11 Powerful Affirmations To Use Daily

Affirmations are a great way to prime our minds for success, repeating positive affirmations daily can have a profound effect on the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Starting the day with positive affirmations can help us to set the tone for anything we want to achieve thereafter.

  1. I am worthy of what I seek.
  2. I am capable of greatness.
  3. I am good enough.
  4. I am worthy of love.
  5. I am grateful to be alive today.
  6. I can have anything I desire.
  7. I am worthy of a loving relationship.
  8. I see myself with unconditional positive regard.
  9. I am in the process of manifesting my dream life.
  10. I refuse to settle for anything less than my true worth.
  11. I am grateful for the people I surround myself with.

Be positive with a sound vibe!

Trust The Part Of Yourself That Tells You To Move On

Trust the part of yourself that tells you when something needs to be over. The part that tells you that you need to end a certain chapter and start a new one. The part that tells you when something has served its purpose. Trust the part of yourself that keeps waking you up at night nudging you to grow out of your comfort zone and try something new. Something bold. Something exciting. Something that will bring you back to life.

Trust the part of yourself that knows there’s so much more to you. There’s more to life. There’s more than what you’re settling for. There’s more to your life than boredom, discomfort and anxiety.

Trust the part of yourself that’s hungry for abundance, growth, inspiration and meaning. Trust the part of yourself that begs you for change. Whether getting a new job, moving to a new city, losing certain people to make room for new ones or just working on yourself and exploring new habits. Trust the part of yourself that begs you to leave certain things. The part that knows that staying any longer will do more harm than good.

Trust the part of yourself that believes against all odds that things will work out in your favor when you take a leap of faith. The part that propels you to break the rules and take the road less traveled and give up your security for a little bit to start a new adventure that could change your life. Trust the part of yourself that sounds crazy because a little bit of madness is sometimes all you need to pursue your biggest dreams.

Trust the part of yourself that just knows when something isn’t right or when something is no longer good for you even if it’s hard to admit. Trust the part of yourself that is pushing you to end things you’re not ready to end because this part just knows that something better is right around the corner but you have to make some space for it. You have to be empty first before you can be full again.

Trust the part of yourself that knows when it’s time to move on because that part also knows what moving on will teach you. The new doors that will open. The new opportunities that will come up when you take a risk. The things that will come find you when you declare that you are searching and that you’re free.

Trust the part of yourself that tells you when to let go because that means a new beginning awaits you and deep inside you know it’s been too long since something came along that made you look forward to tomorrow. Deep inside you know that you are in desperate need of change. Deep inside you know that you can’t live a new life if you are still clinging to the old one that no longer fulfills you.

Trust the part of you that knows when it’s time to say goodbye. The part that may not have a perfect plan for the future but it has faith that something big is coming along once start stepping out so you can reach it. Once you start driving on a different road to find it.

Guest post from Rania Naim about self Improvement and growth.

The Strength In Our Scars

Trace the scars life has left you in. It will remind you that at one point in life, you fought for something you believed in.


You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Rules To Be Hardcore In Life

Some serious rules to look at when dealing with life. This is what I call fearless motivation.

  • Know that your only competition is who you were yesterday.
  • Earn, save, and invest before you spend.
  • Avoid negative people, life is too short.
  • If you don’t go after what you want, you will never get it.
  • See failure at a beginning, not an end.
  • Out habits decide our future.

You might be familiar with one or two points, yes! It is something you have heard before, but am listing it again because no more room for negativity or laziness.

Spread the word!

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Sometimes An Ending Can Be A Blessing In Disguise

Sometimes endings force you to find new beginnings. They force you to step up and fill that void but you end up finding a lot more about yourself. You end up finding something better for you. You end up wishing you had ended things a lot sooner or had the courage to walk away from the things and the people who no longer inspire you. Things that no longer move you.

We don’t need to mourn all endings. We don’t need to be sad just because we were taught that endings are bad. Some endings are happy or they lead to happier endings. Some endings may be hard to swallow at first but when you look past the pain, you see the wisdom and the lesson behind it, the opportunities that it brought you and the person it made you.

You find a lot more blessings in endings than you do in beginnings. Beginnings are exciting and sometimes you can overlook what you really want or how it could change your life because you’re in love with the thrill of it. You’re addicted to the idea that something new is happening in your life but the real blessings are in endings. When things end and you’re forced to look deeper into the whys and the hows. When things end and you’re confronted by a million questions that push you to find important answers.

Ironically, the hardest endings are always the ones that are best for us. The hardest endings always bring the biggest joys.

But the most beautiful part of endings is that they show you what’s meant to be yours and what’s not. It’s God’s way of taking care of you. It’s God’s way of moving you to a new direction. It’s God’s message to you and you can’t go wrong with that. His plan is better than yours.

So maybe the title is a little misleading, it’s not just ‘sometimes,’ it’s all the time. Endings are always a blessing in disguise.

Endings should be celebrated just like new beginnings. They hold so many opportunities. So much freedom. So much hope.

Rebuilding Our Relationship with God

Originally posted by Joshua Reid.

We all go through seasons in our lives when we have to focus on rebuilding our relationship with God. If this is you, here’s what the Bible tells us to do.

C.S. Lewis once said that “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” How does our relationship with God grow when we stumble?

According to Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV), “5.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

As this scripture says, we are to trust in the Lord with everything we have, acknowledging who He is and He, in turn, will direct our paths.

When we stumble in our relationship with God and acknowledge our transgression against Him, He picks us up again and starts anew, like a child on a bike.

As heirs of God through Jesus Christ, we are called to be set apart from the world around us and renew our minds.

Our relationship with God stems from our obedience to Him and our desire to bring glory to His Name, but can we do this when we are giving into our earthly desires?

Galatians 5:16-17 (NKJV) says, “16. I say then, ‘Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

We are called to walk in the Spirit and as such, with the Spirit’s guidance, our relationship with God continues forward.

However, like little children, we sometimes need the Holy Spirit to hold our hand and guide us in the right direction. As Christians, if we want to rebuild our relationship with God, we sometimes have to go back to our child-like mindset of putting our trust into our Heavenly Father.

In the Gospels, Jesus talks about little children in regard to faith and humility and in the Gospel of Matthew, we see this is Matthew 18:4.

So, how do we as Christians learn to rebuild our relationship with God?

Through my own experiences, I’ve come to recognize a couple of lessons about rebuilding my relationship with God.

1). Learning to Humble Myself Before God

James 4:10 (NKJV) says, “10. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

Learning to humble myself before God is not an easy task because of my own desire to do what I please and I’ve noticed how this affects my understanding of God and my relationship with Him.

However, through an understanding of what it means to be humble, I learned to rebuild my relationship with God by trusting Him and humbling myself.

By humbling ourselves before God, we acknowledge that He is the person we should put our focus on.

2). Stopping and Listening for God’s direction

In order for us to rebuild our relationship with God, it requires us to stop and listen for God’s direction.

In life, we can become so busy that we neglect to spend time in God’s Word and cultivating that intimacy with Him that we need for spiritual nourishment.

Psalms 46:10 (NKJV) says, “10. Be Still and Know I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

When we learn to stop and listen to God’s voice, we can understand more about who He is and what He wants from us: to exalt His name among the nations.

3). Cultivating the relationship is Not Easy

As stated before, rebuilding our relationship with God isn’t going to be easy. When we let ourselves become fixated on the desires of the world instead of God, we stumble but we get back up and try again.

When we seek to rebuild our relationship with God, we have to first ask ourselves: Are we rebuilding our relationship with God in order to bring Him glory?

C.S. Lewis stated, “Man is to be understood only in his relationship with God.”

As Christians, we should learn not just from these lessons but from the ones in our own relationship with God.

