Basically affirmations are INSPIRING self-talk -- they're what you say to yourself to counteract damaging self-talk. We all have damaging self-talk running through our brains.
Damaging self-talk is the old tapes you play in your head, whenever they're triggered by something which happens. Many damaging self-talk tapes are recorded in childhood. Perhaps you broke a plate, and your exasperated mom said: "You're so clumsy!" Or you failed a test, and decided that you couldn't spell, or do maths, or draw.
In childhood, before the age of eight, you spent a lot of time in the alpha mind state. This is mind state in which you're highly suggestible, and lots of damaging mind tapes are recorded then.
If you were aware of your damaging self-talk, you could counteract it, but these old tapes play quickly, below the level of your conscious awareness.
You've got thousands of these old tapes waiting to be triggered. One of the biggest benefits of using affirmations is that you become aware of these old tapes, and once they're conscious, they lose any power they've had to affect your behavior or feelings.
For example, let's say you created an affirmation: "Writing is now easy and fun for me." You write this affirmation five times.
Here's what happens: your old tapes start to play, loudly.
Write down what these old tapes say -- you'll need to write quickly, you've probably got many tapes which say things like: "Writing is hard, I've never been good at writing"; "I can't write"; "Nothing I write is good or worthwhile, so it's a waste of time trying."
This is excellent -- write down as many of these old tapes as you can, because now you know what they are, they can't hurt you.
Affirmations Help You to Change Your Belief System
Affirmations help you to change disabling beliefs -- those beliefs you're not aware that you hold.
Here's how to create your own empowering affirmations: create them from your mind tapes. Just switch the old tapes from negative statements to positive ones.
* I can't write BECOMES: "I write easily and effortlessly, I'm an excellent writer."
Try it. Affirmations enhance your creativity and your income. Why walk around with old, damaging self-talk? Start changing your self-talk today, with the power of affirmations.
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