Thursday Night Motivation

The Power of Self-Affirmation

THE POWER OF SELF-AFFIRMATION

People often ask whether affirmations really work. Some question whether it’s just woo-woo and not scientific. There have been numerous studies dating back to at least the 1920s demonstrating the efficacy thinking more positively in general and specifically self-affirmation.

Consistently, research has shown, to one extent or another, that our thoughts have a significant impact on the way we feel, our experience of life, and our personal outcomes.

One famous version of this phenomenon is the placebo effect. It’s the first hurdle any new drug in development must overcome. While the industry likes to keep this under wraps, about 22 percent of patients with a demonstrated condition are healed of that condition simply on the belief that the medicine they’re taking is going to heal them.

In recent decades, this percentage has been rising. Any nee drug most show efficacy beyond the placebo hurdle to be considered efficacious.

“Think positive” has become something of a mantra in our society to the point that some are annoyed by its vagueness and seeming ineffectiveness in the face of struggle.

I understand the frustration. It’s like extolling someone to eat healthier without giving them healthier recipes.

Affirmations are an effective methodology for delivering targeted positive thinking into your brain through the power of repetition and belief.

While rote learning can be boring, there’s a reason little kids practice their math tables over and over. Repetition has been known for thousands of years to be an effective means of memorably placing information in the human brain.

When you combine belief (the placebo effect) with the power of rote repetition, it becomes easy to see why self-affirmation works.

I am, I can, I make, I choose and other such phrases common in affirmations are among the most powerful words in our language. Put them to use in the pursuit of your goals, your dreams, your health, pretty much anything you want to improve in your life.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

When Do You Need Your Mind on Your Side Most?

WHEN DO YOU NEED YOUR MIND ON YOUR SIDE MOST?

Our minds are not only more powerful and creative than we know. They’re more powerful and creative than most of us can believe.

We’ve been raised to believe that the world somehow just happens to us out there. We’re not actors, directors, and producers of our lives. We’re kind of intelligent inert rocks with a smile acted upon by forces beyond our control. We’re victims not choosers of our destination and our outcomes.

Even for those of us who know better, this mentality can surface and thrive when we’re tired, weak, feeling defeated, or facing big challenges. In such situations, it’s easy, even comfortable to suppose we’re not responsible and we don’t have say.

Even though, these are the hardest moments to do it, they’re when we most need to put the power of our minds on our side.

When you’d rather believe you’re a victim of circumstance, put your mind on your side and you back in the driver’s seat.

When they’ve told you you’re not capable and you mostly believe them, put your mind on your side.

When challenge or crisis visits your life, put your mind on your side.

When it would be easy to give up and no one else would blame you, put your mind on your side.

When your dreams feel big and distant and your way forward seems blocked, put your mind on your side.

When your egoic mind tries to work against you and beat you down, put your mind on your side.

When the inertia of old paradigms holds you back, put your mind on your side.

It’s precisely those moments when we’d rather roll over and let fate work its will in us, that we need to remember WHO we are, WHAT we are, and that we have this powerful tool at the ready to shift our moment, shift our day, and shift our fate.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Even Though

Even though they throw the kitchen sink in the path to my dreams, I won’t stop,

Even though I sometimes feel small and alone, I won’t give up.

Even though my worst parts sometimes get the best of me, I keep aspiring to be better.

Even though I face doubters and haters, I still believe.

Even though adversity and setback knock at my door, I will prevail.

Even though sickness and death eventually will come for me, I live this moment, this day, this life with zest.

Even though this form I inhabit is temporary, I am one with the power that beats hearts and spins galaxies.

Even though no one remembers my contributions, I will incessantly contribute anyway.

Our road is not always easy, but it is our road. Our dreams sometimes seem far away, but we have been one with them from the beginning.

There is no stopping someone who won’t be stopped.

Just in case no one else reminds you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Mind Your Energy Today

We are energy. The universe is energy. Thought is energy. The math is really pretty simple. Where your attention goes, your energy flows.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray