5 Daily Activities to Fast Track your Success

The ONE fact that you have to face (sooner than later) is that success is mental. 

In order to reach that new level, accomplish that goal and live the life you’ve been dreaming of– you must mentally prepare.

Last week, I shared 5 things to start doing right away with my mentees and I wanted to share it with you too :

#1 Set daily intentions
Get in the habit of setting a clear intention for what you want to experience each day.. whether it’s “today is going to be a day full of opportunities and surprises” or “today is going to be a refreshing day and I’ll get to relax..” whatever it is what you want for yourself for that day, declare it before the day starts.

#2 Meditate
If you get in the habit of practicing meditation for at least 10 mins when you wake up or before sleep you will start seeing a MAJOR difference in your mood and your manifestations.

#3 Learn something daily
This is a given! In order to become your best self, you have to invest in your intellect. You can read a blog, take a class, attend a webinar, listen to a masterclass, watch an educational video, etc.

#4 Set very specific goals
The more specific you are, the more successful you’ll be. Focus on getting really clear on what you want and what it takes and then create an action plan, 3-5 steps that it’s going to take to make it happen.

#5 Go on a word diet
Think very carefully about what you say about yourself, your expectations and your experience. Doing this is one of the best things you can do for yourself.. you are literally changing your experiences by changing your expectations.


There’s only six months left in 2017 so if you haven’t set out to crush your goals yet, you better get started ASAP!!!! If you’re really ready to put in the WERK that’s required to get what you want, here’s three ways to change your mindset:

Next week, we’re kicking off our Summer Learning Series and it’s totally FREE to sign up. There’s six sessions total, ranging from personal to professional development. Register here.

If you’re looking for more one-on-one support and small group accountability, the Inner Circle may be for you. I’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into building this community. Check out the perks here.

Last, but not least– WERKPraySlay will be here before you know it! This is the ultimate weekend for women who are ready to win! Get details + a weekend pass here.

xoxo

Episode 20: Ahyiana Angel Confesses

Welcome to Confessions of a WERKaholic where we share the untold success secrets of fearless female bosses! One major life changing lesson I’ve learned on my Entrepreneurial journey is that the real power, the true leverage is in people. We learn from one another, we support one another and most importantly, we connect one another. My goal is to always learn at least one lesson from everyone I come in contact with because our connection was no accident. So, in this series I’m sharing wisdom and knowledge through the experience of WERKing women I’m blessed to know.

She’s the Chief Encouragement Officer of Life According to Her, Creator and Serial Entrepreneur. Listen in as she shares her success secrets and find out the biggest lesson she learned through solo travel. In episode 20, she shares the ONE thing you must master in order to sustain success.

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Episode 19: Arian Simone Confesses

Welcome to Confessions of a WERKaholic where we share the untold success secrets of fearless female bosses! One major life changing lesson I’ve learned on my Entrepreneurial journey is that the real power, the true leverage is in people. We learn from one another, we support one another and most importantly, we connect one another. My goal is to always learn at least one lesson from everyone I come in contact with because our connection was no accident. So, in this series I’m sharing wisdom and knowledge through the experience of WERKing women I’m blessed to know.

Arian Simone is a Celebrity Publicist, Author and Creator of FEARLESS Magazine and she has quite the story to share! In this episode, she’s keeping it realer than real and sharing how she went from homeless to hollywood! Prepare to be inspired!!!

 

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9 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known about Cuba


 

Soooo after watching my recap of Cuba, whatcha thinking? Looks great right? Looks like I had tons of fun, like the time of my life, right? Nah.

Before traveling to Cuba, I saw photos and videos just like this and I thought the same thing: wow! Cuba looks like fun.. I want to check it out. And instead of doing some real research, asking the right questions and gathering my own info, I bought a ticket and booked an airbnb. 

My trip was solely based on the perception I had from other people’s photos… But the expensive lesson I learned is just because everyone else “appeared” to have a great time, it doesn’t mean my experience would be the same.

