Think it! Believe it!
According to “Psychology Today”, by the time a child reaches the age of 18, the concept of “No, you can’t!” has been reinforced 187,000 times. With this kind of hammering, it becomes apparent why many adults think they don’t have what it takes to succeed, let alone have a belief in their own personal talents and gifts.
Get this and I mean REALLY grasp this: It’s not too late to slam on the brakes to this kind of faulty thinking!
As simple as it may sound, affirmations can work to reverse the results brought on by the deceptive messages accumulated and for one reason or another, embraced, as time goes on.
The fact is the unconscious mind can’t distinguish between a real or imagined idea–it simply responds to whatever suggestions it hears. Keep telling yourself, “you can’t” and guess what, you won’t be able to. But, by repeating positive affirmations each time a negative, self-defeating thought comes to mind, you can retrain your mind. The idea is not to suppress the past or go into denial, but to reshape your thoughts to those that are positive, factual and encouraging. By doing this over time, limiting thoughts and negative mental patterns that contribute to stress, depression and inadequacy will lose their power and fade away. Going, going, gone. Good riddance! The minute you start believing in your abilities and changing how you talk to yourself, you can begin to create a new reality.
There is a straightforward approach to creating powerful affirmations that can work for you. Keep in mind: The driving force behind any affirmation is that you have to truly believe in the words and the message. There is no room for “maybe”, or “I’ll try” in this powerful tool. You’ve got to put your whole, beautiful, capable self into the game!
When making affirmations…
- Use only positive words.
- Keep it personal.
- Keep the desired outcome in the “now”. Know that whatever you’re telling yourself that you can do or change is in the process of happening at the very moment you affirm.
- Keep the affirmation short and specific.
- Always believe in what you’re saying
- Repeat your affirmation every chance you get. No place is off limits whether its while you’re in a traffic jam, while waiting in line, or while being placed ‘on hold’ as you’re making a phone call.
A few examples of positive affirmations that can be used to embrace healthier lifestyle habits:
- I have an endless amount of energy, ability and tools to get what I want out of my life. I am and will use them.
- I am in control of my health, weight and wellness. I’m the boss of me!
- I am healthy in all aspects of my being and getting healthier everyday!
- I love and care for my body and it cares for me.
- I’m thrilled with my new healthier lifestyle. I feel and am wonderful!
- Being a physically active person recharges my body, mind and soul. What a feeling!