One of the things that I enjoy doing is “dream-building.” For me, dream-building includes things like going to look at houses where I would like to live; test driving the car that I would like to own; looking in magazines or online to see locations where I would like to vacation.
Dream-building helps me hold specific images in my mind with the expectation that these dreams will (soon) become reality.
I recently had an epiphany while on one of my dream-building outings. As I rode around a gorgeous neighborhood looking at million dollar homes with expansive yards and luxury cars parked in each driveway, I found myself thinking “I wonder who lives here?”
I immediately assumed that these homeowners must be doctors, lawyers, judges, business CEOs and the like. Well guess what that did to my dream?! It quickly deflated it, because I do not fall into any of these categories!
In that moment, I realized that I needed to take a step back in my thought process and change the image I was holding in my mind. As much as I am open and receptive to the good that life offers, my belief was that the “good” things are reserved only for those in certain professions.
So, I have started saying to myself “I am worthy and deserving of all the good in life.”
One of the things that this process has taught me is that the affirmations we use must meet us where we are. If there are underlying beliefs that negate these affirmations, they must first be addressed in order to move forward.
The lesson in this is to start where you are. If your affirmations are “not working,” take a step back and look at your underlying beliefs. If you’re not seeing your reality progressively change for the better, perhaps you need to address a fundamental belief that is blocking you from having what you really want in life.