Happy 3rd Anniversary, SRD!

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy 3rd Anniversary, SRD Mentoring & Coaching!! Did I just say that?! Wow…Time flies! Three years ago, I decided to take a leap of faith. It was the best decision I ever made. I dreamed about this for soooo many years, but gave myself many excuses, why I couldn’t make it happen. I was helping others build their dreams with their organizations, but fearful to take the steps to accomplish my own. With God and faith, anything is possible!

 

Today, I feel AWESOME! I am truly living and fulfilling my purpose. Over the past three years, I’ve partnered with organizations, volunteered my services, served my clients and provided resources for my business to grow. Creativity is key! THANK YOU, to my previous and current clients for allowing me to assist in making your goals and dreams come true. Being a small businesss entrepreneur, with a demanding career and family, takes hard work and dedication. Having a balanced life is key.

These past three years, I’ve learned a lot about entrepreneurship. How to deal with clients, how to give and receive feedback professionally, overcoming challenges and barriers, and how to invest in growing my small business. I don’t have all the answers, but below are a few tips for those considering embarking on a new business endeavor or starting a small business.

  1.  Be Grateful. In all things be grateful for your journey. The small wins and the big wins.  A grateful attitude is a magnet for miracles.  Being grateful is an excellent characteristic of leadership. Start a gratitude journal. It will allow for you to maintain positivity even on those trying days, where business may be stagnant. Journaling allowed for me to write down my business goals and plans, which increased my determination and focus to achieve them.
  2. Take Risks. If you don’t take that leap of faith, you will never know the depths you can achieve. Successful entrepreneurship involves taking risks…and a lot of them. It involves planning, strategy and hard work. The scary part is that you don’t know if the risk will pay off, but if you want your business to be successful, risks are necessary. Failure will be apart of your journey. It allows for growth and opportunities. Risks allows for you to think and be innovated.
  3.  Be Creative. Again, creativity is key! You will hear me say this many times. I am always looking for ways to improve my business and stand out from my competition. Rome was not built in a day.  Be intentional with your creativity. “When Passion Meets Purpose” workshops, provided me with an avenue to be creative and successful. Four “Sold Out” city stops and looking forward to many more. Thank You for your support.
  4. Serve Others. If you have a service or product, you are serving others. This should be your primary focus. Service to your clients should always be top priority, on purpose. Your business mission, vision, blue print or plan, should be centered around serving others. I serve my clients through mentoring and coaching services, books and product offerings. I am always making decisions and offering suggestions. If you are in business, you are asking for a financial return, in exchange for your time and energy, BUT money should not be your ultimate goal of being in business. If so, the days of financial lack, will decrease your effort and focus. Your focus should be in ensuring you are maximizing the clients experience. If your heart for business is there, the financial aspect will come, and be much greater than you expected.  Referrals are your biggest blessing!
  5. Be Humble, Be Humble. Yes, I intentionally said it twice. We all will make mistakes in business ownership. We all have that over excitement of growth and prosperity. Everybody falls down in some point in life. Embracing humility is true self-awareness. Be able to recognize your mistakes, apologize and move forward with growth. You are not perfect. Always treat people the way you would want to be treated. Humble yourself.

These five tips provided growth and avenues for me to be successful. We all have our own clear definition of succsss; based on our individual vision, goals, plans and achievements.  I also use these pointers in my everyday life. I have so much more to learn and always willing to be a student.

Again, I truly appreciate ALL your support! Be on the look out for some exciting news in the coming months! Can’t wait to share!

Invest in yourself. Invest in your business. Serve others.

Living My Best Life…On PURPOSE!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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Happy 4th of July

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy July 4th! Hopefully, you are enjoying family and friends on today or some much needed rest. I truly appreciate being able to schedule this post to be sent, while I am enjoying a mini vacation near some clear, blue water!

This year is swiftly moving on by! This month is so special to me! It is the third year of business for SRD Mentoring & Coaching! I am so grateful and humbled by your support. Thank you for being a subscriber and reader of my blog.  New endeavors, new beginnings and future things on the horizon.

It’s a new day, new month and a perfect time to start something new. Embrace that dream or goal. What’s holding you back? Be Creative!

It’s the holiday weekend, so be safe and enjoy!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Hope you are having a great week thus far! Many times over my lifetime, I’ve been faced with circumstances or experiences that I allowed to hold me back. The fear of failure and my own insecurities, held me back from moving forward in certain areas of my life. What I discovered during this time was “ME” holding me back. I allowed my internal thoughts, reasoning and overanalyzing my situation, hinder me from attempting to reach my goals and dreams. Many reasons as to why it may not work, outside forces and procrastination in the process, “attempted” to cripple me from my future. Dreaming, but doubting created a pathway to “mind” excuses. I wanted more for my life and wanted to leave a lasting legacy behind, so I ditched the excuses and pressed forward.

