• Happiness,  Optimism,  Reframing

    5 Reasons Why Change is Good for Us

    Sometimes change can feel a bit scary. After all, it’s not called your Comfort Zone for nothing! But change is inevitable and even necessary if you are to learn and grow and get the most out of life. Here are five reasons why you should embrace change. 1. Change makes you grow Change is necessary for growth, in fact, growth is impossible without change! You can choose to stay safely in your familiar routine, but if you do, you’ll be missing out on all life has to offer. The challenge of a new job or moving to a different city might be uncomfortable, especially at first. But it’s guaranteed that…

  • shalita heard life and business coach for women of color
    Adversity,  clarity,  Depression

    How to Stay Motivated During Adversity

    You know those days when it seems like everything that can go wrong does go wrong. You sleep through your alarm, don’t have time for breakfast, miss your bus, get to work late, and things go downhill from there. Or it’s more than a bad day. You’ve had bad news, the bills are coming in, and you don’t know what’s coming next. It’s easy to stay motivated and energized when things are going well, but what about when times are tough? How do you keep going when things are looking grim? These are the times when you have a clear choice about how to react. You can bury your head…

  • shalita heard life and business coach for women of color
    Failure,  Optimism,  Self Help,  Success

    6 Ways Failure is Just as Important as Success

    No one likes to fail. It feels bad. You might feel like giving up or blaming someone else or beating yourself up. But you might be surprised to hear that many successful people are not just grateful for their past failures, but they ascribe their present success to having tried and failed in the past. Here are six reasons to embrace your failures. 1. Failures are opportunities To see failure as an opportunity is not putting a Pollyanna spin on reality. It’s accepting that everyone fails, and you can choose to learn from your mistakes, or you can stay stuck in them. Successful people see mistakes as an opportunity to…

  • shalita heard life and business coach for women of color
    Failure,  Self Help,  Success

    3 Ways to Use Failure to Fuel Future Success

    You might be surprised to hear that failure is an important ingredient of success. It sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Who wants to put in all those hours of effort, all that investment and energy and enthusiasm, and then fail to fail? Surely success is the name of the game? But stop and think about it just for a minute. Sure, everyone wants to succeed, everyone wants to achieve the goals they set for themselves. After all, that’s the whole point! But if you look back over your success and failures, how often did you make a mistake? How many times did it take before you mastered a new skill? Guaranteed…

  • shalita heard life and business coach for women of color
    Adversity,  Opportunity,  Success

    Six Ways to Keep Adversity from Keeping You Down

    Sometimes life seems to go downhill fast. Whether you’re naturally an optimist or a pessimist, your world can change for the worse in ways you can’t ignore. You may lose your job, lose your friend or family, have a health scare, be bullied or disliked, or the goal you’re aiming for may disappear before you can reach it. Or there may simply never be enough money to keep you and your family safe and happy. Adversity can drain your will. That makes it harder and harder to change what you can change, accept what you can’t change, and to know the difference between the two. Here are six ways to…

  • shalita heard life and business coach for women of color
    Planning,  Self Help,  Success

    How to Plan Differently to Improve Your Chances of Success

    You might think that having a plan is enough to guarantee success. After all, you’ve set your goal, some milestones, you’re committed. Surely that’s enough. Well, no, in reality having a plan by itself is not enough. Think back over all those New Year’s resolutions you’ve made. How many did you see through to success? Have you ever been on a diet? Or decided to get fit and start running, or join a gym? Robbie Burns knew what he was talking about when he wrote ‘the best-laid plans of mice and men, often go astray.’ That poem is about a mother mouse having her supposedly safe cozy nest destroyed by…

  • shalita heard life and business coach for women of color
    Adversity,  Inspiration,  Optimism

    Ways Naysayers Can Actually Help You Succeed

    You might think that having negative people around you would be demotivating. And it’s true that having a positive support network around you will help you succeed. But you can bet your life that there will be naysayers casting doubt on your dreams, so why not take that energy and turn it around? Find out how to use those doom and gloom merchants to spur you on to greater success. 1. Use them as inspiration Proving the doubters wrong can be a powerful motivation to get off the sofa and into action. There’s nothing like an “I’ll show them” attitude to energize you and make you focus on your goal.…

  • shalita heard life and business coach for women of color
    Adversity,  Comeback,  Self Help

    4 Ways to Rebuild Confidence After a Big Setback

    It can and does happen to anyone. One minute you’re flying, everything’s going well, and you feel great! Then something happens. A setback. A rejection. A failure. How do you pick yourself up and put your confidence back together after something goes badly wrong? Here are some things you can do to rebuild your self-worth and get that spring back in your step. 1. Acceptance Accept that things sometimes happen. A health scare, a bad investment, a big sale that falls through, a relationship breakdown. Whatever your setback, you can be sure that other people have been there before you. And it’s not likely to be the end of the…

  • shalita heard life and business coach for women of color
    Reframing,  Resilience,  Success

    4 Lessons for Reframing Failure to Bring On Success

    You might be surprised to hear the best thing you can do about failure is embrace it. If your presentation bombed or you didn’t get that promotion, or your big sale fell through, or you flunked that exam, embracing your failure is probably the last thing you want to do. But take it from experts, the key to success is learning to reframe failure. Consider these four lessons. 1. Failure is an opportunity to learn You cannot learn without making mistakes. No one learns a new skill right off the bat. It just doesn’t happen. Remember when you learned to ride a bicycle? You had to fall off a certain…

  • shalita heard life and business coach for women of color
    clarity,  Inspiration,  Success

    5 Tips for Staying Calm When Success is Uncertain

    You might wonder how successful people do it. How do they stay the course when they don’t know if they will achieve their goal? How do they know when it’s worth persevering? Researchers have found that the capacity to stay calm under pressure has a direct effect on your performance. In other words, being able to manage your emotions and stay calm under stress is a predictor of success.  Managing stress is not an innate skill, its one that anyone can learn. Here are five tips on learning to stay calm under pressure. 1. Keep your self-talk positive One of the best thing you can do to stay calm and…

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