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,
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.
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!
“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.
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)