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Personal Development, Professional Development

Gratitude is A Must: 5 Ways to Practice an Attitude of Gratitude!

It’s easy to gloss over our blessings and/or to take them for granted, we really shouldn’t. Because chances are, some of the very blessings we now enjoy (the career or job, health, finances, relationships) are things we all struggled to achieve and prayed earnestly for in another season. And for that alone, we should always give thanks.

Personal Development, Professional Development, Self Improvement/ Self Help

How to Get More Happiness into Your Life!

In fact, the Happiness Rule states that  “50% of our happiness is determined by genetics, 10% by our circumstances and 40% by our internal state of mind.” This means that to a large extent, happiness is a choice and our overall satisfaction with our lives is influenced by how we think and our mindsets.

Managing Change, Personal Development, Professional Development

It’s Celebration Season: 9 Top Tips for Navigating Change!

November is celebration season for me! It is the month the earth was blessed with my presence (Birthday Edition Loading), the month I made a big change to move to America and the month some of my favorite people were born.

Personal Development, Professional Development

Play to Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses!

If you struggle with identifying your strengths and playing to them, you are not alone. Throughout the course of your life, it is highly likely that you might have received lots of negative or corrective feedback that focused on pointing out and fixing your weaknesses rather than highlighting your strengths.

Personal Development, Self

Why Be Yourself (Be Authentic) is Terrible Advice!

At a surface level, telling someone to just be yourself or be authentic might seem like solid, and great advice. But this advice can be confusing on many levels, and it raises a ton of questions. Afterall, which self are you advising them to be? Is it their past self, their today self, or their aspirational self (the better version of ourselves) that each of us hope to one day meet?  What if they haven’t yet figured out who they are or want to be?

Personal Development, Self Improvement/ Self Help

How The Path We Take Shapes Our Lives

*Where do you see yourself 3, 5, 10 years from now? *Is your current path taking you where you want to go? *Are you on your current path because its familiar or comfortable? *Is there another, less troublesome path you could take towards achieving your dreams?

Personal Development, Self Improvement/ Self Help

What It Means to Feel Safe..

So, when do you feel most unsafe?

Is it when the zeros in your bank account starts to dwindle?

Is it when you are home alone or walking down a dark street?

Is it when you are experiencing conflict with a supervisor or coworker on the job?

Is it when you’re in danger of losing a loved one or when your relationship with your partner has broken down?

Personal Development, Self, Self Leadership

The Four Agreements to Live By!

I know that making assumptions is wrong and that when and where I do it, I am projecting my fears, insecurities, doubts, and expectations on others. I also recognize that I also treat many of my assumptions as truth and act accordingly.

Personal Development, Self Leadership

Be Fearless: 5 Principles to Overcome Fear!

All the stories of people who have overcame extraordinary circumstances to beat the odds, those who rose to the top of their game to achieve great success or blazed new trails are filled with examples of men and women who pushed past crippling fear, failure, rejection, and disappointment to chase after their dreams.

Personal Development, Self Leadership

The Law of Attraction: 11 Steps to Attract the Life You Want!

The law of attraction states that we attract into our lives what we project into the universe. This simply means that the people and events we attract to our lives are based on what we focus on and direct our attention to.

Personal Development

How to Change Your Behaviors & Build Better Habits?

When I assessed my habits then and tracked how I was spending my time, I realized I was voting for an unproductive TV watcher not a writer. My behaviors were not consistent with my goal to write and publish a book someday. I knew these behaviors had to change.

Personal Development, Professional Development

Got Conflict? 5 Conflict Styles to Deal With It Right Now!

Yet, many of us were never taught how to deal with conflict in a healthy and constructive way. Most of us probably learned how to manage conflict from the unhealthy examples demonstrated by our parents or from what we saw during our childhood.

Personal Development, Self Improvement/ Self Help

Revisiting Resilience: I’m an Overcomer and So Are You!

So, whether it was poverty, loneliness, loss of employment or income, death of a loved one, a life-threatening diagnosis or some other life changing event, we have all had to overcome something, we have all had to be resilient.

Leadership, Personal Development, Professional Development

The Truth About Trust !(Part 1)

Supervisors who do not trust their teams are more likely to micromanage. People who do not trust their partners are more likely to be insecure, question their every move or sneak around trying to get information.

Leadership, Personal Development, Professional Development

Critical Thinking Killers: Are You Guilty?

Making assumptions, jumping to conclusions, reacting emotionally and not being able to distinguish between facts or fake news are obvious indicators that you might not be thinking critically about a particular situation, individual or issue.

Personal Development, Professional Development, Self Improvement/ Self Help

Motivation: Why Do You Do It Anyway?

If you have ever listened to a successful person speak about their achievements or journey towards their biggest moment, whether it was an athlete, actor, entrepreneur or professional, the one thing you would probably hear them mention is the importance of being and staying motivated.

Managing Change, Thought Leadership

It’s Been A Year:COVID-19 Anniversary!

