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#209: Do Positive Affirmations Work?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Do you believe in positive affirmations? Do you believe you can be successful by repeating to yourself positive thoughts?

I believe if we think of negatives, we get negative responses in return but if we think positive thoughts, then we get positive responses.

Not immediately of course.

Simply telling ourselves that "today I will be 50 pounds lighter" doesn't work. But positive thinking is about so much more than mere thoughts. A positive mental attitude is about a lifestyle, about believing in ourselves, believing we CAN accomplish a certain thing.

In stressful, game-on-the-line situations, top athletes remind themselves how often they have succeeded in similar situations before. They tell themselves they CAN make a successful shot, that they WILL succeed.

"Whatever you put into your mind - in one way or another - is what you will get back out - in one way or another." Shad Helmstetter

"Whatever you plant in the mind is going to come up - multiplied. Plant a negative or a positive and you reap in multiples because between planting and harvest, imagination enters the picture and multiplies the result." Zig Ziglar

"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture." Norman Vincent Peale

It's not difficult. Use index cards to write positive thoughts on and read them when you awake and before you go to bed and often during the day. Or record positive affirmations on a tape and listen to it when you're home and driving and when you get up and before you go to bed.

"Have you ever seen a negative baby? Children come into the world with no doubts or fears at all. And whatever has been learned can be unlearned through practice and repetition." Brian Tracy

It will take a while to overcome established negative thinking and to forget all of the failures in our lives. But it has been done by a multitude of people and can be done by us.

"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens

Do positive affirmations work? I believe so and would rather develop a positive attitude than allow a negative one to rule my life.

How about you?
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  • SPARKLOVE
    emoticon Yes positive affirmations are good to use.
    4051 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I definitely believe in positive affirmations!

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    4052 days ago
  • AMBERROGUE
    Right on!
    4053 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    I totally agree with this. Through personal experience it does work! Thanks, Lou.
    4053 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Absolutely!
    4053 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5411411
    Great attitude and information. Thanks for sharing.
    4053 days ago
  • KATIE4KIDS
    emoticon As always, amazing post!
    4053 days ago
  • LAURIES_PLACE
    Lou,

    You are such a wonderful friend. I don't know why I am rebelling about this so much. I am starting therapy tomorrow, at the insistence of my psychiatrist (No, No! I don't want to do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon No therapy!) I will bring this up soon, maybe get some help with how to overcome my resistance to positive affirmations. I know it should work if I don't rebel against it, if I focus on just a couple of statements that would help me get to a specific goal, if I give it time. I am trying.

    Thank you.

    laurie
    4053 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    It is so much better to focus on the positives. Yes, they DO work! Thanks for another great blog!
    4053 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6035648
    Wow.. I just wrote in my journal about this subject this morning.. Not so much about positive affirmations per se, but about negative thoughts, and their effect on my attitude/emotions day to day. At times I can easily get caught up in the "stinkin thinkin" mentality.. The thing is, I know when I'm doing it, and rather than changing the thought and thinking about something positive, I wallow like a pig in it for a day or 2. I get so frustrated with myself that I had wasted that time feeling sorry for myself, when I could have been out doing something positive..
    Thanks for the post.. It's just what I needed to read..
    4053 days ago
  • BUSSMOM
    I figure...what's the point in wasting my time being negative. It's not fun for me. It's not fun for those around me. God has blessed me to be on this earth for a short amount of time and I choose to use my time reflecting His love and positive message for eternal life.

    Looking for the good things makes me a happier me!

    -Maribeth
    4053 days ago
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