Today I want to talk to you about the power of Affirmations. I work with a lot of high achievers and peak performers and one consistent thing between all of them is they have affirmations that they say, write or listen to day after day. One thing they have in common with everyone else is they have limited beliefs like the rest of us. What is a limited belief, a limited belief is that little voice inside your head that says, I can’t do it, I can’t get it done, I’m not rich enough, I’m not smart enough, I’m not pretty enough in order to get it done. Now they say we have between 80,000 to 120,000 thoughts a day and 80% of them are the same thoughts day after day. More than likely if you are saying I’m not good enough, rich enough, smart enough, it’s something you’re thinking multiple times a day, day after day, week after week, and for some of us, it’s been decade after decade. Is that you? It may be you.
So think how your thoughts release chemicals into your body. Think about the time you were happy, the adrenalin and dopamine that were released into your body and how good it made you feel. Thoughts release chemicals into your body and if you have that chemical being released into your body multiple times a day, day after day, what happens? You create an addiction. You have an addiction to the thoughts that you have. We can’t break an addiction overnight, it takes time and it takes conditioning. That’s why long term programs and coaching work because it’s conditioning. A one-time seminar is not going to change your life when it comes to limited beliefs because two, or three days later your brain says, hey, where is that negative chemical, I need that chemical to feel comfortable again. So your brain has those negative thoughts again to release those chemicals to make your body feel good again. Just like a smoker, two or three days later bring up another smoke to feel comfortable again. So that is how it works.
You have an addiction, I have an addiction, how do we break that addiction, we have to create positive affirmations. Who are you listening to the most? You’re watching my videos and that is great and I appreciate it and please share these with everybody else, and who do you listen to the most? It’s not me, it’s not your spouse or your kids, you listen to you the most. You want to change it, you’ve got to change it.
Here are the action steps I want you to take:
- I want you to write down what are those negative affirmations that are running around in your head? It may be uncomfortable, I understand that, but what is going through your head. I want you to write down those negative affirmations going around in your head on a sheet of paper.
- On another sheet of paper I want you to reverse those and make them positive and present tense. There is nothing more positive than saying…I am. Not I will be wealthy, I’m going to be wealthy, I am.
Let me give you an example.
I have one client that was hitting the same financial threshold year after year after year. When we dug deep, he had negative affirmations about money. He grew up that money was bad, and evil and the fifthly rich and money are the root of all evil, that money was a bad thing. So he has always just made enough to get by, because in his world anything more than getting by was bad. He thought money was evil, that people with money use people and love their money. So how did we reframe his affirmations?
His new affirmations are now, I am wealthy, money is good, I love people and I use money. He took all the negatives, flipped them around, made them positive and present tense. That is what I want you to do with your sheet as well
- Take the old one and throw it away. Get rid of it! The only one keeping it alive is you.
- Say, write or listen to your affirmations at least three times a day.
I like listening to them. You can record them on your phone, mobile device, there are a lot of free apps out there where you can make a recording to MP3 and listen to it while you are working out. Listen to it while you are driving into work. Every time you enter a new situation, every time you enter a new building, you walk into your house, you walk into your place of worship or place of work, I want you to think about those affirmations in your head because you are entering a new situation and you need to reset your frame of mind.
Write the old…Create the new…Throw the old one away.
This is my 30 day challenge to you to say those affirmations to yourself. It will be amazing, it will make a change and it will help to break that addiction. You do that, and you will be one step closer to your full potential…Realized.