The Power of Affirmations
If you’ve ever thought about slander, you probably think of celebrities in the limelight. You might think of trending social media hashtags or press conferences, but slander is not exclusive to the rich and famous. People go to court every day because of negative comments either spoken or written by another person. What about our internal conversations?
Whether we realize it or not our subconscious mind is having conversations that build upon our belief system. Belief systems include a substantial amount of episodic material from either personal experience or from folklore. Many of us have been socialized from a negative perspective. We are told want we can’t do, who we should not talk to, and where we should not go. Our subconscious mind is like fertile soil and we reap what we sow! As we mature the seeds that were planted by significant others, our parents, siblings, teachers, and those whom are part of our inner circle take root and grow. The conversations we have with ourselves reinforce those beliefs. I opened talking about libel and slander because if we directed the negative things, we say to ourselves to others they might take legal action against us. Our self-talk is controlled by our subconscious and that can lead to a very bad set of circumstances. Think of an automatic guidance system that is speeding toward a cliff!
Self-talk can be positive or negative. The effects can be self-limiting or liberating. Many of us go through our lives telling our selves what we cannot do, what we can’t accomplish or who we cannot become. That is where power of affirmations can have a profound effect on our lives. Your success is tied to your actions, your actions to your attitude. Thus, the “automatic guidance system” within you either operates as a success mechanism or failure mechanism. It all depends on the goals you set for it.
The power of affirmations can best be recognized when we realize that the mind doesn't know the difference between real and imagined. For example, suppose you “imagine” late at night that there is a prowler in the house. Are you any less frightened than if you “knew” there was a prowler in the house? Certainly not. You are afraid because you imagine a fearful situation. The use of affirmations to build confidence applies to the same principle, but with a positive goal in mind. Affirmations should have the following qualities:
Affirmations should be positive.
Affirmations should be in the first person singular.
Affirmations should be within the realm of your capacity to believe (realistically high).
Affirmations should be directly related to your goals.
Below you will find some examples of affirmations. Develop a schedule for using them. They are good ways to keep your attitude up and your mind on your goals.
I am the master of my emotions. If I feel fear, I plunge ahead.
I am important. I do have what it takes.
I've got what it takes to win!!! I'M ALWAYS GOING TO WIN!!