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So you think you’re ready to step into power, but then doubts rear their ugly head. Have you ever found yourself saying things like:

“I’m not enough.” “I don’t have enough.” “I’m not capable.” “I don’t have the skill.”

These statements sound contemporary, but they’re excerpted from the writings of Science of Mind teacher Ernest Holmes 100 years ago. Holmes identified the critical if/then idea that blocks us every time. For example, “If I don’t have money skills, I’ll never be able to travel to exciting places.”

Holmes’ concept of enthusiastically claiming your dreams has unfortunately been boiled down to seeing something you may want, such as a car or house, and claiming, “That’s for me!” That’s a fine kick-start practice, but isn’t life about more than conjuring a fancy car?

In the May series, Genuine Power, you’ve met people who go beyond superficiality. Genuine power isn’t about external trappings like having the corner office. It begins by recognizing limiting beliefs and claiming new experiences.

  • In Bluster, Greg had declared himself the de facto creative lead of his television station. As diminishing assignments forced him to shore up his income, he began to lay claim to what really mattered: meaningful creative work.
  • In You’re Welcome!, Asra thought her only value was getting a million things accomplished. When job after job backfired, she finally learned that her self-esteem wasn’t dependent on finishing every task on her To Do list.
  • In I Don’t Want To Be In Charge, Mark told about his concern for his cousin, Jill. Jill delayed growing up by mindlessly bouncing from job to job. A new city meant that she had an opportunity to break the bad habit of disempowering herself.

Ernest Holmes believed, “What’s true of God is true of the essence of me. I claim that I am worthy, capable, I have what I need, I cannot be controlled by outer effects. God is not hampered by all the reasons I believe.” If we open ourselves to our instincts, we see that Spirit isn’t restricted. It’s our thinking and expectations which have been soured and controlled by outer effects.

The New York Times just published an absorbing look at college application essays. Yorana Wu had an impressive perspective about her father’s financial achievements. She wrote, “Although I enjoy the security afforded me by his success, it doesn’t diminish my determination to build a future with my own bare hands.”

It would be easy for Ms. Wu to entitle herself to the family bank account. Instead, she’s chosen to be powerful in her own right. Her life is about more than the number of zeros in her investment portfolio. She has already laid claim to a limitless, wide open future.

This is the week to take a look at what you’ve been claiming. The first step is taking action, even if that action is simply changing your mind or words. Like Yorana Wu, will you claim a vision which includes building a future with your own bare hands? Change the declarations you’re making and step into genuine power.