Affirmations can be very powerful if you practice them everyday. It's all about reprogramming your mind to a new belief system.
Many people carry with them a belief system based on what they were told when they were growing up. Your Parents, your friends, school,media, society.... have all played an important part in forming your belief system. They have influenced and formed you into what you believe in today. The way you think about yourself is most likely a result of what these people told you when you were growing up.
However that belief system might not be the best for you to carry around.
If you grew up believing you can't reach a certain goal or that you can't afford something you really want or you will never amount to anything then that belief system is stuck with you until you decided to change it...
...AND YOU CAN CHANGE IT
You need to change your thought process and start telling yourself you can do or be whatever you want.
Affirmations is a great way to change that thought process. You can start adopting a new belief system which is of greater benefit to you - one that will make you reach your goals and get what you want.
You can write down affirmations on a piece of paper and say them out load to yourself every night before you go to sleep.
You can also record them and play them to yourself whenever you like. However the best time is when your brainwaves are in alpha state. This is the state where you can get in touch with your subconscious and still be conscious. Read more about alpha levels and Jose Silva research into this field here.
Many people also use subliminal messages together with quiet music. This will enhance the connection between the right and the left hemisphere of the brain. Embedded in the music are affirmations about good health or financial wealth or happiness and so on. Subliminals have been successful for many years and helped people change their lives.
She is a motivational author and the founder of the publishing company Hay House.
She has spent a lifetime teaching people that every thought we think and every word we speak is creating our future. She has taught people how to be happy and get more out of life.
When she was looking into the field of self improvement ideas and positive self talk she discovered the healing power of positive affirmations and her first book Heal Your Body (1976)- ended up on the bestseller list for 13 weeks. Also her book You can Heal Your Life (1984) became a bestseller. More than 35 million copies have been sold throughout the world.
Louise had a simple message that she wanted to share:
The body, like everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. Every cell within your body responds to every single thought you think and every word you speak.
Your thoughts create your life and when we can get that we can make enormous changes
...so if you change your thinking you can change your life.
All of us are on a journey - on a quest to know who we really are - to express our full creative potential - to discover how much love we can give and receive. On that journey we all must face challenges and for many the greatest challenges lies within. More about the movie and the trailer here.
World leading experts in positive thinking is saying the exact same thing. People like Les Brown, Bob Proctor, Marcia Wieder, Paul Martinelli and many other great motivational teachers, authors and visionaries talk about how powerful our thoughts are.
Our thoughts can really make a huge difference if we just realize that we must be aware what we think. We need to think and not just respond to our outside world.
Thought is an actual force or substance, even though it is invisible. Thoughts are like electricity that travels through all the "thinking stuff" that makes up our entire Universe, faster than the speed of light. Thoughts are power. Power cannot act without producing an effect. Therefore, our thinking is constantly producing effects. What we hold within our minds inevitably takes its form in the outer world. If you wish to gain control over your life, you must first become the gatekeeper of your mind and think only positive thoughts of an ever-expanding nature.
We all create our reality in every moment, but most people are doing it unconsciously. With some effort on your part, you can learn to do this with the utmost of clarity and precision, so that you can attract experiences and people you desire to have in your midst.
If your thoughts are chaotic and disorganized, your life will reflect that, resulting in pain and confusion. Heaven is a state of mind - an orderly, disciplined, constructive state of thinking. In order to live in a state of grace, you must have an orderly mind.
The average person thinks at random, with thoughts that wander all over the place, moment by moment. The average mind has control over the person, but it should be the other way around. It takes practice and discipline to be able to create order, but the reward is well worth the effort.
Write down positive affirmations about yourself and start reading them out loud to yourself every night. Keep "talking to yourself" saying that you CAN master a new skill - that you CAN reach that goal - that you CAN be successful and so on.
Do not let your thoughts go on autopilot responding to the outside world. Unfortunately many people never really think - they never really use positive affirmations. Rather people just let their thoughts react to the outside world - like reacting to a news story or something they read in a magazine or something a colleague said and so on. They don't stop, pause and really think about what the outside world is saying.
Take charge of your thinking and start applying positive affirmations.They will lead you to whatever you want in life.
Proctor explains how people think they think, while they in fact do not. He goes on to say:
Mental activity does not constitute thinking. Thinking is done in our conscious mind and we have our senses hooked up to our conscious mind. We see, hear, smell, taste and touch so there is an enormous amount of information being fed into our conscious mind. There is pictures and sounds and colors etc. being fed into our conscious mind all the time so our mind is always busy. I believe that the average person mistakes that for thinking. It is not thinking at all - it's just busy
Most people live what I call "The Niagara Syndrome." I believe that life without ever really deciding where they want to end up. So, in a short period of time, they get caught up in the current: current events, current fears, current challenges. When they come to forks in the river, they don't consciously decide where they want to go, or which is the right direction for them. They merely "go with the flow." They become a part of the mass of people who are directed by the environment instead of by their own values. As a result, they feel out of control.
They remain in this unconscious state until one day the sound of the raging water awakens them, and they discover that they're five feet from Niagara Falls in a boat with no oars. At this point, they say, "Oh, shoot!" But by then it's too late. They're going to take a fall. Sometimes it's an emotional fall. Sometimes it's a physical fall. Sometimes it's a financial fall. It's likely that whatever challenges you have in your life currently could have been avoided by some better decisions upstream.
It's all about taking charge of your thinking and not just react to the outside world.
Here is an example:
Let's say you are at the grocery store and it's a huge line of people waiting to pay for their groceries.
How do you react?
1. Do you get irritated about this long wait and keep thinking about how much time is wasted? Do you say to yourself: "I don't have time for this"
2. Do you stop and pause and just appreciate the moment? You can take a look around and see if you find something beautiful to look at - to observe. It could be a beautiful picture on a magazine, it could be a nice decorative flower in the store or the nice outfit of the employees or anythyhing else you find pleasing.
Focus your attention on the positive and your positive attitude will after a while become a natural part of you. You will be thinking and acting in a positive manner in all situations.
If you behave like this you will have taken charge of your thinking. You are no longer just reacting to the outside world.
You can also practice your own positive affirmations anytime and anywhere.
Imagine you are in your car on your way to work - and it's a traffic jam - you are stuck. What do you do?
1. Do you keep irritating yourself over the traffic jam? Do you keep looking at your watch to see how late you will be arriving at work?
2. Do you choose to see the situation as a great opportunity to practice your affirmations? You can say them out load in your car. You can put your feelings and emotions into them and keep repeating them over and over again. This is powerful because these affirmations will be part of forming your new belief system.
The sooner you decide which direction you want your life to take the sooner you can start thinking and apply positive affirmations into your life.
When the Secret first came out in 2006 The Law of Attraction became a household name. People realized they could attract what they wanted into their lives. But how?
By the aid of positive affirmations AND by visualizing what you want. See it in your mind. The brain does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined. Visualization techniques are powerful when you want to manifest your goals.
By looking at a picture of your goal or dream daily with a strong desire, you will start attracting them in your life.
You can use a Vision Board for this exercise. You can make one yourself by finding pictures in magazines or on the internet and paste them onto a paperboard or you can use a software tool.
Such a Vision Board software tool allows you to choose pictures and your personally formulated affirmations. This will help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself.