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The Power of Monthly Reflection

In my last post I shared my morning routine and shared how how you start your day can impact the results in your life and in your business.

If you missed that post be sure to check it out here. Today I’m sharing about the power of monthly reflection. Taking the time to reflect not only benefits you as you move forward in life and in business, but it’s also a spiritual principle.

So many times in scripture God instructions His people to remember, and not just to remember but to reflect.  

One popular example of this type of instruction that stands out for me is in Exodus 20:8-11:

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

In this scripture, God commands us to remember and then goes on to explain why we need to not only remember, but also reflect on the meaning of the Sabbath.

One of the things I love about the start of a new month is that it offers you the opportunity to reflect on God’s goodness.  In fact, in my Passion Planner (one of the resources that I mentioned in the last blog post) they have a monthly reflection section, in this section you have to complete the following questions:

1. What was the most memorable part of this past month? Describe it.

2. What were the three biggest lessons you've learned in this past month?

3. Review your monthly activity. Are you happy with how you spent your time? If not, what steps can you take next month to adjust them?

4. What did you accomplish this past month? What are you most proud of?

5. How are you different between this past month and the month before it?

6. What or who are you especially grateful for this past month?

7. Name three things you can improve on this upcoming month?

8. From 1-10, how do you feel overall about this past month?

I enjoy doing this exercise on a monthly bases and I find that it helps me to stay focused, motivated and encouraged. What are your thoughts on monthly reflection? Do you practice monthly reflection? If so, do you have a structed reflection that consist of answering questions like the Passion Planner or does it consist of something else? 

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How you start your day matters

Does how you start your day matter?  I would say ABSOLUTELY!  How you start your day impacts the rest of the day and can even impact the week, the month, and the year. 

When you start your day right it helps you to be more productive.  I’ve found that doing these 3 key things every morning has allowed me to experience supernatural productivity in my business.

Watch the video below or read the post to discover the 3 ways I start my day right and how this has led to supernatural productivity in my business. 

Do you select a word for the year?  One of the key ways you can stay focused this year is to select a word to focus on for the year.  This year I was led to the word ELEVATE.  My goal this year is to elevate!  How about you?  What’s your word?  I would love to know so be sure to post in the comments below.

Do you select a guiding/anchor scripture for the year? My guiding scripture for 2023 is Joshua 1:9 

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

This is a command, a declaration from God not just to Joshua, but to me, to you, to all of us as Believers to Be strong and courageous and to not be afraid or discouraged this year!

In addition to the word and scripture for the year I have a morning routine that helps me to stay focused and to start my day right.  This includes 3 key things I do every morning to start my day right, which has created supernatural productivity in my business:

1. Devotion, Meditation, and Prayer

For almost 20 years I’ve had the practice of reading a devotional in the morning to hear a message from God.  This year I’m reading the devotional “Quiet Times with God” by Joyce Meyers.  In the devotional I read the daily scripture, message, thought of the day, and additional scripture versus to go deeper on the topic.  

My goal is not just to read the devotion but to meditate on the message and how it applies to my life and business.  After reading my devotion and meditating on the messages, I have prayer.  To pray for the day, to show my gratitude and to ask for God’s guidance and protection. 

2. Journaling

Journaling is a fairly new practice for me.  It was recommended by my business coach a couple of years ago and ever since then, I’ve added it to my daily routine.  I have two sets of journals.  Believe Bigger by Marshawn Evans Daniels it’s a Devotional Journal.  It is helping me to work on my unbelief and teaching me to believe bigger.  It’s a 100 Day Devotional Journal that includes scripture, a message, a prompting question to journal on and then a prayer.  This has really helped to me focus on Believing Bigger in 2023.

3. Plannning

The third and final step is planning. I use three resources for my planning.  For the past 5 years or so I have been using the Passion Planner to help me plan out my dreams, goals, and vision.  The passion planner has a mind map, that helps you to map our your goals for the year.  Then the month and then weekly/daily activities.  

Lastly and probably the most important part of my morning routine is the business meetings with God.  During those meeting I sit with God to plan out my business activities.  I use the Faith Strategy Business Planner to help plan out my business day and my B.E.S.T. Marketing Planner to plan out my marketing activity for the day.  

