As we come to a close..let it never be forgotten..

As we see another Black History Month being celebrated all over the world never forget what Black History truly means.  Black History is history. It s a part of history as we live it each and every day. It is a part of my life, your life and all humanity. As it is a part of history let us never forget to look back every once in a while and take the time to learn more, engage more, change more.

Here are a few things that I personally want you to do as to remain mindful as I know we all have very busy lives.

Remembrance. Remember those who dedicated their lives to sacrifice so that those of us may stand high on those shoulders. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to those who have enabled us all to do better and become better.

Social Awareness.  Let us be mindful that we to play a major role in history as a whole. Where you see injustice take a stand and fight for what you believe in.  Never hesitate to stand apart from the crowd voicing your own thoughts and opinions. Never be afraid or ashamed to speak out in fear of criticism, use that fear to fuel your energy in the direction of change.

Embrace.  Let us embrace each others differences. One of the greatest blessings to humankind is our differences. How bland life would be if we all looked the same, talked the same, thought the same. The beauty of this is to embrace our uniqueness and bring those qualities to the “table” of humanity and make positive change. We all have a part to play so let’s all work together in unity and harmony.

History.  Learn history.  Never miss an opportunity to educate yourself on history of any kind.  We are surrounded by history as our lives are shaped by it. You are not just a start of something but a continuation of a story, history!

Annette

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The importance and benefits of stepping back

One of the most effective ways, if not strategic, is to schedule time to take a break and step back.  We are so inundated with so many things around us that our ability to focus is difficult.  We often end up on the wrong path simply because our thoughts and attention have strayed in a different direction.  Most of the time this includes every day things like dealing with our families, news, business, and a host of other things.  When you are in situations like these take a huge breath and step back.

In a society that we live in that goes at breakneck speed, we can find ourselves  caught up in the day to day traffic of society as it goes from one event to the  other, often leaving ourselves depleted with no energy for our day to day lives.  Distractions like these must be dealt with in order to have a clear path for the success of your vision. With no clear path due to distractions your likelihood of success is reduced significantly.

What can be done you might ask?  Here are a few tips I suggest that will reduce your chances of becoming distracted from having the success you desire.

“Where’s theirs clarity theirs power”

Anonymous

Meditation.  Meditate daily to bring yourself into awareness of your vision, mission, and goals. Spend time daily each morning or before you go to bed at night on some “alone time” that will give your mind free space.  Clearing your thoughts is a great way to remove those unwanted distractions that creep in on a day to day basis.  Avoid things like watching the news before you go to bed and use your commute time to to listen to an audio or podcast, like mine, to keep you balanced.

When you practice meditation, another word for mindfulness, you are more aware of your surroundings and are better able to see where your going, access your path, and ensure your likelihood of success. Mindfulness is not new. It’s a way of using time to your advantage and make it “stand still” in order to gain insight into your life.  Mastering the art of meditation takes practice.  Like anything else practice makes perfect. If you can be patient and be still for at least a half an hour, at the least, you will still your mind long enough to hear what the Universe is saying to you.

The insight you gain from mediation is invaluable!  The knowledge you gain from these “whispers’, is knowledge you need to push forward with clarity and confidence. I find most people are so distracted that they take no measures to slowing down or even taking a breath for a moment.  It’s in those precious moments that the likelihood of you gaining an answer to your question or insight into your goals that you will be able to make an effective decision weather it pertains to your business or your life.  

Never underestimate the power of mindfulness and make it a practice in your everyday life.

Question?

If you don’t know where you’re going how will you know if you have arrived?

Annette (yes, I am the originator of this one)

Planning. Prioritize your calendar for each day, month, quarter, and year.  This needs to be done on a year to year basis. Always look at your goals and plans each week so you can see exactly where your going. If you fail to plan you will plan to fail.  It’s a choice. Planning your life brings with it many benefits and the benefits can affect your life in a very positive way. Planning literally makes “sense out of nonsense” and gives you the means to effectively and efficiently devise a course of action that will enable you to achieve measurable goals. The effectiveness of any goal can only be measured by planning.

