Ladies, you know the saying, “When life serves you lemons, make lemonade.” In your moment of despair and hopelessness, this may even sound cliché to you. Here’s the thing, ‘You did not ask for lemons, nor do you want them because you don’t like lemons.’ So why the heck are you being encouraged to make lemonade? A question that we often ask ourselves quietly or out loud when the pressure becomes too much, and you feel like you’re losing grip of your reality.
My lady, we’ve all been where you are right now, and although it may seem like you don’t have a choice. I’m here to tell you that you do. As cliché as it may sound, slice up that hand of lemons you’ve been served and make the best lemonade on the market in these simple 3 steps. Are you ready???
1st Answer the magic question. What do you want?
Take a minute and answer this question clearly by stating what it is that you want. Although life happened to you. The situation you are currently facing does not stop you from moving forward with your dreams and goals. Think of your circumstances that you just need a minute to regroup and regain your composure. You got this! Maybe you’re at crossroads, and you need to look at your situation through a different lens. Figure out how this roadblock can add to your destination map of success. Use what’s standing in your way to propel you forward instead of throwing you entirely off course. Think differently!
2nd Make an itemized list in chronological of what you need to get what you want.
Time to get a journal and make an itemized list of what you need to turn your situation around. Maybe you’re at a pitstop, and you need to make a detour that may take a little more time but think of the lessons and all of the nuggets you’ll pick up along the way. Imagine the resources you need to be resourceful in creating multiple streams of income. Think of the essential strategies you need to implement into your life, increasing your emotional fitness and mental health to strengthen your relationships professionally and personally. Think Differently!
3rd Apply massive action steps to get you what you want timely.
Now that you have a plan and vision of where you are and what needs to be done to move you forward, apply massive to make it happen. Remember, these are distractions. They come in the form of roadblocks, obstacles, ah… gate-keepers, haters… to stand in your way by distracting you from getting what’s yours. They’re doing their job. So you do yours by keeping your eyes on the prize and looking beyond your distractions. My mom always said, “empty barrels make the most noise.” So rise above the noise like the eagle and soar high. Own your purpose and make it happen for you. Remember, “it’s now how you start but how you finish is what really counts.” Finish on a high note above all of the noise. Think differently! When life serves you, lemons make lemonade!
We made it! With 2021 just days away, we here at Sharpe4life International took an honest look at how our services could better serve you. During this unprecedented time, we’re always striving to improve and innovate how you lead the best life by creating the lifestyle you deserve. At the end of what’s been an incredibly challenging year, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you.
I’m proud to have helped many women with professional development connect virtually by taking their business online. To continue learning when schools were closed one challenge at a time, building lasting relationships through the Sharpe Women Platform, providing resources and leads through Sharpe4life blog and website, connect with family, friends, and supporters every Monday on Motivational Monday. From the launch on July 12th, 2020, I’ve released more than 30 Live Motivational Mondays segments. Here are a few of our significant accomplishments from 2020:
Motivational Mondays: Bring best-of-30 minutes motivation directly to you via Sharpe Women Facebook group where women support women’s dreams and ambition.
7 Day Do You Challenge: Femtrepreneurs got together and figured out their next steps during the pandemic creating a trailblazing plan to build and grow their business online.
How To Build Your Empire From The Comfort Of Your Home: An immersive business program to help femtrepreneurs build and grow their business from their home.
60 Day Success Challenge: Unforgettable webinar experience with like-minded business professionals.
Webinar Fete: Host business webinars to inform and develop your business with like-minded femtrepreneurs.
When faced with the decision to start over for 2021, hopefully post-pandemic, many have not taken this decision lightly. For some of us, we get into a place of regret and others denial. Mainly because we see starting over as failure, and no one wants to be a failure. Consequently, failure is part of life. If you don’t experience loss at some point in your life, greatness is escaping you. So remember, to be great at anything, you have to fail a few times. If you don’t believe me do your research on the ten most successful women in the world and read their stories. Then note how many times they have failed, yet they kept moving forward and lived to tell the story of failure being a bitter pill to swallow, which kills the parasites intended to compromise your success. An unknown fact, but the truth revealed to you if you “hung in there” to see it through. But first, you have to swallow the bitter pill.
Starting over 2021 post-pandemic may not be a walk in the park. Especially if you’re dealing with a failed relationship, and you’ve swallowed the bitter pill. What are your takeaways moving forward? Sit with that for a moment and let itmarinate. I have the most remarkable faith and confidence in you to map out what went well and the areas you need to work on to have that loving relationship you deserve. You may have to start over from scratch, where you cut ties with the person, friends, and that inner circle environment—stepping It Up!
