Jennifer took the stage following lunch to give a powerful, dramatic presentation that encouraged women to boldly create strategies to promote health and balance at home and at work. Having lost over 100 pounds, and having been both a successful Las Vegas entertainer and a beauty pageant contestant, she had many stories to share that drove home each of her points.
Jennifer centered her talk on “BOLD”:
B- Brilliance. It’s how you walk. How you talk. Use your brilliance to remember that your office is your platform, your moment to shine.
A strategy for brilliance is “Acting As If” – Find mentors to help you do what you want to do. Jennifer shared how she had many mentors along the way who helped her do what she wanted to do. She advised us not to copy being someone else (that isn’t the point!) but to embody the parts of other people you admire for their success in a given area, in order to help you do what you want to do.
She asked us, “What’s one area of your life you’ve dimmed your brilliance?” and “What’s one small step you can do today to bring it back?”
O – Objective. Being objective allows you to be honest and to grow. You can’t move forward unless you’re honest with yourself ABOUT yourself! And remember, you can fix things!
If you blame others for your plight in life, you give them the responsibility and power. As long as you blame them, you remain powerless, a victim. But by taking the power back for yourself, you can change anything in your life!
When you take responsibility for your life, in turn, you get the power to change it! Sometimes it’s not easy but it gets easier to move forward. When you are truly objective and honest you can love and accept everything about you, warts and all.
L- Leader . You do not have to have a title to be a leader. Carry yourself with leadership, boldly. For example, don’t lower yourself to participate in office gossip. Take the high road and have integrity.
Controlling your mind. Ask empowering questions. Remember that the human mind is an amazing servant and a terrible master.
One way to control your mind and use your leadership skills it by seeking out motivational and inspirational books, CDs and seminars. Be purposeful with what you feed your mind. Give it your very best, each and every time. Jennifer told a story about Huey Lewis and the News. They were showing up to a bar for a gig, but there were only two guys at the bar. However, Huey and the band played their best and gave the same effort as though the place was packed out – and it turned out that those two guys in a bar were record executives who signed him and his band.
D- Decision. Jennifer challenged us to use handwriting more often, and especially when writing down goals and mission statements. Why? Because when we handwrite, it makes an indelible imprint on the brain. The only way to move forward is with intention.
Jennifer quoted Brian Tracy, who said, “When you decide, you then make a declaration. When you make a declaration, it is then so.”
She told us that the past does not equal the future. We can decide to be anything we want today. We can alter our identity in our heads, and when we do, we will live differently.
Jennifer reminded us that leadership is a series of never ending decisions. You take control of your life. You remove the things that aren’t deserving of you anymore. When you take care of you, you be the cause of your life rather than the effect. You are assertive with a loving heart.
Each day, start yourself up with gratitude and then you will be filled up. You are not empty. You are dealing with life from a place of abundance.
Jennifer’s presentation motivated all of us to do our best, to make plans and to carry them through. Her positive, enthusiastic approach to life encouraged everyone to make creative changes through the use of bold strategies.