So before booking your flight, consider these 9 things I wish someone would’ve told me before going to Cuba:

1. There is a language barrier

I mean for real for real… I’ve been to several spanish speaking countries and been able to hang (with just my high school spanish vocabulary) but in Cuba? Nah. I’m not sure if they are speaking some sort of spanish code, but I couldn’t understand a damn word. So unless you’re fluent in spanish or have a hispanic homegirl traveling with you, expect to NOT be able to communicate. 
2. Stay in Vedado not Havana

The biggest mistake we made was staying in Havana… We were SO far away from everything that we had to take taxis everywhere every time we left the house. Vedado, on the other hand, is in the busy bustling part of town and you can easily walk to restaurants, hotels, etc.
3. Expensive AF

Would you believe that the dollar is actually worth less in Cuba? What sense does that make?! 100 dollars is only worth 87 cucs. Not only is the dollar worth less, but everything is extra expensive. So in essence, you’re overpaying for their old ish. You are absolutely NOT going to get what you paid for. We literally paid $100 each to go to the beach for one day, spent at least $50-60/day in taxis alone and the dinner shows are $100 on average. [The ONLY thing that was cheap was the food + drinks.]
4. They are stuck in the 50’s – this is an actual photo of a store.. in 2017

Everything is old.. the cars, the homes, the buildings…errythang! Now, I knew I wouldn’t have 24/7 access to the internet but I had no clue that it would be virtually non-existent. Cuba literally just got the internet 2 years ago and cell phones 9 months ago, they have not caught up with the times yet. They have “wifi parks” and “wifi cards” but it’s not widespread at all. The city literally looks like they haven’t built anything or grown at all since their revolutionary war.
5. Bring extra toilet tissue

Toilet tissue is a hot commodity in Cuba… so much so that our flight attendant gave us a few extra rolls to survive. Some of the restaurants don’t even have running water… imagine that.
6. Currency exchange before you get here

Exchanging money is a hassle and NOBODY accepts cash. Do yourself a favor and exchange in the airport before you leave the U.S. Credit cards are also a HELL NO so be sure to bring lots of cash… (we met a couple from NYC who had to call home for money TWICE in one week.)
7. Hotels are clutch (tours/English)

We chose to ball on a budget by staying at an airbnb for $55/night. If you can afford to stay in a hotel, do it! The one we priced was $580/night (ridiculous) BUT at least you have access to their English speaking staff… we literally went to the closest hotel every day for help. 
8. The closest beach isn’t close at all

You would think Cuba is like this tropical, beachy place right? WRONG. The closest beach was 30 mins away and the nice beach was 2 hours away. 
9. Before you go…

Before leaving the U.S. we had to purchase a visa for $75 at the airport + be sure to know your reason for traveling since we’re technically not allowed to go as tourists. You may be quizzed at the airport [we said educational purposes]

My verdict for Cuba:

The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t base your decisions on the perception of other people. Ask the right question, do your own research and don’t believe everything you see on IG. My biggest advice is to just give them time to catch up with the times…wait at least 5 years before taking the trip unless you’re a history buff and want to experience staying in the sticks. Just take your coins to an exotic destination and enjoy a resort (that’s where I’ll be!)

P.S. Here is a second opinion on Cuba from my favorite travel blogger, Rachel. WHYYYYY didn’t I find this before I went??! smh.

Episode 18: Kemetria Lilly Confesses

Welcome to Confessions of a WERKaholic where we share the untold success secrets of fearless female bosses! One major life changing lesson I’ve learned on my Entrepreneurial journey is that the real power, the true leverage is in people. We learn from one another, we support one another and most importantly, we connect one another. My goal is to always learn at least one lesson from everyone I come in contact with because our connection was no accident. So, in this series I’m sharing wisdom and knowledge through the experience of WERKing women I’m blessed to know.

Kemetria Lilly is the Creator of Lilly’s Kloset (one of my absolute FAVORITE online boutiques!) In this episode, we’re talking marketing, branding and all things fashion! Find out how she managed to make her business profitable in just six months!

