Archive for January 20, 2012

The Power of Declaration

One of the greatest powers that we have at our disposition is the power to declare what will be instead of what is. I have been using this technique for many years and later I found out that many successful people use this technique as well.

In this context, I mean declaration is simply to state what you want to see happen in the future without knowing how it will happen. This may include a goal, a positive behavior change or new characteristic that you want to acquire. Here are some examples of declarations:

  • “By the end of the year, I have been promoted to Sales Manager”
  • “I have achieved $1M in sales by the end of the year”
  • “I am enjoying getting back in my old clothes”
  • “I am disciplined”
  • “I am continuously improving”

When you make a declaration, you don’t need to know how the declaration will become true. You can do it before you have a plan. Here are some techniques in using the power of declaration:

  • Use present tense not future tense. For example don’t say “I will become more disciplined” simply state “I am disciplined”.
  • If you can, use past tense such as “By the end of the year, I have achieved X”
  • State a benefit of accomplishing the dream or declaration “I am enjoying my new corner office…”.

When I teach this technique to some people, they are reluctant to use it. To some, it looks freaky. I can understand why. It seems to be pretentious to state something and hope that it will materialize kind of like being G_d materializing the creation out of nothing. I would point out that for those of us of Judeo-Christian background that in fact the bible encourages us to declare boldly what we want.

Why does the power of declaration works? Frankly, I don’t know. I simply know it works for me and it works for many other people. In fact, I have yet to find someone who said they use it and don’t believe it works. If I could take a very wild guess, I would say that it has something to do with our brain being more powerful than we understand it to be.

Do you have some dreams deep inside that you want to accomplish? I dare you; in fact I double dare you to declare it in writing.

In a future post, I will discuss the twin power of declaration: the power of visualization.

January 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm 2 comments


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