The secret to Pamela Shaw’s success in her work life and at home is revealed in her trademark motto, “time invested in one area is time away from another”. You have to be very aware about your ‘yes and no’ realizing that on-purpose living requires making intentional choices. Success is the accumulation of wise daily choices, but failure accumulates in the exact same way—unintentional drifting, allowing others to set your schedule and your priorities- it also accumulates. No one day is the deal maker or the deal breaker. It is the private moment, that choice, lived out over time that will define your life. This core messages permeates her words in every wisdom—her coaching, mentoring, and teaching moments to those who want to live YOUR BEST LIFE now by giving each moment YOUR BEST ‘YES’!
“WHO are you and WHAT do you do?”
When I’m in conversation- either out-and-about in my small home town or traveling, invariably someone asks me, ‘who are you and what do you do?!’ To answer the question, ‘what do you do’, I answer: I mentor and coach Elite leaders. In reality, I’m highly motivated to support any person to live the life of their dreams! To find their God-given strengths, to learn and live from principle-centered truth, and to stand in their calling! To model and teach how DEFINE it, DESIGN it, and how to have the courage to LIVE IT!
I grew up the middle child in a family of 5 under the loving guidance of two parents, married until death took my Dad in 2015. Educators both, our lives were entangled with others in serving, teaching, supporting, loving and leading. After graduating the University of Ky., I ventured to south Florida where I took a High School English/Dance teaching position. Soon after, I found myself working 90 hours a week— saying ‘yes’ to coaching the Drill Team, the Dance Team, JV cheerleaders and choreographing musicals on top of my heaving teaching and paper grading load, I had not yet learned the importance of my ‘best yes’. I loved being in the classroom, in the dance studio, on the band practice field, in parades, on the stage, and in competitions; and I adored my students. A willing participant in the 80’s credit card debt decade, I hit a financial wall and the restlessness from that opened my eyes wider and more willingly when the world of Direct Sales came across my path. Completely uninterested in selling anything, earning possibility, the flexibility, the founders core philosophy of God first, Family second and Career third, that culture of becoming an independent sales force member of the Mary Kay company gained my ‘yes’. One year later, I left teaching to pursue growing that as a sustainable business. Today as an Executive National Sales Director, I continue to take great joy and fulfillment coaching and mentoring elite leaders of leaders in and out of Mary Kay!
On this journey, many teaching and speaking opportunities have come alongside and are a natural outflow of my passion, gifts and working in my strengths and sweet spot. I’m alive in front of a hungry-to-learn audience. From my own experiences, I humbly recognize great potential in others and want to draw out from within them what is already there!
I recall a time when I was LOUDLY aware that I needed to MAXIMIZE my time, leverage the days. It felt more urgent than at any other time. I had always worked from a planner, and was always in some course to master the BEST one; but this was a season when I felt so convicted that the BEST Planner— one to house goals, dreams, visions, habit commitments, projects, the daily to do lists, daily schedule (and SO MUCH MORE) didn’t exist. in 1997, I started working from my first mockups that my amazing late husband, Jerry Shaw, would design for me in Publisher. Revised and revised and 3 years of success using it, I published it in 2000. Many edits later I believe it is still the BEST Personal Growth Planner on the market. I would want for ANYONE to give 3 years of 90 day cycles to its content!
From there, the goal setting workbook— to dig deeper and to teach others to dig deeper— was birthed in my heart and mind. Writing and printing the first edition in 2011, I gave it to a room full of leaders and taught the concepts in 2012. It was a ‘first time’ thought process for those who were ready, primed, and their success was publicly visible in the year to follow. Since that time, I’ve been on the slow editing process, and am THRILLEd to have published what I consider to be MY BEST WORK— a life Goal Setting Workbook! Your answers are inside of YOU. Are you ready for a BREAKTHROUGH!
What is ahead? Follow me and see! It is going to be a GREAT YEAR of explosive success!
For a fuller version of my story, I would invite you to watch this 29 minutes of my ‘WHY’. IN the hope that you will find YOURS, the puzzle pieces in mine may get your thoughts churning. Thank you for being interested enough in LIVING your best LIFE, giving your best YES to follow and to include me in your journey!