Do Everything by Faith


As a Child of God, I want to check myself out and make sure that I am living by faith which is trust in God and His Word which is equivalent to the Word of God. So faith = the Word of God. No Word = No faith. Everything I do is BY FAITH…By choosing to spend time with God and His Word each and every day, we develop fully persuaded faith. Fully persuaded faith like Abraham had (Romans 4:16-24) is the kind of faith that wholeheartedly believes the Word of God over the “problem” or obstacle. We can choose to believe God and walk and live by faith as we are commanded. Living by faith is living by the Word instead of what our physical senses tell us. We look to the Word for our answers and think on it. We meditate in the Word day and night and that helps us to live by faith. Faith or the Word of God is our means of communicating with God in prayer. That’s the language we speak with Him.

You can do it! Flex that faith muscle! Believe for God’s best!

Two Reasons for Going to Work Today Instead of the Beach (Hint: It’s not the money honey)


There’s an oldie song about working on the chain gang. I’d sing it. Well… but, I’m hoping you remember it and, just in case you don’t… here’s the link for it on YouTube. Now, you and I aren’t (well at least most of us aren’t working on the chain gang), but some of you might be working for the paycheck and not enjoying your work at all. I’m here to tell you a couple of things about work that you may not have considered. I didn’t consider anything much but the check until about 25 years ago.

Work. It’s essential. Not for just meeting financial obligations, but for several key reasons.  I’d like to share a couple of them here. In my course, Happiness at Work: An Inside Job, I share many more keys about work and why we work. So for now, here are just a couple:

  • We were made to do some form of work. Of course, it wasn’t meant to be done by the sweat of the brow so to speak, but in collaboration with God. As a woman of faith, it took me some time before I realized the importance of work. My dad was an entrepreneur before the word was in the dictionary. I grew up in that environment but it was somewhat of an enigma to me. As I grew up, I decided that I wanted a “real job” and that’s what I did for a number of years. I didn’t realize that work was really quite divine; although my dad was very creative and was even wealthy during the GREAT DEPRESSION (a bit before I was born), I didn’t equate creativity with work. I felt that creativity was something you did outside of work. When I got to the corporate world, and was blessed to use my gift of writing and editing there, things started to line up for me in my mind. Still, I was a little unconvinced about the purpose of work outside of all the nice money. And working to help maintain my sanity!
  • Work helps us develop our particular gifts and talents that are related to our purpose. Each of us has a divine purpose or reason for being here on this earth. While not all of our jobs or tasks seem to point to “purpose,” I believe that they help us develop those gifts and skills to the maximum. No working at them = no development. You’ve been created with at least one or more gifts that only you can do the way you do what you do with that gift. You can change the world with your gift… so, by going to work and working with that gift, you are not sleeping on your gift. Now, granted, you may wonder how some of those things you do at work have anything to do with your gift. For me, as a writer, my work as a corporate communications specialist helped nourish my gift as a writer to go on and write such books as my latest book, PRESS.

Your gift or gifts aren’t hidden from you… like your purpose, it’s hidden for you. It’s for you to uncover, discover, and fully utilize your gift and maximize your potential via work.  Go to work today knowing that there is great purpose in your work!

What do you believe about work at this point in your life? Do you enjoy it? What skill are you mastering while at work today?

Learn more about exceling at work even if you don’t like your current job – or help a recent grad or students prepare for the world of work:

~Ilene Saidel, MBA




Three Mistakes to Avoid When Writing “that book”


“Excellence is achieved by the mastery of the fundamentals!- Vince Lombardi. (1)

Who doesn’t want to write a book? These days between technology and self-publishing and the testimonies for what writing a book will do for a career or business, everybody wants to “write a book.” Besides, everybody has a story and there’s someone who needs to read that story.

After years of writing professionally in the corporate arena, I was determined to “write a book.” Each time I would start it, I would hit a brick wall. That is until the day that I learned – or discerned – how to write one easily and – well – relatively painlessly. Now, I am in the process of readying my sixth book for publishing (I write more than one at a time) and the process is so simple that I love teaching book writing and coaching them to get ‘er done. You can get going today and be up and writing really quickly with an awesome outlining technique: Write that Book!

