By Bryan J. Johnson
There is a lot of controversy about affirmations and whether they have an affect on the mind and your thoughts. I believe affirmations can have a very profound affect on the way people think. Using affirmations to help to make change in ones life can have many positive affects on how your thought patterns work. Your mind is very powerful and if used properly you can tap into energies beyond belief.
The Author of “The Power Of Positive Thinking” said it like this and I quote;”Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.”
– Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
When Mr. Peale wrote this book it started a whole new way of thinking about how the mind works. Researchers are now finding that the power of positive thinking can help you to live longer, happier lives. Some of the benefits of thinking positive are:
• Decreased stress
• Greater resistance illness. Such as the common cold
• Improved health
• Reduced risk of having heart problems
Medical research has been studying how a positive attitude can relate to health for the benefits of preventive care and for the recovery process. What medical research is finding is that people with good outlooks on life have to see doctors far less than people who complain and moan about everything. The people who have good attitudes about there illness are far more likely to recover than someone who lies around feeling sorry for themselves.
What are affirmations? The dictionary explains it like this:
1. The act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; assertion.
2. Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment.
Whether you know it or not you have been using affirmations your whole life. They could have been negative or positive. Limiting thoughts can be very detrimental to your growth as a human being on this earth. They can put up road blocks and stop progress. A lot of people don’t even no they are doing it.
Writing your own affirmations in my opinion is stronger. They are more heart felt. You tend to have more of a connection with the words you are saying to your self. When writing affirmations always keep them in the positive present tense so in you’re mind you believe the statement to be true. Keep from making them sound like something in the future so they will keep you in the present. Remember that the future is not here yet and the past is gone.
Stay in the present, you do not want to stray. A statement such as “I WILL BE RICH ONE DAY” has the power to restrain you from ever getting the riches you want. You have placed all your focus to a future time that may not ever arrive. A positive affirmation should read like this. This is one of my favorites: “I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY AND ACCEPT ABUNDANCE UNCONDITIONALLY.”
Here are a couple of guidelines to go by:
1. Write or pick an affirmation that is comfortable to you
2. Write down your affirmation fifteen to twenty times. You want to make it fun. If it becomes work you will have a problem sticking with it.