Most people are unaware of just how powerful their words are. The words we speak actually create what we experience in life.

Powerhouse CEO, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and author May McCarthy can attest to that. In the past 34 years, May has grown six profitable companies to as large as 250 employees and over $100 million in annual revenues. She credits her success, financial abundance, and happiness to seven steps she practices every morning. These steps have helped her achieve of goals, dreams, and desires by activating her subconscious and intuition.

One of those steps involves giving thanks for what she would like to achieve as though she has already achieved it.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the most successful people of all time, advises, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

May takes that principle one step further by setting goals with carefully constructed statements that never affirm what one is lacking.

Rather, express gratitude for the goals, dreams, and desires that have not yet manifested in life as though they already have.

More often than not, we believe we are setting a good New Year’s resolution with statements like:

I will increase my income this year
I would like a new job
I want to find the love of my life
I’d like to lose 20 pounds

According to May, you are not likely to meet your goals with statements like those. They affirm the idea that you don’t yet have what you want and will actually keep you stuck in the lack you believe you are experiencing.

Modify those statements with specifics and in gratitude for your goals as though they are already complete. The world you want is more likely to be yours.

If you say “I want to make more money,” you’re declaring you don’t have enough and aren’t specific enough about your goal. And you will forever want more money.

If you know exactly how much money you would like to have, you could rephrase your goal to something like:

“I’m so grateful that I have overflowing amounts of abundance in my life with a minimum of $x that I use for all of my living, giving and entertainment expenses and more.  I am fully supported and provided for at all times in all ways and love being financially free.”

Likewise, if you were to say, “I don’t like my job. I want to find another one,” you’ll probably be wishing it for quite a while. On the other hand, the following assertion will more likely land you that plum job, whatever it may be:

“I am so grateful that I am now using my skills and talents in remarkable, fun, and satisfying ways to support my company’s efforts towards success.  I feel appreciated by my company and easily earn a minimum of $x. I enjoy all of my co-workers and customers and feel that they value me as well,” 

Change “I want to find the love of my life,” to this and watch the magic happen:

“I am so grateful that I am now experiencing a wonderful relationship with my perfect and loving partner, who is also my best friend. We have fun together and have similar values.  All of my friends and family adore him/her and his/her family appreciates me. We build a wonderful life together as we support and love each other fully.” 

Choosing the right words to declare your intention is just one of seven steps May suggests for attaining abundance.  Practice daily to effectively activate your subconscious and intuition to help you see more opportunities to achieve your goals.

Begin this New Year by phrasing your resolutions to describe the good you want to have so that it’s realized sooner.