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How to Succeed, Others Are Watching You

Everything you do in life is being observed and watched by others. You should never allow anyone to see the worst part of you because first impressions last a lifetime. No one will ever remember what you say to them or give to them, but they will remember how you treated them and made them feel.

As an aunt, I have come to realize that my nieces see me as role model for their lives. My nieces have learned the importance of education by watching me continuing my education and learning despite my age. They have always learned from me the importance of mapping out your life. Also, they have learned how important it is to have God in your life, in order to, maneuver through the path of life God has provided for us to follow.

I have learned the importance of remaining committed, regardless of the difficulty or how unreasonable it might seem. My parents’ example of never giving up and staying the course was an example of the story of God at work in a human life. Apostle Paul challenges each of us to “be an example…in word…conduct…love…spirit…faith…purity” (1 Tim 4:12). He told Titus, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good…show integrity.” If you think that sounds like a tall order—you’re right. But, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information: dzimmerman36@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FACMBC; www.twitter.com/FACMBC; https://dzimmerman36.wordpress.com

How to Succeed, Care Enough to Confront

Sometimes the hardest thing you can do is confront someone who is not acting right, but in the long run it is for the best. 1 Thess. 5:14 states, “Warn those who are out of line.” But, most of the time, we would rather stay quiet and be popular than speak difficult truth into the lives of others. We are afraid to confront that uncle whose alcoholism is not only affecting his life, but the lives of his family and friends. A church is a spiritual body of a loving family. It’s easier to comfort and encourage than to warn or exhort, but both are necessary. Ephesians 4:15 tells us to speak the truth in love so that the whole body may grow up in all things. If we don’t take the time to exhort, encourage, warn, comfort, uphold and be patient, we all suffer in the end. If you allow serious issues to go unaddressed, it does a grave disservice to the person in question. You may not like it but sometimes the truth hurts in the beginning, but in the long run it will benefit the individual because it will cause them to want to do better.

If you do not confront bad behavior in young people, it will negatively affect their attitude toward authority, relationships, accountability, and personal discipline. But, by correcting a young person’s behavior, we are showing them that certain actions have consequences and you must deal with those consequences. Should never be afraid to correct a child because you are letting the child know that no matter what you will have rules to abide by, even in, your adult life.

The truth is the only safe ground to stand upon, and your goal should be to speak it in love.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information: dzimmerman36@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FACMBC; www.twitter.com/FACMBC; https://dzimmerman36.wordpress.com

How to Succeed, Take Control of Your Life

If you want to succeed in life, there’s only one source you can go to for strength and guidance: God. This is my source for strength and courage on dealing with the daily challenges of everyday life. Whatever your spiritual resource is, you should always go to that source in times of need, trouble, or good times. For me it is God, I go to God before making major decisions concerning my personal and professional life. I try to connect with God on a daily basis morning and night to deal with what life throws at me on a daily basis. God is my strength and courage when I have to deal with tough situations or difficult individuals. To have control of your life, God must be the central focus of your life. You have to spend one-on-one time with God on a daily basis.

You must not allow anyone or anything to dictate how your life should be. God will give you guidance on how to maneuver the path of life He has given to you to follow. God does not make mistakes when it comes to guiding you in your life and at times we lose control of our lives because we want to do things on our own terms and not His. God will allow us to stray away from Him, but He is always willing to take us back after we have learned our lesson. So, it is important to always follow your spiritual resource when dealing with daily life and this helps you to stay in control of your life during it all.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information: dzimmerman36@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FACMBC; www.twitter.com/FACMBC; https://dzimmerman36.wordpress.com

How to Succeed, Believe in Yourself-God Does!

As a small business owner, I have learned that no one has to believe in my dreams and ambition for my business, but me. With God, I can do anything and there is no limit in what I can do. God is a good stronghold in my life, He has sustained me, maintained me in the tough times, and has cheered me on in the good times.

This past weekend I was an exhibitor at “Success Revolution Conference”, I had limited funds to get brochures, pamphlets, and flyers made for my exhibitor booth. But, I did not fear because I knew God would make a way out of nothing. As usual, God made a way out of nothing and I was able to get my brochures, pamphlets, and flyers made for my booth for less than $50. My exhibitor booth at the seminar was nice and I made many connections with other business owners. Also, I made connections with some potential clients as well. I tell you keeping faith in God and faith in yourself, it is no limit to what you can do. Having faith and trust in God and in yourself is the key to being a successful business owner.

Owning your dream means having your belief in yourself outweigh your fears. Good quote from Akeelah and the Bee Movie “She reads, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” “Larabee asks, ‘What does that means?’ She answers, ‘That I’m not supposed to be afraid.’ He asks, ‘Afraid of what?’ She answers, ‘Afraid of…me?’ You will never embrace your God-given destiny until you first believe in yourself. And that belief comes from knowing: ‘God is working in [me], giving [me] the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” Akeelah and the Bee Movie.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information: dzimmerman36@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FACMBC; www.twitter.com/FACMBC; https://dzimmerman36.wordpress.com


 

How to Succeed, Live Life the Right Way

You must live your life based on your morals, principles, and God. You must learn that you cannot live life on your own terms without consequences. Sometimes people fail to realize that what they do in life will affect not only them, but others around them. You must learn that life is too short to live in the past, make mistakes without learning from them, and being afraid to step-out in faith. Do not be afraid to step out on faith because God has your back and He will never leave you nor forsake. Remember God loves you and will guide you in the direction you need to go to fulfill His dreams and visions for your life. With God, you can do anything your heart desires and fear is not an option in life.

