5 Ways to Dream with Your Eyes Wide Open

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One of the keys to successful living is to be purposeful, intentional and focused on what it is you say you truly want.

In a current virtual training entitled, 13 Days of Power I share 5 Ways to Dream with Your Eyes Wide Open. So many are finding themselves living depressed and unfulfilled lives but I am a fervent believer that we have more control than we give ourselves credit for.

Sure, we may not be able to control what happens to us but we can partake and be responsible for what happens in us. In the midst of hurt we can choose not to be offended. In the midst of divorce/transition we can choose not to be bitter. In the midst of a job layoff we can choose not to be depressed but instead tap into a new level of creativity and turn the current obstacle into an opportunity.

Below are 5 ways you can position yourself to live the life of your dreams:

1. Surround yourself with people who are where you desire to be- Instead of being intimidated be inspired.

2. Change your routine- Study what successful people do: Wake up early, workout, be strategic, guard your time

3. Revisit your vision often- This will keep you motivated, inspired & activated (as well as moving forward)

4. Get a mentor- It is impossible to change your life without a spiritual midwife

5. Create declarations for where you desire to be-Write them in present tense and read them aloud daily.

Join me tomorrow for Day 4 for 13 Days of POWER on Periscope @CarlaRCannon!

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5 Principles Entrepreneurs Must Activate in Their Business

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As a Kingdom Entrepreneur it’s essential to incorporate key principles and core values into your business.

On page 137 in my best selling book, The Entrepreneur Blueprint I define a Kingdom Entrepreneur as the following: “One who has fully committed and submitted both their natural and supernatural gifts to the advancement of the Kingdom of God.” 

One thing I want to ensure is clear is that our gifts are not limited to the four walls of the church. However, all that God has placed on the inside of us is to bring his glory, presence and love into every person we encounter.

This week  I conduct a live training on Periscope entitled: IGNITE SUCCESS TRAINING where I shared (20) Principles to IGNITE Trailblazing Success in your business. Today I will only share (4); you can feel free to connect with me on Periscope @CarlaRCannon to watch both Part I & II of the training for deeper details and discussion.

I began by sharing the definition of the word: IGNITE which means to set something on fire; or to give life or energy to something or someone. When you are set on fire; or have life poured into you it’s impossible to remain the same, or become comfortable in your current state.

As an advocate for Sisterhood and Kingdom Entrepreneurship it is my mission to blaze a trail to help others keep their brothers and sisters “lit” in an effort to up-build the Kingdom of God. black woman1. Give your story time to develop: As a new entrepreneur it’s essential that you pace yourself. Too often we are in a hurry to make a dollar without first establishing a core message with our audience (which is our story)

POINT 1: Your story is the number one connector to your audience. Before people can buy from you they must first be able to relate to you.

2. Spend time developing YOU: Too often we try to build a business without first building ourselves. You are no good to your customers/clients if you are broken, distracted and live a private life full of chaos. Whatever you have going on in your personal life if left unattended will bleed over into your business.

POINT 2: Before one can lead, they must first learn how to be led.

3. Invest in a mentor/coach early on: Why wait until you find yourself stuck, in a rut or burned out to reach out for help? Think prevention rather than intervention. In life we all need help, however, no one person has everything you need. This is why it is important to focus on one key area in your life at a time rather than having a coach for this and a coach for that all at once; at least when you are first starting out. Too many voices can do more harm than good. At the same time always be open to wisdom and sound advice that can help you both personally and professionally.

POINT 3: Always remain teachable.

4. Perfect your craft before you put a price on it: Too many are using the lives of others to practice their business which is a big no no. Too many are packaging mess and putting a price on it. Ensure that what you are offering has substance that can literally transform the life of your clients.

POINT 4: Your Purpose is NOT your hustle.

5. Never despise small beginnings- start where you are with what you have. – Who said you need money? You have a gift. What I’ve learned is that many people I come across feel they have a money problem when the truth is they have an idea problem. Tapping into your gift un-apologetically can lead to great wealth if you will commit to a lifetime of learning and becoming content (not complacent) where you are and with what you have. Use what is in your hands and be willing to sacrifice now so that you can enjoy life to the fullest later.

POINT 5: You have everything you need to begin right now. Lean in.

If you enjoyed these 5 tips click here to watch me teach them live: 

https://www.pscp.tv/CarlaRCannon/1YpKkdkrOmZGj?

