What will your LEGACY be?

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LEGACY is defined as something (such as property or money) that is received from someone who has died; or something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past; or anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.

As I write this post on today, I am celebrating my birthday and will be posting just about all day on my Facebook page.  With so much craziness happening in our world people need to know that it’s okay to celebrate yourself when others don’t. We need to know that we can have our own party and enjoy ourselves and love ourselves as God loves us. It’s imperative that we learn to live in and on purpose and that starts withIN.

New starts with YOU. Start taking time out to celebrate and love on you. Take the mask off and embrace the REAL you. Yes it is great to have people who love you and care for you but what good does that do when you don’t love and care for yourself. There is so much violence and hate and not enough love in our world and our communities. Take some time to shake your glitter, to dance like no one is watching, to live like there’s no tomorrow and love like you’ve never been hurt. Let me tell you it’s scary but it’s the best feeling when you do. There are so many people who have yet to really LIVE. I dare you to try it!

As I think about the death of Robin Williams, Mike Brown, Erik Garner, Earl Hawkins (my grandfather who passed away a few weeks ago) and a few others who in our eyes were gone too soon or suddenly, I am reminded of the headlines on CBS News this morning referring to Robin Williams — Legacy of Laughter.  I started to think about the legacy I would like to leave behind as well as the legacy of others who gone before me and it prompted me to write today’s post.

WHAT LEGACY WILL YOU LEAVE BEHIND OR PASS ON?

WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY?

People are leaving this earth left and right and sometimes we think we have more time than is allowed.  If you were to leave this earth tomorrow, what would your legacy be?  What would people remember you for?  Time waits for no one and no matter how young or old you are, you have purpose and have something that this world needs.

What memories will you leave behind?  

Are you living in and on purpose?  

Are you living an intentional life that is motivated by your life’s purpose?  

Robin Williams’ left a legacy of laughter, what will your legacy be?  

Now let me just change gears for a moment.  There are many ‘evils’ happening in our world, people are suffering severely with mental illness, substance abuse, we are experiencing violence against unarmed african american youth, sexual trafficking and abuse of girls, and so much more.  With so much going it is so important for you to be clear and intentional on making everyday count.

Not only on this day, MY BIRTHDAY, but everyday…

I AM COMMITTED TO …

Celebrating Life Celebrating TriumphCelebrating Breakthrough … Celebrating the fact that the enemy really thought he had me … Celebrating the fact that fear thought it would paralyze me but Faith released me.

We are in the 8th month of the 2014 and I am still in GREAT expectation of faster, double and NEW.  I am thanking God for the NEW that’s coming and for all that’s already happened. When others will never see this day… I am thankful for LIFE. It’s new dawn. It’s a new day… It’s a new year for me… and I’m feeling good!

CHECK OUT NINA SIMONE’S SONG – FEELING GOOD!

Take some time to ponder on the legacy YOU DECIDE you want to leave behind.  When people think of you, what do you want them to remember… Then get to MAKING IT HAPPEN.

Until Next time…

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Do Something Different

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Since life has been really crazy, there’s no video for this message but just a few words shared from my heart to yours.  These last few months have been really crazy (in a good way) and in spite of everything going on, I am learning to be flexible, adaptable, coachable and teachable.  I am learning to embrace all things NEW in my life.  Things that I’ve spoken into existence that are now manifesting in my life.  Doors that God is opening that I couldn’t even imagine.

I’ve said it before and it bears me saying it again… if you want different, you must think, speak, do and be different.  You cannot not expect different results doing the same thing over again.  Maybe you are in a new season of your life but you still trying to bring old ways into this season… well if you haven’t already figured it out, IT DOESN’T WORK.

When you enter a new season of your life you must bring new ways of doing into that new season.  You can’t expect to go the next level with now level living.  I am becoming more and more clear about my purpose and I know that as a life purpose generator and purpose provoker, my job is to ignite those dead or dormant dreams and help you to bring them to life.  My goal is to help you add purpose to your life.  If there’s no purpose in life… what’s the point of living, right?

