Guest blog post by my brilliant friend, By Adrienne Gould
With the onset of instant communication, we live in interesting times. The wealth of information exposes more ways for people to expand their knowledge; people are willing today, more than ever before, to accept the role “thoughts” have in realizing a better future.
Many books published in recent years give credence to the power that positive thoughts, via the use of affirmations, are directly related to your lives circumstances.
Today, there is a new way of thinking, and with Carole Dean’s class on Intentions quickly approaching, I’d like to explain the differences between affirmations and declarations.
The difference between an affirmation and a declaration is slight, but in my mind, powerful. The definition of an affirmation is “a positive statement asserting that a goal you wish to achieve is already happening. I‘m not crazy about this because what it does is bring an automatic response to your mind that says, “This isn’t true.”
The definition of a declaration is “to state an official intention out loud that takes on a particular course of action“.
A declaration is not saying some-thing is true, it’s stating that we have an intention of doing or being something.
A declaration, by definition, is also official. It is a formal statement of energy into the universe and throughout your body.
Declare your intention aloud each morning and each evening. Additionally, if you do so while looking into a mirror, it will accelerate the process even more.
Now, I have to admit that when I first heard of this, I said, “No way, too hokey for me.” But, because I was broke at the time, I decided, “What the heck, I’ll do the hokey thing, I‘d rather be really hokey and really successful than really cool and really broke.”
After achieving the goals I’ve declared, it’s no surprise that I believe in declaring intentions.
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Here are two ‘people habits’: Doing habits and Not-Doing habits. The way to change Not-Doing habits into Doing habits is to DO them. Reading will assist you, but it is a completely different world when you go from reading to doing.
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