It is also possible that you have had more or less severe problems in your life, and now you want to start again doing a clean slate, with a new story where your past does not judge you. Maybe living through lockdown and COVID-19 give you a different perspective on life. You never thought that you would live through a global pandemic and witness the world shutdown creating a global economic crisis leading up to many hardships for the world’s citizens. Yet here you are with the opportunity to take your experience and cultivate a new beginning for you and your family. These hardships are what I refer to as turning obstacles into opportunities—stepping It Up!
Starting From Scratch Is Possible
To start over is feared by many, yet we do it daily. You get up every morning and begin a new day. You start over. It is not a continuation of Sunday into Monday and Tuesday into Wednesday and so on. It’s a New Day! Now, you may choose to pick up where you left off. That’s called a routine. But in today’s world, practices are subjected to disruptions. If you disagree with me, I’ll take this time to remind you of I believe it’s March 15th, 2020, when the ultimate disruption occurred in our lifetime. The clock kept turning as many countries around the world shutdown to fight off COVID-19.
What we once knew as “normal” snatched away from us before our very eyes, and there was absolutely nothing we can do about it to stop what was taking place. There went your routine! There were panic and confusion, but there was also calm. People began to pivot in another direction to make the best out of a very trying time—disrupting the status quo for our very survival. Let’s start over from scratch if we have to without fear. Remember, starting over from scratch does not mean that you’re starting over from ZERO. Life experiences equipped you with resources, skill-set, knowledge, supports, and the mindset to go the extra mile and get what’s yours. It will take a while and hard work, but you’re ready for the challenge because you’re more than a survivor. You’re a conqueror that thrives in the face of adversity—stepping It Up!
2021 Essentials For You In 7 Simple Steps
1. Starting Something New
Studying something new or starting a new job or business is very exciting for the new year. Imagine you strategizing now to make it happen for you very shortly put you ahead of the curve. Maybe you always wanted to learn a trade or add a new language to the repertoire of skills you already have, sharpening your angles and giving the edge. Think of you meeting new people virtually or in-person killing two birds with one stone may also add flavor to your personal life if this one of your intentions in moving forward.
If you’re working from home and realized that you need to create a side hustle for extra income, there is no time like the present. You can opt for something that fulfills you instead of your nine to five that now saves you from the hectic commute because your office is now your kitchen table. Let us flip the switch and create some much-deserved magic in your life. It will take hard work and due diligence on your part, but the rewards are worth it and, therefore, very encouraging. On your life path, you will determine the level of Health, Wealth, and Prosperity, which equals to HAPPINESS is a fantastic final destination in your GPS to your life path—stepping It Up!
2. Cancel Roadblock Contacts
One of the difficult things about starting over is the cleanup. Yes, I said it! It’s about getting rid of people that do not serve you, but you continuously go above and beyond to meet their needs and then some. Are you tired of the negative comments that bring you down and at times make you doubt yourself? Do what I did, and I could not be happier. Take your phone, go to the contact folder select delete or block. You have the power to select what will serve you best. Now you made room for new like-minded people to enter into your space—stepping It Up!
3. Create A New You
Mirror, mirror on the wall who’s the most beautiful of them all? You’re looking at her, and she takes your breath away. So show her a little kindness and take excellent care of her. Go a little further and create a better version of yourself by reinventing you. Let’s start with your wardrobe. When was the last time you did a bit of spring cleaning? Start today! Get rid of clothing that you’re not wearing or pieces that are now vintage and hold no interest for you. Make room for the new you. Before you go shopping, cultivate the look you’re going for by doing a little research. Check out hair color and styles for your face structure, eyebrow shapes, make-up products, and application, plus mani and pedicure services. Now that you got that covered, time to make a realistic budget and do a little shopping and self-care—stepping It Up!
4. Start Building Your presence Online
As you are aware, everyone and everything is online. Right? So if you’re looking for love, friendship, starting or building a business, career opportunities, networking, and connecting with friends and family, that action takes place online. So let me check in with you and ask you this question. Are you online? Is your online presence a great reflection of your personal and professional life? Remember, you’re starting over. It’s an excellent idea to first layout the story that you want your profile and pages to tell, then get to work on cleaning up all of your social media accounts and building your personal brand online. Tell your story by posting beautiful photos, quotes, tips, and tricks aligned with the new you. If you’re not sure how to do this, enlist the help of a professional. You are your brand, and your brand is you—stepping It Up!
5. Start a Healthy Diet and Exercise Routine
Health is wealth, and exercise is essential. This routine is what I refer to as a beautiful marriage, where we are all guilty of breaking our vows because of a lack of commitment. I am guilty as charged of these misdemeanors that can become life-threatening and result in a dissolution of the union should I choose not to redeem myself. So I’ll share with you that I have taken the leap, and I commit myself to a healthy diet and exercise routine that is now my lifestyle.
