“I, Leroy Milton, will be present, enthusiastic and inspiring.” Is something I started saying twice a day, about six months ago, habitually. This is a reassurance of my character, to keep it in my conscious thoughts everyday.
It’s called an affirmation. It has helped me strive toward this challenge, constantly focusing on the now, being increasingly excited and bold.
What are Affirmations?
The Secret originally proposed this idea. Through your thoughts and conscious attention on those thoughts, the universe grants your imagined outcomes.
Apparently, people have won the lottery, married their dream spouse and lived in their dream houses through this mystical method. So I had to try it for myself.
They worked a few times, but sometimes they failed. I couldn’t understand why. How does the universe differentiate between my requests? Is it even the universe divinely granting something? Or, maybe God?
I am increasingly skeptical of this ‘ask and you shall receive’ mentality. It doesn’t seem logical that you can ask the universe or God of anything and it is magically arranged.
However, I still do it and it has worked.
Why the skepticism?
I don’t think it is some divine power that grants your request. I think you are in complete control of your thoughts and you determine the outcome.
My constant reminder to be present has brought me back when my thoughts stray into the past or the distant future. My constant reminder to be enthusiastic has pushed me to be my best, most excited self. My constant reminder to be inspiring has allowed me to approach every situation with an inspiring message.
I feel like through my thoughts, great and powerful outcomes can come to fruition.
However, I cannot discount peoples’ thoughts on spirituality and religion. Instead, I propose this view. When you pray or ask God or the universe, I feel like your 'desire’ is not granted. Instead, opportunities for that desire are granted.
Situations arise that help you reach your goal. You may find yourself doing a free photography job, only to have your work discovered for a huge contract. Or, a girl may randomly approach you, and it's up to you to make a connection. These situations challenge you to act a specific way, where your outcomes may be granted.
I was put into situations where I needed to stay present, where I needed to be enthusiastic, where I needed to be inspiring. Through these situations, I slowly added more power, more feeling and more positivity to myself.
There is a lot of power in personal thoughts. Had it not be for my positive affirmations, would I have confronted these situations the same way? The affirmation allowed me to approach each situation very uniquely.
Steven wrote an article on mastering your thoughts. You can take a look at it for tips. I implore everyone to use positive thoughts, focus your energy and through them, you will approach every situation differently and obtain something great along the way.
Be bold, be free, and love on.