Daily Affirmations

You need a 7 Day BrainwashAffirmations are powerful statements of intent. They work for the individual because they are written by the individual, and therefore the affirmation is uniquely relative to the situation. Used a great deal within self-motivational techniques, they are also a great tool for stress management. Remember that to resolve stress, the individual should look at the root of the problem and affirmations can be targeted directly at this.

They can be used daily. Morning and evening works best but the beauty with affirmations are that they can be adapted to suit that individual’s need and to endorse positive feelings at times most needed.

By their very nature, affirmations have to be written in a positive style such as:

I am going to resolve this problem today.

I am going to do well in my job interview because I am the best person for the job

I will not be bullied or get upset today

Affirmations must never be written or used in any manner other than a fully positive slant. Written and repeated sufficiently, they endorse a powerful message within the subconscious and conscious mind, if they are not written with a positive message, then the benefits will be limited for example:

I hope to do well in the my job interview today

The difference between statements is immediate. One is a powerhouse of energy and the other is a wishy- washy’ statement of hope.

To utilize the true benefits of affirmations, it’s important to consider where they are needed the most. Then write them to suit those needs. Different variations of the same message can be used too:

I am not going to get stressed today

I will remain calm and in control today

I will solve that problem and I will feel great

Once written, they should be repeated aloud, as many times as is necessary. They can also be repeated throughout the day and last thing at night. When repeating the affirmations, just ensure that they are said with conviction and emphasize key words that endorse the positive message:

I am not going to get stressed today

I will remain calm and in control today

I will solve that problem and feel great

Using The Law Of Attraction For Money

You need a 7 Day BrainwashDo you think the law of gravity cares whether it’s an apple, a feather or a lump of granite that’s falling to the ground?

Of course not! The law of gravity works regardless of what it’s attracting.

The law of attraction is similarly neutral, but you possibly are not. At least not when it comes to attracting money.

Money, it seems has many of us tied in emotional knots. “A Course In Miracles” says it loud and clear: “The Universe has no order of difficulty in miracles.”

What this means is that any difficulty we may experience in figuring out how to manifest money lies in us, not in the money itself. So if you want to discover how to use the law of attraction for money you’d better first get clear about what you believe about money to begin with.

You’ve probably heard or read elsewhere that there are commonly held beliefs about money which are said to keep the manifester and wealth apart. For example, that “money is the root of all evil.” Another common belief is that if one person has a lot of money then someone else is going short – the idea that there isn’t enough money to go around.

You should certainly have a frank conversation with yourself to discover if you are harbouring such nonsensical ideas. But an area often overlooked by those teaching how to use the law of attraction for money is your own sense of worthiness.

If you were asked, “How much are you worth? Are you being paid the right amount, less or more than you deserve right now?” – what would you say? The question may make you squirm, and if it does, take note! You’ve just hit a great truth about yourself. The follow-up question, of course, would be: “How much should you be paid?”

The key to understanding how to use the law of attraction for money is this: If you are struggling to make ends meet, don’t try to imagine yourself a billionaire overnight. The images might feel good, but when the wealth doesn’t show up in the morning, the resulting disappointment and disbelief undoes any wealth attraction you may have started!

To really use the law of attraction for money, play in your mind with various figures and notice your comfort zone. Can you imagine receiving ten thousand dollars or pounds tomorrow? How about manifesting a thousand? Still far fetched? Could you see yourself receiving a hundred?

Go with that. Stretch yourself a little, but not too far or you’ll simply give up trying to use the law of attraction for money at all, and then you’ll probably manifest more hardship.

Remember too, to be grateful for whatever does show up. Finding a penny in the street is still a manifestation of money and you’re on your way.

Finally, a word about worry. Wherever you are financially right now, worry won’t solve it. Negativity will only bring you down further. Dig deep and find your inner resourcefulness and creativity, and money will soon start manifesting again. However desperate things may get, this too will pass!

