I have been a business coach, life consultant, and trainer specializing in human behavior since 1998. During this time, I have heard my clients report many themes such as
- Feeling stuck with no options
- Thinking they were underachieving
- Hoping for a promotion, but not knowing how to get it
- Having no idea what the next big idea would be
- Feeling limited in attaining goals
- Feeling overweight and unfit
- Expressing anger or depression more often than normal
- Being broke
- Feeling that happiness was for everyone but them
- Lonely and not doing anything about it
- Complaining about all the things but the right things
- Angry with the world and blaming everyone
- Not sure what the next move should be
I said to myself that there must be common themes in each of these challenges they had.There must be a way to help them and the people who can't afford to become my clients.
As much as I wanted to help more people,I realized there wasn't enough time in the day, and I was starting to spread my coaching and speaking too thin. I couldn't help everyone.
After a conference, a woman asked me if she could buy my book because she wanted to take the strategies home and implement them. When I told her I didn't have a book, her face said it all.I saw disappointment, frustration, and even a little sadness in her face. In that "aha" moment,Move Out of Your Own Way was born.
After carrying the frustration that no matter how hard I tried, I would never have enough time to help everyone and seeing the pain on the woman's face, I worked day and night pulling years of ideas and theories together.I sent the draft to my editor, Dr. Nicole Collier, to work her magic, and on April 20, 2004, I had a manual that could help others 24/7.
I bet you think Move Out of Your Own Way can't help you. Well, think again!It can and does happen daily. Thousands of people have used my techniques and had both personal and business breakthroughs with overwhelming success.
Early in my journey, I met and grew with some amazing authors and speakers.We shared tips and tools that helped us all get to the next level. One chief principle in Move Out of Your Own Way is having your board of directors. You must know that you need people who are doing what you are doing to share and pour into innovative ideas.
I was blessed to be accepted into the all boys' club, and I made sure I put on my big girl shoes and ran with the best. The lesson will never change, though. If you want to be the best, you must surround yourself with the best.There is noway in the world to be a successful author and speaker and neverlearn from authors and speakers.
It's like an alien landing in Atlanta in the winter wearing a mink coat. If you don't know about weather, and no one teaches you… you will pass out! You must learn the best practices and be willing to share. You must move out of your own way!
I was blessed to have brothers who supported me with a reciprocal bond of love and respect. I have been profoundly influenced by Tony Magee, author of Can't Shove a Great Life into a Small Dream. He literally helped me write my Move Out of Your Own Waykeynote and workshop. I am also thankful for Jonathan Sprinkles and the Transition Man Johnny Campbell. What I learned with them helped grow the reach of Move Out of Your Own Way far beyond what I would have ever managed.
I have traveled, traveled, traveled, and spoken with thousands to share this little book of knowledge, doing what Tony taught me—point, story, activity. Before I met Tony, I was a professor so I thought people wanted a lecture like my students at my university.People want to be involved, and they want to see how you overcame the pain you share in your book.
I used to share only the good stuff when I spoke. Now, I share how I learned the lesson from the book that there is no failure only feedback.I failed many times at things, and I am so glad I did.It means I tried. I willfail again, and I can't wait!When you learn the lesson of the power in failure, you will be ready to invite blessings into your life such as
- Feeling energized and excited about life
- Celebrating your successes and failures
- Gaining career and personal focus
- Moving beyond fear to your passion
Moving Out of Your Own Way isn't new information. It is the information you knew all along, but when you read it, your mind, body, and soul will be ready to hear it. So many challenges my executive clients face are because they work with people who like victim thinking. They don't want to be in charge of anything. They would rather blame others.
The reality you will learn in Move Out of Your Own Way is if you don't choose it, you can't change it. So, if you allow others to be responsible at any level for your happiness, they will gladly do it, and you will not have any control over your happiness.
The person who angers you controls you.There comes a time when you must decide whether you want to be in control or whether you want to blame others. It is a choice.
I learned quickly that managers prefer accountable employees, and employees prefer high morale in the workplace.When managers read my book, they would immediately ask me to come to speak and order copies of my book for their employees. I have been blessed to speak at many top organizations and institutions in the world.
