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Gather Evidence

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4. Gather Evidence

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In the world of Change Management, the third step of the process is to show that you have the knowledge on how to bring out about positive change. This is particularly necessary for Peacemakers because of high emotions during times of unrest and turmoil.

The best way to show that you have the necessary knowledge to implement change is to gather evidence. You and your tribe will need to immerse yourselves completely in the issues to get to the root of the conflict.

2 Ways to Gather Evidence:

  1. Conduct interviews with those who are directly involved in the issues. Get a first-hand account of how they are affected by the crisis. Seek to understand the challenges they are directly facing.
  2. Use observation to study the issues. Pay attention to all involved parties and the part each one plays

The Benefits of Gathering Evidence: 

Gathering evidence provides the foundation to create a workable action plan toward peace. You also have the opportunity to examine conditions before making commitments.

“Balancing optimism and realism, intuition and planning, faith and fact can be very difficult. But that’s what it takes to be effective as a navigating leader.”

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Build Your Tribe

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3. Build Your Tribe

“a group of partners or supporters linked by demographics or interests sharing common goals”

Every good Peacemaker understands the need to have wise counsel. It’s important to surround yourself with people who understand the cause, trust you as a leader and fully support your vision for peace.

Your most essential tribe members are those who have first hand experience with the conflict at hand or those who sincerely empathize and welcome change.

2 Ways to Build Your Tribe

  1. Recruit people who are actively working to make peaceful change in the community
  2. Understand your weaknesses and recruit people who are strong in your weak areas.

The Value of Building Your Tribe

As an individual, you will not appeal to everyone. You need a diverse tribe to reach those that you are unable to reach and to complete your circle of influence. Your tribe will bring out the best in you and help you lead more effectively.

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” ~Mother Teresa

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Build Trust

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2. Build Trust

“trust is essential for making things run smoothly; keep your word and do what you say you will do.”

As a Peacemaker, building trust among supporters is one of your most import jobs. In times of turmoil, people will look to you for guidance and direction. They will only follow your lead if they feel that you are trustworthy and a person of your word.

2 Ways to Build Trust

  1. Make thoughtful, unbiased decisions.
  2. Be honest.

The value of building trust:

Building trust shows all involved parties that you are commitment to a fair and equal approach to resolving issues.

“The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will want to help the leader.”

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Be Informed

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  1. Be Informed

“focused, intentional effort to increase ones’ knowledge about conflict and how to handle it.”

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One of the most valuable traits of a Peacemaker is their desire to be informed. Through research, study, training and personal experience, the heart of a peacemaker longs to help transform conflicts and bring relief to hurting people and communities.

Two ways in which Peacemakers positon themselves for peace include:

  1. Preparing themselves by acquiring knowledge about conflicts, such as social injustice through community involvement.
  2. Declaring a specific area of expertise and working extensively in that field.

The value of being Informed:

Being informed about issues builds trust and influences others to support  your cause. ~People don’t at first follow worthy causes. They follow worthy leaders who promote causes they can believe in.

If you’re looking to create change and become a Peacemaker…be informed.

Peace In Action,

Melissa

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The Definition of A Peacemaker

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The role of a Peacemaker isn’t easily defined. We can be Advocates, Protestors, Lobbyists, Clergymen, Defenders or a collaboration of all these things. The gifts and talents that we each possess should be used as our contribution to help move society forward.

A Peacemaker is not a person who is passive and unable to take a position. We are people with a deep desire to uncover injustice, create solutions and take action for a better outcome for individuals, communities and organizations.

So what gift or talent do you have that can create change in these tumultuous times?

What are your areas of influence?

Can you organize a peaceful protest, provide training to those in need, develop a youth program, create a men’s ministry or start a women’s empowerment group?

Romans 12:18 Says, “if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at people with everyone.

We all have a duty to live our lives in constant creation of solutions to the problems faced in today’s society.

For the next 9 days, I am running a campaign entitled “Positioned for Peace.” I will post about the various characteristics required to be an influential Peacemaker and how those traits can help bridge the gap in today’s society.

Peace In Action,

Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Circle of Admiration

MAYAladies_1024x1024When it comes to achieving goals, the first 21 days are vital. It’s in this 3 week time period that you create a routine, adjust to the new self-imposed requirements and train your mind to accept this new behavior. Studies show that if you can make it through this introductory period, you have a better chance of reaching the finish line.

One way of holding yourself accountable is to create a Circle of Admiration. This can be done by studying the lives and accomplishments of various people in history and using their stories as a way of motivating you to reach those goals that you set for yourself.

Think of it as research.

Whether you’re a student, a corporate climber or an entrepreneur, it’s important to pay attention to those who have taken similar paths as yours.

The intention is not to copy what they’ve done but to make you more aware that there is more than one way to reach a goal.

