Power: It’s Yours, So Claim It!

You Were Meant To…

power“Personal power is the ability to stand on your own two feet with a smile on your face in the middle of a universe that contains a million ways to crush you,” wrote J.Z. Colby in the book “Journey.  And, Jacob Norby, speaker, author and coach, describes not claiming one’s power in a most eloquent way:

Among the greatest tragedies is a person who believes that they aren’t meant to win–by winning I mean find their purpose, passion and joy in life. They believe that other people have better DNA or happiness genes or something, but that they themselves are missing a critical chromosome. This is a lie and it is begging to be un-believed. For the moment we know the truth about ourselves, we can take both responsibility for our own lives and inspired action to create exactly the life which is our birthright. In other words, you were meant to win. You were created for joy.

For most of my growing up years, quite possibly like you, ‘power’ was something external to me. It was something that others had and to my mind and in my experience it was usually wielded like a weapon over all of our heads. By “our” I mean us children, later that turned into women, those of lesser economic status and for sure people of colour. In my early days, power was something to fight for, to struggle to have returned to the “masses,” and to die for in some situations. While all that waging of wars and battles were and remain real for many, it has not been the case in my life for many years now.

What I have come to learn and in practice, and what the underlying purpose of this blog and all that comes with it when you subscribe, is that true power comes from within. In all our posts, publications and emails shared with you, in my newsletter and particularly through Weekday Wisdom© the only intention is for you to join me in reclaiming your power.  For some, the loss of power manifests in their relationships, on the job, in their interactions with certain friends and even with their children. Through missteps, misdeeds and mistakes over almost 40 years of my life, finally I got it that if my personal power is claimed and becomes the foundation of any decision, interaction and words that flow from my mouth or finger tips, I am never weak or without choice.

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The Power In Weekday Wisdom©

wisdomIf you have not subscribed to be a part of this community, it means you have not been receiving Weekday Wisdom© which is motivation emailed to you first thing in the morning to help you your day vibrating on the most uplifted note. It is sent Monday to Friday and all you have to do is make sure to add me to your contact list (daughtersofsheba@gmail.com) and open your Wisdom every Monday morning to keep them coming. They are short and take all of five minutes to read, if that but the value will serve you all day, week even.

Since the start of 2016, a roundup of the Wisdom tips and affirmations are also shared on Fridays here on the blog. As they are timeless, you can use them any time of the week or year. It would be wonderful to have you as a member of this community, however, you can still benefit from these daily motivational tips by checking here at the end of the week. This week ending, the focus of Weekday Wisdom© was power and here are the tips that were shared. [tweetthis]Need some motivation that is practical and that you can use everyday of the week? Then check this out![/tweetthis]

I Have The Power!

powerBeen noticing many members and readers of the blog responding to posts about change with this line, “I really don’t like change…” You might have heard this quote before but it is worth repeating as the focus of this week’s Weekday Wisdom is “Power.” “The only constant in life is change,” is a most appropriate quote as power is at its core. It is a most often misunderstood word and concept – this thing we call power. However, if you are going to embrace change, you must acknowledge that the only real power in your world is you and of course Who or What you hold sacred as its Source.

To start, affirm:

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“There are many ways to live and grow and I am proud of the ones that I have chosen. I will not compromise myself. I am the CEO of my life and path.”

I Am Strong…

strongYou don’t need to roar to know you are strong. In fact, quietly standing in your power, even while shaking in your boots is all the strength you need. Strength is not measured by muscles but by Spirit, yours in face of life’s challenges. Your greatest strength burst forth in times of change and challenge.

To embrace change and plant your feet in your power, affirm in the words of Audre Lorde:

“‘Afraid is a country with no exit visa’, and I do not live there!”

I Am Wise


wisdom“I am wise because I have and continue to live life on my terms,”

Do not be ashamed of where you have been – those were steps to where you stand now. As Erica Jong wrote, “Surviving meant being born over and over again,” you are not merely a survivor but a ‘thriver’ in this game of life. Claim your place – scars and all!

This Is The Time!

breakthroughDid you know that bad times could be the breakthrough moments of your life? Sometimes we need to make changes in our lives but we deny, ignore, refuse to see that things are falling apart, rotting, even dead. If we would reach in and hold onto what is real – our inner being – those times we label bad could be our breakthrough.

Affirm these ‘broken’ moments for what they could be:

“This situation of ________________ , is not what I really wanted but I am standing on it and transforming my ___________ on its back. This is really my breakthrough!”

The Power Within

“The vision that I have of me is the only one creating my life. I hold the highest vision of myself – it is my power from within.”

