Lisa Nicholls had the unenviable distinction of being labelled by her English teacher as one of the worst writers but has since landed three major book publishing deals, been a star on the DVD hit movie The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and appeared on Oprah. Through her organisation Teen Spirit she has impacted the lives of more than 60,000 teens.
She has received many international awards and was honoured as the keynote speaker in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the Umsobomvu Youth Fund for her commitment to youth, entrepreneurship and empowering the human spirit.
Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit
Lisa believes that everything she does and touches has to do with The Secret in some way or another because it is the law of attraction.
For teens, their minds, their thoughts,
their requests from the universe are as powerful as those of adults.
One of the things she teaches if that you are defining and designing
your life right at this moment. You are designing the quality of it
If you keep saying to yourself, I am going to fail this test and you end up getting a D, you shouldn’t really be surprised because what you said would happen did happen.
What would have happened if you had said I am going to get an A? Negative self-talk is very harmful.
One of the things to be learned from The Secret she says is that gratitude attracts more gratefulness. It attracts more things for which to be grateful. Find the gratitude in anything.
Find the gratitude in everything because
the universe cannot and will not open up and give you anything else or
better until you become grateful for what you first have.
Lisa says, is always reaching out in front of them as if success, joy
and bliss are right around the corner eluding them by one half a step.
Slow down for a moment and look at what you have. Celebrate that, love that, embrace that, honour that and then watch everything – watch the flood gates open.
The antidote to despair is to take action; the formula for success is to take action. Action is the main seasoning in your life. Everything else is preparation.
But the baking in the oven, the getting it done, the getting it right, that is all done in action.
So many times we spend so much time in preparation, in thought or in conversation, that we never get to action. People say, Why isn’t it happening?
But you haven’t done anything! You just talked about it or thought about it, pondered about it or planned it. You have not been in movement about it.
It is really important for us to make a distinction
between analysing, assessing, discussing and action.
One day you have to realise that there is no sprinkle fairy dust and there is no magic wand.
What is really important is that you have to give
yourself permission to fail so that you can give yourself permission to
You have to know
that at the end of a failure is just another beginning. If something
happens and it does not go right, so what? Start over. Do it again.
Most people do not move because they want to get it right the first time. They are so afraid of getting it wrong.
Fear-based, deprivation-based motivation does not get you anywhere. People can be so afraid of failing that they do not want to move or they are afraid of succeeding. Lisa Nicholls tells people that there is power in the truth.
Be honest about why you are not moving. Then you can handle it. The most damaging thing that people can do is to feed themselves some kind of fabricated story that makes them feel better and they think that everyone around them is buying it.
But people need to get rid of the idea that there is something negative about making money. Lisa herself struggled with it because she never had wealth around her.
She did not have it in her community and yet she knew very early on that she did not want to wear poverty.
As she puts it, Poverty did not fit me
well. It did not work for me. I did not like it and I did not even
know what we did not have because all of my needs were met as a child.
But Lisa still knew what lack felt like.
What people need to get is that anywhere they are is OK. If you are on the mountaintop, if you are at the high point of your life, design a way to stay there, but if you are going through a valley or you are going through a transition, that is OK and necessary as long as if you are going through a dark part in your life, or a low point in your life, or a transition point, you do not take out real estate and stay there! Just keep moving.
Lisa is proud that she has created wealth
for herself and for her son and that she continues to create wealth and
There is nothing for which to apologise because she has
earned every step that she has taken and continues to take. She has
earned her bank balance.
As long as we know that we have earned it and as long as we know that at the end of the day we are doing the best we can with what we have, the better we can do.
Do not think that if you get too wealthy or if your financial status changes you will no longer be like the people in your community.
The best thing you can do for the people
in your community is not to have their same bank account balance because
then you can teach them and pull some people out of it.
you are struggling, find people that have healthier relationships and
healthier conversations with their money than you do.
Ask them to show you, to teach you, to mentor you because some day in the future you will be able to do the same for others.
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