Here are a few:
- Army Management Staff (Personnel Management for Executives)
- Atlanta Commission on Women
- Atlanta Diversity Managers (ADMAG)
- Atlanta Happs
- Black MBA Symposium
- Blacks in Government Conference
- Centers for Disease Control
- Department of Interior
- Department of Transportation
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Flirting Time
- Fulton County Government
- Georgia Pacific
- Georgia State University
- Hewitt Associated, now Aon
- International Career Business Forum
- Job Corps
- Kennesaw State University
- Linkage Conference
- Life University
- McBride Research Laboratories
- National Black MBA Association
- National Park Service Job Corps Division
- National Public Administrators Conference
- National Student Leadership Conference
- Quest Diagnostics
- Russell Athletic Association
- Sharp Electronics
- Shell Oil Company
- Sheriff's Department
- Spelman College
- SunTrust Bank
- The Coca Cola Company
- The Home Depot
To be honest, when I wrote the book, I was just looking at it as a way to help my clients and a few people. As I mentioned in the book, I had a small dream as a child of being like Norman Vincent Peale, and I didn’t think in my wildest dreams that this simple book could be so well received by so many people and I would attain gold medallion status for years travelling around speaking on it. It is so humbling.
Here are some workshops:
In my book, I talk about being high maintenance, which is about doing more and going beyond. Once I started speaking, I made sure I kept learning and placed myself in the path of as many people as I could to ask for help and ask how I might be of service.
Zig Ziglar said it best,"You can have whatever you want if you help enough other people get what they want. "I believe in this statement. I went around smiling, learning, sharing, and growing. I kept building my board of directors, and I met some amazing people along the way. I am so blessed that a little book with 12 simple lessons has been shared with so many and helped so many people, including me, to step out of their comfort zone.
Before the paparazzi was as famous as they are today, Jonathan Sprinkles taught me that a picture is worth a thousand words, and if I was going to be on the stage or learning with people, I had to let my ego go and be willing to ask people to take pictures with me.Yikes!I don’t like to ask people to do anything for me. God had to do some major work with me on this one.
I call this one of those obstacles I talked about in my book that I had to move out of my way. I had to realize that if I wanted to be successful, I had to ask questions I wouldn’t normally ask and be places I wouldn’t normally be. I would much rather be sleeping J.
So, I learned through moving the obstacles that nothing comes to sleepers, but a dream.I need to pray about, visualize, and actualize my vision planted as a child by Norman Vincent Peale so I did all the things I needed and put myself around some of the sharpest people in the world.
- Spoke with Jack Canfield on his Success Principles and Chicken Soup after our panel.
- Talked with Charles "Roc" Dutton while speaking at a conference.
- Received tips from Nido Qubein on serving beyond selling after I finished speaking.
- Exchanged strategies with Stedman Graham;our book tables were next to each other.
- Was blessed to learn from the queen, Dottie Walters, author ofSpeak and Grow Rich.
- Got apprentice lessons with Kwamé.
- Trained with Iyanla Vanzant.
- Honored to meet Xerona Clayton as theJob Corps honored us both.
- Spoke at the same conference as Les Brown.
- Read books to children in New Orleans with LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow.
I don't share these stories to impress you. I share them to impress on you the need to Move Out of Your Own Way. There is so much more waiting for you!I have successfully performed thousands of seminars, training programs, keynote addresses, and coaching sessions based on these principles.
I have traveled all over to conferences, worked with some of the greatest companies and people on the planet, and my immediate goal is to work with you!
Move Out of Your Own Way!
The bestselling book by Dr. Cherry. Please don't buythis book...if you don't want to gain personal power and achieve personal success.
My baby is turning 10.Move Out of Your Own Way will be 10 years old on April 20, and I am releasing a 10th anniversary edition.
MOVE OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY
Twelve simple lessons to help you cultivate the fruits within that empower success, growth, and abundance.
This book was created for you to manifest the power that is within you, now.
Move Out of Your Own Wayoffers tools, tips, and strategies that you will implement immediately to reach and exceed your goals.
The book is now available for preorder.Order your copy today!
The book has been selling like hot cakes for 10 years! I just dropped off an order at the post office today. It is time for you to join the thousands that already have moved out of their way to success and happiness! Those things only come when you define them and when you stop letting small things control you. I know you are ready!
I feel so blessed because people have shared with me over the last 10 years great feedback from the book and the workshops:
What an amazingly wonderful gift your Move Out of Your Own Way book is to me.In so many ways, it reinforced some learnings I've experienced over the past couple of years.Thank you for allowing Christ to lead and use you ... and thank you for sharing your blessings with me—and the world.
Your book is simply encouraging straight-talk that I soappreciate.Thank you.
So much of your book stood out to me—but the stories about your grandmother, her faith, and her never complaining really spoke to me, as well as the one about your daddy and how he chooses to live.What wonderful, personal testimonies of yours that you've used to share meaningful, inspiring messages with the world.Thank you!
And your menu analogy and how we canchoose to order what we want—v. what has been preselected for us—is a wonderful explanation that brought a hugesmile to my face.I really like your take on it not being 'high-maintenance.'That's great.I so could relate to notordering what's on the menu, if there's something else that I want.