One of the key things I review daily is my marketing foundation (purpose, mission, vision, calling), which is actually something that we will be working on in the upcoming Marketing Workshop:  Shift from Stuck/Struggling to Success with 5 faith-based principles on Thursday, February 2nd at 2:00 pm ET.  Click on the button below to join me for the workshop! 

All of this is done with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. All of these things may seem like a lot, but it takes about 30-45 minutes in the morning and helps me to be clear, focused and aligned for the day and doing these things have led to supernatural productivity in my business. I’ve been able to accomplish so much more in my business by having this practice so far in 2023.

Do you have a morning practice?  Do you feel it’s important to start your day with a routine or ritual that helps you to be more productive?  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments. 


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S5-E13- 7 Key Lessons from Season 5 of the Women Faith + Business Podcast

After interviewing 10 amazing men of faith in business for season 5 of the Women Faith + Business Podcast, I’ve learned a lot!  This season we focused on How God Speaks and how He course corrects when you’re going in the wrong direction!  I enjoyed hearing the stories of faith and business journeys of each man that I interviewed.  

For the final episode of Season 5 of the Women Faith + Business Podcast, I share 7 key lessons from this season.

On this episode you will hear:

  • A Season 5 Recap
  • The theme this season was “How Does God Speak to You?”
  • The unique faith and business journeys that we take in life
  • What course correction looks like when things don’t turn out the way that you thought
  • The 7 Key lessons from Season 5
  1. God has created us uniquely and speaks to us uniquely based on how He has designed us and the season that we are in
  2. We will have SHIFTS in life and business. It’s important to not get STUCK, but SHIFT your business based on the season that you are in
  3. God created you to STAND OUT in the Marketplace by standing up for what you believe in
  4. Serve people the way THEY need to be SERVED
  5. Take pleasure in the SABBATH
  6. God gives us the SPACE to get it right, make SPACE to hear from God
  7. Trust God, Trust God’s plan, process, purpose, and promise
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S5-E12- Praying for God’s Wisdom with Russell Gordon

The keys to success in life and in business include, prayer, patience, and wisdom in decision making and on this episode of the Women Faith + Business Podcast, I chat with Russell Gordon about praying for wisdom. He shares his entrepreneurial journey and his faith journey and how he always prays for God’s wisdom.

On this episode you will hear:

  • He is the ultimate optimist
  • How he has been an entrepreneur all his life
  • How the books Rich Dad Poor Dad and Cash Flow Quadrant impacted his life
  • How he accepted Christ in College
  • The importance of praying and looking to God for wisdom
  • How we are blessed to be a blessing

About Russell Gordon

Russell is a Native Washingtonian Married for 32 years. Raised & Educated in Rockville MD. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta GA and worked in Corp. America & U.S. Gov. environment for 12 yrs before Entrepreneurial journey. He has been associated with over 15 business ventures over last 25 years. He is a Real Estate Developer for the last 5 years in the DC Baltimore region. Russell is always on the look out for the next business opportunity & venture.

Connect with Russell Gordon

Website- www.thewbdc.net

Email– russ@thewbdcnet.com

Email– tgordon907@gmail.com

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S5-E11- Courage and Trust to Push Past Your Fears with Darrell C Spears

Whether you’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur or you’ve never thought you would be an entrepreneur, but you ended up on the entrepreneurial path, God can use you to impact others and make a difference in the world through your business.

On this episode of the Women Faith + Business Podcast, I chat with Darrell C Spears about his entrepreneurial journey and how he always had an entrepreneurial mindset and spirit from a very young age.

Darrell is leader, business coach & public speaker, with over 25 years of business management, development and leadership experience in both Corporate America and Ministry.

