Hot on the heels of my epiphany about my future career, I rushed out and bought some books on the subject. On the recommendation of the coach who inspired me to take the leap I purchased the books sold by the three nearby schools to see which had a philosophy I could really endorse.
The first book I read, the one put out by the school this particular coach had attended, had some really interesting points that caused me to stop and think.
Instead of thinking about goals and absolutes, this program inspires people to think about their life’s intentions. Who do you want to be? What do you want to be known for?
There’s a long list of possible life’s intentions to get the thought process started, but what really struck me wasn’t just this notion that we can work towards our overarching intentions, but more how we have to frame our intention.
It’s one thing to say you want to do or be something. It’s another to say you are willing to do or be it. One puts you outside of the action, the other puts you smack dab in the middle of it.
As Maria Nemeth says in Mastering Life’s Energies, “The secret to using affirmations in a way that works is to affirm what you know to be true now, not what you hope to be true in the future. You already are who you are willing to be.”
So saying “I will be skinny when…” doesn’t really work. It’s nebulous and intangible. Instead “I am willing to take care of my body” is something you can do today that puts you on the path of the intention. It might not yet be true, but at least you’re taking the first step in the right direction.
So here it is people, some of the things I am willing to be and do today.
– I am willing to take care and be proud of my body.
– I am willing to be a successful writer.
– I am willing to be an attentive mom.
– I am willing to be a supportive and fun wife.
– I am willing to be a good supportive friend.
– I am willing to embrace my true potential.
– I am willing to be open to what comes next.
What are you willing to be? What are you willing to do? How does changing the wording change the way you feel about your intention?