Affirmations are short and powerful statements used to control your thoughts and ultimately create a reality to become your conscious thoughts. According to research, we have between 45,000 to 52,000 thoughts a day which are mostly negative thoughts which accounts to about 300 thought per minute. These thoughts are below our awareness level because they are sub-conscious thoughts and they threaten to take over our conscious level.
We use affirmations all the time, but usually we’re not even conscious of it – they seem to operate under the radar of our awareness, repetitively running in the background and producing the same old results, dictating what we can and can’t experience. Repetition of a thought is one way in which we form beliefs, and once they’re in place, our mind will run them on auto pilot so that we can focus our attention elsewhere. Learning to drive a car is a good example of this – when first learning, our attention goes on high alert as our mind has to process all the components that go into driving a car safely. After several months of practicing, we start to feel comfortable driving and as we enjoy more success, our confidence is bolstered and we start to believe that we are indeed a competent driver. Soon the thoughts and actions required to drive are habitual, and our mind is now free to drive and think of other things. This is same way in which affirmations create results in our behavior, emotions and actions, both positively and negatively.
One of the latest buzzwords around the world these days is positive affirmations. Most everyone has heard it spoken in one way or another. But what exactly does it mean, and more importantly, what can it do for you? Positive affirmations, when broken down, are simply statements that you can use to reprogram your mind to view everything around you in a positive light. It is a way to make yourself more of an optimist than a pessimist. The classic example being that the glass is never half empty, it is always half full. Using positive affirmations, you can view everything in life in this optimistic manner.