All day long, 24 x 7, we make declarative statements. Declarative sentences in the English language are simply sentences that form a statement. In case you forget from grammar school, sentences are organized into four types: Interrogative, declarative, imperative, and exclamatory. Before we voice any statement externally, we declare the thought to ourselves internally. We believe it first, and then we say it.
You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world. – Robin Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
So in its most distilled form, who we are is what we think that in turn becomes what we say.
But are you actually aware of what you are saying? Because how you think and speak directly influences both how you see the world and how people perceive you. As Wayne Dyer explains it, “As you think so shall you be.” Put another way, What you say you create.
As Lao Tzu puts it:
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
There may be some things in your inner-dialogue that you are afraid of voicing even to yourself. Think about the questions that are the loudest and most significant in your life right now. This may be hard, so I’ll go first:
- How do I love myself more?
- What do I do to make things easier?
- How do I help more people?
Since everything we want to manifest begins in thought form, consider these 5 questions:
- How do you want to say it?
- Do you choose achievable goals?
- Are you able to easily articulate your intentions?
- Can you keep your word?
- Do you have 100% commitment to your intentions?
Focusing on what you intend to manifest is really only the first step. In order to stoke the manifestation fire, you must tell others as well. A great way to get stronger at manifesting is to practice positive declarations that embody who we really are. For instance, pledge it with these words:
- I choose
- I lead
- I give
- I provide
- I allow
Of course, this can be difficult at first, but it does get easier. More than anything, making your declarative statements more purposeful helps us end the habit of saying what we don’t want. Today, challenge yourself to really say what you want to manifest. Remember: there is power in knowing what you want and saying it. Practice now: I will ________ I am ________ I create ________
Love yourself, love your day, love your life!
Editor’s note: This is another inspiring guest post by Daily Cup of Yoga contributor Silvia Mordini, E-RYT, retreat leader, happiness coach, and yogipreneur. Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted! Born in Ecuador, raised traveling around the globe, she is an enthusiastic citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer. She has over 10,000 hours and 15 years of teaching experience, owned a yoga studio for 9 years and after being run over by a car used yoga to recover physically and emotionally. Silvia leads Alchemy Tours Yoga Retreats and Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training.
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