By Nancy Matthews (Excerpt from WE Magazine for Women Fall Success Alchemy)
Webster’s Dictionary defines Alchemy as: a power or process of transforming something common into something special. Through my own transformation from a common girl filled with fears, self-doubt and little confidence to a woman filled with enthusiasm, excitement and certainty that I am something special, I discovered that we are all something special. The key to true success and happiness is being able to remember this, being able to tap into your super powers in the face of adversity and challenge as well as in the face of the common day to day activities.
It wasn’t always this way for me. While I usually maintained a positive and optimistic attitude, that ‘common little girl’ still lived inside of me, doubting and wondering if I was really good enough. That self-doubt caused me to back away from my dream of becoming a lawyer and head into a string of bad relationships, a plethora of poor choices and carelessness that found me at the age of 24 single and pregnant and at a major turning point in my life.
I clearly remember the day I made the decision to have my son. It came from a place of power and knowing that I was in fact worthy, that I would be a wonderful mother and that I could give him a good life. I was smart, I had a good job and I knew we would make it. And make it we did!
This was when my super powers kicked in and I discovered the strength, persistence and guts to go for what I want. To go for what I want despite the apparent obstacles, challenges and naysayers. With resolve, faith and a system of continuously being reminded of my super powers, anything is possible!
This is the Success Alchemy, the process I have used and developed to transform from that common little girl into the very special woman I am today. Starting out as a legal secretary, working second jobs to provide for my family, I became the owner of several successful businesses, the founder of Women’s Prosperity Network, a sought after speaker and author. I became a business coach who is committed to living life fully and using my super powers to increase my life and add value to the lives of others.
I am known as “The Visionary with Guts”, which is to say that not only am I a visionary but I’ve had the guts to go for my dreams. I believe that we are all visionaries and that the ‘Guts’ comes from applying these success alchemy principles:
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