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Affrimations: 6 Templates for Your Own Inspiring Affirmations



We’ve been talking about affirmations all week. Today’s a chance to craft your own to power you to your soul-prospering life.

Here are some examples to get your creativity flowing for your own custom affirmations:

(Insert your name), you can do this because you have what it takes. (Insert your name), you are intelligent, you are gifted, you have skills and experience, and you have wisdom. You can do it!

 (Insert your name), you are a fully loaded and fully packed from your toes all the way up to the tippy-top of your head with all you need to achieve your dreams and to live your soul prospering life.

 (Insert your name), you are enough just the way you are right here and right now.

 (Insert your name), you are in the right place in the right time doing the right things in the right way.

 (Insert your name), let’s do it this! Together we can do it! Let’s go!

 (Insert your name), you have the heart in the soul of a champion. (Insert your name), you are a victor.  I believe in you!


Let me know the affirmations you craft for yourself. Thanks!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Affirmations: A Brand New Technique (That’s Actually Been Around ForEVER!)



I just heard something really cool about affirmations and I knew you’d be blown away by, too.

I just heard an interview by Brendon Burchard, a popular high performance coach, who talked about some of the research he’s concluded on peak achievement. In a small section of the interview he talked about the surprising things he and his research team discovered about affirmations.

We’ve all heard that affirmations need to be in the present tense, need to be positive, and need to be “I” statements. You and I debunked a little of this when we talked before about how negative affirmations can be just as powerful as positive ones, such as Scarlet O’Hara’s statement at the end of Gone with the Wind, “…I’ll never be hungry again!”

In speaking to thousands of high performing international business people and world-class athletes from around the world, Brendon Burchard’s research has debunked another “truth” about affirmations: they must be “I” statements. He and his team concluded that affirmations are more powerful when they are stated in the second or third person, instead of the first person.

For instance, here is a positive statement in the first person: “I am so lucky to be doing work I love. I am honored to be helping others. I feel great when I have a positive impact on others, helping them improve their lives.”

Here is that same statement in the second person: “Brendon, you are so lucky to be doing the work you love. You are so honored to be helping others. You feel great when you have a positive impact on others, helping them improve their lives.”

Here’s the same statement in third person: “Brendon is so luck to be doing work he loves. Brendon is honored to be helping others. He feels great when he has a positive impact on others, helping them improve their lives.”

Which new technique feels more comfortable for you, statements in the second person or in the third person? I think I prefer second person.

I’m going to give this a try and I’ll let you know how it goes. Join me and let me know how it goes for you! Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Affirmations: What If They’re Truly Not Working?



Yesterday we talked about our lives seeming to get worse when we use affirmations, sometimes causing us to think that affirmations don’t work. Today, let’s talk about what to do if our affirmations truly are not working.

At all.

No worries! All is not lost!

Here are two things to do with your affirmations:

~Tweak them.

Perhaps they are too far down the road. Even though we think we formulated affirmations for just a few steps ahead, perhaps those steps are bigger than we realized and, as a result, our affirmations are trying to push us to take too big of a step or a step we aren’t ready to take. Break your affirmations into little steps.

~Leave some room, some air, in them for Magic.

Perhaps the affirmations we made are too structured, too defined, and there’s no room for unexpected better things to come along. For instance, I have a friend who talks to the Universe and says what she’s striving for and gives what she thinks is the best course of action, but then she says that she’s leaving the actual “how” of it in the Universe’s hands. Sure enough, more often than not, something unexpected usually happens and it’s something she never thought of–and it’s usually better in some way. Give your affirmations some elbow room to work out!


Above all, keep going! Keep taking steps and affirming that everything is working out for you!

Give these two suggestions a try when you hit a rough patch with your affirmations. Let me know how they work out for you. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Affirmations: An Inspiring Poem



Let’s get the week started right. This poem reminds us what’s important, and it isn’t what the world tells us is right and valuable. It’s what our own hearts and souls tell us.


  To live as gently as I can;
  To be, no matter where, a man/woman;
  To take what comes of good or ill
  And cling to faith and honor still;
  To do my best, and let that stand
  The record of my brain and hand;
  And then, should failure come to me,
  Still work and hope for victory.

  To have no secret place wherein
  I stoop unseen to shame or sin;
  To be the same when I’m alone
  As when my every deed is known;
  To live undaunted, unafraid
  Of any step that I have made;
  To be without pretense or sham
  Exactly what men think I am.

  To leave some simple mark behind
  To keep my having lived in mind;
  If enmity to aught I show,
  To be an honest, generous foe,
  To play my little part, nor whine
  That greater honors are not mine.
  This, I believe, is all I need
  For my philosophy and creed.

