Women Inspiring Women Series (maiden voyage)  

I recently had the pleasure of listening to the talented and courageous Jennifer S. Wilkov speak at a local WISE Conference (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) here in Syracuse, NY.  Jennifer is an award winning best selling author, film writer and producer and creative consultant.  She battled with Krohn’s Disease for 25 years and won, and she has done time in Rikers Island prison as a result of  a mishandled legal case.  As I sat there listening to her story, it became very apparent that she has been fueled by adversity when others might have caved into defeat.  Now I would never wish tragedy or even a minor setback for any of you, but if faced with a seemingly unfortunate situation of any magnitude I would like to believe that you too can face it and conquer fears by following her advice.  Here’s what she urged us to write down and remember, and I’m happy that I can pass it on to you.  Some of it sounds so simple and obvious, but when you are really in a bad spot, whether business or personal life challenges arise, these steps are here to help you remain passionate and positive about your life.

Here are Jennifer Wilkov’s 7 Steps to You Can Do It:

#1  Stay Calm. keep your emotions in check while your adrenaline is kicking in. pay attention!  #2  Listen. get information BEFORE you speak! quiet the chatter in your mind.  #3  Assess what is going on. what do you know? what don’t know? what is real? Ask yourself, and only act on what you know and what is real… let go of the rest.  #4  Avoid FOBFO (don’t Freak Out Before Finding Out). stay in the game.  #5  Ask for Help. Ask the right people. Brainstorm with trusted people. Be specific about support.  #6  Positive, Positive, Positive…on perspective, on outlook, on outcome.  #7  Move & Take Action! Take the best action everyday based on what you DO know.

Who knows when or how lessons in life will surface… but I have to believe that they occur at exactly the right time for us (hindsight is 20/20!).  There’s no preparing for the unexpected, but at least you can rest assured in knowing that you have every intention of handling yourself the best you know how for a positive outcome.  As Jennifer Wilkov says “You have the right to remain fabulous.” That’s what she did with her Miranda warning.  Read her inspiring story by going to Jennifer’s website.  I have a few of her books, which I’m finding indispensable.

Thank you for reading!