Whether it’s a career, job, relationship, friendship, health or fitness, don’t be afraid to upgrade.
Confession: I’ve allowed myself to accept less than I deserve and sat comfortably in a below great position. That’s not the person I am, nor want to be. I decided to give up good and go for great. Let’s do it together!
How to Upgrade You
1. Evaluate – Take notice of where you are and where you want to be. If you don’t know where you are and where you’re going, it’s easy to get lost.
2. Plan – Map out the steps you must take to reach your goals. Write a list, create a vision board and compose a outline. Having multiple visuals serve as constant reminders to keep you focused on your end game. Lists allow you a sense of accomplishment, each item crossed off brings you closer to your goal.
3. Execute – Fulfill the requirements of your lists, vision board and outline. Keep placing one foot in front of the other. It may seem that you are far away, but you can reach your goals. If you fall down, get back up. Remain consistent, positive, focused and work for what you want.
Meet DeVon Franklin. He is one of my mentors, but he doesn’t know I exist, yet.
I was introduced to DeVon while researching for a publicist I worked with a couple years back. Intrigued by his story I locked his name in my memory bank.
Fast forward to March 2013… sipping Chardonnay and chatting with the girls at Yard House LA LIVE, up comes Mr. Franklin. Not in the flesh, but a Google image on a friends iPhone. The girls were eliciting my response in attempt to gauge my “Hot or Not” meter.
Surprised that I knew of him, they curiously questioned me and I divulged a few fun facts. DeVon currently serves as Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia Tristar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, making him one of the youngest individuals in that position in the industry. Did I forget to mention that these friends happen to work at Sony? Needless to say, they know him in that context.
The conversation reminded me that I never picked up his book, appropriately titled Produced By Faith. Yes, he’s an author… a preacher and motivational speaker too.
I made it my business to order Produced By Faith before it slipped my mind a second time. It arrived and I began reading it during my lunch break last Thursday.
Produced By Faith is an inspirational guide to assist you and I as we navigate through life in faith. This book is exactly what I need in my life right now. It always amazes me when I can relate to a piece of work as if its author/creator can see right through me.
While reading Produced by Faith (or while it read me), I found myself shouting, “You too?” And then there were times when I would bow my head in shame and say, “That’s me.”
Coincidentally or not, I work in entertainment as well, but this guide is not exclusive to those pursuing a career in entertainment. I can talk the book up until I am blue in the face but I won’t. I’ll just let you know that if you are struggling with life, career or faith decisions, then you want to read it. In the coming weeks, I will share some of the points/lessons in the book via the blog, Twitter and Facebook.
Lastly, you’re probably still wondering if I think he’s hot, huh? Yes!!! No disrespect to Mrs. Devon Franklin (also known as Meagan Good).