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ISBN: 978-0692865446

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Dedication


This book is dedicated to every believer opposed to settling for status-quo—B.O.S.S. May your every Boss move be a production of purpose and promise. May you forever maximize your BOSS potential as you strive to thrive!



Acknowledgments


To my mother, Joy, thank you for being an example of poise and perseverance. To my spiritual parents, Apostle Travis, and Pastor Stephanie Jennings, thank you for prophesying and pushing me to produce this book. Without you three standing as my influential support system, and without your prayers, this book would just be a dream of mine—not my reality.







Day by Day


Purpose to Produce

Power to Persevere

Grace to Transition

Push to Abound

Empowered to Influence

Power to Perform

Prepare to Excel

Called to Surrender

Prepare to Process

Stop to Listen

Plan to Prosper

Fait to Follow

Prepare to Shift

Called to Conquer

Power to Press

Dare to Dream

Confidence to Command

Prepare for Promotion

Ready for Revolution

Grace to Live

Desperate to Hear

Determined to Focus

Expect to Succeed

Just be Still

Prepare to Launch

Remember the People

Perceiving the Failure

Mandate to Maintain

Required to Prioritize

Strive to Thrive







Bossy

Inspiration for the Entrepreneur




For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)


DAY #1

PURPOSE TO PRODUCE


You are on your journey to becoming and embracing the ‘boss’ that God has fated you to be. Understand and believe that prior to your father meeting your mother—before you were conceived and formed in your mother’s womb, God created and purposed you to produce something in the earth. Your production was strategically planned. God ever-so-carefully handcrafted you and placed within you every skill you would need to produce the businesses, the organizations, and the innovations that He destined you to establish on Earth.

All this may seem exciting, intriguing, and even a little inspiring; however, make a mental note that while you have been created on purpose with a purpose, God’s ways are not our finite human ways, nor are His thoughts as miniscule as our thoughts. God’s actions may not align with our expectations. His delivery may rarely coincide with our will. This statement I know to be true in my personal life.

Journal Entry #1

“She has a pretty easy life. She was probably raised with a silver spoon in her mouth.” Most would think that upon assessing my age, college degree, profession in education, and status as a successful entrepreneur. Yeah right though—silver spoon! That is not my reality. Never has it been the golden ticket put to my mouth. Quite simply, life provoked me to take over the world–and so, in stride, with a cute pair of heels, I do!

Through the most unlikely vessels, God gave me the gift of life. My biological parents were perverted and confused drug abusers at the time that I was conceived. As unfortunate as it is, and like so many others, I was a child born and rejected. At three-weeks-old I was given up for adoption. There is no sad story here though. I know God’s ways are different from mine and so are His thoughts. The mere fact that my thoughts are penned for publication legitimizes God’s purpose for my life and His intentionality for yours.

From one ‘boss’ to another, embark on life’s journey. Be intentional in embracing and maximizing your ‘boss’ potential. As you do this, rejoice in knowing that you have been strategically created with a purpose, on purpose, which is to produce.




Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)


DAY #2

POWER TO PERSERVERE


Knowledge is power, but it is the application of knowledge that is key to being a successful ‘boss’. Knowing that you have purpose alone is not enough to produce anything. You will need power to persevere through this journey. Life will throw you some curveballs and you will experience highs and lows. Yes, inevitably, you will have good days, and you will most definitely have bad days. However, this must not prevent you from producing what you were purposed for.

Is it always easy? Heck no! Will you always “feel” like it? Uhm, of, course not! You have to push pass those emotions, rest in assurance, and stand firm on what you know the end result will be—regardless of the lemons life throws at you. The God you serve is big! He is the God who just so happens to know how to make lemonade. This is a cup I’ve become quite acquainted with drinking.

Journal Entry #2

God sweetened my “lemon-like” entry into this world, by blessing me with the best adoptive parents a child could ever pray for. Through their lives, I gained an understanding of what perseverance really looks like. I grew up watching my dad battle against diabetes. His bout with the disease led to the amputation of one of his legs and a few of his toes, yet he persevered daily. Every day he pushed through and chose not to allow his physical inabilities to affect his inner abilities to be an active father to me and a loving husband to my mom.

In true form, my mother gracefully stood by his side without mumbling or complaining. She would go to work each day, come home to take care of the house and my dad, and stood poised beside my him—honoring him as the king of our castle. You see, my power to overcome life's obstacles was not inspired by friends, or even celebrities. My power to persevere was evoked from the tremendous perseverance that my parents lived out right before my eyes. They did it despite the unexpectedly hard situations that were thrown at them.

Most that hear this story view it as sad or disheartening; but for me, it stands as a pivotal reflection of great faith, character, and strength. I am the woman that I am today because of their power to persevere.

From one ‘boss’ to another, let today be a day of reflection and rejoicing. Be glad in the fact that the situation you are currently experiencing, others have also been in, and have quit—or even died in it. You however, keep pushing to gain the win! Those of you fellow bosses that are still in the stage of persevering—you too can rejoice! The fact that you are still present shows that you still have victory in view. Your win is right around the corner.




My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)


DAY #3

GRACE TO TRANSITION


Boss, you are progressing on your journey! I am certain that the walk thus far has been quite interesting. If you’re having a similar experience to what I had when I first started, then I am sure you are admiring the amazingness of God. Today may very well be an ordinary day with nothing significant taking place. However, it is today that your sense of awareness will transcend to another level.