In life, you will face tough situations and rough seasons in your life, but do not allow them to hold you back. Life happens. There are certain situations we cannot control. However; there are many areas we can control, when it comes to our life goals or dreams.

Are you looking for a career change, or stuck in a situation where there is no hope? Whether you are contemplating a new business endeavor, or facing a hard challenge, shift your focus to initiating progress NOW! Do you have all the ideas and goals on paper, but are afraid to execute? I’ve been there with every excuse to not take the leap. You can either give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got! Well, this image says it all for me! GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT! 

 

First, you should always remain in prayer.  Prayer changes things. Prayer is very powerful and can change your situation.

Second, remove fear out of the forefront. Fear has many faces and the most powerful reason to keep you from moving forward.

Third, write down what is holding you back. List the reasons why and actions you plan to take to move your life forward. Keep your actions consistent and don’t makes excuses.

I hope that you have a great week and weekend ahead. I am SUPER excited about my fourth workshop, this weekend in Atlanta! I feel a shift in my spirit! When Passion Meets Purpose, awesome things can happen.  Your city could be next!  I am so GRATEFUL!

Always SMILE…

Sherill 

 

 

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The Table Of Success

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Hope each of you are having  great week thus far. I’m back from a wonderful, beach vacation with my family and I can say, it was right on time! Nothing like spending time with family; unplugging from career, business and hectic schedules.

I often receive questions on success. From career, business to personal life victories. Truth to be told, Keep God, First! His timing is perfect. We can have all the goals on paper, certifications on the wall, but at the end of the day, prayer and faith is key. God’s timing is PERFECT!

I am grateful to have a thriving, healthcare career and business that I love. I am so blessed! I’ve worked hard to climb the corporate ladder of success, but it didn’t come easy. I had to put in the work consistently and invest in myself. Confidence is key to your career success. Are you struggling in key areas in your career? Seek out a mentor. One that can provide you with sound guidance and clarity. Someone that you can trust in keeping in real. I’ve always had that “cheerleader spirit” with a SMILE, but sometimes you have to get out of your own way, to see where you can improve to reach higher altitudes.

I remember there was a season, in my life of stagnant progression.  After my college years at Tennessee State University, prior to attending graduate school, I experienced a lot of questionable moments.  Success was happening to those around me or those I knew. I questioned my abilities and the direction of my life. I had to be willing to face and hear the hard truth. I had to get out of my feelings and embrace my current state, in working entry field level, gaining much experience as possible. I embraced small steps in learning my field and allowed those in leadership and mentoring roles, to provide me with direction. Sometimes, you have to do what you don’t want to do, to gain exposure needed for growth. Just because you graduate with a degree, it doesn’t guarantee you top dollars and instant success.  I was in my mid 20’s dreaming and wanting big things, but I had to take small steps along the way.

We all have experienced that inner thought of not doing enough or wanting to be successful. I grasped hold to the knowledge poured into me, shadowing leaders in my field and made the decision to keep learning and growing.  Make a point to sit at the table with leaders, where you can learn and grow. I do not want to be the smartest at the table. You should always be in a position to learn from others. It is so important to embrace where you are, with a vision to work towards where you want to be. Learn to be happy for others and celebrate their achievements with them. Clap for those around you and support them on their endeavors. Your time will come…Trust me!

On this journey of success in career and business, it is so important to network and build strong relationships and partnerships. I am so grateful to partner with organizations to serve others and don’t take for granted the opportunity to sit at the table of success. I am growing my brand and want to consistently provide services and tools representing my purpose, mission and vision.

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago, to spend a weekend investing in myself and the lives of others. I was a Girl CEO Panelist for Beautiful Spirited Women (BSW) with other leading ladies, discussing business and success tips. The following day, was the “Women with a Passion” Empowerment Luncheon, where I was blessed to be seated at the table with other successful ladies. It was an awesome event with key speakers, entertainment and vendors. The colorful table setting shown here was over the top fabulous…with orange! Yes, my favorite color!

I don’t have all the answers, but confident in what I bring to the table. Invest in your skills and sharpen your craft. I am always seeking ways to be a student. Learning is key. Always remember, you don’t want to be the smartest person at the table. Be willing to learn from others with a positive attitude.

