Riding Through the Pain to Success

By Dr. V, posted May 20, 2021

The only way to get over it, is to go through it.

Are you riding through a challenge or obstacle?

Are you holding on to emotional and mental pain?

Life has a way of challenging us to weather the storms and seasons of life. Our minds are wired to believe what we program it to do. If you believe you will sink - you will. If you believe you will thrive - you will.

It’s your choice.

I read an article where a sailor survived living alone on an abandoned ship for four years - waiting to be rescued.

Imagine he survived rough, rocky waters, with little to no food or water, alone with no help in sight for years. Danger was all around him and he kept his mind focused on the will to live through the pain of loneliness, fear, and abandonment.

How do you hold on in the midst of uncertainty?

Storms are not always predictable. Sometimes you do not have time to gather your thoughts and prepare. You have to be resilient in any season, weather and time. Always ready to face a challenge.

It takes mental practice, focus, inner strength and agility to overcome adversities in life.

Challenges force you to take inventory and brace for effective solutions and not bad ones.

You must access you inner strength and resiliency within to weather the storm by facing challenges head on and pushing through the pain and not over or around it

The fastest way to arrive to any destination is in a straight line. This is similar to life, the most effective way to get through the pain or difficulty is to go straight through it.

Right down through the middle of it.

This is where you will find your courage, strength and peace to forge through any battle.

Feed your mind and heart with words that inspire you and give you hope, such as “I am ready to conquer any battle that comes my way” Or “I accomplish success with strength, courage, wisdom and ease”.

Come up with your own uplifting phrase or affirmation to support your mind to imagine inspiring thoughts.

Create new experiences.

Ground yourself with fortitude within.

Your rewards of joy and greater opportunities will come as you name it, call it, meditate and think positively on it - through the dark times to reach the light - the final destination.

You must believe it in your mind in order to achieve.

Trust the journey of life.

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Fresh Perspective

By Dr. V, posted April 7, 2021

Do you need a fresh perspective or change of view?

Recently, I gave myself a few days off from work and detached from all digital communications – just to relax and enjoy a new city, new state, and new experiences with good friends.

Have you ever just “escaped” and allowed yourself time to think and feel?

Spring is a special season to me. It is the beginning of a new season, filled with warmer weather and the promise of a great summer ahead. It is also a beginning of a new chapter for me, as it is my birthday month and a new spiritual awakening of rising to new spaces in life, overcoming obstacles and forging forward embracing greater possibilities and fulfilling experiences.

To celebrate this occasion, I drove to Nashville, Tennessee to explore new terrain and to get away from the hustle and bustle of work, work, and work.

With the bright sun in my eyes, I drove over 8 hours down I-71 South listening to an audible book towards my destination. It was a cool sunny day and the road was wide open with opportunities ahead.

As I was listening intently to the audible, I was distracted with a detour alert that the interstate was closed ahead. Uh-oh! I thought. Why now? All I had was a GPS phone app and was wondering if my phone had lost connection. I was determined to not allow this interruption to disturb my peaceful ride.

Reluctantly, I followed the detour instructions and put on my right blinker and turned my car into a deep bending curve while exiting and entering a new interstate.

I trusted the detour signs and avoided a potential delay. It turns out the detour took me around the closed highway and connected me back to the main interstate – not skipping a beat at all.

Sometimes the delay and detour is the way.

Have you ever trusted a detour or delay?

I arrived to my destination with impeccable time and was ready to just sit back and enjoy this great new community with great friends.

Despite my original plan, the detour did not discourage or stop me from happily traveling down the road. Instead the detour allowed me to move around a potential obstacle and stay on-track – ensuring I arrived safely with no time delay or interruption.

Similarly, life has a way of keeping us safely on track – despite the many roadblocks that surface.

During the trip, I enjoyed very interesting tourist attractions, such as visiting historical sites, such as a plantation, distillery, and historical black colleges and universities that made me think about Nashville's antebellum historical impact on the entire world.

After days of relaxing in a new space, I drove back onto I-71 North towards home reflecting on my travel experiences.

In just a few days, my feelings changed from feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and exhausted to feeling refreshed, calm, and rested.

I returned home with a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of hope.

Despite another driving detour on the return road trip, I was more than prepared to handle this anticipated detour and again, stayed focus to not allow this detour in life to derail my high spirits.

Are you able to stop and reflect? Do you need a moment to clarify those hidden spaces in the back of your mind?

Whether you are able to go on a trip or not, consider taking an opportunity to stop, think, and talk through your decisions to move forward and give yourself the day off and space to explore your true thoughts within.

The growth mindset and process of letting go and being open-minded releases endorphins that help soothe spaces that need inner healing.

To live a powerful life, one has to embrace challenges and detours to catapult to a fresh perspective.

