The T in SMART Stands for Time

We’re all collectively work on creating daily value in our lives so that we experience life versus simply existing.

I mentioned last week that there is an 80/20 rule to goal setting. So let me run it down for you. We have gotten specific about what we want, realized the realistic aspect of accomplishing our goals but putting a suspense date or time limit or certain tasks is necessary. 

TIME. How much TIME are you giving yourself to check items off of your list?

Basically whatever you spend the most of your time trying to accomplish (80%) is most beneficial and meaningful to you. Leaving you with 20% of time used to eliminate nuisances.

So use your time wisely. 

Begin with What can you do today? What can you do next week? What can you do next month?

Your mindset plays a major role in what you accomplish. Your attitude has to be set up in such a way that no matter what comes your way, you stay committed to your plan of action to make your life better.

It’s okay to dream but in order to grow and experience the personal transformation that we seek, we have to be firm and intentional with our effort and measure our progress with integrity.

Quitting is not an option and as I continue to guide your thoughts, the beauty in working on yourself is getting real with who you are and what you represent while making personal adjustments.

Getting Specific gives you direction. Measuring your progress gives you insight to your productivity. The attainability of your goals keeps you focused on completing one thing at a time versus a life-long to-do list. Being realistic helps your adjust your goals to your lifestyle to reap the full benefits of what you strive to have. Time…BE PRODUCTIVE versus BUSY!

Life is in the power of the tongue. Your self talk needs to be clear so that your continued effort translates to your mindset. So take pride in your self improvement.

Set your goals. Stay quiet about them if you want to. Crush them continually, and clap for yourself as you move along. 

Speak life into your dreams and step into your authority to make it happen.

That’s all I have for you this week. 

Listen yall, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say, thank you for rocking with your girl. You can find me on FB @drlatilyarashon and IG @iamdrlatilyarashon for more insightful tips on being you, doing you, for you, and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

I’ll check in with yall later.

-LaTilya

Failing to Set Realistic Goals is a Plan to Fail

Don’t sell yourself short of your dreams by failing to set realistic goals.

There is an 80/20 rule to goal setting which is why we have to be specific about what we want. Measuring how long it may take us to accomplish certain goals and the attainability of set goals is an ongoing process. But now I want talk to you all about being REALISTIC in your personal transformation. Ask yourself, are you being real about the work you say you want to do?

Now there are some things that we simply cannot do liking walking on the surface of the sun because that is not humanly possible. But if you are into science you can definitely become an astronaut and walk on the moon. So you have to approach setting your goals from a standpoint that speaks to your abilities. Real talk, you may even have to ask yourself if the goals you’re striving to reach fit your lifestyle? Will they benefit your career? Your family? Will they add value to areas of your life for a better quality of life.

Be real with yourself and work hard because when people see what you’re realistically trying to accomplish, they will support you.

It’s all in your mind. The attitude you develop towards your goal will carry you further than having an astronomical list of things to do that read more like a bucket list than reality.

It’s okay to dream but in order to grow and experience the personal transformation that we seek, we have to be firm in the goals we set for ourselves and measure our progress with integrity.

Quitting is not an option and as I continue to guide your thoughts, the beauty in working on yourself is getting real with who you are and what you represent while making personal adjustments.

Getting Specific gives you direction.

Measuring your progress gives you insight to your productivity. 

The attainability of your goals keeps you focused on completing one thing at a time versus a life-long to-do list. 

Being realistic helps you get your life in order. You can shoot for the stars

Life is in the power of the tongue. Your self talk needs to be clear so that your continued effort translates to your mindset. So take pride in your self improvement.

Set your goals. Stay quiet about them if you want to. Crush them continually, and clap for yourself as you move along. Speak life into your dreams and step into your authority to make it happen.

Stay lifted in this season.

