Updated: Oct 1
Positive affirmations are a powerful health and happiness tool because they help us train our brain to look for ways to make our goals a reality. By saying your affirmations daily, you take charge of your thoughts, direct your actions to align with your goals, and unlock the door to a world of possibilities.
Implementing a daily affirmation practice is a simple and effective way to get, and keep, your focus on your big, bold goal. They're also a powerful way to quiet the noise in your head and squash doubt from your inner critic. And they will keep you moving forward with renewed confidence and strength by focusing on the path ahead.
And I’m going to tell you how you can use this powerful mindset technique to fast track your weight loss goals, because it works!
How do I know? Because I have used positive affirmations and mantras in my own life and experienced their magic firsthand.
When it comes to the body, our conscious mind is the director of activities. The subconscious mind cannot fight against the orders of the conscious mind, which is why affirmations are so powerful.
If you create a positive affirmation and repeat it to yourself with emotion several times a day for a period of time, it will begin to affect your subconscious mind. Soon, without realizing it, you'll start to take actions every day to make your affirmations come true!
So, how does this relate to your weight loss? You can choose an affirmation to help you eat better and get in the habit of daily exercise. Because when you give your subconscious mind the right orders, you'll succeed in whatever you set out to accomplish.
Here’s a simple example for your first positive affirmation:
“I am healthy and happy. I move my body daily to help me feel my best and I make food choices that help me live healthy, strong and fit.”
Or you can whittle it down to a short and sweet mantra:
"I'm working on myself, for myself, to better myself."
NASA Did It, So Affirmations Must Work
NASA has done extensive research on how the brain adapts to new information. In one study, they put astronauts in goggles that made the room appear upside down to test how their bodies would react in space. They made the astronauts wear these goggles for 30 days.
Somewhere around day 25, the brain actually flipped the image so that everything appeared right side up to the astronauts.
After they did that study, they did another one where they allowed the astronauts to remove the goggles on day 15 and put them back on at day 16. The result? These astronauts did not have the experience of the brain flipping the image.
This essentially tells us that you must practice your affirmation daily for about a month so your brain has time to adapt. In other words, consistency over time is key.
The Nuts and Bolts of Affirmations
Using a positive affirmation will work, but you have to be consistent. Just like the astronauts with the goggles, you need at least 25 consecutive days of affirmation practice to ensure that there will be a shift for you.
Type it up, print it out, and read it out loud to yourself for at least 60 seconds each day. Do it every morning when you first wake up and every night before you go to bed. If you can do it in the middle of the day too, well, that’s even better! Repetition is part of the magic formula that will make your affirmation stick.
Read your affirmation with emotion because your subconscious mind understands feeling. You must be able to believe that your affirmation is possible for yourself. So choose something that scares you a little bit, and you may know you'll have to reach outside your comfort zone for it, but with a bit of effort feels attainable.
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