Positive affirmations are so much more than just feel good quotes and positive statements. In short, positive affirmations are statements that are spoken, and often repeated, to encourage and uplift the person speaking them. In reality, a positive affirmation is actually the language of the brain. It turns out, our brains are pretty strict and straightforward about their language rules.
These are Three Elements Of Affirmations
1) Positive affirmations are always in the present tense. If you see a positive affirmation that says “I will,” “I used to” or “I’m going to,” move on. Your brain only responds to present tense statements.
2) Positive affirmations only include positive words. If you see a positive affirmation that has words like “don’t,” “can’t” or “won’t,” it’s not a statement you’ll want to repeat. It takes your brain a lot of extra work to get past negative statements and transform them into positive ones.
3) Positive affirmations are spoken as statements of fact and truth. Statements that contain words like “might” and “could” aren’t nearly as powerful as statements that contain words like “am” and “do.”
How Do Affirmations Work?
There’s plenty of research out there, if you’re curious. This is how your brain communicates.
It does so in a very specific way, and understanding this can help your positive affirmations become more effective and powerful. Your brain is a complex and complicated network of information that is always sending and receiving thoughts and instructions at lightning speed. Every simple action you take is really a set of complicated communications between cells called neurons. Because of the amount of information your brain has to process every single second, it takes everything you think and say in a very literal way. When you understand how this literal communication works, you begin to see how this affects your emotions, behaviors and even physical well being.
The Literal, Present Tense brain
The brain doesn’t communicate in future or past-tense. Everything that happens is happening in the moment for your brain. When you think a thought, your brain processes the information literally and prepares you for the action that should immediately follow the thought. For example, if you think to yourself, “I’m going to have a great time on my date this weekend,” your brain essentially hears “good date” and starts firing off all the connections to make your date amazing.
Here is a Great Start For Morning Affirmations
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