~LaTilya

How to Set Attainable Goals

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Can you all believe that we are in the last month of quarter three and we will soon be saying, “Happy New Year”. So now is the time to start forward planning so that we can knock the rest of 2020 out of the park. Realistically, there comes a time when we not only have to prioritize our goals but we have to be SMART about it. We get specific about what we want and determine how to measure our progress.

But ask yourself, are your goals ATTAINABLE?

Ask yourself if your goals are too far-fetched? Setting yourself up to strive for certain things in life is extremely personal. You want to avoid being too broad in your thinking.

The objective is to make a list and check it twice. If your goals are too far reaching, you can easily set yourself up to burnout and never complete anything you originally set out to do.

Identify inside of yourself the most attainable goal you would like to achieve and work until you reach it. It’s better to be the master of one than the master or none.

It’s all in your mind. The attitude you develop towards your goal will carry you further than having an astronomical list of things to do that read more like a bucket list than reality.

It’s okay to dream but in order to grow and experience the personal transformation that we seek, we have to be firm in the goals we set for ourselves and measure our progress with integrity.

Quitting is not an option and as I continue to guide your thoughts, the beauty in working on yourself is getting real with who you are and what you represent while making personal adjustments.

Getting Specific gives you direction.

Measuring your progress gives you insight to your productivity. 

Now examining the attainability of your goals keeps you focused on completing one thing at a time versus a life-long to-do list. 

Life is in the power of the tongue. Your self talk needs to be clear so that your continued effort translates to your mindset. You inspire people who pretend not to see you, so take pride in your self improvement.

Some mid-week motivation and I hope you stay lifted.

~LaTilya

One of the Quickest and Easiest Ways to Achieve Your Goals

I have indirectly been walking you through a S.W.O.T. Analysis by giving the five steps to setting smart goals, and we have arrived at step three: set attainable goals.

There comes a time when we not only have to prioritize our goals but we have to be SMART about it. We’ve gotten specific about what we want and determined how to measure our progress.  Now let’s move into step three: Are your goals ATTAINABLE?

Ask yourself if your goals are too far-fetched? Setting yourself up to strive for certain things in life is extremely personal. You want to avoid being too broad in your thinking.

The objective is to make a list and check it twice. If your goals are too far reaching, you can easily set yourself up to burnout and never complete anything you originally set out to do.

Identify inside of yourself the most attainable goal you would like to achieve and work until you reach it. It’s better to be the master of one than the master or none.

It’s all in your mind. The attitude you develop towards your goal will carry you further than having an astronomical list of things to do that read more like a bucket list than reality.

It’s okay to dream but in order to grow and experience the personal transformation that we seek, we have to be firm in the goals we set for ourselves and measure our progress with integrity.

Quitting is not an option and as I continue to guide your thoughts, the beauty in working on yourself is getting real with who you are and what you represent while making personal adjustments.

*Getting Specific gives you direction.

*Measuring your progress gives you insight to your productivity. 

*Now examining the attainability of your goals keeps you focused on completing one thing at a time versus a life-long to-do list. 

Life is in the power of the tongue. Your self talk needs to be clear so that your continued effort translates to your mindset. You inspire people who pretend not to see you, so take pride in your self improvement.

Set your goals. Stay quiet about them if you want to. Crush them continually, and clap for yourself as you move along. Speak life into your dreams and step into your authority to make it happen.

I’ll check in with you later.

~LaTilya

Measure Your Progress Towards Your Goals

I have to say being back to work and pursuing my dream to be my own boss I am walking it like I talk as I share how I’m working on creating daily value so that I experience life versus simply existing.

There comes a time when we not only have to prioritize our goals but we have to be SMART about it. We got specific last week because that is the first step to successfully completing your goals. The second step is measuring your progress. 

So let’s continue on this journey of creating SMART goals together.  Are you ready? Let’s talk about Measuring Your Progress

Examine your list of goals and aspirations. If you have not created a list for yourself, I suggest that you do because you have to hold yourself accountable for your dreams. It’s your responsibility and you determine the amount of time it will take for you to complete certain tasks. For example, going off to college people estimate that they will graduate in four years, but sometimes that fifth year is needed to perhaps meet all requirements and boost their GPA prior to applying to graduate school. 

