How to Make Affirmations Work for You
Chemicals are how the brain communicates with your body. The chemical connections are created for each of the experiences in your life. When you repeat actions frequently, it helps to strengthen these neural connections. It is a constant reorganization process in your brain every time you take action. Your actions don’t just have to be physical, but can also be mental and include your thoughts as well as your words. The more that you think, do or speak something the stronger these neural pathways become.
The challenge we face is that the majority of your more than 60,000 thoughts that cross your mind daily are negative, because of our biological and survival instincts to hold on to beliefs, habits, and experiences that were bad. However, when you choose to think positively, you can alter your subconscious mind to break this tendency to fill your head with negative thoughts and start focusing more on the positive things in your life.
Most of the power of thought and emotion already exists within you. This means that you already know how to feel happy, grateful, loved, etc. However, the issue often lies in the thoughts you continue to strengthen as you follow a negative narrative. You tell yourself that you are bad, unloved, sad, but want to be happy, loved, and good. To make affirmations work for you, it is important that you make a concerted effort to change your self-talk so that you can reinforce the feelings and emotions that you have inside that you want to bring to the forefront of your life. This means that saying the affirmations in the present tense, “I am,” instead of “I want to be,” or “I wish I were.” When you change your thoughts to the present tense, it creates control over the pathways in your mind. It also opens doors for you to accomplish amazing things.
Scientific studies have proven time and again that adopting positive affirmations in your life can create powerful changes to your psyche. The daily practice of positive affirmations has been linked to better academic performance, better athletic performance, lower stress levels, better performance when tackling challenging tasks, and making healthier life choices. No matter how or why you are looking to practice positive affirmations, there is evidence out there that it works well. But, how can you make the practice of daily affirmations work for you?
The practice of incorporating positive affirmation into your daily life is a personal process and is something that you need to develop if you want them to work for your life. This means that you can choose a positive affirmation that fits in your life, but you also can tweak it and change it so that it works better for your situation. If you are still struggling with the process, you can try the following steps.
1. Keep a journal with you at all times, and write down your thoughts. The action of writing helps you to integrate the thoughts more fully into your subconscious, much faster than if you were to type them out. Writing them down also makes them more intentional.
2. Every time you notice that you are thinking of something negative about yourself or your life, write it down in your journal.
3. Below or next to the negative thought, rewrite it into something positive that negates the negative message. Make sure that you write it in the present tense and include the statement, “I am.”
4. Repeat this new thought several times for as long as you want to repeat it.
This process is meant to help you identify the negative commentary in your mind and also shed light on the times when these negative thoughts appear. If you have the time to record the day and time and a little bit about the situation that is leading to negative thoughts, you can begin to identify patterns in your thoughts and actions. These “triggers” can end up leading to negative outcomes, or you can rewrite the connection to something that leads to a positive result.
When you rewrite your thoughts into positive affirmations, you want to be sure to make it something that you will actually remember. It should directly address the problem but be short and simple.
It can also be extremely beneficial to incorporate creative visualization into the process. If you don’t know what creative visualization is, it is a meditative thought process that enables you to manifest your most heartfelt desires, just by thinking about them. Using creative visualization along with your positive affirmations plays an essential role in attracting what you desire. With creative visualization, you can create a more loving and positive image of yourself.
When you incorporate creative visualization into your affirmation practice, you need to take steps to relax and get into a peaceful, meditative state of mind. What works for one person may not work for the next, so you want to contemplate what works best for you. When you can enter into a state of total relaxation, you can begin to sketch out the mental details about what you are trying to manifest in your life. Like with your positive affirmations, you have to be detailed and specific in what you want. For example, you don’t just want to think about getting a new car, but you need to think about your driving in the actual vehicle that you desire. You need to imagine what that car looks like, what it smells like, and how you feel driving it. For the creative visualization process to work, you have to believe it will happen, just like when you are reciting your positive affirmations.
Practice will make your affirmations better. You don’t need to strive for perfection, but rather you want to aim for a positive experience. If you wish to change your mindset and your current situation in life and start to live the life that you desire, positive affirmations can be an incredibly powerful tool to help you get there.