15 tips to keep you positive

You need a 7 Day BrainwashStruggling? Remember that most successful people found success out of problems and struggles. Maybe this moment is YOUR BIG OPPORTUNITY?

If you are working on big plans for your life, there is a very good chance that you are going to face obstacle after obstacle.

Life IS persistence and your ability to persist will ultimately define who you are.

Use today to think about your life in ways that will only strengthen your persistence muscles and drive you forward.

There is no magic pill that you can take to suddenly become confident but you can certainly make a habit of practicing your confidence.

Think about all of the wins you have experienced in your life. Big or small it doesn’t matter. Feed your mind with “confidence fuel”.

Convince yourself that you are DAMN good and experience the true feelings of confidence as it permeates through you.

BE YOURSELF. This means showing your true colors in all situations. It means acting wild and crazy even when others look at you funny.

There is no truer sense of freedom then when you can 100% express yourself, your opinions and your true feelings.

People fall into one of two categories when it comes to fear. They either know and face their fears or they deny and hide from their fears.

Make today all about committing to the breakthrough DESPITE any level of fear. Focus on the gain and the positive outcome.

My challenge to you is simple. Before you go to bed tonight, take 1 bold action in the direction of your major passions.

Every successful person that you can find has overcome enormous odds and obstacles.

New challenges show their faces almost daily. The obstacles tend to grow in proportion to the size of your goals.

If you have a massive life goal you are working towards then you are likely facing massive obstacles.

Using visualization to engage the law of attraction

You need a 7 Day BrainwashVisualization is the art of imagining something in your mind as though it is actually happening. We all visualize to a certain extent- if you are reading an exciting novel, you may imagine in your head the scenes that you are reading played out, and will probably have an image of what the characters look like. You find yourself daydreaming about the holiday you have booked whilst doing the chores, and can probably imagine walking along the beach and hearing the sea.

Visualization is also known as creative day dreaming, and can be harnessed and used as another powerful tool towards manifesting your desires.

When visualizing, you need to create a mental image of what you want to manifest, as though it is already yours. You must be able to see it in perfect detail in your mind. If you want a new car, imagine the exact make and model you want, the alloy wheels and fantastic sound system. If you want to travel, imagine your dream destination and the sights and smells you will experience when you are there.

However, simple visualization is not enough to engage the law of attraction. It does not respond to visualization alone- it responds to the vibrations from the feelings you are giving off when you are visualizing. The trick is to visualize- with feeling!

When you are visualizing, engage all of your senses; smell the leather interior of your new car, feel how it holds the road when you are driving it, hear the swish of the rubber tires against the road surface. The more detail you imagine, the more excited you should feel. Imagine how you would feel if the car was yours right now- how good would you feel! Try to hold that feeling for as long as possible as this is when you will be sending out those positive thought vibrations to the universe and aligning yourself with your new car.

If you want to travel, imagine the sun on your skin, feel the sand between your toes as you walk barefoot along the beach, smell and taste the exotic dishes you will try. Imagine relaxing and laughing with your family in a bar next to the sea. Get into the feeling of being there right now and feel the pleasure.

Don’t start wondering how you are going to get your goal, or let doubts creep in, or you will push it away. Simply visualize actually having achieved your goal and get into the feeling of having it. The more you visualize the easier it becomes and the easier you should find it to get into the feeling place or having what you desire.

Try to visualize at least twice daily; if you have a few spare moments during the day, take the opportunity to visualize your goals. You could make things easier by finding images relating to your goal and looking at them while you visualize.

Appreciate the things you have right now

You need a 7 Day BrainwashA fundamental secret to using the law of attraction successfully is to appreciate all that you have in your life right now, whilst anticipating more good things coming to you in the future. If you are feeling appreciation for something or someone, the vibration you send out to the universe will be akin to love- which is the most powerful vibration of all. If you can feel appreciation on a daily basis, the universe will bring you more and more things to appreciate. Start by making an appreciation list’; write down all the things you currently appreciate, such as a rewarding career, great relationship or your good health. You may struggle at first, but write down everything that comes to mind- even if it’s a roof over your head and the ability to read and write.