And the way I see it, since God didn’t create anything without a clear intention on why and how He intended to use it, you have to know that you too have purpose.  You were created with purpose, for a purpose.  You were created in purpose and on purpose.  You have to know and believe this.

So as I am writing this, maybe the first thing you have to do differently is, shift your mindset to thinking differently about yourself and who God created you to be.  You have to start meditating on those things that speak to how God sees you and not how you see yourself. Especially if what you see isn’t congruent with how your Creator sees you.

I posted this last night on my fb page:

Just thinking about my life and purpose and the lives I’ve touched over the years because I said yes to purpose and destiny. You never know whose life you will change but trust that if God is in the mix, He’s got your back and will most assuredly affirm you when others won’t. Say yes and be open to the great things God has in store for you. Trust me I’m nowhere near perfect but I was willing and available to be used. God isn’t looking for you to be perfect. He’s looking for you to just say yes!!!

For some of your reading this, maybe what you need to do different is SAY YES.  You’ve been saying no for so long that saying YES is so unfamiliar.  I challenge you to say YES to your life, your purpose, and all that God has for you.

August is my birthday and it is the 8th month. Eight (8) is the number of new beginnings.

Could you use a do over… are there some things in your life that you need to do away with so you can start anew or even do things in a new way?

Tomorrow I will be hosting this month’s Life Purpose Coaching Call. You can get the details here: www.trueheartspeaks.com.  I encourage you to be on this month’s call because I am doing something NEW…. as a birthday gift from me to you, I am opening the call.

YEP… you got it… you don’t have to register since I will be sharing the call in details in this call.  Now keep in mind if you can’t make it, you will want to join my Catalyst Club Inner Circle to get access to the recording.

Here are the call-in details:
Call-in number: 1-218-632-0369
Access Code: 763180#

Make a choice to do something different today!

Until next time… add purpose to your life.

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Pursue Purpose

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Just because people don’t get you doesn’t mean you stop pursuing purpose. It just means you have use more wisdom and discernment in how your pursue purpose. Adding purpose to your life isn’t easy especially if you e been ‘existing for some time. Sometimes it’s not meant for others to get you or it at this time. God wants to see how committed you are to the assignment as opposed to the accolades. Be committed to the assignment. Don’t be discouraged if no one pays you any attention in the beginning. Just know that you are being molded and shaped for an appointed season and time. Pursue purpose. As you pursue purpose and as you begin to operate in your assignment, God will begin to open doors for others to see what God has been doing in you all along.

Keep pursuing…

When they don’t get you…

Hey Truehearts…

I’m back with another Life Purpose video…

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Until next time….
To thine own self be TRUE.  For out of the abundance of the HEART, the mouth SPEAKS.
Choose to live in and on purpose!
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Detra
Life Purpose Generator – Speaker | Coach | Consultant | Mentor
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You are invited…

Happy Independence Month!!!

Praying your fourth of July weekend and holiday was fabulous.  Mine was an awesome time spent with family and loved ones.  There were also a few quiet moments as well.

As you know, I host a monthly life purpose coaching call and You, my dear trueheart, are cordially invited to join me for this month’s Life Purpose Coaching Call:

Reclaim Your Independence:

7 strategies to reclaiming your personal freedom for the next 6 months.

On this call you will learn:

  • How to put you first
  • The most important thing you have to do to begin to take back your life.
  • How to take back the second half of the year if you are feeling like the first six months were
  • How to move forward with less guilt
  • The 7 strategies, tips and tools that you will be able to immediately use after the call

We are heading into the second half of 2014 and if the first half hasn’t gone exactly as you planned, that’s okay, you have six more months to claim your personal freedom and get it together.

  • Isn’t it time you started doing what gives you joy and fuels your sweet spot?
  • Isn’t it time you started putting you first?
  • Isn’t it time you took matters into your own hands instead of waiting for everyone else to do what you can do for you?

If you answered YES to any of these I challenge you to take 30 minutes out of your day to put YOU first and join me on this month’s call.

If you have been on any of my free monthly coaching calls, you are already registered. If not, no worries, you can get signed up at www.trueheartspeaks.com.

Can’t make the call? Have a prior commitment? No worries, Join my Catalyst Club Inner Circle to get access to the recording. Click here to get more information.

I sure hope you can join me this Tuesday!

Until next time….
To thine own self be TRUE.  For out of the abundance of the HEART, the mouth SPEAKS.
Choose to live in and on purpose!
Hugs…
Detra
Life Purpose Generator – Speaker | Coach | Consultant | Mentor
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You will be misunderstood

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And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:5 KJV)

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You will be put in places and around people who don’t get you. That’s okay. They’re not supposed, initially. As light in darkness, people who live in darkness or who live beneath their purpose don’t really know what it’s like to live in and on purpose. They have to be taught. They have to be shown. You have to be the example. People need to see what an intentional and unapologetic life looks like. They need to see someone who is happy on their job, who is happy in their marriage, who lives God and walks in the light that was given by Jesus.

If you have been wondering why no one gets it, it is because your light is unfamiliar to those in darkness. Your light is so bright that they have to squint their eyes and marvel at the who you are. It’s been so dark for so long that they aren’t even sure what light is anymore.
Be that light.
Be the salt.
Brighten up someone’s life and add some seasoning to it. It’s your mandate. It’s everyone’s mandate. Remember that to whom much is given much is required. You are required to use your gifts and double them. Make good on them. Don’t bury them and don’t let others dim your light because they don’t have the confidence to let theirs shine.
They may not understand now but they will in due time. Just keep shining your light in the dark places of your job, your marriage, your children, your family, your community & anywhere else God places you.
Keep shining your light!
Until next time….
Choose to live in and on purpose!
Hugs…
Detra
Life Purpose Generator – Speaker | Coach | Consultant | Mentor
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Are you mentally sabotaging what you say verbally?

Check out this week’s Life Purpose Video Blog.

Is what you think, say and do in alignment?  If not, check out this week’s video.

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Until next time….

Choose to live in and on purpose!

Hugs…

Detra
Life Purpose Generator – Speaker | Coach | Consultant | Mentor
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Get Started

Ok so I know I have been MIA for a minute…

I have been in transition and things have been a bit crazy (but in a good way).  I will fill you in at a later date.  However, I have been working to create more video blogs in addition to writing to make sure I am reaching my Trueheart family in a myriad of ways.  So with that said a few weeks ago, I started recording Life Purpose videos with short but powerful messages to help push, propel and provoke you into your life’s purpose.

I’m really tired of people walking around unhappy and unfulfilled when of the power to change your situation and circumstances lies in your hands.  My first video was about getting started and as you will see I am still trying to master posting videos online.  But in spite of the challenges, I’m committed to sharing and doing what God tells me to do.  What about you?  Will you get out of your own way and just do it.  No matter what the outcome, just take the first step.  Sometimes it’s not about the outcome but more about if you have the courage to just launch out into the deep (or even the shallow) end of purpose and do what you know in your heart of heart you should be doing.

Remember you don’t have to be great to get started but you do need to get started to be great.  So check out the video and be sure to leave me a comment to let me know what you think as well as share it with those you think would be blessed by watching the video.

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Until next time….

Choose to live in and on purpose!

Hugs…

Detra
Life Purpose Generator – Speaker | Coach | Consultant | Mentor
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Speak Life Tele-Class – Early Bird Registration ENDS TODAY!

Hey TrueheartSpeaks family,

You may or may not know but I will be hosting a LIVE Tele-Class next Tuesday, April 29th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  It’s entitled Speak Life: Creating the Life YOU Love with the Words YOU Speak.

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I want to share part of the message I shared with my TrueheartSpeaks mailing list family yesterday.  BTW, if you have yet to subscribe to the TrueheartSpeaks E-Zine & Free Monthly Life Purpose Coaching Calls, CLICK HERE to sign up now.

If you follow me at all, whether here on my blog, via my website, or on any of my social media pages, you know that I am very adamant about using the power of our words to create what we desire.  I’ve written a few bog posts on it and it is even included as a key component in many of my coaching programs, products and services.  Well over the past couple of months,  I really started noticing a pattern when having conversations with clients.

  • They were stuck, stagnant and feeling very stalled in life.
  • They weren’t happy with the way things were going in their lives personally and/or professionally.
  • Actually some were happy but things still seemed to stay the same in spite of efforts to go the the next level.
  • They comfortable and complacent.

You want to know what that pattern was that I noticed?  I figured you would want to know.

Well it was in their language.  

  • It was a self-defeated type of talk.  
  • It was a I want more and I want better but I don’t want to say anything just in case it doesn’t happen type of talk.  
  • It was a things are going really good but I’ve seemed to plateau and I’m not sure how to break through this ‘glass ceiling’ type of talk.  

You see how you speak about yourself tells me tons about how you see your life and your future.  

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Some of you say you believe it but your words don’t line up.  If you know anything about me you know that the things that have manifested in my life have not only been because of the vision that God has given me but also because I lined up my words with where I desired to be rather than where I was.  When I started my girls not for profit, the Young Miss Buffalo Pageant: Scholarship & Enrichment Program, Inc., 14 years ago, people will tell you that they remember me talking about what I was doing, how it looked, the layout of the program, etc. Even back then I understood the power of words and speaking things into existence.

Ok so, let me ask you this…

Are you talking ‘this‘ level talk when you should be talking ‘next‘ level talk?

Maybe you aren’t speaking death but maybe you are speaking comfort and complacency.  It is said that indecision is still making a decision, so since we are talking about speaking…. not saying anything is just as bad as speaking negative things over you, those around you and your circumstances.

I have so much to share with you and I believe that there are so many people who need to know that what you say is just as important as what you think. What you think and SAY determines what you do.  That’s why I’m inviting you to join me next Tuesday.  Listen, if anything I’ve said resonates with you, do not wait another minute overthinking yourself out of something that could change your life.  

REGISTER NOW!  

You have until next week to register however, you do not have until next week to get in at the Early Bird Rate of $27.00.  After TODAY it goes up to $47.00.  Yes…. for two hours and $27.00 you get me pouring into you and from tomorrow until next Tuesday, it goes up to the regular registration rate of $47.00.

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Now maybe you are saying Detra, I really want to be there and I know this message is for me, but I can’t make it.  I have another commitment… well guess what!  If you can’t make it, NO WORRIES!! — Register Now… and once it’s done, the mp3 recording and the worksheets will be emailed to you afterwards so you can listen and do the work at your leisure.  But TRUST ME… you do not want to miss this.

Life is short… don’t wake up this Wednesday or next, saying woulda, coulda, shoulda… It’s time to do something you’ve never done in order to have what you’ve never had.  If what you are doing isn’t working, try something else.

I can’t wait to ‘see’ you on the SPEAK LIFE Tele Class call next week!

PS… look out for this week’s blog post!

Until next time….

Choose to live in and on purpose!

Hugs…

Detra
Life Purpose Generator – Speaker | Coach | Consultant | Mentor
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Learn from FAILURE Don’t Run from It.

I was thinking of what to post this week and I happened to com across a coaching assignment that went out today for my Go Hard or Go Home 30 Day Jumpstart E-Program and decided I wanted to share it with you.  Be sure to do the assignment and share you comments with me below or on facebook or twitter.

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Learn from FAILURE Don’t Run from It.


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As we close out our last full week of our 30 day journey together, I want to close this week with today’s lesson, which is Learn from Failure DON’T Run from It.  Many times we are so afraid to fail and so afraid to try anything new, that we never do anything.  We run from failure instead of running towards it.  We hide behind bushes when we think failure is lurking and maybe it is lurking.  But let me tell you this, you will learn so much more from your failures than you will ever learn from your successes.  It is in your failures that your greatness is created, defined and some times refined.  Don’t let the possibility of what could ‘never’ happen keep you from trying and making it happen.  You have to learn how to confidently look the prospect of failure in the eye and move forward anyway.