Here are three mistakes to avoid when writing “that book:”

  1. No outline: One of the most common mistakes that I have noticed in talking with others – before working with them – and taking them through the writing process is this: To start writing without a plan or an outline will circumvent or inhibit you in the process. A plan is an absolute must.
  2. Writing too much: Thinking that you need to write everything and not knowing what to write and what not to write. It’s really not important to write everything on that subject. Write based on a plan and write enough to cover the topic.
  3. Perfectionism: If you feel as though you must do things perfectly before you publish your book (or even begin it) can lead to massive procrastination. Get advice along the way but my advice is very simple: Just write!

You can do this! With a good outline, and a plan for writing each day, and not writing too much, the writing can flow and before you know it you’ll have your first draft. If you can work with a writing coach like me or someone else, that will help the flow and will also allow for accountability. It may not be perfect on the first draft, but it can be great.  And, besides, your message has an audience waiting to read it.


Three Tips to Being Happier In the Workplace


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It was years before I recognized that if I was going to be happy at work – whether I liked my job or not – I was going to have to discover or uncover a way to do that. Once I learned how to do that, it didn’t take long for me to not only become happier at work – but to be known for my happy demeanor and attitude of joyful working. I’m not saying it was “easy,” but I am saying that it was my choice and a lot easier and less painful than being miserable where I was. Once I discerned the “how,” it wasn’t long before I started receiving offers for my “dream jobs.”

Here are three basic tips that you can apply TODAY and see the results right away:

  1. Guard your thinking and your tongue. As a Woman of Faith, I am particularly aware of my thinking and how it can or can’t affect my emotional state. If I think positively (for me that includes the Word of God (Bible), then my attitude towards “stuff” will be more in line with the good in situations. And, if I am thinking positively, then I will speak in line with the good as well. My thoughts will determine whether I am anxious, impatient and miserable — OR — calm, patient and happy.

  1. Tell others (sincerely) how awesome they are. I think it was Ken Blanchard who recently tweeted something along those lines. Complimenting others takes my focus off of the negative things they do and the things others do as well. It brightens their day and mine.



  1. Be grateful. Sure, the world has a lot of things going on right now that could be “scary.” I choose to be grateful for what I have now. I am grateful for my workplace consulting and writing clients — even if I don’t yet have the kind of income I am anticipating. I am thankful for the clients and the income! I find something to be grateful about every single day and thank God for it. And, I thank others and let them know that I am grateful. Now, that doesn’t mean I become complacent and not work towards progress. That doesn’t even mean that things are “perfect,” but it does mean that I can be happy in spite of my circumstances.

By the way, I couldn’t write about happiness at work if I wasn’t happy “at work.” My learning to be happy inspired others so much… and, being known for my joyfulness and happiness at work I wrote a book about happiness to provide further tips and steps for you to be happier too and not just comfortable. Affiliate



WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN? Have you found yourself either wondering where to begin? Or maybe you have been writing and writing and writing AND STILL you don’t really have a book completed.

This MP3 AUDIO (LESS THAN 30 MINUTES) teaching is based on the live class that I teach in the ATL. With just these few steps, you can take the idea and run with it.

Yes… you know which idea I’m talking about. You have been thinking about it for days, months, years… you may even have some notes. NOW you can turn it into a book… without having to think about “where to begin.”




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Five Tips On Your Way to Your Dream Job



“Excellence is achieved by the mastery of the fundamentals!- Vince Lombardi. (1)

