Happy 2014! As I write this article in anticipation of a joyful and prosperous new year, I am reminded of why this upcoming year will indeed be so wonderful.
Intentions. Affirmations. Resolutions.
It’s that time of year to take stock of what was, and to make plans (intentions) for what could be. You know that intentions or affirmations are effective; there are countless success stories of people using the power of intention to manifest everything from health to riches. Intentions have changed my life, and I’m so thankful I have this tool at my side to use any time I need it. Are you using intentions to get what you want or need? Do they work for you?
The truth is, not all intentions are created equal. To find out why not, play along and say this out loud: “I have one million dollars in my back pocket right now.”
How do you feel? Take a moment to scan your body for feelings and emotions. Do you feel good? Awesome? A little niggling doubt? Or downright denial?
If you’re like me, you might have felt a moment of hopefulness that there actually was a million dollars back there, but then that slowly shifted to doubt. If left unchecked, that feeling could then descend into despair of never having a million dollars in your pocket.
Why did that happen?
The mind is incredibly powerful. The critical conscious, or left brain, is responsible for taking in all sensory information and comparing it to past data. If what it sees, hears or smells does not match previous history, or what it knows to be true at that moment, the left brain rejects it.
There are ways to override the critical left brain, like hypnosis or MindScape (advanced mind training), in order to get an affirmation to stick, but there is an easier way.
The past only points to the present.
We are conditioned to think that what happened in the past naturally dictates what will happen in the future, but it’s not true. From this point forward, everything is up for grabs. It is in this playground that we will work our magic.
The left brain is very uncomfortable when it thinks about the future, because it cannot predict it. Since it cannot predict the future, it will stress and fret about it. For some, this causes worry, while others experience great anxiety and fear when contemplating a future event.
The good news is, your critical, rejecting left brain can fret all it wants about the future, but the reality is, it has no control over it, and therefor cannot reject any intentions you make about the future.
Your subconscious does what it’s told.
Your subconscious, or right brain, actively seeks out what you need or want. It works in the world of your future. In the absence of being told what you want, it will use past data to give you what you’ve already had. For example, if you don’t want a new car, traffic just zooms by and you hardly noticing any particular make or model. But when you do decide to buy a new car, you will repeatedly see the one you like the best driving around town.
The subconscious mind MUST think about something, so tell it what you want. Affirm in advance that you want a good parking spot in front of your favourite restaurant. It’s just as easy for your subconscious to present you with the parking spot you want verses the crappy one you had last time.
Start small for immediate results.
I recently coached a client to try this for himself. He was taking a very difficult three hour exam as part of his commercial pilot license requirements. During his BodyTalk Performance Session beforehand, we set the intention that “his mind is clear and calm” so he could easily answer the difficult and exacting questions, and that he would “enjoy the process and have fun.”
Before the exam, my client chatted with the two other pilots taking the same test. One pilot had already failed the exam once (so was calling on past performance to colour future expectations), while the other pilot was almost sick with apprehension and could only talk about how unprepared he was, basically asking his subconscious to ensure he failed. My client breezed through the exam, finishing before the other pilots, and passed with an outstanding mark. Afterwards he told me that he was perfectly calm, and thoroughly enjoyed the entire process.
He set the intentions as if they were in the present moment (I ‘am’ or I ‘have’, not I ‘want’) but they were applied to a future event, which is the domain of the subconscious mind. There was no critical left brain rejection because the left brain doesn’t know the future and has no control.
No doubt all three pilots put in hours of studying and were prepared, but of them all, which pilot would you rather be?
Get Bigger and Smaller
If you are trying to change a lifelong habit, or do a major New Year’s Resolution, then just make one resolution, with daily intentions to support it. But what to intend? A good place to start is that “2014 is my best year ever.” That’s it. No add-ons about losing weight or making more money. If it’s your best year ever, that other stuff and more will automatically be included.
Your daily intentions or affirmations now support this major goal. So, before you go to your exercise class, you make the intention that “my body loves exercising.” Before you go to work, intend that “I have harmonious relationships with my boss and co-workers.” Before leaving for the sales call, “I have a useful product or service that is always in demand.” And before you see your partner, “I love easily, and I easily accept love in my life.”
Then sit back, and watch your body perform like never before, how easy it is to get everyone at work to collaborate, your sales naturally increase, and your partner just can’t wait to spend more time with you.
I know 2014 is my best year ever. How about you?