You could call this tool a paragraph of declarations, or as Sister Fletcher calls them, they are D.R.I.V.E. statements.
D.R.I.V.E. stands for:
D - Define "Why are you fighting?" and "What do want for yourself in this life?" This will also help to
R - Remind you why you are fighting, and what is important to you. They remind you who you really are and what you really want in life. They are
I - Inspired statements that help you boldly state your divine worth and your true potential. These statements are
V - Validating as you honor and claim your self worth. These statements are TRUTH in how Heavenly Father sees you! They are
E - Empowering, understanding that everything we need is readily available for us to win!
As we develop these DRIVE statements and use them daily, we will experience great power! Did you feel the tremendous power that came into the room as Blake boldly shared his DRIVE statements?!?!?!?!!! POWERFUL!!!!
A special note from Blake to you all:
I want to thank you all for the opportunity to share how declarations have impacted my life. These DRIVE statements have certainly proved to be a powerful tool in helping me to stay focused on my goals and to not lose sight of my true divine nature.
I was excited to see so many receptive to the message and I wish to review some guidelines in assisting to creating your own DRIVE statements.
1. Write It Now
In addition to creating them now, this also means to write thoughts as they come to you. Some of my most powerful declarations come at times I'm randomly pondering or struck with an idea. When the Lord blesses you with these inspirations, don't hesitate to write down what you hear then and there. You don't want to risk forgetting it or lose power in the wording of the phrase. In fact I always bring note paper and a pencil with me for such instances and invite all to do the same.
2. Write Presently
Be sure to write your statements in the present tense. I have found that statements phrased this way, such as 'I am', help inspire to take action greater than phrases such as 'I will'. These statements can be powerful reminders and motivators when trying to change behavior, endure trials, and withstand temptations. You want these statement to be filled with power so that they may reignite your fire of conviction and reaffirm simple truths when you may need it most.
3. Seek Sources of Inspiration
Seek all sorts of inspiration such as prayer, scripture studies, patriarchal blessings, priesthood blessings, conference talks, etc. Again this statement is to be inspired for you; so please take the time to ponder and converse with the Lord that He may help you gain a remembrance of your true divine nature. I've found resources such as the scriptures and patriarchal blessing to be powerful guides in remembering this, and as such I make a multiple references to them in my declarations.
I hope these guidelines prove to be helpful in creating your DRIVE statements. Additionally, I've attached a copy of my current statements (and yes, that means I'm still adding to it).You may use it as a reference and perhaps even give you ideas on how to phrase your statements. Now it is a bit lengthy, but don't let this discourage you. My first set of DRIVE statements were just four sentences long, each composed in one of the four following areas: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. The statements grew as I sought and received inspiration, as I was in depths of humility with my weaknesses made clear, and as a result of God's great love and mercy for me. When creating your statements, I would also suggest starting with these four areas and to specifically focus on aspects you wish to change in your life. Then ask the Lord; how do I make these changes possible? As you ponder these out, He will answer you. I know he will.
Best of luck my friends. Know that you all are truly amazing. :)
BLAKE'S DRIVE STATEMENTS (you can print them from this link. You can use this for ideas, just make them your own.)
Each of you were invited to write your own DRIVE statements. Can you imagine what would happen if each and every one of you actually did this? What would happen if each one of you stood in your home each day and boldly declared your DRIVE statements??? There would be powerful, electric burst billowing out of Utah Valley every day!!!!
We started having you write your DRIVE statements in class on Friday, and we HIGHLY recommend you complete them! These are the prompts you use to start writing your DRIVE statements:
If you're not sure what to write in the I AM section, start with writing things in the I WANT section. For example, you can write "I want to be confident" "I want to be intelligent" "I want to be more dependable." Then, you change those into I AM statements such as "I am confident!" "I am intelligent!" "I am dependable!"
Yes, you might feel like you might be kinda lying to yourself when you write those down or when you say them, but just remember two very important things.
One is to remember that you are training your subconscious mind to accept new truths, and when you consistently say "I am confident!" guess what? You will find yourself becoming more confident as your heart and soul has more help to become such! What is familiar to you isn't necessarily truth, and that's one reason it "feels" like you're lying to yourself.
Secondly, you need to write these statements as if Heavenly Father were sitting right beside you, and writing what He would say about you. To Him, who knows you completely and eternally, yes, He knows who you really are and He would definitely say that you are these things! SO, keep Him in mind as you write these things. Be brave, be bold, and seek guidance from the Spirit and see what awesome DRIVE statements end up on your paper!
*Chapter 8 in the Brain Book
*Write your Declarations or DRIVE statements. Start saying them daily. This could be a great WIN goal!
*Read The Other Side of Heaven
*PWR and WIN goals!