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Awakening: I awakened early this morning with my heart and mind filled with the chaos that is taking place in America. After spending an hour in meditation; I still could not go back to sleep. I was guided to share some thoughts and I immediately followed God’s instruction. I don’t know where this is going or what your take on this message will be but please know that it is coming from Love not Hate. My heart hurts for all of us who are working to be a part of the solution and working to understand this chaos; the loss of values, morals, manners, respect and connection with people; loss of self.
America’s people are in the throes of an Awakening! There have been marches and protests over the years for a variety of causes; however, during the month of January 2017 the hundreds and thousands have now become millions of people who have declared their stance and distress over the new administration, new policies and new realities. Over the last two weeks there has been a tidal wave of peaceful and issues-driven marches for different causes; including the Women’s March on Washington, the March for Life, the Muslim an protests and more. People in countries around the world are also marching in solidarity with U.S. marchers and making known their voices about the new administration and its policies. These outcries of social dissent did not just happen; they arrived on the heels of years of anger, outrage, hurt and sorrow. The American people are filled with hurt, anger, grave loss and lack of emotional security; lack of security and trust in our government; lack of job security, housing security, financial security, education security and dashed hopes for the future. This lack of security felt even by those who were once part of the top 3% resulting from our 2008 financial crash from which many people have still not recovered which led to the Occupy Movement.
Let us be cognizant of our Black Americans whose mistrust and distrust of a system that has allowed and condoned the beatings and killings of Black Americans by those who were hired to protect the public; a system that has tried to put down the resulting Black Lives Matter movement. Hmmm, why is it that despite the numerous movements by other racial groups throughout this country; there has been a consistent and concerted effort to dismiss and demonize any movement or organization by Black people? We already know all lives matter; however, the issue is that Black Lives are not being Shown to Matter. Once again it’s the cover up; sweep it under the rug; racism does not exist. Many Americans who have been lulled into thinking racism does not exist, do not understand the riots which were the by-product of explosive emotional release fueled by racial hatred which has been simmering and overlooked, ignored and covered up by the media, politicians and masses over the years. Many of the younger generation are ill prepared for this having lived in “La La Land” due to their ignorance of what many of us know has been happening all along – racism is alive and well and is rearing its ugly head and roaring loudly. Now; however, they too; the younger generation are Awakening! Perhaps now in light of the Awakening, people are seeing through the veil; pulling it down and shedding light on it.
Americans are still reeling from school bombings, the 911 bombings, the 2013 Boston marathon bombings; the continued bomb threats not just from those outside of the U.S. but those who reside and are born and raised here in America and who are not Muslim. We are seeing strange crimes being committed; people walking around knifing strangers, pushing people on to train tracks; increased home break-ins; people wearing masks and inciting fear amongst the populace; youth walking up to strangers and punching them and inflicting major damage; anti-feminism, sex-trade, anti-antisemitic crimes; church shootings, church break-ins and thefts, the list goes on and on. With so many hate-fueled actions; one may feel we are living in a world of insanity perpetrated by those who have not been declared insane. What is happening?!!
The good news is the Awakening is permeating and progressing rapidly through the population. Finally, people are waking up. People are looking for positive ways to be heard and listened to; to promote change in our public policies and laws, legislators and systems. There is a lot to change and it takes time; we must remain vigilant and active.
America, as always is being watched by the world. How will we respond? America – the land of the free??? Really, since when? Can America live up to the lyrics of its National Anthem – “Land of the free and the home of the brave”; including all of the diverse racial populations that make up America today? This Awakening cannot and must not be momentary but rather long-standing. We can no longer run, hide or bury our heads in the sand. We must each do our part, no matter how small it may seem to us; the ripple effect will create a mighty shift! What can each of us do to facilitate change for the betterment of ourselves, our neighbors, our society?
While we pray we must take action. While we meditate we must take action. While we pursue our purpose we must use our gifts and talents to take actions that will create an eventual course correction. We can no longer afford to let up; we must be diligent in keeping our legislators and politicians accountable to all of the people of this land. We must keep the light of faith, hope, charity, love, peace, creativity, activism, focus, attention, intention, vision, vigilance…… burning without ceasing.
The light in me bows to and honors the light in you, Namaste.
During the months of December 2015 and January 2016 there appeared to be a slump in activity. Business owners you know what I mean. You’ve been putting in the time and action; however, there doesn’t appear to be any progress. Appearances are deceiving. We must continue to push through, do the work, and sometimes, get still. It was a combination of both for me mainly because I recognize that my mind, body and spirit were calling for prayer, planning, organizing, and REST! Late Fall and Winter are challenging seasons for me, I’m a hot weather woman. In fact, I was told that Winter is the time of year that humans just like animals need to rest and rejuvenate (hibernate). Now that doesn’t mean we stop working; however, if we listen to our bodies, we will know what works best for us. I willed myself to continue to work and stay focused; however, I took down the intensity and reminded myself to stay faithful. Years ago in training we were taught, it’s not our business to know the how; continue to do the work we know and allow God to take the reigns. Always holding on to this thought I was reminded that the Word tells us the following:
Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
So what’s this all about Stephanie you may ask? What’s your point? Well, much to my surprise several Speaker invitations began flowing to me in January and February. Note: I haven’t yet begun to implement my “all out massive action” marketing plan.
