I was a skinny 17 year old young girl just entering college. I received many accolades from my high school for my work with special needs children, parliamentary procedures, and cheer leading. I was not the most popular girl in school but, I believe that I was well liked.
Going to college came with a great price. I was the one to break the cycle of starting something and never finishing. My grandma entered college and stopped because she had children. My mom did as well. It was all up to me and I was feeling the pressure of the entire world on my shoulders. Although my mom had a dream for me, I dreamed of going to college. Sometimes families can create pressure on a child whom they deemed as the chosen one.
I received a full scholarship to the University of Michigan (Dearborn, MI campus) as a result of an essay on what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be a doctor at that time. The scholarship was called the Distinguished Student Leadership Award and Scholarship. I was honored; and relieved that my mom didn’t have to pay for college. Also, I was excited to be accepted by one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S.
Well, I was totally freaked out and scared when I started college. The price weighed on me like a ton of bricks. I was scared to death. I proceeded with the next part of my life prepared with a car, school supplies, and books. But, before I officially started my mom gave me a scripture to always keep with me in my heart I can do all things through Christ that strengthen me Philippians 4:13.
I had a talent for drawing and calligraphy so I made a sign to hang on my cork board in my room. I would look at it just about everyday not knowing that this positive affirmation was keeping me going. There were times that I threw my books around the room and cried because the work was tough. I endured hearing racist remarks towards blacks from my professors while being the only black person in the class. I conquered my fears of math. I went on to graduate when statistics said I could not and would not graduate.
That sign kept me going while I worked towards my goals of graduating from college. It is this sign and scripture that is helping me today. I didn’t realize that my mom was teaching me to see the end result before I started. It is this very reason why I teach entrepreneurs to visualize their success with vision boarding. Mentoring other mothers in business is my because I understand the power of belief mixed with action to reach a goal.
I manifested the dream of finishing college through visualizing myself finished. When I finished, I celebrated with my family and friends. People didn’t understand why I went through great lengths to have my makeup professionally done or eating at the most expensive restaurants in Detroit. I made a statement that yes…I did it! And you can too.
Imagine your success before you get started. When you have a vision you know where you are going and when you couple it with measurable goals (because you MUST do something) then success is yours.
How do you use visualization to manifest your success? Let me know in the comments.