#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?