On this episode you will hear:

  • How fundraising led him on the path of entrepreneurship
  • The importance of integrity in business
  • How entrepreneurship is an adventure
  • How he put God to the side but God never left his side
  • Having memorials and alters to remember what God has brought you through
  • Understanding God’s principles in scripture and how it relates to business
  • The importance of your core values and having a core value statement 
  • The importance of knowing the top 3 ways you solve problems with your gifts  
  • Don’t create boundaries on how we expect God to show up

About Darrell C. Spears

Darrell C. Spears Executive Business Consultant & Strategist, Certified TV Producer, Certified Podcast Producer & Trainer.

He is a polished leader, business coach & public speaker, with over 25 years of business management, development and leadership experience in both Corporate America and Ministry. His well-rounded business background includes stints with several fortune 500 companies, including: Sprint, GE, British Telecom and Ernst & Young.

Mr. Spears key attributes include his expertise in business development and his ability to provide guidance and coaching to business owners and entrepreneurs at all levels. He is well known in the business and ministry community for having great character and a desire to see others succeed.

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S5-E10- Connections and Patterns on the Journey with Phil Bynes

God has a unique way of guiding us on this journey of life.  We are all different and God speaks to us in different ways, but He always provides divine connections and identifies key patterns to give us direction on our journey. 

On this episode I chat with Phil Bynes, the CEO of Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur.  He shares his faith and business journey and the connections and patterns God has revealed to him on his journey. 

On this episode you will hear:

  • How a class in college set him on the path to entrepreneurship
  • How he became the father of the Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur movement
  • Signposts that encourage you in your faith
  • There is no compartmentalization with God
  • The many ways that he hears from God
  • How God directed him to course correct his business offers

About Phil Bynes

Phil is simply a man that loves God and his family. Phil is called to father the movement of Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur into full maturity which requires him to be continually fathered by the everlasting father. He is not sure he is qualified but he knows that he is called..

Connect with Phil Bynes

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S5-E9- God’s Grace Gives You Space to Get it Right with Jesse A. Cole, Jr.

Have you ever wondered if you are on the right track or if you are doing the right things for and in your business?  Or most important if what you are doing is in alignment with God’s will and God’s way? 

The GREAT thing about God is that He gives us GRACE on this journey of life and gives us space to get it RIGHT and that’s exactly what I chatted with Jesse A. Cole, Jr. about on this episode of the Women Faith + Business Podcast. 

On this episode you will hear:

  • How he uses his spiritual gifting in the marketplace
  • How he shifted from working for God to relationship with God
  • Kingdom Mindset v. World Mindset
  • Peace is a part of God’s instruction
  • Ask God what is the next step instead of the next 10 steps
  • How he receives strategies on prayer walks
  • God’s grace is there in our missteps

About Jesse A Cole, Jr.

Jesse A. Cole, Jr. is a leading voice in faith-driven coaching. He is fueled by a passion for helping leaders gain deeper confidence, spiritual significance, boldness and authenticity in their work and life. An organization and leadership development authority, he empowers faith-driven leaders to stand out and thrive in their industries.

The author of 6 books, Jesse understands the power of sharing concepts that encourage and equip his audience to strengthen their leadership philosophy. His most recent book, “Kingdom Confidence: Demonstrating the Power, Authority, and Influence of God In Your Life and Business” (Available on Amazon) has allowed him to be featured in over 150 publications, including FOX40, FOX28, NewsNet, Digital Journal, Town Hall Finance, The Chronicle Journal, and International Business Times.

Connect Jesse A Cole, Jr.

Website:

www.CoachJesseCole.com

Social Media:

@CoachJesseCole



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S5-E8- The Discipline and Delight of the Sabbath with Darren DC Lyons

On this episode of the Women Faith + Business Podcast I had an AWESOME chat with Darren DC Lyons. Darren and his lovely wife Elaine founded Korrior, Inc. with a vision to create inspirational books and faith-based media projects.  Darren shared so many faith and business nuggets that we can apply in our lives and business.

One of the things that stood out for me on this episode was how Darren shared about the discipline and delight of the Sabbath.  The Sabbath allows us weekly, scheduled, committed communion with God and positively impacts our lives and business tune in to learn more.  

