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Positive Affirmations- Words Leading to Action

By December 2, 2010 2 Comments

This post if from Angie, one of Dustin’s blog contributors.

Dustin often talks about limiting beliefs. One of mine is that I’m not the positive affirmation type. When I think of affirmations I think of Zig Ziglar’s “If it is to be, it is up to me” and Sally Field’s often parodied award acceptance speech “You like me, you really like me!” In other words, I think hokey. Thanks to Dustin and Joe (Mr. Motivation for McFarland and Mt. Horeb Bootcamps), I am challenging this belief.

I like quotes, slogans and mottos and am often inspired by them. I haven’t found that this inspiration necessarily leads to motivation though. Here is what I took away from Dustin’s post on Positive Affirmations and Motivation from Joe Sweeney Day 22.

  • Positive affirmations are sayings that you declare over yourself and over your life in the present tense. I haven‘t “owned” these sayings.
  • Bombarding your subconscious mind with positive affirmations creates motivation that can lead to action. So, reading something once, getting inspired and then not thinking about it again, isn’t going to cut it.

I really haven’t given positive affirmations the chance to be beneficial. If I ask the  question “What is the worst thing that can happen”, all I come up with is 1. Someone will hear me talking to myself and think I’m crazy. 2. I will have spent time doing something that didn’t work. The reward of increased motivation leading to action and then results, definitely outweighs these negatives (if you can even call them negatives!).

Now it’s time for me to give this a try and see what happens. I’ll start with something simple and concrete, one of my favorite mottoes, Josh Sundquist’s, “1mt1mt”. One more thing. One more time. This is how it could be rephrased as a positive affirmation:

I do one more thing than what I plan on doing. (Perseverance)

I do one more thing than what I feel like doing. (Discipline)

I do one more thing than what is required. (Effort)

Now, the next steps- talking to myself, and sticky notes EVERYWHERE! 

Will I become a positive affirmation convert? Only time will tell, but I’ll keep you posted.

Have you used positive affirmations to get the results you are after? Share your successes and challenges.