“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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.