Whether it’ll take you one month or one year to cross some things off of your list, you should have in your mind how long you envision completing certain tasks. If you see that some of your objectives are taking longer to complete, don’t give up. The beauty in this is that you can make adjustments.

Look at your goal one: You may say I want to be healthier. So does that mean you will work out x number of days and change your diet? What adjustment do you need to make to reach your healthier goal? How much time are you giving yourself to see the results?  You can measure that progress from week to week and month to month. But you must be definitive.

Stay the course and accomplish what you can. Remember that everything worth having will not always s come easy. 

Whether it’s a task or an objective the specificity and measurability of your goal begins when you speak it into the atmosphere. 

Life is in the power of the tongue. So as you write down your goals be clear and measure your progress by the short tasks you have completed based on the priority they have towards your ultimate goal. As I said last week if your vision is not clear to you, it won’t translate well and you will risk becoming counterproductive resulting in no progress being made at all.

Remember things may change, but when you work on one goal at a time, you’ll be pleased to look back on where you started and realize that you have been putting in the work and it’s only up from here.

Continue to speak life into your dreams and step into your authority to make it happen.

We’ve gotten SPECIFIC now we are about to MEASURE OUR PROGRESS.

Check back next week as I share with you how we will determine if our goals are attainable.

~LaTilya

Get Specific About What You Want

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Prioritizing yourself as you crush your goals is difficult when you don’t have an action plan, so I’m glad to share my journey with you as I create SMART goals that will propel my career to the next level. Identifying your strengths is only the beginning to creating the life that you want to live. So bear down with me and get SPECIFIC about what you want.

The first step to creating an action plan. Whether it’s a task or an objective, ultimately everything we do must be intentional as we work towards our personal development and getting out of our own way. The specificity and effort you put into taking steps to organize your life will pave the path for your future success.

For example: Making the statement that you want to start your own business is a broad goal to have. You have not stated what kind of business you want or will potentially start. But when you are specific, you’ll say, I’d like to start a success coaching business working with mid-career women that want to maximize their skills and boost their productivity at work. 

When you are clear about what you want and can articulate that, then the work you begin to do becomes aligned with that goal and your focus. If your vision is not clear, it won’t translate well and you will risk becoming busy and counterproductive. Remember, people are watching you, and blanket statements are a gateway to your weaknesses when you are not passionate about the work you are attempting to do.

Get real with yourself and do not trade in your authenticity for approval. The only person that matters is you because sometimes your goals are personal.. Crush them continually, and clap for yourself as you move along. 

Now things may change, but when you work on one goal at a time, you’ll be pleased to look back on where you started and realize that you have been putting in the work and it’s only up from here.

So be intention. Be clear. Be specific about what you want because the only thing holding you back is you. Now homework time. Sit down and write 3 things you’d like to accomplish. It can be this week, this month, or even this year. Are you being specific enough? It not, how can you make your goal more specific so that you can see which step you need to take next?

The beauty in this is that you can make adjustments as needed as long as you don’t give up. This is step process and we will reach our destination.

~LaTilya

Eliminating Threats As You Grow

Hey Goodbuddies,

Did you know that not knowing what makes you stand out is a weakness because we all have something inside of us that needs to be shared. Your voice is unique, however life gets complicated when we face battles that we don’t quite understand.

So what does this mean?

-Internal battles are a threat to your growth when self doubt is in place. We have to learn how to advocate for ourselves and affirm our existence without the validation of others. 

Your mindset has to shift to I Can versus I can’t when setting goals for yourself and taking steps to becoming a better you. Your transformation is threatened when you don’t take yourself seriously. So do the work to move past those mind blocks that hold you back because your biggest breakthrough is proving to yourself what you are capable of doing.

Whew! That’s a lot to take in but so are the things that are out of your control.

