Womanhood. What it is about?
Womanhood is about women being proud of being women and embracing their femininity with confidence and boldness. They must be strong and get rid of low self-esteem and guilt and stop minimizing themselves. I would like to tell all women to forget about limitations and say yes to their life with the challenges it comes with, yes to their dreams and yes to their potential. I ask women around the world to change their mindset and open themselves up to the field of possibilities and bring miracles into their life. They should never quit on themselves. Whatever it takes they must go big and aim to achieve beyond their own reality and be awesome.
We were born to be real not perfect. We are worthy and we deserve the best. Our greatness should be celebrated. We should carry each other, embrace sisterhood and appreciate other women and their experiences”
WHAT FUELS ME?
Integrity is the heart of my character. Everything I do and think is based on values rather than personal gain. For me it is about doing the right thing even when no one is watching. Integrity gives me confidence. There can be no confidence without integrity. Integrity has been the essence in every success in my life. It has made me fearless. My greatness lies in my integrity. Integrity is all in my life.
I am a life long learner. My experience of learning has been exceptional. Learning has been a key ingredient in my success. By learning I’ve acquired valuable knowledge and skills. The capacity to learn is an outstanding gift. The ability to learn is a skill and a treasure that follows me everywhere. What I like with learning is the fact that nobody can take what I’ve learnt away from me. Learning has given me power beyond measure and made me unstoppable in a way. When you develop a passion to learn, no one can stop you and you never cease to grow. Learning has definitely been one of the key ingredients for success and unlimited growth in my life.
Authenticity is crucial for me. I fought all my life to keep my authenticity and not trade it for approval or to please others. For me if you are your authentic self, you have no competition because there is only one you! What I realized through experience is that you attract the right things and the right people when you have a sense of who you are. By being authentic, I’ve been able to be free, express myself and be fearless in everything outstanding I’ve accomplished in my personal and professional life. The reason being that by being authentic, I was real, I was myself and I could face anything without fear. At the end of the day, my authenticity has been my strength. That’s my power!
MY GREATEST INFLUENCE
1- My family has had the greatest and most profound influence on me. I’ve learnt the values of Integrity, honesty, hard work, solidarity, determination and authenticity from my parents, brothers, sisters, uncles and tutors. I grew up in a very diverse cultural environment and I met people of different backgrounds in my life. Diversity has always been a big part of my life and it is embedded in me. My beauty, my strength and my power lie in Diversity. Diversity and emotional intelligence have helped me adapt to changes, face numerous personal and professional challenges and accomplish amazing things.
2- The other key influence in my life has been reading Raymond Holliwell Book entitled “Working with the Law”. Raymond Holliwell in this book tells us that there are no progress without change and no growth without renewal. There must be a constant stream of new thoughts, better and truer thoughts to inspire progression in life. From this book I realized the importance of thoughts and came to the conclusion that human beings problems are mental by nature. They have no existence outside of themselves. But most of all I realized that I was responsible for what I am and have power to control my circumstances. By using this power I can create more circumstances necessary for my upward climb, success and prosperity.
MY TOP THREE ROLE MODELS
The people who have impacted me in different aspects of my life are:
1- My dad
My Father pass away in 1995 but he is always in my heart. He was a true visionary and always stressed to me the importance of education and instilled in me the importance of truth, integrity and reaching for the starts.
2- Nick Vujic
Nick is an Australian Christian Evangelist and motivational speaker who has a rare congenital disorder called Tetra-Amelia Syndrome. He was born without limbs. This did not deter him to live an inspirational and intentional life full of joy, happiness and truth. When I met Nick in person in Johannesburg at the 2014 National Achievers, what impressed me the most was his compelling sense of joy and peace. After our meeting and after hugging him, I was inspired and touched forever. Since then I promised myself to live a life of determination, hope, joy and truth and become a miracle and a blessing to the world. Too often, we allow circumstances to define who we are. These moments spent in the presence of Nick resulted in me better appreciating what I have. Now instead of complaining about what I lack, I appreciate what I have and live intentionally with gratitude.
3- Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King has had a great influence in my life and the way I respond to challenges. I was inspired by his spiritual strength, his non-violence philosophy, his integrity and his strong mind in his fight against racism and actions to end spiritual poverty and bring peace in the world. His voice resonates inside me in time of great challenges.
MY I.C.E. [INSPIRE|CELEBRATE|EMPOWER] VISION
Women should be inspired, celebrated and empowered by their achievements. They hold a very important position in the society. They are the backbone of world and they should be proud of it and celebrate it with confidence.
FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE TO WOMEN
Be bold. Be brave and be you. Live by the rules that are described in my second book entitled “Stepping Into Your Greatness: Twelve rules for building an outstanding life”:
1- START WITH GREATNESS IN MIND. Desire to be great with obsession and conviction! Greatness is a choice.
2- HAVE FAITH. Believe you can have an outstanding life. Count your blessings and be grateful for what you are and what you have.
3- CREATE A VISION AND OWN IT. Commit totally to your vision. Visualize its accomplishment and see it materialize.
4- TAKE ACTION AND HAVE A STRATEGY. Go after exactly what you want. Create your plan, put the plan into action and follow through with persistence. Don’t stop until you get what you want.
5- ACQUIRE SPECIALISED KNOWLEDGE. Education is the power of an empower life. Knowledge is power. It is the new currency.
6- GO THE EXTRA MILES. Do everything to the very best of your ability. Do more than you are asked. Always put the best craft on the table.
7- CREATE A MASTERMIND ALLIANCE. Surround yourself with the best people who share your vision.
8- HAVE A 360 DEG NETWORK. Your network is your net worth!
9- CHOOSE A COMPATIBLE AND SUPPORTIVE PARTNER. Having a supportive partner is very important for success. Love and romance are key emotions capable of driving a person to heights of super achievement.
10- HAVE A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE. Master positivity and dismiss negative emotions. Concentrate on solutions not problems.
11- COMMUNICATE WITH EXCELLENCE. Everything in life is about communication. When you open your mouth, you tell the world who you are.
12- BE AUTHENTIC AND MANAGE THE BRAND CALLED YOU. Get out of the sea of sameness into the Island of individuality.
By Mireille Toulekima
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