Chances are, you’ve heard of affirmations. But, what you may not know is how they work within our brain and the massive positive benefits they can produce in our everyday lives.
In short, they are positive statements that are said repeatedly and often, and sometimes written down, that help you overcome unhealthy self-talk.
I should add, saying the words aren’t enough; you also have to believe in them. This is important because our brains can sometimes get mixed up on the differences between reality and imagination.
Our brains work in pretty remarkable ways when it comes to affirmations. Through a neuroplasticity process (I know it’s a big word, but it’s an awesome concept, so look it up), we can actually rewire our brain and the way it processes and maps things.
So, creating an image of yourself doing something (by saying it and believing in it!) activates many of the same brain areas that would actually experience these situations.
If you imagine negative things, like “I’m a terrible public speaker,'' your brain starts to believe that it’s a reality as if the event really occurred. On the flip side, imagine you are a fantastic public speaker. Say it out loud. Write it down. In other words, fake it ‘til you make it.
If you’re stuck on a good affirmation to start with, here are some ideas:
I stay positive all day. I don’t allow others to bring me down.
I feel healthy and strong today.
I am happy with my life.
I am and will always be enough.
I am surrounded by positive and supportive people who want to see me succeed.
I am in control of how I react to others.
Notice that these examples are present statements, as if you have already done them and are actively doing them, versus “I can” or “I will.”
As we’re in a brand new year, my challenge to you this week is to find your one affirmation. Say it aloud every morning in the mirror. Write it on a Post-It and have it on your desk or nightstand. I know it might sound ridiculous to you, but this stuff works.
Life is good,