Wash your hands, do not touch your face and sanitize seemed to be the never-ending tune playing in our heads.  Sneezing and coughing became taboo in public spaces and could earn you the side eye amongst family and friends.

Personal Development

Dare to Be YourSELF: Everyone Else Is Taken

However, I have also worked in environments where, I have had a coworker who looks like me say “I don’t like you all (meaning immigrants)” and accuse me of receiving preferential treatment (due to Caribbean heritage) as compared to other black women.

Leadership, learning, Managing Change, personal growth, professional development, Self Improvement/ Self Help

Coming to America..4 Years Later

 Four years ago (Today), I migrated to the USA to embark on a brand new chapter of my life. Excited about my visions of success, the lure of new opportunities and the well wishes of friends and family, I flew out bravely. But, like any big life event or major change, the journey has been filled with challenges and opportunities that I had to navigate to transition… Continue reading Coming to America..4 Years Later

learning, personal growth, Professional Development, Self Improvement/ Self Help

Perspective is a Helluva Thing!!

Much of what we think, how we think, what we see, how we feel, and how we act is determined by our personal biases, and limited experiences. However “valid” or “right, “we believe these perspectives to be - they might not always be so.

Decision Making, Developing Others, Developing Self, Emotional Inteligence, Life Issues, Managing Self, Motivation and Failure, Navigating Relationships, Personal & Professional Development

Success & Misperceptions of Success

They say that, 'beauty is in the eyes of the beholder'. I say, so is success. Recently, I had conversations with two friends - one male and, the other female, in which success, perceptions of success, or the lack thereof were common themes. In these interactions, both friends shared their views about their own successes… Continue reading Success & Misperceptions of Success

Personal & Professional Development

That Commitment Thing….

Making a commitment is sometimes easy, but staying committed is most times hard. This is true of most commitments, whatever their shape or form. Nonetheless, at the start of a New Year, many people declare themes, set goals and share resolutions about what they hope to achieve in the long and short-term. Unfortunately though, some people are permanent non-starters, and their… Continue reading That Commitment Thing….

Personal & Professional Development

Let’s Talk: About Interviews

You get the call. After days and months of applying for jobs, tweaking your resume with key words from job announcements/postings, to ensure that you avoid the “black hole” of online applications, and applicant tracking systems, you have an interview and are a candidate for the job. Yet, like public speaking, going to the dentist… Continue reading Let’s Talk: About Interviews

Branding, Developing Self, Managing Change, Managing Self, Motivation and Failure, Personal & Professional Development, Personal Branding

On Change & Transitions: Make Your Change Work For You!

Marriage/divorce, relocation/migration, critical illness, new job or starting a business, are just a few of the important life events that one may have to deal with at some point in their lives. If you’re lucky, you may only have to deal with just one of these life events, and hopefully one that you choose. Sadly,… Continue reading On Change & Transitions: Make Your Change Work For You!

Developing Others, Developing Self, Leadership, Management, Managing Self, Personal & Professional Development

Lead At The Level You’re At!

Some time ago, I had a conversation with a colleague at work, in which I raised some issues about a work flow process that I had observed. As I shared my views on how the process could be improved, she nodded her head enthusiastically in agreement. Since I was new to the team, I asked… Continue reading Lead At The Level You’re At!

Branding, Career, Developing Self, Managing Self, Personal & Professional Development

Volunteering: A Great Option For You!

  “You discover yourself in losing yourself in the service of others”.Ghandi All across the globe, people in every country, sector and of all ethnicities volunteer their time, and give their resources to help/support varied causes, events or efforts. But what exactly is volunteering? According to Wikipedia “Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and… Continue reading Volunteering: A Great Option For You!

Developing Self, Making Choices, Managing Self, Personal Development

Perspective is Everything !

I recently watched a TEDX video, Dream Big, Live Small with Dee Williams, who shared how her illness and life changing experiences dramatically transformed her perspective on life and living.  She shared  about  how her fears about her  own mortality changed her perspective,  caused her to reflect on her life and make some drastic changes. These   changes  included selling her… Continue reading Perspective is Everything !

Developing Self, Engagement, Leadership, Management, Managing Self, Motivation and Failure, Personal & Professional Development

On Failure and Motivation

Doubt kill more dreams than failure ever will It is a truth universally acknowledged that challenges, setbacks, failures and disappointment are a part of life. The best laid plans will go awry. People will hurt and disappoint you. Unexpected challenges and issues will pop up as you go about your daily lives, and well thought… Continue reading On Failure and Motivation

Personal Development

Rethinking Failure: 7 Principles for Failing Forward!

I’ve had my share of failures in my road to personal and professional success and experienced moments when I felt like a failure. Whether it was the five different interviews processes that I went through in my efforts to get a promotion or the three frustrating years it took before I was able to purchase a home here in the US. Every failure brought a feeling of rejection, discouragement and frustration to the point that I would sometimes feel like giving up.