FNPhenomenal Woman is a monthly series where I take the conversations that we have as women that are empowering, informative, and fun and bring them to the world. In the spirit of Maya Angelou’s poem Phenomenal Woman, I want to showcase how phenomenal we are and that we have something unique and amazing to bring to the world. These conversations will occur in two forms. The first form is an interview with the current month’s FNPhenomenal Woman, and then the second part is a Google Hangout!
This month I chose Jinneh Dyson. I can’t wait to share her energy, knowledge, and passion with you all!
Enjoy the interview and be sure to join us over at the Google Hangout!
What do you do and why is it important?
I teach people how to Think UP and develop healthy mental habits. Many people are stuck on past pains, hurts, failures, and their own limitations that they cannot see their future or the possibilities and opportunities that wait. They define their worth by what they have experienced, rather than who they have been created to be. They negate their future by focusing on their current state or past challenges.
So, I teach people how to think beyond their situation, beyond their limitations, and beyond their pain by creating their future in their thoughts. We start with the end in mind and we focus on transforming their thoughts and actions. I believe that we are all ONE habit away from greatness, so I help people identify the ONE habit that is blocking or inhibiting their ability to live on purpose, start that business, let go of the past, or simply be who they were called to be. We eliminate negative habits, adopt positive habits, and create a simple and succinct “Mind map” to help them achieve greatness.
What would you tell your younger self?
Be you! For so many years I lived in the shadows of others. I went to college because that is what I was “supposed to do”, I got a job in corporate America because that was the dream of others for me, and I made life decisions (such as getting credit card debt, buying a home at an early age, and purchasing cars with auto loans) because that is what I thought I was supposed to do.
Growing up I was always different than everyone around me. My thoughts and perspectives on life were like a fish out of water and I never really belonged in any space. My dreams were always wild and big, and instead of embracing them I ran from them. I followed in the footsteps of others even when the path they were traveling was unclear, fragile, and at times catastrophic. If I could tell my younger self anything it would be to “be you”. Be the person that you were called and created to be. Be the person that makes you happy. Do what you love, what you desire, regardless of what it looks like, feels like, or what others may think or say. Focus on pleasing and serving God, rather than being liked and accepted by man.
What is the single best piece of advice that you have learned?
To never allow your fears to overwhelm your desire to succeed!
How did you get the courage to step out and live your authentic self by pursuing your passion?
I would not define it as courage as I am scared daily, but more so obedience. I realize that my life is not my own and that I have been created for a divine purpose. When I dim my light or simply withhold my gift I prohibit others from walking in their light. Once I realized that this life was bigger than me and that there was a gift that only I could share with the world, my fear of failure and unacceptance evaporated and the focus and goal in my life became more of pleasing and glorifying God rather than people. In other words, I have chosen to chase my calling, rather than cash.
What are your guiding principles?
To seek God. Pray about everything and worry about nothing. To live life as if it is my last day, to love hard, laugh often, live with no regrets, and to be grateful for everything.
What does the word phenomenal mean to you?
Phenomenal simply means to be extraordinary. There is good, there is great, and then there is phenomenal! Being phenomenal means to live and be incredible. Phenomenal beings believe in things that are greater than themselves, they choose faith over fear, and they walk in their God-given authority. Being phenomenal means to accept your flaws, acknowledge your imperfections, and embrace your challenges as you know that struggle is simply a prerequisite of success. Phenomenal beings not only count it all joy, but they recognize that their issues are simply ingredients to their success.
How do you stay aligned with your passion/purpose?
My alignment in life is centered on my relationship with God. I believe in seeking Him in all things and living on purpose. I am a cor- preneur so I have been blessed with the best of two worlds. I get to live out my passion and purpose daily in my own business and my corporate position, while getting paid to build my dream. I am very strategic with my time and my daily activities so if there is no alignment between my purpose and passion I simply do not do it. Everything in my life is based around my personal calling and I do not deviate from God’s plan at all!
In order for me to maintain my sense of alignment I had to first acknowledge my passion and become clear on what it was that I was created to do in this world. This required me to have a relationship with my creator. Then I made a decision to only do what I had been called to do. I made some radical changes in my personal and professional life. I stopped giving my time away to people and organizations that did not align with my purpose. I left my cushioned Executive position (i.e. pay cut) to work full-time at home as a consultant and I made a decision to invest in me. I hired coaches, attended seminars and conferences, read books, and made a commitment to move “head-first” into my future regardless of the costs. I stay in alignment by working out daily, practicing meditation, and spending time with my family. I stay aligned with my passion/purpose by maintain healthy mental habits! I do not just practice what I preach, but I preach what I practice!
What is one key money principal that you live your life by?
Cash only! My family and I do not use credit cards for anything as we believe we are to be lenders and not borrowers! We paid for our wedding in cash, furnished our home, and every vacation we take we use cash only. We believe in debt-free living and we aspire to pass this belief system on to our children. My first mortgage was paid off and we hope to one day purchase a home with cash only!
What is your favorite book and why?
I have many favorite books and it really varies depending on the subject matter, what I may be experiencing, needing to learn, or be reminded of at the time. However, the one book that truly changed my perspective and outlook on life was Dare to Take Charge by Judge Glenda Hatchett. I read this book 4 years ago and it was the first book that made me see beyond my current space, think beyond my limitations, and really empowered me to become the best version of me! This book encouraged me to be a better woman, mom, and at the time Non-profit Executive. Now it reminds me to “take charge” of my own destiny and legacy by building a business that will change my family tree. Reflecting back, this book was the catalyst that I needed to take charge of my dreams, my hopes, my future, my finances, and my fears!
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