Spirit Driving Institute Leila Johnson – Transformation Teacher


One-Year Anniversary of Driving to Success

I'm excited to say that today marks one year since Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel was published! It's been a wonderful year. While I'm not making any best seller lists, I'm happy with the community I've created and the feedback I've received from those who have read the book. :)

Have you read Driving to Success? Do you know someone else who would like it? Well, you can still buy it online. It's almost time to think about presents for the holiday season and New Year's Resolutions. Driving to Success would give you (or your friends and family) a great jump start on both!

As a thank you, if you buy the book from my Web site, use coupon code 2011DTS to get 20% off. Hurry because this coupon expires on October 31, 2011.

Thanks to everyone for their support over this past year!


Now What Do I Do?

Is this a phrase you find yourself asking after you've just achieved a goal? I mean, you've worked hard and let your Spirit drive in order to get there. So, once you've achieved your goal, you might be asking, "Now what?"

It's funny when you're a goal-oriented person because you often feel like you always have to be working toward a goal. You might not take the time to reflect on your success and give yourself a pat on the back to appreciate your progress.

I experienced something similar last week. Not only was publishing my book one of my goals, it's been on my bucket list for 10 years! I have to admit that I had a few moments of feeling like I had accomplished one of the biggest goals of my life. I found myself asking, "How can I top this?" and "What should I focus on next?" Yes, my Personality was driving.

Instead of focusing on shifting Gears and getting to the next goal, I recommend sitting in Neutral for awhile so that you can do the following:

  • Appreciate the successes you had along the way. This is especially true with the goals that we classify as biggies. We get so focused on checking something off of our list, that we might not appreciate all of the smaller successes it took to get here. One of my smaller successes was putting together a publishing and marketing team in a few months even though I had never done anything like that before.
  • Reflect on the struggles you had during the journey. Don't forget to pay attention to the struggles you had because you can learn the most from them. When did a seemingly insurmountable obstacle get in your way? How did that obstacle take you in a different direction to get you where the Universe wanted you to be? When publishing both my e-book and paperback, I had some last-minute changes come up that caused us to come uncomfortably close to the deadlines I had set. After taking some time to make those changes, I noticed that there were some other critical areas of the book that I wanted to alter as well.
  • Consider what this goal means for your life. If you have a bucket list, you will have some fun goals (one of mine is getting another tattoo) and others will be more meaningful. Either way, consider what achieving this goal means for your life. How has it changed you as a person? What will you do differently in your life now that you have checked off this goal?
  • Show gratitude. You could show gratitude by meditating or praying about it. Thank those in your life who helped you (and even those who didn't). Remember that the naysayers also can push you forward without your realizing it. I even thank my naysayers in my book and recognize how their words pushed me in a certain direction.

Once I got my Spirit back in the driver's seat, I realized that it wasn't about topping what I had done. Publishing my book is a big accomplishment and is only the beginning of even better things. I spent most of the weekend in Neutral so that I would have the clarity I needed to move forward when it feels right.


Driving to Success has arrived!

The paperback has dropped, as they say in the music industry. You can now order Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel. I'm so excited that this day has arrived. I chose this day because falls during Fall Car Care Month and it is my 10-year dreadlock anniversary, which happens to be the same number of years that I've been working on the book. Coincidence?

On a serious note, Driving to Success isn't just about me. There's a lot of practical advice for those in high school, college, thirtysomethings, fortysomethings, fiftysomethings, and beyond. I hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about yourself and how you can have real success in your life by purchasing the book.

In the coming weeks, I'll include updates as the book becomes available in more places (online and off). Also, I'll let you know how you can help us with this process.

Thanks again for coming along on this journey. I hope you will continue and I wish you much success!


Driving to Success Book Launch Celebration on October 21st


Rio Rancho, New Mexico (October 4, 2010) - Leila Johnson, co-owner of Data-Scribe® and founder of Spirit Driving Institute, has written a book called Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel. The paperback version will be released on October 21st, 2010 to coincide with National Car Care Month.  At 6:30p MDT, Leila will be interviewed by Dr. Monique Hunt during the Paperback Book Launch Celebration Webinar. Participants will be able to answer questions on Leila's "Vehicle Check-up" to see where they are in their professional and spiritual paths.

Driving to Success uses a driving theme to explain how entrepreneurs and professionals can be successful by taking different paths in their professional lives.  It is a guidebook for those redefining the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Johnson notes, "After taking many paths in my professional life, I thought it was time to share my journey and provide some practical spiritual and professional advice."

Each person is their own vehicle. Leila discusses how your professional path can take a different turn depending on whether your Personality or Spirit is driving. For those who can’t wait until October 21st, you will be thrilled to know that the book is currently available as an e-book.

For more details on Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel and the paperback book launch celebration, visit http://www.spiritdriving.com.

ABOUT Leila Johnson: Leila Johnson's book, Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel, is a guidebook for entrepreneurs and professionals redefining the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Since 2003, Leila has co-owned and managed their full-service, award-winning Web and communications firm, VelaMira, Inc. dba Data-Scribe® with her husband. As part of her journey on the road of life, Leila has earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and in the Metaphysical Sciences. Prior to starting her business, Leila worked as a call center coach, curriculum developer, and trainer in the financial and insurance industries. Leila's site is http://www.spiritdriving.com.



Countdown to paperback book launch!

