I recently picked up unlimited power by Anthony Robbins and believe me; the book is filled with great principles of power and success. You should get a copy if you really want to live a life of unlimited power. Most of us have dreams that we may never realize because we underestimate the power that lies within us. Many dreams have died prematurely because many gave up at the most critical point in the life of that dream just when the tide was about to change for the better. Ever heard the expression the night is darkest just before the morning breaks?

Some of us just don’t believe that there’s a champion in us waiting to dominate and conquer. We tend to find an escape route the minute we encounter a stumbling block, forgetting that we actually have the power to turn every negative situation to our advantage. Most of the best success stories we have heard are about people who turned travails into triumphs. The truth is, success only comes to those who see possibilities in all they do.

I was a very unlikely person to succeed as an entrepreneur because of my constant fear that I might fail. Even when I started Genevieve I only gave myself about a year or two before quitting. I had allowed stereotypes that said a woman couldn’t succeed in the male dominated business of publishing to get to me. It wasn’t until five years into publishing that I started telling myself that I could do this and do it excellently for as long as possible. One of the traits I needed to shake off in order to succeed was SELF DOUBT. Prior to Genevieve I had little faith in my abilities. I always played it safe and was never one to take risks. The first big risk I took was Genevieve and I am still amazed at how far I have come. Genevieve taught me all I needed to know about believing in myself and going for it. The story of Genevieve is all about GUTS.

Many have asked me what the secret of Genevieve’s success is and I have often answered that passion is top on my list then comes tenacity of purpose. I love what I am doing especially as it is impacting people. Genevieve changed my way of thinking from What if I fail? To What if I succeed? I grew on the job both emotionally and mentally I am still learning and growing because in the words of author, Anthony Robbins “The road to success is always under construction. It is a progressive course, not an end to be reached”. According to Robbins there are 7 triggers that can ensure success. These include:

Passion– There’s no greatness without a passion to be great.

Belief– What we believe to be true, what we believe is possible becomes what’s possible.

Strategy– A strategy helps things to work to their greatest potential and produces results.

Clarity of Values– These are specific belief systems we have about what is right and wrong for our lives.

Energy– Great success is inseparable from the physical, intellectual and spiritual energy that allows us to make the most of what we have.

Bonding power– Everyone needs to form lasting, loving bond with others. Without that any success, any excellence is hollow indeed.

Mastery of communication– People who succeed in life are those who have learnt how to take any challenge that life offers them and communicate that experience to themselves in a way that makes them to successfully change things.

All these traits according to Robbins are inter-related as one affects the other.

I have since realized that when we truly put our minds to what we do, success is the outcome most of the time. We should not allow other people hijack our dreams by living them for us.  Our success is in our own hands just as our destiny is and we have the right to mould it and get the results we hunger for. There were times when I was so discouraged as an entrepreneur that I wanted to quit but I thought of all those people I had promised that quitting was not an option, those who believed in me and started their various enterprise because I said it was possible. I have since learnt that there’s a process to success and that process can break or build us depending on our beliefs and inner strength.

Our thoughts can make or mar us so be careful what you’re thinking about. Think success and let your mantra become I am not a quitter because no one remembers a quitter no matter how close they were to success. When challenges come your way, face them with a resolute mind. Challenges shouldn’t break us, rather we should use them as fuel for growth and an opportunity to re-strategise for the success that awaits us.

This was first published in Genevieve magazine September 2015 edition.

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