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is what I "come up against," what takes me by
surprise, the other-than-myself which pulls me up and obliges me
to reckon with it and adjust myself to it because it will not
consent simply to adjust itself to me.
It's not enough to be
right. That's too little. It's also important to be
strong. The history of the world shows that more often
people who were right lost than won.
is wisdom in knowing how to play, to touch lightly, uninvolved
and uncommitted, on what is pleasurable.
Your Intentions - Achieve Your Goals
Affirmations are emotionally driven
statements of intention and faith that guide thought and
action. Affirmation comes from the Latin firmus,
meaning strong. Affirmations recognize and assert the
existence of personal truths. These statements can be
powerfully effective for developing and strengthening thought
patterns, and thus actions, needed to achieve goals. These
thought patterns also attract the situations we affirm to be true.
Use Affirmations Effectively
Affirmations are effective when combined
with strong emotions and vivid sensory imagery: sight,
sound, smell, taste, and touch. Effective affirmations
state, in present tense, what we want. At the same time, we
are feeling the joy, satisfaction, and gratitude we would feel if
each statement had already manifested.
Recall Vivid Imagery and Strong
An effective way to create mind imagery
and emotion is to recall a situation in your life when you
actually felt the emotion you want to create. Recall
situations that made you feel joyful, loving, forgiving, excited,
happy, accepting, successful, and grateful.
This is the same way emotions surface
when we dwell on memories that bring tears, upset, or nostalgic
feelings. When using affirmations, you get to select
purposely the emotions you want. Let these emotions surface
and permeate your mind and body.
Practice Positive Affirmations
Belief, imagery, and emotion are
essential elements in effective affirmations. With practice,
you will be able to create vivid images and emotions very
quickly. It might also be helpful to begin by affirming the
action you are now taking, as in the exercise below.
Here are seventeen sample affirmations
for strengthening goal achievement, creativity, confidence and
abundance. Practice the affirmations while combining them with
compelling imagery and strong emotion.
- I reflect on successful experiences,
and I let the memories and moments linger.
- I enjoy expressing myself freely,
confidently, and creatively.
- I am grateful for the success and
satisfaction that my purpose is bringing to me.
- I provide value to those I serve, and
I am becoming more abundant each day.
- I welcome challenges and changes in my
life, and I feel grateful that each change brings new
- I see my goal clearly, and allow
myself to receive it with gratitude.
- I forgive myself and others, release
the past, and move forward with love and confidence.
- I am resilient, capable, confident,
lovable, and loving.
- I allow joy to flow through me, and I
rejoice in my self-expression and creativity.
- I feel the joy in small
accomplishments each day, and I allow myself to be thankful,
loving, and peaceful.
- I deserve success, am enthusiastic
about life, and create my life the way I want it to be.
- I allow energy, vitality, adventure,
and passion for my purpose to fill my life.
- I allow abundance into my life through
my actions, gestures, and words, and I receive all that I
- I accept Divine guidance, and I feel
safe, secure, hopeful, and protected by Divine Love.
- I celebrate life's peaks and valleys,
knowing that every situation provides a lesson I must learn.
- I allow every experience to make me
stronger, wiser, more capable, more abundant, and more loving.
- I savor small victories along the path
to my goals, and I reflect deeply on each experience.
Affirm Only Your Intentions
Each day, our minds fill unconsciously
with self-talk, echoing thought patterns and beliefs formed during
early development. These might be positive and supportive
thoughts. However, our internal speech can also attract the
very situations and feelings we would rather avoid.
Negative, distracting thoughts are
actually affirmations working against us. By becoming aware
of these negative affirmations, we can replace them immediately
with positive affirmations that focus on what we want.
Create Your Personal Affirmations
After practicing with the affirmations
above, create your own affirmations based on what you want to
achieve. It will not help to simply repeat a list of someone
else's affirmations that you don't actually believe. You
must own each affirmation as a personal declaration of your
intention and faith.
Act on Your Affirmations
Spend time each day with your personal
affirmations. Then take actions that will lead to their
realization. When charged with belief, vivid imagery, and
strong emotion, affirmations can be effective and supportive tools
that help you move toward the achievements that you desire.
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I've got something to say to you, and I hope you will
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think on the bright side--no matter what life brings
to your day. You'll gain a treasure within your soul
that no worry or hardship
can ever take away.
I woke up this morning with these three words on my mind.
It's very rare that something like that happens to me, but it did
today. And with those three words were many other ideas
about the concept, mostly centered on the idea that every positive
contact that someone has with someone else helps that person to
grow in positive ways, and that our characters and principles are
developed by the number and type of contacts that we have with
other people, and that the more positive contacts we experience,
the more positive we grow as human individuals and as members of
the human community.
We all follow this principle in our lives, whether we recognize it
or not. If we want an animal to accept us, we generally
don't try to make it like us immediately; instead, we walk up to
it slowly, trying to pet it at first, and we don't worry if it
shies away or walks away. Then, the next time we see it, we
try to add another positive contact to our relationship with it,
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And while people certainly aren't animals (though some may argue
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well. If they're going to trust me, that's a dynamic that
has to be built over time.
There are other people in my life with whom I don't have as much
contact, or with whom contact tends to be negative if they're
negative people or if I get angry or upset with them. In
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some good can be
derived from every event
is a better proposition
than that everything
happens for the best,
which it assuredly
I've learned that you
can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles
these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas
I've learned that
regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
I've learned that making
a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."
I've learned that life
sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you
shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both
hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
I've learned that if you
pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you
focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and
the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that
whenever I decide something with an open heart,
I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even
when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every
day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a
pat on the back.
I've learned that I
still have a lot to learn.
is a flowing river. Happy those who allow
themselves to be
unresisting, with the current. They float through
They live, unquestioning,
in the moment.
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