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Episode 17: Marsha Barnes Confesses

Welcome to Confessions of a WERKaholic where we share the untold success secrets of fearless female bosses! One major life changing lesson I’ve learned on my Entrepreneurial journey is that the real power, the true leverage is in people. We learn from one another, we support one another and most importantly, we connect one another. My goal is to always learn at least one lesson from everyone I come in contact with because our connection was no accident. So, in this series I’m sharing wisdom and knowledge through the experience of WERKing women I’m blessed to know.

Marsha Barnes is the CEO of The Finance Bar— a personal finance suite and mobile hub bridging the gap between individuals and financial wellness. In this episode, we’re talking basic money principles to live by, the real deal with bankruptcy, credit vs cash and so much more!

The ONE decision that could change your life

There’s ONE decision you must make if you’re going to be successful…

ONE choice I had to make that totally changed my circumstances…

ONE thing I had to do in order to make my dreams come true…

Find out what I did and how you can do it too…

The one thing that changed the direction of my life was deciding to choose my dreams over everything else. No matter what I came up against or who got in my way– I was willing to choose my dreams every step of the way.

When things fell apart, I didn’t waste time whining about it…I worked hard as hell to put them back together.

When people said my ideas were crazy, I kept on creating because I had faith that I was on the right path.

When I went broke, I didn’t let it defeat me because I knew my dreams coming true depended on my determination.

The one decision that you must make right here right now is to choose you over everything. Your dreams depend on it. Your happiness depends on it. Your life depends on it.

Even when you don’t know how you’re going to make it happen.
Even when you don’t think you have what it takes.
Even when people say it will never work.

YOU have to choose you. Your faith in yourself is what will fuel you.

It’s so much more than just having a business idea though, much more than just building a website or writing a book. Your success comes down to your mindset, it comes down to your surroundings and your belief in yourself.

One of the main reasons I even started mentoring other entrepreneurs is because I know the importance of keeping your mind right so you can get your business together. So many people want to know “how” it’s done, but they don’t realize it starts with the decision to get it done.

Success is mental and the moment you decide that you deserve what you’ve been dreaming of, you’ll get that ass to WERK.

 

xoxo

3 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known about Business

If I had known these three things when I started my first business 14 years ago (I can’t believe that was 14 years go!) I might just be Oprah right now…. but, my hard-headed self had to learn these things the hard way so that you don’t have to.

#1 Less is more
Y’all know me, I do it ALL. Until now…

In the past, I’ve made the mistake of trying to do everything at the same time, by myself. That led to a lot of money and time wasted and a whole lot of frustration. When I should’ve spent time discovering what I really wanted to spend my time doing. {This is why I totally revamped my website and eliminated a bunch of services} This year, I was able to triple my first quarter sales, doing only half the work I typically do. 

#2 Partnerships can be extremely profitable
Up until a few years ago, I really had the mentality that I had to do it all and do it all ALONE. That was extremely stressful. What I’ve since realized is that partnerships allow you to share resources + responsibility and typically lead to more profits. This year, I’m excited to partner with one of my favorite guys for some exciting events – details coming soon.

#3 Your influences affect your income
Boy oh boy, this was a tough lesson to learn. Trying to involve all of my friends in my business was a big mistake. It wasn’t until I started surrounding myself with like-minded people who were moving in the same direction as me, then things started to shift. It’s so funny that so many of us have to learn this lesson the hard way. – in my latest podcast episode, Stacey Ferguson shares her story of having to learn the same lesson when she created Blogalicious years ago [listen here]

Hopefully sharing some of the things I’ve gone through (and learned from) will save you time, money, energy and keep you from stressing yourself out.

One thing you should also consider is getting an accountability partner and mentor (me!) who can provide feedback for your ideas and strategies for success.  Find out how I can help.

