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January 23, 2014

Lori Brothers: Traveling a three-week path can take you to better habits

NEW CASTLE — I invite you to a 21-Day Challenge (which may take more than 21 days).

Whether you are still activating a New Years’ resolution, or you have a vision or goal you want to accomplish, you can utilize this template as a powerful meditation tool to start something new.

Affirmation and visualization have been clinically proven to enhance outcomes. So take charge of the power tool of your mind to make a positive difference in your life. Develop a laser-like focus, and manifest your dreams and goals.

The willingness to develop the focus it takes to change is a major part of creating and maintaining new patterns.

The outline of “seven days of quotes” is a template to begin creating the mind power and will to meet your goals.  It takes 21 consecutive days of repeating the new pattern to create a new habit. If you want to create something new you have to focus on it long enough for it to take root and become your new realty. (Note: You can use any quotes that inspire you.)

For most people, realistically it will take more than 21 days to create a new habit or manifest a new dream into your new reality. Old patterns and life circumstances can challenge your resolve.

This is why working with the seven days in a row template can be your structure to change. If you go off-goal at any point, start back at day 1 until you have completed the seven days of quotes meditations while successfully meeting your goal each day.

So the only rule is – Think nothing of starting over. Day 1 (no matter how many of them you have) is your friend. Day 21 is your destination. You’ll have to start over each time you don’t accomplish your intention for the day. But that’s OK. Once you’ve successfully completed 21 days in a row, you will be successfully living your new pattern.

Before you start Day 1, be clear about the intention, goal or dream you want to accomplish. Launch your intentions with a clear vision of the outcome. Be brave about what you will have to do each day to meet your goal. What will you need to let go of?  What actions will you need to take?

Use the power tool of your mind and imagination to see and feel having what you intend. How will you act, think and feel in your new reality? 

Don’t judge yourself for having to start over. Focus on the meaning behind each of the daily quotes in relation to your vision for success. You will accomplish the 21 days in a row when you are living your goal with ease.

I suggest that you reflect on the quote for the day at two critical points, in the morning before you start your day, and again at the end of the day before you go to sleep. If you want to review through the day as well it will provide extra reinforcement.

•Day 1: “When I dare to be powerful — to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde

•Day 2: “Concentration is the secret of strength.”  — Ralph Waldo Emmerson

•Day 3: “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.”  — Robert Kiyosaki

•Day 4: “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

•Day 5: “Perhaps I am stronger than I think.”  — Thomas Merton

•Day 6: “Storms make trees take deeper roots.”  — Dolly Parton

•Day 7: “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.”  — Samuel Johnson

Build strength to focus on the actions that bring you what you want. Take time at the beginning of your day to study your daily quote to stay inspired, and reinforce your strategy.

Acknowledge at the end of each day, with honesty, how well you are meeting your goals.

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