The understanding of our relationship with God stems from who we are as Christians, even more as human beings. If we are to rebuild our relationship with God, we might have to begin as little children, trusting our Heavenly Father and the Spirit to guide us in the direction He has called for us.

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Thankful, Grateful and Humble No Matter What

Life has a way of taking you by surprise. No matter how much planning you do, you can’t predict it all. But in everything you can be thankful and humble.

Have you ever stepped back, evaluated your life and thought to yourself, “there’s no way I deserve these blessings… But God!” Even during struggles and trials I always remind myself that things could be much worse. God has this amazing way of taking events in our lives and turning them into miracles. Paths that we start on and maybe think will end a certain way, but then God blows our mind and makes it amazing.

My dad could have not seen his grandchildren, I could be without a job, my friend could have passed away from cancer or whatever sickness, my grandmother could have lived and still be in extreme pain, confusion, and suffering. There’s always the other side of the coin. It’s in these times, that I am thankful, grateful and humble,… no matter what.

Although scripture was written when Jesus was raises Lazarus from the tomb, it’s relevance is the same: “Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”” John‬ ‭11:40‬ ‭NIV

Believing and having faith through the noise is hard, trust me I know. I have experienced times where my faith was tested and tried. Whether it was when i lost my job, while my wife was pregnant, or even when my friend was hospitalized with sickness. It’s during these times we can often wonder how strong we really are.

Blind faith is what we are called to have.

After failing my professional exams and being discouraged and afraid to take the exam again, my faith was tried. I had lost hope in myself and doubted my abilities. After several months of losing my job, I was beginning to lose hope in the possibility of receiving an employment letter. Being humble and resolving myself to know that everything is in God’s hands, not my own, is one of the ways I was able to remain thankful and grateful.  Even in the midst of the unknown, I knew my heavenly Father would glorify it all.

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If my mindset was different, I would not have been able to push through every day, going to offices or sending my resume to apply for jobs, studying everyday to improve myself and also to write my exams.  I would have stopped, given up, thrown my hands up in the air, and said, “screw it all.” And trust me, that would have been the easy route.  Running away and taking my ball home to play by myself.

Trusting God during difficult times takes work.

Choosing what has your focus is key. If all of your issues have your focus, then you will never have light in your life.  If you are focusing on different options and the many ways to improve your situations, you will have more of a positive outlook on things. Be humble and allow God to be your focus, not other things.  Those “other things” are complicating your life.

Calming the noise and finding peace in the quite is also important. We all get busy with the hustle and bustle of life and when we are in the throws of life, we don’t have peace.  Without peace, we can’t hear from God.  If we are not hearing from God, we are not able to find rest in his love and comfort.

Giving everything over to God and trusting in His perfect timing is a must. I don’t know about you, but I have control issues… hi my name is Virginia, ha! But seriously, I feel better when I know I have control of things. The when, the how, everything under the sun. But I find that I have peace when I give every timeline to God.“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Being humble allows you the time to let God lift you to greater and more amazing doors in life. Staying humble means recognizing that we are not on this earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.

 Virginia A. DePratter, inspired me to post this. Am grateful!

How to be Full of Joy Even if You’re Suffering Right Now

We can be full of joy in the midst of our suffering if only we can see the flip side to it and not just the side that invokes pain. (It’s about perspective)- Sho

Suffering implies experiencing discomfort. No one likes discomfort. But, how you embrace it depends on your perspective. In this post, I’m going to explain how to be full of joy even if you’re suffering.

ou may view suffering as a consequence of actions that led you out of God’s protection or covering. Such a view perceives hardship as a sign that sin is lurking somewhere in your life. You may also view it as an attack from the enemy. In either case, you are naturally inclined to do whatever it takes for the pain to stop or difficulty to end. Could you, however, be missing God’s work in the midst of all this?

