Let’s keep moving with our affirmations… we started talking about what you can do to gain some inspiration for writing affirmations last week. Affirmations are simply statements or sentences we create to practice positive thinking and develop new neurological pathways based on our own beliefs.
Here are the rules for creating an effective positive affirmation:
A couple examples:
This is an addition that I hadn’t found in any of the training growing up. You must include your mind and heart. Saying words has no impact without the emotion of belief and visual connection. Watch in your mind where you see yourself BEING and who you tell yourself YOU ARE. If you think about the person who has the skill exactly how you want it, then what do you think they are thinking? What do you think they are feeling? How do you think they are acting? This fourth step is a key factor to affirmations. You can say the words and HOPE you get the results…or you can get the results. One seems easy and nice. The other requires more effort and practice and focus.
Sometimes, we have cognitive dissonance occurring inside our minds. This is a psychology term where our values are not in line with our actions. We weigh what we want with what we are actually doing. This creates an unsettling mental state.
Cognitive dissonance, at times, reveals itself in the form of self-talk. When you want a change intensely enough, despite the automatic pilot your brain wants to offer you for action, you find yourself thinking words of encouragement and debate at the same time. You may even surprise yourself by vocalizing this debate aloud.
However, this self-talk isn’t surprising to athletes. If you stand close to an elite-level gymnast, especially during high-performance moments, you may hear phrases voiced out loud. Elite-level athletes use words to keep their mind focused (which we often call Cue Words) on what’s most important: what they believe they truly want. Often these cue words are simplified versions of longer statements, or affirmations.
If you are practicing new thoughts, you will want every sense engaged in the journey of creating new neurological pathways. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself debating with your survival brain on your new affirmations and desired goals.
Tell yourself exactly what you do and then see how it’s done in your mind as you say it outloud. You then have a clear picture and it no longer seems overwhelming to actually perform this skill consistently in a competition…or a version of whatever you are planning.
So, there you have it.
The 4 step affirmation process.
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