Success Requires Persistence: A Mini Guide to Persistence

Afraid to be Powerful

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

Young Living Diamond Wynne Elder finished up a video I watched yesterday with the quote above. I love it, because I discovered it at the time I needed it. Don't you love when that happens?

I've been in a stuck period in my Young Living career–still haven't sold a single starter kit. I'm okay with that now. It'll happen when it happens. Watching another video, this one by Celeste McLean (another YL Diamond), I realized my “why” is so selfish. I've been so desperate to make money to quit my day job that for the past year I've been thrashing around to one project or another. Celeste and Wynne helped me understand the point of Young Living is to help others. Sure, we do it by selling them products, but that is so not the thrust of it. These women who are two steps away from the top of the company's ranking system are still so humble and focused on helping their team.

Society, it seems to be me, has one image of success; super-powerful business people are obnoxious, ready to step on “the little people” to get where they want to go. I won't pursue that line of thought any farther, but these (mostly) women entrepreneurs are becoming successful by helping people to wellness and supporting them with their knowledge and kindness. Sure, not everyone is that way, but by and large the community of Young Living users and distributors is warm and affirming.

With that kind of support backing me up, I'm going to focus, this month and in the coming year, on relationships and helping people toward wellness. I want to let my light shine and “make manifest the glory of God” within me. If I can help you in any way with your health, wellness or other needs, please let me know!

Confidence Hack: Keep a Journal

It’s time for another confidence hack. These are the simple, and easy to implement little tips and ideas that I will continue to share with you throughout this 30 Day Challenge. I encourage you to give each of them a try as I share them. Try them once or even better, implement them for a few days and see how you feel about it. If it’s helpful, keep using the hack. If it doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of other tips and ideas along the way. The goal is to have a handful of tools at the end of the challenge that will help you continue with the new self-confidence and courage habits you’re building this month.

My tip for you today is to keep a journal. There are a couple of good reasons why you should start writing a journal and how it can help you.

The first is that it increases awareness and mindfulness. Sitting down to record what you’ve done and how you feel in a journal makes you stop and think about your day. Putting what has happened into words gives you time for reflection and a deeper understanding of everything going on. Writing or journaling can help you work through issues and problems and come up with new solutions, or at the very least a better understanding of them. It’s much easier to be confident and even courageous when we understand what’s happening.

Having a journal also gives you a record of what you’ve accomplished. If you’re feeling low and could use a boost in self-confidence, grab your journal and start browsing. It’s so easy to forget all those small successes and wins as time goes by. Keeping a journal where you record everything you are proud of is a great resource to have when you need to increase your confidence in yourself and what you can do.

How you keep your journal is up to you. Some people prefer to write in a notebook with a favorite pen. Others are much more comfortable typing away at the computer. Find a medium that’s comfortable for you and get in the habit of journaling daily. The format is up to you as well. Journal entries don’t have to be long, or take a lot of time to write. You can jot down a few bullets or lines that will serve as a memory aid for what happened that day. Or you can sit down and write long entries if that’s something you enjoy and if it’s something you find helpful. The most important part is that you start and figure out what type of journaling is right for you. Then make it a daily habit so you have it as a resource to build your courage and increase your self-confidence.

Don't Miss a Post!

Catch up on any posts you miss during the challenge. Here's the link: confidence and courage challenge posts.

Renew Your Spirit, Re-energize Your Life

[Note: This post was originally posted on my Reward Your Success site with an additional paragraph.]

The sun beats down on you with unrelenting ferocity. Sweat trickles across your heated skin like little hot spiders. You wipe your forehead with the back of your hand, but it only transfers the salty condensation from one place to another.

Someone hands you a tumbler of ice water.

The rivulets trickling down the sides of the glass are little icy angels singing of shade and cool breezes. You pour the cold liquid down your throat, and all the cells in your body rejoice. Within moments you feel you could do anything, accomplish anything!

THAT is renewal.

Not Only But Also

I've written about reinvention a lot lately, but this past weekend I realized that's not the only opportunity for change we face. A dear friend helped me understand that we need time to renew as well. In fact, we're much more likely to need renewal more often than reinvention. Even if we've reinvented ourselves, we face obstacles and challenges on our brave journey. Renewal gives us a chance to reflect, adjust and rededicate ourselves to our goals.

Variety is the Spice of Renewal

Renewal can take many forms, depending on how harrying your journey has been lately. At its most basic, renewal is the pause that refreshes. Take stock in how you're feeling–mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. Record your thoughts in your journal, and while you're writing, review your current goals. Remind yourself of how far you've come. Do something just for you. Take it easy for a little bit. Stretch–your mind or your body. Pray for strength. Contact a friend. Smile at someone. Share your moment with others so they'll benefit from the renewal as well.

Author Interview with PaTrisha-Anne Todd

PaTrisha-Anne-ToddPaTrisha-Anne Todd, author and speaker combines her unique personal development methodology for creating a positive mind-set for success in life with business savvy.

She helps creative people particularly authors, coaches, entrepreneurs and actors to create a lifestyle they dream of, and how to build a thriving business.

She is a master NLP practitioner, an accredited Fellow coach and mentor, an award winning author and an international motivational speaker.

Her book 7 Power Steps To Success; the road map to change your life for ever,  is just one in a series of books. She is also the creator of the ‘Six Step Coaching Model’ a coaching program used by coaches and entrepreneurs around the world who desire to build a profitable business.

You can contact PaTrisha-Anne at

Enjoy the interview!