In Romans 5 NIV, as Paul makes a case for the basis of our salvation through faith in Christ, he throws in an interesting comment on suffering in verse 3 and 4

“… but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope …”

This is interesting because what we see here is that if we endure suffering, the end state is that it produces character and hope. And this is a reason to rejoice. We see a similar assertion in James 1: 2-4 NIV.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

In essence, suffering, trials and hardship can be a tool in God’s hands to makes us more like Christ.

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God can use suffering, trials, and hardship as tools when we endure, rather than try to escape or avoid it. Just like the soreness and pain from working out, we can endure the discomfort because God is using it to make us more like Jesus, even if we may not completely get it at the moment.

When that crazy driver next to you is testing your patience on the road, or that rude co-worker or you experience a series of unfortunate events, think on these things. As crazy as it may sound or seem to those around you, you may just have a reason to rejoice. As you ask God for wisdom, ask for grace to endure. If you keep your eyes on the fact that once you have endured this specific challenge, you are one step closer to being like Him, you can find some joy in suffering.


Who & What Shapes Your Life

Who and what you listen to is shaping your life.


Who said you are not good enough? Who said you won’t make it? Who said you can’t ? Who said you’re not smart enough? Who said you’re not pretty enough?Who said you don’t fit in? Who said you’re not loved? Who do you believe? Who are you listening to? Who is responsible for living your life? 

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WHAT DO YOU SAY?


The voices you are listening to dictates how you’re living your life. The voice you give your attention to and you hear above the noise. If the voice is uplifting, affirming, challenging and empowering – life.  However, if the voice is degrading, demeaning, discouraging and leave you doubting yourself –  death. It could be your parents, siblings, boss, friend, family, present or ex partner, teacher, or yourself? The person behind the voice influencing your thoughts (if not your own) doesn’t have to be in your life to still impact your life. 

Their voices are like seeds planted in your min, taken root and producing thoughts of doubt, fear, low self worth, and limiting belief . Every day we’re faced with choices and our actions within that day usually is connected to which voice we listen to. What’s the pull?
If you’re living your life based on anything that keeps you locked in fear with a bruised or damaged self-image, you have to take action to stop the self-destruct. You have the strength and ability to break the cycle and begin a new chapter to experience a better outcome by choosing to start cultivating the art of paying closer attention to who and what you’re listening to.


It’s never too late to buy into what will feed and nourish your soul. Turn that energy of drain into gain.


It’s time to start saying NO to what isn’t serving you and start saying YES to what will serve you well.


You get to choose, step into owing this area of your life.  The courage you need to do is present, it shows itself when you take action.  To get started I encourage you to answer the questions listed at the beginning of this article. Listen to your inner self. What is the message your heart is telling you? Once you do, self-awareness rises to identify your who and what. The next step you’ll begin the process of re-establishing your truth about yourself by turning your heart and ears towards what will nourish your soul.


Rise strong from the inside out.  

How To Value Your Needs: Breaking Free From Your Comfort Zone

Leopards hate water. Their natural habitat and innate instincts are not meant for being in water.

Yet, when they are hungry, they will go against their very nature in order to feed.

Their “survival instincts” kick in and make them go above and beyond. They transcend the boundaries meant for their species.

So the question is: as a human being what are ‘you’ doing to break free from your comfort zones?

What kind of instincts are you willing to employ in order to fulfill the natural needs and innate necessities for yourself and your family?

If a mere beastly animal in the world has the courage to defy nature, its natural habitat and environmental limitations to ‘value’ its needs, why can’t you?

The Benefit Of Believing God

It’s a wonderful thing that God has done for us to be able to look at a negative thing in a positive way and actually say, “You cannot defeat me because God is on my side.”

I want to have a good attitude because that’s what will glorify God. He has promised that if we will do three simple things—continue to pray, to love Him, and to want His will—that all things will work together for our good (see Romans 8:28). That’s a 100 percent, ironclad guarantee that no matter how messy life gets, God will make good out of it. If you want victory in your life, all you have to do is adopt a lifestyle of thanksgiving.

