My interview with Marie Denise Simmons on her “Creative Mindset” live show!

I had an amazing interview with Marie Denise Simmons of MD Simmons Productions on her live show, “Creative Mindset.” In it, I highlight a few of my motivations for the excellence I apply to my coaching practice including the spiritual foundations of my coaching practice, and I also tell part of my personal story that influences how I approach life in general!

Click on the image with the play button to watch the recording. I hope you enjoy it!

Coming soon – My 2nd child! + My latest business wins!

To all of my wonderful supporters and followers,

I just wanted to keep you in the loop that my 2nd child will be on the way over the next few weeks, and on top of that, I’m moving from Miami to West Palm Beach, FL towards the end of this month (I know–lots of changes)!!!And what a wonderful ride this pregnancy has been in regards to the blessings that have been happening in my business in the midst of my pregnancy.

Check out some of the business wins that I’ve experienced over the past 9 months:

1) I have increased my monthly revenues to twice as much as they were before Jasmine was born;

2) I have had up to 38 clients at one time, experiencing having a full load of clients for the first time in my business, where for the first time, I had to delay client start dates, pushing new client start dates to after I come back from maternity leave in June; and

3) I have been getting the most consistent, paid inquiries for speaking engagements that I’ve gotten in the life of my business, with paid speaking opportunities to fly out to North Carolina this month and another city in Central Florida next month along with a paid speaking engagement just two days prior to my due date (all that I had to turn down as a result of where I am in my pregnancy, but all that I am extremely grateful for receiving).

I also wanted to loop you in about a few upcoming changes as a result of my maternity leave and second child coming. While I’m committed to the same great work as your leadership and business empowerment specialist even in the midst of my transition, here are some changes that you can expect:

1) I’ll be on maternity leave from 4/30 through 6/16, so this might be one of the last emails you receive leading up to that timeframe until after 6/16;

2) I’ll be moving to hopefully distributing one email newsletter per month after maternity leave and posting Facebook Lives either once a month or once every other month, with my having greater responsibilities outside of work; and

3) I’ll be responding to emails, calls, and texts in a limited fashion during my maternity leave (but still feel free to reach out!).

 

I know that God is doing an awesome work in my life and business, even in the midst of challenges that might come my way, and I’m confident that he’s doing a great work in your life as well! 

Please send your prayers and thoughts my way as I prepare to move into this next wonderful phase of my life. 🙂

Onwards and upwards,

Your leadership and business empowerment specialist,
Daphne L. Valcin

VIDEO: Tips to determine if your next job or entrepreneurial opportunity is right for you – Why I turned down a million-dollar opportunity

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Here is the recording from the Facebook Live that I did a few weeks ago that has almost 1,000 views thus far on Facebook: “Why I Turned Down a Million Dollar Opportunity: A Few Tips to Determine Whether the Next Job or Entrepreneurial Opportunity is Right For You.” 

For those of you who prefer to read a bit of the content-rich detail of what I spoke about, here’s the basic outline of what I covered in this video:

I started out by speaking about the journey of a gentleman who happens to be a senior in age who I spoke to after a goal-setting workshop that I facilitated for him and a few other individuals. After the workshop, he shared with me the significance of him making the right decisions about what to prioritize as his life focus. He felt as if this was extremely critical with these possibly being the last years of his life. His story made me think about why we don’t all have the perspective of living our best lives now, especially since, whether we would like to admit it or not, none of us are guaranteed many years of life from this point forward (though I hope we all have an abundance of years moving forward!).

I then went on to give a few major tips on how to determine if your next job or entrepreneurial opportunity is right for you. Here are a few things I covered that we should all think about when it comes to our next opportunities:

1) What do you want from this season in your life?
More time with family?
More balance?
More of a focus on building wealth?/ Paying off debt?
More time?
Action: Write it down – What do you want and why in every area of your life? Does your dream or opportunity currently fit into these desires? 