~Edgar A. Guest


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: Presume It’s Your Destiny Calling You

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People are often amazed.

They say to me that they have no idea what a soul-prospering life would look like for them. They tell me they’ve been searching all their lives and they feel they’re no closer to discovering it than when they first started looking.

When I tell them that living their soul-prospering life is much less complicated than what they think, and that it’s probably been right in front of their nose this whole time, they are amazed, astonished, and, quite frankly, don’t really believe me.

It’s true, though.

In fact, you’ve probably been skirting around it for years or even pursuing it as a hobby. You’ve pooh-poohed it, though, because it’s too easy or too much fun or you think you couldn’t make a living doing it or it isn’t practical…. The list of seemingly well-founded reasons goes on. As we discussed earlier this week, this is fear dressed up in its Reasonable and Logical and Responsible clothes.

But all it does is keep you stuck, and yearning, and wishing…and unhappy because you know you have so much more inside.

What do you do about this?

You take 15 – 20 minutes of quiet, uninterrupted time and answer the following questions, but do NOT let the Practical Pete/Pam part of your mind interfere!

~What do I love doing or what do I enjoy doing?

~If making a living weren’t a consideration, what would I love to do or what do I think I’d enjoy doing?


Yes, yes I know you’ve seen these questions before but you thought your answers were so ridiculous, pie-in-the-sky, impractical, and just plain old nuts that you thought it was a worthless, time-wasting exercise.

First of all, before doing this exercise you agreed to ignore Practical Pete/Pam. Second of all, within these crazy, wacky ideas are the seeds of your soul-prospering life!!

If you want to live a soul-prospering life, you MUST take these unrealistic, outlandish ideas seriously!!!

Of course do your homework and your due diligence, but do it in a way that helps you take baby steps towards your dreams, NOT in a way that shoots down your dreams!!!

You just don’t know how things are going to work out. Remember my friend who’s the avid knitter–we talked about her on Tuesday. She thought her “regular” job would have to support her knitting passion but, as she followed her heart and didn’t worry about the money, she found that her knitting paid for itself. In spite of the fact that she was giving away a much of her knitting the charitable organizations she founded and others she was affiliated with, not only did the knitting pay for itself in real dollars and cents, but there was even money left over!

My advice is to presume that your dreams are your Destiny calling to you and to keep reaching, stretching, and moving toward it.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: How to Start



As recommended in yesterday’s post, you took the time to pull out the ideas generated from last week’s topic about Motivation. You looked at what you’d written and now you see a pattern or a common thread. You realized that all along you’ve been interested in this topic and all along, in subtle ways, you may have been pursuing it, even if only in your daydreams.

You’re excited, and you have dreams and plans…but you just can’t seem to start.

Maybe you’ve told yourself that the timing isn’t right, or you have too much on your plate right now, or when you have more money….

These seemingly practical reasons are nothing more than fear dressing itself up in a disguise that’s designed to keep you in your comfort zone.

The key to overcoming this, the key to starting, is to start–to take action.

Yesterday’s post urged you to choose one of your wild and crazy ideas to begin working on. Yes it’s big. Yes it’s overwhelming. Yes it’s scary. But the more you stand there staring at it and trembling and shivering, the more you will shake and quaver.

The best thing is to find a piece of the whole that seems like it’d be fun and/or easy. Start with that. Break it into small doable pieces. Choose a piece and do it.

When you’ve completed that little piece, make sure you reward yourself! This is incredibly important! Acknowledge the fact that it was hard and scary. Also acknowledge that you took a little step anyway and, surprise!, it wasn’t that bad after all!

Then choose another little piece and do that. Remember the reward! Then repeat this sequence to keep yourself going.

You can co it; I know you can.

Let me know how it’s going for you. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: It’s Easier than You Think to Figure It Out



Crafting a soul-prospering life sounds great, but how do you actually do this?   It’s easier than you think.

It’s easier because you already know what it is that will give you a soul-prospering life. All you need to do is turn away from what the world says is valuable and worthy, quiet your mind, and follow the Still Small Voice within.

What if you can’t hear it?

Remember the brainstorming session we did last week? Remember those wild and crazy ideas you came up with?

Yeah, those ideas that were totally nuts…look at them again. This is your soul speaking to you!

Do you notice any patterns, any common threads? Whether you do or not, choose one of the ideas–no, not the practical one or the reasonable one. Go for the way out there, completely terrifying idea.


Start working on that one.

It’s what will help you take the cotton and your fingers out of your inner ears so you’ll FINALLY begin hearing what your soul has been telling you all along!

Go for it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,