Everything we do is more than just an action, it is also a signal to the body of the way things should be and become.
That's why the intentions that we create and the things we say to ourselves and about ourselves are so crucial to our long term health and happiness. They help to create the person we are and how we go on to think, feel and how we relate to the people and the world around us.
But more than just the thought-frames, words and images we provide to ourselves, any action we perform is also patterning us, and often in a more profound way than words alone.
Diet is a great example of this. All the intention and belief in the world may not offset the effects of a shitty diet. And all the belief and intention may not offset the patterning provided by poor daily posture.
If we try to offset our poor lifestyle actions with intentions and affirmations alone it's as if we are whispering to it ti become one thing, whilst yelling at it to do the opposite. Which one is going to win?..
Our intentions and affirmations are powerful tools for personal growth and evolution, but to BE the person we can be we need to DO the things that honor that being.