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What’s in your head?

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Happy beginning of the third week of 2017! πŸ˜‰

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

I hope this year is off to an awesome start for you. Today is page 16Β inΒ chapter one of your book called 2017. What have you been writing daily on your life pages? Β You should have 15 pages ‘written.’

Ok so onto my message for you…

A few weeks ago I was listening to the audio recording of one of my favorite motivational speakers. I had it on repeat. After my Morning LifeScope, my son comes down stairs and while listening to it, he says “mommy cut that off.” Paying him no attention, I keep listening. After multiples of him saying “turnΒ it off,” he said something that struck my attention. He said, “mommy turn that off. If you keep playing it, it’s going to be in my head and I don’t want it in my head.

I’m not sure if you caught that.

He said, “if you keep playing it, it’s going to be in my head.

I wonder who and what you allow to keep playing, thus allowing it to get in your head and maybe stay there. I’m not even sure my son knows the magnitude of what he said, but I did.

Even as a 5 year old, he had enough sense to know that if you listen to something long enough, it gets in your head and you start to replay what you’ve heard over and over again. This is the very reason we have to be careful of what and who we listen to.

This is why we have to be careful of what we rehearse over and over and over in our heads.
You see, what or who you listen to has the power to influence you and your life as well as how you view yourself and your life.

Maybe you’ve being hearing you’re not good enough or you’re not qualified or you’ll never get married or nobody has ever done what you’re trying to do.

Ever wonder why you can hear a song in your head without it playing. You see, youΒ heard multiple times, now it’s in your head.

Just like my son said.

So now that you know what and who you listen to can impact you, what are you going to do about it?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Change what you are listening to.
  • Change who you are listening to.
  • Rehearse a new story. You don’t have to believe what you hear.
  • Be intentional with who you allow to speak into you.
  • Be intentional with what you allow yourself to hear.

If someone begins to speak something negative over your life, reject it and replace with what you know to be true or what God says about you.

It’s a new year, do something NEW, something DIFFERENT.

Until Next Time…
Hug + Love + Prayers

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Quitting is NOT an Option

Quitting is NOT an option

Now before you jump on this and refute the topic of this week’s message. Stay with me for a moment.

Last week I was faced with a decision. Some things weren’t panning out the way I had anticipated and I had the thought of just postponing my plans. Before making the final decision, as with most decisions, (yes as a type A personality, I don’t always consult with God on his plan for my life, but that’s another message) I went to the Lord in prayer. I asked what I should do. I sat quietly and the Lord immediatelyΒ spoke to me saying, “you will keep going. Quitting, pausing, or postponing is not an option and would be too easy. You will stay the course and you will do the work.”

I sat there for a few seconds and internally saidΒ “ok.”

This story is still evolving so I can’t tell you how it ends just yet, but just know that since that conversation, things have started falling into place. But more importantly, I am doing the work.

This was never supposed to be about perfection but progression. I wanted things to happen a certain way and because, I felt like I had made a mistake or the timing was off.

So let me ask you something…

  • What are you supposed to be doing that just doesn’t seem to be coming together?Β 
  • What has God given you to do and because it’s seems harder than you thought, you’ve decided to push back the timetable?
  • Or you’ve decided to just quit thinking it wasn’t meant to be?

I will tell you like I was told last week during my prayer timeΒ …
“You will keep going. Quitting, pausing, or postponing is not an option and would be too easy. You will stay the course and you will do the work.”
Get back in position. Get back on track. And as BeyoncΓ© says, get into formation.

You see quitting, postponing, and pushing things back would be too easy.Β You’d be let off the hook. You start again and then it got hard, you do what you are doing now.

Not happening.

You’re going to do the work.
You’re going to stay the course.
You’re to follow the plan.

It’s just as simple as that.

It was never promised that life would be easy. It was never promised that we wouldn’t have to put some sweat equity into this thing called life.

Maybe you’ve gotten discouraged because you’re working to fix your finances and things just don’t seem to turning around as quickly as you’d like. Are you putting the work or are you expecting things to work out on their own. You haven’t changed what you do or how you do it.Β 

Listen, nothing changes if nothing changes.

DO THE WORK!Β 

Maybe you want your marriage to turn around for the better but you’re waiting on him/her to do something before you put in any work. Well then you don’t want it bad enough. What are you doing to create the marriage you desire? What changes have YOUΒ made?

