Mind Your Mind

By: Peter Murphy

Affirmations are often suggested as a means of changing how you
feel and yet many people use them and get very little benefit
from all the time spent repeating a short positive phrase. You
can use this approach to prepare for a business or social
situation where you usually feel tense, shy or unsure of yourself
but only if you supercharge your affirmations.

Three Secrets to Effective Affirmations:

1 Drive your Physiology - by this I mean get yourself into a
dynamic state of mine by moving your body energetically. I find
walking quickly, cycling or jumping around the house while
listening to loud music, all very effective for me. When you feel
energized you will put more enthusiasm and emotion into your
affirmations and you will make a bigger impression on your mind.

Then say your short positive statement out loud if it is
appropriate, otherwise shout it out inside your head where only
you can hear it.

2 Create short statements

These statements will describe how you want to be and it is best
to state these attributes in the present tense as if it is
already true.

For example, *I am confident and appreciated by
all* Instead of...

*I want to have more confidence someday only
I do not know when that is likely to be because I have a few
problems to deal with right now.*

When you say your affirmation, assume it is already true and
express this feeling as you repeat the phrase. This way you are
programming your brain to find a way for you to achieve your
goal.

3 Use the Ultimate Affirmation:

The ultimate affirmation is ideal for anyone who wants to
communicate at their best under pressure. Here it is...

*I love myself*

I know this seems a bit far out. Let me explain. Let us pretend,
just for a moment, that you completely love yourself 100 per cent.
So this would mean you fully accept all aspects of yourself,
your body, your bad habits, your personal limitations etc.

If this was the case, the opinion of other people would be
totally irrelevant. You would then have no barriers to speaking
at your best.

At first repeating * I love myself* is likely to cause you to
feel awkward, embarrassed or just plain silly. If that happens
you will know that you are on the right track because that is
evidence that you are challenging limiting beliefs you already
have about your value as a person.

For the more adventurousHealth Fitness Articles, try this in front of a mirror. It
freaked me out the first time I did it. Although I soon got the
hang of it.

Play with this approach to managing your mind and you will soon
discover that the secret is to use affirmations with intensity.
Enjoy your journey!

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