In the June issue of ESSENCE, motivational speaker and transformation specialist Lisa Nichols shows you how to put down your shero cape and design an action plan for your life. Beginning today, Nichols will launch a brand new four-week web series for In it, she gives you the action steps to go from a breakdown to a breakthrough. Nichols also helps you take charge of your finances, gain health and wellness, and create loving relationships.

As part of her guide, Nichols provides a Power Pledge for you. Check it out below and share on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram (@EssenceMag) which part of this empowering pledge speaks to you.


I am unique. My journey has been filled with experiences that have built my resiliency, defined my character and made me a better woman.

I am ready to cash in on my greatness, my brilliance, my God-given possibilities and my prosperity.

I will turn my valleys into my mountaintops, my obstacles into my opportunities, my tests into my testimony.

I love my cinnamon, caramel, mocha and deep chocolate skin, my full lips, my round hips and my kinky hair.

I am a masterpiece of humility, gratitude, godliness and divinity. My beauty is real. My heart is good, and my strength has been confirmed through the test of time with my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

I will show the world how to treat me—and it’s my job to give the world the best example possible.

I have turned my crawl into a walk, my walk into a run, and I’m now turning my run into my soar.

I am unapologetic about my brilliance, untamed in my quest to discover me.

I am no longer asking for permission to be me. I’m giving notice!

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