Here are a few tips on being successful:

  1. Be Authentic. Be who you are. Comparison is the thief of joy and will rob you from your success. Be who you are and opportunities will come.
  2. Creativity is key. This is one of my favorite tips to share. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. Be unique in your execution of ideas and delivery.
  3. Be willing to learn. Learning is very important. Be willing to learn from others. New skills and communication, allows for improving your career or personal brand.
  4. Serve Others. We should all be in position to be of service to others. Leading is by helping others. Helping others grow, should be a top priority. If you can’t freely give of your time, to expand and help others, you are doing yourself an injustice.
  5.  Be Grateful. In all things. I have a gratitude journal, that I write in often. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fast lane, that you don’t stop to be grateful. You should be grateful for the small blessings, while striving for greater opportunities. Appreciate everything.

To achieve success, you must be willing to be focused, consistent and motivated. Identify your passions and pursue your purpose. You must have a vision for your life. Don’t shy away from creativity. I don’t know about you, but I want to be seated at the table where I can learn, evolve and grow.

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

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Seasons of Life

Hello, Smiling Faces!

I guess it’s safe to say Summer is here! The hot heat, bugs everywhere and flowers blooming…we have approached a new season. Just like the seasons change with the weather; seasons of our lives come and go. They are filled with life changing moments and learning experiences.

How do you typically deal with change? Do you embrace it or resist it? One thing for sure, is that your faith will be tested; which is necessary for life lessons and new opportunities. You must take personal responsibility. Timing is everything. Your timing is not God’s timing.

With the seasons of change; expect to grow, lose a few friends, be talked about, disliked, and ignored. This is all part of the process. Don’t change who you are to fit in with the crowd. God will set you apart when it is time for his business to be done. God has a plan and purpose to make your life beautiful. He has a mission and a vision for you to carry out. We all were born with a purpose and a vision. There will be new beginnings and heartfelt endings. Let GO and Let God.

Here are a couple of encouraging tips:

  • Embrace Your Season. It is essential that you embrace the season you are in. It is necessary for your future. Whether it is challenging or wonderful, there is a lesson to be learned. There is a “message” in the “meantime” of life. Embrace it, learn from it, and enjoy it. Every season is ordained by God. For everything, there is a reason and a season.
  • Endure Your Season. Don’t Give Up. Get a vision of life while embracing your season. Endurance is the key. It is courage being deposited over and over again. Hard times and good times, we must endure. The most meaningful season in our lives can not be given a date or time stamp. Seasons of plenty and seasons of despair. God will give you direction for your life.

Find joy and inspiration in your life. Inspiration brings hope and desire.

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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Purposeful Life

Hello, Smiling Faces!

What about this HOT Heat!? Well, here in Memphis it is Blazing! The forecast is calling for some rain, but at this moment, not happening! If you have ever witnessed someone walking in their purpose, you will see a ray of sunshine and happiness! The thought or spoken word of their purpose exude happiness. Some people have a clear vision of their purpose early on and some discover their true purpose, along their life journey.

Before discovering my true purpose, I was operating in it for many years. You start to notice the things that make you happy. Some relationships help you identify your gifts. While attending undergraduate school, I started assisting incoming freshmen as a Peer Counselor.  My heart to help and serve others grew.  I love people. Serving people.  My purpose and passion for mentoring and empowering others to live out their purpose; especially the youth, brings me joy. It is a wonderful feeling to be walking and serving in your purpose! The beautiful side of it all, is operating in what God purposed me for. My career, I truly love! It allows for me to also feel that same purpose and passion.

Are you struggling with finding your true purpose? It is very important to have a purpose and live it daily. Take a few moments and write down what brings you joy. Take some time to identify your purpose and strive each day to let your purpose shine.  Living life on purpose will allow for you to live your best life NOW!

 

Here are a few benefits of purpose living:

  • Faith-Filled Life
  • Serving Others
  • Passion-Filled Life
  • Fulfillment
  • Motivation

What legacy do you want to leave behind? You will be known for something. What will it be?

If you are struggling to find your purpose, send me a note. I would love to hear from you.

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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Happy Mother’s Day

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you special mothers! Mother’s Day can bring about so many emotions for women around the world.  Many of you will miss the presence of mothers and grandmothers not here on earth, but always know that their presence and spirit will forever be in your heart. Some have endured unthinkable pain and loss of losing a child or infertility, in not being able to start a family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mothers wear many hats of love, strength, faith, courage, wisdom, patience and endurance. We balance family, career life, entrepreneurship and many sacrifices for our children.

I pray that your day will be a blessing of reflection, love, joy and memories with family and friends, to be shared for years to come.

I am so grateful for the gift of motherhood! A special gift, I don’t take for granted.

Have a Blessed Day!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

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