In honor of Black History Month, I will share with you the list of the 21 African-Americans who influenced me the most in addition to my regular blog posts.

The first person to guess who #1 will be will receive a FREE Purpose Driven Woman Boot Camp courtesy of Taquila Coleman (a $47 value.) Simply post your guess in the comments section. Include your Facebook page, web page or twitter name and I will give you a shout out – right or wrong.



Yesterday we lost an icon in the African-American community – Don Cornelius, entrepreneur and host of TVs Soul Train.

As this month’s Mental Health Food features African-American’s who influenced me the most, I must take some time out to pay tribute to Mr. Cornelius and his brain-child Soul Train.

As an African-American teen who was raised in White suburbia during the hostile period immediately following the Civil Rights Movement, Soul Train was my lifeline to my culural identity.

When I was 15, my family became the only Black family to live in Effingham County, Effingham, IL. I was bullied, teased, isolated and ostracized, but once a week I was connected. Don Cornelius and the Soul Train gang gave me a sense of belonging. The ever-so cool Don Cornelius gave me something special to look forward to each week.

Like many of my contemporaries, for one hour I was enveloped in the magic of dance, fashion and song. I unscrambled the Scramble Board with the best of them. To this day, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to engage in the traditional wedding reception Soul Train line.

The fact that this man who brought so much joy to so many was so tormented that he took his own life compounds the loss that much more.

In tribute to Don Cornelius, wish everyone you see today –  LOVE, PEACE AND SOUL….




You cannot have a good goal until you have a good vision, you must see yourself there. You must be able to envision the possibilities in your life and YOU must believe that they are attainable.

The difference is location

Discrimination is a man thing, not a universe thing. The laws of the universe are far more powerful than the laws of man. When conflict arises, the universe wins.

Universal laws do not discriminate. If you drop an object, gravity will pull that object to the ground, regardless of your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, income level, education, etc. It just doesn’t matter to the universe.

This means that if someone has already achieved the things you want out of life, it is possible for you to achieve them as well. The only difference between that person and you is location. They are already where you want to be.

Imagination is the transportation

Envisioning your life puts you on the path to creating your life.

See what you want. Be specific about it.

Look down the road 10 years. Where do you want to live? What kind of income will you have? What does your family look like? The more specific you can be, the easier it is to get there.

Remove obstacles from this vision, money is no object.

Make up a fantasy in your mind. Make it vivid, complete with sights, smells, sounds and even tastes (what do you like to eat?)

Get behind the lens

You must envision your future as a video, not a snapshot. Your dreams must include movement in order to become goals.

When you look at yourself living life today, you don’t see your face (unless you are looking in a mirror.) You see life through your eyes. In order to visualize your future, you must see it through your eyes as if you are living it.

You must live your future behind the camera lens, but you are living the dream, not just observing it.

You must look at your future in the present tense, as if it is already the way you want it to be.

See yourself walking through your dream house, sitting on the furniture, cooking in its kitchen, sleeping it its bed. Become the owner of your dreams.

Envisioning your future throws you out of order. Your mind wants ORDER.

Your subconscious will think you’ve already been there. Then it looks around at the current situation and sees that something is wrong. It will automatically generate the energy and ideas you need to restore order.

The more you can see your future, the more dissatisfied you will become with the present and the faster you will actually begin to move toward your better life.

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About living4bliss

Mental Health Food is the place to stop to get your bliss on everyday. I give tips, hints and sometimes a little silliness to help you navigate the challenges of life. We have a great community of positive bloggers that keep the bliss going all day every day. Make sure to visit their blogs, too. Mental Health Food is a product of Believing Life Is Setup for Success, Inc. (B.L.I.S.S.) in Thornton, CO. We have been in the business of teaching success since 1991. We provide workshops, consulting services and now videos that help people just like you start and maintain successful businesses and personal lives using what you already have. Enjoy a daily dose of Mental Health Food; nourishment for the mind.

8 responses »

  1. Love it…great post! Also, envisioning your life as a video allows you to see all possibilities at any angle.

    • living4bliss says:

      We are definitely on the same page with this. (I am a subscriber to your fabulous blog.)

      If you can see yourself in that movie, then you can accomplish it.

      Thanks for the kind words and keep on posting great stuff. I really enjoy it.

  2. I love this piece, Saundra!! Powerful concepts that we can put to good use!!

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