Next, check out part II by clicking here: 

https://www.pscp.tv/CarlaRCannon/1zqKVbdYYkPKB?

If you found this information to be beneficial and would like further guidance I would love the opportunity to serve you! To schedule a one on one Breakthrough Coaching session with me: https://carlacannon.com/trailblazer-1-on-1-coaching/.

I am currently offering a BUY ONE GET ONE special when you purchase a (60) minute session with me. I look forward to working with you!

Are You Executing or Making Excuses?

Do you often find yourself daydreaming about the shoulda, coulda, woulda’s? You know what these are. Perhaps you say to yourself, “I should of hired a coach!” “If I did I could be much further than I am now.” Or maybe you have said, “I would do _______ if only I had _____________.

The three things I have witnessed so many women fill that last line with is: support, time and money. As a business coach I often hear women say, I would pursue my dreams but I don’t have a good support system. Or I would work out but I just can’t seem to find the time. Or I want to hire you as a coach but I do not have the money.

There are two types of people in this world: Those who watch things happen and those who make things happen. The word “make” here doesn’t mean that these individuals hold all power in their hands but what it does mean is they take intentional steps and make intentional sacrifices in order to make their dreams a reality. This is what I want to encourage you to do today. Refuse to allow another year to pass you by while others make time to pursue their dreams which in turn helps them provide a better quality of life for their family.

What if I told you there was a way you could still spend time with your family or at your local church as well as pursue your dreams? What if I told you that the excuses you are making will only cause you to remain stagnant while others move forward in purpose tackling giants that arise in their life head on? What if I told you life is about choices and we can choose to make excuses or we can choose to execute!

Truth is everything you need to live a meaningful life has already been presented before you. What you have to do is experience a change in your perspective. You have the money you need to get started. You have the support you need to launch out. You have the time needed to create a legacy for your family but it’s up to you to realize it.

Choose today to no longer allow lack to be your portion. So often we say, “I can’t afford this” or “I can’t afford that.” Meanwhile, our hair and nails are done. We eat out with our co-workers on a consistent basis and we are always rocking the finest apparel. Truth is, we pay for what we want. The Good Book tells us that where your “treasure” is there your money will be also.

I can assure you that if it is coaching that you need or to hire a new graphic designer to assist with marketing a virtual event you want to host, you have the means to do so.

Coming to this realization begins with one thing: How bad do YOU really want it? Some things in life we simply do not want bad enough. Because when you want something bad enough you are willing to eat oodles and noodles, hot pockets, beanies and weanies for months if that’s what it takes for you to pursue your dream! Unfortunately success will cost us our time and money. Although it doesn’t take money to make money you can definitely generate ways to use what you have to produce the income you need.

Grab a pen & pad & answer the following questions:

  1. What are 3 things I can do without right now for the next 6 months in order to pursue my dream?
  2. What do I offer for free that I could and should be charging for?
  3. Am I willing to sacrifice picking up a 2nd job to pay for the coaching/training I need to position myself to live the life of my dreams?
  4. What is ONE thing I can do now that can change the trajectory of my life?

Take a moment and answer the above questions and answer them honestly. Next, I want you to pull out your check book or log into your banking account online and make a list of all of the unnecessary transactions you’ve made just today or the previous week, or last month. How much of that money could have been used toward having your website created? How much of that could have been used toward the creation of a new product?

Now put your pen down and reflect. Do you see how you have had everything you have needed all the while? You actually CAN afford to pursue your dreams. You CAN afford to hire a coach. You CAN go back to college to further your education. You DO have time to work out. You DO have time to spend with your spouse and your loved ones while doing what you love professionally.

Always remember, when you are serious about your future others will work with you but no one is handing out freebies. Matter of fact you shouldn’t even want a hand out! Statistics prove that individuals who invest in themselves tend to be more successful than those who are handed a free pass. If everything in life were handed to you and I we wouldn’t value anything.

So what is it that you need to do right now? Regardless of what it is or how much it cost, determine if it is worth the investment by asking: (1) Will doing this one thing help change my life? (2) Am I willing to do the work? (3) Am I really sick and tired of being sick & tired?

Once you answer these questions truthfully you will know if you still want to play around or if you are desperate for change and are willing to do what it takes to see it manifest in your life! To experience success it will cause you to have to experience temporary discomfort as you are creating the life you desire or deserve. All of the greats from Oprah Winfrey to Bill Gates even to Warren Buffett had to experience uncomfortable circumstances as they took the stairs to success.

