Your Mind Wants These

“You become what you think about most of the time.” ~ Brian Tracy

In New Thought terminology, affirmations refer primarily to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. They are statements, objects, feelings, and images that affirm what you are doing, have done, or want to do. The power of affirmations comes from their repetition. So it could be said that all habits are the result of affirmations.

The mind does not differentiate between good or bad, wanted or not wanted, If you affirm a thought, action, or feeling with your attention to it, it is affirmed. It will be chosen and repeated until something different takes its place. If you dwell on fearful or confident thoughts, you will make choices that add to your confidence or confirm your fears.

Every moment you are affirming something for yourself, so use this power wisely. For your consideration, here are four ways for using affirmations more effectively to get what you want, build your confidence, and improve your choices.

  1. Identify what experiences you want to repeat from previous successes. Regularly review what happened, what you did, and how it felt that led to success.
  2. Link your emotions. What would it feel like or what did it feel like to be successful? Additionally, focus on the feelings of confidence, satisfaction and pleasure that come from success.
  3. Make verbal affirmations available to yourself at all times. Write them on cards, memorize them, and place them where they can be seen and spoke out loud often.
  4. Keep repeating your affirmation even if you don’t believe them or haven’t achieved them yet. The mind doesn’t know the difference between imagining and doing. Affirm what you want to do and the mind will expect it.

To be effective, affirmations need to be written in present tense and be positive, personal, and specific. They are an important process the mind relies on to make responses. With positive affirmations you enhance your progress and make success easier to achieve, repeat, and especially automatic.

Why not?

24 thoughts on “Your Mind Wants These

  1. Really enjoyed the post Eric. For me there is so much to be said and so much benefit concerning affirmations. I practice them myself. Sadly, when it gets in to the hands of egocentric circles, a wonderful thing begins to a have an absurd look about it.

    • Ahhh, the egocentric circles. While that situation can’t necessarily be muffled (stifled?), I’ve found ways to co-exist with the ego-mind while letting the affirmations and positive intentions ring through clearly. It’s a pecking order I’ve instituted/mandated. πŸ™‚ Glad to learn of others (you) who value and practice affirmations.

  2. Such a beautiful post I believe in affirmation and positivity. People nowadays should start with self-affirmation and self-care. Without these, we tend to become burnt-out and depressed. We should start with ourselves.

    • A lovely combination you reference: self-affirmation and self-care. Powerful when actively practiced. And yes, starting with ourselves is a perfect launch pad. Nice to have you check-in. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

  3. Hi Eric, Thanks for the great primer on affirmations. I have experimented with them, but not very well, In my post about them, I explored the idea that for me I need to use affirmations that use words that I currently believe bridging the gap between where I am and where I want to go. Thanks teach!

    • Yikes! “Teach?” You flatter me. πŸ™‚ I like your approach to affirmations, Brad. The idea of bridging the gap is one I hadn’t thought of or used. I’m going to give that concept more thought. What I see as valuable in that context is the need to have clarity about one’s current and desired points. You’re on to a unique pairing! Thanks for your thoughtful perspective.

  4. Changing habitual behaviors is not easy ~ we need all the help we can get. Repetition allows us to re-program our mind to a new/better way of thinking ~ adding helpful thoughts into the constant ticker tape stream of old beliefs.

    As we β€œchange our mind” . . . we change our life.

  5. I suspect the message is timely for many of us.

    While it has gone mainstream and been commercialized, I still appreciate the simplicity of the “The Secret” and its underlying tenets of Ask, Believe and Receive. ‘Allowing’ is a positive space in which to receive. Holding positive intentions for your finding work!

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