2) What might others feel like they need from you in this season?
What might your spouse or family desire from you?
What is your child or husband’s love language, and are you able to fulfill that love language while pursuing a specific opportunity?
Do you have a sick parent or family member that you need to take care of while pursuing your next opportunity?
Is there debt that needs to be paid off in your family that you need to address as soon as possible?
Action: Talk to your loved ones before making huge decisions. Have your dream team on board to support you through your dream.

3) Is what you want entrepreneurship or a job?
Are you okay with uncertainty or do you need guaranteed profit?
Are you okay with experiencing failure on occasion that might impact your income or do you need definite additional income?
Action: If you desire to take risks with your next job or entrepreneurial opportunity, take risks at the best possible time. Maybe that means that you take the risk now while you have a full-time job, are single, or have guaranteed retirement. Maybe that time is in the future. If the time is now to take a risk, what will you do to start working towards making that dream happen?

4) Think about if an opportunity will truly make you happy doing the task that you’ll be doing, and if that happiness in doing your work truly matters to you (maybe profitability matters more to you when you explore your heart deeply).
Does happiness matter more than the profit you’ll be making in your next opportunity?
Did you find that you have a degree but are not choosing to do the thing that will bring you wealth? Maybe it’s because happiness in what you’re doing might matter more to you than profit.
If you’re currently in school, do you find that you’re not pursuing a major or degree of study that might not bring you wealth?
Answer the question: Might your happiness be more important than your wealth?
Action: Write down the experiences you’ve had that have truly made you happy. 

5) Think about if you’re honestly satisfied with the status quo (you just might be).
Is outside pressure or popularity forcing you to feel like you need to be wealthy?
Action: Pray, meditate, and determine what you want and why? What do you like about how things are going now? Do you honestly want to change?

After evaluating the above, you should have a number of strategies and tools to feel more confident that your next entrepreneurial or job opportunity is right for you!

If you thought this was helpful, definitely comment below, or as always, feel free to share this post with family and friends who might benefit from this as well!

She Paid Off $20,000 Of Debt In 5 Months

Do you know how it feels to pay off $20k of debt in 5 months? It feels absolutely amazing, and that is exactly what happened to one of my business coaching clients as a result of our coaching relationship. This client was just re-launching her business after our first coaching session. The other day, she texted me stating that she had paid down $20,000 of debt in just 5 months as a result of the work that we’re doing together. I was ecstatic!

So, I know what you’re thinking. What exactly does this have to do with me? Well, let me tell you that no matter if you’re coaching with me or not, that if you put in work towards your vision, if you’re super strategic about your approach, and if you persevere even when it’s not easy, that you might just experience the results you’ve been dreaming of, whether personally or professionally. For some people, those results come very quickly, and for others, it takes time, but research shows that perseverance and grit are the most common attributes of those who are successful. 

My client, who’s now on track for working towards paying off her house (that she recently bought), not only is always hungry for knowledge, but she has a huge focus on mastering her craft when it comes to the service that she provides. Both personally and professionally, she definitely has the perseverance and grit that research cites as being critical for success, and even when things aren’t going perfectly in life or business, she is honest with herself about what’s wrong and pushes forward towards a resolution to do better or be better. And you know what? You don’t have to be exactly like my client, but your character, values, and approach to hard work will be super important on your life’s journey. 

Practice daily the values that you know will get you to where you want to go in every area of your life, and prayerfully, you will see the fruit that produces over time!

I’m rooting for you!

As always, feel free to send me a quick note at daphne@daphnevalcin.com or comment below to let me know if anything I wrote here resonated with you, and of course, feel free to forward to family and friends that might benefit from this post as well.

Schedule “you” time and “dream” time this holiday season

Holiday vacation is right around the corner, and that means that my birthday just passed! It was December 2, and can I tell you, I had a blast, BUT I didn’t take enough time out to do things for me that day, and two weeks later, I’m still striving to make time to get a pedicure—something I do for myself just once or twice a year.

You see, I’m realizing that I need to schedule more “me” time into my calendar to be renewed and to fill my cup so that I can serve others from my overflow. For me, that means bike riding, making fresh tea, getting my nails done, full-blown dance sessions in the house, and watching the cooking channel occasionally among other things that make me feel refreshed. I’m guessing you might be able to use some more “me” time too.  I’m making a commitment to making more “me” time happen during the holiday season when things slow down a bit, and I’m hoping you make the same commitment. Why not go into 2018 feeling rested and relaxed? 

