I have to confess that when I first heard someone speak to me about “affirmations,” I did not take the concept seriously. My mind went back to old TV episodes of Saturday Night Live where they made jokes about this practice. However, I’ve come to realize that positive affirmations can be life-changing!
What are Affirmations?
Affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you change the beliefs, images, and thought processes that are holding you back from growing and achieving what you want in your life.
Every day we engage in self-talk, often on an unconscious or subconscious level. This self-talk can be edifying or it can be limiting – possibly even destructive! In other words, if you are not aware of your self-talk, what you are affirming to yourself may not be good or productive. For example, I frequently hear and observe people saying things to themselves like “I’m no good at…” or “I could never do….” Too often I talk to people who have self-talk that is undermining powerful performance!
How Do Affirmations Help You?
You want to deliberately design and use affirmations that support you in your personal growth and help you achieve the outcomes that you desire. The use of positive affirmations and visualization on a regular, conscious basis will support your success.
Positive affirmations alone do not guarantee success. However, creating positive statements that challenge our limiting or self-defeating messages can be powerful. As we review and rehearse these positive statements consistently, they will become a part of our beliefs and self-talk. They will transform our mindset, our behaviors, and eventually our outcomes. Over time these new behaviors become habits that lead to greater success!
To summarize, here is the purpose of affirmations:
- To re-train your subconscious mind,
- To remove your limiting beliefs, and
- To create new energy, hope, and outcomes.
Do Affirmations Really Work?
I’m a skeptic turned believer! I review my affirmations daily and I continually see positive changes in me and my performance. This is a practice utilized by great athletes, corporate executives, successful sales professionals, growing business owners, and many more people who want to grow and improve their outcomes. Why don’t you give it a try? Let me know your feedback and experience with this. In my next post, I will talk about how to create powerful, positive affirmations. But in the meantime, give it a go yourself.