 

 

xoxo

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Episode 16: Stacey Ferguson Confesses

Welcome to Confessions of a WERKaholic where we share the untold success secrets of fearless female bosses! One major life changing lesson I’ve learned on my Entrepreneurial journey is that the real power, the true leverage is in people. We learn from one another, we support one another and most importantly, we connect one another. My goal is to always learn at least one lesson from everyone I come in contact with because our connection was no accident. So, in this series I’m sharing wisdom and knowledge through the experience of WERKing women I’m blessed to know.

Stacey Ferguson is the Chief Empowerment Officer of Blogalicious- a community and conference for influencers of color. In this episode, she shares how she was able to walk away from her career practicing law to follow her passion. Plus, find out how she balances business, love and motherhood.

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How I Made 56K in 3 Months

Yes, you read that right.

The girl who made $32,000/year teaching just brought in more than my annual salary in just the first quarter of the year.

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When I pulled my income reports and calculated how much I’d made, I actually shocked myself. 

 

 

 

 

What’s even crazier is that I’m actually doing less work now than I was then…hell, I’m doing less work now than I was just last year.

2016 was hard work, I was traveling to a new city every single month for my book tour but even though I was busy, I wasn’t “balling.” LOL. As much money as I made traveling the country, I spent just as much re-investing in my brand. And at the end of the day, I pretty much broke even.

Although the book tour was something I dreamed about doing, I was tired as hell by the end. So, I decided to do things differently for 2017. Even though I released my second book, I decided against a tour. I knew that if I worked smarter this year, I could still impact women but with less effort.

So, how did I manage to make 56K in just 3 months?

#1 Eliminate distractions

The one question everyone wanted to ask me this year was: “Are you doing another to?” and my answer was “nah.” I’ve already proven to myself I could make that happen. This year I was very intentional about what I wanted to spend my time doing. I decided at the end of last year that my goal for 2017 would be to help as many women get closer to their goals as possible. In order to do this, I literally had to dedicate myself to their dreams. I had to eliminate any and everything that was distracting me from that goal. I “trimmed the fat” and stopped doing anything that no longer served a purpose in my life. It was really important for me to stop trying to do what “everybody else” wanted me to do and focus on what I’m meant to do. This planner really helped me to prioritize my time.

#2 Delegate

This is one of the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…literally giving over control of my baby (my brand) to someone else is hard as hell. But in order to transition from self-employed to business owner, there were tons of tasks that I had to let go of. True leadership comes down to your ability to delegate and in order to scale my business, I had to put systems in place.

#3 Offer Value

The bulk of my income this year has come from two projects: The Inner Circle and #BusyAtTheBeach. The Inner Circle is an professional mentoring program for women who want more out of life…whether it’s more happiness, more money or more positivity– my support group for success has been a major hit. Women from all over the country come together as accountability partners and I provide practical resources and masterclasses to help them achieve their goals. One thing I think my mentees love the most is their direct access to me. I can literally save them time, money and frustration by sharing my lessons learned. This month, for example, we’re focusing on how to make sales…I’m literally sharing the exact principles I use to make thousands of dollars from my digital brand.

#BusyAtTheBeach on the other hand is a girls getaway with one mission: to empower women to play as hard as they WERK! For hard working women who have dedicated their lives to building their dreams, the trip is an opportunity to celebrate their success. So, it’s no surprise that over 60 women have reserved spots for Cabo. So next year, I’m adding even more destinations to the list! By offering unique and VALUABLE programs, my audience has grown to trust me. They see my passion for what I provide and are eager to learn and grow with me.


In order to live a life that you love and create limitless income, you have to get clear on your calling. If you every find yourself feeling stuck, ask yourself:

Am I passionate about what I’m doing?

Am I solving a problem?

Am I answering a need?

Am I offering value?

Am I using my time and talents wisely?

Back when I was doing everything for everyone, confusion about my calling really started to cost me. It cost me time. It cost me money. It cost me energy.

My Q2 goal for you is to WERK smarter, not harder! {Find out how I can help keep you accountable and get to the coins.}

 

 

xoxo