As always, do have a wonderful weekend! Check your email first thing Monday morning once you have subscribed to join this community. Your first Weekday Wisdom© will be awaiting you – with a focus and them to move us further along the journey to the best place ever – your true self.


Claudette P. Esterine

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38 thoughts on “Power: It’s Yours, So Claim It!

  1. What an amazing post. Loving the affirmations you share.

    I have definitely found myself searching for the power within. It was always a rollercoaster of a journey until I realized that I don’t have to chase it…it was always there.

    I needed to quiet the mind and let my power ‘do it’s thing’ haha.

    Thanks Claudette!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is always there, Areefa! That’s the point! Thanks for the visit and the comment. 🙂

  2. I love this article. Very inspiring. Very true! Limitations live only in our minds. We can actually do anything as long as we believe that we can!

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and you are right, we can do anything as long as we believe. Thanks for the comment and visit. 🙂

  3. Great possitive message I love a good motivational read every monday to start the week pumped. This a very truthful message and it is within ourselves to knock down our own barriers and become whatever we want to be! We can all do it!

    1. Ms Claudette

      We all can do it indeed and I am happy that you are on your way Amy! 🙂

  4. Maybe I am too much on the other side…LOL…I have never really felt like there is nothing I can’t do. Probably that is why everyone thought I was crazy when I left Jamaica for TX to do graduate studies BUT not for one minute did I have any negative thoughts…I kept my eyes on the prize.

    As it relates to power, I hate to see persons take advantage just because they have the upper hand. Many do not know how to deal with power and those are the people I am most afraid of
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    1. Ms Claudette

      They are the most scary after the ones who have a little power and go ahead and behave as if they have all of it. 🙂

  5. Ana

    Sometimes is amazing the difference between the “i can do it” and “i cant do it”. It can surprises you how capable you are if you try hard enough

    1. Ms Claudette

      It’s really true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right Ana? 🙂

  6. I know many people with the “I can’t Win” or “I don’t deserve to win” mentality. It is hard to get them to look outside of themselves to see how much they deserve it. Great post and I will be sure to pass your post to them.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much for sharing it with your friends and you wonderful comment. 🙂

  7. Debbie Denny

    Good points you have made. So right… the power is within.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you. Glad that you found that useful. 🙂

  8. I am sometimes surprised at myself when I realize how powerful I am. I grew up without an idea that I have a power within.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Many of us do – sadly – but once we get even a whiff of our personal power, it is hard to turn it off, right? Thanks for the visit. 🙂

  9. I wish I was raised hearing how powerful I can be. It took me years to start really believing in myself.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, I know that experience as I too heard and saw it but didn’t think it applied to me. I am so glad that you started believing in yourself, Marielle. 🙂

  10. I was meant to live a fulfilled and great life according to the Story of creation and I believe I am here on this planet to live a full life impacting others positively by my life. I had to go through a tough time to tap into m inner man and connect with those who have been placed in my path to find this message right where it was always in front of me. You have shared such a powerful message Claudette and I enjoyed reading it Thank you!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and thank you for sharing your vision for your life, Julie! 🙂

  11. You’re passing a very strong and important message here and thank you for this! Many times we forget that the true power is internal and we all are very strong beings, we just need to discover it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Katarynza! We are much stronger than we know – and we could know if we would stand in that internal power. 🙂

  12. Sometimes we surprise ourselves with how much power we possess because it has so many different meanings that we are pften unaware of how it is classed as power!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, the word power have been attributed only to the external sources and that is so off. Thanks for the visit Ana! 🙂

  13. The great power that we have is believing that we can do anything if we learn to trust our self 🙂 This is such a great read, Thank you for sharing.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for visiting Nicole and your comment which was spot on. 🙂

  14. Great post Claudette. Definitely don’t give up on finding that purpose in life. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome Stephanie and thank you for the visit and the comment. 🙂

  15. This is such a great post! I enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing dear.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and thank you for visiting again! 🙂

  16. Elizabeth O.

    I love the message, we all have a purpose we just have to know what it is. It’s important that we don’t give up on finding that purpose. Because it’s the most rewarding feeling. Thanks for that wonderful reminder. We all need a little push sometimes.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and very correct that we all have to tap into our power to find our purpose. Namaste. 🙂

  17. I’ve learned so much about myself through life’s challenges, I’m stronger than I ever thought possible 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes! It is really true that what doesn’t kill you make you stronger. 🙂

  18. I like how the video explains how we have the power of how we feel. I try to find positives in bad things.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad you found value in it Tara! 🙂

  19. Great post about our owm personal ppwer within.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and thank you for the visit. 🙂

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