Alternatively, if you’re feeling behind when it comes to laying the foundation for any dreams you might have—whether it’s a course you’ve fallen behind on, a business plan you have yet to complete, or a project you’ve been procrastinating on, make some “dream” time happen for yourself during this holiday break as well. I created my business plan, concept paper, budget, and goals for one of my businesses during one holiday season, simply by being strategic with my time.

While you’re in the mode of serving others and reflecting on the reason for the season, go ahead and schedule in some “you” time and some “dream” time if either or both of those things are important to you. For some of my readers, this holiday break presents a rare opportunity to have a true break, which makes it even more important to maximize this time to feel refreshed after the break has ended. 

Whatever you decide to do with your time this season be intentional, be encouraged, be blessed, and be renewed. I’m sending many blessings your way this holiday season and beyond.

And remember, I believe in you!
If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to forward to family or friends who might benefit.

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What one accomplishment would make your 2017 amazing?

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I can remember walking with an open laptop on my college campus as an undergrad, getting some last minute studying done right before an exam. A gentleman, who I believe was a professor, walked by me and told me, “If you don’t know it by now, you just won’t know it.” He then kept walking past me. He must have seen the intensity in my eyes and knew my test was right around the corner. But you know what? I kept studying, and I’m pretty sure I did well on that exam. I’m an awesome test taker, but I’m often the person who has my study book and notes out until the teacher or proctor says to put it away.  It’s because of my core belief that every moment counts–a belief I still apply to life and business. And when it comes to your 2017, there’s still time to end this year with a bang. 

One of my clients inspired this post. She has health, financial, and other goals that she’s determined to meet before the end of 2017, and she’s on track to achieve themInstead of already delivering your final conclusions on 2017 already, why not do something you can really be proud of before December 31 comes. 

I want you to do me a big favor. Please think of at least 1 goal that is realistic for you to accomplish over the next few weeks that would make you feel absolutely amazing about closing out 2017. Whether it’s about your physical health, self-care, finances, relationship, friendship, professional development, or something else, I want you to zoom in on that 1 goal. Then, I want you to think about the top 3 things you must do in order to make that goal happen. Then, create a timeline for implementation, schedule any associated action steps in your calendar, and make it happen!

If you really want to make your 2017 amazing, you definitely can, so hop to it 🙂 Be encouraged, and continue to be equipped for the greatness that is coming your way.

And remember, I believe in you!

If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to forward to family or friends who might benefit.

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The Greatest Benefits of Coworking for Entrepreneurs

 Check out this post by guest blogger and content marketer, Catherine Park.

The Greatest Benefits of Coworking for Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, you’ll find that one of your greatest challenges comes in the form of motivation or lack thereof. When working from home, a lot of the time it can be quite frustrating to try to stay motivated. That is why coworking has become such a popular alternative today. Coworking spaces are work areas where you can go regularly to sit down and work in the company of like-minded people. Through coworking, you are creating an office-like environment without the huge overhead costs of renting an actual office. Coworking spaces are becoming quite common around the world.

One important fact that’s worth noting is coworking is not for everyone. Some people are more comfortable working from home and are self-motivated enough to be productive. With that in mind, this post is going to assume that you’re not one of those people, so let’s look at some of the advantages of coworking.

It Keeps Home and Work Separate

There is no real accountability when working from home. Sure, you have clients who set deadlines for the work that you produce for them, but that’s it. It’s just too easy to get distracted – television, the fridge, even all of those family-related chores can present a constant problem. The ability to separate home and work is important for most of us because it allows us to be more productive in both environments. Coworking gives you the ability to get out of the house and get some much-needed fresh air.