I felt the personal accounts and true stories of other normal people who became incredibly famous made things real for me.I saw it could be done, and I could do it too. I often have a hard time seeing my gifts.I get caught behind fear. I realize even more now, through this book, I am a strong, independent woman.
I really enjoyed reading this book.I must admit before I read it, I feared what it might say.My biggest obstacle was that the book would label me a failure or unmotivated.After reading it, I was just amazed at how I even could think such a thing.This is a great book, and I will read it a few more times because it has so much knowledge that I can apply to my life.In the end, the only obstacle was in me.I now know that I should move out of my own way.
People have looked at me in a similar fashion to the way they looked at the man andthe saw in the book.But no matter what anyone else thinks, I now have a plan, determination, and the skill of positive thinking.And when I lose sight of any of the three, I have the book Move Out of Your Own Wayto refer to, and if nothing else, I have the man and the saw.
- I am my greatest asset.
- If I believe, I can overcome an obstacle.
- Take one step at a time when trying to overcome a huge task.
- If you form a board of directors in your mind, you form a well-rounded model for success in all life's aspects.
Former Participant and Student Comments:
One of my favorite stories after Move Out of Your Own Way was working with one of my executive clients who was afraid of heights. He was very successful in all aspects of his life,but that one area had him blocked. After using the principles from Move Out of Your Own Way, he was able to go up in a hot air balloon. I don't think he ever came back down after conquering the fear that blocked him from total success. You have the same chance by reading this little book. You can move obstacles from your path and recognize that the sky is the limit. Are you ready to fly today?
Preorder your copy of Move Out of Your Own Way. The downloadable version is available for immediate download.
As they say on TV—but wait, there is more!I am releasing two other books as well.
Move Out of Your OwnWay for Young Adults and Students (which has a picture book option)
So many parents have asked me why I don't have a workbook for their young adults, and now, I do!
And the newly designed Life is a Bowl of Cherries: 8 Simple Moves to an Extreme Attitude Make Over.
You can't get these in stores :) yet. They are only available here.You can download them all today or reserve your hardcopy for the April 20 launch date. Please help me inspire the word and spread the ideas of positive psychology with others. Please share this with as many people as you know.I can guarantee you they will benefit.There is no doubt about it.
I appreciate your taking the time to help me help others!
This book has special significance because we now have two Dr. Collier's from the University of Georgia! Goooo Dawgs! My awesome editor and one of the smartest people I know, Dr. Nicole Collier, helped shape the logic and flow of these books. We have some powerful tools that are not just rooted in opinions; we have scholarly expertise behind us both.
About the author
Cherry A. Collier, PhD, MCC, MCNLP, RCC, CCPC, CMCNLP is the Executive Director and Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) for PACE. The Center for Psychology and Coaching Excellence is an internationally acclaimed peak performance and people skills development firm specializing in competency-based personal and professional consulting, behavioral training, and leadership coaching. Our services are designed and delivered so clients' only alternative is to improve their daily business practices, improve internal leadership muscles, and maximize human capital. It's simple. We empower individuals and organizations to recognize and value their human potential advantage leading to increased satisfaction and productivity at home, work, and in the community. Dr. C. helps her clients see and achieve great results.She led the organizational change and human performance efforts for several $5+ million-dollar ventures. Dr. C. has a natural talent in developing talent management strategies and coaching diverse teams. Her programs positively affect revenue, profit, and performance.
Dr. C. has a PhD from the University of Georgia in AppliedSocial Psychology, concentrating in Organizational Effectiveness. She is a college professor, an executive consultant, facilitator, and author. She is certified a Master Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation and Master Certified in NLP from the American Board of NLP. Dr. Cherry Collier is certified in MBTI, DISC, HBDI, CPI, and True Colors (and many others), and she is a TTI-DISC distributor.
Dr. Cherry A. Collier is a business coach and corporate speaker often seen on TV and heard on radio. She has a BA, graduating magna cum laude from Spelman College in 1991. She has worked withmanyFortune 500 companies and colleges, including the Coca-Cola Company, SunTrust, Sharp Electronics, and Auburn University.One of her favorite clients and cultures is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While in graduate school, she always thought that she would become a behavior scientist for the CDC. She finds great joy and passion being able to offer her expertise and partner with a company of which she dreamed of becoming an employee.
Dr. Cherry has studied, learned, and applied the theory of attitude to many transformational projects. Dr. Cherry specializes in employee engagement, coaching leaders to understand self-awareness and team dynamics. She is the author ofMove Out of Your Own Way, 8 Simple Moves to an Extreme Attitude Makeover, and coauthor of How to Be a Super Achiever and Mission Possible with Dr. Steven Covey and Brian Tracy.
