Positive affirmations are not just some washed up concept for the new age. They speak directly to the subconscious mind, and are a very useful tool for overriding negative beliefs- gradually undermining them with positivity.
What Are Positive Affirmations?
Every trail of thought that you have in your life is a kind of affirmation; a way of reinforcing your beliefs, feelings, and behavioral patterns. The subconscious mind organizes your past behaviors and constructs beliefs out of your thought processes. This helps you to be able to automatically respond to situations that occur in everyday life.
Some of the time, if well founded, these subconscious beliefs serve to guide you, helping you to make sense of the world, and know how best to interact with it. Sometimes, however, due to negative trails of thoughts and limiting beliefs, the subconscious mind builds a picture that is not so bright, and not so useful.
For example, you might always tell yourself that you are “not good at maths” or even worse that you “are destined to fail.” This kind of negative self talk can lead to your own demise, and can ruin your chances of success. You are far more likely to fail at maths if you keep telling yourself you will do so.
This is where positive affirmations can be used to change your life for the better.
Positive affirmations are a way in which you can deliberately focus on a belief that transcends your own self imposed barriers. They usually consist of well-constructed inspirational, motivational, and positive statements, which are repeated until they sink into the subconscious, overriding the negative belief and replacing it with a positive one.
How Do Positive Affirmations Work?
The trail of thoughts you have are constantly serving to reinforce your behavior and sense of self, whether they are positive or negative. Using positive affirmations is simply a way of influencing your deep beliefs.
Positive affirmations work, usually gradually, to sink the new belief deep into your subconscious, and can break passed even the most stubborn resistance to change. The more strongly you can believe your new affirmation, and the more strongly you are committed to your own change, the more smoothly the process will unfold, but either way you will get there in the end.
How To Use Positive Affirmations
- Identify Negative Self Talk- In order to know where you need to implement your positive affirmations, you should start to observe your own negative self talk. This will help you to locate your self imposed limits.
Examples of negative self talk:
“I will never be as good as my brother”
“I am terrible at maths”
“I am fit and unhealthy”
“I am not a good person”
“I don’t deserve to be in love”
- Create Positive Affirmations Out Of Your Negative Self Talk- With your limiting beliefs identified you can begin to construct your own positive affirmations, or if you prefer they can be found in abundance online.
Examples of positive affirmations:
“My brother and I have our own strengths.”
“With practice I will be better at maths.”
“My body shines with energy and health.”
“I believe in myself. I am a good person.”
“I know that I deserve love.”
Boost Your Positive Affirmations
Now that you have created some positive affirmations, or have found some on the internet that resonate with you, you should repeat them until they sink into your subconscious mind. You can repeat them verbally to yourself as a mantra, until they become a sort of meditation. You can also stick the affirmations around your house, or in your office, so that you are reading them every day. The more relaxed you are when you use positive affirmations, the easier and more quickly they sink in, which is why meditation and (self) hypnosis make for a particularly powerful boost.