March 10, 2020

The Power Of Affirmations


Your mind is made up of 2 elements that interact in such a way as to control your behavior. The first of these is your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is that part that houses memories, the nervous system, emotions, and your most basic attitudes. It is from your subconscious mind that thoughts are sent which will eventually enable you to achieve your goals. The conscious mind makes decisions, determines goals, and gathers knowledge for the purpose of taking action.  If the data in the subconscious mind complements conscious decisions and desires, action will occur. If, however, the messages conflict, the “power” of the subconscious mind will cause conflict, procrastination, fear, and possibly avoidance of action. A large percentage of our actions are automatic and instinctive. They are controlled by the attitudes and beliefs imprinted on the subconscious mind. Conversely, all input to the subconscious mind must come from the conscious, which controls behavior.


The relationship between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind can be seen in all kinds of people. For example—have you ever heard someone telling themselves they were ill so much that they became ill?  Or—have you ever known someone who lied to themselves so often that they began to believe the lies?  These are both examples of the interaction between the subconscious and the conscious minds. In the first case, the individual's conscious mind told that they were ill. The subconscious (which is incapable of reasoning) accepted that data and through the nervous system, sent back signals that caused the person to feel illness. In the second case, the same process occurred.


Your success is tied to your action, your action 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.  Through the conscious use of affirmations, we become able to program our subconscious mind so that it operates as a success mechanism and causes positive behavior and change towards the achievement of our goals.  There can be a downside to affirmations!


Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking.  He is also responsible for the Donald Trump that we have all come to love or loathe!  Trump and his father were Peale acolytes—the minister officiated at the first of Donald Trump's weddings—and Peale’s overarching philosophy has been a lodestar for Trump over the course of his decades of triumphs as well as the crises and chaos.  “Stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding,” Peale urged his millions of followers. “Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.”  Trump has been arguably the most successful Peale disciple ever.  He has weaponized the power of affirmations!


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