Five Tips On Your Way to Your Dream Job

I remember those days. I had an MBA degree (not a lot of women had them in those days) and I was doing work that was not my yet my dream work… not my dream job(s). I dreamt of the day when I would have that higher level position. I was waiting on being in the right place at the right time doing something other than what I was doing then. I was never present at what I was working on because I didn’t want to be there. And, besides, my attitude in those days was that I was “owed something” for all of my years of school. Maybe you’re kind of where I was…You’ve been dreaming about leaving your job. Somehow, in your mind, you can’t even fathom staying where you are one second longer. The money “stinks,” they overwork you… or don’t keep you interested in the work by the assignments and projects that come forth. You feel unappreciated and know that there’s got to be a better way. You feel sometimes as if your life is being wasted while you are there. And, besides, retirement is a long way off. So, you dream and dream of the day when things will be different.  You read that employers “cause” good employees to quit but then, you wonder if you are a “good employee.” You begin to look around and compare your work with the work of others… your salary with that of others… your benefits with that of others… your commute and all of the rest of the goodies that go along with a 9-5 job with that of others. Or… maybe you are remotely satisfied but not fulfilled. Maybe even slacking off because after all they don’t care about you and your work in your mind isn’t very important.

That dreaming of that dream job — is that a nightmare? I mean… can that be counterproductive to be dreaming of it and running towards it? Sometimes it was for me until I made the change. It was then that my dream job came forth. Here are five tips that I have learned that helped me when I was on a job that I didn’t particularly like or feel “appreciated” on. These are tried and true tips that I learned before I was on my dream job:

  1. Dream on but don’t neglect where you’re at. It’s perhaps a season in your life that is preparing you for bigger and better — and the dream job.
  2. You may be unhappy in other areas of your life right now as well. Take some time to think about what you are thinking about — and what is the source of your unhappiness. There are more happiness secrets in my book The Red Sea Solution. AFF
  3. Master the fundamentals. “Excellence is achieved by the mastery of the fundamentals!” – Vince Lombardi. Work on you while you are waiting and applying for other jobs. It is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, essential, that companies treat their employees right. However, every employee is ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE for his/her happiness. No one is “totally to blame” when an employee chooses to leave. The blame game should be avoided – and yet everyone can look within to make the necessary “changes” and improvements. Consider signing up for my unique online learn while at home Great Employee School where we will be increasing your understanding about being that happy employee and working on certain employee stuff that will amaze your employer.
  1. Think about what you are contributing right now and if you are ready to handle that promotion. Reflect on your own work and attitude.
  2. Resist the urge to quit (unless your health is suffering or you know that you heard from God for real) or say or do something you might regret. Revisit your “why.” Les Brown put it this way: If you know your WHY, you can endure almost any HOW!

While you are waiting, be grateful for what you have right now and prepare for that wonderful dream job that’s on the way — after all, your dream job is right around the corner.

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It’s a Lifestyle for me — Collaborating with God at Work

Whether I am coaching, writing, editing… cooking (yep, love to cook all kinds of healthful stuff) or whatever I am doing…Being about My Father’s business is a lifestyle for me. I so enjoyed doing this.  Collaborating with God at work yields great rewards. Too numerous to even mention.

Listen to this recent Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur podcast where KDE’s Shae Bynes interviewed me to uncover more about how I collaborate with God to provide anointed services and products to help you be more successful:


I trust that you will be blessed!


Workplace Happiness: How Happy Can Employees be at Work?


Disclaimer: I don’t need to be right!

Whose fault is it when employees don’t like how things are managed in an organization? Is it the fault of management or is it perception or the “generation” of the employees? Much is being written on how to work with millennials and other age groups (this is not meant to be a criticism of any or all). I have even heard the story of one employee who didn’t want the job she was on if she couldn’t bring her dog to work with her.  She didn’t want to do what they “do in Rome.”

In all fairness, I have had my share of managers who did or didn’t do a “good job” in my estimation; but, then, who was I to judge? So, I changed my attitude and worked at my job – to the best of my ability – not because they were “good” or not because I agreed with the company rules and policies.  And, unless it was immoral or not kosher (legal) to do, I did what we do when in Rome: I did what needed to be done. I was not there to get my way but to do it their way – yes, I made suggestions – and, yes, they were not always accepted… but, I did my very best.

Was I happy? I made a decision to be happy in spite of or in addition to how the management rolled. Was that cool? For me, yes it was. I was happy and was always being asked why I was always so happy.

