Have you ever heard the saying, “What you focus on, grows”? I can recall many insistences in my life where this saying has held true. It seems like whenever I obsessed over running into someone I didn’t want to see, I would look up and I would be staring in the face of the person I was trying to avoid. Or, there would be times where I was concentrating on all the bad things going on in my life, and the bad things just kept coming. It’s a really weird phenomenon, and it has happened enough that I am very careful in what I focus my thoughts on. While these are negative examples, the good news is that I also have many examples of it working in the positive direction. If there was something I really wanted, but at first felt it was out of reach, I would start to concentrate on it. Then, as time went on, it seemed that opportunities to make it happened started popping up in front of me. One of the best habits I have adopted pertaining to this concept is the daily recitation of affirmations. An affirmation is a statement of what one aspires to in life. Every morning I recite to myself what my goals are at the time, and really focus my mind on them. You might be wondering why in the world would just thinking about your goals make any difference in accomplish them. I believe this happens for a few reasons:
Your brain needs some direction
I read somewhere awhile back that your brain is bombarded with information every second of the day. From picking up on noises, smells, the object way over to the left that you never notice is there, your brain processes information on all of it. However, your brain has a limit on what it can bring in to focus for you and make you pay attention to. Affirmations help direct your brain into what to focus on for the day. You are taking the guess work away from your brain and telling it where you want your focus directed at. This then brings into focus things that will help you in reaching your goals that you might not have seen otherwise because your brain decided to focus on something else. So for example, if you are focused on losing a few pounds, you could start picturing yourself at that weight every morning. Then, during the day, your brain will start to pick up on opportunities to take the stairs instead of the elevator. You will also be more prone to notice healthy foods over junk foods. You are basically programing your brain on what to pick up on and what to ignore.
Your thoughts have energy
I believe that thoughts have energy, and what you put out there attracts like-minded energy. If you focus on something, you are giving it energy. You are putting it out into the universes and saying, “make this grow”. Now, let me clarify, I don’t think that all you have to do is think about something, and it will come to you. I believe you have to put in the work. But if you align your thoughts with your work, the impact is double (at least). You are putting added energy into your work, energy that wouldn’t be there had your thoughts been focusing on something else. Pair this added energy and attraction with an increased attention to helpful opportunities, and you have an unstoppable momentum towards your goals.
So how exactly do you “do affirmations”?
It’s simple. Every day, you take time and focus on what your goal is. I like to do this in the morning because it sets the tone for my day. I always say an affirmation for my main big reach goal, and one for a smaller goal that will help get me to the big reach goal. I like to write them down, because I believe there’s something to putting it down on paper (in colorful pen, so its permanent and pretty). Once you have your affirmations, you repeat it to yourself several times, with conviction (if you are just saying it, and not really believing it, you are just being lame and ineffective). Believe in what you say. Heck, believe in what you want out of life. If you don’t believe it will happen, what is the purpose of dreaming about it? Then, when you are done with that, you go about your day. Now this may seem a little “woo woo”-y to some, and you are thinking that it’s a waste of time and will have no impact. But the good news is it takes less than five minutes and costs NOTHING. So why not give it a try and see if there is something to it. You got nothing to lose, and a lot to gain. Even if all you gain from it is a better understanding of your goals. If you try this out, let me know what you think 🙂