Day 15 - The Power of Affirmations
I hope you are feeling wonderful.
I’m positive that if I do this right and put everything I’ve got into this, the whole universe will collaborate to help me achieve it.
We have to be careful with the thoughts we have, and the affirmation we use. The thoughts in our subconscious create our future far more that the ones that are in our conscious mind. Let us use the image of an iceberg to illustrate the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind. Only a small percentage of the whole iceberg is visible above the surface that represents the conscious mind, while the subconscious mind, the largest and most powerful part, remains unseen below the surface. In this metaphor, the subconscious mind holds all memories, feelings, and thoughts that are out of conscious awareness. It handles the responsibility of keeping the body running well. It has memory of every event we’ve ever experienced; it is the source of our emotions; and it is often considered our connection with the Spirit and with each other.
The conscious mind, the tip of the iceberg, is a small portion of the whole being. It is what we ordinarily think of when we say “my mind.” It’s associated with thinking, analysing, and making judgements and decisions.
We need to be aware of what is in our subconscious. Sometimes it needs to be rewired. For example, if you would like to earn more money, it is not enough on its own that you firmly believe that you are a money magnet, if your subconscious mind affirms that you don’t deserve it. Let me give you another example: I remember, not so long ago one of my clients came to me with a problem of not being able to lose weight. She explained to me that she tried almost all the different diets that are available and even started exercising a bit, but for some reason she was still unable to get rid of those ugly kilos. At our first session I realised that the underlying problem lied in her subconscious mind so I asked her a few questions about her childhood. I learned that day that she adored her grandmother who by the day, has long died. This grandma half seriously, and half jokingly used to tell her granddaughter that only the rounder women would get married. So my client translated this statement from her grandma as: the rounder, the better. This one sentence was so deeply ingrained in her that no matter how hard she tried to lose weight, she just couldn’t succeed. Make sure you understand what lies in your subconscious, as that is responsible for holding you back from truly achieving your dreams. After getting to the root of the problem, correct it, and finally enjoy the benefit of your effort.
Change always starts with awareness, followed by understanding, and last but not least comes reconditioning.
Affirmations can be any statement you make. It’s up to you whether you make it positive or negative. But remember, it is extremely powerful. The subconscious mind accepts the thoughts that we often repeat. After accepting them, it changes our mind-set accordingly, as well as our habits and actions. So make sure you use these positive affirmations on a daily basis and you will be surprised what it does for you and how it makes you feel afterwards.
Remember, always and always believe in yourself!
You are truly amazing!
CALL TO ACTION:
WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR FUTURE SELF, PUT IT IN AN ENVELOPE, ADDRESS IT AND KEEP IN A SAFE PLACE. PUT A REMINDER IN YOUR CALENDAR AND EXACTLY 3 MONTHS FROM NOW, READ THIS LETTER. I LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE. IT NOT ONLY HELPS TO DEAL WITH OUR OWN FEELINGS ABOUT OUR LIVES, BUT ALSO ENCOURAGES US TO BE KINDER AND MORE COMPASSIONATE WITH OURSELVES THAT CAN LEAD TO HEALING, HAPPINESS AND EVEN BETTER HEALTH. FILL THIS LETTER WITH LOVE, GRATITUDE, AND POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS. DIVIDE THE LETTER INTO FIVE SECTIONS, STARTING WITH A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR CURRENT SITUATION, FOLLOWED BY A POSITIVE, FUNNY RECENT EXPERIENCE OR MEMORY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR FUTURE SELF. THEN WRITE ABOUT YOUR FUTURE GOALS, WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH FINANCIALLY, SPIRITUALLY, INTELLECTUALLY, PROFESSIONALLY, AND NOT FORGETTING THE ROMANTIC GOALS. AT THIS PART PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE TO EVERYONE WHO STOOD BY YOU AND SUPPORTED YOU THE MOST ON YOUR JOURNEY. IN THE FOURTH SECTION, WRITE ABOUT ALL THE RESOURCES AND QUALITIES YOU HAVE THAT WOULD HELP YOU SUCCEED. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, PLEASE END YOUR LETTER BY EXPRESSING LOVE AND APPRECIATION TOWARDS YOURSELF.
AS I TOLD YOU BEFORE, WRITING A LETTER TO YOUR FUTURE SELF IS A POWERFUL TOOL. IT CULTIVATES GRATITUDE, INCREASES SELF-AWARENESS, MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE GOALS, AND HELPS YOU IDENTIFY WHO YOU WANT TO BECOME. BUT MOST OF ALL, THIS SNAPSHOT OR MEMORY FROM THE PAST IS A LOVELY PRESENT TO YOURSELF. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU USE THE SECOND PERSON TO MAKE IT MORE PERSONAL AND DIRECT. BE SINCERE AND THOUGHTFUL, AND DON’T FORGET TO SIGN YOUR LETTER AT THE END.
As I told you before, writing a letter to your future self is a powerful tool. It cultivates gratitude, increases self-awareness, makes you think about your future goals, and helps you identify who you want to become. But most of all, this snapshot or memory from the past is a lovely present to yourself. Please make sure you use the second person to make it more personal and direct. Be sincere and thoughtful, and don’t forget to sign your letter at the end.