Should companies and management step up to the challenge of making changes to improve workplace life for their employees? Absolutely! But, the issue can sometimes be that companies can change all that they think needs to be changed and still have unhappy employees, right?

So, what does it really take for happiness at work? I will be exploring this subject in the coming weeks as I take a deeper dive into it and train more employees to be “happy.”

Being Resolute So Nothing Can Stop You



“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The word, “resolute,” keeps coming up this week in my mind. So, I realized that it might be a good time for us to look a little deeper into it. Okay? I hope you won’t mind. The word actually means determined, unwavering and steadfast… even strong-willed. When you are resolute about something, nobody or nothing can sway you from going forward. Oh, yes, you may feel like quitting once in a while. Continue reading Being Resolute So Nothing Can Stop You

For a Time Such as This


Do you believe that you have a purpose and are graced to do something outstanding in this life? I do believe that you have been chosen to be alive at this time on the earth. It is no accident! And, so, the work that you do should be significant, and you want to be using your gifts and talents to bless the world. After all, your gift or gifts are meant to impact others and “solve” something that is just waiting to be solved.

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. ~ Baruch Spinoza

Growing up, I watched many movies. And, through the years, my movie going has dwindled. Until now. The influx of family-oriented movies with a good message has been increasing and so I am back to the movies again. And, so, when I heard of Return to the Hiding Place starring such actors as Mimi Sagadin, I was elated to have the opportunity to interview her and share her thoughts and mine with you. For a time such as this…

When I recently interviewed  Mimi Sagadin, who plays Corrie ten Boom in the new movie Return to the Hiding Place (wide release on February 6-12), I had a deep sense that this was more like a divine encounter than a business-style interview. After all, work and workplace happiness are part of my passion. I was so happy to speak with her and listen to her express her passion –about the movie and her work as an actress.

I prayed and prepared my questions. And, that day, when we spoke, it was as if I had known Mimi for a time such as this. She was selected for the movie after the casting folks interviewed about 100 other women. I believe that her passion, the season/moment for her to come forth with her gift, and her preparation all came together…for a time such as this.

Mimi shared that she had prior experience in a lesser role in a play based on Corrie’s courageous (and now widely-known acts) that helped save almost 1,000 Jews from the Nazis. I believe that the good preparation was helpful, but was only a step that was just one of several on Mimi’s path to her destiny. Mimi expressed her huge surprise when she was selected after auditioning for the role. But, deep down inside, she had a knowing that it had been a God-move based on her passion for acting and her destiny. I believe that this was a moment or season that was hers – the role had her name on it!

Mimi is no stranger to film or acting. Take a look at her official short bio:

“Mimi began her acting career in Chicago during the 90’s and studied improv at The Players Workshop of the Second City, and performed children’s shows on the main stage at the infamous Second City. She co-founded the improv troupe Mission IMPROVable, a “clean comedy” troupe that performed shows in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Sagadin continues to work in feature films, short films, commercials, industrials and plays. The past fifteen years, she has volunteered at the annual Karitos Worship and Arts Conference as the film and drama department head and teacher.

Mimi continues to perform on-stage throughout the Windy City. Some favorite productions include: Provision Theater’s world premiere of The Hiding Place, Broadway director/ producer Ken Davenport’s (Godspell, Altar Boyz, Somewhere in Time) The Awesome 80’s Prom, and Akvavit Theatre’s  A Summer’s Day.

Sagadin’s movie/film experiences have given her the opportunity to work directly with Emma Thompson, Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Katherine Heigl, Kurtwood Smith, directors Marc Forster and Ron Howard, and of course, John Rhys-Davies.”

Return to the Hiding Place is a movie that I am definitely looking forward to seeing. I believe that it is one that will inspire teens and adults alike to take a stand for others and to rise up and walk courageously. And, to do what they, too, are here to do …for a time such as this.

What work have you been destined to do for a time such as this? You are not here by accident. And, just like Mimi was chosen from so many – so are you. It may not look like it yet as you continue to prepare. What is your gift to the world? With Mimi, I have no doubt that she is created for that part…

You, too, were created specifically for this time and for your role in life.

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