Release.  Knowing just when to let go and move on is so essential to succeeding in business and life.  The two are intertwined and they have a direct effect on each other. By release, I mean the ability to let go of an idea, partnership, or goal that’s no longer is serving you.  Let’s go back to meditation and mindfulness; I eluded to the fact that you must make time to slow down long enough to hear the silent but intruding whispers in your life. If you don’t you won’t hear what you need to hear and you will never be able to know when these things are no longer working for you.  

Release those things like partnerships that are no longer in line with your vision, mission, and yes your goals.  Release those objectives that no longer have a clear path to your success.  Yes, even those relationships(personal and professional) that are no longer needed that have a way of pulling you down or bring negative thoughts, release those too if you want to be able to live a life that is not only effective but bold, meaningful, and life giving!

Remember this too, even those goals or habits that you want to see become a reality might be a distraction or impede your overall balance of work and life.  Letting go from those every once in awhile or permanently might be a positive solution to those things that get in the way. The point I am getting to you is invest only in those things that make you come alive and are worth breathing life into.  Never waste one of life’s precious commodities, time, on things that really don’t excite you, you don’t love, make you happy, or make a difference. It is why you were put on this planet!

Your thoughts? You can always contact me..No spam please! I hate that stuff, don’t you?

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Looking for exposure? Try a Press Release!

Take a look at a press release I wrote last year that may not have given me much exposure but it made me feel part of something bigger. Humanity! The opening goes like this..

Self-Development Podcaster and Internet Entrepreneur, Annette Thomas, Founder of The Digital Vibe Network, has Launched 2 new Podcast Series which aims to emphasize Free Education and support the Worldwide Community

Looking for exposure or more exposure for your business? Need an effective solution? How about a Press Release! With a Press Release you can expose your business to millions! How do you do that? Listen to this show and then purchase the strategy on writing an effective Press Release and what it can do from The Digital Vibe Podcast and Network’s Premium Content. Buy now!

Enjoy the show!

Annette

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Every once in a while I come across something or someone special that I love to share. I would love to share your story by posting your website information here. It is my way of thanking you for taking the time to read my post, engage and like, and share, I hope you do! Each month I will showcase someone here in my community as a featured guest on The Digital Vibe, so everyone gets to know each other. How about that!

Thank You, Alas Ngerr for being the first one to follow my blog! I do so appreciate that because I never saw such a following like this! You just made me feel like I needed to feel, inspired and feeling great about what I do! I wish you all the best and your business much prosperity!

Annette

What Truly Is An Entrepreneur??

The Entrepreneur Has One Main Role – The Visionary

Yes, in the beginning you may be filling many of the roles to get your business off of the ground. However, all the while you’re creating a business that fits your vision, you’re planning how to capitalize on your own personal strengths. You’re leveraging the strengths of others, outsourcing and delegating when necessary and possible and you’re building your business. Each and every step taken is based on your vision of your business.

What Is Your Vision?

Now, if you’re tackling this report as we’ve suggested, you’ve already documented your definition of success, right?

If you haven’t, please consider going back to the introduction and taking that action. If you’re feeling rebellious or contrary, then fine, don’t do it, but this next step is going to be more difficult.

A vision is defined as what you want for your business. It is different from a mission statement, which we’ll get to next, because your vision is all about you. Your vision statement defines what you want your business to become.

It may answer the following questions:

Who is your ideal customer?

What is your business product or service?

Do you have a geographic reach – for example, “I offer the most comprehensive website about self improvement in the world”.

Your vision statement will also be stated in the present tense – as if it is happening now even though you may be looking a few years into the future.

Your vision statement will be emotional. Remember this is about you and your definition of success. If you’re not emotional and passionate about it, no one else will be either.

Your vision will be powerfully descriptive. Add as much detail as you can muster. Know that this isn’t a test. There isn’t a right or wrong answer. Your vision statement is personal. You can write out a very rough draft and then hone it to make it fit your vision perfectly.

Since I am being transparent with you I would love to share my vision statement for The Digital Vibe Podcast and Network. If you are stuck in defining your vision statement maybe this will help.

