|The Amazing Power of your Mind
An affirmation according to Merriam Webster is: a declaration that something is true. The New Thought, point of view, defines an affirmation as: A
technique used to change your conscious level of thinking until your subconscious accepts the statement as your truth, thus changing your actions,
words and experiences. An affirmation is usually a sentence or phrase that you repeat regularly to make a formal declaration to yourself and the
universe of your intention for it to be the truth. While some may say it is akin to “fake it until you make it,” I see it a bit more like holding the vision of
what I know can be true.
We all have in our brains a Reticular Activating System (RAS), which is like a filter that lets in information that we need, and filters out information
that we do not. If we did not have this system, we would be bombarded with so much information that our senses would overload and we would go
into massive overwhelm. Instead, our brain registers what matters to us based on our goals, needs, interests, and desires.
When you say an affirmation over and over again, a couple of things happen. One is that it sends a very clear message to your RAS that this is
important to you. It gets busy noticing ways to help you achieve your goals. If ideal weight is your emphasis, you will suddenly begin to see every
gym and weight loss product. If money is your goal, investment and earning opportunities will move to the forefront of your awareness. In essence,
the affirmation can kick your creativity into high gear.
“Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” — William James
Another way affirmations work is that they create a dynamic tension within our beings. Meaning, if what I am affirming is at a higher vibration than
that what I perceive the truth to be, the dynamic tension is uncomfortable. For instance, if I am saying “I am joyfully and healthfully at my ideal
weight” when in actuality I am 10, 20, 30+ pounds above my ideal weight, a painful incongruence is felt between what I perceive the truth to be and
what I am saying. Since this is uncomfortable, we want to rid ourselves of the tension. There are only two ways to do that: one is to stop saying the
affirmation; the other is to raise the bar on reality by making the affirmation and reality match.
Self-affirmations were first popularized in the 1920s and have since been touted by coaches and self-help gurus around the world. But do they
work? A recent study from Carnegie Mellon reveals that self-affirmations can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problem-solving
performance and counteract ego-depletion. Self-affirmations also enhance our task-related performances and make us more receptive to our
mistakes. On top of all of the scientific benefits here are a few financial and time benefits: No meetings, no monthly fees, no purchases to make, no
app to download.
“Starve your distractions and feed your focus.” — Unknown
If you hope to reprogram your brain, you need to learn to speak its language. So what makes an effective affirmation? First, determine what kind of
transformation you want to bring about in yourself — a goal or intention. Or you can determine what quality, attitude, value, or characteristic you want
to develop in yourself. Next, your statement should start with the words, “I am.” Now, add an emotion word that adds feeling to the statement. For
instance, I am joyfully at my ideal weight of 125. Next repeat each affirmation a number of times. Finally, remember to make your affirmations
positive vs. negative: “I am healthy and fit” rather than “I am no longer fat.” There are many resources available online or you can just wait until this
fall, when my book “I Affirm” comes out.
It takes a minimum of 21 days of repetition for an affirmation to make its mark on your psyche, so aim to keep your affirmation going for at least a
month. In the beginning you will have to consciously choose to repeat your affirmations. Perhaps you can start your day with five minutes of
affirmations. However, you can repeat them at any time and they will begin to replace the negative mind banter that takes over when we are not
monitoring our thoughts.
When you begin to consciously utilize the power of “I AM” statements, your life will transform. This is not something that works for some and won’t
work for you; it works when you WORK IT! What I mean is that affirmations do not actually bring you what you want. Instead, affirmations bring you
the opportunity to take action; to build your desire from the ground up. And do the opportunities always come? You can bet on it.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not fighting the old, but building the new.” — Socrates
“95 percent of our behavior comes from our unconscious programming.” — Dr. Bruce Lipton, PHD.
Apart from Nature, everything you see started life as a thought in the mind of a human being. The clothes you
wear, the car you drive, the street you drive along, the house you live in, the TV you watch, the books you read,
the computer you work at, the chair you sit in, the company you work for, everything started out as an idea in
someone’s mind. That should make you think. The power of your mind to invent and achieve is practically
We are who we are today because of the words we have spoken or thought in the past. The truth is we
unknowingly use affirmations all day every day. Most people do not realize how powerful their words are.
Whether spoken aloud or repeated in thought, we are asserting and creating our own individual truths