The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between negative and positive thoughts or between what is real or imagined. So, if you want to be successful in a certain area, you cannot say, “I don’t want to be a failure”, because the subconscious mind will only latch onto the word “failure” ignoring the word “don’t” and act on it.
In order to achieve the desired result, you must choose what you say carefully. Your subconscious mind is most open to helpful and beneficial suggestions while in a relaxed state of mind. My favourite way of practicing positive affirmations is listening to what is called, “Brown Noise” to block out distractions and focus on the statement.
Being a pastor, I use statements from the Bible while listening to spiritual instrumental music. It helps me focus as I meditate on the verse. One of my favourite Proverbs is 23:7, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Your thoughts become a reflection of who you really are.
People who flourish are those who can create positive emotions from everyday activities. Repeated, brief moments of positivity can shield us from depression and foster a healthy physical and mental state. It’s impossible to remain upbeat on a consistent basis. But chronically viewing the “glass as half-empty” is not only harmful, it can affect one’s ability to rebound from the inevitable stressors of life.
A NY Times article said that the brain has been proven to be able to rewire its circuitry to have more positive responses. As you retrain your brain to scan for the good things in life – you’ll begin to see the possibilities, to feel more energy and to succeed at higher levels.
A person can become more aware and actually learn to look for positive aspects in life, fighting off the brain’s natural tendency to scan for and spot the negatives. We can practice certain skills that foster positivity.
Here is a great way to start:
-Replace often-repeated negative phrases with a positive one. If you find yourself constantly reacting to your work schedule as “I’m never going to get this all done today” change your words to “I’ve set daily goals and I am empowered to achieve them today.” It completely changes your perspective and outlook.
-The goals I’ve set for myself throughout the years and achieved point directly to how I set my mind on the positive end result. Sticky notes on my bathroom mirror, desk, even on my kitchen cabinets then repeating them throughout the day sets my mind to achieving them.
Choose to use positive affirmations to change your self-talk today!
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