I’ve written about thinking positively and how your words can shape who you are and what your life is like. (See the links at the bottom of this post). Today I’m writing about ‘Positive Affirmations’.
An affirmation is a group of words or a saying the you repeat over and over to enlist your subconscious mind in support of your goals.
By saying these words over and over again, you access the subconscious mind, penetrating it with your words and hopefully making positive feelings to help make the changes you want to happen, to happen more easily.
You can also attach a real belief to the words, and visualise your end goal. Affirmations can be positive, but they can also be negative.
So you may know someone who constantly says:
‘I’m so fat, I need to lose weight’
‘I hate my body’
‘I could never do that’
‘I’ll always be this way’
These phases are typical negative and destructive self talk or affirmations. Say something often enough and you’ll believe it. But what if they aren’t fat, or don’t really need to lose weight? What if, instead they focused on the positive? What they wanted to become?
Negative self talk penetrates the mind just as much as positive self talk, only the negative chat works against you, making you feel down and stuck, no matter how hard you try. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?
So let’s go back to positive affirmations. Positive affirmations focus on what it is we want in life (and not on what we don’t want).
Instead of saying we want to lose a stone in weight, we focus on an outcome, or a measurement, and what positive action we’ll take to get there. We don’t focus on the loss of a stone, we focus on the changes we’ll make to get to a healthier weight.
Change the way you look at things and you can change the things you look at.
You can achieve anything you want as long as you believe it and to make changes or learn how to achieve it. What you want, you must think and if you think and act positively, the outcome will hopefully be positive.
Mantras also work, ‘I can do this’, ‘I am strong and fit’, ‘I’m healthy’. I always use matras and positive self talk to get me through hard workouts, and even through what could turn into a bad day.
How do you create a positive affirmation?
1. First you need to decide what it is you want,
2. Why you want it and
3. What pleasure or outcome it will bring you.
4. Then you need to feed your subconscious mind with daily positive affirmations to create motivation and inner belief to take action and achieve your goals.
To be effective, affirmations should be:
4. Present tense
They can be who or what you want to be, the ideal, the ideal vision you have for yourself. The best version of you.
Look at the areas in your life and decide what’s important to you. Health? Happiness? Fitness? Family? Career? Finances? Pick one (or two) areas and focus on it to improve it.
Here are the affirmations I’ve made for myself in the last month or so (see my recent post about being described as an ‘athlete’ and where I thought it’d be good time to believe it):
– I’m a happy, healthy, grateful athlete.
– I eat and drink healthily to fuel my athlete lifestyle.
– Sleep, rest, recovery and fun is an important part of me being happy and healthy.
Hopefully believing in these affirmations of who I want to become will motivate me to eat well, place an importance on sleep, recovery, fun and being social. And will also give me the motivation to eat well, avoiding eating Mars bars daily, or whatever sugary treat tempts me.
If I’m tempted, I can ask myself, would an athlete eat that? Would a fit, healthy and happy athlete drink that? Would a size 10 Lorn eat that? Would a healthy and happy Lorn only get 5 hours sleep? The answer would be no, and id choose something healthier and make better choice than the Mars bar, or staying up late.
It’ll help me to focus on putting good stuff in my body, and help me to maintain my weight, and support my training… and it might even make me into that happy, healthy, grateful athlete. It’ll motive me to get that workout done when really I want to lie in bed, and it’ll make sure I don’t over do it if I’m feeling tired or over trained.
There’s my positive affirmations, what ones might you create for yourself for 2015?
Are you a Positive or Negative person?
Believe in yourself and think positively
Be who you want to be…
How I got to where I am today: you can do it too
Do you smile when you’re running?
Is it all in your head?…