Personal Development 
On Saturday, December 3, we announced the second book of our TOTALPackage™ Book Club, From Crackers to Caviar: A Guide to Personal Development, written by James R. Cooper.

On Saturday, January 7 we will resume our weekly calls starting with a discussion of Section One : Sight. We look forward to having you join us on the call.

About the Book… 
Are you ready to make a personal shift in your life? Have you been writing your vision, but haven’t taken action? If you are ready to make “Your Success Non-Negotiable”? If so, then this is the book for you.

Everyone has the ability to be successful, we simply have to be determined enough to get started and stay the course. Everyone, no matter your profession, trade or ministry has the tools to accomplish any goal. God has placed people, words and resources all around us. When success becomes non-negotiable everything starts to fall into place and becomes obtainable.

Learn how to: Clarify Your Vision • Achieve the Future Promised to You • Celebrate Your Failures • Overcome Distractions • Create the Habits of Success

James provides a powerful, but easy read with hands on activities to overcome obstacles to success. It is full of information to help fertilize the seed the Lord placed deep in you before you were born. These plans have lain dormant for too long. As the Lord told young Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” May the Lord uses this book to help you make your success non-negotiable, to give you, and those who you are assigned to help, a great future. ORDER YOUR COPY »

Season’s Greetings…


As the year comes to a close, we reflect on all we are grateful for.
Our relationship with you is one thing we treasure.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you this year.
We look forward to a fabulous 2012 with you!

Wishing You Abundant Peace, Joy, Love, Health & Prosperity in 2012 and beyond!

Love, Light & Success,
Christine & Dyuanna

TOTALPackage™ Weekly Women’s Forum
Resumes Saturday, January 7 @ 8:00am ET
712-432-0075 (Access Code 333220#)
www.TPforum.net


TOTALPackage™ Book Club » Now Reading… 


From Crackers to Caviar: A Guide to Personal Development 
On Saturday, December 3, we announced the second book of our TOTALPackage™ Book Club, From Crackers to Caviar: A Guide to Personal Development, written by James R. Cooper. Both Mr. Cooper and his wife Regyna joined us on the call to share their insights on living a life of purpose. We invite you to listen to the playback by visiting our call archives.

On Saturday, January 7 we will resume our weekly calls starting with a discussion of Section One : Sight. We look forward to having you join us on the call.

About the Book… 
Are you ready to make a personal shift in your life? Have you been writing your vision, but haven’t taken action? If you are ready to make “Your Success Non-Negotiable”? If so, then this is the book for you.

Everyone has the ability to be successful, we simply have to be determined enough to get started and stay the course. Everyone, no matter your profession, trade or ministry has the tools to accomplish any goal. God has placed people, words and resources all around us. When success becomes non-negotiable everything starts to fall into place and becomes obtainable.

Learn how to: Clarify Your Vision • Achieve the Future Promised to You • Celebrate Your Failures • Overcome Distractions • Create the Habits of Success

James provides a powerful, but easy read with hands on activities to overcome obstacles to success. It is full of information to help fertilize the seed the Lord placed deep in you before you were born. These plans have lain dormant for too long. As the Lord told young Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” May the Lord uses this book to help you make your success non-negotiable, to give you, and those who you are assigned to help, a great future. ORDER YOUR COPY »

#TPforum Book #2 » “From Crackers to Caviar – A Guide to Personal Development”

Ladies!!! We are in for a treat this Saturday, December 3 @ 8am ET! Join us on the TOTALPackage™ Weekly Women’s Forum to hear from a truly inspired couple — Pastors James Cooper & Regyna Cooper!

This call will be the kick-off for Book #2 of the TOTALPackage™ Book Club » From Crackers to Caviar – A Guide to Personal Development, written by James R. Cooper.


About James R. Cooper
James R. CooperJames R. Cooper is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Maxser Consulting Group, LLC and Pastor of Restoration International Christian Ministries. Originally from Long Island, NY, James lives in Maryland with his wife Regyna and their son Andrew.

James’ professional journey began with the privilege of serving in the US Air Force as a Security Policeman and Military Working Dog Handler. While serving in the military, James was called to special assignments. James provided dignitary support for foreign leaders and heads of state, including President Ronald Reagan, Vice President George Bush, and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. The highlight of James’ military career was providing dignitary sup­port for the United Nations 40th anniversary. Foreign leaders from around the world were in attendance. With his military tour ending, and a burning desire to compete in the ‘real’ world, James found himself in California starting over in the private sector.

Transitioning from the military back to the civilian world, tests both your commitment, adaptability and resolve. An unexpected encounter lead to a position as a security officer, and his corporate climb. God used that position as the door that has allowed James to manage mul­timillion dollar budget portfolios for several Fortune 500 corporations in a number of varying operational roles. While living in Charlotte, NC a new opportunity offered itself, in the IT field. With a seed planted by his father when he was a young boy, James knew there was more to learn and experience. With a change of direction and reduction in pay, he pressed into the new field and excelled to the point where he lead multimillion dollar projects as a Project/Program Manager.