Coworking Boosts your Effectiveness

Research has been performed by numerous individuals and organizations, and they all support the fact that coworking boosts productivity. It promotes a shift in energy and mindset, creating an environment where you can be more productive. According to the research, interactions with other like-minded people can lead to a natural sense of accountability. You can also accomplish having a shift in energy, mindset, and productivity by renting an office space, but the overhead is extremely high. Coworking spaces are much more budget-friendly so that it can boost your effectiveness in more ways than one.

Be Inspired by Like-Minded People

Working alone can quickly cause you to become isolated. Isolation dramatically affects your mood. The idea is to surround yourself with other people, and more importantly, to surround yourself with like-minded people, even when you’re working for yourself. Coworking can inspire you in ways that are simply not possible when working alone.

Build and Grow your Network

Coworking spaces are a great place to make connections that are relevant to your business. Even as you might be collaborating with a virtual team to run your business, with coworking, suppliers, business partners, and potential clients might be sharing the space with you, providing wonderful networking opportunities. Furthermore, connections that you make in networking spaces tend to be of a much higher quality that those you might meet online.

Forces You to Take your Business Seriously

As you probably know, working from home doesn’t mean that you get to work in your jammies – contrary to what many “work from home” programs might teach you. If you want to be successful, then you have to find ways to separate home from work. For some of us, forcing that separation is necessary. Coworking is one of the absolute best ways to do that. It can likely automatically boost your productivity because it signals to your mind that it’s time to work.

 

 

Article written by guest blogger, Catherine Park

Catherine Park is a content marketer presently working with Back Office Pro, a Business process outsourcing company. A writer by day and a reader by night, she loves working in the ever-changing world of digital marketing and is fascinated by the role content plays in today’s marketing. You can find her on Twitter here

When The Unexpected Happens… Encouragement To Keep On Going

I want to send encouragement your way, today. Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken to a number of clients, friends, and colleagues that have had some heartbreaking things happen, negative health surprises come up, family issues arise, and more.  Some people are truly going through tough times, and if not you, maybe you know of your colleague or friend who might be experiencing some frustrating times. If this is you or someone you know, I wanted to send love, support, and encouragement your way.

During college, I was a mentor to many students. I was part of maybe 30 to 40 organizations total while I was there, and to continue mentoring, I started a massive Facebook group with my mentees soon after college. At one point, when I couldn’t sustain posting frequently to the group, I let my mentees know I was closing the group down. One of my mentees asked me what was the best and most powerful advice I could give as I was closing out the group. I said, “Always have your shield on. Be equipped with whatever spiritual strength, peace, strategies, heart, or whatever you need to battle against the problems that you don’t know will come in the future.”  I knew even then, in my early 20’s, that life would have some big challenges. Now at 33, I see that advice was so right to give. That mentee years later had a near-fatal scooter accident and lost most of his memory. He now has regained his memory, works in law as corporate counsel for a huge company, is married, and is doing well. I had my share of heartbreaks, frustrations, and challenging seasons too over the years, and I can remember crying profusely one day years ago. I was so confused as to where God wanted me after my employer had been fired and everyone was fired in my office except for me, who had 6 months to find another position. In the past, I thought I would be working at that job for years. Within the next one and a half years afterward, I had met the man who would be my husband, moved to another state, enrolled in life coaching certification, and started Daphne Valcin Coaching. God had a plan.

For some on this list, you may be dealing with other intense issues–I have had friends who had friends or family pass away this past week. One of my friends texted me this past week and said, “I just found out today that the company I work for is shutting down tomorrow.” Another friend didn’t get a job he really, really wanted and had been trying to look for another job for years now. These are all examples of truly difficult challenges, and while I made calls, had conversations, and sent encouragement to each of these friends, the common theme that each understood was, “This season too shall pass.” My friends each processed their challenges in a way where they thought through, “What is God showing me through this?” “What’s next?” “How can I find peace in the midst of this situation?” 

I am not a licensed therapist, but I can tell you in my life experience that I think it’s healthy for you to think of some of those questions my friends asked themselves above as you experience challenges. Do take time to process what you’re experiencing and take time to grieve a situation, person, job, or anything else that might have you feeling loss or sadness. Then, determine, “What is God showing me through this? What’s next? How can I find peace in the midst of this situation,” and remember what I wrote about when it comes to having your shield. “How can I be equipped with whatever spiritual strength, peace, strategies, heart, or whatever I need to battle against the problems that I don’t know will come in the future, especially if I know challenges in certain areas of my life impact me greatly.”

