AFFIRMACTIONS: YOUR BRAIN IN ACTION
No, I didn’t make a spelling error in the title! Me? Make a mistake?
Most of you are probably quite familiar with the term “affirmation”. Whether
referring to the New Thought or New Age schools, affirmations are
associated with the practices of empowerment and positive thinking.
An affirmation is a structured statement that is specific, about oneself,
of a positive nature and in the present tense. Examples might be: “I look for
humor and fun in daily situations” or “I know I can accomplish anything I choose to”.
Now, we can say these positive statements all day long…and we should, as often
as possible. Write them down, too. The more we repeat and focus on them, the more
they lead to our developing new positive neural pathways in our brain.
THINK OF IT.
By merely changing our thinking, we make changes in our brains!
But (and here is where I explain the title), “actions” need to go with your revised
thoughts. Now, sitting in front of the TV all day long and thinking about getting
up and being productive doesn’t necessarily make it so, does it?
Think about and visualize the rewarding consequences. Get a few spurts of
dopamine, the neurotransmitter linked to rewards, going in your brain.
You can do it…
You can get up from the couch.
Now choose one of your priority tasks you’ve already broken
into smaller, doable tasks to keep overwhelm at bay.
Ready, aim, fire. Do it. Get it done.
Guess what. You get some more dopamine released because you’ve taken action.
You probably also feel better about yourself for having gotten something important accomplished.
Give yourself a pat on the back, take a walk, take a hot bath with bubbles or do something else you find fun.
Give your couch or reading endless emails a break today.
Do some affirmactions!
Happy Journeys! Until next time,