Bridges are structures designed to cross an open space or gap. When most people think of bridges, they think of crossing a body of water, valley, or road without hindering what’s underneath the bridge. The bridge is designed for providing a passage over the obstacle, which is often difficult to cross. Some bridges are unique because a pathway has been provided for you to walk alongside the bridge in order to get to the other side. Finally, bridges serve a particular purpose and are designed by bridge builders for different situations.
The concept of the bridge is very important when you think of people. As I begin to narrow my 2020 vision, I want to focus on how we can become bridges of society. As a bridge builder, we can use our knowledge, skills, and abilities to help bring people together. When we become the bridge builder, we can often become the catalyst that introduces opportunities and learning experiences to others, allowing them to find and use their gifts. We have all heard the saying, “Be the bridge.” Well, today is a great time to start.
If there were no bridge builders, many people would never know what is on the other side of the river, lake, stream, valley or ocean. In other words, without bridge builders, so many people would never know what they could have become. Remember, when we share our experiences, education, testimonies, wisdom, resources, stories, advice, connections, and gifts, we become a bridge of opportunity, possibility, and vision for those who have never seen what is on the other side.
So, I am challenging you for the year 2020. Don’t be a wall, a border, or a blockade. Instead, be a bridge builder and usher someone over to a bright new future.
Today is January 6th, and many of us, my self-included, have created goals that we want to accomplish for the year. As you begin to create goals for yourself, and think about how you will impact 2020, one area that I want you to focus on is looking beyond where you are. Often when I conduct vision board or leadership workshops, or do motivational speaking, I share with my audience the importance of looking beyond what is in front of them.
You may be saying to yourself, why is this important? Often as individuals we become accustomed to the status quo. We expect nothing better. We buy into other people’s comments about our abilities. We sometimes overlook the notion that they are afraid of what we might become, so they plant negative seeds. Finally, we hold back our dream, because we are waiting for someone to validate our ideas instead of moving forward with our vision.
In order to grow and truly live out your purpose in 2020, it will be important for you to look beyond what is in front of you. It is important for you to visualize success. There is no limitation to your success, there is only the limitation to your vision.
Today, find the courage to venture out. This venture can lead to a new promotion, a new book, or a business opportunity. For years, I had a dream of becoming an author, professor, life coach, and motivational speaker. Yes, I wanted it all. I knew the odds were stacked against me, because I knew there were people who did not want me to succeed. However, I was willing to look beyond what was in front of me, because what I saw was people standing in my way.
I began to change my attitude and my inner circle. I began to put action behind those goals by writing the book, becoming a motivational speaker, coaching others to success, and my favorite of all, becoming a college professor. I held onto the faith I had, that I could do it. I realized that the purpose of my goals was bigger than me. These goals were associated with helping others see that, if I could do it, so could they. But most importantly, I held onto my faith in God, knowing that he had a plan for my life.
As we begin to move throughout this year, and you begin to formalize your goals, think about how your desire to change your story can affect your community, your family, your church, or your organization. Do not sit back and accept the status quo. Instead, step up and accept the challenge of looking beyond the wall. Realize that today can be the day that changes everything.
Well, today is the final day of this year. As part of my own goal planning process, I conducted my 2019 year in review. I checked off my accomplishments and reprioritized my goals for 2020.
Like many people, I worked through some challenges in 2019. But through it all, I will enter 2020 renewed and ready to use my gifts and talents in this year. As you evaluate your 2019, reflect, evaluate, and celebrate your story. Remember that your failures or setbacks do not define you, because you still have a chance to rewrite your own story.