I could offer tons of examples but the premise of this message is this….

Stop thinking that because things aren’t going as expected, that you’re supposed to quit, post pone or push things back.

I know I know I know… there are times whenΒ quitting, letting go, pushing things back, is just what the doctor ordered.

This is not one of them.

Not when faith isΒ involved and God has positioned you for greater and to do something you know you can’t do on your own. This is one of those times where you have to do what you can, so God can do what you can’t.

Do your part. Get back in the game. Get your mind and your heart back on track.Β Focus.Β Hone in.Β Get moving.

Even in the midst of the valleys and the dark alleys…

Stay the course. Keep your eyes on the prize. Push until you can’t push anymore.

Fight for your life.
Fight for your dreams.
Fight for your marriage.
Fight for your family.
Fight for your sanity.
Fight for your health.

No matter what it is…

QUITTING IS NOT AN OPTION.Β 


Stop thinking that because things aren’t goingΒ as expected, that you’re supposed to quit, post pone, or push things back.
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Your assignment:

This week, I want you to identify whatever you contemplated quitting, postponing or pushing back.Β Then, I want you to the get quiet, refocus, reframe,Β listen for instructions, then do whatΒ you’ve been putting off. Β It’s just that simple. RepositionΒ if you need to. Cut some things off if need be. Be get back in the game. Get your mind and your heart in sync, so your words and actions can follow.

Trust that He who began a good work in you, shall complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Β God didn’t bring you this far to leave you. Β Could it be that he’s holding out to see if you want it bad enough. Β He hasn’t moved, because you haven’t moved. Β He will move on your behalf, when you do.

Until Next Time…

Hug + Love + Prayers

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I AM God’s Masterpiece

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This week’s SpeakLife Declaration is:

For I am his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that I should walk in them. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ ESV).

I was reading my bible last night before heading to bed and The Lord took me to Ephesians chapter 2. As I was reading the chapter, verse 10 popped out at me. It says that we are his workmanship… In other translations it says we are his masterpiece.

Now I don’t know about you but I don’t always feel like a masterpiece. I don’t always feel like the Mona Lisa. I don’t always feel like something special and unique. Something that some might call priceless.

But guess what?

Who cares what I feel, God word is clear that in spite of how I feel about myself, His word declares how HE feels about me. This passage declares the we were created for GOOD WORKS which God prepared beforehand (before we got here) and not only that, but that we should walk in those good works that were created before we got here.

So let me let you in on a little secret…. You have purpose, you have a reason for being here, you are special and unique and set apart. I know that your life and your circumstances may not agree but I serve a God that can take whatever you are going through and turn it around if you let him.

So not only for today but for the next 7 days meditate on this passage of scripture and become one with it. Meditate on it until you really start to believe it. I also want you to speak it. Say it everyday throughout the day. Constantly remind yourself that you in fact are indeed a masterpiece. You were created with something specific in mind that God purposed for you to do and to be before you got here.

Until next time…

Always remember, to thine own self be TRUE, for out of the abundance of the HEART, the mouth SPEAKS.

LIVE, LOVE, LEAD in & on purpose

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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). Β I will fill you in at a later date. Β 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. Β 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. Β My first video was about getting started and as you will see I am still trying to master posting videos online. Β But in spite of the challenges, I’m committed to sharing and doing what God tells me to do. Β What about you? Β Will you get out of your own way and just do it. Β No matter what the outcome, just take the first step. Β 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. Β 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
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Speak Life

I know it has been a minute since I’ve posted. Β Most of you know I run a girls enrichment program and we are full steam ahead with planning and prepping for this year’s participants. Β We held interviews over the weekend and we had the opportunity to welcome 24 girls into program. Β I’m pretty excited about that.

On another note, if you follow me on any of my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, GooglePlus,Β you have seen my Morning Declarations that I post each morning. Β However, if we aren’t connected, you may have missed them so I figured I would share some of my declarations with you. Β As you know I am a huge proponent of speaking life and not death into you, your family, your situation. Β When all hell seems to be breaking loose around you, what you speak and what you think determine what you do and how you respond.

