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hellobeautifulsignYou have the ability to change the entire direction of your life with that little thing under your nose: your mouth. Yes, it’s as simple as it seems. We all talk to ourselves, and our own voice is the one we believe more than anyone else’s. So don’t you think it’s important what words we are saying to ourselves?

Successful people take a proactive approach to their dreams. They don’t wait to see what happens with their lives. They prophesy their future. Unsuccessful people speak of things the way they are as if they will always be that way. The truth is, as long as you continue to declare negative statements over your life, that’s exactly what you will continue to experience.

After years of failed diets and believing his weight problem would never go away, Shad Helmstetter heard about Olympic athletes hiring self-talk trainers to help them win gold medals. So, he decided to try it regarding his weight loss. Shad wrote out details affirmations and positive declarations about his weight loss goals, then audio recorded himself reciting them.

He listened to these affirmations every morning while shaving, and over the course of ten and a half weeks, he lost 38 pounds, without dieting! His wife even lost 25 pounds eavesdropping on his declarations as she got ready each day! You see, your words create your reality.

I am so grateful my parents taught me the power of the tongue, and I’ve done my best to guard my mouth from speaking death or detrimental words over myself. However, I didn’t necessarily practice the habit of doing the opposite: proactively speaking positive words over my future. At least, not with any intentional effort.

Like the Lord told Joyce Meyer, “Joyce, you have stopped saying negative things, but you have not started saying positive things.” It’s one thing to stop speaking negative, debilitating words over yourself (I’ll never live in a house like that. I have a slow metabolism. I’m not qualified.), but you’ve got to take it a step further by replacing those words with positive declarations over yourself and your future.

If your first image of giving yourself a pep talk reminds you of Saturday Night Live’s Stuart Smalley and his catchphrase, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me,” then you probably think this is some kind of ridiculous joke you’re playing on yourself. I understand.

However, you can’t argue with results. When you’ve experienced dream after dream occur in your life as a result of speaking them out loud, ol’ Stuart doesn’t seem so crazy after all. But be encouraged, I do not sit in front of a mirror and slowly talk to myself (with a lisp)!

What would happen if you set aside the potential of feeling silly and traded your limiting, negative self-talk with motivational, positive declarations of faith? Your life would move in that direction.


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