I want to remind everyone of an important biblical story. In a biblical passage, a Master gives his servants several talents, according to their ability. He then plans to take a journey but vows to return. The Master gave one servant five talents, which the servant doubled. The next servant was given two talents. He did the same. The last servant was given one talent and he buried it in the dirt. This servant, in his mind, played it safe. He was afraid of the unknown, or possibly lazy, so he buried his talent. The servant expected his Master to be thankful for protecting the talent. When the Master returned, he congratulated the first two servants for their diligence. But with the third servant, he was infuriated and dealt with him harshly. The key point in this story, is that we have all been given a portion of talent or ability. However, it is what we do with it that counts. Do we multiply it, or do we bury it?
As you enter 2020, know that it is okay to step outside your comfort zone. In order to change the world and leave a lasting impact, it requires that you take a risk on yourself. Do not be like the servant in the passage and bury your talents. When we bury our talents, we hold back solutions, knowledge, skills, innovation, and creativity. We literally rob the world from utilizing and benefiting from our giftedness.
As a professor, author, speaker, coach, and leadership expert, my goal for 2020 is to convince you not to bury your gifts. Tomorrow is the beginning of a new year, start the year off in grand fashion by utilizing your God given gifts and talents.
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From my family to yours, I wish you a healthy, successful, and prosperous New Year.
I know it has been a while since I shared a post. I took some time, spending the last few months, conducting small business workshops, finishing up two books for a fall release, and getting ready for my fall teaching season. As I began to reflect on the first half of this year, I was reminded that no matter how strategic your plans, life will provide you some unexpected twists that can impact your future.
As an Leadership Expert, Assistant Professor of Business, and Small Business Coach, I am always reminding everyone within my reach that life is a risk. Today, I was looking at the board game called, The Game of Life. It is a game I use often, while teaching my economics class. In this game, a person travels through his or her life, from early age to retirement. During this journey around the game board, it covers jobs, marriage, career opportunities, pitfalls, and the possibility of children that can be added along the way. It is a reminder that in real life, these things can happen, and we can also experience a twist or turn, along the way.
As I was looking at this game, and reflecting on the year, I was reminded that we cannot control the events that come our way. Some of the events I am referring to are, the loss of a job, a bad relationship, or a death in the family. We certainly can’t control these events, however, we can control how we respond. We must always keep in mind that pitfalls can also be stepping stones. For instance, the loss of a job may open the door to a future opportunity that you never noticed. Getting out of a bad relationship may open the door to you meeting the right person. A death in the family, though painful, can give someone a renewed sense of how important life really is, or how important it is to spend time with those you love.
When you view life as a journey, you open yourself up to embrace the unexpected. The journey into the unexpected is where you discover who you really are. It is where your character is tested, yet you make the choice to maintain your integrity. It is during the journey of the unexpected that you send a message to your critics that you are still standing, in spite of their attempts to bring you down. It is during the journey of the unexpected that you find yourself on top of the world one day, and down in the valley the next. The key to success here is to remind yourself that these small setbacks do not define who you are. When you know who you are, you know you can recover, and you are always looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.
History reminds us that some of our most successful people did not succeed because they knew they would. They succeeded because they would not allow doubt, and the fear of the unknown, to derail their progress. They understood that the unexpected opened the door to opportunities.
I believe that the thing that hurts people the most is banking on the status quo. Successful people understand that they can lose it all. However, they know by pushing through the challenges and setbacks, they will achieve a winning outcome. The game of life is a reminder of what could happen. Yet, real life is not a game at all, and should be embraced in a meaningful way. Success is often determined by the choices you make, and your ability to embrace the unexpected. These two variables will help you navigate towards a winning outcome. As we move through the rest of the year, choose to implement these measures, embrace the unexpected, and prepare to win.
As a business coach, professor, and leadership expert, I have the opportunity to witness up close, new entrepreneurs launch their business ideas. These entrepreneurs have fresh and exciting ideas, big dreams and a boatload of optimism. This excitement is contagious and their energy is overwhelming.
However, I have also seen individuals stumble, fall, and ultimately fail in their business pursuits. Sometimes, this happens, because success is a tricky thing, and not easily achieved. Therefore, if you are ready to launch into a new business, let me share five tips that will increase your odds for success.
