Tuesday, May 23, 2017

3 C's of Success Pivoting by Nicole Woodcox, M.S.W.

The art of pivoting can help the business owner know when it’s time to rebrand or release a partner, the employee of 15 years that has just been laid off have the courage change fields, the college student who has just graduated with a degree in a field they no want to work in or can’t find a job in, the family who just found out they are having twins instead of a singleton, the teenager that just found out they are pregnant and even the family that just found out they may have a hard time conceiving without help. The ability to pivot, aka mental flexibility and adaptability is one of the top ten skills employers look for, according to the University of Kent, and “a critical skill that all entrepreneurs need”, according to Inc.com.  Not only is the ability to pivot critical for success in the business world it is a necessary element in being able to have the resilient mindset to flourish regardless of the situation presented, based on the book “Emotional Agility” by Susan David, Ph.D.  Everyone needs to know have to successfully pivot in life if they want to thrive in this fast-paced world filled with hurting people.  These 3 Cs are keys to successful pivoting in any situation. 

Contemplation is allowing yourself the time to create the space need to temporarily escape the distractions and chaos of life.  This can be a daily practice of prayer, meditation, journal writing, walking in nature, exercising or anything that allows to get away from outside influences and stressors.  This time is so you can observe the thoughts and emotions in your mind, not to judge them but to take inventory of where you are mentally.  Meaning this is the time in the day where you can be honest with yourself, where you can acknowledge that you feel overwhelmed but have also learned some lessons, a time where you can go over your pros and cons of a situation.  Contemplation is an essential key prior to any pivot because it helps us not to lose our voice and values in the face of outside influence, fear, or stress. 


Clarity is usually a byproduct of having good contemplation time. Clarity is when your inner coach voice comes through loud and clear with your best next steps.  Clarity is when indecision takes a back seat. Focus and determination on an
 S.M.A.R.T goal is clarity.  Clarity is essential to a pivot because it allows you to release indecision and organize yourself with clear goals.  


Confidence naturally comes when you know that you are prepared to make the next best steps to achieve your goals. Without confidence, we are sometimes hesitant to say our best yes or say our best no to things that do not help us meet our goals or serve our best interest. Confidence is essential to a pivot because without it we may not have the courage to make those moves that actually lead us to pivot.

These 3Cs are simple but easily overlooked, which can cause us much time and energy. Without these, we sometimes allow life to simply happen to us instead of taking the responsibility of living a life on purpose. So although it may seem hard to carve out time for self-care or saying no to other people’s request of you that do not serve you, it is absolutely essential if you want to live a life on your terms. 

Learn more about Nicole via her website at www.thrivingwithbaby.com and follow her on Twitter @thrivingwitbaby 

BOSS Spotlight: Navigating Life With Confidence


Yvette Gavin, founder and Chief Strategist of Yvette Gavin Consulting is a certified John Maxwell coach, trainer and speaker. An alumna of Oral Roberts University, Yvette is a blogger and author of two books—Recalibrate! Navigating the Job Market with Confidence and What to Do After You Say I Do.

1. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
My biggest obstacle was overcoming my fear of failing financially. I had become accustomed to a high-paying corporate America salary and the thought of not knowing if I would make the same or higher income running my own business was scary. I knew I would be exceptional at delivering my services but I wasn’t sure about how to get paying clients.  Nevertheless, my fear of not achieving my dreams became bigger than my fear of losing my comfortable corporate America check. So, I developed a growth plan and began to study networking techniques and sales strategies.  This lead to my business and marketing plan and it wasn’t long after that that I was executing my exit plan from corporate American and launching my prospering consulting firm.

2. What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
Encouraging others is something I have always enjoyed doing. But it wasn’t until several friends reached out to me for help with their job searches and or with their marriages that I fully realized that the impact I was making in the lives of others.  I absolutely love coaching, training, speaking, and consulting because this industry allows me to support others in my most authentic way!

3. How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
I consistently start my day with devotion and meditation regardless to what is going on professional or personal.  It helps me to stay focus, maintain peace, and keep my priorities in order.

4.What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
“Don’t ever give up your dreams and never leave them behind.” Elisa Costanza

5. Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
My husband (James), son (Jamison), and my mother (Lois) are my greatest encouragers.

6.What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
I must have integrity, faith, and peace to keep my business going strong. 

7.What is your definition of a BOSS?
An influencer who leads with candor and care.

8. Provide us with two words that describe you? Ex. "Success Coach" "Beauty Expert."
Strategy Coach

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Turning Bad Experiences in Gold Mines by Vanessa Abron

Flickr / Neal Wellons
Considering the high-value gold possesses, the path to get to it is rough.  If it were easy, everyone would be there. The same principle applies to the gold mines of our lives. 

Situation A
I had a job at a large corporation upon college graduation.  It wasn't my heart's desire, but I went into it with an open mind to learn and get the most of the experience.  However, I started to dislike my job so much that I cried as I prepared for work each morning.  It wasn’t the place for me and I was trying to find a way out. Nine months later I was let go.  I was devastated but also felt like I just unloaded a pack of bricks off my back. 
Lesson: Sometimes it takes getting lost a bit to get on the right track.

Situation B
When I decided to pursue public relations, I had the opportunity to work with one of the top public relations agencies.  I was excited and was confident that I was going to knock it out the park.  I was wrong.  The internship was hard.  I struggled.  I gave it my all and yet it wasn’t good enough.  I felt like I was failing.  
Lesson: The trail to the gold mine is arduous, and you will get bruises along the way.

Situation C
After hard work, tenacity, and determination, I landed my dream role, or so I thought.  My strengths were put on a backburner while my weaknesses were front and center for open criticism and judgment. The stress of the job showed physically in my overall appearance through rapid weight gain and broken hair follicles.  I had no time for family or friends.  Eventually, I had to walk away from this role.  
Lesson: Sometimes you have to experience fools gold before you get the real gold.

These seem like three horrible stories. However, hindsight is 20/20.  

Situation A helped me realize that I had to stay true to my passion.  Sometimes we pursue opportunities purely for the money.  We have bills, children and/or parents to care for, and personal ambitions that cost money.  However, passion should reign and to not allow money to serve as God.

Situation B was a quick boot camp that prepared me for my career ahead.  At my next job after Situation B, my colleagues and managers were impressed with my experience and the skills. Situation B made me tougher and fully equipped to conquer my next opportunity.

Situation C helped me realize that everything that glitters isn't gold, but also that I had what it took to get the real gold.  I wasn't where I was supposed to be, but at the same time, I was developing muscles that I didn't realize I had.  One could say it was a slight detour or perhaps an indication of what’s to come.  

Each situation was a stepping-stone to where I am now – realizing my potential as an entrepreneur and thus building upon that.  Without taking those steps, I probably would have been too afraid to enter the mine.  However, now I'm here deep in the tunnels with my shovel and pick ax chipping away at my mountain of gold.

Learn more about Vanessa via her website at www.vanessaabron.com and follow her on Twitter @vanessaabron (personal) and @AgencyAbron (business)