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Living Life in Confidence

By Dr. V, posted February 28, 2021

This weekend I sat in a bright sunny window at home - embracing the warmth of a bright light, shining in my face.

As I sat there, I thought about the following question:

Are we living our lives in confidence?

I believe I am living in confidence when I stay motivated and inspired to work and live remotely while participating in social distance activities – knowing that one day this pandemic will soon be over and we will fully resume interactive activities with others.

Living and working at home is difficult; however, I participate in every virtual activity you can imagine from coaching clients, teaching graduate students, mentoring young girls to myself exercising in boot camp classes, participating in live cooking shows, church activities and work webinars, meetings, and trainings.

All of these interactive virtual activities have kept me healthy, entertained, and employed during this remote isolation experience and active in servicing others in various communities across the country. Gratefully, I have turned a compromising situation from lemons into lemonade while impacting others in positive, authentic educational and inspirational experiences.

In other words, even though we are living in a pandemic, I am not living and working in despair or in virtual isolation of others.

I am creating positive experiences by standing in the power of my faith, belief practices and confidence.

I stay focused and driven by expecting and hoping for the best, knowing the best is yet to come. A kind of faith that ignites my hopes and dreams that I am living in confidence despite the loneliness and sometimes boredom of it all.

To live a life of confidence, we must first imagine and believe we can do anything we put our mind too.

When you align your mental thoughts together to a goal you really “feel” you will develop an unconquerable confidence and belief that it is possible.

You will feel determined, focused and energized.

You will know “who you are” and nothing will stop you from seeing, feeling, and believing it into fruition.

Transforming your thoughts pushes you through any obstacles and changes your experiences at work and in your personal life to greater achievements.

As we move forward into this next month, I challenge you to live in confidence by following these strategies mentioned of mental imagination and visualization, trusting that you are stronger than what you think and that everything you desire is just one thought away!

I can help you with your vision and cheer you on to your SUCCESS!!!

Seize your CONFIDENCE and contact me today. Nothing will change if you don't make the first move.

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Elevate Within in 21 Ways

By Dr. V, posted January 21, 2021

We are living in the 21st century - on the 21st year - on the 21 st day.

What are we becoming as a society, community and as an individual?

Personally, my heart is on fire as I am challenging myself to think new thoughts, attack old unhelpful thoughts and accept life lessons as opportunities of growth, renewal, and transition.

In other words, I am letting go and growing with no judgments, no misplaced expectations, and giving up the need to know “how” things will turn out. Why you may ask? Great question. My response is - I believe ALL things will turn out good for me at the end of day.

You must believe first that it is possible and allow the rest to happen naturally.

As you reflect on your past, are you leaning forward and embracing a new year, new vision, and new mindset?

Take the time to create a meaningful life and reap the full of rewards of your hard work and genuine, authentic effort. Be intentional and start today! It’s never too late. Your ability to act will defeat any fear. You are your number one resource. Use it wisely.

There is a scripture reference I live by that says (James 1:4 paraphrased) “Perseverance must come to completion through trials to gain success.” Consider focusing on your daily input and benefiting in short-term spurts and in long-term outcomes from your daily output.

Together let’s turn up to invigorate our day - full of promise and hope of a bright present and successful future.

I encourage you to meditate and apply the following 21 ways to Elevate Within. Post these 21 higher thoughts in your living space (i.e. bedroom, office, lounge area, kitchen refrigerator, and so on) so that you will continually remind yourself to focus on your intention to live a great, happy, joyful and successful life.

Elevate Within in 21 Ways
1. Stand in your Truth.
2. Do your Work.
3. Dream Big and Create Goals.
4. Imagine and Visualize Success.
5. Practice Gratitude.
6. Be Mindful and Pace yourself.
7. Accept yourself and others - As Is.
8. Give and Be Generous.
9. Embrace the Power of Hope.
10. Love yourself first than others.
11. Experience Life.
12. Take a Break.
13. Enjoy Life Now.
14. Reach Out and Communicate with Family and Friends for Support.
15. Forgive yourself and others.
16. Exercise your Body, Mind and Spirit.
17. Stay in Peace.
18. Celebrate.
19. Listen.
20. Meditate, Pray and Write your Thoughts in a Journal.
21. Finish Strong.

I can help you with your vision and cheer you on to your SUCCESS!!!

Seize your SUCCESS now and contact me today. Nothing will change if you don't make the first move.

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Get on Your Mark and Let’s Go!

By Dr. V, posted December 20, 2020

Have you reflected on the past and thought about doing new, fun, and exciting things in the future?

Do you have a vision of what you want in your life and career?

Are you ready to jump into a new year?

I encourage you to take a few moments to THINK NOW and create your VISION for the next three months – the first quarter of the year.


What is it you really want to do in your vision that brings you and/or others joy?