A really powerful exercise is to keep an Appreciation Diary’- each morning or evening, write down everything you appreciate, from a hot cup of coffee in the morning to a meeting that went particularly well.

Joe Vitale tells a lovely story of when he first started to study the law of attraction. He read about the importance of gratitude and appreciation, but at that time he was broke, homeless and depressed, and felt that he had very little to appreciate in his life.

So he looked at the pencil he was using to make notes, and decided to start by appreciating it; he appreciated the smooth, clean lines of the pencil, how it felt to hold it in his hands, the fact that it enabled him to take notes and so learn how to change his life, and the fact that the same humble pencil could also be used to write a block buster novel, or a score of beautiful classical music. He immediately found himself feeling more positive about his life and this was the turning point for him. Today Joe is a celebrated personal development coach who is worth millions of dollars!

As an exercise, pick something mundane and feel appreciation for it. As I glance at my desk, I see my cell phone. I love the feel of the smooth metal case, love the stylish lines and glossy black color, and really appreciate the fact that I can use it to connect with anyone I want, no matter where I am. I can use this phone to make a call to save someone’s life or to contact someone close and tell them how much I love them. Now pick an object and try it yourself! It will train you to feel appreciation for everything good that comes into your life, leaving you open to receiving more and more.

A lovely story in the movie The Secret’ relates how one individual kept a gratitude rock’ in his pocket. This was just an ordinary little rock, but every time he touched it when he got his wallet or keys out if his pocket, it reminded him to feel gratitude and appreciation for something in his life. Maybe you could find yourself a gratitude rock?

How to Achieve Goals In A Recession

You need a 7 Day BrainwashThe problem with believing you’re in a recession is that you start to feel that you cannot achieve your goals. Recession – or any of the negative words that are associated with it – is in fact in the mind of the beholder.

You don’t need to be an economist to see that things are not all black. In fact things are never all black, any more than they are ever all white. Stop and reflect for a moment on some of the industries and people that will thrive in a recession.

If you want to achieve goals you’ve got to believe there’s a way. You have to know in your heart that you can do it and that the odds are not stacked against you. If your goal is to climb Everest, you have to believe you can get there or there’s no sense in taking a single step up that mountain.

In fact, in the current financial climate, setting and achieving goals should become even more a way of life! When winter or war comes, for example, people gather together for comfort and support. In economic bad times, what better moment to gather a team of willing helpers?

Apart from anything else, you need to believe in yourself. Set the goal that you will find a way, and you’ll achieve that goal. On the other hand, if you start with self doubt and fear, setting goals will feel futile. You must get clear that the resource that has always achieved all the goals in your life has been you – not your bank balance or your job!

Set the goal that you can always think of something that others will want to pay you for. There’s only one you, and if you remain upbeat and positive, people will want not only your help – they’ll hire you for your genial personality! Never was there a better time to reinstate “whistle while you work!” (There’s a goal you can easily achieve!)

As a little food for thought, here are some examples of industries that are probably going to thrive in a recession. If you owned such a business, what goal setting would you be doing now?

The car repair industry. Fewer people are going to buy new cars for a while, so keeping the old ones on the road becomes paramount. Mechanics and second hand car sales people are probably going to easily achieve their business goals in the coming months!

How about the cheaper end of the beauty and glamour industries? Everyone wants to feel good, and a new hair-do doesn’t cost a lot. If you like wearing make-up, a new lipstick or nail polish can lift the spirits in a jiffy for the price of a cup of coffee or thereabouts. If your goal is for a quick pick-me-up, there’s one way to achieve it, whilst helping the beautician, hairdresser or cosmetics salesperson to keep their job!

