What are “I am” Statements?
Quite simply, it’s a list of things you’d like to have, do and be. And I positively love it.
The concept of creating this list, or of saying these statements or affirmations is not new. But despite a lifetime of deep interest in personal and spiritual growth, and an intense movement towards deeper growth these last few years, I had never put the “I am” list into practice… until recently.
During a conversation with a friend and colleague of mine, a man who inspires me beyond belief (know people like this? Seek them out!!!) because of his belief system and life philosophy, I was reminded of this practice.
He’s John Carter, maybe in his 70’s, an entrepreneur and a personal growth devotee. Despite a tremendously hard upbringing, in which he shares that his mother was mentally unstable, used to burn him with cigarette butts and inflict cruelty, John pulled himself out of deep despair and depression at a young age. He committed to self-development and has the most incredible outlook and spirit of anyone you can think of.
He would never describe his life situation growing up as difficult or unfortunate. Instead he says he learned from these experiences. He has a peace about him that is undeniable and a sense of humor to boot.
(Look for an iTunes podcast episode with John Carter coming in February 2017)
During one of my conversations with John maybe 6 months ago, he shared one of the things he typically does during a day to set his mind and emotional state, as well as prepare him for success in life each day.
It’s an “I am” list.
John ridiculously illustrated how we so often look in the mirror and see the flaws, the negative, the things we want to change…. “Oh, I look tired today.” “There’s another gray hair.” “Ugh, a pimple.” 🙂
John said, and rightly so, that it is ever so important to re-direct our thoughts and energies towards the good we see in ourselves. To make it true for ourselves.
I took it one step further and utilized my list to add in goals, things I would visualize as being a part of my reality.
From John: If you’re lonely, you may wonder how you can write an “I am” statement that feels real and true and stated in a positive way. What about saying, “I am full of love.” Because, what is loneliness anyway except having a ton of love and nowhere to place it? Write, “I am full of love to give,” and begin to shift your state from feelings of despair and loneliness to that of love and anticipation.
I got to work on my “I am” list about 4+ months ago.
I wrote it out on paper and taped it on the wall next to my mirror in my office. Each day before I work (check out my morning routine here) I look in the mirror and smile. (Even if I don’t feel like smiling – but really, you’re talking to yourself in the mirror, which is kind of funny, so it’s not that hard to smile or laugh at yourself a bit.)
Then I repeat my statements.
I have now said them so many times (with a few tweaks along the way) that I have them memorized. So, they creep into my consciousness at other times of the day now. I may say them on a walk, in the shower, upon rising in the morning. I freaking love my statements. They may me feel empowered and utterly awesome. They support my belief in faith and the divine, in the power of my self to direct my life and just feel good.
Your “I am” Statements may be quite personal. I recommend keeping them close to your chest. I post mine here in only to inspire you, to share ideas and to show you what’s possible.
My “I am” Statements
a mother of two
a first-class world traveler
a walking success story
full of energy and vitality
clean & neat
in the flow
smart with money
I make wise financial decisions
a best-selling author
one hell of a coach
2017 is my millionaire year
I am love
Got some inspiration for your list? What is important for you to know about yourself? What do you know is true? What do you wish were true?
A belief is simply a thought that you repeat over and over. It seeps down into your subconscious with enough repetition.
Bob Proctor says two things precipitate real change.
- Repetition of an idea/thought
- Emotion tied to it
Direct words from the Bob Proctor Institute:
“You’ve got to be mindful of the ideas that you are planting. Unlike the conscious mind, the subjective mind is totally subjective. It accepts whatever it is given. So ANYTHING that you say, write or feel over and over again will eventually become fixed in the subconscious mind…
I remember as a little kid, when I was late for school, the teacher would have me write a hundred times, “I’m late for school. I’m late for school.” What she didn’t understand was that she was programming me to be late for school!
Repetition is the Mother of All Learning
Each day, you allocate a portion of your time to certain things. You eat every day. You wash your body. You get dressed.
Well, if you want to improve the quality of your life, start allocating a portion of each day to changing your paradigm.”
Let’s hear your thoughts. Share in the comment section.
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