Chemicals are how the brain communicates with your body. The chemical connections are created for each of the experiences in your life. When you repeat actions frequently, it helps to strengthen these neural connections. It is a constant reorganization process in your brain every time you take action. Your actions don't just have to be physical but can also be mental and include your thoughts as well as your words. The more that you think, do or speak something the stronger these neural pathways become.
The challenge we face is that the majority of your more than 60,000 thoughts that cross your mind daily are negative, because of our biological and survival instincts to hold on to beliefs, habits, and experiences that were bad. However, when you choose to think positively, you can alter your subconscious mind to break this tendency to fill your head with negative thoughts and start focusing more on the positive things in your life. Most of the power of thought and emotion already exists within you. This means that you already know how to feel happy, grateful, loved, etc. However, the issue often lies in the thoughts you continue to strengthen as you follow a negative narrative (DDM). You tell yourself that you are bad, unloved, sad, but want to be happy, loved, and good. To make affirmations work for you, it is important that you make a concerted effort to change your self-talk so that you can reinforce the feelings and emotions that you have inside that you want to bring to the forefront of your life. This means that saying the affirmations in the present tense, "I am," instead of "I want to be," or "I wish I were." When you change your thoughts to the present tense, it creates control over the pathways in your mind. It also opens doors for you to accomplish amazing things.
The practice of incorporating positive affirmation into your daily life is a personal process and is something that you need to develop if you want them to work for your life. This means that you can choose a positive affirmation that fits in your life, but you also can tweak it and change it so that it works better for your situation. If you are still struggling with the process, you can try the following steps. 1. Keep a journal with you at all times and write down your thoughts. The action of writing helps you to integrate the thoughts more fully into your subconscious, much faster than if you were to type them out. Writing them down also makes them more intentional.
2. Every time you notice that you are thinking of something negative about yourself or your life, write it down in your journal.
3. Below or next to the negative thought, rewrite it into something positive that negates the negative message. Make sure that you write it in the present tense and include the statement, “I am.”
4. Repeat this new thought several times for as long as you want to repeat it.
This process is meant to help you identify the negative commentary in your mind and also shed light on the times when these negative thoughts appear. When you rewrite your thoughts into positive affirmations, you want to be sure to make it something that you will actually remember. It should directly address the problem but be short and simple. It can also be extremely beneficial to incorporate creative visualization into the process. If you don’t know what creative visualization is, it is a meditative thought process that enables you to manifest our most heartfelt desires, just by thinking about them. Using creative visualization along with your positive affirmations plays an essential role in attracting what you desire.
This week's challenge, start your journal and follow the steps above. If you are comfortable share a few of your statements with the group.
"I'm in control of my health at all times.
Next week topic: How can I use affirmation for better health, happiness, and success.