August 29th, 2016 by Amy Adams


Posted by Ann-Maree M


Words hold power and combined with our life experience, shapes who we become. Words run the full gamut of contrast from those treasured words of love and encouragement, to those that seem to cut deep and everything between.

My passion for words came about through getting involved in personal development and continue to grow from those early days through to today. It was at my first weekend course where my passion for the written word began to take on a major place in my home and my heart. The result is an extensive library. Untitled

The blinkers I never knew I had, continue to be peeled back to see a whole new world. I devoured books with each situation that came about, highlighting words and phrases, writing notes that spoke to my heart.

Most recently I became aware of the 4 Stages of Mindset on the weekly episode of Mind Power with Shane Krider. The way in which Shane spoke to these stages brought about incredible value to me.

There are the words we speak with others and then there’s the language we reserve for ourselves. These are the words with the power to shape and shift who we’re becoming and a fresh perspective while we’re listening to others. The way in which the stages were presented makes this relatable to an individual through to tuning into a business conversation.

Increasing my awareness is what keeps me inspired and therein lies the ability to change. If you’ve wondered what it might take to move forward, then start with ‘I AM reading this’ and go to it.


In this stage we have a mindset of I’m not setting goals or we’re not striving to achieve anything. In this stage, it’s just surviving day by day with no direction, stagnant without a purpose. When we’re in this stage we don’t know what we want. While this stage is not so common to me I’ve been around team mates who are at this exact place and it looks like a trudging through life… is that a word?

When we’re in this stage the thinking is – I would, but I can’t. We at least know what we want, but don’t believe it’s remotely achievable. We don’t believe we can reach it so we don’t even try. “I would, but I can’t!” This is a resigned and hopeless state accepting more of what has come to pass… no hope L


This is probably the most frustrating stage to be in, because we believe we can do this. We’re trying to do something and we have the ‘I can’ attitude, but there is a big difference between a person who is trying to achieve a goal, and a person who is doing it. ‘I can succeed at this business, I can lose this weight, but I’m just not doing it yet…sound familiar? I’ve never related ‘I’m trying ‘ to ‘I can’ and have since listened more closely to what I’m saying at this stage when I say I can.


When we’re in this stage we have advanced from saying I can. We’re just doing it, in action, no longer trying and in doing it – full out action. Those limiting beliefs, doubts and fears fade off into the distance as we get on with it. When we’re operating from the place of I AM, we’re empowered with self-confidence and inner strength propelling us forward.


A goal is possible once we make the decision to do, to act and create. It’s a perspective with a fresh point of view and everything changes. What is it we’re wanting to achieve and what would we be doing to make this a reality?

I’ve started an ‘I AM list’ to shift my perspective to focus on possibilities instead of obstacles. Today I AM sharing with you my perspective on Shane’s 4 Stages of Mindset to make the shift from learning to teaching and you may choose to do the same.

Writing has been a passion of mine for some time and now I confidently say ‘I AM’ succeeding at this.

I’m forever grateful to Shane and Rachel Krider and Greg Strom and the Born to Prosper and the Prosperity of Life community for having conversations to shift up the game of life.

I AM what I chose to be, as are you.


  1. chrissy greig says:

    Great blog post again Ann-Maree. I can tell writing is your passion and you are 100% correct you are succeeding at it. The language of success is one of my favorite topics and you have covered the 4 steps brilliantly.

  2. Ann-Maree M says:

    Hey thanks Chrissy. Its a joy to have the opportunity to learn – teach – write – to then learn 🙂

  3. kym k says:

    Ann-Maree you highlighted the power of words. Its interesting when we stop and become conscious of the words we are choosing ( or not choosing in most people’s case) we can be speaking a self fulfilling prophecy. Words are powerful indeed. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

  4. Ann-Maree M says:

    Kym thank you – how often do we see people become what they say and to then be aware of this for ourselves. We’re fortunate to be in a great community her where these conversations are the new norm. 🙂