"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to BLOOM…This is the Element of Freedom"

-Alicia Keys

26 January 2010

...To Get To Where I Want to Be

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A while back, I wrote this post about doing what I have never done in order to get to where I want to be in life...which really got me thinking. I started to see the areas in my life that needed some help & began to think of creative ways of getting there. I know that you need to write down your goals, think positively, etc. I always get caught up in trying to make it perfect (a word that I seriously dislike...), which keeps me from starting something in the first place. Maybe it is more the fear of doing something wrong that keeps me from starting something, not just trying to make it perfect.

I then found some inspiration in an unexpected place. The office that I work in! I laminated some Effective Affirmations for our Sales Manager & this sparked my interest. I started doing some research & decided that to cross the abyss From Saying to Doing, was to do just that. DO IT. Stop talking, researching, reading, thinking about it and JUST DO IT. So, I did. I made a list of the things about myself or my life that need some work in specific categories (Relationships-with myself & others, Emotions & Attitude, Health & Body, Finances, Career & Spirituality) on the left side of a sheet of paper. I then made an Effective Affirmation on the right side, using powerful words like "I AM," keeping it in the present & keeping it positive. {I come from a family of lovely people who tend to be glass-half-empty people. Love them, but I can not live my life like that. So positive thinking, here I come.} I came up with my affirmations, typed them up & made them look sweet and added a quote at the bottom of each side (I made them to be small, about 4.5" x 5.5" and printed & laminated 4 copies). I did it in excel & I wish that I knew how to put it on here, but I don't.

Here is the quote on the first side:

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

Here is the quote on the second side (this is the first track on Alicia Keys' new & amazing album, Element of Freedom):
"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to BLOOM...This is the Element of Freedom."
-Alicia Keys

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I keep a copy in my planner, one by my bed, one in my car & one in my bathroom to recite while I am getting ready. I have said them out loud & silently, over & over and I will tell you that even though some of the affirmations are yet to come to fruition, they feel real. They are real because they are who I will be in the future. I must say that I am a believer, just based on how this simple thing has helped to change the way that I view myself and my capabilities.
If you need any help writing your Effective Affirmations, I highly recommend the site Positive Attitude Tips: How to Write An Effective Affirmation: 6 Easy Steps.

1 comment:

  1. That last quote? One of my all time favorites.


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