Remember, self talk is HUGE… what you say to and about yourself speaks so much louder than what others say to and about you. Β So if you are like me and some days you wake up not feeling your best — YES… even I have those days more than you can imagine, you need something that will give you a little kick in the butt. Β I have my affirmations/declarations on my iPhone in my notes so I can carry them around with me everywhere I go. Β Some people write them in a notebook, others make signs and tape them in different places in their homes. Β It doesn’t really matter where they are so long as you are saying them daily and sometimes multiple times daily.

For the daily posts I make, I encourage my readers to say it 7 times. Β No rhyme or reason other than it’s my favorite number and God’s number of perfection and completion. Β So after reading this post, you may want to print these out and post them somewhere so you can say them 7 times DAILY throughout the day. Β In order to transform your mind and your mouth, you must renew it daily and repetitiously.

So here are a few of the favorites…. Feel free share them and tag me on any of my social media pages.

I will not let fear paralyze me. I will take ACTION! iMove

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I will accept the perfection o my imperfections. I don’t have to be Perfect! iAccept.

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I am WORTHY & I am WORTH IT!

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I will try something new TODAY. iTry

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Purpose is in the PRESS, therefore I PUSH into purpose. iPush

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Until next time….

Choose to live in and on purpose!

Hugs…

Detra
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Stop living for ‘them’ & START living for YOU.

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So this is the second of a three-part series on how to live in and on purpose. Β In my last post, I shared with you how to Do It Afraid as one of the first steps I shared on the New Year New You 2014 Tele-event at the beginning of the year. Β This post I will be sharing how to start living for you instead of them and how to be true to you. Β So many people make decisions based on the response or feedback of other people. Β They do something because others are doing it or they don’t do it because others are not doing it. Β Others base their decisions and life’s purpose on the fear of rejection from others.

If this is you, then it’s time for you to start living for you instead of for them: let go of those people, place and things that have hindered you from living in and on purpose. Β You have to get to a place where you do things not for the approval of others but because you know it is what God has instructed you to do.Β  Every thing God gives you won’t be popular, like-able or received by those in your circle but you have to move forward anyway.

My question for you is —

  • Are you living or just existing? Β 
  • Are you living for them or for you?
  • Are you being true to you?

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“It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Listen, you will never be who God purposed for you to be until you let go of whom others expect you to be. Β Much of my life was based on what my parents wanted me to do. Β Now don’t get me wrong. I loved dancing and performing as well as competing in pageants, but there came a time when I felt as if it more for them instead of for me. Β I will share more later in this post, butΒ when we talk about living for you instead of living for them, make sure you are clear that it isn’t you who is holding you up instead of them. Β Be sure you aren’t using ‘them‘ as the reason why you haven’t taken action, when in fact it’s not because of them, but because of YOU… your fear, your doubts, your insecurities.

February is Black History Month but it is also the month of love. This month as African Americans, Black Americans, Americans of African Descent, or whomever you consider yourself to be, I encourage you to take a really good look in the mirror and make sure that you are being true to who you were created to be. So many times we try to be who other people want us to be or who we β€˜think’ others want us to be so we hide who we really are. In 2014, it is time to stop trying to keep up with the jones’, it is time to stop trying to impress people we don’t like or live with things we can’t afford or don’t want.Β  I am challenging you this year to live according to mantra: β€˜to thine own self be true.’

For years I competed in pageants and did very well. Always winning a title or placing in the top 3, 5 or 10; however there was always one struggle. I never felt allowed to be who I really was. At that time (over 10 years ago), there was always a ‘pageant’ answer or a ‘pageant’ look I was supposed to adhere to (according to my mom and my pageant coach) and at times it became very frustrating internally because it conflicted with who I knew God created me to be. So after 8+ years of competing, I left that world to venture out to be, do & have what was true to me. I started living for me instead of ‘them.’ The journey hasn’t been easy but today as a life coach and professional speaker who operates in my areas of strength, I can say I am on my own β€˜to thine own self be true’ journey.

What about you? Can you say the same? Are you living someone else’s dreams? Are you working a job you aren’t happy with? Are you in a relationship that doesn’t allow you to be you? Are you doing things just to keep up or just because it is the popular thing to do? Are you living more for them instead of living for you?

Well I am here to tell you to STOP IT!

It is time for you to take a good look in the mirror, get naked and unapologetic with yourself.Β  It is time for you to venture out on your own β€˜to thine own self be true’ journey.

