"Every day in every way, I'm getting better and better." This affirmation was originated by 19th-century French psychologist and pharmacist Émile Coué and was the basis of his method of effecting positive change by using the imagination to optimistically proclaim desired results. He wrote that any idea repeatedly held in the mind became a reality. His method helped many people learn to use positive self-talk that focused on whatever they preferred, for example: "I can remember clearly. I am feeling healthy and energetic. I am strong and capable."
I recently read a similar affirmation: Every day, in every way, I embrace a greater vision of my life. Coué's version implies that something is not quite good enough, yet is improving daily, and the other version affirms that while everything may already be good enough, there's still room for expansion. Remembering that positive and negative are two sides of the same coin, and that any pair of opposites can be accepted or rejected, I find that both affirmations help bring events into perspective. I can be thankful for all that I already have and still want to improve by embracing an even greater vision of what's possible.
Today is my son's birthday. He's about to make a decision that will allow him to embrace a greater vision of his life by accepting the challenge of returning to school for an advanced degree. Positive self-talk and maintaining his focus on a future that he prefers will overcome any trepidation about letting go of the security of his current occupation and familiar surroundings. Here's to imagining a greater vision for ourselves and for our world!