This week is a bit crazy busy for me. Not only am I working full time but I am working on part 1 of my Master’s exam- the written part. This has been a long time coming but has always been put off for one reason or another..I have a million.
So as I sat writing, in French and I could feel those old excuses creeping slowly up my spine with negative thinking like “give up” or “you’ll fail”, I had to stop and really realize the things that I have been telling myself over the years. I have convinced myself of failure and so have created this exact reality. My negative thinking has decided my result.
Time for a change (I borrowed this lovely article from the boulder coaching academy)
Affirmations, really, are simple. They are you being in conscious control of your thoughts. They are short, powerful statements. When you say them or think them or even hear them, they become the thoughts that create your reality. Affirmations, then, are your conscious thoughts.
Research has shown that we have between 45,000 and 51,000 thoughts a day. That’s about 150 to 300 thoughts a minute. Research has also shown that for most people 80% of those thoughts are negative.
Now, we have been taught to think that most of these 51,000 thoughts are “sub-conscious” thoughts meaning that they are below our conscious awareness level. Affirmations actually make your sub-conscious thoughts conscious. Affirmations make you consciously aware of your thoughts. When you start making conscious positive thoughts, you actually become more aware of the negative thoughts that are always threatening to take over.
It’s an interesting phenomenon, really. It actually proves true what your mother always warned: be careful of what you think because what you think is what you get. She was basically telling you that you create what you think about.
When you’re not aware of your thoughts, they tend to be negative. And not being aware of your thoughts tends to cause a nasty spiral downward. Remember that 80% figure of negative thoughts? It gets worse. Whatever you are thinking about, 90% gets carried over to the next day’s 51,000 thoughts. So, if you’re thinking negative thoughts, you will cause yourself to think more negative thoughts. This is not going to get you out of your rut.
Affirmations can change all of that! Affirmations make you conscious of your thoughts. To affirm means to say something positively. It means to declare firmly and assert something to be true. Affirmations are statements where you assert that what you want to be true is true.
Here are some affirmations you can use:
I am a success in all that I do
I feel happy, I feel healthy, I feel terrific
Everything feels just so right
I am a money Magnet
My mind is clear focused and energized
What do you tell yourself? Is it helping you or hindering you?
Is it time for you to make a change too?