Who is my ideal customer?

My ideal customer would be anyone who wants to improve their lives with educational and inspirational material that will enhance their lives. I (The Digital Vibe) produce content that includes podcasts and written content along with social media posts that will be creative and have a lasting effect on its reader. My sole objective is to inspire, motivate, educate, and get you to to take action.

What are my products and services?

Podcasts, written content on a blog, digital ebooks, and books.

Geographic Reach?

Global.

What is a Brand like a podcast and blog if it cannot go global. Global is where its at!

What is my Vision Statement for The Digital Vibe Podcast and Network?

In a nutshell. It is my tagline. “Inspire. Motivate. Educate. and Entertain!”

It is my hope that I have inspired you to take action and make this world a better place!

Love what your reading? Share! Nothing is better than sharing amazing content like this and being able to tell all you found a treasure in content! I do love to brag, can you tell? If I don’t who will? Brag on yourself every once in a while, it does your soul good!

Annette

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Annette, Yes, I did say that twice..intentionally!

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Embracing Change in a Work fromk Home Environment

Episode 2

“With change comes transition and an opportunity for growth”

Annette Thomas

Wishing will not make it so

Thomas Monson

In order to build your own success you have to create the correct foundation.  It is how you define success and meaningfulness from the moment you decide that you want to create a home at work environment.  It means that you will have a set of values and strong held beliefs that you believe in at your core.  It comes from a place inside of you and it literally becomes your “moral compass”.  That defining core is the center from which you base all your life decisions on. From a big decision like what career you want to pursue to something as small as what dress do I wear.  This  becomes the “center point” from which you decide what direction you want your life to go in.  A compass if you will.

You have to have a clearly a defined vision.  You are literally, with precision, defining your life and writing the story, your story, that you wish to see come to life.  Success for some means having a lot of money. For others success is defined by the ability to see beyond money and something more meaningful, like making a difference. For me, I wanted to be able to do both while giving myself that personal satisfaction of expressing myself and making a significant difference in the lives of others.

Only you know what is the best approach for you.  I will say this, the more that you are centered at “your defining core” the more you will be able to figure out the path you should take. You are the writer of your story. Know one knows what is best for you but you.  You have the power to decide what you want and own the life that you have imagined.  No one on the planet can and should do this for you. Its on YOU!  That is success!

Once you have discovered what you truly wish to achieve in your life’s story, just implement these four easy steps in some manner and your dreams will have a better chance of becoming a reality.

  • Build up your belief system.  Take time to reinforce, in your brain, your desires and hopes for your life.  Its a mental discipline of the mind each day in order to “train your brain” on your objectives.  If you have never trained your brain, now’s the time to get into the habit of doing so.  For example, if you are watching the “not so good news” and you want to focus on something more positive, train your brain to focus on positive thoughts like your personal affirmations, goals, and anything worthwhile you can think of. Once you master this art of discipline you have a resource to pull from each day and with that your confidence builds on a day to day basis.
  • Set a clear #goal. Have a clear path to achieving the goals you want. This includes not only writing down your goals but implementing them that when one is done do the next and so on. Decide which goals are worth pursuing and discard the rest. Have an active “action plan” that is executed on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. By doing this you are setting the tone and setting yourself up for success. You are building your business, life, and all that you want to see become your reality.
  • Acquire strategies. The effectiveness of any goal being achieved is that you must have a strategy.  You can develop strategies by simply learning what works and what doesn’t.  You can experiment and see what works for you or look at the mistakes of others and learn from that. The key to having a strategy and executing it is to be able to acquire knowledge and with that knowledge new skills. Educating yourself in any way possible with books, a guide or mentor, a podcast or an online course are all worthy investments in learning and putting into action new strategies.
  • A call to action.  I love this verb!  Action is the only way and I will repeat, the only way you are going to see your objectives become a reality.  In anything that you want to achieve you must take action. You can have a strong belief system and have the best laid plans all written down for the #world to see, but if you have no inspired action you are just talking to the wind. Wishing will not make it so.   

