Monday, August 31, 2009

Priorities and Accountability...

Well....where do I began! The last month or so has been very life altering and Amazingly different for me. The new networks, friendships and business ventures that I have recently embarked upon has most definitely challenged me in the areas of what things in my life are of priority and how I hold myself accountable to my actions and thoughts. With that said....It has come to my attention that our community has yet to learn the concept of Empowerment and Holistic health and wellness, and its vital necessity to be ever-present in our lives.
I was sharing my new business venture with a friend the other day...and while they were very interested and receptive in the overall concept and objectives of the business, they had a certain reservation about the financial investments that were necessary in order to be apart of the company as a consumer and/or business partner.

So, I went on to state various quotes about successful, wealthy people and how important it is to constantly invest in yourself as well as others while you are advancing in your business. Quotes like,

““Successful people are successful because they form the habits of doing those things that failures don't like to do.”…..or

“Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future.”

Then it hit me…..The Reality is: We need to learn how to invest and prioritize our finances, with accountability, for the betterment of ourselves, our hopes, dreams…and businesses!I’ve been in Atlanta, the acclaimed “Black Hollywood” long enough to realize that some of us do not understand the difference between being rich or successful and being wealthy…holistically! So, for some of my friends, family, colleagues to complain about the high financial investment needed to maintain a healthy/balanced life( nutrition, exercise, check-ups, hygiene, etc) is a complete joke to me when most of us can spend $300 on hair (not to sew in, that’s just to buy)…even as much as $1500 for a lace wig….$600-$1500 for a BAG!, nails…clothes…etc…..and you have the nerve to complain about a $20-$40 supplement?!...Come on people! Wake up!....

I’m not saying that you’re not entitled to splurge on these luxuries for yourself….what I am saying is that my job, as a health/wellness educator, distributor and massage therapist, is all the more difficult when my people( my color, my community) are the most negative and unreceptive folk when it comes to WHOLENESS, and being wealthy inside and out!Granted, society does make it hard for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle as far as food is concerned, because it costs more to eat healthy…and why spend $50 in the Whole Foods store when you can order for a family of six off the dollar menu…..point taken. However, we HAVE to be held accountable for what/ how we invest in what goes on the EXTERNAL part of our body and the INTERNAL part. You want the high paying jobs, the house with the ‘mortgage’, you want the elite titles and the VIP benefits to go with it….but what good is having those things if you won’t live long to enjoy them for yourself…or to see your children enjoy life. I assure you ladies and gentlemen…you will reap what you sow!

Now, I’m not advocating for you to be healthy so that I may recruit or sell you anything….This message is to simply inform and challenge you on TRUTH. Holistic health starts in the changing of your mind first….soul, body…and it manifests outwardly into your words, your walk, and they way you treat others. So make an investment in yourself! Make an investment in future! Make an investment into fulfilling those things that you are most passionate about in life….and the way you do that, is by Transforming your mind and unhealthy habits.

I may have struck a nerve…but I love you all the more!



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