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The power of a declaration

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In his cool book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker makes an interesting distinction between an affirmation and a declaration. An affirmation, he points out, states that a goal we wish to achieve is already happening – a notion that our mind may resist. "This is BS," a voice in our head may mutter.

A declaration, however, is not saying something is true. It is simply saying that we intend to do something or be something, Eker points out. "This is a position the little voice in our head can buy," he says, “because we’re not stating it's true right now, but again, it's an intention for us in the future."

JoAnn and I have each had a heavy cold the past two weeks. She succumbed first, and I succumbed a bit later. Perhaps it was some kind of flu, who knows. In any case, it's been a bit like wading through a field of molasses.

From time to time, during this process, I found myself saying to myself – “Everything is going to be all right."

I noticed that every time I made this declaration, I would feel just a little bit better. It was as if my body heard my words and was encouraged by them. I didn't feel well all of a sudden, but I did feel comforted and strengthened.

Here's another declaration that I've enjoyed making once in a while during the past week or two. "Something wonderful is coming."

I haven't tried too hard to put a form on these words, although I could if I wanted to. I just enjoy the feeling that the words evoke in me, a feeling of upliftment and blessing, a feeling of expectation.

I like this declaration because I think the words are true. The ancient promise, “As you sow, so shall you reap,” is true. We are children of a loving God, and as we keep expressing the love that is in us, and giving the gift we came to give, then no matter what circumstances arise we find increased fulfillment and joy in each moment.

We find that our experience of ourselves changes and grows. We become more whole. We realize that we already have meaning and worth. Something wonderful is coming all right – an ever deepening experience of the freedom and joy of our true nature.

Thank you for reading. I send you blessings and love, and I want you to know that I'm with you as you face the triumphs and adversities of your own life. I'd love to hear from you if you have any thoughts about this article. Bye for now.

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Evan Griffith March 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Chris —

It’s true for me that something wonderful is coming . . . another missive from The Happy Seeker.

I appreciate the distinction between an affirmation and a declaration. I often wrestle with that — comically — switching from present tense to future tense and back sometimes in the same sentence!

May you feel much better — I’ll be holding you and your wife in vibrant health consciousness —

With affection —

Evan
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Christopher Foster March 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

So happy to hear from you Evan. Thanks for your kind words. May your dreams come true and may you walk in wisdom and strength always.

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Michel Vaillancourt March 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

It is indeed our joy to create through many mediums of expression and writing is a privileged one which you, my friend, have mastered in many moments of your life.

It seems that when a diseased situaton arises, we need to let the creative process unfold in the situation and encouraging words are always welcome to focus the mind on healing instead of the disease.

Thank you for your constant presence in my life.

One with you
Michel

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Christopher Foster March 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

It’s always a special pleasure to hear from you Michel. Thank you for your words and your kind thoughts. I think it’s a law of life, that what we focus on expands, so yes, let us always seek to focus on healing instead of what is wrong. Love and blessings to you Michel. Sometime, I’d love to know where you live, and what you’re up to these days?

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Elle March 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I truly enjoyed reading your article. Declaring something is definitely powerful. I believe that that it shows that we are hopeful for the future.

I think it’s unfortunate how some people start to doubt their declarations of goals when others start to doubt them.

However, I love your declaration of “something wonderful” is coming. More people need to say this to themselves.

You seem to be such a positive person – we definitely need more people like you out there!

Thank you again for sharing your insight!
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Christopher Foster March 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Good to be sharing this journey of life with you Elle. Thanks for your kind words. I hope all goes well and I wish you all the very best.

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Don Carmichael March 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Hi there–

Thanks for this, subtle shift in the intonation of an ‘affirmatve’ statement seems to create a more declarative resonance as well when the difference perceived I’m finding ; )

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Christopher Foster March 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Don, good to hear from you, I hope all goes well.

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Marisa March 29, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Good evening,
I ran across your writings a few months ago. So much of what you describe is how I live my own life. I am in the midst of many revelations,resolutions, acceptance, and understanding. I believe the ability to declare has, and is, making my journey one of insight.
I continue to read through your various topics and marvel at the wisdom and guidance.

Thank you,
Marisa

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Christopher Foster March 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Great to hear from you Marisa. Thank you for your kind comment, and I’m so glad things are on the move for you in such a positive way. Your website looks beautiful. Lots of good wishes and keep up the good work.

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Brian April 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I just found your site today. Thank you for sharing positive content. I try to read or listen to personal development every day and now will add your site to my list.
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Christopher Foster April 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Thanks for your comment Brian. Wishing you all the best.

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Samfrank April 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Thaks for sharing this post.A declaration which has power or influence will emerge from a dialogue in a community where the individual expressions enrich and enhance each other until some new possibility has been created
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Christopher Foster April 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Thanks for your comment Sam.

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Shawn LaFountain April 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

This is a great article! I am glad you wrote about this. I went to a Millionaire Mind Intensive Seminar this past January. They had us stand up and get excited and proclaim our wealth declarations out loud together. It felt weird at first, but by the end of the weekend, you could feel the energy and positive emotions behind the decelerations. It really was a liberating feeling. My wife and I use use decelerations now all of the time for all kinds of things. There is power in saying them out loud with conviction.
Great stuff!

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Christopher Foster April 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Thanks for your kind words Shawn. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. I’m glad declarations are working so well for you, and send best wishes to you and your wife.

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Melisa May 7, 2013 at 8:25 am

Wonderful stimulating message. I know I have often thought that maybe it was time to give up some those unfulfilled dreams. I will keep your message available as a gentle reminder.. Thank you!

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Christopher Foster May 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

Thank you and bless you Melisa. Good to be walking in the way with you.

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