People are facing a lot of trials nowadays–lost jobs, financial issues, and plenty of stress to go around. One way to look at adversity is that sometimes (although not all the time), it can be a friend in disguise. How? If it becomes a catalyst to catapult us into our real calling and purpose. A lost job can become the boot in our back side to finally get into that career we’ve always wanted. The end of an unhealthy relationship can cause us to take time to re-evaluate our lives and cultivate wonderful, positive and supportive relationships. Sometimes, our lives need an overhaul to get on the new and fruitful path. That may mean pulling out the weeds of unhealthy relationships, enrolling in a certification program for a better paying job, knocking off the sugar (ouch, that hit home) so we can be healthier and feel better physically and mentally.

With the overhaul comes greater self-respect. That is critical when we’re looking for a new career or venturing into new relationships. You absolutely deserve it!!

Today, let your journey towards greater self-respect and a positive self-image be your goal. Map it out. What is your first step?

Do NOT allow anyone!! to determine your worth or abilities.  No one’s negative opinion or judgmental words has the right to determine your value or future.  It is nothing but empty words and only has power if we let it.  Don’t let it!!  Take control and kick some booty!! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rita Rocker is a national inspirational and educational speaker, communications and image specialist, and a career and virtual presentations coach with Transformation Academy, LLC.  She is the author of “A Guide to Marketing Yourself for Success”, and a contributing author to “The Unstoppable Woman’s Guide to Emotional Well Being -The Total Woman in Leadership and Success Guide for the Unstoppable Entrepreneur.” She has appeared on national television and radio talk shows on self-esteem and communication. A former Mrs. Nebraska and active in numerous professional organizations, Rita is on the Board of the Small Business Association of the Midlands and co-director of greater Omaha’s Affiliated Women International. Rita provides life and career-transforming programs to mature teens and adults. Contact Rita at