Why Engaging in a Real Conversation Can Be a Powerful Thing

Why Engaging in a Real Conversation Can Be a Powerful Thing

DFW COMMUNITY TO DEBUT TIFFANY SHLAIN’S 50/50: RETHINKING THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE OF WOMEN + POWER   Different Local Voices and Perspectives Join Thousands Across the Globe to Host a Discussion on Gender Equality & Empowerment   DALLAS, TX (April 28, 2017) – In support of 50/50 Day, a global movement on May 10, 2017, several DFW business owners and individuals will host a public screening & discussion of the acclaimed film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power from Emmy-nominated and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain, one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st century.” “Our Leading Voices will facilitate a much-needed dialogue about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world” said Cassandra Washington, CEO & Founder of Exceed Learning & One Degree Shift and 50/50 Day Ambassador who is passionately spearheading the Dallas event. The film takes audiences on a thrilling and eye-opening exploration of women as political leaders, winding from early human history to present day to a future where there is true equality in leadership roles between women and men. “50/50 showcases the positive impact that women in power have created globally, and we hope that the film inspires women to harness their own power to create change in our country at this pivotal moment in time,” said Amy Emmerich, Refinery29’s Chief Content Officer. Real Dialogue, a community forum that Washington launched this year, is a safe place for meaningful conversations on complicated subjects that shape our lives. It is not a place to argue, but a chance to contribute to an open exchange of ideas that...
How to Make Your Most Heartfelt Dream Easier to Accomplish

How to Make Your Most Heartfelt Dream Easier to Accomplish

I am a Dream Coach. I have been coaching people to achieve their dreams for 20 years now. No, not the sleeping kind of dreams. I’m talking about the heartfelt kind; the aspirations, desires, goals, and hopes that you most want for yourself. These are dreams you have while you are very much awake. What are your dreams now? What matters most to you? Do you want to write a book, grow your part-time business, find a new career that you are passionate about? Do you want to make a bigger difference in the world by living your purpose or leaving a legacy? Whatever is in your heart that you long for is your dream. What are you passionate about creating or accomplishing? Pretend you’re not limited by money, time or the people around you and genuinely connect to your heartfelt desires. How to Make Achieving Your Dream Easy With This Proven Success Formula The formula for making your dreams come true is simple. First, get clear about what your dream is. Paint a vivid picture of what you want — a vision that excites you and compels you to move forward. Second, remove any obstacles in your way, especially your limiting beliefs because fear and doubt are usually the biggest obstacles blocking us. Third, design the simple steps to make it happen. Taking weekly action that moves you closer to what you want and following a blueprint for producing results will get you there sooner than you think. I know you’re probably thinking it can’t be that easy. But, that’s only because you’re thinking of doing it all yourself. I want to...
What is the Secret Code to Unlock Your Hidden Confidence?

What is the Secret Code to Unlock Your Hidden Confidence?

Susan K. Younger wears an interesting set of hats. She does architectural drawings for design firms and private clients. She is a licensed massage therapist, a three-time author, and a certified B.A.N.K. trainer and business consultant. I’ve known her for several years, and she has supported me in several of my coaching programs: a founding member in One Degree Shift and co-author in the first book in our best-selling anthology series, Strengthen Your Wings: Amazing Stories for the Journey. It will be fun to introduce her and share what she’s up to with all of you. Cassandra: Hi Susan! I’m excited to finally have the chance to introduce you to One Degree Shift. You and I have been acquainted for several years, and you’ve been a part of this community since its beginning. Tell everyone a little about your background and what has shaped you into the person you are today. Susan: I was a shy girl — tall, clumsy and smart — from small town Iowa. My mom would tell me, “People are going to mistake you for stuck up unless you learn to reach out and let them know who you really are.” This reminder would serve me well in life and business. It wasn’t always easy, and I remember family friends worrying that even college would be a challenge I would not complete because I was so shy. Cassandra: Good advice from your mom. It’s interesting that you were so incredibly shy back then, because I don’t see that part of you today. How did you overcome your shyness? Susan: When I finished college, I was sure I would be moving to Texas to...
How to Live Out Your Highest Purpose

