The Power of Self-Labeling ~ A Success Story

by on March 15, 2011

Today, scrumptious ones, I would like to introduce you to Tonya Heathco, an utterly fabulous goddess and a spectacular example of using the Power of Self-labeling to change even that which appears unchangeable.

We met thanks to the Great Edward Elliott, who shared her remarkable story on his Share Your Dream Friday blog.

Now, Tonya’s dream is stupendous enough, but what really took my breath away was how it exemplified the awesome, lusciousness of the Power of Self-Labeling, and how the Choosing and Owning of the label/title of Terrific Tonya had such a profound effect on her health, her business and her whole life.

But enough talk.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you …. The Terrific Tonya Heathco

The Power Of Self-Labeling

What is self-labeling?

A word, phrase, or thought you attach to yourself. Society has given us labels that we attach to ourselves without thought. The problem is many times those labels are negative and promote negative results leading one to believe that one is defined by a negative label.

During my late teens I developed a rare seizure disorder which lead society to label myself in a negative light. As my health became worse, my seizures grew to 150 a month. I searched for positive input as a sort of spiritual food.

Contacting many leaders in the field of positive energy, I began to heal from the inside out. Positive labels felt good to me so I knew once I began positive self labeling I would find marked improvement in my seizure management.

It was the end of 2010 when I met the Great Edward Elliott through FaceBook.

His positive energy was different from others. He was much more than a “happy guy”, he was the image of
what I felt I needed in my life. Suddenly it occurred to me, he was using positive self labeling.
From that moment on I became Terrific Tonya in Tennessee. It was as if I put on a new skin.

The emotion behind the label led me to believe I was Terrific Tonya. I began telling everyone and
sharing the new label through every method possible.

Not long afterward I noticed my seizures had disappeared.
I continue to take three medications several times a day to manage my seizures, but the seizures were not this remarkable under control until I started using a positive self label with the emotion that transformed my mind.

seizure disorder I was born with will only heal by Divine healing, I know this. The seizures,for now, have found Peace and are at rest.
I continue to raise awareness for seizure disorders through Squidoo lenses and FaceBook support
groups. Now I am able to add a positive light to my story by sharing the Hope that a person can
change their current situation by using positive self labeling.

There is great power in self labeling whether we use positive or negative labels. Whether
positive or negative self labels are used, they work.

Think about it for a moment. A person labels themselves as “fat” or “lazy”. What happens? Their self esteem fades and they are left eating cookies on the couch, slowly gaining weight with no motivation to get back into shape. This
happens because they are living their label.

On the other hand, take a look at healthy successful people. They label themselves as “energetic”, “healthy”, “successful” and “rich”. They live their labels and become the embodiment of those labels.

Which label are you using today?

If your label is not producing the desired results, you have the power to change your label.
That’s what happened to me.

Sending Love and Positive Energy to All My Readers-

Terrific Tonya in Tn

Now, is that not the most inspiring story ever?

A quick disclaimer here, neither Tonya nor I are saying that choosing and changing your self-label will suddenly cure disease or magically remove excess weight, or add a few zeros to the number in your bank account.

But if she can have this kind of result using the Power of Labels, what’s to stop you from at least trying it?


the goddess known as Jacqui

PS. Terrific Tonya  and her amazing work can be reached and supported at her new Website and she would love you to connect with her on Facebook too.

More information on living with seizure disorders can be found in these articles.


P.P.S  There’s going to be lots more stories like this from my upcoming Goddess Academy.

Opt-in and stay tuned for more on exactly HOW to harness the Power of Self-Labeling for yourself.


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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Holly March 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I love success stories!! I am going to go over and meet Terrific Tonya in Tennessee right away!! The Power of Self Labeling! Yes it can have bad consequences until we dig in our heels and make a change! Thanks for sharing!
Holly´s last blog post ..If You Don’t Use It You Lose It!


Terrific Tonya@seizure disorder awareness March 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Great job Goddess! As I read the article I got goose bumps and teary eyed. Teary eyed thinking of the blessings I’ve been given this last year. Seizure free in Nov. 2010, declared cancer free in Jan 2011, and sparked the flame of National Seizure Disorders Foundation in Feb 2010. Now onto even better adventures – Chocolates for Charity in April! Thank you for believing in me, holding me up, and walking with me during my new life journey.

