I believe that knowing the proper way to use positive affirmations is the most underutilized goal setting skill. Repeating these empowering statements with conviction will create a target in your subconscious. That part of your brain will immediately go to work on a plan to reach the target.
I can tell you the opposite is also true. Any negative comments you make about your own ability can cause your subconscious to seek that level as well. I know I've been so afraid of sounding boastful that I go too far the other way and downgrade my own accomplishments. I've seen this in many other people as well.
Being humble is a great character trait. But taken to the point of being self-defeating is counter productive. Your mind reacts to what it hears. Your own words can build up a person or they can tear him or her down. It works with yourself as well. We get to decide how we want our words to work.
It is a very simple process. Your mind considers your own statements to be true-at least your subconscious mind. If that subconscious continues to hear you say you are a failure, it will develop situations in which you can fail. The opposite is also true. By pouring positive affirmations in to your mind, the conscious part of your brain will begin to visualize what you speak as reality. And your subconscious will take over from there.
As you follow this process of repeating positive affirmations, you'll find your reactions to situations changing. When things come up that in the past caused you to expect to fail, you'll find that your subconscious mind has reprogrammed your reactions. Over time, you will see your fear of that situation sliding away.
Make sure these positive affirmations are in the present tense. " I have achieved excellent heart health." You want to be sure to speak as though you have reached this milestone right now. That will increase the urgency in your mind.
Make sure you don't use any negative words. " I am at my optimum weight" is much better than "I need to lose some weight." The latter implies a negative feeling about yourself.
Repeat these positive affirmations many times per day. You face negativity all the time. If you can push good thoughts into your mind, the negative will be crowded out.
Speak it into existence. Even if you haven't reached the goal just yet, say it as if you have hit the target. Your subconscious mind will work tirelessly to set up situations for you to succeed.
Believe in what you say. Positive affirmations will help you reach goals. But you still need to do the work. If you don't really have a strong desire, you don't need the negative-busting words.
Here are just a few examples. I know you will think of many more to fit your situation.
My heart health is improving each day.
My financial literacy has grown by leaps and bounds
I have a great relationship with my kids
I can do anything I set my mind to do
I look forward to this new challenge
I am relaxed and prepared for every situation
I have unlimited energy
I am a quick study
One of my goals in working on this website is to help people succeed. I hope to do that by assisting you to find the right information. Having the energy to plow through the daily negative is tough. Positive affirmations are like energy turbines. You'll hear plenty of critics reject that notion. I guess you'll need to decide if these critics are where you'd like to be or not. The following quote from Teddy Roosevelt is a favorite of mine....
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat". Theodore Roosevelt, "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910
26th president of US (1858 - 1919)
Part of sound preparation is pouring affirmative thoughts into your mind. It is crucial. Maybe just as important as being relentless.
Zig Ziglar didn't write his first book until he was 49 years old. Col. Sanders didn't make it big until he was past 60. It is never too late and it is always the right time.
I also have a suggestion for a great book that will help you with focus and direction. The very simple title is "Fish." It is written by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen. It will give you an idea of what is possible with a forward thinking attitude.
It tells the story of a mid level manager trying to shape up an under-performing staff. It translates well for anyone working toward bigger accomplishments. It uses the metaphor of Pike's Fish Market in Seattle to tell the story. It won't take you very long to read, but it will go a long way to helping you expect great results in your life.
Positive affirmations can cause an amazing transformation. They can drive any of us toward great accomplishments. Couple these good thoughts with action and you will achieve. It is never too late to start. There is always time. You are a successful person.
Just below is a short video featuring one of the authors found in our list of classic books. You might not agree with everything he says in this six minute video. Maybe you will. But please take what works for you regarding positive affirmations and use it to benefit yourself and others around you.