Rental things – especially real estate – will flourish, won’t it? How about home entertainment? Cheaper than a night on the town! The whole family can rent a blockbuster DVD when it would have cost four seats at the movies not to mention outrageously priced popcorn! Goal achieved? Keeping the family spirits up.

Network marketing companies always do well in a recession as people search around frantically for ways to make money in their spare time.

Now, I didn’t set out to write a list and I’m not an economist. (Thank heavens for that – they hardly can take credit for keeping us out of trouble, can they?) The reason I wanted to point these observations out to you is not because I want you to change your job – I want you to change your mind! Personal and professional goals are just as achievable in the present climate as they are at other times. You simply have to apply your adaptability skills – a resource with which you have been equipped since birth.

When people are down, more than ever they need people who are up. Why were musicals so popular during the depression of the 1920s and through the war years? Because they made people feel good, that’s why.

If you want to achieve more goals, smile at more people. Be optimistic – life will go on, and rollercoasters are for riding – so point out to yourself and to the frightened people you meet that they have almost certainly already survived many of life’s challenges. You have the resources and so do they to achieve whatever goals they set themselves.

You cannot achieve your goals by joining people in their fear. No one is helped or served by that. Think outside the box, remember at all times that you are your own greatest resource and you will be not only inspired but you will become an inspiration.

Whatever you do, don’t give up! Keep on setting and achieving goals for the rest of your life!

It’s the way you look at life, not what you have

You need a 7 Day BrainwashG’day! Another day of life begins, isn’t that wonderful?

What do you mean, you don’t think it’s so great? Do you realize, it matters not one bit if you’re rich or poor, abundance is a feeling. Even billionaires are poor if they want more than they have, yet a poor person can be feel wealthy by simply having a few pennies more than they need today.

I once heard of a man who spent his life living on the streets of Calcutta. He owned nothing but the rags he slept in. Each day, he would be given a supply of tiny wooden sticks, a pot of dark goo, and a metal tray. He would dip the sticks into the goo, and leave them on the tray to dry. He was making matches. Throughout the day, people would come by and buy his matches. By evening he would have just enough money for a hot meal and a drink. Then he would go back to his place on the street, and sleep curled up in his rags. Every day he would go through the same routine.

One day, a visiting American journalist interviewed this man. To his amazement, he found him just as knowledgeable about world affairs as himself, not to mention multi-lingual. Astonished, the journalist asked, “Why don’t you travel to the West? You could get a good job, and earn a great deal of money.”

The little Indian looked at him quizzically. “What for?” he asked. “I have everything I need here. The world comes to me. I have enough to eat and a place to sleep, and I provide a service people need.”

The journalist was stumped. “But what if one day you didn’t make enough money for your meal?” he enquired.

“Then I’d be hungry.”

“And if that happened day after day?” The journalist was perplexed.

“Then I would die,” said the match-maker. “One day I shall die anyway. I think you are the one with the problems.”

Doing yoga to deal with stress

You need a 7 Day BrainwashYoga can be a great aid to help in the fight against stress. Hugely popular, it is far more than the exercise system that many people think it is. Because it is so gentle on the body, with each movement (asana) being considered and focussed upon before the move is attempted, it is slow, peaceful and relaxing and in a way, utilises many of the techniques of meditation.

Yoga is not about stressing out the body to achieve some of the more advanced moves that is often linked to yoga practice; it is about the individual working at their own pace and achieving many benefits and progressing at a pace that suits.

Stretching helps to relieve any tension that is held within individual muscle groups and the postures work on improving muscle strength and flexibility. Don’t forget that stress doesn’t just impact people mentally and emotionally but muscles store tension too. Other benefits include improved lung capacity (with regular yogic breathing techniques) and a sharper more positive focus and a sense of inner peace and calmness.

Ideally, attending a local class is highly beneficial as the teacher can ensure that the body alignment is in the correct position but there are many excellent yoga DVD’s, books or articles that can be sourced on the Internet. With so many styles to choose from, there literally is a style to suit everyone and the health and stress management benefits are far-reaching.