You see the question isn’t if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems. We will all have things that come into our lives to shake us and make us but NEVER to break us.  What the devil meant for bad in your life, God can most assuredly turn it around for your good.  Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that ALL things work together for the good of those who love God and are the called according to His purpose.”  ALL things are working together for your good.  Trust and know that God has your best interest at heart when he allows obstacles to come your way.  Everything you are experiencing is preparing you for where you are going.  Let God shake some things up in your life.  There may be some ingredients that have settled down at the bottom that are needed to spice up your life, your purpose and your destiny. Shake them up so you can experience the FULL essence of all of the flavors you possess.

Will you fail backward or will you lean in and fail forward?  Don’t run from it… run to it and learn everything you can.  Life is all about solving problems.  You have to change your perspective when pursuing greatness.  You have to look at yourself as a problem solver.  Don’t focus on the problem, focus on the solution.  If it didn’t or doesn’t work, how can you tweak it to make it better that next go-round?  Or do you just scrap it and move it on.  Remember that learning to move on is just as important as staying around to try to fix it.  It takes wisdom to make that decision. Lastly, don’t forget to keep God in the mix.  Some things aren’t meant for you to touch, but just to experience.  If this is one of those instances, give the problem to God and keep it moving.

As the quote above implies (I’m paraphrasing), if you try, you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t, you’ve already lost.  Stop running from it and run to it.  The very thing you are running from could be the very thing that makes all the difference in how you achieve your goals.  No you won’t know until you get knee-deep in it, but you will never know unless you try. 

Below is a little inspiration.  I have listed a few very successful people and how they failed (some tremendously) before becoming who we know them as today.  

  • Henry Ford: While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn’t an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five times before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.
  • R.H. Macy: Most people are familiar with this large department store chain, but Macy didn’t always have it easy. Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting big with his store in New York City.
  • Akio Morita: You may not have heard of Morita but you’ve undoubtedly heard of his company, Sony. Sony’s first product was a rice cooker that unfortunately didn’t cook rice so much as burn it, selling less than 100 units. This first setback didn’t stop Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company.
  • Bill Gates: Gates didn’t seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data. While this early idea didn’t work, Gates’ later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft.
  • Walt Disney: Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
  • Albert Einstein: Most of us take Einstein’s name as synonymous with genius, but he didn’t always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.
  • Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.
  • Oprah Winfrey: Most people know Oprah as one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that position, however, enduring a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.”
  • Fred Astaire: In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer and dancer and kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.
  • J. K. Rowling: Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.
  • Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
  • Babe Ruth: You probably know Babe Ruth because of his home run record (714 during his career), but along with all those home runs came a pretty hefty amount of strikeouts as well (1,330 in all). In fact, for decades he held the record for strikeouts. When asked about this he simply said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
  • Steven Spielberg: While today Spielberg’s name is synonymous with big budget, he was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.

The people I listed above aren’t any different from you or me.  The only thing that makes them different is their decision to never let no’s and rejection keep them from their dreams, goals, aspirations and purpose.  

My question is will you?

Your Daily Coaching Assignment:
Today’s Assignment is … Since failure is inevitable, if your perception of and response to failure were changed, what would you attempt to achieve?  I mean really think about.  I am sure that there are still some things you haven’t tried or won’t try because you are afraid of failing.  What if you were still afraid of failing but knew you needed to lean into it in order to achieve the success you desire?  Take some time today and think about recent setbacks you’ve experienced.  How did you respond?  Did you let it keep you down or did you get back up?  I hope you got back up :)  If not, then now is the time to run toward your failures, lean into them and learn from every single one of them?  Is it scary… ABSOLUTELY but it is so worth it!
I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson..

Until next time….

Choose to live in and on purpose!

Hugs…

Detra
Life Purpose Generator – Speaker | Coach | Consultant | Mentor
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