Within the last couple of days, you have come to find that there is purpose for you in life. This level of understanding is provoking you to live life outside of the emotions of fear, give up, or even laziness. The dots in your life are connecting. The pinnacle of revelation in this day should be you seeing how God has consistently assisted you every time life has taken you in another direction—knowingly or unknowingly. This is the grace of God.

It must be understood that you did not get to ‘boss’ status, and will never truly be ‘bossy’ on your own. When you are working the long hours to produce work for your demanding clientele, while working a nine-to-five job for someone else because you have to fund the business that you run; and along with those things you are enrolled in school because you understand that skills without credentials is like a car without an engine–useless! The grace of God is that which keeps you from passing out from exhaustion. It is His grace that continues to drive you when you feel like your dream is more than you can handle.

Know that we never really give life permission to knock us upside the head. Life tends to be a rude and uninvited guest. It barges in unannounced and does what it wants to do with no consideration of how it will make us feel. Trust me! I know grace. It became a true companion during the biggest transition of my life.



Journal Entry #3

My mind is filled with the not so distant memory of April 26, 2000. My role model, comforter, and the captain of my fan squad is gone. I called him daddy. I can never forget when my mom woke me up with the look of indefinite despair. She told me that my dad had gone to Heaven. I was only nine years old, and somehow, in that moment I felt it was my place to be strong. The emotion of uncertainty, I chose to mask in fear. I knew not what the future held for my mom and me. Our lot had been casted, and my dad had transitioned from labor to reward. It was only fitting that we too moved on—right?

I mean life had just came in and sat her rump in our living space. No questions. No heads up. No compassion. It is surreal to me how my mom and I had to now reacclimate to one another. We had to become familiar with each other’s new ways due to the transition. We both had taken on new roles too. My mom was no longer wife, but was widowed-single-mom. Me, the “daddy’s girl,” was now a fatherless child—or so it seemed.

Though the obstacle of my dad’s passing and everything that came with it was overwhelming, we overcame. We conquered mountains together, and through it all we did it with grace. God graced us to transition through the ordeal of losing the head of our home. Just the same, as we were graced, you too have you been given a measure of grace to triumph in any transition you encounter.

From one ‘boss’ to another, I encourage you to boss up today! Reflect on the tragedies, trials, and tests that you’ve been through within the past few days or even years. After doing so, celebrate! Rejoice in the fact that circumstances that others could not get over or get through, you did—gracefully.





Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1Corinthians 15:58)


DAY #4

PUSH TO ABOUND


Oh, the push that is coming, is about to be real. When an object is pushed, it is said to be thrusted forward with forceful momentum coming from behind. As a ‘boss’, you are the object that will constantly be thrusted forward with forceful momentum. Life, people, and at times, even you yourself will demand you to push to greater levels of accomplishment and acquisition.

Think about it; when is the last time you did something that you were afraid to do? What is it that you dream of having, seeing, being, or doing that you talk yourself out of? Now consider why it is that you do that. It is necessary for you to defy complacency, self-doubt, and fear by taking on new feats. Not to be a voice of cliché here, but seriously, the only thing that beats a failure is a try.

The reason for this is because even if you try and fail, you are far ahead of those who have never tried. Isn’t that amazing! If the truth be told, you know of a lot of people that have yet to try anything that they’ve thought of. You don’t have to look for it, it’s very evident in their lack of passion, productivity, and progression

Your ‘boss’ status demands you to be great. As my pastor, Dr. Travis C. Jennings eloquently stated, “greatness comes when you commit to challenging yourself every day to be better than yesterday. As you challenge yourself, keep in mind that you are your competition if no one else is. Step out of your comfort zone. I dare you! Why? Because as my pastor has said, “comfort is the trap door to poverty and discomfort is the doorway to development.”

You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish in life and how much of a ‘boss’ you really are, once you grasp that there is more to life than mundane everyday comfort zones. The only way to get more out of life is when you are push to abound. Yes, I know pursuing new things tend to be a bit frightening and mostly uncomfortable, but living stuck by a severe case of the “what ifs” is not living at all. You are empowered to succeed, and what you think is unattainable can be done—allowing God to be your power source of course.

Journal Entry #4

Coming out of prayer one morning, I was in awe of how God had just blown my mind! He orchestrated my steps even the more. My memory took me back to my fifth-grade days when I desired to try out for cheerleading.

The “chubby girl” is what they called me in elementary school. Let’s just say that my baby fat had overstayed its welcome. I was smart with a great personality—if I do say so myself, but that did not matter to my peers. They teased me about my weight constantly. Needless to say, this made me insecure about my weight. I started to think poorly about myself, just as girls that are in that situation commonly do.

Cheering was something I knew that I could do. My weight, self-doubt, and the whispers of others about my dream to be a cheerleader had to be pushed aside so that I could even tryout for the squad—and I did. I pushed every one of those emotions aside in an effort to abound towards my dream. It was a successful attempt because I made the squad. I cheered all the way up to my senior year.

I wish I could take all the credit for conquering that goal, but I can’t. Within me I felt a push to try. I felt a need to go for it. That was God letting me know that it wasn’t impossible for the “chubby girl,” for lack of a better term, to make the cheerleading squad. It was worth it too, because I ended up becoming the captain of my squad in high school.


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