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The following techniques can be used to create your personal Circle of Admiration:

  1. Research top influencers in your areas of interest. Priscilla Shirer is a great friend of mine, in my mind. I love her books and bible studies. I admire the way that she boldly teaches the word of God in a relatable and easy to follow format. Her life and commitment to live out her dreams is a big motivator for me.
  2. Turn to your community. Role Models and Mentors can be found in your church, at work or in community groups. Some of the greatest community activists are found in local barber and beauty shops. It’s okay to strike up a conversation and get to know who’s next to you in the shopping aisle.
  3. If all else fails virtual is an option. With the popularity of social media, you can take advantage of virtual mentorship. LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram can give you insight into the professions, academics and hobbies of highly accomplished people.

As always, SUGA Wellness Boutique, LLC is here to give you tips and advice for living a Peaceful and more fulfilled life.

If you would like to talk one on one, contact me for a complimentary discovery call at: sugawellnessboutique@gmail.com

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SUGA Wellness Boutique, LLC is currently accepting resumes for a Marketing Analyst Intern. Please see the job description at:www.sugawellnessboutique.com and send us your resume if interested!

Find Peace and Be Well.

 

 

 

 

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When The Silence Becomes Too Loud

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In life we experience moments of silence that always seem to last too long. Those times when we’re waiting on God to move in our life and we’re somewhere between Provision and Promise. The silence of uncertainty can get kind of loud!

Are you familiar with LOUD SILENCE?

If you’re familiar with worry, fear, distress or frustration, you know exactly what I’m referring to.

LOUD SILENCE is the extreme opposite of PEACE.

It’s important to recognize the symptoms of Loud Silence before they invade your space and wreck your Peace.

Today I’m giving you three simple action steps to take for reestablishing disrupted peace.
1. Check your perspective: are you viewing the situation from a limited point of view? Even if things aren’t working out how you planned, are you mature enough to understand that your situation will work out exactly how it should.
2. Speak life: always know that your reality is shaped by the words that you speak. You have the power to create love, demolish strongholds and change your mindset simply by speaking words of encouragement and positivity.
3. Lean on Friends: allow those who love you to encourage you. Spend time with family and friends, laugh and laugh some more and wake up each day looking forward to creating new memories.

Find Peace and Be Well,
SuGa

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Get Ready To Love Your Job!

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SUGA Wellness Boutique, LLC is looking for a Marketing Intern for a six week paid assignment. Your primary job duties will included: new client development and social media marketing.

The ideal candidate should posses the skills necessary to help us move forward into new markets including corporate, government and ministry settings.

If you are creative, hardworking, dedicated, organized, motivated and peaceful, we need you!

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and submit your resume for consideration, send an email to sugawellnessboutique@gmail.com

Find Peace and Be Well!

 

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Choose Peace over Fear

Creating more Peace in our lives begins with changing our thought process and mindset. The way that we think about a thing ultimately shapes your beliefs about the experience and the outcome.

I realize that we live in an world of uncertainty but how much more could we enjoy the life that we’ve been given by simply changing how we think.

Lets talk about fear-based thinking and how it causes us to live a defeated life.

Fear based thinking is defined as having a mindset that focuses on limiting beliefs. What ever opportunities arise, a fear-based thinker will find a reason not to show up for the challenge. Many people miss out on travel opportunities and career advancement because of a fear of uncertainty. Constantly dwelling on why an action shouldn’t be completed instead of focusing on the numerous benefits that a good opportunity can bring is absolutely numbing.

It’s a known fact that you will accomplish every limit that you set for yourself. If you constantly focus on not being able to afford certain things, then you will never afford it. If you focus on never being able to take a vacation, you will never go.  If you truly want to be happy and find Peace within, drop the fear, take action and live your best life!

I’ve laid out three easy to implement tips that will help you eliminate fear-based thinking.

  1. Set goals and take intentional action to accomplish them.
  2. Practice the art of NOW and stop procrastinating.
  3. Establish your choices in truth and stand firm in your decisions.

By taking these steps you’re building your self-esteem, becoming more confident, wiping out fear and establishing Peace!

Find Peace and Be Well.

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Trades of Hope

Trades of Hope empowers women out of poverty around the world while creating entrepreneurial opportunities for the modern American woman by selling ethically produced fashion accessories and home décor.

So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. Trades of Hope was started to give women the opportunity for a better life. Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope’s help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!

We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have aids and leprosy. These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.

If you’re local to the Charlotte Metro area, JOIN me for a Trades of Hope Party. You will have the opportunity to order one of a kind items for Mother’s Day, grab unique graduation gifts and learn more about how this wonderful ministry is helping to pull women out of poverty. EMAIL me today at sugawellnessboutique@gmail.com to secure your spot!

Find Peace and Be Well.