Luke 12:15 “One’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” If the recent economic upheaval has taught us anything, it’s that money brings neither security nor happiness. Yes, God will bless you with money. (See Deut. 8:18) But, you must be a good steward with the money He provides to you. If you do not use God’s money in the correct way, He will take it away from you. God provides you with money for two reasons: (1) Because He delights in seeing His redeemed children walk in His blessings. (See Psalms 35:37) (2) Because He expects you to use your money to reach a hurting world with God’s love. If you keep those two things in mind, you’ll be living for the right reasons.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information: dzimmerman36@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FACMBC; www.twitter.com/FACMBC; https://dzimmerman36.wordpress.com

How to Succeed, Do Not Quit

Philippians 3:13-15 “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me…All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.” I am driven by my desire to please God and fulfill the vision He has for my life. I will never give up nor quit because God is with me for the ride. I have learned from experience to never give up and press forward towards the prize. I have learned to keep my “eye on the prize” and that there is “a light at the end of the tunnel.” I have learned that because I had to close one business does not mean I cannot start a new business. I have learned many valuable lessons from running my first business, which I will use to run my new business. Like Apostle Paul (in the Bible), I am driven by my vision of reaching the world for Christ. (See Romans 10:1).

An unknown poet wrote: “When things are pressing you down a bit, rest if you must, but don’t you quit! Life is strange with its twists and turns, as every one of us sometimes learns. And many a failure turns about, when he might have won if he’d stuck it out. Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow—you might succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than it seems, to a faint and faltering man. Often the struggler has given up, when he might have captured the victor’s cup. And he learned too late when the night slipped down, how close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out—the silver tint of the clouds of doubt. You never can tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems afar. So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—it’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.”

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information: dzimmerman36@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FACMBC; www.twitter.com/FACMBC; https://dzimmerman36.wordpress.com


 

How to Succeed, Step Back and Re-group Part II

There are times when you will have to step back, re-group, and re-focus to face a challenge in life. The path of your God-given destiny will have different challenges, so you must expect them. Indeed, you must prepare yourself to face them. Proverbs 27:12 “Solomon wrote: A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them.” You must be prepared for the challenges ahead in life and you must have a plan to deal with them. Wouldn’t you rather look ahead and prepare, instead of looking back with regret? Stop looking at your past failures and start looking at your future victories. Why does the Bible record the failures of great men like Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and Peter? To give you hope; to let you know that nobody performs flawlessly; to help you believe if they can do it, by God’s grace you can too. The road to success has many potholes. You’ll fall into some—and they are messy. But, you must dust yourself, step-up, and try again. Not only will you have to climb back out, you’ll have to dust yourself off, refocus, recommit, and keep going. Since failure is inevitable, why not make it your friend by examining each experience and growing stronger through it? Once you learn to do that, you won’t keep repeating the same mistakes and you’ll become more emotionally and spiritually stable. Timelines change, resources dry up, and assumptions prove false, plans and people fail.

As you walk the pathway to your God-given dream, remember the Old Italian proverb, “Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.” No problem; you can get another pair of shoes! Just make sure you don’t wear out and give up. Here’s God’s promise to you: “Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honor you with every blessing” (Psalms 37:34).

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information: dzimmerman36@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FACMBC; www.twitter.com/FACMBC; https://dzimmerman36.wordpress.com


 

Great Place To Be

Your life should be awesome.

Purpose Filled Journey

Allow what happens to happen, to happen. Allow what is right, to be, and to expand.

Don’t fight against your own authentic nature. Embrace the unique beauty of the gifts you have to give.

Live with joy and positive purpose in the moment, whatever it may bring. Do what you know is right, what you know is best, and what you know is true.

Life is more magnificent than you can ever imagine. Go ahead and imagine anyway, from the perspective of what you love and value the most, and bring what you imagine to life.

Look at every little morsel of existence with profound gratitude and ecstatic appreciation. Commit yourself, again and again, to living a life worthy of all the abundance that’s available to you.

With each dawning day, dive gleefully into that abundance, eager to create new value and meaning as you journey through it all. Remember that…

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“My life is meaningless”

Your life can have meaning with God.

GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONSI’m not going to lie, I can read thousands of inspirational quotes about living life to the fullest, I can read one book after another about what habits I need to build to fulfill my dreams, I can go to church three times a week and hear one message after another about the purpose of my life… and yet when I wake up in the morning and go through the same daily, weekly, monthly routine life doesn’t seem so vibrant with purpose, so permeated with potential, and so immersed with meaning.

From going to work, to attending and leading Bible studies, to preparing and teaching lessons in church, to hanging out with family and friends, to exploring new places, and to writing.

Every day, every week, every month, it’s all the same.

Maybe the people change, the situations change, the locations change… but the routine remains the same.

And in…

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DEFAMATORY TONGUE

Give it God and see what happens.

GRAVITY OF GRACE

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