Make a decision to minimize and even eliminate all excuses and position yourself to EXECUTE!

2017 is the year to UNLOCK, UNLEASH & ACTIVATE! You have what it takes you just need to get out of your own way!

*If you are ready to snatch back your life and get on a path to discover your purpose in the fullness of what God intended I’d love the opportunity to mentor you. Trailblazers Coaching Academy was strategically designed for individuals like you who are sick of self-sabotaging behavior and are finally ready to get out of their own way! If you are serious and in desperate need of permanent change visit http://www.trailblazerscoaching.org and sign up today!

Build Your Business NOW, While Working a 9 to 5!

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A few weeks ago I had the great privilege of meeting many of you as I hosted my very first Women of Standard Network “connecting” event. During this session I shared a step by step process on How to Build Your Business While Working a 9 to 5! 

I’m sure you  may be thinking, “Me? Build my business while working 9 – 12 hour days? I don’t think so!” Perhaps you are thinking about your already jammed pack schedule but I am here to let you know these three simple words: It Is Possible!!!

The truth is you have the capability to do anything you set your mind to but the question is: HOW BAD DO YOU REALLY WANT IT? How bad do you want to be successful? How bad do you want to be your own boss? How bad do you want to come off your job and create your own schedule?

Friend, I am here to tell you that if you have a genuine desire to be success and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices which need to be made, YOU CAN DO IT!

Here are the first three steps to building your business while working a 9 to 5:

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Step One: Identify Your “WHY?”: Always remember WHY you do what you do is more important than what you actually do. Always check your motive. Everything we do should be done unto the Lord and not unto man nor for our own personal desires. When considering building or creating a ministry or business ask yourself the following questions:

-Why do I desire to start this ministry or business?
– What problem am I solving?
– Who is my market? (target audience)

Knowing your WHY is what will keep you going when adversity comes (because it will come). But remember your ULTIMATE why: It must be your divine calling that you are answering. Giving the Lord a surrendered YES to do what He is calling you to do and HOW He is instructing you to do it. You don’t have to know all of the answers but only have ACCESS to them.

Step Two: Write the Vision: Habakkuk 2:2 tells us to write the vision and make it plain. Verse 3 goes on to say, though it tarry wait for it. Your vision will not manifest overnight. It will take you spending time in prayer, fasting and seeking the face of God to receive full instruction on what He would like you to do and how He wants you to do it. In writing your vision you  must know that the unique part of your brand is YOU. You do not have to try to be like anyone else nor be intimidated by anyone else who’s vision is similar to yours because their brand is different from your because your brand has you in it! Remember: A goal without a strategic plan of action is simply a wish! Be strategic, spend time in prayer, allow God to give you the vision and prepare yourself to execute it!!!! 

Step Three: Focus On ONE Thing At a Time: In building your business while working a 9 to 5 you must focus on accomplishing ONE goal at a time. Remember: If you chase two rabbits you will catch neither. This brings me to a question: What or who has your focus? Are you overly consumed with helping others to the point that you are unable to focus on what God has instructed you to do? I believe it was Dee Dee (a participant from Saturday’s session) who said, “I am great at promoting others but I struggle when it comes to myself.” This is a natural feeling. Often times we can think of creative ideas for others and have the momentum to help them write and executive their vision but what about yours. It is time to FOCUS! Now, I am not saying don’t help others. But what I am saying is there comes a time when you have to add yourself to your calendar and know that delayed obedience is still disobedient. 

Also, don’t try to do multiple things at a time. I spent two years strategically building the Women of Standard brand before I branched off and began to do other things. It wasn’t until I focused on building my brand that later the events came, books, products and more. There are great benefits to being focused. I challenge you to not allow yourself to work on one thing today, another thing tomorrow and another thing next week. You must remain focused until you SEE what God SAID manifested! You can do this!!!

This concludes the top 3 steps on How to Build Your Business While Working a 9 to 5! Check out a sneak peek of the video from our LIVE session. 

To bring this LIVE workshop/seminar to your event please submit your request to: Admin@CarlaCannon.com. 

Join us this month for the next LIVE session in Greenville, NC! Click on the flyer below to reserve your FREE seat today!!!

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