Welcome back to “Empower The Vision In You” coaching series articles. This is #12 in a series of 20 articles. Each one builds upon the one before it. My purpose in presenting these articles is to take you step by step in the process of creating your life from the inside out moving you from where you are to where you want to be-in addition, I include some words of wisdom that will help you along the way.
In the last coaching article, I wrote about the conscious and the subconscious mind. They both are key in learning to reprogram your mind to think in ways that are positive and promote greater success in your life. The conscious mind is the gatekeeper of the subconscious mind. When it is off duty, anything can be impressed on the subconscious mind, good or bad. We want only positive, good impressions to pass through to the subconscious so being in a happy, positive frame of mind-feeling good is key. It is hard work to try to keep the negative out, but with repetition and practice we can get good at it. It will change your life for the better and that is what we are here for.
Today, I am writing about affirmations and how they are very powerful.
When you change your negative self talk statements from negative to positive, you are in essence creating a positive affirmation. What is an affirmation? It is a statement of a positive action that is already completed. For example, going back to the weight loss example of 20 lbs. It is a statement that describes what you look like after having lost the 20 lbs.: “I am confidently wearing my new, designer black suit and it is moving with me instead of me moving with it.”
You really just visualize yourself in the suit and describing the feeling it gives you.
Here are the steps to creating a good affirmation:
Always start with the words “I AM”.
Use the present tense which mean right in the present here and now. Of course it is stated in the positive.
Don’t make it too wordy and focus on specifics.
Include descriptive and emotional or feeling words.
Another example would be. I am excitedly and enthusiastically reading this article and motivated to change my life right now today!
Here are some weight loss affirmations I’d like to share since we used that example:
I made these up for a workshop that I presented and had the people attending keep these affirmations take them with them wherever they go. I made them on 2 by 1 inch cards so they could go in a pocket or wallet. Whenever they would feel down or feeling about to revert back to an old unproductive habit, they would whip them out and start repeating them:
I am optimistically and excitedly rewarding myself for small positive steps.
I am releasing negative, discouraging thoughts.
I am systematically losing weight and keeping it off permanently.
I am forgiving myself when I make a mistake.
I am disciplining myself to exercise at least three times a week.
I am easily creating wonderful, delicious healthy foods to eat.
I am inspired to achieve my weight loss goals.
I am feeling strong and flexible from exercising.
I am loving and smiling at the body I see in the mirror.
I am deserving of bliss, joy, and love.
Remember in tip #2 I had you write out what an area of your life would look like if it were ideal? Take that area and write as many affirmations about it as you can.
Be on the lookout for tip #13 of the coaching series, Empower the Vision in You.
Donna McGoff believes that all the answers are inside each of us; her coaching moves the discovery to them more quickly. Visit her website, http://LifeCoachNewport.com to receive a Complimentary e-MovingForward session. An e-Moving Forward Session is an e-mail coaching session that takes you through the beginning steps in moving forward to create the change you want to make in your life-one step at a time. It’s a great way to get started and experience the value of life coaching.