Steps to Create Lasting Changes

“Every thought we think, every word we speak is creating our future.”

--Louise Hay

With the New Year just around the corner, many people are beginning to think about their annual list of New Year’s Resolutions. You know the list – change the diet, exercise more, drink less, quit smoking, save more money, be kind to the in-laws, etc. For some of us, the effort to change rarely lasts longer than 30 days. However, we want to help you stay on track with your goals by providing specific steps you can take to create lasting changes in 2013.

Dr. Joe Dispenza ( is a leading brain and change expert, as well as author of several best-selling books, including Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself . Dr. Dispenza’s research has shown that the “brain is the organ of change.” When we learn even one new bit of information, he writes, tiny brain cells make new connections within the brain, a concept in neuroscience referred to as neuroplasticity. To make lasting change, Dr. Dispenza says, “we have to mentally rehearse daily what it would be like to experience the transformation” so that the internal changes necessary to achieve the goals can take place.

One of the most effective ways to create lasting change is to “mentally rehearse” using daily affirmations.

What are Affirmations?

Scientists have now been able to demonstrate that there’s a direct link between our thoughts and our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Thoughts are a form of energy. Every thought you have has either a high vibration of energy (positive thoughts) or a low vibration of energy (negative thoughts). Affirmations are a conscious effort to positively reprogram the subconscious mind (storehouse of thoughts, feelings and beliefs) in order to create lasting change.

Affirmations are positive, present tense statements, which specifically detail what you intend to create in your life. Writing down an affirmation is like planting a seed within the subconscious mind; saying the affirmation aloud is akin to watering it. Change begins to blossom and then flourish in your life. You know an affirmation is effective if it resonates with your heart and gives you goose bumps when you read it or say it aloud.

Tips for Creating Effective Affirmations

The key to creating effective affirmations is beginning with an “attitude of gratitude” for everything that happens. That may be the toughest pill to swallow. However, the truth is every experience we have, both positive and negative, makes us grow. When we respond to every aspect of life with appreciation we open our hearts to all possibilities, and are open to learning the value of everything that happens to us.

You don’t necessarily have to believe your affirmation is possible. But by taking these extra steps, you can expedite change:

  • Set an intention: Make sure your affirmation is simple and clear, and includes action words, such as, “I will….” Instead of “I want….”
  • Be emotionally connected to the outcome: It’s important that you have an emotional connection to the affirmation – that you feel it in your heart when you read it or say it aloud. As Dr. Dispenza writes, fostering new brain cells creates the internal change necessary to support the external change.
  • Be ready to change: It’s hard to lose weight, for example, if you’re doing it because you “should” rather than because you’re passionate about having vibrant health.
  • Repeat the affirmation daily: Best-selling author, metaphysical teacher and healer Louise Hay persistently used affirmations and was able to heal from cancer. When reciting affirmations, she recommends looking in the mirror and gazing deeply into your own eyes.
  • Imagine the future:  Envision the outcome in your mind’s eye whenever you recite the affirmation. With gratitude, act as if your goal has already been achieved.

Write Your 2013 Affirmations:

  1. Begin with “I am happy and grateful for…
  2. State your affirmation as if it is already reality.
  3. Affirm what you want, rather than what you don't want. For example: "I am no longer sick,” or “I am no longer in debt.” Instead, affirm: "I am happy and grateful for the perfect health in body, mind and spirit that I am experiencing now,“ or “I am happy and grateful for the financial abundance I am experiencing now.” These statements reinforce your desired goal without confusing your subconscious mind with the mention of your current condition.

We look forward to continuing to support you in your efforts to create vibrant health and well-being in 2013!