Once you determine this vision, desire, dream and goal, write it down and just think about it.

What does it take to complete this goal? Do you require any special preparations? Is it really possible to celebrate this goal?


Meditate about your vision, desire, dream and goal. Just walk away from it temporarily and let your thoughts wonder and imagine about the benefits of this goal.

Come back to this idea and in a few moments, hours, or a day. Write down in a journal the action plan it takes to complete this goal.


Imagine the image of your vision.

Cut out a symbolic image of the vision, desire, dream and goal out of a magazine or print the image from a printer.

Write down the specific description and outcome your desire.

Keep the written goal and image of the goal together and put it in a visible space so you can review it many times a day. In fact, read the vision aloud and look at the image often to remind yourself of this new vision coming very soon. To speed up the process, say the vision in front of a mirror. This practice of creating and affirming a vision will raise your level of consciousness to bring this vision, desire, dream and goal into your space so you can experience the desire.

My vision is to support and guide clients in creating and managing their thoughts, tapping into their power, and gaining effective results.

I envision my clients ready to embark upon a new journey with a renewed willingness, openness, strength, endurance, power, and gaining great results.

My clients are happy, joyous, content, peaceful and satisfied with the results.

I know that my gift of coaching, connecting, interpreting, teaching, and guiding my clients will help them obtain their dream, goal, desire and vision much faster and tap into their energy source from within with more expertise and productivity - in less time.

My clients get EFFECTIVE results!

Now is the time for you to create your new vision - YOU have always wanted.

All it takes is a determined thought to begin the investment.


Let’s meet at the starting line together – excited about jumping into a NEW YEAR and a NEW CHAPTER of your life that brings YOU much success and fulfilling moments of GREAT REWARDS.

I can help you with your vision and cheer you on to your SUCCESS!!!

Seize your VISION and start today.


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“We Can’t Hear You – You’re Muted!”

By Dr. V, posted November 11, 2020

“We Can’t Hear You – You’re Muted!”

How many times do we hear these words during a videoconference conversation?

Many times.

In the virtual environment, we all have experienced sitting in a videoconference meeting where you silence or mute your audio so others do not hear you or any background noise from your environment.

Muting your audio is a courteous way to provide the speaker the best listening space to be heard by everyone. At times, people just keep talking and talking on mute and then stop when they realize no one heard a word they said moments ago. All you visually see is the muted speaker’s lips moving and hearing none of their spoken words. On the other hand, there are people who think they are on mute that keep talking or making noises that distract the listeners.

Either way, muting yourself is now a part of our videoconferencing culture where we must knowingly discern whether to speak or listen to others during a videoconference conversation.

My question to you is “How do you unmute your skills, gifts, talents, abilities, goals, and desires so others can see your value?”

In other words, how do you enhance your presence on or off a videoconference conversation so you don’t feel muted, ignored, or have anxiety during a pandemic, whether at home or at work?

As an executive coach, I recommend building a solid foundation of power by mastering eight thoughts to gain powerful results from within. The first four major pillar thoughts of the Elevate Within’s Executive Coach Success Map SM framework (ECSM) are the following principles and strategies:

1) Elevate Thinking

2) Build

3) Co-Create

4) Affirm

Each step along the ECSM map moves you higher in understanding your thinking, words, and actions whether on a videoconference meeting or not.

In the Elevate Within’s Executive Coaching Success Map SM , we encourage clients to develop a growth mindset in all situations. Our thinking must align with our words so we can elevate in our beliefs and bring about change and effective results in our lives.

I empower executives to excellence with supportive principles and strategies in gaining success.

If you walk around muted with untapped skills, talents, abilities, and desires within, than no one can hear you or know your true value.

Unmute yourself!

Next time you are having a videoconference conversation, remember to unmute yourself by elevating within so we can all hear and understand you.

I can help you tap into your power faster with more precision, skill, and productivity in less time.

Seize your voice and start today!

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Confidence….It Is Never Too Late…Start Today!

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By Dr. V, posted on October 9, 2020

Are you hesitating to make a decision?

Do you feel others don’t understand your perspective?

Are you stuck trying to figure out where to start?

I am a witness that it is never too late to gain more confidence, courage and compassion. We are adaptable people that live in great purpose and powerful intentions.

I recall a hard life lesson where I was falsely accused of abusing work finances and it made me feel rejected, angry, and confused. My values of integrity and honesty were challenged and I did not like it. As a result of a tumultuous legal matter, I learned that other people’s opinion of me doesn’t define who I am nor did I do anything wrong based on facts and truth. The fact was that all the money was accounted for and my budget was indeed balanced. The truth was I have the power to move forward with confidence to feel honorable in my work place practices beyond what others falsely think of me. After much energy work through coaching, I now feel happy, relieved, and affirmed.

How do you overcome barriers at work and in life?

