“Almost every behaviour is learned and can be unlearned” - Matty
It is the reality of life that the most important tools and resources placed at our disposals are rarely utilised by many or often misused by majority of people. Affirmations are simple sentences that people use to describe how they want to be, or how they want their circumstances to be as if they’re already true.
Every human being consciously and/or unconsciously indulges in affirmation and our lives and circumstance are manifestation of what we affirm that we are. All successes and failures stem from our mental realm, which are often obvious from what we say about ourselves.
Often you hear people put themselves down by saying things like: “I’m a failure”, “I’m never going to be successful”. All of these are affirmations. They’re coming from mental programming, which most people got into because of life experiences and opinions of other people, corroborated by a few blips in life. But it just doesn’t end there. These mentality and resultant behaviours actually create neural pathways that prove what we have affirmed to be true.
Here are a few tips about affirmations you many need to know practice relentlessly to change unwanted habits form new ones and transform into the person you’ve always wanted to be:
Affirmation is one of the most powerful creative tools. It gives us opportunity to recreate our personalities by simply stating in positive terms what and who we want to be.
Affirmation is a belief; beliefs program human brains and nerves into becoming exactly what we believe in thoughts and deed, consciously but mostly unconsciously.
Simply state in present tense and in positive terms what exactly you desire to be or have, or how you want things to happen in your life.
Read or repeat your affirmations frequently with courage and conviction so it becomes an incantation; own it and embody it by acting it in real life. For example, if you say “I am bold and beautiful”; then you must walk with chin up, shoulders high and a bit of swagger. As long as you’re not arrogant or disrespect other people, it’s okay.
Make what you have affirmed as emotional as possible. Feeling is the language of the subconscious mind and it is the subconscious that rewires the nervous system.
Let the affirmation sink into your consciousness. That is, you now become so conscious that you judge your actions and responses to daily life experiences on the basis of consistency with what you affirmed.
Note: You’re going to struggle initially, but get on with it. Constant and consistent practice will override the old habits and personal traits until they give way to your new personality.