Did you know your body has two (2) brains? I was reminded of this medical revelation from an experience I had 20 years ago. I was invited to inspire women living with HIV/Aids but I was the one who left encouraged after my brief encounter and hug from a sightless man who was there as one of the social workers. I will always remember what this blind man said to me after finishing my keynote speech at a large health conference on a Tuesday in Southern California. This sightless man stood patiently in my long book signing line to tell me something that has remained with me for 20 years. When I doubt my purpose or ask God if I should stick with my passion when times are difficult or the speaking invitations come in slow… I remember what he said. When I question my decision to quit my human resources job with a pay check every week to become self-employed…I remember what he said to me. He did not see the dress I was wearing. He did not see my performance of sign language to a Yolanda Adam’s song “Never Give Up.” He did not see my handouts. He did not see all the things I prepared to visually inspire and educate my audience. He didn’t see all the external things that I took so much time planning for or worrying what other people saw or thought about me (e.g. how I looked, how I stood, what I was wearing, my printed handouts, my hair, my jewelry, my shoes, my nails, etc.) This sightless man standing alone without any assistance but his cane said to me, “Thank you Jewel for following your golden gut. You have touched my spirit. I felt your energy and I am encouraged to go on.” WOW!! My golden gut!
Dr. Gershon, coined the term “second brain” in 1996. He is one of many researchers who studies brain-gut connections. The brain controls behavior. Butterflies in your stomach (gut) rise when the brain sends a message of anxiety to the gut, which sends messages back to the brain that it’s unhappy. But the gut has been referred to as your second brain. Your gut is where you have feelings of being; guided, warned, nervous, sad, happy, in love, or depressed. Your stomach (gut) dictates your mood and appetite. Your gut feelings give you warnings and sometimes you may regretfully ignore what your gut (instincts) are telling you. Your brain and “golden gut” are connected and communicate. My golden gut feeling (instincts, emotions, true north, God’s voice) guided me to quit my job and start my public speaking career in 1984. Sometimes I question my decision. But for the most part I’m glad I listened to my golden gut. That sightless man saw in me the invisible. He helped me to remember my “why” I wanted to make a difference. I wanted the freedom of developing my own future. I wanted to impact people’s lives in a positive way. I wanted to express what God had revealed to me about love, faith, courage, wisdom, healing, self-esteem, resiliency, perseverance and purpose. I had no mentors, no web site, no clue and no money but I began following my gut.
I consulted my first brain for logic and set a goal when I should begin my new golden career. My first brain (mental) calls it risk taking.
My second brain (emotions) calls it a leap of faith. My first brain wanted a plan. My first brain was full of doubt and fear. My second brain was full of excitement and gave me courage. My second brain compelled me to follow my dream and my heart. If you only listen to the logic in your first brain, the fear and rational thinking may paralyze you. If you only listen to your second brain (emotions) without consulting your first brain (logic), you may impulsively make decisions you will soon regret.
What is your “golden gut” saying to you? I hope you are inspired to discover the golden treasures and life purpose God has for you by listening to your second brain…your golden gut. Pray that God will guide you to find your hidden golden treasures (Proverbs 2:4) ~ by Jewel Diamond Taylor
ABC’s for Success
A ppreciate and value your life and dreams. Life is too short to waste on complaining, procrastination or a pity party. Take consistent steps to create a life of purpose, meaning, success, peace, faith and inner strength to withstand the challenges in life.
B elieve in yourself. Distance yourself from those who belittle and discourage you. Control that inner critic. Putting yourself down damages your self-esteem. Change the voice of your inner critic. Perfectionism and self-criticism are sabotaging and non-productive. Don’t be too hard on yourself… yet continue to push yourself towards the next level of improvement. Sometimes you may not “feel” like doing what you should do; i.e. balance your budget, exercise, school work, build your business, get over the blues or fight the battle of the bulge. Feelings of apathy, indifference, denial, procrastination, fear and doubt do not serve you well. Stand up and speak up when you feel someone is riding your back, abusing or disrespecting you, judging you, stabbing you in the back or simply doesn’t have your back. Surround yourself with people who believe in you instead of people who belittle you. Strengthen your confidence and self-esteem. There is a difference between being cocky and prideful and having confidence.
C onsider things from every angle. You have blind spots that can prevent you from seeing possibilities and solutions. When you are faced with a decision or problem don’t think small and don’t get stuck with a limited perspective. Practice creative thinking, communicate with others, be flexible, tap into your intuition, imagination and instincts. You can learn to see new ways of solving problems, creating solutions and resolving conflict.
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“During troubled times you can have blessed assurance, perfect peace and a strong faith. If you can feel and really understand the words of Psalm 23, you will know why I say, “I am too blessed to be stressed”
The Lord is my Shepherd (perfect salvation).
