I Choose vs Affirmations.
Often, we hear about the power of Affirmations. The movie “The Secret” spoke about this a lot.
What are Affirmations and why would we use them?
Affirmations are a ‘mantra’ said over and over with the intention of changing a habit or a thought pattern we no longer find supportive. This could because we want to re-enforce a goal we are striving to achieve, for example – I am positive; I am strong; I am successful. Or it could be to re-enforce a habit we want to break like ‘ I am now a non-smoker” “I am slim, trim and healthy”. Regardless of the reason, the method is the same. You recite a ‘ I AM… Mantra’ repeatedly with the intention of forcing you to ‘focus on what you want’ in a positive way. The philosophy is, if you say it and hear it often enough you will believe and starting acting ‘as if’ you were that way.
Affirmations usually start with the words “I Am….” For example, if you were wanting to quit smoking. You might say an affirmation such as, “I am a non-smoker” repeatedly, out loud or inside your head for a couple of minutes and repeat doing this, 5 or 6 times a day. While you recite the mantra, you imagine and feel what it would be like to actually ‘be a non-smoker’.
We Don’t Believe What We are Saying
For most people, the reality is we have to repeat the ‘I AM’ statement many times over days, if not weeks to even start to believe what we are saying.
Choose Different Results
Those words are: I choose! I choose to know that I am (or I can be) a non-smoker!
This Mantra now sends a message to the subconscious that you are choosing to do something. If you stand in what I call the power stance, look at yourself in front of a mirror, squarely in the eye and say “ I choose! I choose to know that I can be a non-smoker” in a loud and confident voice three times, and repeat three times every day, you will change your belief quickly and permanently.
What is the power stance I hear you ask? The power stance is where you stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees slightly, and put your weight into your hips. When you stand like this you are as solid as a rock. Try it! While you are standing in a power stance ask someone to gently see if they can push you over.
So, if you have been using or are thinking of using affirmations why not try, I choose. Let us know your results. Let us know how different you feel with just changing the words! Simple but very effective!