It’s the time of year that we start thinking of New Year’s Resolutions, and just about everyone has at least one! Lose weight, eat healthier, get fit, spend less money, get out of debt, repair relationships, find a new relationship… the list could go on forever! It’s fairly common knowledge that many New Year’s Resolutions fail, but why is that? There are all sorts of theories, but one theory that has plenty of evidence behind it is that a lot of it is in our wording and our mindsets.
One example of this would be, “I need to stop eating junk food all the time.” The phrasing of “need to stop” is actually detrimental to a mindset of success. Rephrasing to say, “I will start eating healthier” is much better. But even BETTER is to phrase your goals as if you have already accomplished them. “Today, I chose healthy foods that nourished my body.” But you don’t say that at the END of the day. No, that is how you START your day! As if you have already accomplished that goal! It’s amazing what this shift in wording and mindset does for your life!
This concept of shifting your mindset to create success, and willing that success into existence is known as manifestation. I know that word can sound a little woo woo to some people, but trust me, it is psychologically sound! But you don’t come here for the science, you come to my blog to see the personal experiences and first-hand accounts of what I do!
As adults we come up with resolutions, but what about our kids? Well, not only do my husband Caleb and I use a manifestation mindset, but we are teaching our kids to do so, as well! We use Manifestation Journals.
The idea is to write out certain goals and fundamental beliefs/values we have in the language of success. This helps us maintain an attitude of capability and success, while also helping instill the values we care about most.
As we’ve been using this practice, I’ve been documenting when I can! We in no way did this “ritual” every day, but it was something the kids looked forward to, and it was a basic part of their routine. Once Covid hit, it made it a lot harder, but we continued to write in our journals when we could. I think having a practice/ritual/routine every day is great, but if you miss a day it doesn’t make sense to just stop! The more you do it, even sporadically, the better it will sink in and help transform your mindset.
Why not start small? We started with basic manifestations and then moved to add the rules for our family. We chose what were the best beliefs and values for us, that we wanted to instill in our kids, and made a list of them for us to remember. We went over each rule one at a time with the kids, and had them begin to write each one down. As a family, we believe the three most important things in life are: family, health, and wealth. These are things we want our kids to grow up and know how to use, and not take for granted.
These look different for every family. We have those three, and then have sub-rules under each. For example, the first rule of money (wealth) is to always pay your self first, saving for things and making sure you are taking care of yourself.
It’s beneficial to write these things down in order to commit them to memory, but I also love having this opportunity to see where my kids started and how far they have come, even just with their handwriting!
What do you think? Will you start your own manifestation journal? I highly recommend it. Trust me, it’s life-changing!