-External threats to your progress and growth are the limiting factors that you face even when you do everything right for yourself but the logistics of working with others may be unclear. 

In situations where your skills, knowledge, and abilities are being counterproductive, that’s a red flag to regroup and find a beneficial endeavor. All opportunities are not good opportunities so use discernment.

There will be shifts in your mindset as you experience personal growth. After all the goal is to grow. As I’ve said week after week by Continuing to do the work on yourself it makes you a better person and more aware of productivity.

So I hope you are keeping track of your homework because when you put it all together you next step is to create an action plan that will maximize your strengths, forge your weaknesses, identity opportunities to grow, and minimize threats to your progress. This work is personal and ultimately you have to do what’s best for you.

I share little tidbits here and there so go find me on FB @drlatilyarashon and IG @iamdrlatilyarashon for more insightful tips on being you, doing you, for you, and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

~LaTilya

Stop Procrastinating and Grow

Hey Goodbuddies,

Quick question, do you know how to identify your opportunities to grow?

Pushing past your comfort zone is scary. But we have to forge our weaknesses and take a risk at trying something new. After all what’s the point of being good at what you do when you never step out of your norm to do something different, and realize you’re great. This is uncomfortable but we have to be aware of areas for growth if we want to shake the room and increase our productivity. 

So let’s get into it: 

-Apply for the job that has been calling your name and update your resume. When you push yourself to see your growth and your need for more is sitting on your shoulders, that is the time to strike. The list of skills you have match the requirements and responsibilities that stare you in the face, but fear has you paralyzed. Go for it anyways because you are meant to stand out, and it’s an opportunity to practice what you preach.

-Share your skills and talents with the people you are most in contact with that support your vision and dreams. You make your work look easy and when asked about your processes, don’t be afraid to open up. Each one, teach one builds connections and open doors that you could not have imagined. Being prosocial can get your name spoken highly in rooms and invitations to be a part of masterminds, simply because you shared.

-Personal Development. What you feed your mind, you become. Food, Fashion, Family, Fun, and Faith drive your existence and we are always researching ways to put our spin on those five aspects of our lives. Read and listen to information that fuels your fire to be present and productive in life. Don’t settle for mediocrity.

There will be shifts in your opportunities to grow, you just need to prepare yourself for when the opportunities present themselves. Continuing to do the work on yourself makes you a better person. 

So I hope you are keeping track of your homework each week because now based on your work from last week, how can you position yourself to work on your weaknesses where the benefit is your growth? Again, there are no right or wrong answers, just know that you are destined for more.

Continue your walk as the fearfully and wonderfully made personal that you are. 

So thank you for rocking with your girl. You can find me on FB @drlatilyarashon and IG @iamdrlatilyarashon for more insightful tips on being you, doing you, for you, and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

I’ll check in with ya’ll later.

~LaTilya

Creating New Habits: Forge Your Weaknesses

Hey Goodbuddies,

I’m so excited to check in with you all this week to see how you’re living and how we can make it even better.

So I’m going to hop right in and tell you that for the past two weeks I have been doing a series on the Mac Muzik Show to help people maximize their strenghts.

I have broken down the S.W.O.T. analysis which is for the benefit of identifying your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities to grow, and threats to your progress.

Identifying your strengths and weaknesses is uncomfortable but we have to be aware of areas for growth if we want to boost our productivity. It is difficult to admit that we all struggle with some things but it is a necessity.

So let’s get into it: 

-Communicating is always tough for some people because you know what you want to say but some things get lost in translation. A weakness sometimes is verbal because the slightest inflection could be deemed as hostile or abrasive. So it may be best in some situations to listen before speaking so that you have a clear understanding.

-Prioritization can be a weakness because trying to do too many things at the same time affects your output. We have to learn what takes precedence over keeping us busy. When you learn how to list things by their order of importance and urgency, you are able to get things done more efficiently. So start by creating a short list of 3-5 tasks you need to complete each day and check them off as you go.

-Operating within your comfort zone! There is no way you will grow if you continue to do things the same way all of the time. Your personality traits will be pushed to the limit and it may even unnerve you, but you have to learn how to rely on your full skillset and not just the skills you are most comfortable with using. 

From time to time you will strengthen your weaknesses then begin to identify other areas that you will need to improve. Doing the work on yourself makes you a better person. These good habits come into play when you

-Identify your strengths to know what you’re good at and use those skills daily.

-Forge your weaknesses to push those skills to the surface and stop holding yourself back.

-Give yourself so grace and understand that every venture will not be perfect.

So take some time, and identify the areas of your life and abilities that you need to strengthen. We all have weaknesses but it takes a strong person to acknowledge them and work to make them better.

Do a comparison of your strengths and weaknesses and ask yourself are you being as forthright in your efforts as you can be? There is no right or wrong answer, just know that You Depend On You!

Continue your walk as the fearfully and wonderfully made personal that you are. That’s all I have for you this week.

So thank you for rocking with your girl. You can find me on FB @drlatilyarashon and IG @iamdrlatilyarashon for more insightful tips on being you, doing you, for you, and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

I’ll check in with ya’ll later.

~LaTilya

Culture Add and Core Values


In theory when you set you sights on charging a new path as an entrepreneur, even with careful planning some mistakes will be made along the way. I read a post the other day on social that said, “Launch the business anyway and fix it later.” I said you know what, they just might be on to something.

It is not enough to want simply want something, you have to work for it. Right now everyone is home, the wheels are turning, and businesses are popping out everywhere. I perhaps am just a tad bit overthinking my next moves because I struggle with wanting everything to go just right and now have to backtrack too much unnecessarily.

Sitting in on webinars, masterclasses, and taking email courses over the years, I find myself looking at my brag bank to gain more insight on my culture add. I picked this term up in a masterclass on creating your own e-course to generate revenue. The thought of creating a course is exciting, especially one designed around the idea of goal setting, and after all I am a teacher but I second guess myself and that is a mindset block that I have to work through.

I can tell me story over and over about what it is like to be a working mom with author ambition and teaching fulltime, but who is truly paying attention. My career experience, education, relationship failures are things that busy moms can relate to so launching and relaunching is tedious for me because fixing things later feels like something I am always doing. For example, I have been fixing and recycling, My Fourth Year in Middle School: The Truth About Teaching because that is where my edupreneur journey started. The going thing now is to turn your book into a business and I must say that has been tough which is why my next work is been completed with more care and strategy.

I can add to the culture based on my mothering skills and how I fought in the past and currently fight through the tough times because my sons need me. My identity is beyond the classroom and I find myself mentoring people both directly and indirectly because I’m available and so is my content. The places I have been rather long term or short term further shape my experiences as well as my education which I am extremely proud of myself for acquiring. Discipline saw me through my degrees even at the times I wanted to quit and keeping it real and being authentic is the only thing I know how to do.

So what do I take a stand for: I take a stand for divorces moms balancing work and home while trying to sustain some normalcy in my life. I stand for the overlooked female entrepreneur that is tired but continues to try anyway. I am one of many authors with a lot to say but has yet to fall on the right ears. I am the speaker with a voice that has fought battles internal and external because quitting is not an option. I stand for the women who believe even when life has a way of being interrupted and not always being fair. So now what? It is all about the connection.

I bring genuine reality to the room because let’s face it, being a good mother and having stability in my our lives in something that all mothers strive to have. A lot of women are independent and we value being positive role models to our child/children. We value being able to provide holistic support to our kids because they will learn from us how to cope with life. Most importantly peace of mind is the root of all we do because understanding what is for us (you) cannot be taken away from you when you actually put in the work.

So yes, start the business. Write the book. Use your creativity. Chase your dreams.

You can add to the culture in your own individuality and uniqueness because once you know who you are, you dare not compromise your values.

-LaTilya