I know what you’re thinking, “He’s about to ask me to start talking to myself and saying how great I am. Does he REALLY think that’s going to do anything?” The short answer? Absolutely! Aristotle famously said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit.” Take a minute to let that sink in. Who we are is determined by what we do repeatedly daily. Do you want to be great? Do great things every day. Do you want to be mediocre? Do mediocre things every day.
We control the power to shape our future. The most amazing truth for all humans is that we can be or do anything we want if we have two things: enough time and enough effort. This is where the power of daily, positive affirmations comes into play.
According to SuccessConsciousness, affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation or goal, and are often repeated to get them impressed on the subconscious mind. Their repetition motivates and inspires the person repeating them, and programs his or her mind to act according to the repeated words. This process triggers the subconscious mind to strive and to work on the person’s behalf, to make the positive statement come true.
So, how do positive affirmations help shape our mind and body to get the desired results or goals we’re after? By stating your goals or a positive affirmation out loud, your body instantly molds itself to try and make said statement come true. One of the simplest examples of positive affirmations that we were introduced to at a young age was The Little Engine That Could. Did the little engine repeatedly tell himself, “There’s no way I’m going to get up that hill…there’s no way I’m going to get up that hill…” NO WAY! He kept telling himself “I THINK I CAN! I THINK I CAN! I THINK I CAN!” And, eventually, he got to the top of the hill!
We often repeat positive affirmations to ourselves because it strengthens the connection between the mind and body. If every time we say “I’m going to have a great day today!” helps us get closer to that happening, what do you think happens if you say it 10 times in a day? How about 100 times? Eventually, your body will do everything in its effort to have a great day and shield away distractions trying to ruin it.
Unfortunately, the spoken word can work against us as well. If we repeat negative words or thoughts, we have a better chance of those ideas happening, too. Have you ever heard a friend, or maybe even yourself, say, “I have a feeling I’m going to get sick this week,” or, “Ugh…today is just not going to be a good day”? Of course, you have—we all have. And, what usually happens to that person? They end up having a miserable day or eventually getting sick! Our minds are extremely powerful and affect not only our mood, but our body’s chemistry as well.
So, here are our tips!
- Make them personal. Your affirmations should be directly related to your behavior and goals and be packed with positive emotion.
- Say them in the present tense. If your goal is to lose weight, try saying, “I am helping my body lose weight today,” rather than, “I want to lose 20 pounds.” By saying them in the future tense, your body has less of a desire to start connecting the mind and body today.
- Keep them simple. The simpler and easier they are to remember, the better chance you have of saying them every day.
- Make sure they’re positive. Affirmations need to focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. If you want to play well in an upcoming sports match, try saying, “I’m an amazing athlete and help my team win,” rather than, “I don’t want to get injured this game.”
- Keep repeating! At the very least, your positive affirmations should be one of the first things you say in the morning. However, they work best when repeated consistently throughout the day. You can read them, write them down, record and listen to them, just make sure they are woven into your entire day.
Do you need help getting started with your positive affirmations? Stop by the office and grab one from our Positive Affirmation Bowl at the front desk! Chiropractic care, and especially the structural care we provide at Excel Chiropractic, focuses on correcting the misalignments in our bodies caused by thoughts, traumas, and toxins. Use these positive affirmations to help increase your mental health and decrease the damage done by negative thoughts.