Visions Martyred…

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Look closely. What do you see? Look again.

Dreams

That inner feeling that quietly tugs at your heart. Look closely. Listen quietly. You will hear. Les Brown promoted the saying that the grave is filled with dreams that were never realized.

For years my mom wanted to write her story. She wrote on notepads, pieces of paper, then typewriter, then started reaching for the computer. A journey that lasted decades throughout her life. A journey that was never to be fulfilled. My sister too-like a Martyr stricken by the ravishes of cancer, dreamed of telling her story but like my mom, she too passed away with it in her heart quietly waiting. She accomplished much yet still had that silent dream that was never fulfilled.

Today I write to inspire you, you, and you to go after your dreams, goals and aspirations. Make them real before it’s too late. Don’t wait until the new year…start today. Look back. Reflect. Connect the dots. Create that driving vision. Then Act. It does not have to be perfect. Just start the journey today before it all Vanish.

Cheers!

Don’t Stop Believin…10 Songs That Inspire…

Inspiration ….being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

You want it? You’ve got it! What a feeling! To dream, to believe, to strive, to achieve! Exhilating…. oh yes it is!

How often we aspire to achieve but find there is an Agile disconnect between getting from where we are and where we want to be. Our Sated goals for self-actualization appear Undulated and far-fetched. We feel stalled, lethargic, demotivated, stretched like Elastic. We can’t seem to defy the odds. We beat up ourselves because of our liminal progress.

That’s where positive self-talk comes into play. To get moving. To feel inspired to be creative. To do something different. We can do this through travel, exploration, positive thinking, afilliation with progressive people, through reading, music, and more.

Songs stimulate our desire to achieve. Here are 10 to get you going.

10 Songs That Stimulate Achievement

  1. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  2. Aint no mountain high enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  3. Don’t stop believin – Journey
  4. Stronger (What doesn’t kill makes you stronger) – Kelly Clarkson
  5. What a feeling – Irene Cara
  6. Imagine – John Lennon
  7. Stand by Me – Ben E. King
  8. Don’t Worry about a Thing – Bob Marley
  9. Heal the World – Michael Jackson
  10. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groben

Add your favs to the list!

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So What Does Success Look Like?

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Maria Rodriquez arrived in the United States with her family when she was 12 years old. Her parents left her at home to care for her little brother while they went off in pursuit of the American dream. She was from Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, where her parents left all they had as an escape. Countless days and nights were spent fighting for a better life. Maria was fair, so her ethnicity was always mistaken. But her inability to speak the language left many confused. After graduating from high school, she went to college then dropped out because she got married. But pregnancy changed her life. She promised her unborn son that she would make sure he had the best life. That promise resulted in her reenrollment in college, where she decided to study journalism. She later captured one of the top spots in the field. Maria now manages one of the country’s top media stations.

What Does Success Look Like?

So, what does success look like? How does it feel? Does it follow the pattern of the movie The Pursuit of Happyness? More specifically, what does it take to be successful? Can anyone achieve success? Is it limited to only the rich and famous? These questions have been asked by many individuals who have a desire to become successful―to achieve their dreams, hopes and aspirations.

Success means getting what a person wants with rewards that are sustainable for individuals and those for whom they care.

Success though Elicited, is not always linear. To be clear, let’s define success. The term success refers to the attainment of wealth, position, and honors. More importantly, success means different things to different people. Essentially, it means getting what a person wants with rewards that are sustainable for individuals and those for whom they care. Fereshteh Amin shared components of her research about high achievers:

  • Happiness
  • Achievement
  • Significance
  • Legacy.

Success that encompasses all four kinds of accomplishments is more enriching and lasting.

So what does Success mean to you? Do share.

Your Dream: Chase…


I saw them. Without missing a beat I ran as fast as I could. Left everything behind. The Brothers! Yes the property brothers from HGTV! Two of my favorite guys! Been planning for months to meet them at the Miami Book Fair but due to my commitment as Author and Exhibitor, I had to stay put.

Then suddenly I saw them walking to their assignment as Guest Speakers!  Immediately I ceased the opportunity! I ran, introduced myself amidst the Aromatic security presence! Against all odds…It worked. Yeaaa!

Chase Your Dream

Dreams are like that. They don’t wait for us. When they appear, you’ve gotta run! Go after them! Leave everything and cease the opportunity. Sometimes you plan but plans fall through or show up in different ways. For such moments we must keep our eyes wide open. Be aware. Focus. Then we are able to recognize the opportunity no matter the shape form or style it shows up in.

Opportunity…cease it today.

Cheers!

Destinations That Inspire…

Travel opens the mind and boosts creativity! Here are destinations to inspire your Flames! Create a Strategy. Sparkle your Dreams! Pack your bags! Insight your bucket list. Go, Fish for insights and Enjoy!

Paris
Vermont
Buenos Aires
Florence
French Quarter, New Orleans
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Venice
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Negril, Jamaica

Want to Succeed? Here’s How

Property Brothers!!  Two of my favorite guys! 💕 This is for real! No Hyperbole. Plan to see them at the Miami International Book Fair, November 19, 2016.

Success Strategies Workbook

While you’re there visit my booth and pick up a copy of my NEW Success Strategies WORKBOOK! Now available! It’s the companion to the book Success Strategies of Caribbean American Leaders. It’s the result of a phenomenological study conducted with Nova Southeastern University that looked at why some individuals succeed while others don’t. Provides advice for individuals who are feeling overwhelmed, confused, discouraged, or stressed. It is easy to use and includes exercises on how to achieve your goals, take charge of your personal development, life, and career path!

Lots of Prizes & Surprises! Make it a date!