First - it takes courage and confidence to trust and start the process. Right now - you innately have the tools within to responsibly move your life forward. Executive coaching helps you to think through and visualize the action-steps more clearly to gain effective results.

In my research in creating the growth-mindset framework - Executive Coach Empowerment Model (ECEM SM ), I discovered that by supporting my clients to develop their own power, identity, change, and action-steps, they started intuitively building courage, confidence, and compassion in their decision-making processes.

The evidence of who you are is where you find the truth.

People around you feel and sense your truth. As a result of my work experiences, I recreated my career path and transformed my skills to catapult my career into a joyful expression of who I am authentically based on steadfast truth, compassion, and confidence despite what others falsely thought about me.

You too can overcome any barriers you face and gain more confidence by starting with executive coaching in developing your power. As an executive coach, my clients can expect to shift from being stuck to unstuck and gain more confidence and certainty in demonstrating effective decision-making skills.

I can help you tap into your power faster with more precision, skill, and productivity in less time.

Seize your confidence and start today!

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Manage your Thoughts and Change your Life!

By Dr. V, posted on September 8, 2020

Have you listened to your thoughts lately?

I mean have you really taken the time to process what your thoughts are telling you?

To understand your thoughts, it is important to process and interpret your thoughts and feelings to help you move forward in uncovering your belief system in your life and career.

Why not think great thoughts to achieve great results? You are what you think.

In Elevate Within executive coaching sessions, the executive coach guides the client to elevate their ideas and thoughts as they begin to unravel and move through a particular issue, concern, goal, or outcome. Together, the client and the executive coach respond to self-discovery questions, such as what do you really want to do? What is your goal or outcome you desire? What is your intention? What are you thinking? What are you feeling? All of these self-discovery questions are highlighted in the Elevate Within LLC Executive Coach Success Map SM – First thought of Elevate Thinking. The Executive Coach Success Map SM supports clients in understanding their thought processes so they can master the eight thought processes to gain powerful results.

People usually know what they want but are not necessarily sure of how to figure it out - to get unstuck. Executive coaching provides you the space to elevate your belief system, such as your ideas, thoughts, beliefs, values, intentions, visions, desires, and purposes to discover new ways of obtaining your goal or desire.

Transforming your thoughts give you the impetus to push through any obstacles and change your experiences at work and in your personal life to greater achievements.

The bottom line is when you manage your thoughts – you gain powerful experiences !

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Transform Within!

By Dr. V, posted August 1, 2020

Are you living in your truth?

Is there something you can do now to make your life better?

Think about it - with one step forward - you can change your life toward more effective relationships, career choices, and life experiences.

Imagine a life, career, or relationship that is flourishing - not just living in a lifestyle full of uncertainty, fear, anger, or judgment. Sure we all have life and career problems to manage but how can we do this more effectively? Leaders take on great responsibilities at work and in life but are they really taking care of themselves?

What drives you to transform within?

We are living through a pandemic where we must be aware of our safety and others while interacting in varying environments with people on a daily basis. The way we connect to people has changed. Our lives have been interrupted and now we are challenged to think twice before leaving the house, shopping at the grocery store, or simply eating at a restaurant.

Despite these circumstances and life/career challenges, one thing never changes.

You are your number one resource.

You can choose a growth mindset to live in courage with confidence and not become paralyzed in fear while living and working through a pandemic.

The truth is life and work is what we create. We are strong, compassionate, courageous and confident people.

If you elevate within, you can transform your life. Focus your thoughts and feelings on striving to meet your goals and desires. Partnering with an executive coach is an effective way to manage a growth mindset to live and work in courage and confidence. The executive coaching relationship supports your decisions to transform within in life and at home.

Trust the process of healing, let it go, and move forward.

I can help you tap into your power faster with more precision, skill, and productivity in less time.

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The Power in Re-Creating Yourself!

By Dr. V, posted November 29, 2019

Are you just going through the motions at work and at home but are not really sure what to do next?

Have you ever felt a need for a real change in your life and don’t know where to start?

Once you realize you need a boost from the everyday grind, you can make a change by taking the steps to re-evaluate your situation and make the intentional effort to move forward. To get moving into action, it helps to talk with someone objective who understands you.

The goal is for you to move from feeling stuck to feeling more alive, valued and energized.

Re-creating yourself means you believe in tapping into your power within to create something new out of something not seen yet. You have the power inside to heal, change and move forward. This renewable power is always accessible within you and will help you recreate more rewarding and fulfilling experiences at work and at home.

Your energy source is ready to ignite your purpose, inner desires, skills, talents, goals and dreams.

Choose to create effective pathways that bring you happiness, fulfillment and positive energy at work and in life. You can power within to recreate yourself now.

I can help you tap into your power faster with more precision, skill, and productivity in less time.

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