Some very practical things you can do now to be prepared for whatever challenges come your way and to have peace in the midst of challenges to come:

1) Fill your mind and spirit with content that brings you peace 

Whether it’s audio, T.V. shows, books, conferences or seminars that focus on spiritual strength, peace, personal development, coping skills, or perseverance, immerse yourself in content regularly that feeds your mind and spirit, even if you do this quarterly within the year. This way, you shift your internal dialogue and are equipped to bounce back and be a strong support to others.

2) Pray/meditate daily

An article that I read cited that five research-based results of prayer are increased trust; self-control improvement; increased kindness; increased forgiveness; and decreased effects of stress. Take time to connect with your internal thoughts, a higher power, positive possibilities, and gratefulness daily.

3) Process your thoughts or deep feelings that might be keeping you down

Whether you choose to seek therapy, or find that journaling your thoughts helps you to process them, or become part of a support circle associated with a challenge or common interests, do seek a platform or multiple platforms where you can process your thoughts, be encouraged, and feel equipped to move forward.

I felt this post was just what some of you needed me to write this week, and so I truly hope it’s helpful as you continue to walk through your respective journeys. Be encouraged, and continue to be equipped for the greatness that is coming your way.

And remember, I believe in you!

If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to share with family or friends who might benefit.

 

 

 

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The power of relationship when it comes to your dreams

A few days ago, I spoke to almost 600 individuals through two keynote speeches in one dayYes, in one day, with baby Jasmine and her nanny tagging along, I did a keynote speech in the morning to kick off a PSAT Day at my high school alma mater, and in the evening, I did the keynote speech for Miami Dade College’s Convocation for first-year students (Miami Dade College has the largest undergraduate college enrollment of any college in the country)!

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As a speaker, I have to admit that earlier in my speaking career, I was lost as to how to gain traction as a professional speaker. I had my virtual assistant looking up over 100 prospective organizations for me to reach out to about my speaking topics and background as a speaker, but what I realized later was that many of the opportunities I sought as a speaker were in reach if I looked first within my own network.

I realized that there were people who loved me, cared about me, and respected me, who wanted to support my business or believed that I had a wonderful message to share with their audiences. They were merely waiting for me to reach out to ask for the opportunity. Some were waiting for me to put out there on my social media or in conversation what I was doing, why I was doing it, and what my vision was.

And once I started to realize the value of the relationships I already had and put my aspirations into the atmosphere, my peers and colleagues began to reach out to me to extend opportunities to do amazing things, like those keynote speeches I referenced earlier. Both came as a result of calls initiated from colleagues who I had known for 15 or more years. One said, “I keep telling everyone about you and I’m not even sure you want all of these opportunities.” I said, “Oh no. Please do keep sharing!”

If you are where I was, and you have a dream, but you feel stuck as to how to spread it or grow it, I want you to consider doing one or more of these three things that might be helpful for you on your journey:
1) Look through your phone contacts–all of them,
 and think about who you might call to ask for advice about how to move forward. Then text or message them to initiate a phone conversation or give them a call.
2) Look through your LinkedIn and research who might be helpful in helping you to pursue your dreams, and then contact them to initiate a phone conversation.
3) If you’re ready right now to move forward with pursuing your dream and need a specific resource or opportunity and you trust that someone in your circle can provide it, you may want to post about your desire to accomplish a specific vision on social media or on a private email list with colleagues, and see who might be able to support your vision.

Whatever you choose to do, I pray your personal and professional relationships can contribute to the success of your journey. I’ve learned through experience that there are truly 6 degrees of separation in this world, so chances are that either you know someone who might be able to help you with your vision, or someone you know might know someone else who can support you on your journey.

Do consider utilizing your circle to attain your dreams.

And remember, I believe in you!

 
If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below, or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to forward to family or friends who might benefit.