The power of affirmations to manifest your desires
I want to tell you a little bit about the power of affirmations. I know what you’re thinking. It seems utterly ridiculous. How could uttering a few measly words of positivity possibly make all your wildest dreams or deepest desires come true?! Well, it’s quantum physics. Plain and simple (or maybe not)! I won’t bore you with all the E=mc2 style details (which, to be honest, are kind of above my head too!), but I’ll share a secret with you instead.
Every year I like to have motto to live by. A constant mantra to guide my thoughts and actions for the year and help install within me a subtle sense of confidence and purpose. I don’t recall the first year I started or why; it’s just something I’ve always done. So, last year my motto was: “Start the day with a smile and finish it with champagne.” I took things very literally.
For the first few months of the year I lived out my motto by waking with a smile and finishing the day with a champagne (or a Bellini, which I’d make by pureeing white peaches and topping with Chandon – bellissimo)! But, after a couple of months, I realised that drinking a glass of champers every night wasn’t conducive to the optimal health I sought. So I got a little loose with the literal translation and instead started meditating each morning and ending the day with a gratitude routine. I’d lay in bed at night and think about three things that I was grateful for that day. It was really nice, and reviewing the day’s events helped me become more mindful of, and in turn, more grateful for, each and every day.
In February, I booked our honeymoon (we got married Valentine’s Day – I know, talk about leaving it until the last minute!). It was a beautiful extended honeymoon that spanned three weeks and included a tree house retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland, snorkelling with sharks at Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef, lapping it up in luxury at Palazzo Versace on Main Beach, and cruising the South Pacific. Our favourite location out of the eight ports we explored? Champagne Bay! The sands and waters are pristine (no one lives on the island) and the fresh lobsters caught, sold and prepared daily by the locals (who travel over by boat when tourists arrive) are the best I’ve ever tasted.
Then, in April, our street address changed from King George’s Drive to – you guessed it – Champagne Drive!!! I kid you not.
Still not sold on the power of thought, intention and emotion? OK, I have another story for you.
When I was in Year 12, I had my heart set on getting a score of 90 in the HSC (back then our mark was called a UAI and determined what course we could get into at uni). I had an A4 poster on my study desk that read: “90 – YOU CAN DO IT!” About half way through the year something happened and I felt a little disheartened. I questioned my abilities and thought, “Come on Kate, don’t you think 90 is aiming a little too high? Set the bar high, but set it for something a little more achievable, OK?” So I took down the sign and replaced it with one that read: “88 – YOU CAN DO IT!” My results arrived in the mail (of the snail variety), a little later than everyone else’s (we lived on a farm). I’d heard some of my friends got 86.24 or 63.72 or 99.01. And what did I get? Go on, guess… yep, 88.00. Again, I kid you not. And you want to know the extra bit of good news? The uni course I wanted to get into – Bachelor of Journalism at Griffith University – required a UAI of 90. I mightn’t have got the right score on paper, but I was granted a bonus 6 marks because I was from a remote area. So, in the end, my deepest desire was granted – I had worked hard, put my mind to it, and manifested my dream.
The moral to the story is that you can think things into existence if you are able to focus on them with intensity. I took down the “90” sign, but that didn’t shift my focus from going to uni on the Gold Cost to study journalism – it just changed my mind about the UAI I thought I deserved. You see, there is a connection between your thoughts and the outcome. I remember thinking at the time, “I’m not going to get 90, but one way or another I am going to the Gold Coast and doing journalism.” I can be pretty stubborn in my resolve!
Everything in our lives is the result of what we’ve been focusing on and paying attention to. The key to manifesting your desires is to know what you want, and to be very clear about it, then focus on it with certainty and consistency. You don’t even have to know how to make it happen. That will come. When I got 88.00 in the HSC, I still didn’t know how I was going to get into the journalism course. I just trusted that I would, somehow, live on the Gold Coast and be a writer. And, well, you know the outcome
So tell me, have you experienced the power of affirmations to manifest your desires?