Affirmations work because properly done (present tense, positive, personalized), they bolster our self- concept— the collection of beliefs we hold about ourselves. Affirmations also can impact a related concept, namely our self-esteem, our emotional evaluation of our worth, our attitude toward ourselves, our evaluation or judgment of ourselves.
A strong self-concept of ourselves as a competent, capable person coupled with a good sense of self-esteem definitely reduces stress which in turn leads to better performance. Affirmations give us the ability to reaffirm and re-connect to our best self at will.
Research affirms that connecting to our core values at critical times does reduce stress and help us achieve “flow”, that wonderful state of optimal performance. Furthermore, affirmations may be thought of as a form of self-hypnosis: What you focus on expands; thoughts held in mind attract in kind, look where you want to go!
“Constant repetition creates conviction.” – Robert Collier, 1885-1950, Secret of the Ages
“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.”– David Viscott, 1938 – 1996, Winning
“These repetitive words and phrases are merely methods of convincing the subconscious mind.” – Claude M. Bristol, 1891-1951, The Magic of Believing
“You must intensify & render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things and the flowing fountain which awaits the successful attainment of the desires.”– Robert Collier, 1885-1950, Riches Within Your Reach
As always, I share what I most want/need to learn.