This year my fiancée and I started out on a mission to find extreme success in life. We started simple and very soon we had a whole lot of goals and plans and projects underway. We started a study of success and pretty soon we came across the idea of affirmations.
What Are Affirmations?
“Affirmations are sentences aimed to affect the conscious and the subconscious mind. The words composing the affirmation, automatically and involuntarily, bring up related mental images into the mind, which could inspire, energize and motivate. Repeating affirmations, and the resultant mental images, affect the subconscious mind, which in turn, influences the behavior, habits, actions and reactions.”
Traditionally, I haven’t been much of a liberal positive thinker, so my initial reaction was that all this affirmation stuff was nonsense. In my study I was more inclined to listen to Tony Robbins on the subject, when he says things like: “It’s not about positive thinking, because I don’t believe in that … I don’t believe you should go to your garden and chant, ‘There’s no weeds, there’s no weeds, there’s no weeds,’ and think that that’s going to solve something. I’m a believer in find the weed and rip it out.”
So, to be clear right from the start, I’m not a devoted affirmationist (if that’s what they’re called). However, I am willing to concede that affirmations have power.
It is true that everyone talks to themselves. I do. The voice in my head goes all the time. It’s also true that what that voice says usually comes true. If it says “you’re not good enough to write a novel!” Then, well, you’re not likely to ever write that novel. (or whatever your pie-in-the-sky ambitions is.)
So, what I’ve learnt is that if you want to find success and if you want to live with purpose and achieve all the wonderful things you’ve planned out for your future, you need to have the kind of bright, positive, empowered voice that will drive you on to success. A powerful voice that drives you to take risks, to be positive and to persevere and strive to do more than you currently can.
I used to have an inner voice that sabotaged and stopped me at every turn. However, little by little, I’ve taken power over my thoughts and I’ve developed a new set of affirmations that will drive me on to achieve the success I need in the future.