“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” – Proverbs 25:11 (NIV)
Those you love need it the most
One of the only gifts that I ever gave to my father before he passed, was a journal that had this scripture on it with pictures of apples in settings of silver. It was something about the ability to encourage him during a time where his entire life changed from a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. I wanted him to have a reminder that everything was going to be ok and that he was loved just as he was. He was so used to every time he walked into a room everyone looked to him with their hands out because that’s the way he wanted it. He never was a man to ever ask for anything. Then there became this moment where nothing that he could do would happen if he didn’t ask for help. He had to look to others for something as simple as encouragement, but it was the hardest thing to come by. He was always the life the of the party and the man everyone loved to see coming and hated to see leaving. But I wanted him to know that to me he was the party, even if he couldn’t walk, dance or move. He needed my encouragement and I was happy to give it.
Although this little story had nothing to do with social media, it is the foundation of why I work so hard to encourage, empower and uplift. It doesn’t matter how much you encourage others on social media, if you don’t do it in real-life. #Truth
“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose and to do it courageously” – Dr. Steve Maraboli
Empowerment is intentional
Deciding to empower others is based upon an assumption that if you put good in, then you will get good out. I’ve been empowering others, since I could talk. Legend is that my first words were “Get it right!” However, during January 2015, I decided to take a friend’s suggestion and I listened to the audio book version of Tim Ferriss’ ‘4 Hour Work Week’. I’m so glad that I finally did. She was right and it completely changed my life! I no longer desired to walk around doing things that conflicted with what it is that I truly desired to do. I realized that I completely want to be aligned with my purpose and actively walking in it everyday. I love volunteering, helping kids and doing things for the community. However, I love to travel and be location independent. Social media, allows me to be connected without physically needing to be present, which is perfect. Mainly, I knew that I needed to start making aggressive steps to push towards my goals of empowering others to achieve their dreams through social media. I’ve had so much personal success achieving my dreams through strategic social media networking and I’m finally ready to share my social media strategies with others. However, not just for the psyche profitability of encouraging others, but for the long-term financial benefits of walking in your purpose and believing that God will bless your gifts.
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You love seeing others Win
I absolutely love to encourage people. I like to see people go from a one point to the next with enthusiasm, excitement and believing that they can do whatever it is they desire to do. I’ve been this way since I was in elementary school. I remember a teacher walking up to me, while I was standing at my Safety Patrol post in the 5th grade and him saying that no matter what I do to keep smiling and keep encouraging people because it brightens their day. I never forgot that command and throughout my life I’ve consistently had people tell me that I inspire and encourage them in many ways. It’s a gift and I’m grateful that it comes naturally to me.
We all need to encourage ourselves
At the end of April 2015, right before we left for Europe I cut off a lot of dead things such as people, relationships, got rid of many possessions and I even cut my hair. I really wanted to purge myself of things that were holding me back so that I could move forward. When I say move forward, I may mean in the direction of my life’s purpose and personal growth. Since then, I’ve cut so much more and gained so much more in return. I now know why because God has been pruning me to be present in my life. He has demanded me to stay alert and aware. He has shifted everything I thought I knew about relationships, goals, life mastery and love (especially self-love). Only then could I start walking in alignment with my purpose.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” – Socrates
A Game Changer Creates the Rules
Today, as I look at all of the absolutely amazing and absolutely draining life experiences we’ve had since the day I took that picture, I just thank God that I had the courage to chase a vision for my family. While in France, I built my entire website and blog from scratch. Let me repeat, from scratch, ground zero. I relearned everything I thought I knew about social media and studied empowerment as a catalyst to create change, a tipping point of sorts. While in Europe, I took on the title of The Social Media Empowerment Strategist. You won’t see it anywhere else because I made it up in an attempt to accurately describe what it is I will be doing with my God-given talent of encouragement. I didn’t want my purpose to be confused with anyone else’s. There is so much information on how to build your business through social media but there is hardly nothing on how you build yourself up through social media. There’s a problem with that.
I’ve strategically been able to connect with game changers, thought leaders, residual income earners, world travelers, unapologetic single parents and lovers who embrace marriage. There is so much that we can learn to better ourselves through social media. Why aren’t their case studies and mega gigabytes of data on social media self-actualization? Yeah I might have just created that term too. I want more people to know that being on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms isn’t just about selfies, car shots or announcing your victories; it’s about achieving victories through strategic social media usage.
Via social media, I’ve helped parents find international programs for their children, high school students find scholarships, writers learn how to publish and become authors, women learn how to compete and win in pageants and so much more through empowering via social media. If more people had this approach to their daily social media usage we could change the game together!
“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others” – John Maxwell
iEmpower, I don’t do it halfheartedly, I do it as an expert, someone who has studied and trained in the art of motivating and empowering people to believe in themselves. If I’ve been successful at this goal, it is because I sought to empower and inspire instead of criticize, deplete and diminish the talent, skills and successes of others in an intentional attempt to create a shift in what it is that we do and how we feel about ourselves and others each day as we use social media.
#FreeTip: If I engage with you on social media, it is because you or what you are doing is in alignment with what I seek. It should be that way with everyone you interact with on a daily basis on social media.
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