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You’re off the hook! No need to make any resolutions. We know they don’t often work and just make us miserable for a few days while we starve on carrots and hurt from taking up exercise too vigorously. The reason resolutions don’t work is that they’re based on negativity, on thinking about what we don’t want, and, even though we may say we’re focusing on a “healthier body” or business growth, the view is still on the amount of weight or the lack of revenues.
We can continue to be driven by the fear that something we don’t want will happen if we don’t take action, or we can put our energy and focus on our dreams, what we want to create in our lives and our businesses in the new year. The choice: pushed by fear, or driven by passion and mission.
In 2008 when my husband and I were on a safari in Tanzania, we met a young camp manager named Elibariki Shammy. Shammy had just completed his bachelor’s degree and dreamed of graduate school. He originally had a scholarship for a program in the states, but decided to remain in his country while his new wife Stella completed her degree and they enjoyed their first child, Destiny. We have become wonderful friends and I am inspired by his drive and determination.
Against significant odds, Shammy worked extra jobs, and secured the grants and scholarships to complete his dissertation and receive his master’s degree from the university in DAR ES-SALAAM in October. He is now working as the NTBs Project Country Coordinator, with the. Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture & Trademark East Africa.
During his journey he once emailed me this thought: “I think an important capital that young men need the most in these times is a positive mind. There is no way one can excel in this elementary world without having conquered the negativity.”
Now he is putting his energy and vision toward an even bigger dream… He has purchased some land near his family in Arusha, TZ where he plans to raise funds and build a school to help his neighbors afford quality education He shares, “ It could start from nursery school, then primary and finally secondary school. These are just the thoughts in our minds and we are still thinking at how we could go about them. I have come to realize that most of the good things that happen in my life start by a mere thought, this is to say it is hard to have any material thing without first conceiving it in our minds.”
We can learn a lot about powerful intentions from Shammy:
- Overcome negativity, and release or forgive whatever is getting in the way of your moving forward.
- Be grateful for what you have and continue to build from where you are now.
- Have a clear picture in the present tense of what you want.
- Make the dream big enough to include the good for others.
In January, The Inspired Business Center is launching a 21 Day Masterful Intentions Success Process. Our intention is to deliver a cost effective way to explore what we teach. This program is fun, interactive, and easy to follow. Each day for 21 days, you will experience various aspects of the overall Masterful Intentions philosophy. Everything we do will be archived so that you can participate whenever and however best suits your style of interaction. Once the 21 days are complete, you will have immersed yourself in the Masterful Intentions Process and seeing the results!
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Happy Holidays and Blessings for an amazing and prosperous New Year!
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Fans of the Inspired Business Center know that we are “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet.” The basis of our organization is to build a team of professionals and work together to raise the consciousness of everyone involved. Expanding our awareness of new opportunities, perspectives and ways of conducting business are central to the fulfillment of our vision for The Inspired Business Center.
It comes as no surprise that Rev. Marla has recently added a new member to her personal team of spiritually influential people. We would therefore like to introduce you to Rev. Karen Russo and her book The Money Keys. I have had the pleasure of working with Rev. Karen for a bit more than a year now and have been trained as a Money Keys Coach.
Rev. Marla just completed a 21 day immersion program that helped her to gain a new perspective of her money life. Here is what she has to say about the experience, “I used the 21 Day Money Keys Immersion program as an opportunity to do deep inner work about my beliefs and habits. As each day unfolded, I discovered amazing ways in which my prosperity and success were being enhanced and supported and areas where I was playing small. I also looked at some old thoughts that inspiring and life changing “work” can’t also be profitable. When it was time to re-create the vision for my ministry, on day 20, I opened to greater possibilities for my work and my entire financial life. There is absolutely no fear and doubt that the vision will manifest.”
I am sure many of you have heard the adage about how your life will reflect the consciousness of the top 10 or 20 people you surround yourself with. Why wouldn’t you want to spend time around a woman that is an insightful and dynamic teacher? Reverend Karen combines universal spiritual principles and sound financial strategies to guide you toward conscious wealth creation. She is a powerful spiritual abundance mentor, and a sought-after keynote speaker. Karen teaches spiritual money mastery as well as how to be inspired, empowered, and productive in all aspects of life. I am sure you can see why she has had such a powerful influence on Rev. Marla and me.
Having invested a large portion of my time during the past year learning all I can from Rev. Karen I know she brings a unique blend of financial knowledge and spiritual direction to her wealth and consciousness building programs. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and has extensive experience as a corporate trainer, top-selling sales person, and financial services professional. Rev. Karen synthesizes religious ideas, philosophical truths, and scientific principles about how life works. In The Money Keys, she shares distinctive insights from more than 20 years of success in secular and spiritual pursuits.
There is simply no question that Rev. Karen and her programs get results. We would like to invite you take a deeper look at your Spiritual Money Consciousness and explore Rev. Karen’s ministry as well. Simply head on over to her WEBSITE and look around. You will find a wealth of information, resources and opportunities to be more fully engaged in living a financially prosperous and responsible life.
As always we want to remind you that our desire is to fully support you and your business in being a place where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet. Whether you’re looking to expand your money consciousness or learn new ways of being an effective leader, we are here to serve you in professional and emerging ways. Please let us know how we can best support the evolution of your consciousness and your business.
