” The life of the man is determined by his thought ” – Marc Aur?
” Supervise especially your thoughts, because it is they which determine your life ” – Old Testament
Positive affirmations For Personal Growth And Self Improvement
By Thomas D. Yarnell, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
affirmations: How And Why They Work To Help You Change.
An affirmation is a statement that you make to yourself. Everyone uses them intentionally or unintentionally. You wake up in the morning, jump out of bed and exclaim “I feel great”. That is a positive affirmations. You drag yourself out of bed in the morning and whimper “I feel rotten”. That is a negative affirmations. Both statements help to maintain the emotional state you are in.
Our self-talk, the things we say to ourself, is very important because it directly effects our conscious and subconscious mind. We listen to everything we say to ourself.
Because our affirmations works perfectly well to keep up the state of mind we are having, we are able to use them to alter that state of mind. True, it takes more work to change how we think and feel, but, if you follow these guidelines, the use of affirmations can become a strong, useful tool for helping yourself become happier and healthier.
This are the four basic guidelines for developing sensible affirmations:
** the primary guideline is that the affirmation ought to be expressed within the present tense. Start with words like “I am…” or “I have…”. You want to be telling your mind that it is taking place now.
** Next, the affirmations should relate that what you want is already accomplished. “I am happy now” is superior to and will work better than “I am becoming happy” or “I will be happy”.
** The affirmations should be positive. “I feel safe” works however the affirmation “I’m not scared” will the alternative of what you wish. It focuses your mind on the word “scared” and increases that feeling. It is as if the word “not” didn’t even exist.
** The affirmations should be in your style of language. I found the following affirmations on a calendar. “Energy, enthusiasm, and sparkling health are my birthright. I accept these priceless treasures with gratitude, knowing that as I give out energy, more rushes in.”
This is a very poetic affirmation and I totally agree with the basic sentiment and philosophy in it. The problem is that I do not speak or think in this way. My mind would have difficulty accepting this affirmations because it just doesn’t sound like me. If, however, it is the way you think, by all means use it.
If I wished to use this affirmation i might change it into my words. “I have a right to have energy, enthusiasm and a better health. I accept all of life’s gifts. The more energy I use, the more I will have.” This is more like the way I speak and think.
The motivational tool Stepping Stones is designed to combine positive affirmations with visualization and faith to help us achieve maximum beneficial change in our lives and to help us persevere until our goals are achieved.