The most frequent question I get asked is, “How do I get unstuck? I know where I want to go, but I can’t seem to get from here to there.” I have always depended on the power of words to inspire and motivate, especially the strength in the words, I am .
In Exodus 3:14 God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” Doesn’t that make I am some of the most sacred words we know? Even the most powerful? For I believe that when we tap into who we really are, who we were created to be, the I am of us, we are tapping into God. What can be more powerful than that?
I went to a conference and met a young woman who wanted to be a writer. She had started a blog and people were responding, but only a few people. She thought that a certain number of readers dictated whether she was a writer or not. By the end of our conversation she said aloud, “I am a writer.” She teared up because in that moment, by speaking it aloud and announcing it to herself and the world all at once, she was a writer. She told me she had walked into the room wondering what she was going to do with her life, looking for inspiration, confirmation, anything, and she walked out being a writer.
That is the power of I am.
Many people believed that Muhammad Ali spouted out his poetic announcements before every fight to psych out his opponent. He was really psyching up himself.
“I am the greatest.”
“I am the heavy weight champion of the world.”
“I’m so fast that last night I turned off the switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”
He even said, “I am the greatest. I said that before I even knew I was.” For he believed, “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
That is the power of I am.
So, if you are stuck. You aren’t who and where you want to be. Use the power of I am and announce to yourself and the world who that is.
I am beautiful.
I am healthy.
I am able.
I am strong.
I am a warrior.
I am successful.
I am a champion.
I am worthy.
I am a writer, teacher, doctor, lawyer, astronaut, chef, college graduate, parent, artist, …
But, you have to say it out loud and you have to say it proud. You have to repeat it until you mean it. You have to receive it and believe it. You have to build yourself up so no one can knock you down.
That is what Ali did.
And when doubt creeps in and time passes without seeing any change in circumstances, say it again and again and again. Because when you say it enough, you will begin to believe, and when you believe, you are.
It is then, that things begin to happen.
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May your week be filled with love and light, Darlene.