Yvonne, you are not ordinary but Extraordinary’ and that is what I tell myself daily and I Stand by that Affirmation!

Why, I hear you ask? I have always this deep desire to make a change in the world and be successful in all I lay my hands to. And defining Success can be quite relative?

So what does Success mean to You?

Success starts with being hungry. I have always been hungry for success I guess all my life but got somewhat distracted along the way until I understood the principle of Self-Belief and Affirmations. Sometimes, it helps to talk with and to ‘self’ – do refer to an old blog-post titled ‘Be the CEO of Your Life!‘ about how affirmations can help your mindset to achieve even the impossible.

Instead of being all bitter and mad at words said to you; turn that around as motivation. That should be your power. Go out there and say: I’m going take this and do something with my life. I’m gonna better myself. I want to better my condition. I need to break the negative cycles that are going on in my house with my family and everything around me. The power of positive words is amazing to a mindset.

We all have heard the saying: ‘If at first you don’t succeed; try, try, try again.’ And that is the daily mantra in my household! The word ‘can’t’ is not allowed to exist at all. The word ‘failure’ is banned as I
believe you allow yourself to fail – the power is all in your hands. Hence the phrase: ‘Failure is not an Option‘ is constantly repeated when negative thoughts or doubt sets in.

60776c65-3cf0-4e65-8590-7f7959714cadInvest in things that will lift you up to greater heights to be the Best You that You can Be: be it motivational books, empowering friends and network amongst others. Part of my 2017 manifesto was to change my environment settings and surround myself with things and people that will help bring out the best Yvonne that lies within. Hence the famous quote: Your Network is Your Net Worth!

I tell people all the time, that success is a race and most times, it’s not about coming in first place. It’s about finishing. It is about keeping your word. It’s about being loyal. And just knowing the most important investment that you could make in this race is in yourself.

So what are you waiting for? What is holding you back? Go ahead and make that most important investment – Yourself!

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Apologies for the late post but been bugged down with other projects img_8616which will be posted real soon but in the meantime, life goes on. Anyway back to this journey of the Rebirth – the Renaissance, I made up my mind this year to think out of the box in all I do – thus this blog-header was added to my 2017 manifesto: Think & Ask BIG!

What is thinking, some may ask? When I searched via Google – it stated that ‘Thinking is the process of considering or reasoning about something or using thought or rational judgement.’

‘Thinking big’ means being able to dream and visualise what you can achieve on a large scale: with no limits on your thinking. It is about being open-minded, positive, creative and seeing opportunity in the big picture.

Some believe that “thinking big” means you should set wildly ambitious stretch goals to inspire yourself to greater heights. But it is not: ‘thinking big’ means that we have to step out of our comfort zone and walk into the uncomfortable. Set attainable goals every day of your life.

Thinking big is not easy. It’s something that we must learn to cultivate over time on a daily basis in everything we do. However, even when this habit of thinking big is deeply ingrained into our psyche, there will still be times when barriers will need to be overcome, obstacles will need to be surpassed, and old habits will need to be broken. It is during these times that we need to think big and do bigger things than ever before. It is easier written than done eh. 

To have that positive mental attitude of thinking big – having a strong network of friends is essential. Have that positive network is crucial to one’s growth. They are one to help empower and uplift you to your best potential by ‘keeping it real’ (as the millennial will say). “Often, when we’re asking people to support us, we’re just asking for approval. But if we’re looking for results, we have to be comfortable with the feedback of people asking us to think bigger.” We need to have those who can boldly say NO whenczlgbyawkaanpvo it is needed and also pat us on the back for a job well done. I have an inner circle of people who know when to say Yes or No to this strong-minded lady called Yvonne.

Whether we want to hear it or not, sometimes other people determine whether or not, we are to be successful. So thinking Big requires understanding that the biggest and most meaningful projects simply can’t be accomplished on your own. “Other people are going to open the doors and spread your messages.” So how can you get others involved and inspired to help? It’s all about attitude and reliability, “You make commitments and fulfil them, you learn in action, and you deal with [your own] voices of judgement without being critical of others.”

Finally, big thinkers associate with other big thinkers who are ambitious, motivated and inspire others to think BIGGER, act BIGGER and become BIGGER than they ever imagined was possible.

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Happy Friday Beloveds and as I reflect on my last post on this gratitude journey, I have also learnt about speaking positivity into myself which I back up with the word of God. Some may call it Positive Mental Attitude or Daily Affirmations or Self-Talk or simply cra-cra (as my son says when he catches me in my moment).

I call it Daily Affirmation and this is what keeps me focused on my Vision. Daily Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation or goal, and are often repeated, until they get impressed on the subconscious mind. Affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you to change your mood, state of mind and manifest the change you desire in your life. And believe me it works – it is anchored by the power of your mindset.

Think of what your inner self thinks about yourself and follow this: “Speak the affirmation out loud for about five minutes, three times a day — morning, mid day and evening. An ideal time to do this is when you’re putting on your make up or shaving, so that you can look at yourself in the mirror as you repeat the positive statement.”

Examples of affirmations that you may identify with and use:

  • I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible
  • I am blessed and highly favoured (Luke 1:28)
  • Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy
  • I was made in the image of God. How cool is that! (Genesis 1:27)
  • My marriage is becoming stronger, deeper, and more stable each day
  • I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful
  • All things are working for my good (Proverbs 8:28)
  • My business is growing, expanding, and thriving
  • The joy of the LORD is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
  • I am courageous and I stand up for myself
  • I live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 12:7)
  • God is love and he is in me, so I am love (1 John 4:16)
  • I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them
  • Happiness is a choice and I choose to be HAPPY
  • With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)
  • I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring
  • I am a powerhouse and I am indestructible
  • God’s power works best in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • I radiate beauty, charm, and grace
  • Nothing is impossible for Me
  • Failure is not an Option
  • I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind
  • My life is just beginning
  • Yes, I Can

81a1dfdc-fd88-410e-b2dc-d28372fefdc7Another option that helps to reinforce the new belief and would be easy to do at work is to write out the affirmation several times in a notebook or like me have photos of yourself with the affirmations imprinted which can be stored on your mobile device and in those times of doubt – pull it up and speak it back into your life and watch your confidence perk up again. Whatever the situation or outcome – you have been created for a purpose on this earth and with the right attitude and environment; it will be achieved and that should keep you in a constant state of gratitude.

Now say your chosen affirmations with conviction, say it in your own unique voice, and make it happen in the real world.


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