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I Choose the Impeccable Path

“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” -Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

I choose to be a man of my word.

I choose to make promises and agreements only when I sincerely intend to fulfill them. And when I make those commitments, I vow to write them down and create a plan for making them happen. My “no’s” shall be more powerful and my “yes’s” shall be more meaningful.

I choose not to resent or run from those who hold me accountable to the highest standards of integrity. What matters is my self-actualization and I intend to use all experiences as lessons toward that end.

Onward & Upward

Today, I choose to be a superior version of self.

I resist the seduction of complacency. I affirm my present value with gratitude, but I refuse to confuse self-respect with the denial of my potential.

There is more to who I am than what I’ve discovered. My best days are not behind me, they are within me. I choose to dig deep. I choose to unearth my hidden treasures. There is beauty unseen and on this day I will strive to see it. There is brilliance untapped and on this day I will endeavor to unfold it.

My appreciation for who I am shall not blind me to the possibilities of who I can become.

Come Hell or High Water, I shall write!

I commit to creating without regard for conditions.

I am willing to write poorly for the sake of writing well.

When I lack the “right” words to say, the “wrong” ones will have to suffice.

When my loftiest thoughts forsake me, I will work with the mind that I actually have rather than the one I wish I possessed.

Inspiration be damned!

I am a writer. I write.

Writing is not a mood.

Writing is a proactive process and I, alone, am the catalyst by which this process is initiated, carried forward, and completed.

The Muse may tarry, but I will not.

When she decides to join me, should I be graced with her presence at all, she will find me where all the other writers are: doing the work.

I may write my best when I am inspired.

I may write my worst when I am not.

But whether inspired or otherwise, I shall write.

For better or for worse, I commit to creating.

T.K. Coleman

Note: This affirmation is inspired by an excellent blog post from Seth Godin on “writer’s block” and how to defeat it. I first read this post over a year ago. Since then, I have never suffered from writer’s block. Thanks, Seth. This posts is a short read, but these are some pretty powerful and practical insights for anyone who struggles with writing in particular, or creating in general. I hope you enjoy it too. The link is below. Cheers, T.K.

Talker’s block

A rampage of happiness

Happiness cannot harm me.

The Universe will not punish me for choosing happiness.

If I choose to be happy right now, I won’t have to pay for it in the form of unhappiness later.

I can be happy now and later.

I will be happy today and when tomorrow comes, I will also be happy then.

My happiness will not destroy me. 

Being happy will not transform me into a sociopath nor will it make me complacent and devoid of positive motivation.

I reject the logic which claims that unhappiness is essential to my sanity or survival.

Happiness will serve me just fine

Anything that unhappiness does for me, happiness can do better.

I don’t need to motivate myself through misery.

I don’t need to use unhappiness as a way of keeping myself in check.

I care about what I care about and that is all the motivation I need to pursue my interest.

Love for what is desired, not discontentment with what is currently experienced, is the fuel for my creative process.

Happiness is not bad

It is never wrong for me to be happy.

It is never inappropriate or immature for me to be happy.

It is never disrespectful or rude for me to be happy.

It is never untimely or out of place for me to be happy.

Nothing that I love is jeopardized by my happiness.

I don’t need to throw my happiness in anyone’s face in order to experience the internal bliss which it provides, but neither do I need to make myself unhappy in order to demonstrate sensitivity and compassion.

My happiness, and the particular way in which it makes me fully present, is precisely what makes it possible for me to demonstrate sensitivity and compassion towards others.

My state of happiness makes me a person of great value to this world.

By being happy, I remain connected to the clear-headed and creative thinking of those who possess an unclouded mind and an undisturbed heart.

Being happy is always a win-win proposition.

Unhappiness doesn’t prove anything

I am capable of being true to the people and the passions in my life without sacrificing or suppressing my happiness to do so.

I value what I value and I never need to make myself feel unhappy in order to prove that fact to myself or someone else.

If something unwanted happens, I don’t need to make myself unhappy in order to prove that I care.

I can love what I love without making myself feel miserable about the absence of it.

Because I have direct access to my own heart, I can know with absolute certainty that I care about what I care about.

Making myself unhappy will not cause me to care about what I care about anymore than I already do.

Allowing myself to be happy will not cause to me to care about what I care about any less than I already do.

I am happy with happiness

There is no aspect of being happy that I need to feel unhappy about.

I choose to be happy because being happy feels wonderful and I have no good reasons for denying myself the opportunity to feel wonderful.

It feels wonderful to know this.

I am happy with myself for taking the time to center my awareness in this knowing.

In this knowing, I am complete.

T.K. Coleman

I can afford to do what I love

Following my bliss does not mean rendering myself unable to pay my bills.

I am capable of finding a healthy and harmonious balance between meeting my physical needs for shelter and survival and satisfying my spiritual longing for purpose and fulfillment.

My physical and spiritual demands are not mutually exclusive and I renounce any philosophy, practice, or precept which requires me to disregard any aspect of my beautiful multifaceted self.

The power and intelligence which has brought me forth has also placed within me all the tools sufficient to design a lifestyle of spiritual and material prosperity. I do not have the power to do everything, but I do have the ability to do everything I have been created to do.

I am not here on my own account, but as an instrument of expression for The Infinite. I, therefore, have the right and responsibility to request and receive that portion of the Universe’s resources which subsidizes my partnership with God.

I turn my faith towards the presence of an invisible and inexhaustible supply. I do not plea for my good as though I were a beggar, but I approach the throne of Divine grace as an offspring worthy of his inheritance.

Knowing that I am working with the most natural of laws, I send out my thoughts of abundance confident that they will return to me in friendly forms.

The same energy which compels me to pursue my passion now prospers me that I may propel my creative visions forward.

T.K. Coleman

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