#34 Episode: "Launching a Passion Project" with Guest Singer/Songwriter Ariyah Brynn

 
*BONUS ALERT - Ariyah Brynn performs her latest song LIVE during this episode!!! 
 
One of my favorite things about doing what I do is getting to connect with people.
No matter how old we are, we all want to fulfill the plans that God has for us.
The challenge for many of us is knowing those plans and I don’t mean just the dream or idea, but also how to practically pursue our God-given dreams through goals and dated actions.

I am so proud of one of my students, who happens to be a recent high school graduate. This teen has been developing her God-given talents in music for years, but recently she took my FLIGHT course (see details below) and began to apply it to one specific God-given dream or what I like to call - Passion Project.
I watched her run with the course principles and I could not be prouder of her.

Listen in on how Ariyah Brynn used the principles in my book FLIGHT to launch her latest music video for her debut single "Dejvu"

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#24 Episode "Stay Productive so You Can Do MORE of What you Love!"

 Do you want to stay productive?
That is an interesting question, because if you see productivity as a HAVE to - a way in which you HAVE to get things done at HOME or WORK then staying productive does not seem like something that you want to spend time learning how to do more of.

But as a Christian if you look at your productivity as a way to maximize your time so that you can spend time with the people you care about and fulfill the plans God has for you - then staying productive will be something that you love to do - I call this kind of productivity - “enjoyable productivity!” - it is encouraging, energizing, and helps you get things done!

The best fuel for any productivity and especially for “enjoyable productivity” is to...
Know your "WHY!"
Let me break down "WHY" into 3 categories

1. WHY for tasks & chores
     ~ What is a task vs a chore
     ~ Link It Twice - Ask yourself twice “Why?”

2. WHY for projects...
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#23 Episode "Name the Day! - Make Doing Chores Easier for Home & Office

 
Today’s episode is for Melissa and for all of the other “go-getters” out there!
 

Melissa is a soccer mom who helps a soccer organization in her community. But beyond her volunteer time in her community Melissa also takes care of her family, and helps her elderly parents. She home schools her children and manages her house. Melissa is like you and I - she is a “go-getter” - but even Melissa can become overwhelmed with home and office projects

I want to encourage Melissa and all of us that we can enjoy life while getting things done when we do not try to do it “ALL” at once. When we trade in B I G plate portion projects for “bite-sized” productivity we can make our “ALL” “small” which helps us to bENCOURAGEd Today!

Today, we are going to talk about one of my favorite Make Your ALL Small - “bite-sized” tips...Name the Day! - But before I begin let’s define what a Chore is.

~ Chores...

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#22 Episode: "Make Your ALL Small - My #1 Approach to Getting ALL Things Done!"

 

We can overcomplicate what we need to accomplish. - Either we over do it or under do it. Either way it becomes complicated because we add or subtract from the very thing we are trying to complete. You know what I mean...

Remember that time when the garage needed cleaned? We all do - whether it was a garage, vehicle, office - pick a space. And more than likely it went one of these two ways:

1. Make your all STALL… You went to open the door to the garage and thought, “Where do I begin?” So you started moving things around, looked in boxes, looked at your watch, and said things like, “Who really needs a place to park their car? The car does not pay its’ portion of the mortgage. It does not deserve a roof.” The decision had been made - to live with the garage the way that it was, because it could STALL until another day.

2. Make your all TALL… You decided this was your next project, so you called a meeting with your family, the...

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#21 Episode: "Do These FIVE Things to Finish What You Start" with Download

 
Starting something new is exciting - whether it be a new year, new job, new project, or a new habit. But new becomes old very quickly if we do not refresh ourselves throughout the process.

As Christians, this must involve us seeking God while applying practical disciplines that will help us finish what we begin. One of my favorite Scriptures encourages us to finish what we start...

“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”

~ 2 Cor. 8:11-12 NIV

HOW do we make sure that we “Now finish the work” that we have begun?

