So for the past 2 months I’ve been writing out my goals every day.
And writing them out as if I’ve already achieved them.
That’s pretty much what an affirmation is.
A statement of conviction in something you want to achieve.
I learned this from Rob Booker, one of my favourite humans.
I write these out 5 times each day.
Hopefully first thing each morning, but sometimes life happens and I do it in the evening.
Or I wake up so late that the morning is over.
My affirmations are split into different things I want in life.
They’re quite ambitious.
Because what’s the point of having something that’s easy to achieve?
I’m so glad to say that, at the end of October, I’ve achieved one of my affirmations.
Plus, I’m closer to achieving 2 of the others.
I actually can’t believe it.
Now, a year ago I was telling everyone about my goals, what they were, how I was going to achieve them.
But since then, I’ve seen Derek Sivers’ TED talk on why you shouldn’t tell anyone your goals.
It’s short but brilliant:
Since watching that video – seriously – I’ve got so much more done towards my goals.
Derek is brilliant.
That reminds me, I need to listen to his chat with Tim Ferriss.
Anyway, back to affirmations.
Another awesome human, Buddha, said
The mind is everything. What you think, you become.
Now some people say that that quote is falsely attributed to Buddha.
I couldn’t care less about that.
What I do know that if something is even remotely associated with Buddha, it deserves my time.
And I think it’s true.
I think we do become what we think about all the time.
Along similar lines:
Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
– Henry Ford
Affirmations help put into action what Buddha and Mr Ford are alluding to.
They make us think about what we want.
They make us believe we can do it.
And boy, are they effective.