We’ve all seen them, those pictures on social media sites and tattooed on the arms and backs of necks of mums and dads in the playground. Positive affirmations, positive quotes, sayings that are supposed to make us think and some on some web pages where they claim they can change lives. You don’t have to look very far to find one. I like them and further to that I do get involved in the sharing of some of these affirmations on social media. Only the ones that I truly can relate to, take from or think can be of use to a specific friend. It would seem that I am not alone but what are they for? What do they do? Do they do anything?
I can’t honestly say that one single quote has ever had such a profound effect that I felt that my life was changed. However I have sought comfort in affirmations.
An affirmation is a statement said with confidence about the perceived truth. The problem is these will only truly be successful if your brain is open to the suggestion of the concept presented to you.
Imagine a child bouncing a ball. They will naturally bounce the ball with their strongest, more dominant hand. Ask them to swap hands and the natural and most common reaction of the child will be that they ‘Can’t’. However if the child were to practise and measure their success in the amount of times the ball bounces, I could almost guarantee that they will be able to do it and that the more they practice the better the result.
So what does this have to do with affirmations?
Affirmations can be both positive and negative. Negative affirmations such as ‘CAN’T’ are learnt. How you ever noticed that if you tell yourself you can’t do something, more often than not you won’t. Your brain knows that to be true. In order to then achieve this task you have to retune your mind and relearn that in fact you can.
Repetition of positive affirmations can go some way to re-tune your brain. Hearing these positive messages out loud also makes a difference to the speed at which the brain recognises that concept or suggestion as right and true.
My job as a hypnotherapist is to communicate with the part of the brain that learns behaviour. By talking directly to this part of the brain I can install positive affirmations that grow into life changing thoughts.
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Becky lives in West Sussex, UK and is a Therapist using hypnosis, Psy-TaP, Kinetic Shift and Mindscaping. Please feel free to explore the website to learn more about her.