On this episode you will hear:

  • How his health issues sent him on the path of entrepreneurship
  • Ways he integrated his faith in his corporate career and in his business
  • How observing the Sabbath has impacted his life and business
  • How he discerns God’s voice in his business and when he has challenges
  • How he looks for God in every situation
  • How he experienced a course correction after he lost a client
  • The importance of energy, passion, and patience when coaching
  • Curiosity, Patience and creativity is there for you to do
  • The three lessons that God continuously is teaching him

About Darren DC Lyons

As a customer journey executive for 20 years, Darren built relationships across the
globe, managing a business process outsourcer organization in Asia, Central America and South America. When he was the director of global customer care for 1-800-flowers.com.

Over the past five years, Darren has had numerous health issues, including two below-knee amputations, stage five kidney failure requiring dialysis three times a week, and he is a stroke survivor. Yet, Darren has used the concepts learned managing vendors to help him overcome his physical limitations, leaning into your discomfort, the power of partnerships and the importance of clear, consistent and concise communication.

Darren’s story is one of triumph because of his tenacious desire to fight back for his life through these trials.

Darren and his lovely wife Elaine founded Korrior, Inc. with a vision to create inspirational books and faith-based media projects. Darren’s eBook, A Day 
in the Life in a Skilled Nursing Facility: Short Stories from a Young Man Trapped in a Nursing Home, was released in September 2018.Darren’s memoir, With Worn Out Tools: Navigating The Rituals of Midlife, was released in the fall of 2021. Darren is a certified John Maxwell trainer, coach and speaker. Darren lost over 270 pounds on a vegetarian diet.

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S5-E7- The Truth of the Matter with Kevin Wayne Johnson

This episode of the Women Faith + Business Podcast was so RICH!  My conversation with Kevin Wayne Johnson was full of so many faith and business nuggets!! 

Did you know that as business owners and entrepreneurs leadership is not just a needed skillset but is also a spiritual gifting?  Kevin shares this and so much more as he shares about his faith journey, business journey, how he hears from God and the truth of the matter!

On this episode you will hear:

  • How his career took him on the fast track
  • How he gets confirmation that he is doing the right thing, with the right people at the right time
  • How what he learned in his career he applies to his business now
  • How his faith journey started with asking questions
  • How the truth of leadership is Biblically based
  • Prayer and supplication allows him to hear from God
  • How his business has scaled by streamlining who he approaches
  • The importance of beginning with the end in mind

About Kevin Wayne Johnson

A native of Richmond, Va, Kevin Wayne Johnson is a Pastor, author, mentor and coach. Following retirement in 2017 after 34 years as a federal government leader, he founded his leadership development training and executive coaching firm in March 2018 to develop and train the current and next generation of leaders in the workplace. He is the principal and contributing author of 20 books, winner of 29 literary awards and Amazon new release best sellers. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, has been married for 29 years to Gail and has three sons. Kevin believes undeniably that God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things!!

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The Power of Prayer

I’m excited to share that my new book that I co-authored is NOW available for purchase, Purpose Driven Entrepreneur Daily Prayer Journal: Strengthen Your Business and Connection with God Through The Power of Prayer.

As Christians, Believers, and Purpose Driven Entrepreneurs of Faith, prayer is important, purposeful, and a necessity of life.

Have you ever felt that maybe God wasn’t listening to your prayers?

Now, you have the opportunity to keep a record of what you’re praying for. When your prayers are answered, you can rejoice instead of wonder.

I chat with lead author Carol J Dunlop about why I joined the project and what prayer means to me.  Watch the video below to learn more: 

This daily prayer journal offers a place to record:

  • Your Business goal for each day
  • Your Life goal for each day
  • Reflective thoughts on the day’s scripture
  • Who asked for prayer 
  • A place to summarize your prayer journey every 5 days
  • Each day’s entry date
This daily prayer journal is 8 ½” X 11” to give you a good amount of writing area. And is printed on crisp white paper for your writing ease and enjoyment. There are 90 days of numbered journaling pages that provide you with the space you need to communicate with God and share what’s on your heart. Each page contains a scripture from one of the following categories: Strength, Inspiration, Money, Submission, and Obedience.

Give definition, structure, and focus to your business, your purpose, and your life by ordering this daily prayer journal.
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