Until next time,
Robert Brzezinski is an expert team member of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems. You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com
Last week we shared an overview of the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship. As we explore each of the 4 pillars during the coming month it may help you to visualize each pillar as having a base which sits upon a foundation and a pinnacle upon which the roof of the structure rests.
Today we will explore the base of the first pillar: Belief and Character two distinct yet complimentary principles. Beliefs are the base building blocks of your life; they form the basis of your outlook and serve in establishing your internal map of reality. Although you might adjust your operations because of current events or other factors beyond your control your beliefs will always serve to shape your character.
How many times have you heard that the success of a restaurant relies on three aspects; location, location, location? This is a common belief system within the restaurant industry and beyond. However I have worked with restaurant owners that have done quite well in spite of what many would consider a poor location. If you ask them about this belief they will tell you it has nothing to do with their success. These successful restaurant owners chose not to believe that their location could adversely impact their business.
In today’s business climate you may hear many things from the media; we are in a recession, we are in a recovery, or we are looking at a double dip recession. Who should you believe? Regardless of which scenario you choose you will begin to, align your business and your operations with the belief you feel is most likely to come true, or is already a reality. The deeper truth is that we contribute our business’ experience of recovery, recession, success or failure based upon the beliefs we opt in to.
Hopefully we aren’t telling you anything you don’t already know. Yet how many of your employees know this simply truth? Do they choose to opt into limiting beliefs without your awareness? Are your manager, suppliers and collaborators subtly, not intentionally, sabotaging your business when they buy into the limiting beliefs.
All these beliefs lead to the development of our character. Simply stated your character is what distinguishes you from others. The question quickly becomes “Do you wish to be known as someone that follows the crowd or someone that blazes their own path”? I often teach that a visionary is one that makes their own way in the world without looking back to see if anyone is following them. How often have you heard people describe someone as a visionary? Your character is the out-picturing, the manifestation of your beliefs. Character serves to shape how others perceive you and whether they will follow you in business, honor your opinions, or even purchase your products or services.
Character serves as the pinnacle of this pillar as it is the higher expression of your foundational beliefs or worldview. It is your character that supports the ceiling of whatever structure you own, operate or manage.
Building a solid and strong business requires not only the 4 pillars of spiritual entrepreneurship but a bedrock foundation as well. This foundation is your form of spiritually, religious or personal faith tradition. Regardless of what label you place upon this aspect of your life the truth remains that you have been building your foundation from a very young age. The joy in this is that you can add to, strengthen and support your foundation through various means. At the Inspired Business Center we do not push any one faith tradition, but rather suggest you strengthen your own involvement with whatever form of spirituality suits you. We know a solid spiritual practice will strengthen your business as well. The beliefs taught and modeled in your place of worship can be an amazing example of how your beliefs create your reality and thus your character and support your business in turn.
Next week we shall continue our exploration of the 4 pillars by looking at how the pillar of Vision and Adaptability support the creating on your rock solid business and how you can engage others in the creation of the business you truly desire.
Robert Brzezinski is a member of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems.
You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com
by: Rev. Marla Riegel
Sustainability is defined as the capacity to endure. Entrepreneurs, executives and their employees have endured a lot in the past 18 months. What has sustained you during the cut backs, downturns and layoffs? What will keep you going during the long recovery process ahead?
Certainly it’s something internal, a higher vision of meaning and purpose derived from making a difference through your organization’s products and services. Take time now to review and re-awaken the company vision and values statements. What do you really stand for? It’s common to worry about how you are treating your customers, but how well are you treating yourself? Are you being honest about how much you or any one person can accomplish? Have you focused your priorities on what really matters when it’s all said and done? What is really driving you and when will you run out of gas?
Victor Frankl, Holocaust Survivor, wrote: ”Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
The reason many resilient bosses and employees are still standing, I believe, is their drive to make a difference, to find meaning and good in a situation. But I sense a danger. Many companies have cut back too far and have put the burden on the loyal staff that remains. I recently saw a company posting that read “It’s important to balance safety concerns with operational needs… employees cannot work more than 24 consecutive hours, 70 hours in 7 consecutive days or more than 11 consecutive days. “ Doesn’t that paint a picture of what’s going on in many organizations today?
It’s not just your employees who are pushing beyond limit, but also you business owners and managers who have had to reduce the staff that supported you.
The question is how do you get back to a sustainable balance? It’s one thing to conserve resources; it’s another to allow your human resources to implode!
A recent LOHAS blog post on consumer behaviors and economic sustainability explained that new dimensions of ROI are now include emotional and social values as well as investment, functionality and cost.
Another report by Rundtland emphasized that sustainability is a three legged stool of people, planet and profit. My concern is with the leg of the stool called “people”. The stool will not stand if the “people” leg is broken.
As a business owner, professional or employee, you can begin to look at your current work practices as “sustainable” or “unsustainable”. Wikopedia was right on and I quote: “For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of being”
1. Step back for perspective. Where have you cut too far in staff, in capital improvements, in vendor support? What is it truly costing? (As you begin to ramp up sales, there needs to be a balance of people to deliver and produce the product.)
2. What would it take to return to meaning and purpose in your organization?
3. How can you begin to reclaim personal balance?
Alan Cohen wrote, “We get in trouble not for what we don’t know, but for what we know and don’t pay attention to.”
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