Goals and Affirmations
Establishing clear personal, spiritual, and professional goals are crucial to living a fulfilling life. Goals give you purpose. They give you drive. They are that one thing that can motivate you even when you feel like you are at your wit’s end. Ultimately, goals are your “North Star.”
Having clear goals assists you with making a wide array of decisions ranging from menial to complex because they guide you. Equally as important to setting goals are affirmations. An affirmation is a process of declaring something to be true. It’s the notion that implies that speaking your desires into existence makes them real.
Want to own a multi-million dollar business owner? Look in the mirror and say, “I am a multi-million dollar business owner. The mirror is necessary per say… but it adds emphasis 🙂
Want to earn straight A’s this semester? Proudly proclaim, “I have straight A’s.”
Trying to gain muscle? Say “I put muscle on with ease.”
The law of attraction states that through our thoughts and words, we attract thoughts, ideas, people, situations, and circumstances. When you make a conscious effort to incorporate “I am” statements into your routine quintessentially indicate to the universe that you are ready to receive your desires.
Not buying it?
Let’s take a look at three well-known individuals and analyze how they have used clear goals and positive affirmations to set their place in history.
Muhammad Ali is arguably the most successful boxer on the planet. At the beginning of his career, no one expected him to reach the levels that he did. Everyone thought the legend had no shot upsetting heavyweight champions, participating in the fight of the century, or even becoming a household name. Nevertheless, he did not let doubts of the naysayers distract him from his goals. At one point, he also stated, “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” Before winning matches, he already declared his success. Muhammad Ali understood to be the greatest; he first had to believe it.
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.” Those were words spoken by the great Muhammad Ali. The boxing legend quite literally spoke his success into existence. Throughout his career, he became the first man to win the heavyweight title three times, the youngest to unseat a reigning heavyweight champion, and earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom. All the while garnering a net worth of $80 million. That’s a lot to accomplish for a kid coming from the country town of Louisville, Kentucky.
In the political sphere, President Barack Obama has also been known to use positive declarations to dictate the direction he wanted his life to proceed. At a young age, President Obama had one clear goal, to make a difference as a political figure. First he thought he wanted to be a mayor or political activist. But, over the years, as he progressed through college and law school, it became evident by him and those around him that more greatness was in his future. One of his law professors expressed, “The better he did at Harvard Law School, and the more he impressed people, the more obvious it became that he could have had anything, but it was clear that he wanted to make a difference to people, to communities.” From that statement, we can indicate that President Obama’s goal of making a difference was so evident that even the people around him resonated with it.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.” Transition to 2008, and this same message he spoke while working as a low-income political activist became the slogan to his presidential campaign – change we need. President Obama realized that the lives we desire are dictated by how much we believe in a brighter future. His use of “I am” comments confirmed the positive difference he wanted to make in the world. This mindset has allowed him to accomplish many things over his lifetime. Some of his accomplishments include becoming the 1st African American President, launching innovative programs to serve disenfranchised groups, and expand our views on what is possible.
Another notable example of an individual affirming what they wanted their life to be is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Born to an alcoholic police chief and a sensitive young mother, he is now worth approximately 400 million dollars. How could someone move past this toxic phase to live such a successful life? By first believing they could. “For me, life is about continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” His aspirations to achieve greatness despite starting from the bottom is what sets him apart from the masses.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s story is a compelling story of the power of manifestation. At a young age, he had a goal to excel in whatever field he decided to pursue. After receiving comments from casting agents that stated his “body was too weird,” “accent was too weird” and “name was too long, “ he still decided to pursue his dreams within the entertainment industry. Because of this, we can now thank him for classic household movies such as Top Gun and the Terminator.
So, how do you start?
Let’s start with your goals. What do you want? What does your life need to have in order for you to feel fulfilled? Is there another career you’d love to pursue?
Take a sheet of paper and draw a line write down the middle. On the left, write down all your wants, needs, and goals. On the right, let’s put them into existence now by proclaiming them in the present tense.
On left, Goal: To reach 180lbs of muscle.
On the right, Affirmation: “I am 180lbs on muscle and it’s easy to maintain.”
Do this for all your goals. Focus on them day and night until they become an obsession.
Why do the affirmations work? Like stated earlier, they’ll hack into your subconscious and pierce doubt to the point of extinction. Doubt won’t hold power once affirmations are used regularly and frequently. Limiting beliefs will be busted and new paths will be forged. At that moment you’ll look back and realize the growth and progress you’ve made which will empower you to go on to do even bigger and better things with bolder goals and affirmations.
Want to take this exercise to the next level? Record yourself speaking the affirmations out loud and listen to them while you sleep. Take that for a healthy exercise!
Speak it into existence.
Look here’s the thing, the end of the day whether you believe you can or can’t do something, you’re right. Henry Ford said this 100 years ago and it rings just as true now as it did then.
What are your limiting beliefs?
Your limiting beliefs are not serving your ultimate purpose. For you can do far greater things than ever imagined. But, it first begins with conscious imagination through clear specific written goals stated in the affirmation present tense.
Get excited to begin implementing these exercises in your lives in the morning and evenings. We all know that we are capable of more than what we are producing, and we deserve to live a grand life.
Let’s enjoy the process on the way to our goals, but know that they are 110% possible.
Wishing you the best as always.