Bliss-ings to you-
Terrific Tonya in Tennessee
National Seizure Disorders Foundation
Terrific Tonya@seizure disorder awareness´s last blog post ..Celebrate Purple Day


The GREAT Edward March 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

WOW Terrific Tonya! I am so blessed that you are in my life. My eyes tear up with joy every time that I read, hear, and come across you and the things you share. I remember the first time that we talked on the phone and you shared your story and dreams with me. Thank you for continuing to believe in yourself and allowing your life purpose to be fulfilled through all that you do. I look forward to following up with you on Live Your DREAM Monday and showing the rest of the world how they can live their dreams too. It all starts with them.

Keep your dreams alive my friend.

Make it a great day!
God Bless,
The GREAT Edward!
The GREAT Edward´s last blog post ..Wisdom In A Moment – Shifting From The Prey To The Predator


David Paul@following your bliss March 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi Jacqui,

Yep, that’s my wonderful friend, Terrific Tonya Heathco. She is truly amazing, and let me tell you how I know….

Terrific Tonya and “the Follow Your Bliss guy” have built the most amazing website: NSDF for short. We have spend many many hours in deep conversation and intense brainstorming, and I encourage you to go see the results for yourself. NSDF is a support community for persons with seizure disorders and their loved ones and care givers.

I am very proud, humbled and mostly honored be Webmaster @, and I know that this community will make a major, lasting positive impact on the lives of thousands of people all around the world.

Take Care,

David H. Paul
the Follow Your Bliss guy
David Paul@following your bliss´s last blog post ..Feel The Power of The Mastermind


Kellie Hosaka@network marketing residual income March 16, 2011 at 4:53 am

Aloha Jacqui,

Wow, that was truly an inspiring story. Congratulations to Tonya on her willingness to change her “label” and change her “self-talk”. It is amazing how life changing it is when we decide to change our self talk and self image. Wayne Dyer says “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life”.

Thank you for sharing Tonya’s story with all of us!

Kellie 🙂
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Nancy Shields March 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

I saw Terrific Tonya on The Great Edward’s Share Your Dream Friday and I said “right on” girlfriend!

So now I see her again and again I say, “right on girlfriend”!

You know thought particles travel faster than the speed of light ….. choose our thoughts wisely.

In love and light,
Nancy Shields´s last blog post ..PUT THE PAST IN THE PAST…


Melissa McCloud March 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm

i’m beating myself over the head… i never understood why edward was so great until just now! NOW I GET IT!

how small of me to think he was just bragging instead of realizing how we was BRANDING… duh!

thanks jacqui for sharing tonya’s words and story… a light bulb went on! time to label me now!
Melissa McCloud´s last blog post ..“The Magic Of Thinking Big” Book Review


Jacqueline Gates March 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Not small of you, sweetie.
Just not used to this particular turn of phrase.
So … what label calls you?


Terrific Tonya@seizure disorder awareness March 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Remember to keep you labels positive and empowering. As I read Melissa McCloud’s blog I was wondering about her label. I looked at her networked blog followers and thought, 95 followers – that’s Marvelous! So there you have it Marvelous Melissa. That’s my label for you and you’re welcome to use it.

Love& Positive Energy-
Terrific Tonya@seizure disorder awareness´s last blog post ..Celebrate Purple Day


Jacqueline Gates March 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

“Marvelous Melissa”
I love that! And having met her this weekend, I think it’s extremely appropriate!


The GREAT Edward March 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I totally agree… Melissa is Marvelous!
Thanks Terrific Tonya! Blessings.
The GREAT Edward´s last blog post ..Wisdom In A Moment – Shifting From The Prey To The Predator


Larry J @ Gel Nail Kits March 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I strongly believe that a person should always think about positive things in their life. Labeling oneself in a negative manner will always get the person down and sometime they will become sick and depressed. But one that thinks about positive things will always label themselves in a positive way and will always look for ways to improve themselves and help others around them.
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Karen@Pecan Creek homes March 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

the power of self labeling does indeed work. But there are times that negative external labels on individuals from our society have gripped firmly on individuals already — sometimes it seems impossible for individuals to break away from them. Success stories like Terrific Tonya must be highlighted and told so that more individuals will be empowered and strengthened to break away from negative labels.

