I love the way we choose one day in the year to make our life-improving declarations – and then completely forget about our resolutions within a couple of weeks! We don’t seem to take these declarations very seriously. And then we slip back into the more familiar way of doing things, resume our old habits and nothing really improves. But you can learn to use the power of a declaration as a means of changing any aspect of your life that you feel isn’t working for you. The secret is to respect your word as if it were something sacred.
I’ve know plenty of people who would happily promise the earth, solemnly give you their word – and then follow up with every imaginable excuse to explain why they couldn’t – or wouldn’t – deliver on their pledge. They never seemed to realise how damaging this behaviour can be, how much it corrodes their power and self-esteem, how much it diminishes their stature. Fortunately, I’ve also met people who undertood how to use their word as if it were an absolute expression of intent: their word had the power of the laws of physics. If they told you they would do something, you knew with complete certainty that whatever they promised would happen.
So what’s the difference between these two ways of using your word? The most obvious difference can be summed up in one word – integrity. When the things you say match the things you do, you create a sense of unity between your thoughts and your actions. This is incredibly important when it comes to making your dreams and goals and aspirations a reality. This is not only extraordinarily useful to you but it also happens to be something you can learn. All it takes is practice. You make a statement about what you’re going to do – and then you do it. You can start with very simple things, actions that are easy, things that don’t require a great deal of effort. Practise stating what you’re going to do – and then do it. You’ll soon be connecting the things you say with the actions you take and, as you become accustomed to this powerful connection, you’ll be able to make more meaningful statements of intent. And then, regardless of what anyone else might say, you’ll know with complete certainty that you are going to do exactly what you’ve said you’re going to do. No doubts. No hesitation. No wriggling. No re-interpretation. You will have the power of stating what’s going to happen and you will bring it to fruition. You will have developed a degree of self-control and self-mastery that is quite rare and extremely valuable. Simply by practising the power of your word.
When you apply this ancient technique to something as mundane as a New Year’s resolution, you will choose wisely and carefully because you will know that as soon as you utter your statement of intent, you will automatically engage all of your power and energy to make that goal a reality. Take your word seriously from this moment onwards and turn it into an instrument for success and personal fulfillment.
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