I was asked:
"Do you use affirmations."
Although affirming statements can help you alter your limiting beliefs, I find affirmations to be useful only when combined with other more effective strategies when creating power shifts, breakthroughs and lasting change.
I also believe that you can go farther faster in your ability to discover, clarify, set and achieve your goals, if you look outside of yourself for inspiration and guidance, while you look inside for passion, strength and empowerment.
I have a mantra, or formula if you will, that I created back in 2006 to help me find more inner strength. It was at a time in my life when I faced a tremendous amount of transition, loss and grief. I’ll share it with you. It’s simple yet so powerful, if you can connect with the meaning behind these three words and apply them daily.
Decide - Make a Decision! Decide to change something. Do not get caught up in the “HOW”, just decide. Decide why you want to change something. Decide what the change will mean to you. Decide what the change means to others. Decide what will happen if you don’t change.
Act - Take action! Your actions don't have to be perfect because they never will be, let being perfect go. You don't have to know all the steps to getting somewhere, it’s okay to live with some uncertainty. Stop getting ready to get ready! All you have to do is take one little action step at a time and then another. There are all kinds of people out there ready and willing to help you figure out what those action steps are, so look for help when you need it. Reaching out for help could be your “ACT” for the moment. My mentor once told me to Never leave the site of a goal without doing something to get you closer to achieving that goal. You can do anything if you just take action. So...Go out and be a do-er, not a try-er. DO LIFE!
Believe - Believing is something that trips people up all the time because it has to do with that five letter word T-R-U-S-T. When you believe in something, you have to put trust into you; into your actions; into your goals; into others; into the process; into your higher being whatever that may be; into the greater good. This is easily the single biggest issue that people deal with today, next to being honest. It's funny how they go hand in hand alongside each other. To believe is to truly let go and letting go can set you free. Free to be more, create more, live more, love more, give more, and receive more.
You needn't adopt my mantra. You can create your own or adopt someone else's. I only share this with you to introduce one way in which you can realize the ability within yourself to create something that will serve you, and others.
If you'd like to discuss Decide - Act - Believe more, or would like to learn about other strategies that can help you create lasting change in any area of your life, contact me.
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