4 Words That Will Beat Procrastination Every Time
Her book title reminds me of a quote by T. Harv Eker, "We need to practice acting in spite of fear, in spite of doubt, in spite of worry, in spite of uncertainty, in spite of inconvenience, in spite of discomfort, and even to practice acting when we're not in the mood to act."
Who is Dr. Stacie N.C. Grant?
International speaker, author, trainer, human relations expert and mistress-of-ceremonies Dr. Stacie N.C. Grant is living her divine calling to LEAD, TEACH and INSPIRE a movement of Faithpreneurs to live their DESTINY NOW! She founded DESTINY DESIGNERS UNIVERSITY®, "A CLASSROOM WITHOUT BORDERS; WHERE WE GRADUATE TO THE NEXT BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES BY TURNING INSPIRATION INTO RESULTS!" This multi-media platform provides training in the areas Life Skills, Personal Growth, Leadership and Presentation Skills; with a focus on a work readiness and an entrepreneur success curriculum.
Talk about one of the pivotal moments in your life that gave you strength and tell us how did you find that strength?
Publishing my book ACTION ACTION DESPITE THE DISTRACTION!! was a pivotal moment. I had numerous pieces of the book all over my computer and in my journals for years. When I actually started working on finalizing everything I couldn't believe just how much content I had. I have been carrying this baby for long time but it appeared that it wasn't only post term delivery but it was sitting in a breached position. I had every possible scenario that could happen to me to block the final production of the book, including the final draft not saving on my computer 2 weeks before the Release Party. All I could do was "Lift my eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1.
It got to the point where I almost pushed things back and on the real rough days I felt like throwing in the towel. I had to stop and take a dose of my own medicine: ACTION ACTION... DESPITE THE DISTRACTION!!" I wiped away the tears because you can't worry and pray in the same breath. I prayed, turned on my Gospel playlist, put one foot in front of the other and kept pushing through to VICTORY.
Tell us about your book?
ACTION ACTION DESPITE THE DISTRACTION, delivers a life-changing message to empower "faithpreneurs" on their journey to live out their calling. Dr. Grant addresses the 7 most prevalent distractions that challenge our ability to achieve our goals and live our dreams: lack of belief, procrastination, disorganization / lack of focus, toxic people, fear, ego and selfishness. Anyone who seeks divine inspiration MUST purchase and read this timely piece as it provides "7 Life Lessons to Thrive & Live Your Destiny Now!"
What inspired you to write the book and share your story?
I want this book to be an anchor of support for my audience. In this process, I have learned that we cannot do this thing called life alone and if we try to, we cause ourselves unnecessary headaches. However, we can continue to grow through life with the right support. It would be near impossible for me to measure the impact that support has had in my life and it hurts my heart to hear from so many people I work with tell me that they NEVER had anyone to support them in their goals and dreams. As I listened to their stories, it became clearer that part of my purpose is to be that support for others in taking "ACTION ACTION... DESPITE THE DISTRACTION!!"
What is the message we can hear you shouting or whispering from the mountaintop to those on the climb?
Someone very wise once said, "Life is God's Gift to us and what we do with our life is our gift to God." Throughout my life's journey, I have worked hard to show appreciation for such a gift. The reality is that it has not always been easy. I have made numerous mistakes, celebrated many triumphs, and climbed out of multiple valleys. Actually, my story is probably no different from yours. On this journey called life, none of us are exempt from the many distractions that can get in the way of living the life God intended for us. The lesson for me was learning these distractions are necessary pieces of our legacy, cleverly disguised as permanent disruptions. These distractions are merely life lessons that take the form of "temporary inconveniences" which bring opportunities to grow to the next best version of ourselves!
As I was having this discussion with one of my friends while preparing for an event, God placed the following words in my spirit "ACTION ACTION... DESPITE THE DISTRACTION!!" This has become my personal battle cry. Each time I share it from the stage, it resonates with the audience and I hope it does with you also. If I had quit when facing the various distractions of my life, we wouldn't be connected now.
What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote is "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" Philippians 4:13 God didn't say some things, he said ALL things. The secret is making sure that my will and desires are lost in Him and he will make ALL things possible.
You have such a unique signature style how did you embrace your uniqueness?
Learning to embrace my uniqueness was not easy because I fell prey to the tumors of comparison and doubt. Through a process of personal growth and development (that I share with others), I am now able to fully embrace and celebrate my uniqueness because there is only one person on this planet with my thumbprint. It so much easier being an authentic version of myself rather than a counterfeit version of someone else.
What does Activate mean to you?
ACTIVATE means igniting the genuine in you to take ACTION.
Who would you like to sit down and have lunch with (dead or alive and why?)
I would love to sit down with Maya Angelou and have a share the moments the public never see that kept her in ACTION and the ones that freed her to share her authentic voice. I would also love to sit privately with Oprah Winfrey and drink tea from the tea set John Travolta gave her for her 40th Birthday and just celebrate the legend she is and the doors she has opened for all women - particularly women of color. There are so many more but I pay tribute to them every day by how I live my life and pay it forward to the next generation.
What's next for you and your brand?
Destiny Designers University® is going to produce a live TV Show as a platform for up and coming Entrepreneurs standing in the FAITH & TAKING ACTION on leaving a LEGACY!.
Leave us with one last piece of advice.
One of the life lessons I share in chapter 2 of my book is: "IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING PERFECT; IT'S ABOUT GETTING STARTED IN ORDER TO HAVE SOMETHING TO PERFECT." Get started NOW on LIVING YOUR DESTINY! I am counting on your success.