Is there anyone we all admire more than Oprah?
Her incredible success and her philanthropy are awe-inspiring.
But, there’s so much more to why we love her so much.
We love Oprah for just being Oprah. For honesty and her realness. Her strength and compassion. Her grace and kindness.
We get to see glimpses into her personal journey to grow and evolve as a person – and to make the world a better place.
As she often says, “My cup runneth over.”
How did she get to be Oprah?
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We know it’s her vision and drive; her hard work and determination.
But, I believe there’s a tiny golden nugget about Oprah that gets overlooked.
A piece of her past that we often just brush off as being a nice part of her story. A warm and fuzzy part of her past.
There’s more to it than meets the eye, though.
We know that Oprah wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth. In fact, we know she had a tough childhood in many ways.
There was a special person in Oprah’s life when she was very young – her grandmother Hattie. Oprah lived with her until she was six years old, when Hattie became ill.
Although she didn’t have her grandmother in her life for very long, Hattie was the key to Oprah’s amazing story.
Hattie taught Oprah to read when she was three years old. Oprah would read Bible verses and soon began speaking at church.
She started Kindergarten at age five, but was quickly moved up to first grade, since she could already read and write.
But it was more than the reading and writing that Hattie imparted on her little granddaughter that made the difference.
She taught Oprah to believe in herself.
Oprah remembers one particular moment when she was three or four years old.
She was outside with Hattie, who was hanging clothes on the line.
Hattie was teaching Oprah how to hang clothes the right way, so she can use that skill when she’s a maid herself some day, like Hattie.
In that moment, even at that young age, she knew that was not going to be her life.
“I couldn’t articulate it, but I could sense it. It was a very still moment. I believed, no matter what, that there was something bigger, greater, more for me.” Oprah said.
“The key to success is what you believe is true for yourself.” She has told many people through the years.
On the first day of school, Oprah looked around the classroom and felt like the smartest kid in the room.
“I was never placed in an environment where I was ever made to feel inferior. Because I was never put in a position of feeling less than, I didn’t grow up feeling less than.” Oprah said.
Her grandmother gave Oprah her all powerful self worth deep inside.
So, how can this help you in your life? How can it help you become happier?
The lack of self worth deep inside – the lack of believing in one’s self, of accepting and loving one’s self – is the cause of so much of a person’s unhappiness.
The other thing is that many of us don’t realize what we’re truly made of. For instance, we’re often told to seek God. Like he’s out three somewhere to find.
When all the while, God is in us. Ancient Eastern Philosophers have known this for centuries. Now, science is proving it.
But, what can you do if they realize you don’t have these deep beliefs inside?
First, is to realize the IT IS POSSIBLE to begin installing these beliefs in you.
Science is also constantly proving that our minds and our programming are not fixed. We don’t have to be stuck with negative beliefs about ourselves we might have always had. We can begin replacing them.
Second, realize that all of our beliefs, thought patterns, and habits (how we see ourselves) are all stored in our subconscious minds. So, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to learn about the tools we all have that reach into our subconscious minds.
And it doesn’t matter what age you are, where you came from, what you’ve done or what you’ve been through. It’s never too late to begin replacing what’s been holding you back from living a really happy life.
In other words, you can be that Hattie in your own life now. You can become your own best friend, your personal cheerleader.
You can learn to love and encourage yourself everyday.
Maybe this all sounds corny. I’ll take corny over being stressed and not feeling good enough anyday.
And no one has to know. This is your life. No one has to know what you’re working on inside.
First, start reading or listening to the lives of inspiring people, like Oprah. Don’t just read or listen to them once, though. The trick is to read or listen to them over and over again, so they start sinking into your subconscious mind.
All the words in those stories, all the images, scenes, and the feelings they drum up in you will all start getting installed.
Next, start becoming aware of all the hidden negative beliefs you have. What beliefs are operating under the surface when you are upset about something, for instance.
There’s always a belief at the core of everything. Bring all of your beliefs out into the light of day.
Once you discover some of them, start explaining to yourself why these beliefs are false. Talk to yourself with as much love and understanding as you would a child.
Next, start creating affirmations to replace those old beliefs. Repeat them often to yourself with lots of feeling, so they get installed, little by little, everyday.
Affirmations have been poked fun of through the years. But when you learn to use them the right way, they are a powerful tool to become happier.
I have a lot of tips about affirmations in my book Finally Worry Free.
You can purchase it on Amazon and you can get a FREE E-Book on the homepage.
This is just a start to how you can start replacing negative beliefs.
My book is all about the tools we have to reach into our subconscious minds and change our programming.
Here’s a fun quote from Oprah to wrap up this post:
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah
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