Once peace and inner contentment is established, meditation can be incorporated within the sessions and this increases the benefits further.

A regular daily practice of twenty minutes is sufficient at first.

The Goal Striving Paradox

You need a 7 Day BrainwashI remember when I was doing a lot of work as an independent consultant, when I first started I was starving for business. I wanted to get clients and close deals SO badly that my prospects could feel it. I’m sure you’ve been in the presence of a pushy sales rep and you would agree you felt immediately repelled from that person.

It happens in the dating world all the time when you see someone who is desperate to find a partner or long term relationship. The new “prospect” immediately feels the neediness from this person and it often turns them off once and for all.

Going back to my consulting example, As I changed my approach and took the “take it or leave it” attitude where I literally separated myself from caring whether I got the deal or not, business started to flow. In fact, the less I cared about landing the deal, the easier it was to close.

This is what I call the goal striving paradox. The more you want something, the more it feels like a real need for your life. And the more you need it, the more you focus on its absence… or a sense of lack. A perpetual state of striving is really what it is.

In many cases, you may actually start feeling terrible about the goal because your happiness is now contingent on you achieving this thing… and the longer it takes, the more concerned you become.

The trick for brining your goals into reality is to remove this “striving” factor.

Instead of setting a goal with the “if… then” mentality of “If I achieve this thing… then I’ll be happy”. You set your goals from a place of detachment. If you reach the goal, great. And if not, that’s cool too.

I’m not saying you remove your desire to improve the results in your life. What I am saying is that you set your goals, and then you focus on your goals daily from the perspective of already being happy, appreciative and content with where you are today.

This is quite easy to do. Look at your life right now and take note of all the good things you have going on. It could be your happy family, supportive friends, the recent recovery from illness of a loved one, the healthy meals you are able to eat on a daily basis, your own health.

You might also want to make a list of all of your previous accomplishments. What are some things you have already achieved that you can dwell on and feel awesome about.

Staying in that zone, you can then work passionately towards your new goals. Instead of needing this goal like a pushy sales rep needs your deal, you simply focus on your new goal… It will arrive in due time to reinforce the feeling of success that you have already created in your own mind.

The “Need” to be Right

You need a 7 Day BrainwashOur world is full of variety. On any given day we can have both positive and negative experiences. Many of these experiences ultimately influence the way we see the world and the opinions we form about how the world works.

Everyone lives in the context of their own perspective. While one person may look at a snow storm and be excited about the possibilities to get out and have fun, another person might be full of fear because they had previously been involved in a driving accident caused by dangerous winter driving conditions.

The events and circumstances are neutral. Our opinions about them are not!

Since we all have our own way of seeing the world, conflict with family, friends, colleagues, etc… is inevitable. There is absolutely no way that you are going to process every event in the same way as the people in your life. When these conflicts and differences of opinion arise, are you prepared to deal with them?

While I do believe that a good debate can often lead to effective solutions of problems, many debates can turn sour and become more toxic than helpful. When this happens, it is important to recognize that the situation will likely end in a stale mate and that you don’t “need” to be right.

The “need to be right” can be harmful to your health. If you spend all of your focus and energy trying desperately to convince someone else that your perspective is the correct one, you are creating a huge amount of unneeded stress in your life. If you go into this mode of “needing to be right”, you should take a step back and ask yourself why. Why do I need to be right? Why do I need this other person to accept my way of thinking so badly?

This ultimately comes down to self esteem. If you believe in your heart that a certain perspective is 100% true, there is absolutely no need to force anyone else to agree with you. The sooner you can embrace this, the sooner you will reduce stress and create more happiness in your life.

Embrace the idea of not “needing to be right”. If someone is taking an aggressive stance with you and trying to force an opinion on you that you do not agree with, let it go! Let them be right in their head and you can confidently carry your own truth in your heart.