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In my last blog series, we discussed gratitude which is an OolaAccelerator. In my next series, we are diving into the OolaBlocker – fear. As I was starting this blog series, I quickly realized I needed to do some front loading first. So, before I go any further, I feel it is necessary to explain what exactly is an OolaAccelerator and what affirmation means.
As the Oola gurus, Dr. Troy Amdahl and Dr. Dave Braun, state in their National Bestselling book Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, “OolaAccelerators are where the real fun begins. You’ll learn new daily practices and proven success behaviors like gratitude, integrity, and wisdom that will help bring your life into balance – and lead to stunning personal growth – faster than almost any other way.”
The 7 OolaAccelerators are:
1. Gratitude: Being grateful for what you already have helps you feel more abundant. Worrying about what you don’t have keeps you in a mindset of need, lack, and disappointment.
Focusing on what is good, what is plentiful, or what is improving in your world, helps keep you in a state to receive even more of what’s good, plentiful, and improving. To get your mind right, focus on what’s going right.
For more information on gratitude, check out my previous blogs on gratitude here.
2. Love: The love you give needs to authentic and pure. The best way to get better at love is to start LOVING YOURSELF! The truth is people want to love you, so let them! Love your differences. It’s what makes you authentically you, genuine, and real.
I’m known for my laugh and humor. Instead of shying away from it, I embrace it – so much so I tell everyone that when I die, my gravestone will have a button to push any time they need to hear my laugh or listen to one of my rip-roaring stories!
I’m imperfectly perfect, and that is OK with me!
Love others unconditionally. When you start to express words of empowerment, compassion, and appreciation, those you love will show up in ways you never thought possible.
This next part of love, I have to work on with my children. As a momma who loves her cubs and wants the best for them and to protect them, this can be difficult. I’m learning that even my children have to fail because that is where the most impactful learning, strengthening, and growing happens. Remember, I said I was imperfectly perfect! It’s hard to step back and watch your children struggle.
3. Discipline: This means not only doing what must be done, no matter how hard it is, but it also means doing it consistently.
Think about this, you already have habits, but are all your habits helping you show up in life the way you want to by reaching your dreams and accomplishing your goals? Here’s a couple examples: You are trying to start an emergency fund and yet each day you buy one or two $5 coffee drinks. That adds up fast! How about cutting down to one or two drinks each week and putting the rest of that money into savings? You will have that emergency fund in no time!
You don’t have time for exercise. Instead of watching TV for 30 minutes, use that time to exercise, or even better, watch your show while exercising!
4. Integrity: It is more than doing the right thing and keeping your word to yourself and others.
Keep your moral compass. Don’t be in such a hurry to reach your dreams that you compromise your values in an attempt to get you there faster. All this does is create remorse and damages your reputation in the long run.
When people see you as trustworthy, honest, mature, transparent, and forthright about setbacks, it creates a vibe and momentum. It is one of the reasons people want to be around you – want to be associated with you. People want to be around others who do what they say they will do. It instills confidence and reliability in other people’s eyes.
5. Passion: Passion can overcome virtually any OolaBlocker that comes your way.
A goal fueled by passion will inspire you to overcome all blockers and spark your creativity and determination. I mean think about it, when you know you are going to do something you are passionate about in the morning, you jump out of bed with a pep in your step, rush through the daily routines so you can start your passion project sooner.
Sadly, too many people find their deepest desires have been masked by what other people want them to do. In the end, they lose track of their true desires.
Passion is the fuel that will help you achieve your goals and change your life even if you don’t have the knowledge, contacts, funding, or opportunities right now. This is how I feel about Life Coaching. I have the passion for helping others, and I trust that everything will fall into place. That doesn’t mean I just sit on my butt all day, but the passion and trust of what is to come is my fuel to keep going. I trust my passion will see me through.
6. Humility: Did you ever think that working on yourself first can actually help you become a more balanced and capable person – which in turn allows you to better serve others? Believe it or not this is part of humility.
Now with that being said, it isn’t all about you. Once your cup is full, you are better able to serve others. Many of the most successful people are the most humble human beings. They listen more than they speak. They’re quick to deflect praise. And, they are the first to accept the burden of responsibility when things don’t go right. Being respectful, kind, putting others first, being transparent, and responsibly owning your mistakes will give you a quiet confidence.
7. Wisdom: This comes from many places in your life such as your own experiences, the people you know, and successful people you follow. You can learn from all of these areas – even when it is a challenge to do so.
One area that we too often ignore and is, in some ways, the most powerful is listening to your gut instinct. Too many times we ignore our wise inner self. Why? It might be because you feel you will rock the boat or go against what is expected of you. Maybe, you ignore it because you don’t want to take responsibility if the decision is the wrong one, or maybe, it just makes you feel uncomfortable. Think about this, the most growth happens when you are uncomfortable while listening to your gut!
Whew! This blog got longer than I expected. Luckily, the explanation for affirmation is quite simple. It is taking a negative statement or feeling and changing the language into a positive statement. If it is easier for you, think of it as a prayer – a prayer for yourself.
As an example, I will use a blocker too many people say to themselves whether it is done consciously or subconsciously: I am not worthy. Switch this to something like one of these affirmations: I am worthy. I am worthy of all the blessings in my life. I am worthy of abundance in all 7 areas of my Oola Life.
Share one of your affirmations in the comments below. If you are struggling turning your OolaBlockers into positive affirmations, contact me below.
Together, we are Positively Powerful!