#1 Keep your vision in sight. When things go wrong, you can use your vision to maintain your focus.
#2. Understand your competition. As a professor of economics, I share with my students all the time, that every business must understand the market in which it operates. Therefore, you must identify the competition, and determine how your business will compete.
#3. Provide a good service. It is important to know your capacity to deliver what you’ve promised. Therefore, do not overpromise and under deliver.
#4. Keep track of your expenses. As a new business owner, it is important to create a system for managing your expenses. Managing your expenses, allows you to track your progress and keep a handle on your debt.
#5 Hire a business coach. If you are starting a new business and are unsure of what you should do, hire a professional to assist you. There is no substitute for experience, and a business coach will provide the expertise you need.
If you are launching a new business, I recommend that you attend my workshop this weekend, (Saturday April 27th at the VisTa Tech Center in Livonia), entitled: “Handle Your Business.” See the video below for details.
Today, I want to talk about the word GRIT. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, GRIT is defined as, “firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger”. Angela Duckworth, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in a Ted Talk, associated GRIT to the passion and perseverance you need to achieve long term goals. Perseverance, of course, allows you to maintain your commitment to overcoming obstacles that lie in the way of you achieving your goals.
As a motivational speaker, professor, author, leadership expert, and business coach, I beleive that our understanding of ourselves helps to define our GRIT. As people, we have to know how we feel about courage, our knowledge, our skills, and our ability to handle adversity. Often we can determine our grit when we overcome an obstacle.
As I look at the word GRIT, I agree with Webster and Duckworth, that it includes courage, perseverance, firmness of mind and spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship and danger as you pursue purpose and long-term goals. Therefore, examine your grit today, by examining yourself. Define who you are as it relates to courage, passion, purpose, and firmness of mind. Utilize your strengths to overcome adversity, and learn from your weaknesses to challenge failures.
We are all uniquely made, however, when we truly understand our GRIT, we can strategize for success.
Dr. Regina Banks-Hall President, RBH Professional Development Institute
Contact us today to learn about our leadership development programs, vision board workshops, business coaching, motivational speaking programs. Please visit our website at http://www.rbankshall.com to learn about our upcoming workshop, entitled handle your business. Let’s take what you know about your GRIT, and launch your dreams.
Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the cultural, economic, political, and social achievements of women. As a female business owner, professor, author, business coach, public speaker, daughter, and wife, today I reflected on my own journey.
As I reflected on my life, I thought about all my experiences good and bad. I acknowledge the journey has not been easy. I have overcome adversity, negative people, and others trying to hold me back. I realized that my focus, commitment, and determination to my dreams has allowed me to press forward. Therefore, my message to my sisters, is to never give up on yourself. Recognize your value and continue to push forward towards your purpose.
Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, give thanks to those who have created a pathway for us to follow. However, take a moment to celebrate and honor yourself. Use this moment in time and determine what trail you will create for others to follow. Please enjoy this video in your honor.
Leadership is a fascinating subject that influences every aspect of the human experience. We all can identify good leaders, bad leaders, and people in between. Over the next few months, I will be focusing on the impact of leadership, leadership styles, and why leadership is so important in our homes, organizations, schools, churches, and the community. In a previous blog post, I asked if you were a ruler, teacher, or hero when identifying your influence as a leader. Today, I begin this conversation talking about Servant Leadership. Robert Greenleaf, coined the phrase, Servant Leadership based on a philosophy that a leader is called to serve first. Servant leaders place the needs of their followers first, over their own self-interests. They are also concerned with the development of their followers.
For the servant leader, the leader is a servant first, and that attitude of service becomes the secret to their greatness. Servant leadership can be used effectively in so many diverse areas because the leader empowers their followers to develop to their full capacities. I think Winston Churchill successfully, introduced the spirt of servant leadership when he said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.
