Sometimes You Are Great – Celebrate That

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Letter from the editor,

Sometimes you think you are a good at something and you are actually great! That is a thing  to celebrate and enjoy. When it happens, stand up tall and claim the confidence you deserve.

Sometimes, you just hit it out of the park and are great.

Over the weekend, I attended a conference with bloggers and business owners from all over the country. During one of the sessions, the speaker asked volunteers to share their elevathttp://janeanesworld.com/will-your-elevator-pitch-take-you-to-the-top/or pitches. I was the first volunteer and gave my elevator pitch. I said it loudly and with pride.

 

“Hello, I am Janeane Davis and I believe every working mom can succeed and be happy with the right encouragement, inspiration and motivation and that is why I created the blog Janeane’s World.”

 

 

The audience at the conference loved it. Members of the audience said it was good, that I should drop the mic and do a presentation on elevator pitches at the conference next year. In addition, no one else wanted to share their elevator pitch after hearing mine. They thought they couldn’t follow my opening. I called the experience a major personal win.

 

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I always thought my elevator pitch was good. Now I think it is great. I am now standing tall, proclaiming that greatness and enjoying it. There is something wonderful about being great in the eyes of your peers. All too often when a woman makes the discovery that she is great she reacts with self-deprecating humor, plays down her greatness  or points out her faults. All of these things are a mistake. All these things diminish you in the eyes of those who recognized you as great. This does not make you look likable or humble. What those things do is make you look as if you are undeserving of the title “great.” It gives the impression that perhaps people who thought you were great are mistaken and that instead, you are merely normal, average or unremarkable.

 

What to do when you discover you are great at something  – Accept it and Make Your Best Better

 

The next time someone tells you that you are great at something or that you are good at something, start with a simple response. “Thank you”  works quite well. When I get great compliments where I am told I did a  great job at something, the church girl in me comes out. I say something along the lines of  “Thank you for thinking I did a great job. I am blessed to be able to do things like that exceedingly well.” This answer shows  my appreciation for the compliment and shows my belief that all gifts come from above.

Don’t use my response. Instead, craft one of your own. First, say thank you. A compliment is a gift and when it is given you should say thank you and show some appreciation for the gift. Second, there doesn’t have to be a part two to your response.  “Thank you” is a phrase that can stand all on its own. If you choose to say something other than thank you, make sure it does not take away from the compliment or make the person who called you great doubt your greatness.

 When you are told you are great, enjoy the compliment, then work to make your best better. Keep in mind that you can always work to make your best better. No matter where or what you are great at, get more experience, more practice or more education so you can make your best better.

Today, I am enjoying the delicious moment of killing it the world of elevator pitching. Take time and find an area where you are great and enjoy the moment.

Pushing Forward . . . Always Forward

Janeane

Beggars CAN Be Choosers so Ask for What You Want

 

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Letter from the Editor,

Almost everyone has heard the expression, “Beggars can’t be choosers.” I have never believed that expression. I have always felt that if I was going to beg, I would beg for what I want! If you are a person who wants thing – relationships, business opportunities, of jobs stop settling for what other people give you. Take time today to start asking for what you want.

I have a few friends who never tell their husbands what gifts they actually want for big holiday celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. The leave cryptic hints or say that their husbands should know exactly what they want. Year after year they are disappointed when they open their gifts. I do things differently. If I want my husband to buy me a particular item as a gift, I skip all the hints;, magazine articles and catalogs left out for him to find. Instead, I simply tell him what I want and ask him to get it. He gets it and no fuss, no muss, we are all happy.

Take time today to look at your life. Are you settling for whatever you can get from your family, friends, spouse and others? When you do, do you always get what you want? Or are you disappointed with what you receive? When you are disappointed do you then feel bad, sad and let down by those around you? If this describes how you handle situations in your life, stop complaining. Instead, do something else. Stop settling for what other people give you and instead, ask for what you want.

Pushing forward, always forward,

Janeane

The Importance of A Support System

This article, “The Importance of a Support System” was originally published on Divas With A Purpose.

Early in my entrepreneurial journey I realized the importance of having a strong support system. It’s essential. Honestly, I believe it is critical to my success and overall well-being and growth.

Your support can come from many different areas at the same time – family, friends, professional groups, face-to-face, and, even, virtually.

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The Importance of A Support System

How to develop a strong support system

Here’s the thing, a strong support system does not happen overnight. It takes time to develop relationships, build trust and determine the roles that others will have in your life. Personally, I believe it is important not to rush into any type of relationship that is meant to help nurture, support and build you up.

As you focus on building your support system, there will be people that are a great fit and others that are not quite so. Do not feel as though you have to keep people or groups in your space out of a sense of security, honor or loyalty. Different people come into our lives for different reasons and seasons. As you are growing you will be able to identify the signs that if it is time to move forward without them.

The biggest sign? When you feel that there is consistently more give than take or you constantly feel drained and / or unproductive in their presence.

Related Article: Support: It’s A Two-Way Street

The Importance of A Support System

3 Reasons You Need A Strong Support System

1 – Accountability. Your support system should keep you focused on and accountable to the goals you have set up for your personal and professional life. Your support system helps to keep you focused and consistent with your actions. Also, they can help you with prioritizing your tasks to ensure you are maximizing your time and energy.

2 – Strength in Numbers. You should gather support, strength and knowledge from your support system. They are there to do just that – support you. If no one else shows up, representatives from your support system should be there to cheer you on and let you know how amazing you are. Remember, it is a two-way street. Just as they show up for you, you should be willing and able to do the same for them when the need arises.

3 – Challenges aren’t as challenging. – Having a strong support system helps you face challenges with your own personal cheering section that’s there to give you an emotional and mental boost, but, also, to help you along the way. You can tap into their previous experiences and knowledge along the way. They can help you create smaller, more manageable action steps and be available to talk out your short and long-term goals.

A few parts of my strong support system

Online communities are a huge part of my support system. Early in my entrepreneurial journey, I was working a full-time job that demanded 50-60 hours of my week and had 3 young children. It was virtually impossible for me to leave my home for face-to-face trainings and networking opportunities.

The women of Pushing Lovely are amazing! I have been a part of their community for a few years and they’ve become a true sisterhood. We’ve supported one another in our personal and professional lives. They are usually one of the first groups I turn to for emotional support and when I have great news to celebrate within my business.

I am the Community Manager for Courage to Earn – a community of brave digital entrepreneurs that are dedicated to supporting and connecting with one another to be courageous earners in our businesses. I love this group of women. Founded by Brandi Riley, I am consistently getting inspired, educated and finding ways to expand my platform as a blogger and entrepreneur.

The PeriGirls. This group is very near and dear to my heart. It is a community of over 11,000 women who are focused on live broadcasting – specifically Periscope. There are so many opportunities to get involved within the community. You have the opportunity to provide and ask for support and surround yourself with positive, uplifting and upbeat women. The members genuinely want everyone to succeed in their own rights. If you follow me on Periscope, you have heard me talk about this community on numerous occasions. They are just that awesome.

 

18 Great Sources for Breast Cancer Information and Support

Are you WOKE? About breast cancer…?

All around me, on social media and in real life, people are chattering about being “woke”. It got me to thinking… how many of us in the breast cancer community are woke? Like for real, honestly and truly aware about what’s happening in the breast cancer community and how it affects us personally and others around the world? Do we know what’s going on?

I think that outside of what may be happening to us personally (or our loved one), we’re not only blissfully unaware, we’re perfectly fine (for the most part) in not knowing.
Sources for Breast Cancer Information

What is going on?

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Olympians Start Out as Kid Athletes. Let’s Take a Look!

If you’re like me and glued to the Olympics then here’s something to supplement your Olympic knowledge. Nat Geo Kids’ Everything Sports book contains all kinds of great photos and fun facts that will help you decide which sport you might want to participate in.

Click here to read the remainder of this article on An Unconventional Librarian’s site.

Want to Be Confident? Grab Your Big Girl Panties!

Want to Be Confident? Grab Your Big Girl Panties!

You start creating and having the confidence you want by putting on your big girl panties and deciding you will have the confidence you want. Creating the confidence starts in your mind. It starts with you mentally preparing to be confident. This is done by actually deciding that you will be confident. It is the essential first step in the journey towards confidence. You can do this. Almost everyone who wants to be confident can be confident with the right preparation.

The right preparation starts before you ever get out of bed in the morning.

Click here to read the remainder of this article on Janeane’s World: Business and Family for the Modern Woman and learn about her upcoming FREE webinar on August 24, 2016.

It’s Your Choice, Choose to Change the World

it's your choice choose to change the world

 

Letter from the Editor,

 

My daughter is  junior at the illustrious Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. It is the number one HBCU ( Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in the country. Whenever I think of Spelman, I think of a saying they told the girls at one of the earliest orientation programs, “It’s your choice, choose to change the world.”

 

The words stand out with me because of the power in them. There is strength in knowing that you have a choice and that choice can be to change the world. Those words are powerful. The young women who heard the words were moved by them. They leave the Sister’s Chapel thinking they can change the world for the better. They believe they are strong and powerful and able to do whatever they want to change the world.

 

It is incredible to see these young women who just a short time ago were freshman girls become young women all because they heard “It’s your choice, choose to change the world.” As you sat through the orientation program and listen to the words, you can actually see the transformation. They come in scared, nervous and not knowing what to expect. By the time parents are excused from the program and just the Spelmanites are left, a change has taken place.

 

The young women are now sitting up a little straighter. They are still scared, but there is a power in them. They have heard the words. They have answered the call. They know they have a choice. All of them have chosen to change the world. They do not yet know how they are going to change the world, but they are going to do it. As they were sitting in their seats and listening to the words each of them decided to change the world.

 

As they spend the next four years completing their Spelman educations, they all start the work. In their own ways and in their own spaces, they choose to change the world and make it what they want it to be. My daughter is now on the third leg of her journey to change the world. She has already made some changes and claimed her place. It is a beautiful thing.

 

So today, instead of thinking you need to teach the college kids something, follow the Spelman words of advice. Accept it is your choice and choose to change the world.

 

Pushing forward . . . always forward,

 

Janeane

5 Tips for Breast Self-Exams

5 Tips for breas Self ExamsHealthcare professionals agree that the best way to combat breast cancer is with early detection. In order to do so, women must perform regular self-exams on their breasts. It might be uncomfortable at first, but it will soon become a simple part of your routine.

Pushing Lovely member, Nicole McLean, known to friends and family as Nic… is a smiley-faced breast cancer survivor, writer, health advocate and entrepreneur. All at the same time. Click here to read her five tips on completing a breast self-check.

Use Your Words

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Letter from the Editor,

Use your words. Your words have power and strength.

I am a writer. My tools are words. My accessories are words. My life is all about words. I created a blog and a business around the idea of encouraging, inspiring and motivating women to be their best at work and home. I do that with words.

If you are looking for ways to contribute and to make the world a better place, simply use your words. Send text messages to your friends who are going through hard times. Use your words to encourage them to hang in there. Use your words to give them hope. Use your words to give them pep talks.

When I have a friend or colleague who needs to be encouraged, inspired or motivated, I use my words. When I have a colleague who needs a pep talk to get through an important work event, I use my words. When I have a friend who is sad and doesn’t know how she will go on, I use my words.
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One of my favorite things to do is to use the alphabet song. I start with the letter “A” and work my way through the alphabet a letter at a time to share helpful words. For example, at 9 am I will text, “Good morning! A – you are amazing. It is such a thrill to see you in action.” At 10 am, I will text, “Hey lady, B – you are bold and bodacious people move aside to see you in action.” As the day goes on, once an hour I will add a new letter and new encouraging words.

Every person who person who has received an alphabet song from me has felt better. It normally takes only a few messages to get people feeling better. Try it with your friends – it works. More importantly, try it for yourself. When you wake up tomorrow morning, give yourself a compliment starting with the letter “A.” then once an hour for the rest of the day, give yourself a compliment starting with the next letter in the alphabet.

Singing the alphabet to yourself this way will do several things:

1. it will help you improve your vocabulary
2. it will help you to see yourself in positive terms
3. it will get you accustomed to seeing yourself referred to in positive terms

So, no matter if it is a friend who needs it or you who needs it, use your words. Your words have the power to encourage, inspire and motivate, use them!

Pushing forward . . . always forward,

Janeane

Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley

Brave Like Me is such a great book. It’s one of those books for littles that I wish they’d written sooner. Large color photographs containing people of all shapes and colors represent the members of the military who serve our countries. Let’s not the little ones left behind at home to hold down the fort and their feelings while Mom or Dad is gone.

Read the rest of this review on Pam’s website – An Unconventional Librarian by clicking here.

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