How to Live Out Your Highest Purpose

I was browsing the Internet this weekend and ran across a motivating TEDx Talk. I’ve known for a long time that despite our many similarities, you and I are very unique, but I didn’t have the science to support it. Now I do! Scientist have determined that the odds of you being born at the moment in time you were born, to the parents you were born to, with the DNA structure that you have is one in 400 billion. That means, the odds that you are alive on earth right now, born at this particular time, place, and circumstances are pretty amazing. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. – Margaret Mead And as Mel Robbins says in her TEDx Talk, you were not born to serve a corporation you don’t believe in just to have benefits so that later you can arrive safely at your own death. You are absolutely unique, and you have a purpose! Find out what it is. You Are Uniquely Prepared For Your Purpose Life has designed you for a purpose. You have been tailor-made for it, and your life experiences have uniquely prepared you to carry it out. No one else can accomplish your purpose. This is something only you can do. You owe it to yourself, your family and to the world to live the highest expression of who you were meant to be and to leave the world better place that you were here. I coached a woman in her late 30’s who was busy and driven, married with two young children, and who had spent eight...
Will You Be Served By Wealth or Ruled By It This Year?

Will You Be Served By Wealth or Ruled By It This Year?

(This article is part of a series exploring and applying the seven principles of Kwanzaa.) The fourth day of Kwanzaa is Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah), which means supporting each other or Cooperative Economics. To build our own businesses and to profit from them together. Ujamaa builds on the third principle, Ujima or Collective Work and Responsibility, and embodies the value of using our collective energy to economically benefit our communities. Ujamaa comes out of the African value for community-based living where wealth and resources are shared. Source: Read more about Ujamaa Day here. Many Cultures in the World Share Wealth and Resources This principle reminds me of my Hebrew Studies class in college. I was impressed with the concept of the kibbutz in Israel, a “socioeconomic system based on the principle of joint ownership of property, equality and cooperation of production, consumption and education.” I had this idea that we could greatly reduce homelessness in America by creating kibbutz communities. We could take empty, neglected buildings and convert them to communal settlements for the homeless, making residents responsible for tending the gardens, maintenance of the facilities, or some labor (according to his/her ability) that would contributes to the needs of the community. Oh, the ideas of youth! That was Ujamaa! Ujamaa emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support. The principle is illustrated by this proverb, “A bird builds with the feathers of others.” Meaning, no one is totally self-sufficient. Your Wealth Serves The World By Your Awesome Generosity Also, inherent in Ujamaa is the commitment of generosity, especially to the poor and vulnerable....
Five Tools That Make Selling Easier

Five Tools That Make Selling Easier

This is a guest post written by Debbie Mrazek In selling, it’s all about doing what you know each and every day. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your sales quota. Whether you are a veteran climber in the sales field or a newbie traveler, the same steps that make one person successful work for others too. Just realize that it comes down to this: You just have to do more of what you know works and do less of what you know doesn’t work. When you begin doing more of the things that work, it will become easier and easier to do those things. And, no matter what your situation, when you begin moving, things will seem much easier than they feel when you are thinking about doing it. Here are five tools that will make the whole trip easier: Sales Forecast – This is your road map that will allow you to navigate with ease. Unlike other sales professionals who try to manage all the client data in their head, when you take a sales forecast with you, you’ll begin to see new opportunities and new paths emerging from your efforts. Sales Itinerary – You get 168 hours per week. What are you doing with yours? How long does it take for you to meet with a client? How many clients can you meet with each week? Are there ways you can improve the way you spend your time? How can you do more with less? Manage this, and you not only increase sales, but you increase freedom as well. Sales Backpack – What’s...

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