At this year’s ESSENCE Music Festival, Lisa Nichols, “The Breakthrough Specialist,” blessed the packed crowd at the ESSENCE Live stage with her inspirational words of wisdom.

The best-selling author of “No Matter What!” and powerful public speaker elevated the audience, and left us all walking away just a little better — thanks to her brilliance and insight.

Here are 20 mantras we collected from her hour-long talk. Read, listen and live…