I shall not want (perfect satisfaction)
He maketh to lie down in green pastures (perfect rest)
He leadeth beside still waters (perfect refreshment)
He restoreth my soul (perfect restoration)
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness (perfect guidance)
I will fear no evil (perfect protection)
Thou art with me (perfect companionship)
Thy rod and Thy staff (perfect comfort)
Thou preparest a table (perfect provision)
Thy anoinest my head (perfect consecration)
My cup runneth over (perfect joy)
Surely, surely (perfect confidence)
Goodness and mercy shall follow me (perfect care)
I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (perfect destiny)
If you have my book SISTERFRIENDS, this above message is on page 82.
Inspiration and talent will only carry you so far. Your habits can make or break you. Self-discipline is the consistent behavior that moves you toward your goals. It is a series of choices that favors your betterment rather than indulges our whims. The first step toward developing self-discipline is accepting that every action has consequences. We are always given the choice to move forward or fail from our own stagnation, ignorance or rebellion.
From overeating, procrastinating, impulsive shopping, gambling, pornography, cheating, anger or drug and alcohol abuse, clutter… a lack of self control in your daily life will eventually catch up with you, if it hasn’t already.
Self-discipline is not about punishment or even about a restrictive lifestyle. It is the ability to adhere to actions, thoughts, and behaviors that result in personal improvement instead of instant gratification. Self-control (self-discipline) is a one of the fruits of the spirit. A lack of self-discipline is the main reason for the failures we experience in both our personal and professional lives.
Start with small things. Clean your room at home or your desk at work. Train yourself to put things where they belong when they are out of place. Think about the old saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place”. Get yourself to the point where orderliness matters. Learn how to keep your environment clean and clear so you can function without distractions. Learn how to say “no” to low priority or distracting requests, activities or cravings of the body. To learn more, listen to my CD Sel-control – “The Main Thing is to KEEP the Main Thing…The Main Thing. Before you can develop the power of self-discipline, you must first take an honest and direct look at the excuses you use to justify your problems and poor daily performance. A secret to decreasing your stress is increasing your self-discipline. Self-control is your inner guidance telling you to put down the donut, turn off the porn, get out of the mall, turn off the TV, get on the treadmill, read your Bible, get up an hour earlier to avoid rushing and being late to work, shut your mouth and choose your battles wisely, finish your task at hand, hang up your clothes, return that phone call, put down the sweet tea and drink some water, etc. Learning self-discipline in the little things of life prepares the way for big successes. Those who are undisciplined in small matters will likely be undisciplined in more important issues. In the words of Solomon, it is the little foxes that ruin the vineyards (Song of Sol. 2:15). When it comes to a person’s integrity and credibility you cannot afford to allow the little foxes of disorder, procrastination and impulsive actions ruin your harvest of prosperity. Inspiration, motivation, your talents and your education can only take you so far. It’s your habits that determine your destiny.
DID is a word of achievement
WON’T is a word of rebellion
MIGHT is a word of mediocrity and little discipline
CAN’T is a word of defeat and fear
OUGHT is a word of duty
TRY is a word of little faith
MAYBE is a word of procrastination
WILL is a word of courage
CAN is a word of power and determination
DOING is a word of progress and fulfillment
DONE is a word of success
“So teach us to make the most our time so we may grow in wisdom” Psalm 9O:12
Conference Speaker, Minister, Author, Work place trainer and Success Coach Jewel Diamond Taylor offers one-on-one coaching by phone to support others in their pursuit of growing personally with their goals (self-esteem, weight loss, overcoming adversity, feeling stuck, overcoming procrastination, building your public speaking career, increasing your faith and confidence, etc.) To contact Jewel Diamond Taylor, reply to this e-mail or call 323.964.1736 www.DoNotGiveUp.net
Speaker, Author, Minister, Life Coach, Wife and Mother Jewel Diamond Taylor is facilitating a study group for women in the Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, California area. The next session will be Wednesday, January 20, 6:30 pm If you are interested in attending or receiving updates for future schedules. please send your e-mail to JewelMotivates@gmail.com
Your words have power! As a man or woman thinketh…so is he(she). What you think about…you can bring about.
Your prescription of pearls of wisdom today from the Self-esteem Dr. is to read the “I AM Success Declaration” as least twice a day. In case of an emergency (doubt, fear or procrastination), I suggest you read it 3 times a day. The refills on this prescription are unlimited. Read more in my e-book Heal Your Mind and Your Behind Will Follow.
Click here to read the popular “I AM Success Declaration” which has taken the world by storm. It is my most popular download request from my web site. ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor, The Self-esteem Dr. www.DoNotGiveUp.net
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She is teaching about the importance of mentoring. The lack of mentoring is on my list of the 10 Success Power Points to Work On.
If these 10 points are ignored, you will can never reach your full potential for success, health and purposeful living. I painfully paid the price of learning 10 major areas in our lives that require your attention, wisdom and growth. You can avoid losing my money, time and opportunities. I share these pearls of wisdom with you on my CD.