With a drive instilled in him from his youth, to own his own busi­ness, James has successfully launched 2 organizations. With all of his professional success, the road he was about to travel was the greatest of his life.

Knowing there was more for him to do, James was called to lead and teach uncommon leaders. This seemed difficult to imagine, but when God ordains a thing, it is done. With much prayer, worship and fasting, Restoration International Christian Ministries was launched in 2010. All the doors that God has opened, has given James the oppor­tunities to share his message of success, both at home and abroad, and has uniquely equipped him as he assists organizations and indi­viduals to break through barriers to and their success.


We look forward to having you join us!

TOTALPackage™ Weekly Women’s Forum
Saturday, December 3 @ 8am ET
712-432-0075 (pin 333220#)

Reflecting on the beginning of a friendship….

I was up very early today before anyone began to stir in the house.  After prayer and giving thanks, my thoughts settled on my best friend, sister, soulmate Christine.  I smiled as I thought about how grateful I am to have her in my life and what God is allowing us to do together.  I thought it might be nice to share a previous blog post from last year with you all. This is my way of celebrating my friendship with Christine.

A soulmate or soul mate is a person with whom one has a feeling of deep and natural affinity, love, intimacy, spirituality and/or compatibility.  (Continue reading)

Next Saturday on the TPforum – Simon T. Bailey

We are pleased to announce our next featured guest speaker for the TPforum, Mr. Simon T. Bailey! Join us on Saturday, November 19 @ 8am ET to hear from one of the brightest speakers of our time!

ABOUT SIMON
Voted the best keynote speaker ever heard or used by the readers of Meetings and Conventions magazine, Simon T. Bailey is a compelling instigator who enriches people’s lives by encouraging them to create the destiny they want.

He does this by illuminating and then magnifying the brilliance inherent in everyone through his positively contagious energy and enthusiasm.

His transformational insights, delivered with compassion and humor, connect viscerally with audiences; and have earned Simon recognition as one of the Top 25 Speakers Shaping the Speaking Profession.

Since leaving the Walt Disney Company and discovering his vocation eight years ago, Simon has worked with three hundred of the Fortune 1000 and written 6 books, one of which, Release Your Brilliance, was voted #17 of the top 100 books being read by corporate America.

A repeat speaker at Microsoft, Dell, and Society of Human Resource Management, Simon is also the founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc., a consulting and educational think tank.

Somehow he still finds time to write columns for Prestige Magazine, London UK and Destiny Magazine, South Africa. Simon’s seventh book will be published in 2011.

We look forward to having you join us!

TOTALPackage™ Weekly Women’s Forum
Saturday, November 19 @ 8am ET
712-432-0075 (pin 333220#)

The Sixth Phases of Faith

God takes our belief, and he blesses us through it, and that makes life a great adventure. It is critical that we cooperate with God as he builds faith within us.

Here are the six phases of faith God always takes our dreams through.

Phase 1 – Dream: Do I have a dream planted in me by God? If you don’t have a dream, start praying, “God give me your dream.”

Phase 2 – Decision: Do I need to make a faith-decision that will help that dream become a reality? Some of you have a dream from God, but you haven’t made a decision to follow it.

Phase 3 – Delay: What has caused my dream to be delayed? If your prayer hasn’t been answered, that’s okay. It just means you’re in God’s waiting room.

Phase 4 – Difficulty: What difficulties have I faced waiting for the dream to be fulfilled? You are being tested, but it’s not going to be the last time. You’ll go through many, many tests as you follow your God-given dream.

Phase 5 – Dead End: Have I come to a dead end yet? Some of you are there ready to give up. But the truth is – you’re right where God wants you. You’re getting prepared for deliverance.

Phase 6 – Deliverance: Do I expect and trust God to deliver me? “According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29 NIV) God is faithful. What he tells us to do, he will do.

You go through the faith-phases of Dream, Decision, Delay, Difficulty, and Dead End … and then comes Deliverance.

Rick Warren (via YouVersion.com)

Welcome!

The TOTALPackage Women’s Network™ is designed to serve us all in Taking Ourselves To Another Level by consistently cultivating a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Our vision for this network is to create a movement that Empowers Women to Discover, Embrace and Amplify Their Authentic Power!

In our journey to become better, we must come together! A key component to growth and success is collaboration! We each have experiences to share that will inspire us all to learn, grow and take action in moving forward with pursuing our true passion and purpose in life.

Our desire is to create a space that is authentic, enlightening and fun; one that encourages us to support and inspire each other in our journey of developing our own TOTALPackage™.

We invite YOU to join us on this journey by participating in our:
– Online Facebook Community » www.facebook.com/TOTALPackageWomensNetwork
– Weekly Women’s Forum » Saturday Mornings @ 8am ET 712-432-0075 (pin 333220#)

Please feel free to share this movement with the women in your life that you would like to take on your journey to creating your TOTALPackage™!

Love, Light & Success!
Christine L. Bowen & Dyuanna P. Mebane

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