Imagine what would happen if you approached someone and insulted them; “You are ugly and you are a really miserable person!” Apart from receiving a slap on the face or punch on the nose, you are also quite likely to hurt their feelings.
What about saying something positive? Perhaps, “You are so beautiful or you are a really great person and a wonderful friend.”
Would you agree that this statement should produce a very different result? It will empower the recipient and build their self-esteem and feeling of self-worth.
Words are incredibly powerful! There is no truth at all to the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Negative words cut deeply, creating wounds that can last a lifetime. Positive words on the other hand have the power to heal those wounds and rebuild you, better than ever before.
Let’s change the scenario; this time, imagine you are standing in front of a mirror and repeating a negative statement to yourself over and over again. “I hate you!” How does this feel? Not very nice, does it? Now repeat a positive statement? “You are so beautiful!” Isn’t that much better?
You wouldn’t do that to yourself, would you? You wouldn’t expose yourself to such negativity on purpose. Well, I have got news for you. Your subconscious mind is already exposing you to tens of thousands of thoughts per day. And if you are not already totally happy and completely successful, then your thoughts are most likely negative.
Take notice of your thoughts for the next 24 hours. If you are like most people, you’ll be shocked at the negativity that comes from your subconscious mind.
And that, my friends, is affirmations at work!
An affirmation is simply a statement you repeat to yourself over and over again. The statement may be positive, in which case it empowers you, or it may be negative, in which case it hurts.
Whether you like it or not, you are currently using affirmations. If, however, you are not controlling the process, you allow your subconscious mind to subject you to a constant barrage of negativity. Negative statement after negative statement!
Years of negative thoughts have led you to have negative beliefs about yourself and your life. These negative beliefs led to negative habits. These negative habits in turn, are what led you to the life you live now.
You need to take conscious control of your thought processes, and replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.
Conscious repetition of positive affirmations will in time lead to your subconscious mind also producing positive and empowering thoughts. These positive thoughts will lead to positive beliefs about yourself and your life. These positive beliefs will lead to positive habits. And positive habits will lead you to a life of happiness and success.
And that’s a wonderful way to live!
So using affirmations for personal growth and self-improvement is simply a matter of repeating positive statements to yourself over and over again. To make this most effective though, here are some simple guidelines:
- Make the affirmation positive!
- The affirmation must be in the present tense. Don’t say, “One day I will be happy!” Instead say, “I am happy now!”
- The affirmation must result in good feelings. The more intense the feelings, the faster you will see a positive change in your life.
Repeat the affirmation as much as possible, until your subconscious believes it and starts reinforcing your new way of life.
Try placing a copy of your affirmation on the wall beside your bathroom mirror, so you see it and say it each morning and again in the evening. Place a copy on an index card you can carry in your pocket, and refer to it several times a day.
Get started now! Create some positive happy affirmations for changing your life.
“I am a happy and cheerful person!”
“I attract joy into my life, all day long!”
“I am great at helping people see the need to work with a coach!”
Whatever it is, go for it. Enjoy the process! It can be great fun.
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