Positive Affirmations Reprogram Yourself for Success

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Our personal programming begins at birth and continues throughout our lifetime. The positive input is the accelerator, spurring us on to achieve our potential. The negative input is the brakes and holds us back. It is the balance of these two forces which ultimately determines our success in life.

How we psychologically tag an experience as positive or negative depends on our emotional environment and maturity at the time. During childhood, we process experiences according our understanding. For instance, a child shows Daddy a picture he drew and gets a brusque response. The child interprets this as disapproval and determines that his drawings aren't good enough.

He doesn't then understand that Dad's response stems from an awful day at work. We carry through to adulthood all these little bytes of programming and they can be debilitating unless we stop at some point to review and reprogram.

One of the best techniques for reprogramming is affirmations. An affirmation is a positive statement that we want to absorb into our subconsciousness. While it's certainly a simple technique, it is nevertheless no quick and easy fix. Like physical training, it needs to be practised routinely over time in order to be successful.

Consider it this way: it takes years to build up all the negative beliefs cowering in your subconscious so if it takes a few months to replace those negatives with positives, you're ahead on the time factor!

How you word your affirmation is critical to success. If you word it in the future tense, e.g. "I will lose weight" your subconscious will interpret this as a hope for the future and nothing it has to do in the present. Always word your affirmations in the present tense ("I am losing weight") so your subconscious gets the message that this is an action it needs to work on right now.

Don't put conditions on your affirmations, e.g. "I will be happy when..." because your subconscious will just wait for the ‘when' to happen without actively doing anything to bring it about. It is a form of self-sabotage whereas "I am a happy, positive person" will work for you and it will also help you bring about the ‘when' because positive people are more able to actualise positive outcomes in their lives.

To get affirmations working for you, follow these steps.

1. Brainstorm all negatives you want to turn into positives. From that list, choose the one or two that seem the most important to you right now and will have the most effect on your life such as being happy.

2. Word your choices as positive affirmations, remembering to keep them in the present tense and without conditions.

3. Get yourself a writing pad and pen - keep these together in the same place so you always know where they are. Use a page per affirmation and a page per session. On each page, draw a narrow margin on the right hand side - this is your Review column. At roughly the same time each day, write your affirmation at least ten times in the left of your margin. In the Review column, record how you feel about this affirmation. Your first entry might be: "uncomfortable" or "untrue". Review no more than once a week and watch how your feelings change over time.

4. Write your affirmations at least once a day and repeat them aloud and silently to yourself often. Keep going until you are recording positive results in the Review column like: "True!"

Be persistent and consistent and affirmations will work wonders in your life!

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