The Power Of Affirmations.
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Okay, down to business. The daily practice of affirmations is a powerful thing. Affirmations are actually repeated instructions that you give to yourself. Any time when we write things down we are actually writing from the subconscious part of our brain, and by doing that we get in touch with auto-suggesting to ourselves, in essence programming ourselves. By engaging in self affirmations we reprogram our subconscious in order to achieve our goals. It is a reminder to yourself of what it is that you want, self affirmations are actually an engagement with positive self-talk and by repeating your affirmations over and over again the process actually rewires your subconscious, and stops you from getting side tracked by your negative self-talk.
You concentrate on what is possible and you start to remove limitations and in essence start to believe in yourself, driving your actions in order to achieve your goals. ‘I’ statements are powerful statements. ‘I’ statements come from your inner core, an ‘I’ statement is a directive like a command. If you keep it in the present tense it means that it is to do with now, it’s not something that you are trying to attain, it is something that you already have. The affirmation is about what you want, the brain doesn’t hear the word ‘don’t’. Affirmations need to be clear and concise as well as specific. By using a verb you add power to the affirmation by evoking an image of doing something.
So an affirmation goes something like this, ‘I am happily choosing to stand firm in my decision to live a keto lifestyle.’ ‘I am happily drinking two water bottles a day, one during the work day and one in the evening after I get home.’
Affirmations can be written and read out loud, by repeating them you will memorize them. You can record your affirmations on your phone and listen to them when you are driving or at work or falling asleep, you can post your affirmations wherever you need to like on your bathroom mirror, so you can review them while you are brushing your teeth or put them on your screen saver on your computer.
When you find yourself in a difficult situation or catch yourself with your own negative self-talk or justifying your bad behaviour you can review your affirmations. Visualization is a way to be able to “see yourself” actually doing or being your affirmative self. By using your other senses imagining what you would be feeling, tasting (the sugar in a negative unwanted way), smelling, and hearing, then applying your affirmation as you decline food that is not keto you can engage with yourself as a success. Also include other people acknowledging your success, congratulating you and telling you how well you have done. Feel the emotion of success, it is really important to get in touch with a time you were successful and apply this feeling of success in your visualization, as you are declining the offer of non keto. The stronger you can get into that feeling of success the more powerful the process will be.
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