If you can manage to be thankful in every situation, really believing that God is working everything out for your good, you will end up with the victory every single time.

Appreciating Your Time In The Wilderness

This is a guest post.
You may think it’s a little bit strange to say this, but I think we need to learn to appreciate our trials a lot more than we do because they’re what make us grow and mature in godly character.

You see, in hard times, we tend to experience more of His nearness and power in our lives. It’s in those times that we really come to know Him.

Complaining actually opens a door for the devil. We need to learn to thank God in everything.

Don’t go to lunch with someone and spend the whole time talking about your problems. Remember, recall and recount the good things God is doing in your life.


Talk about your Red Sea moments. Remember the manna He gave you last week. Remember the resurrections you’ve had in your life. The Bible says to fix your mind on those things that are worthy of praise (see Philippians 4:8). Remember those things. Talk about those things.

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy to do. It’s much easier to make excuses and feel sorry for yourself because things will happen to you that don’t seem fair. The key is to keep saying, “I trust You, God, and I believe You will work it all out for my good.”

Talk about your blessings and not your problems..

Seyi Awolowo: A Leaders Race To Winning Big Brother Naija 2019 “Pepperdem”

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Seyi Awolowo is more than the next winner of Big Brother Naija 2019. He’s a model of leadership who demonstrates traits and characteristics that are essential for present day leaders and professionals.

Before and after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln confronted a variety of trials and obstacles, but remained committed to his vision to create a free nation. Just like Lincoln, Seyi Awolowo embodies many admirable qualities, two are especially relevant:

Seyi Awolowo is a master listener.

Like most leaders, Seyi dealt with conflicting views and personalities in the big brother house, yet he’s known as a man who listened. People were free to oppose his point of view without fear of retaliation. Of course, listening wasn’t always an indication of Seyi’s agreement. He would simply listen to competing ideas, process what he’d heard, and then respectfully make his final decision.

Seyi Awolowo is a master communicator.

Seyi is a communicator who artfully wove his vision for a new Nigeria for the youths with the priorities of his team. This is no small feat, as one housemate wrestle with daily. Often, it’s difficult to make decisions especially now that he has the veto power to save himself. Seyi is a speaker of the people. In other words, he simplified his vision and presented it in a way that conveyed his understanding of the people.

Having a vision is one thing, but believing that it is possible and will happen is what separates a successful leader and others.

That leader is Seyi Awolowo.

Please show your support and love to this born leader with incredible leadership skills and brilliance in the Big Brother House this year.

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Gospel Sensation Temi Akindele Releases- Still God Official Video

Temi Akindele is a worship artist based in Australia. He is passionate about using his gift and talent to praise God in every way.

The video “Still God” littered with divine creativity, heavenly metaphors, effortless word plays and a heart felt chorus emphasizes the fact that our worship ought to be unwavering and unconditional regardless of our present state as his love for us is.

Watch Still God below..

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Failure Is Grand. Fear Of Failure a Complete Waste Of Time

I’ve had it with fear of failure . I am weary of thoughts of failure, anticipation of failure, worries of failure and they have nothing to do with failure itself. Failure itself has been really good to me in life. In hindsight, of course – I was never that smart when it first knocked me off my feet.

Failure taught me whom to trust . Failure showed me the true colors of friends. Failure proved what I am not willing to give up in life. Failure brought my values to light . Failure opened doors which always led to better success. Failure connected me with better opportunities, brighter outcomes and greater results.

You see, failure has been so good to me and I bet it’s been really good to you too.

Fear of failure on the other hand has been nothing but a waste of precious time.

Enough already!

So you fail. Great. You tried something. You learned something. You risked something.

In fact, who are you not to fail ? Whoever achieved greatness without it?
Fail.
Fail again.
Fail often.
Fail shamelessly and proudly.
Fail until you get it out of the way so you make room for nothing but success.

Success on your terms , in your words, by your definition.