It is essential to keep things simple when you have a hectic schedule. So here is what I’ve done. My workout routine is five days for the week, doing combined thirty-minute cardio and weight training exercises in the comfort of my home. The diet that I’m following is the Mediterranean diet, and I love it. Now it’s your turn. Take a pen and notepad or your smart device and list what you believe is best for you—stepping It Up!
6. Build an Indestructible Mindset
We have experienced a year like no other 2020 has either made you or broke you. Or maybe both. Whatever your situation is, if you’re reading this blog, you have every intention of changing it for the better post-pandemic 2021 moving forward. In life, during trying times, it’s easy to see the glass half empty instead of half full. You have to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. We all have them. But it’s essential to focus on your strengths and keep positive, especially in trying times. To help you with your mindset, a coach will be a great asset to you.
On the other hand, you need to surround yourself with like-minded people. Now what I’m going to share with you is not for the weak at heart. Let me be the first to tell you that this is not for everybody, and that’s okay. Here we go—if you want to build your Health, Wealth, Prosperity=HAPPINESS, you will need to let go of people that don’t make you better. The tricky part of this is most of them are in your current inner circle, and you have a beautiful yet unhealthy relationship with them that compromises you and your goals —Ouch! If you’re uncomfortable, it’s a great sign—stepping It Up!
7. Find Your Sweet Spot |Take The Plunge!
Some people have trouble finding their Sweet Spot. To target high power training and execution for an extended period with intensity is very difficult for anyone. Yet some succeed and tell the story of triumph, and others give up and tell their story of how hard it was. Having an unbeatable mindset creates a shift in our thinking, which allows us to embrace our limitless possibilities without fear of failing in search of your Sweet Spot.
In this unprecedented time many of us are very uncertain of what the future holds. At the end of 2019, folks could not wait to usher in the twin year of 2020, which was met with extreme hardships for many. Turning on the television for many was no longer for entertainment, but information and new updates as the world shut down for the first time in our history.
The Covid-19 virus took away what we knew as normal as most of us adorn ourselves with face covering to keep one another safe. We wonder what our next steps were. For many, mental health and money is the balance that they are trying to maintain. So how do financially successful women achieve or maintain their finances in a time of uncertainty? What habits do they employ to emerge victorious after the pandemic?
Good financial habits are essential to achieve long-term investment success and a sound monetary plan. In this unprecedented time, you must, at least, learn to develop basic financial principles to manage your money better and save more. You may not have substantial funds to invest nor a budget to afford you certain privileges, but only by establishing the habit of taking care of your finances will you be able to turn your situation around. A great place to start is by implementing these five habits of financially successful women.
Create a plan and a schedule. Set up your short-term and long-term goals and determine when you should put money in them. Prioritizing is essential, so you will have an idea of the amount required to accomplish each goal. The schedule will serve as your guide to mark when you’re supposed to invest, spend, and save. Short-term goals will probably require a weekly schedule, while long-term ones should be made by months or years. You may be asking yourself if you should be budgeting, investing and planning in a pandemic. My answer to you is absolutely!
Keep track of your paperwork. Organize your financial documents for future reference to determine how you can minimize costs and expenses. Review each statement to ensure correct amounts and try to see where you’re falling behind. Annual statements are like summaries of all your past reports so that you may dispose of outdated files.
Allocate your resources properly. This not only goes for investing but also in every financial aspect, whether for manpower, assets, or labor. Diversifying your resources is an excellent strategy to spread the risk and opportunity, and with a little research, you just might be able to outweigh the dangers. Set aside a certain amount to pay your bills in advance, but leave some for small investments or emergencies.
Update and stay informed. As you are now aware that life can change in seconds, and so can the market. So it would help if you always stayed on top of all the commotion. Read articles and business journals to update yourself with prices and trends. Try to be flexible; because this is important for you to adapt to the constant changes quickly. Review and balance your portfolio according to the needs of the current market.
Protect yourself. Always leave an amount for your own wishes. It does not mean that you spend on material things, but you take full advantage of your privileges through plans or retirement savings. Get an insurance health policy if you may, as this can significantly reduce your overall cost in the long-term.
Many make the wrong move of investing too quickly, spending on impulse, or saving too little. You can maximize your finances so that all your investments are well-maintained, your budget on spending is satisfactory, and your savings are prepared for emergencies or untimely operations.
With these steps, you hopefully will develop good financial habits to stay focused on your goals. The road to financial success will always have its highs and lows, but now that you have the knowledge and skills to protect and invest your money, you’re most likely to stay on course. Determination is every successful person who invests in the market to remain prepared for major market shifts and life events.