Let me encourage you to Do These 5 Things to Finish What You Start…

1.) Eliminate Distractions - make what used to be a distraction, a reward
2.) Focus on a Few - simplify by only working on a few habits or projects at a time
3.) No...
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#20 Episode "Why Meeting with Yourself is My #1 Productivity Tip" with Download

 
 
Are you ready for a fresh start; a clean slate; a new beginning?
There is no better time than right now to fulfill the plans that God has for you.
But you might be thinking -
"Amber, I am ready, but I do not know where to begin."
OR
"Amber, I am concerned that I will begin something, but not finish it."
Well, either way - bENCOURAGEd Today!
Because today I am sharing with you about my #1 Productivity Tip!!
I call it Review Preview - and it is all about meeting with yourself with God so that you can begin to fulfill the plans that God has for you!

Why is meeting with yourself my #1 Productivity Tip?
Here are 3 reasons...

1. Because someone needs you - to fuflfill the plans that God has for you because it will help her/him fulfill the plans God has for her/him too! - You are someone's inspiration!!!

2. Because setting goals do not fulfill goals - Just like setting a tea cup next to a tea pot does not make your tea for you. You must have regular accountabililty to fulfill your goals...
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#18 Episode: "Sow to Grow - Tips on Giving Your Gifts" with Guests Greg and Wa'Lisa Smith

 

 

How do I fulfill the plans that God has for me?
First - checkout Episode #15 "Develop These 6 Abilities to Launch Any Project"
(LINK BELOW)

But after you have discovered what you were made to do - I hear this question a lot -

“Amber, where do I begin to fulfill the plans that God has for me?”

bENCOURAGEd Today, because the answer to this question is simpler than you think!

- Begin to fulfill the plans that God has for you by sowing your gifts to others.

YES! By sowing you will start growing - you will begin to develop your God-given gifts.

This is why I have invited two of my friends who understand this principle and who have and continue to…. “Sow to Grow”!

Greg and Wa'Lisa Smith have been singers, songwriters, and musicians for many years! They own their own Production company - G&W Media Productions (Link Below), where they produce and assist in distribution of mostly indie artists. They also write and record their own music, and...

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#12 Episode: "Never Give Up!" with Guest Alicia Fleming

 
Today we are going to “get up all in of our business”
- because we are going to talk about those projects that we know that we need to work on, but life keeps getting in the way.
The truth is that life will always get in the way.
And although we might need to pause a project we should never give up on it.
Today I have a special guest who I know will inspire you - she inspires me!
If anyone had a reason to quit a dream project it would be my friend...

Alicia Fleming who is a published writer and entrepreneur, but life really pressed in to try and stop her from fulfilling her God-given dreams - specifically her dream to publish her writings.

On today's episode Alicia shares...

~ Her dream to be a published author
~ The obstacles she faced including, car crashes, depression, cancer, and time
~ How she overcame these obstacles to fulfill her dream and publish mulitple works
 
Alicia did not allow life to stop her from pursuing her God-given dreams! 
Her story can...
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#10 Episode: "Review Preview Recap" includes Download

 

On today's episode I  recap...
Review Preview - my #1 Productivity Tip!
Learn where it came from, what it does, and how you can apply it effectively in your life! 

  • A brief history of Review Preview  - how I learned how to meet with myself weekly

           Bonus tip - Interview your boss, minister, or organization leader - always be ready with at least one question that you can ask so that you can gain knowledge from those who mentor you. 

  • What Review Preview Does 

         - It allows you to stop planning and begin to Generate a Plan - which helps you fulfill the plans that God has for you.
          - It consolidates a 30-45 minute weekly meeting with yourself that reviews your previous week inlight of Scriptures and God's plans for your life and previews your upcoming week as you sync your To Do List, Thank You List, and calendar/planner 

  • How You Can...
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#1 Episode: “My #1 Productivity Tip” - includes a FREE Downloadable Guide & Checklist

This is it! My first episode of bENCOURAGEd Today Podcast - where I share productivity tips to help you fulfill the plans God has for you! 

Scroll to the bottom of this post to listen! 

In this episode I share…

  • How I developed my passion for productivity and organization
  • My career in training and organizational development
  • How I was transformed from a work-a-holic to fulling God’s plans in my life
  • My #1 Productivity Tip! 

I also share 2 Bonus Productivity Tips…

  1. Do not underestimate being productive right where you are! - I give a practical example of how I applied this principle, working my way up through the restaurant industry, to become the youngest traveling training supervisor for a multi-million dollar restaurant chain
  2. Always be ready with at least one productive question that you can ask someone who knows more about where you want to be!  I share how being ready with my one question changed my life and eventually led me to my #1...
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