Oprah Winfrey is indisputably one of the most successful and influential people in the world. At the age of 59, Oprah’s net worth of $2.8B makes her one of the wealthiest people in America, ranked 168th by Forbes. The Oprah Winfrey Show remains the highest rated program of its kind in history. Forbes listed Oprah Winfrey #2 on the Celebrity 100 and considers her the 11th most powerful woman in the world.
Nobody could have predicted Oprah Winfrey’s extraordinary success. The first child of a teenage mother who worked as a house maid, Oprah was born into poverty in rural Mississippi. She was raised by her grandmother until she was six years old. Because they were so poor, Oprah often wore dresses made from potato sacks, subjecting her to the teasing and ridicule of her classmates. In 1986, Oprah Winfrey revealed to her audience that she was the victim of sexual abuse at the hand of relatives and a family friend beginning when she was nine. As a teen, she gave birth to a child who died shortly after birth. Oprah’s home life was anything but stable, as she was moved from home to home, living with her mother, grandmother, cousins, and the man she believed to be her father. Oprah Winfrey got her ‘big break’ when at 19 she co-anchored the evening news for a local television station. From there, Oprah moved to Chicago where she was hired by a morning show and eventually created the show which would change her life forever.
When Oprah Winfrey speaks of the remarkable life she has had, she attributes much of her success to exceptional teachers and mentors who taught her to have an unwavering belief in herself. At a young age, Oprah learned that her history did not have to define her future. At the very core of her being, Oprah knew and believed that she could do anything. She understood who she truly is, and she learned to value herself as a powerful child of God/Universe/Source. Without a doubt, Winfrey has a great business sense and made pivotal decisions that contributed to the establishment of her entertainment empire. Nonetheless, Oprah Winfrey is unapologetic about her belief in the power of God in her life and the indispensable role that belief has played in her success.
Following Oprah Winfrey’s example, believing in oneself is the cornerstone of success. No one can accomplish anything that is not congruent with the way they see themselves. In order to run a marathon, the runners have to be able to see themselves crossing the finish line. Every great outcome begins first as a thought in someone’s mind. The powerful, universal Law of Attraction can be simply stated as “Thought s become things.” The universe operates with vibrational energy, and every thought has the power to attract and manifest that which is like itself – Like attracts like! Too often, people are very clear and often give thought and voice to that which they do not want. Unfortunately, Law of Attraction recognizes the powerful vibration of these thoughts and brings more of what is not wanted. One cannot attract a healthy, fit body with negative thoughts of not wanting to be fat. Similarly, focusing on and worrying about a low checking account balance will not result in wealth or prosperity. It defies law.
In her book, You Can Heal Your Life first published in 1984, spiritual teacher and author, Louise Hay introduced readers to the use of affirmations as a way of directing one’s thoughts and bringing about real healing. Affirmations are positive statements of belief in self and the benevolent nature of the Universe. Spoken aloud or in the depths of the heart, people use affirmations on a daily basis to raise the vibrational frequency of the thoughts they send into the Universe. Statements like “I am open and receptive to all the good and abundance in the Universe” or “Today is a delightful day. Money comes to me in expected and unexpected ways” serve to bring focus to positive outcomes, resulting in both an overall pleasant demeanor and also a powerfully attractive vibration capable of manifesting that which is most desired.
Many successful persons, including Fortune 500 CEOs report using affirmations as a part of their daily spiritual practice. For those interested in using affirmations, there are a multitude of sources available to find affirmations written by others. The affirmations found on websites and in books are good for experimenting with this practice. Ultimately, the most powerful affirmations are those that are self-written and grow out of one’s deepest desires. Regardless of their source, affirmations are an important way of tapping into the Law of Attraction.