In this article I'm going to teach you how to use positive affirmations to 'hack' your own subconscious.
What's a positive affirmation?
Essentially it's a short phrase, which you repeat to yourself again and again.
By doing this your subconscious mind slowly comes to believe what you are telling it, and you begin to see the results that you want.
Example: 'I am confident'.
How does this work?
Your subconscious is like a sponge. It's essentially the part of you which is behind the scenes - not even you are granted access to its workings.
The thing is, this part of your mind is directly affecting every aspect of your conscious mind.
How do you think advertising works? It's using your subconscious.
When you see an ad, you usually don't think twice about it. But your subconscious soaks it up. Then later in the day, you really feel like one of those meals from KFC... and you make the conscious decision to go buy it.
That conscious choice that you made, came from something that your subconscious picked up.
Positive affirmations work because when you keep telling your subconscious something, it soaks it up and believes it. Tell yourself non-stop that you are confident, and sooner or later, whether you like it or not, your subconscious forces you to be confident.
'You' are a fluid thing
I've mentioned this in a previous post, but I'll say it again because it's really key to this whole idea of maximising yourself.
This thing that you call 'you' is very shapeable.
What are you really made up of? The answer: thoughts about yourself.
Example: I'm Max, I enjoy writing personal development articles, I like these kinds of clothes, these people are my friends, and I'm this happy,
All of those things which define me... are thoughts about myself.
And where are those thoughts held solid? They are held in the subconscious.
The subconscious listens to everything, soaks up everything, and uses what it hears to program itself. The result of that programming is the entity which you like to call 'you'.
Another example: Little Susie liked to play the piano when she was younger. However, one day she heard her father say she had 'clumsy fingers'. On another occasion, someone told her that she 'wasn't that good at piano'. So, Susie stopped playing because she believed she was no good.
Susie wasn't actually bad at piano. But her subconscious soaked up that message of 'you're no good', becasue that's what it was being fed.
You are what you eat - not just physically, but mentally. You are what you feed your mind with.
Making some positive affirmations
So, what we now want to do is undo all of your bad programming, and start to feed your subconscious some healthier beliefs.
Here are the steps for designing some affirmations for yourself. I'll also give you some of my own to use if you don't feel like making them up.
1. It has to be a short phrase. Definetely no more than a sentence. This is why advertising uses short, snappy slogans like 'I'm loving it'. Your subconscious takes small bites.
2. It has to be positive. You can't be telling yourself what you don't want to be: only what you do want.
'I don't want to be fat' is negative and won't work.
'I want to be fit' is positive because it's focusing on what you DO want. So, it will work.
3. You must repeat this phrase daily. Don't miss a day. Also, you should do this for a minimum of a month if you want to see real changes.
At least five minutes a day.
For at least a month.
Some you can use:
If you self-doubt: 'I believe in myself'.
If you are de-motivated: 'I am motivated in everything I do'.
If you are insecure: 'I am confident', or 'I love myself'
If you are feeling down: 'I am always in a good mood'
You get the picture.
In conclusion, try sitting down for five minutes a day and just repeating this phrase to yourself again and again.
The result is that all of your bad beliefs that currently define you will be turned around. You will unlock a new you and reshape your brain.
Good luck and thanks for reading!
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