By following all of the 4 steps mentioned above, you will be able to achieve whatever you wish in your life story. And don’t forget that you need to discover what you really wish to achieve in your life’s story before you are able to create it. Find out what is the burning desire that keeps you going and you will finally achieve the great success that you wish.

Change happens when you do this one thing, take action! That is the only thing that will move the needle in the direction you want it to go in. it is only by action your dreams, goals, and hopes will ever be realized.

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The Greatest Story I Ever Told Myself..

Who do you think has the power to change your life? Is it the neighbor who lives beside you? Your parents who have influenced you? How about the society that imposes itself on you?

Whether you know it or not, you are the one with the power to control and change your life!

Katherine Hepburn said, “We are taught: You must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers—but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault because if you wanted to change, you’re the one who has got to change.”

If you want the power to take back your life, then stop blaming others for what you know you are responsible for. Take a long hard look in the mirror and have a serious talk with yourself. If you want to become a leader or even a better one, then take some accountability in your life.

It takes courage and faith to lead a more effective and productive life. You must have the courage and will to change this equation in your life. Less blame and more accountability.

Another well-known quote goes:

Your thoughts become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your character, your character becomes your destiny.”

It is with that discovery that I developed and started my online brand, The Digital Vibe Podcast (Network).

The purpose is one thing that we all have, but the purpose is specific to the individual and her circumstances even more so.

One of my greatest pleasures in life is being able to accomplish what people don’t think I can do as a human being, as a woman, and as a woman of color. Life never promised me that the circumstances were going to be easy, and that was and is the struggle. I set out to prove them wrong by doing this one thing—that one unique thing that only I can do…and that is being myself. I don’t believe anyone on the planet can duplicate this authenticity. It is mine to own. My struggle, but also my victory.

Since I cannot change the external parts of me, I go from within. That is where the true spirit of Annette comes alive! That’s when this boldness and power within expresses herself in a way that defies every obstacle that’s in her way. A Wonder Woman, perhaps—or maybe just a woman who is truly aware of herself and her passion, and expressing that through her voice.

My podcast, The Digital Vibe, is that one thing I get to do that is my unique voice and that came by way of my own experiences in my life, apart from anyone else on this planet. It is only I who can envision how I see my life within a world that is so complex and confusing—and find a way to express who Annette truly is. Not everyone’s assumptions, values, misconceptions, but my assessment of how I see myself in a world that truly has it all wrong!

To be able to see life as you see it is to truly become your authentic self: real, not imagine, and to be able to have the courage to be fearless about what’s outside and get to know your power from within. For inside is where the power lies and where it cannot be destroyed!

In life, when you are growing to become the person you were meant to be, you recover and discover yourself at the same time. You recover from becoming the person you are not so that you can find your true and authentic self. As I grow through the process of becoming my true self, I discover that what the universe thinks of me is the only thing that matters. Everything outside of that doesn’t mean much.

My purpose in being here is twofold: to become my best self and be a contributor to this world. I discovered that I mattered and had a lot I wanted to say and contribute. I had much to share. The journey of my reason why began to unfold—and what you see here is the result of who I am. I am very proud of that!

My mission, vision, and goal for my podcast and brand are one in which I want to inspire myself and others. I chose to do that, and it’s a decision that I do not regret.

I had to stand up and fight for the person I most loved—and that is me! If I don’t, who will?

When you boldly stand up for your greatest treasure, then who can touch you? No one can get in your way. I had to learn that lesson the hard way, but it’s because of this that I will always fight for my greatest treasure: me. My dreams, happiness, goals, and all there is in between means more to me than anything or anyone else. I have fallen in love with everything I do and the ways I express myself. My podcast and what you see here are expressions of me and what I want my brand to convey. I want there to be no doubt about who I am and my commitment to it!

The power of The Digital Vibe is the power of self-expression and influence. The power in the person who is me is knowing who I am and leaving a legacy of good intentions in this world.

You are only as good as who you choose to become, and only as great as the legacy you leave behind. My greatest success is accomplishing both and doing so with excellence!

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Annette

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