It's just 20 days away! I can't believe it. After 10 years of writing, rewriting, revising, second-guessing, and "noodling", Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel will be a physical, tangible book that I can hold in my hands. It's almost surreal. I can't wait to share it with you.

Don't forget to sign up for the book launch Webinar during the evening of October 21st. It's free and you could win a copy of the book!

I'll continue to post updates on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thanks to everyone for coming along on the journey!


Back in the Driver’s Seat

I'm back from a nice, long 10-day vacation with family in Denver. It was somewhat of a working vacation, but not as much as in past years. For those of you that have read my book, you'll know about Success Drivers and how important they are to establishing goals (also known as Rest Stops). My Success Drivers happen to be Money and Time. I've managed to take my own advice with my profession and found ways to have more time while making some money.

Also, since we "roadtripped it", I had a lot of wonderful insights related to Spirit Driving. I'll be sharing those in upcoming posts.

Lastly, since I am planning for my paperback book launch of Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel on October 21st, I will be sharing excerpts from the book as video blogs. I'll read a passage and provide more details on what it means to you and how you can use it to improve your professional life. The videos will be posted here and on my Spirit Driving YouTube channel (pretty sparse now, but that will change). The first video will be posted by Monday Friday whenever I can get to it. I'm having too much fun with other things in life and business!

Onward & Upward and Love & Light!



Interview with Rebecca Dakota, Visions Video Productions

I had the pleasure of working with Rebecca while serving on a nonprofit board in Albuquerque. Rebecca is passionate about helping local businesses and her current entrepreneurial efforts support that passion. During that time, we had many chances to discuss our spiritual approaches to life. I was pleased to have Rebecca provide an endorsement of my book.

Don't forget to purchase my book, Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel, today (May 20th) to get 8 great bonus gifts!

Here's my interview with Rebecca about how she lets her Spirit drive in her professional life.

Rebecca, tell my readers a little more about your business.
I own Visions Video Productions, an independent production company focused on what connects us to each other and the earth. Along with documentaries on social justice and environmental issues, I use my skills to help local business owners have a better video presence on their Web sites.

That an important part of Web sites nowadays. I'm curious how close your current profession is to what you said you wanted to be when you grew up.
I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic magazine.

Not too far off since National Geographic's tagline is "Inspiring people to care about the planet"! How would you describe your professional journey so far?
A weave of creative/entrepreneurial and community leadership.

As you created your professional tapestry, how did you decide on the next step in your path?
Inner guidance, outer changes, patience and perseverance! I quit a part-time job that was taking too much away from this passion of making videos and movies that matter. After making that decision and taking that leap, a different part-time job fell into my lap and I now have more energy for doing the creative work of movie-making.

How wonderful to have things fall into place like that. When you do make a change like you did, what do you use as an indicator of your success?
Whether I feel peaceful.

Very nice. And I'm sure you continue to set goals for yourself even if you already feel successful. Do you have any special tips for my readers on knowing which goals to drive toward?
I pick those things that have what I call "sparkles" around them -- whether big or small, the things that pull me and energize me become my goals.

Thanks so much for your time, Rebecca. Any other comments or things you would like my readers to know?
I can be reached!  My phone # is (505) 858-1868.

Don't forget to purchase my book, Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel, today (May 20th) to get 8 great bonus gifts!


Driving to Success on Sale at Lulu.com

And we're live! Read a sample chapter and purchase Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel.

Don't forget to signup for your free bonus gifts and for the Webinar this evening.

Keep an eye on the blog for interviews from some of the Spirit Driving Institute book launch partners and other activities throughout the day.


Driving to Success E-book Launch Event

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I can't believe that there are only 15 more days until my book is released. Since I've been writing it off and on for the past 10 years, it almost seems surreal to be at this point.

Check the Spirit Driving Institute site for details about the e-book launch of Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel on May 20th. I've included details on the special offers from me and my partners if you purchase on that day. Also, you'll be able to take a look at the soon-to-be-launched Spirit Driving Network membership site.

I have so many great things planned - for May 20th and beyond. Hope that you'll come along for the ride and Let your Spirit Take a Spin in 2010!


Countdown to E-Book Launch

Driving to Success Book Cover

E-book Launch on May 20, 2010

My book, Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel will be published as an e-book on May 20, 2010 to coincide with Albuquerque's Car Care Month! To celebrate the launch, we have a lot of fun things going on.

  1. Every day from April 5, 2010 to May 20, 2010, I will be posting short quotes from my book or my other writings called SpiriTweets on both Twitter and Facebook. Feel free to Retweet or re-post.
  2. I am participating in the Next Top Spiritual Author Competition. You can read about and watch a video on me and my book. Of course you can also VOTE FOR ME!
  3. I want to hear from others who consider themselves Spirit Drivers. After reading about Driving to Success and watching my author video on the Next Top Spiritual Author site, come back to this post to declare yourself a Spirit Driver. All you have to do is post a comment below that answers the question: How did I let my Spirit drive today?
  4. I'll select 3 people that post the best responses to be interviewed for the e-book launch on May 20, 2010. (Psst, you'll even have the chance to promote yourself and your business, if you wish.)
  5. At 5:30p PDT / 8:30p EDT, we will be holding our monthly "Is Your Spirit Driving Your Business or Career?" Webinar and having a celebration of the book launch.

Sound like fun? Let's get started!