Here are 10 characteristics in Robert Greenleaf’s writings that are central to servant leadership
1. Listening – Communicate by listening and acknowledge the point of view of followers
2. Empathy – Understand what followers are thinking and feeling
3. Healing – Care about and help to heal your followers
4. Awareness – Be attentive and responsive to their surroundings
5. Persuasion – Be able to convince others to change, by using kind nonjudgmental arguments
6. Conceptualization – See the big picture in your organization, church, home or school. This will allow you to visualize and provide direction solving complex issues
7. Foresight – Anticipate the future and the consequences of your behavior
8. Stewardship – Take responsibility for your role when managing people considering the greater good of society
9. Commitment – Commit yourself to helping followers grow personally and professionally
10. The building of a community – Build communities in organizations, churches, schools, and homes, by making people feel safe and connected, while still being able to express their own unique individuality.
As you can see servant leadership is a philosophy associated to a particular style of leadership. Every leader has to determine their style of leadership. As you evaluate your servant leadership potential, know that servant leadership works best when leaders are interested in helping others. The impact of these efforts cannot be viewed as a short-term fix. The results of true servant leadership is recognized over the long haul, but produces a lifetime and meaningful impact for the leader and those that follow.
Dr. Regina Banks-Hall
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Join Dr. Regina Banks-Hall, for a 4-week virtual workshop where she provides solutions so you can breakthrough issues, challenges, negativity, and fear and build your dreams. You will gain clarity and insight as it relates to your vision. This virtual workshop begins on February 24th, and will meet for 4 weeks. The cost includes the book and workbook. It’s time to move forward. To learn more about the workshop, click on the link below.
We have all heard the phrase “make it count” but do we really know what it means. When you hear the words make it count, you might be thinking that you should make your life count for something, focus on the positive and live each day to the fullest. All of those phrases are true. However, I want to offer a different perspective on making it count.
When I hear the words “make it count” I focus on three key areas, which are, resources, time and opportunity. When I think about resources, I want you to focus on the people that exist within your inner circle, and the talent and skills that you possess that support your goals. Also, I want you to focus on the excitement and passion that you receive from helping others and the motivation that comes from making your life count.
When you think about time, I want you to make sure you are not wasting time, but maximizing every moment. When you maximize your time, you can focus on your goals, time with family, time for business, work or school, and time for serious self reflection. You recognize the importance of time management, and you prioritize your tasks wisely. Also, you recognize the need to volunteer your time to meaningful and purposeful pursuits and not wasteful meanderings. The reason why I am hammering this point home is becuase, time is a precious commodity. Understanding this fact, we should all examine how we spend our time as it relates to achieving our goals, and maximizing our living. My mind goes to a famous quote, which states, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”- Benjamin Franklin.
Finally, I think about opportunity, and its relationship to preparation. Opportunity allows you to do something. The key to taking advantage of opportunity, is the preparation that takes place beforehand. Therefore, as you think about the goals you want to achieve, ask yourself this question. How am I preparing for my opportunities? For example, if you own your own business, what is the elevator pitch that you will give when you run into a perspective client? If you are looking for a new job, how can you define your skills, when asked by an interviewer. If you are a minister, waiting to preach your next sermon, are you ready?
My mind goes to the workshops and courses I teach on leadership, human resources management, small business administration and leadership. Without preparation, I would not be able to deliver training at the highest level, or at any given moment. I had to prepare myself to take advantage of these opportunities.
As you navigate this year, I want you to focus on “making it count” by examining your resources, your time, and your opportunities. When you maximize these three areas, you are opening the door to maximizing your living and “making it count.”
As we say goodbye to 2018 and look forward to the coming year, I believe it is important to get off to a good start and then finish strong. My strong finish to this year is the launch of my new podcast: Maximizing Your Life with Dr. Regina Banks-Hall. This is truly a dream come true.
Please enjoy my first interview with Author, and thriving Entrepreneur, Mr. Michael Hall, as we talk about his new book “The Hamster Wheel.”