Most of us are familiar with the idea of using positive affirmations to further our growth, success and achievements, but few understand how or why affirmations really work, or actually use them in our lives on a regular basis.
What is an affirmation? An affirmation is “telling yourself in times of doubt that which you know to be true at other times.”
So how does it work? The human mind is different from those of other living creatures in that it has two unique parts – the subconscious mind, and the conscious mind. These two ‘minds’ work together to create our thoughts, behavior and actions. The subconscious mind encompasses the ‘stuff’ of memories, conditioning, the nervous system, emotions, and your most basic underlying attitudes. It continuously sends these thoughts to your conscious mind, where this information is then used to consciously make decisions, determine goals, and gather knowledge for the purpose of taking some kind of action.
“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
Your life is a result of your actions. Your actions are a result of your thoughts and attitudes. Those thoughts and attitudes are a direct result of your “automatic guidance system” and it is either operating as a success mechanism or a failure mechanism.
Are you where you want to be? Is your life the best it can be? Every day, consciously send your subconscious mind positive affirmations of who and where you want to be – as if you are already there. Your mind is an amazing and powerful gift – use it – it will believe what you tell it to believe and help guide you to the life you want to have and to the person you want to be.
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aureluis