HOW DO POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS WORK?

Positive Affirmations can be used as a powerful tool, to help shift our mindset from one that is focusing on the negative, to one that is focusing on the positive.

Why? well more often than not, we can get stuck in a rut with negative thinking. “I’m not good enough” or “I’ll never get the job/relationship/situation” that I want, usually wind up being self-fulfilling prophecies. Despite us not wanting the lack of to be the actual outcome, we focus on the ‘not having’ something – and the negative – so much, that these thoughts drag us down, create a lower vibration and in turn wind up true.

If we were to switch out thinking to a more positive one, even if we currently don’t have the outcome we so desire – yet – a shift in your energy and focus happens and you start intending more good things into your world.

But how do positive affirmations work? They are essentially the language of the brain… Our brains register words and sentences as formulas and because our brains work at lightning speed and at that very moment. It also takes everything we think and say very literally. So if we were to say “I am in a great place at the moment, with lots of money coming in”, your brain literally hears ‘am-great-money-coming in’ and starts firing off all sorts of neuron connections to ensure you’re in a vibrational place to receive and be open to more of this. The same works in a negative pathway, so every time we doubt something or place negative words into sentences our brain hones in on just that.

Because your brain hears you literally, it cannot distinguish between tenses. So we should always choose to frame our positive affirmations in a future tense, as in already having the positive outcome.

“I will do great a great job in my presentation” instructs your brain to set up for success now, but it doesn’t understand the future element. ‘I am a great presenter’ – period – strengthens a neurological connection between you, presenting and confidence, preparing you not only for this presentation – but for future presenting opportunities.

Our brains work incredibly hard at deciphering information and in fact processes 400 billion bits of information per second. That’s right 400 billion… insane. Yet we are only actually aware of 2000 of these. Can you even comprehend being aware of 2000 bits of information per second?! This helps to further explain why our brains have to take everything so literally, to be able to quickly process, filter and fire off a set of neurological instructions relating to the thought.

If you’re hungry, you don’t have to do a lot of work around processing every single sound, smell and object in your environment to identify whether or not it’s a source of food for you… instead, your brain does this for you, by sensing your hunger and filtering out the junk. Potential food sources will then stand out to you and become the main focus.

Your brain is constantly looking for clues and influence, from what you think, feel, say and do – it does this to proactively attempt to help you succeed. It’s an incredibly clever little system and has honed what it does extremely well. However, this does, of course, mean that if you’re influencing your brain with negative thoughts, reading and watching negative or stressful news and depressing soaps and surrounding yourself with people that do not lift you up, means that your brain will start to process, filter and bring more of this energy into your world. It takes it literally that you want more of the stress, fear, anxiety and drama. Do you?… No thank you!

Luckily, you have control and it’s pretty simple to instruct your brain towards a more positive mindset and approach. This is why positive affirmations are SO powerful. Your brains are seeking the command, so instead of letting external influences offer their 2 cents, choose to give your brain your own command. A positive and affirming one.

There are 2 key ways to help positive affirmations work even better.

1) Repetition. Doing anything once does not usually lead to a successful outcome. If we decide to learn to play the piano, learn to ride a bike or even attempt to memorise something, we will never nail it the first time. It takes repetitive practise and strengthening of those neurological connections to hardwire it into our brains. And the same goes for affirmations. Repeat, repeat, repeat and your brains will literally hardwire these into your daily life.

2) Surround yourself. When I’m working with a positive affirmation, I don’t just say it over and over, I place it ALL around me. It goes on a post-it note on my computer, it’s an alarm set on my phone at a random time of the day, it’s sometimes scrawled on my bathroom mirror in lipstick, it’s doodled in my diary and sometimes I like to write myself a little note that I place on my pillow to read before bed. Sometimes we can easily let our busy days take over and forget we have an affirmation to work on, so don’t let yourself… place it where you need to in order to see it and say it regularly.

And there you have it. That is how positive affirmations work and help to shape our everyday lives. It’s all in the muscle memory, that we help our brains to identify. Are you looking for some positive affirmations to help you live your best life? Check out our Instagram for some inspirational suggestions, as well as our top articles on positive affirmations for success, having the best day and abundance.

I am having the best day. I hope you are too?

Chelsea Parsons

Chelsea Parsons is the passionate founder of Well + Happy. A trained Kinesiologist, Yoga Teacher, NLP Practitioner and Performance Coach; Chelsea helps to inspire and educate people to live more abundant lives through high vibes, happy food and a more conscious way of living.

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