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We call “positive affirmations” a tool that allows us to work to improve emotional state, mood and optimism in general; and also, as a way to create a contributing internal mental pattern for yourself.

Affirmations are a psychotherapeutic tool based on the work of the Frenchman Émile Coué (1857-1926). Already at that time, in his practice with patients, he proposed that they work repeating at the beginning and at the end of the day the phrase “Every day, in all the senses, I am getting better and better ”. By doing this consistently, you were able to change your unconscious thinking and improve your positive and optimistic thoughts.

The dissemination of personal development through the change of mental models, with the work of famous people such as Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Lair Ribeiro, and, further back in time, Napoleon Hill with his “Think and get rich” and Dale Carnegie with their methods, also took this idea to promote effective and lasting changes.

Neurosciences also show that we can improve our overall well-being by changing the kinds of thoughts we have in mind. This is related to neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to give new meanings to experiences by incorporating new information or operating modalities, to create a different reality.

The subconscious does not differentiate the real from the imaginary; Therefore, everything we generate internally in the form of thoughts, or the experiences we have, are interpreted as we feel them. If that mental image is positive, it is highly probable that we can connect it with a result of the same type. The opposite is also true: keeping images non-contributory plunges you further into the negative.

Physician Lauren Robbins states that “every thought creates a chemistry in the brain. Within 20 seconds after a thought, that chemical composition is altered and affects our performance, with the physical body not responding as we would like, and thoughts fuzzy. “

For example, if you are going through an illness and “thoughts of sadness or negativity dominate you, you weaken your immune system,” says physician Cathy Chapman.

For Dr. Joe Dispenza, promoter of positive thinking with an integrating view of body, mind and emotions, “the thinking brain – the neo cortex – is the seed of our free will and allows us to have a choice and an opinion of our own. People get better when they change the way they think. Our thoughts have a direct connection to our direct level of health because they create neurochemicals. Therefore, if you have happy thoughts, you will feel happier. “

An average person has about 60,000 thoughts per day; of which it is estimated that 90% are of the negative type: imagine the result. Add to that the 12,000 ruminant thoughts that go inside when you speak to yourself.

Dr. Caroline Leaf, a researcher with three decades in this field, affirms that “between 87% and 95% of the diseases that afflict us today are the direct result of our mental life. What we think affects us physically and emotionally. It is an epidemic of toxic emotions. “

And it offers another revealing piece of information: its research concluded that the emotion of fear, alone, causes more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses and activates more than 30 different hormones. For this reason, what she calls ‘toxic waste’ that negative thoughts generate contribute to developing diseases such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, skin problems, heart disease and allergies, among others.

In a more recent scientific field, psychoneuroimmunology, the relationship between the brain (regulator of mind and behavior) and the systems responsible for the balance of the organism: the nervous, the immune and the neuroendocrine are explored. Researchers such as the psychiatrist George Solomon, affirm that there is a correlation between the power of thoughts and the state of optimism of people, including positive affirmations, and this affects them on a physical, psychological and behavioral level.

How to write your affirmations + 20 examples

There are three premises to write your affirmations and that you work with them daily, and observe the results.

The first is that they need to be written in the first person, in positive and affirmative language, and with action verbs as if you were already living what you want. For example, instead of saying “I don’t want to be fat” you could say “I have an optimal weight and I maintain it forever, taking care of my nutrition and feeling energized and enthusiastic.”

The second, they need to contain an emotional effect, which is why they occur not only in your thinking mind, but in your spirit and your heart: that is, you unite thought by structuring it, and then connect it with feelings. You will know what “the” affirmation is for you if, by expressing it, you feel hope, greater encouragement and enthusiasm.

And third, the statement needs to be true and authentic for you: it is essential to believe that it is possible to achieve, and that you feel it is your own, like a glove.

Remember that it is a process, so it needs permanent and continuous practice, at least twice a day, when you get up and go to bed.

For reference, here are 20 affirmation examples to inspire you.

Look up your own words; write them down and don’t just leave them in your mind. Notice that many begin with “I am”, “I am”; that is, take ownership of your statement through the way you formulate it.

Remember that an affirmation is a tailored suit and it only works if you practice it continuously:

“I am playing to win and moving towards the best possible result, for the greater good of all, in every moment of my life”

“I am accepting the situations in my life calmly and responsibly”

“I am a free being. I let go of what I no longer need to live my life fully. “

“I have peace and harmony in my life”

“I am moving towards what I want, with conviction, enthusiasm and perseverance”

“I believe in myself”

“I am a valuable person. I love and accept myself as I am “

“I want and choose the best for me, accepting changes as part of my life”

“I am simplifying my life, finding alternatives to go through challenges with calm and serenity”

“I am flexible in the face of changes”

“I open myself to communicate openly, to listen and listen to myself”

“I express myself with clarity, conviction and I manage to transmit my ideas to others”

“I am getting the ideal job for this moment of my life, in which I feel full, recognized and very well paid”

“I focus on my strengths; I accept my weaknesses and work to overcome them “

“I am living my life with humor and joy”

“I have optimal health in all aspects of my life”

“I always choose the best attitude to every situation in my life”

“I am a (man / woman / LGBTIQ +) accepting myself as I am and opening myself to receive everything I deserve”

“I am a winner / winner. I am learning from what I choose to change, and I am focused on achieving my goals and objectives “

“I am already living (such a thing); looking for the experience of (indicate what you want to live in expansion through that); for the greater good and the highest ends of all the people involved “

And remember the masterful statement that gave rise to this revolution in positive thinking: “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.”

(Source: Daniel Colombo)

Facilitator and Executive Master Coach specialized in senior management, professionals and teams; mentor and professional communicator; international lecturer; author of 31 books. LinkedIn Top Voice Latin America. Certified Coach Member of the John Maxwell Team.

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