Have you ever noticed how often your first instinct was right? Have had an impulse to take a certain course only to overthink it and choose something that didn’t work out as well? We’ve all done it and we’ve done it repeatedly.
Look nothing’s 100 percent, but our instinct – that first impulse when we’re faced with a choice – has it’s advantages over what comes next. It’s not limited or filtered or justified. In many ways, it’s more completely connected to who you really are and to your connection to the vast wisdom of the universe.
Beyond that impulse, shoulds and fears and various forms of conditioning start to mold and shape your decision until it’s barely recognizable as yours.
I’m not suggesting that you be anti-intellectual and refuse to think or consider all possibilities. Only that you recognize the value, the wisdom, and authenticity that first impulse emits and that you give it a fair chance to inform your choices.
Examples could go from the very simple to the very significant decisions in your life.
- You wake up one morning and think, I should go to work a different way today. Quickly, your rational mind starts demanding answers as to why you should change. The way you usually goes works fine. Why mess with it? Is your intuition just trying to mix up or is sharing profoundly important information? The only way to know is to take it up on its suggestion.
- You’ve got two job offers. All the data says take one job, but your intuition is loudly objecting that you should take the other. Which is right? Either could be right, but it’s fair to ask why your unfiltered, authentic self is suggesting you go against the data. Is something amazing waiting for you on the other side of that choice?
Ultimately, we choose a path. Hindsight is often the only gauge to see which was the better choice. Yet, I’ll bet you’ve regretted not following your instinct many more times than you have rejecting something you overthought.
Today’s video affirmation encourages you to follow your instincts.
Trust, young Skywalker, trust!
Good Tuesday, my friends. When you think about it, there’s always reasons close by for optimism.
- You woke up this morning. You can’t start better than that.
- You have freedom of choice. Your life is built of your choices. You are free to change yours, if you want a change in your life.
- People facing your exact challenges or worse have succeeded and thrived anyway.
- You’re a day wiser than you were yesterday.
- When you really stop and look, there are tiny miracles going on everywhere around you. Make it a point to notice.
- There is inspiration for the life you want everywhere. Drink it in.
- Love. Despite all the ugliness in the world, love still wins.
- You’re you and that’s damn sure more than enough.
- Forgiving and receiving forgiveness are still options.
- You have a big dream. You have all you need within you to achieve it. You have help from the universe coming from all directions.
Don’t allow the negatives and naysayers to steal your optimism. Don’t allow setbacks to steal your dreams. Don’t allow the end of one dream to be the end of dreaming. You’re made for BIG things. Keep your focus on the good and the good will multiply.
You’re one in a trillion. I’m glad to know you!
We are lucky. Our lives are broken into 30,000 new births rounded by sleep. We don’t have to wait for a new year or a big event to shift a paradigm, start over, or try again. Every single morning of our lives gives us that opportunity.
The venerable Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, wrote the following in his classic book Peace is Every step.
“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
I’ve held this quote close for the 30 years since I first read it. We are each gifted “twenty-four brand new hours” every day. Whether you’re prince or pauper, tall or short, skinny or heavy, male or female, whatever your race or creed; we are all equal in this regard.
No one gets an advantage. It’s an opportunity and a responsibility. It begs the question, “What will you and I do with this amazing gift?”
Our answers become our lives. Don’t worry, though, if today isn’t the day you figure it all out. With a little luck, you’ll get another birth tomorrow morning to take another step on the journey.
Let’s be the people we came to the planet to be today.
This my life and I OWN it!
Have you become a bystander in your own life? Are other people or circumstances or old habits running your days and becoming your destiny?
We are a culture of spectators and many people have come to believe that outside forces determine their fates. Do you believe that…even a little?
I’m here to remind you that’s not how it’s supposed to be. You are no bit player in your life. You are the author, the director, and the star. If you’ve handed the leading role to someone else, grab the limelight back. This is your script, your scene, and your role.
This movie is about you and you were chosen out of all the living vibrations in this multiverse to come here at this time and in this place to make this blockbuster.
Refuse to fade into the background in your own show. Work and rework the script. Sit proudly in the director’s chair. Bring your story to life.
I believe in you. Meet me halfway and believe in you too!
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Thought for the Day:
Affirmations without action are just glorified wishful thinking. Affirmations are “mental armor” supporting empowered action, not a substitute for it.
Over the past several years, I’ve written many articles about affirmations -how affirmations work, types of affirmations, ways to use affirmations, etc., etc., etc. Some of those articles are linked to in this article.
However, I’ve never just written an article on how to write an effective affirmation. Today I had a request from a follower on Twitter to provide a “how to” and decided it was a good time to write that article. Let me begin by saying that there are many gurus out there with many ideas on how to correctly write affirmations. There are also some dogmas around the process. I’m not big on dogmas of any kind. So some of this might be unorthodox. Feel free to use what resonates for you.
Before we begin, let me make a few quick points. Affirmations are a tool to reshape and refocus your thoughts. By themselves, they don’t “make” anything happen. However, as you replace negative thoughts with negative vibrations with positive thoughts and positive vibrations, you do begin to attract better things into your life. Affirmations without action are just wishful thinking. The idea is that as you raise the vibration of your thoughts, you become more inspired to take action to manifest those thoughts as reality in the world. See the thought of the day at the top of the article.
I recommend reading my two part series on Affirmations: Repetition and Belief along with using this list to create your affirmations. Following is 7-step process for creating your own affirmations. This is my way. It has worked for me over the past 20 years. Others might have another way that works for them.
- Start with a goal – you must have a goal in mind. The clearer the goal, the better the affirmation and the better chance for success. A cloudy goal leads to an unclear affirmation, and poor results.
- Affirm what you can believe – affirmations are not a tool for persuading you to believe something you don’t believe. They are a tool to help you create and multiply thoughts that support the action necessary to achieve the things you believe you can achieve. However, you can use what I call “aspirational affirmations” to help manifest a distant goal. You just need to be able to believe you can achieve that goal one day. (Read more Incremental Affirmations and Unrealistic Affirmations)
- Use clear language – the language of your affirmation should be clear and powerful for you. It’s OK to use phrases and terms that are very personal to you as long as the language resonates and feels empowering when you say it. Be as specific as possible.
- Present Tense – in most cases, it is more effective to use the present tense when writing, speaking, or listening to affirmations. In other words, state your affirmation as “I am…” rather than “I will..” or “I should”. The lone exception would be those discussed in the Incremental Affirmations article.
- First, second, and third person – most affirmation gurus will tell you to always put your affirmations in the first person, such as I am a magnificent dancer, rather than the second person you are a magnificent dancer. I agree that first person is the best if you are only going to choose one. Why stop with first person, though? An affirmation can be very powerful in the second person and using your name. I recommend using all three. I am a great writer. You are a great writer. Ray is a great writer. This holographic language creates a more powerful and holistic affirmation. (Read more Adding the Power of You to Your Affirmations)
- Use them, use them, use them – once you have written an empowering affirmation, use it. Like so many other motivational tools, affirmations are created and then cast aside after a day or two. Read them aloud, read them into the mirror, post them places where you can see them throughout your day, record them and listen to them passively (Listening Passively to Affirmations) or actively over and over until they infuse your mind. The goal for an affirmation is to have it replace the negative or disempowering thoughts and become thoroughly embedded in your thought process so that it becomes the automatic response (How Do You Know Your Affirmations are Working?) to your negative thoughts.
- Take action – affirmations without action is just wishful thinking. You must think and then act, if you are to achieve.
Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!
Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.He’s spent the past 21 years in sales and sales training for major companies.