Not only just for Black History Month, but I implore you my beautiful black brothers and sisters to embrace your beautiful black skin, hair and features everyday. Β The same goes for my beautiful non-black brothers and sisters. Never settle for less than what is due to you? Don’t get into a relationship or go out on a date for ‘Valentine’s Day‘ just because you are ‘lonely’ or don’t want to be the only one ‘without’ someone. Love you for you. Live for you. This is what being true to thine own self is all about — living in & on purpose and living for you instead of them. Doing what’s not popular but what’s good for you. Being intentional about your success (however you define it), your happiness, your health, your faith, your career, your relationships and your life.

YOUR TURN… I encourage you to take some time to journal and write down whether you have really been true to you or just living for others and their approval. Trust me the only approval you need is from the one who created you, God. Here are some questions to think about:

  • Am I really being true to myself?
  • If no, what changes do I need to make?
  • If yes, how can I continue to be true to myself and not be influenced by the varied changes in life and the world around me?
  • Am I allowing people, places and things to influence and change me?
  • If so, what people, places, & things do I need to get rid of or remove myself from to be in a place where I can start being true to me and living for me instead of them?
  • What does β€˜to thine own self be true’ really mean to me?

Choose to live in and on purpose…

Hugs…

Detra
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Do it Afraid

Do It Afraid

At the beginning of the year, I had the opportunity to share as one of four guest speakers for a Tele-Event entitled “New Year New You 2014.” My topic was about how to live in and on purpose. Β As I prepared for the call, I asked God what He would have me to share with the women on the call and He gave me three points, the first of which was DO IT AFRAID. Β I will share the other two in the weeks to come.

I received such awesome feedback that I figured I would share with you in more detail what I shared on the call to help you jumpstart 2014 so you can start living in and on purpose.

When we talk about doing it afraid, it means feel the fear and do it anyway. Β So many times we let fear be the very thing that keeps us from the greatness that is waiting for us. Β I am here to tell you to STOP IT! Β It is time for you to start doing it afraid.

DO NOT let fear be the only factor that determines your decisions. Β Do not let fear be the deciding factor for how you pursue purpose. Β Remember thatΒ What You Feed Expands. Β So my question to you is what are you feeding? Β Your faith? Or your fear?

If you are feeding your fear, it will continue to expand, but if you are feeding your faith, then that is what will expand. Β I believe that we have to get to a place where we intentionally minimize those things that would cause our fear to grow even if that means doing it afraid. Β The more you press through fear in to faith and action, the less of an impact it has on you.

There is an infographic I’ve seen numerous times that says “the phrase ‘DO NOT BE AFRAID’ is written in the bible 365 times. That’s a daily reminder from God to live everyday being fearless.”

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If Do Not Be Afraid is listed in the bible 365 times, then that is a hint that maybe, just maybe, you need to start focusing less on your fears and more on what God instructs you to do and that is to NOT BE AFRAID. Β Now let’s be realistic here, even I get afraid. Β Shoot we all get afraid. Β I get nervous. Β I over think things. Β I even sometimes try to talk myself out of doing certain things until I hear that still small voice tell me DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT… JUST DO IT. That’s when in spite of my fears, my insecurities, my doubts or whatever else I may be feeling or thinking, I do what I’ve been instructed to do.

Is it always easy to do it afraid? NO. Β Will you second guess yourself, while doing it afraid? Β YES. But will it be worth it? ABSOLUTELY! Β Doing what you know in your heart of hearts to do isn’t always easy. Β It’s takes guts, it takes passion and it takes drive. Β If you spend time feeding your faith, it makes the journey just a little bit easier. Β In addition to feeding your faith, you also need to get moving. Β Taking massive action minimizes the level of fear you feel as you continue to keep moving. Β This is why I say you have to do it afraid. Β To DO is a verb, which means you need to be in action, doing something. Β 

The reason your fear has been so rampant in your mind and your life is because you aren’t doing anything or the things you are doing are feeding your fears instead of your faith. Β Just in case you didn’t know FAITH is also a verb and it only works when you work it. Β Are you willing to work your faith? Β Are you willing to put your faith into action? Β Are you willing to take massive action in the direction of your dreams, goals, aspirations and purpose?

I sure hope so.

Isn’t it time you starting doing it afraid?

I say YES…

So get moving!

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Choose to live in and on purpose…

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