Subscribe to RSS Feed


.Gypsy with Crystal Ball
Let me start off with full disclosure, because if you and I are going to make this cyber relationship work, it needs to be founded in total honesty. So, here goes . . .

I never really believed in Affirmations. Oh, I guess I did in a sort of ephemeral, existential, pop-psychology way. You know–it can’t hurt, but nothing quite compares with the old pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, get-your-hands-dirty-but-keep-your-nose-clean approach to success.

Sloughing along in my rut, it took me awhile to realize that the outlooks were not mutually exclusive. Multi-Colored Toy Train 3 carsIn fact, they rather depend on one another. The positive reinforcement (the I think I can . . . I think I can . . . I know I can Little Engine That Could focus) makes it possible/palatable to keep on chugging, so that we follow through on the minutiae that goes into making that Big Picture happen.

Back to Affirmations, if you will. I was merrily plodding along, giving a polite nod to the affirmative crowd, when all of a sudden, it hit me! Rodin's The ThinkerI was far from Affirmation free. In fact, my walls and bulletin board were covered with quotations–bits of inspiration from poets, politicians, and practical people like you and me. I stared at those words every day, strategically placed to remind me that I could accomplish anyting I truly set my mind to.

Years ago, when I was embarking on my first business, my accountant was reviewing the financial documents that I routinely handed over to him, when he stopped and gave me a steady, serious gaze. “You can do anything,” he said. “You are amazing!”

throughout the years, whenever I’ve come up against those bad-ass brick walls, I call up that delicious moment in my close-to-the-railroad-tracks storefront and I figuratively look myself in the eye and say, “You can do anything. You are amazing!”

Recently, I took an old photo album–one of those small snapshot books designed for a quickie look at favorite family shots, Photo Album smallgraduations, momentous birthday parties, or grandchildren–and reconfigured it for my personal road to success. As I come across phrases and snippets that seem directed at me, personally, and my goals, I copy them by hand (in my increasingly less than legible Palmer method) and insert them in the plastic pages, one to a side. It’s like scrapbooking in reverse–as you design a plan for tomorrow.

Thus, convert that I am, I invite you to explore the world of Affirmation and Self-Worth. Read the books. Listen to the audio. Watch the video. And follow the guru of your choice. Then, take the words that were meant for you and weave them into the fabric of your future.Crossroads

I hope to see you back here to share your success stories and wisdom gained along the way.

Remember the Joy!

Maura Marenwolf Portrait

P.S. If you do nothing else today, watch Validation. It’s totally free (courtesy of YouTube) . . . fun and life-affirming . . . and also features T J Thyne, one of my favorite actors!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • NewsVine
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • Live
  • LinkedIn
  • MySpace

Leave a Reply

Security Code: