Experts and laymen alike have long touted the benefits of positivity. Sometimes dubbed “the power of positive thinking,” the results of staying positive in the face of adversity are frequently astonishing to those who don’t believe in the phenomenon, or who have never experienced it for themselves. Many people who have been able to achieve amazing things, and overcome significant obstacles, say that their single biggest advantage in the process was their ability to remain positive; they focused unflaggingly on their goal, instead of on the obstacles that were in the way, and in this manner, they were able to overcome great odds. One method which is often utilized by those who practice positivity is the repetition of positive affirmations.
Positive affirmations are words, phrases or sentences which, when repeated, have a cumulative and noticeable effect on one’s subconscious. They can be very simple, and often work best when they are short and to the point. The goal of repeating these affirmations is to stir the mind to action. When these words and phrases are repeated frequently enough, the subconscious mind begins to find ways to start working toward the goals you have set for yourself.
Many people fall into the trap of thinking and behaving negatively. They focus on what they haven’t accomplished, or what they are unable to do, instead of what they are capable of doing. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get stuck in this cycle, and by doing so, people unwittingly perpetuate their own negative circumstances. Their constant focus on the negative aspects of their lives draws more negativity. For example, say that an individual once picked up a guitar and tried to play, and didn’t do so well, and from that point on just kept telling themselves that they are terrible at playing the guitar, and they’ll never be able to do it. Negative thoughts and statements are particularly dangerous when they involve words such as “can’t”, “never”, and “always,” because these statements leave no room for improvement. There is no acknowledgment that the situation can ever change, or that anything can be done to rectify it. As such, the subconscious mind is never coaxed into taking any action to change the situation, because it has been convinced that any and all efforts will be futile.
To create real change in your life, positive affirmations should be repeated often, and utilized anytime your mind is not otherwise occupied. They must be said with conviction, and this positivity must be maintained; repeating a positive affirmation is the first step toward change, but it won’t do any good if it is counteracted by more negativity later in the day. Anytime you start to have a negative thought, it’s important to stop yourself, and find a way to turn it into a positive affirmation. For example, instead of saying “I hate not having any money,” you could create a positive affirmation such as “I am wealthy and happy.” Even if the statement is not true at the time, with repetition you will begin thinking and acting as if it is true. You will be able to visualize your goal, your behaviors will change, and soon, you will begin to see some progress toward attaining what you want. It will take time, and the amount of time it takes will depend on a variety of factors (such as how large or small the goal is, and how much faith you have in attaining it), so the process requires patience.
It is also important to state the affirmations in the present tense. Saying that you will do something is indefinite, and creates room for both the conscious and subconscious mind to procrastinate, and put off making any changes. If you repeat your affirmations in the present tense, and speak them as if they are true in the present, then your subconscious mind will begin taking immediate steps to make them true.
~Contributed by InspireHappy Staff Writer
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