Mind Over Matter

Demetra Moore | July 15th, 2015

Demetra-Moore2Do you start your workday with dread and return home feeling the same? Are your thoughts often full of words like hate, tired, stressed and annoyed? Do you find difficulty in finding the bright spot in situations?

If this sounds like you, just know that you’re not alone. According to Dr. Shad Helmsetter, author of “What to Say When You Talk to Yourself,” 75 percent of our subconscious is negative. These emotionally, mentally and physically draining thoughts don’t have to be a part of our everyday lives. In fact, we can turn our negative outlook around by incorporating positive language into our everyday lives.

How?
Affirmations, of course.
Affirmations are spoken statements that can be of a positive nature. In the popular sense of the term they are spoken commands made purposefully in order to change some aspect of our life. Incorporating these thoughts into your personal and professional lives can include stress reduction and greater self-awareness. A 2012 Harvard study found that optimistic people have healthier hearts, and affirmations help you to stay positive.
How to reap the benefits of positive thinking?

One of the most popular techniques I teach my coaching clients is the 30-day affirmations challenge. To start this challenge, make a list of what you’ve always thought of as your negative qualities. Include any criticisms others have made of you that you’ve been holding onto; whether it’s something your siblings, parents and peers used to say about you when you were a child, or what your boss told you in your last annual review.
Now, turn your list of negatives into positive affirmations. These statements should be written in first-person, present tense. For example, saying “I’m always broke” can become “I’m learning how to better manage my finances.”

Over the next 30 days, speak the affirmation out loud for several minutes three times a day – morning, mid-day and evening. Also, write these statements in a notebook, on a Post It or index card and hang them up so they’ll be visible. If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable about saying something that feels untrue and seems impossible, you can say things like “I’m learning to….” and “I’m getting better at….” Before you start affirmations be sure to have an open mind. Believe that what you are speaking is possible for you.

By creating the feeling of ‘having it now’ while repeating your affirmation, you will begin to retrain your subconscious mind to think positively. The positive side of life will become more apparent and you will be able to get over daily adversity more easily. Simply said you will ultimately begin the journey to consciously creating a way to experience more out of your life.

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