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I’m going to start with a strong statement:  affirmations are probably the most powerful things available to change our reality.

Let’s back up one step and define affirmations:  An affirmation is a personal, positive statement about who we are or what we do.  Two keys here.  The first is “personal” and the second is “positive statement”.  A couple of examples:

I spend time each and every day to exercise to better my physical well being.

I watch what I say at all times and avoid passing judgment on others.

They are very brief, very easy to understand, and can be very powerful.

A personal testimonial.  Several years back (more than five!) I wrote down my personal affirmations.  I try to review them on a daily basis the first thing in the AM.  The reality is that for a few months I’ll do a great job and then I’ll slip to only one or two times a week.  However, each time I read them I find that I either (i) made progress and am becoming more like the statement or (ii) can identify where I had an opportunity to have done better over the past day or week.  Amazingly — or maybe not so amazingly! — over time I have found more of the former than the latter.  That’s because affirmations have the power to change the way you think; and, in turn, the way you behave.

If you have any doubt about this, think about what you see with children.  Think about the kids that receive positive statements about who they are.  Think about the kids that are subject to the verbal abuse of the adults in their life.  If you have any doubts about the power of the brain to morph based on what it is told, looking at kids and how they develop should put that to rest.

With that in mind:

Why not tell your mind who you want to be by writing down your affirmations and review them daily for the next month?

As always, thanks for the time.