She remembers having it all: a six-figure job, both parents living, a loving and supportive relationship, and all the other things that go with the fairy-tale life. Suddenly, her dreams were turned inside out, forcing her to make some difficult life choices. Her greatest choice was choosing a positive attitude. She believes that success is in us each—especially you!
Are you ready to MOVE?
The MOVE Technique will unleash your success in your 15 minutes of fame ritual.
- Motivate Yourself
- Open Your Mind to What You Want
- Visualize Infinite Possibilities (VIPs)
- Expect Success
Motivate YourselfStand and create for yourself a circle of success. To do this, envision a circle on the floor near where you stand. You mightwant to use your finger and draw it. Looking at your circle, remember a time when you felt incredibly powerful, happy, loved, or motivated. I want you to recall every detail of that specific memory. While you think of that time, go ahead and step into your circle. It mightbe a power circle, a love circle, or a motivation circle. Whatever positive feeling you want to re-create, do it. Take on the persona of the feelings you had. How did it look to be powerful, loved, or confident?Think about the way you walked, breathed, moved, and stood. I want you to step into your circle and embody success, power, confidence, and love for yourself.
Open Your Mind to What You WantYour 15 minutes of fame, celebrating your life and focusing on what you want, gives you the opportunity to see positive things daily that you might not have been able to see.Many of us are used to focusing on what we don't want.I suggest that you choose consciously to change your mind, thoughts, feelings, and attitudes and manifest more of what you want.If you spend your 15 minutes focusing on what you don't want, you will get more of that.If you spend it focusing on what you want, I guarantee you (you can call me if you don't), you will get more of that. What childhood dreams are you afraid to tell anyone?What would you do today if you became a millionaire? We must learn to use our energy to help us manifest and grow more of what we want.
As you focus on what you want, your reticular activating system will get it for you. As you focus on what you don't want, your reticular activating system will get that for you.Some of you might be saying, "What in the world? Reticular what?"Let me explain. When you're driving down the street and you keep spotting the car you want, the system that keeps showing it to you is your reticular activating system.The goal of this part of your unconscious mind is to bring you what you want. It puts whatever you want in your mind, so whenever it's in your environment, you notice it.Ironically, your unconscious mind will also help you see negative things, if that's how you choose to focus your energy. Remember, your reticular activating system's goal is to keep you happy, so if bringing negativity is what it thinks makes you happy, that's what you'll get.
Train your mind to bring you positive things. Train your mind to bring you what you want. Use your 15 minutes of fame as armor. Those 15 minutes, when used correctly, will protect your thoughts. Don't forget the remaining 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day.After all, every 60 seconds, you still have to make a choice… I request that you always choose to be positive and that you take control of your emotions.
Visualize Infinite Possibilities (VIPs)After you figure out what you want, ask yourself what it will take to get that. Just think about it—what will it take? Then, start to think about the benefits. If you make a million dollars tomorrow, what will happen? You'll pay off some bills? Buy some things for your loved ones? What will those million dollars get for you? Really, get into the physiology or the feeling.
There's a great book called Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, and the author of that book spends a lot of time describing how to get into the feeling of what you want.As you start to feel what you want, you start to create the energy you need to start getting it done.So what will "it" get for you?
Go ahead and imagine yourself with "it." What do you see? If it's a trip to Cancun, go ahead and imagine yourself out there on the beach.Picture yourself with the beautiful sand around you.See yourself parasailing. Visualize yourself snorkeling. Envision yourself having a massage on the ocean. Fantasize about doing whatever you want to do.Really, see yourself in the picture.
Now, step out of the picture.Step out of the picture, and see the picture without you in it.Those steps will help you bite the elephant.Once you get into the picture, you have begun to move your spirit in that direction. When you then remove yourself, your mind suddenly has the need to complete the picture—with you in it! You set in motion the energy needed to get the task done.
Use your 15 minutes to charge your batteries, renew yourself so you can give those 27 oranges, that love, those ideas, and whatever else you desire to give to those you meet.Believe it is possible!You came to this Earth perfect , and you came to this Earth when you were called. The 15 minutes of fame allows you to appreciate what you already have inside you so you can be even more successful than you already are.Success is in you!
Recently, I watchedThe Matrix. As I watched it, I thought about what it would mean for us to have the daily option of a red pill as opposed to a blue pill. When you take the red pill, you use your 15 minutes and learn to focus on what you want and manifest what you want.If you take the bluepill, your life continues exactly as it is today.It's your life. Which pill will you take?
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