Thank you so much for your bringing us Terrific Tonya’s story Jacqui! I look forward to more positive success stories in the days to come 🙂


Jacqueline Gates March 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I so agree, Karen! As a species, we’re so much more quick to spread the bad news rather than the success stories.
We CAN shift our labels, choose new ones and live UP to and In to them.
And people like Tonya give us hope and courage.
I found her so very inspiring, didn’t you?


Val Wilcox @ Empower Your Life March 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Goddess Jacqui,
What an uplifting and inspiring post! Self-labeling does imbue you with an inner strength and power. I see nothing but positive actions coming from this practice. Empower yourself by seeing yourself as you wish to be seen. I’m all for it!
Val 😉
Val Wilcox @ Empower Your Life´s last blog post ..Prosperity Consciousness and You


Jacqueline Gates March 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Thank you, Val! Our message is the same, which explains why we get along so famously!
“Empower yourself by seeing yourself as you wish to be seen.” ~ What a great way to put it!


joy April 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hi Jacqui;
Well this was very inspiring to me and hit home as I have a seizure disorder as well. I am going over to Terrific Tonyas Squidoo Lenses now. Thank you so much for helping to get the word out on Self Labeling it’s something everyone of us needs to take to heart. I am still looking for my label, but will have it soon..

Thank you again for all you bring to light..
Have a Blessed Day.
joy´s last blog post ..This is What Lights My Fire in The Morning!


Laura Morris April 26, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Dear Jacqui
The power of labels in our lives as Tanya has demonstrated goes so much deeper than simply the use of a funny quip, or tagline. Instead as you point out, it’s completely and instantly transformational to the individual carrying the label. We stick these tags on ourselves, or allow our families to brand us with negative labels in life, that can impact us so negatively, and I know about this from personal experience.
As a young mother of two little ones in 1989 I was working, going to school, and very ill suddenly. A year later I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was hospitalized and in and out of doctors offices for the next year. I did not want to accept that I had MS, and was eventually told that I most likely had Fibromyalgia instead (oh fun). But in the beginning, I remember using the words “I have MS..I have Fibromyalgia..” and started to take on that label..and ALL THE NEGATIVITY that was associated with that. I caught myself saying it, and thought “NOT!!” Then I began to turn it around whenever possible to think of myself as healthy and whole, pain free, and living the life I deserve to enjoy. I truly believe that I am healthier because of my mindset.
Recently when I met YOU GODDESS..I got to the next level!! I realized that I have allowed my health to be an excuse to hold me back in my life, A LIMITATION…and as such, after you and I did some really great talking about My MAGNIFICENCE…
I coined the label The Limitless Laura Morris.
Since I have been calling myself this, I have felt healthier, had remarkably better results in my business, and am attracting abundance from all directions to me. I AM in alignment with my truth!!
Thanks Jacqui for allowing my this place to share!!
The Limitless


Jacqueline Gates April 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Limitless Laura ~ how I adore you!
We connected from day one, and you continue to inspire me daily to keep doing what I’m doing.

Bliss-ings and oodles of hugs!!


joy April 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

Hi Jacqui
I thank you for the beautiful virtual post card you sent me on the Power of Words, how awesome is that..
I believe in the message here, and I have actually talked to Terrific Tonya as we share the same medical issues.. she is a wonderful person and picked a title for me of Joyful Jewel..I love thank you..

joy´s last blog post ..Can You Pay It Forward


Andrew Walker May 25, 2011 at 12:18 am


Great post! Success story is always inspiring and motivating. I will go to see Terrific Tonya right away. Self-labeling is a great way to empower talents. Thanks for sharing.
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peter@self-awareness July 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm

A great success story for the mind-body entity in Tennessee, now how about Terrific Tonya in the Youniverse!


Mark Testa@southern california free mls listing October 9, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Labeling definitely has its impact on us, be it positive or negative. Unconsciously, we do label ourselves all the time. When negativity seems overpower us, we tend to put negative labels on ourselves such as incompetent, loser, lazy, grumpy, etc. Our bodies are known to have a natural tendency to do so. This is why consciously putting positive labels on ourselves is very important. So powerful that no negativity can break it. And it’s contagious too. We’ll soon find ourselves a lot happier and begin to see more and more people wanting our company.


James@Christian Healing Retreat November 19, 2012 at 6:56 am

Really Its an inspiring story…I like it most and congratulations to Tonya on her willingness to change her “label” and change her “self-talk”.


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