- On February 24, 2016 I’m moderating a program for the Morris County NAACP.
- I just signed a contract this week to speak on March 10th for the NY/NJ Chapter of the National Sales Network. Pfizer is hosting the program at their World HQ in NY. Topic:My book – “Dating Your Business Prospect”.
There are other opportunities that I will share once they are finalized. The work from not just the past two years since I returned full-time to my business; but apparently, what I’ve done over 30+ years is beginning to bear fruit. The preparation, marketing, practice, staying on purpose, investment in myself and the business, constant intention and attention to God’s purpose for my life and practicing patience by waiting for the right opportunities to arrive is paying off.
Yes, you shall get weary; it’s part of the journey of growing a successful business over time. Continue working and learning and activating the lessons until you attain your business goals. There will always be new goals; it’s the only way you grow. It’s not when you get there but that you arrive at the destination. Alas, I’ve heard it said the only way to lose is to quit! Remember, Galations 6:9 -Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.
– Recovering perfectionist, procrastinator, control freak who works and plays with purpose and passion.
– A graduate of Rutgers University, Stephanie D. Burroughs is a yoga practitioner, business owner, spirit fueled, conscious living, purpose driven and intentional woman. Stephanie is married and lives in New Jersey.
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This is a great time of the year to mix, mingle and intentionally network with new people. There have been a great many holiday receptions, Toys for Tots parties, awards breakfasts, luncheons, dinners and the like. Have you taken the time to get out, get seen, get known? How are you promoting your brand? How do people get to know who you are and what you do. After all, people do business with people they know, like and trust.
Plan your 2016 outreach/networking/marketing strategies and start booking your calendar now to attend conferences, workshops, seminars, receptions, business breakfasts, luncheons and dinners. Sure there are plenty of webinars and hangouts (stay tuned for the same from StephanieSpeaking LLC) however; there is nothing as memorable and impactful as being “belly to belly” with someone. Intent on growing your business in 2016 remember, shaking hands, eye contact, smiles, exchanging your “elevator invitation”, purposeful quick conversations, sharing information and referrals, exchanging business cards, inputting the card information into your CRM and immediate follow up with a call or email. Oh, there is more to this than meets the eye, get the details in my audio book – “Dating Your Business Prospect” . BE SURE TO VISIT MY WEBSITE!
I’ve heard too many people say no one has believed in them. Those closest to them have shot down their dreams and goals. I now realize how blessed I’ve been. While I’ve had some serious back-stabbers, I realize they were put in place to teach me some lessons and oh yes, to grow me! I am however, very grateful and thankful that the majority of people in my sphere of influence have always been encouraging, supportive and uplifting. Many have seen my greatness and potential even when I didn’t. They have not expressed doubt about my ambitions, vision, and goals and have sought to help me along the way. Hmm, perhaps it’s because I didn’t ask for permission. I didn’t talk about my plans, vision, mission, goals to just anyone; in fact I was very particular with whom I shared them. Instead I work my plan, stay focused on Who and Whose I am, know my purpose; and monitor my thoughts, speech and efforts to ensure that I am working in and on my purpose.
When I need strength or encouragement I go first to my Savior; yes, we have a running conversation throughout the day. Why, because I know that in my own flesh, I’m a hot mess. I look inward and see who I am and His power in me. Yes, I do have to periodically smack myself back into play when I veer into the “funk”. I dig into my GRIT Factor and get back on track. I have my bag of Self-Inspiration Tools that keep me focused, present, joyful and living a heart-centered life. Since I am my own worst critic, any negative feedback from others really has no merit and hits a brick wall. Living the Law of Detachment (Deepak Chopra) makes it very easy for me to let go of people, places and things that are not beneficial or positive or serving the greater good. It requires constant monitoring and practice; belief and faith and continual personal growth. That’s right it takes work; it doesn’t just happen. Perhaps, that’s why I’ve been fortunate to have such great people in my sphere of influence. Or perhaps it’s because I attract people with like spirits.
Who are you attracting? If the people in your Sphere are not supportive, encouraging and uplifting; what are you doing to change that? Where do you begin? What Self-inspiration tools do you use. That’s right – Self; I believe it all begins with the inner person; look to the strength already within you and commit to change and be at ease with not fitting into the mold. Dare to be different!
These days I’m witnessing that the more I work on living a heart-centered life (not something that’s come easily to me by the way); the more wonders are being revealed to me.
This new life-phase is sometimes amazing, confusing, uncertain, exciting, daunting and more. You too can choose to begin a new life phase whenever you decide to do so. Don’t wait until you think you are ready – you will never be ready. Yes, we have certain skills and knowledge acquired from our past walk; however, the new journey brings unknown challenges and opportunities into our path. How can one be ready for that? Just feel the fear and press forward anyway – that’s the Faith walk.
Oh well, that’s my “POV” for today.
Stephanie D. Burroughs
Inspirational Speaker | Business Trainer | Navigator
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