ValiantCEO Magazine presents an exclusive interview with Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell, the Intuitive Business Coach and CEO of Leading Through Living Community LLC. In a world that often seems obsessed with material achievements and external validation, Lynita has discovered the transformative power of joy in creating a life of purpose and meaning.
In this candid conversation, Lynita delves deep into her remarkable journey, sharing insights from her diverse career as an award-winning lawyer, 5X #1 Bestselling Author, CPA, ordained minister, and respected community leader. Drawing from her wealth of experiences, she sheds light on the profound impact of joy on personal and professional growth.
Discover from ValiantCEO Magazine how embracing joy can lead to profound well-being, strong relationships, self-love, and worldly recognition, paving the way to a life that is not only successful but deeply fulfilling. Join us as we explore the tools and insights Lynita offers to cultivate a life that harmoniously blends inner contentment with external achievements.
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We are thrilled to have you join us today, welcome to ValiantCEO Magazine’s exclusive interview! Let’s start off with a little introduction. Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your company.
Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell: I am the Intuitive Business Coach, and I love leading my clients to Live Life on FIRE for the Ultimate Successful Life with peace, joy, and fulfillment!
I have had the fortune to explore several careers, including establishing an award winning law firm, publishing house that produced 9 bestselling authors, I myself am also a 5X #1 Bestselling Author. I am also a CPA, an ordained minister, and have been recognized nationally as an outstanding community leader.
I am the CEO of the Leading Through Living Community LLC, and I love coaching successful business owners and professionals to start, grow, and scale new businesses (especially if they are also publishing a new book!).
In the past year, what is the greatest business achievement you’d like to celebrate with your team? Please share the details of that success.
Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell: I’d love to celebrate with my team the release of our 5th bestselling book “Live Life on Fire: the Ultimate Guide to the Successful Life Full of Peace, Joy, and Fulfillment” in two categories!
This was and is the first time we hit #1 on Amazon’s list without a major marketing promotion! It was a joyous occasion because it meant our message resonated with our audience: a joyful life is one that is lived by your own standards of excellence, not someone else’s checklist for perfection.
Quiet quitting, The Great Resignation, are an ongoing trend causing many businesses to struggle to keep talent engaged and motivated. Most are leaving because of their boss or their company culture. 82% of people feel unheard, undervalued, and misunderstood in the workplace. In your experience, what keeps employees happy? And how are you adapting to the current shift we see?
Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell: Keeping people happy is unsustainable. Happiness is fleeting because it is based on external factors. The focus must be joy, which is inwardly focused and centered about reward of one’s self and how he/she/they contribute to the world.
When an organization is focused on their team members’ joy, they are able to implement initiatives that support that individual life satisfaction, which in turn elevates team cohesiveness and overall success.
These initiatives include mindfulness programs, meditation/quiet rooms, paid time off for mental health days, generous vacation schedules that allow real breaks from work, celebrating achievements that are external to the company, and encouraging (and supporting) employee ventures that may lead to duelprenuership.
I have implemented all of the above programs and have seen a marked uptick in my team members satisfaction with work and increase in productivity and profitability in our company.
Here is a two-fold question: What is the book that influenced you the most and how? Please share some life lessons you learned. Now what book have you gifted the most and why?
Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell: The book that has influenced me the most is “Management Mantras” by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It shifted my thinking about how time off improves productivity and profitability in our company. One of the most impactful programs we implemented was the vacation schedule, which suggests the higher up a person serves in management the more days they need to recharge.
The proposed schedule in the book is 3 day weekend every month, 1 week every quarter, and 2 weeks every 6 months. I use this schedule to rest, relax, break away, and really enjoy time being present with family and friends. When I get back to work, I’m rejuvenated and energized, and excited to be back. I also have less health issues (stress tension in my shoulders and back) and am more patient with my team during meetings.
The book I have gifted the most is “Purpose in Your Pain” by Rev. Stephanie Davenport. It is a “pocket book”, and easy read that reminds us that life’s pains are for our good. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, valued relationship, affiliation, job or status; pain is a tool to use to make us stronger, more empathetic, and skilled at navigating our life journey.
We become better leaders for our families, communities, and businesses when we can be compassionate; and we develop strategies to help others when they are bogged down in anxiety and depression when in pain.
Christopher Hitchens, an American journalist, is quoted as saying that “everyone has a book in them” Have you written a book? If so, please share with us details about it. If you haven’t, what book would you like to write and how would you like it to benefit the readers?
Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell: I have written 5 books, and my latest is “Live Life on Fire: the Ultimate Guide to the Successful Life Full of Peace, Joy, and Fulfilment”.
The title came to me after watching the Oprah + Viola, 2022 Netflix Interview last spring when Oprah Winfrey asked Academy Award Winner Viola Davis, “What are you living for?” and Viola replied, “I’m living for my peace and my joy. I am. I want to be happy in my life.”
My book is the guide to live a happy life full of peace and joy. The secret to life success – one that includes personal and professional achievement – is revealed through one’s intuitive intelligence that grows from life experience. When most people think of success, they don’t normally think about what they are living for beyond the “stuff” such as accolades, accomplishments, recognition, money, cars, status, and real estate.
They may include family, relationships, children, and fitness goals. But the truth is if we want a successful life, the ultimate successful life, then we must begin within. We must answer the question, “Who are you living for?”
This book is the “cheat sheet” to answer that question through life and business stories that will make you laugh, cry, get mad, and release – sometimes in the same chapter! Learn tools to build a life that is both internally and externally pleasing, a life full of good health and great relationships, self-love and worldly recognition.
A life that is whole and complete – not a perfect life, but an excellent one where you define your own standard of success and live it unapologetically. And in doing so, be of service to your family, friends, community, business, and your SELF.
This book is for those who are ready to make an ultimate change in their lives, who have decided that while worldly success is great, inner world success – peace, joy, and fulfillment – is the ultimate goal.
In your experience, what tends to be the most underestimated part of running a company? Can you share an example?
Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell: The most underestimated part of running a company is the importance of creating a Breakaway Schedule. A Breakaway Schedule is dedicated time away from the office, emails, notifications, and social media so the mind and body may rest and rejuvenate.
Being a leader and running a company requires massive amounts of energy and excitement, which depletes event the most enthusiastic and experienced person. It is important that we take time to put the phone down, breathe deeply, walk in nature, sit in silence, enjoy one’s own company, and appreciate just being on a regular and consistent basis.
Building these breaks into our days allows us to be present, attentive, confident, and wise as we move through meetings, sales calls, networking mixers, and family time.
What does “success” in 2023 mean to you? It could be on a personal or business level, please share your vision.
Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell: Success means living life on fire! A joyful, peaceful, fulfilled life in excellence that supports me in enjoying my family, business, and community successes according to my own terms and ambitions.
That includes recognition and accolades for my work, financial harmony for myself and team in my business, love and support in my family and friend groups, and enjoyment serving in my community organizations.
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
If you would like to get in touch with Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell or her company, you can do it through her – Linkedin Page
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