The Power of Positive Self-Affirmation
by Lee Labrada
Show me a successful person and I will show you a person who began with their goals in mind. Success and failure both begin in the mind.
Successful people aren’t born successful, they make themselves successful by engaging in thought processes that result in positive actions being taken towards theirgoals.
Success Begins with the Goal in Mind
To be successful, you have to begin with the goal in mind, and then work backwards to identify the steps necessary to take you to your destination.
The same goes for success in the development of your physique. You must begin by picturing the end results which you desire. Then, you must think through, and write down the sequence of steps necessary foryou to take, ranging from simple changes in habit to whole scale lifestyle changes. You must live the training program necessary for you to achieve your desired outcome.
Write Down Your Goals
In a previous tip, I covered this method: you write down the desired goals that you have for your physique and keep them nearby, where you can access them, look at them, and reconfirm them every day. Ifyou have not already done so, I strongly encourage you to set aside a little time to determine what it is that you want out of your training and nutrition program. Don’t rely on vague descriptions like “get into shape.” Instead, be more specific. An example of a more specific goal would be to “lose 10 lbs. of body fat and gain 5 lbs. of lean muscle tissue by April 30.”
Writing out your goal iscritical. Your goal should be written out on an index card and posted where you will see it every day. I recommend writing out three index cards. Post one index card on your bathroom mirror where you will see it every morning when you wake and every night before you retire. Post another index card in your work area where you can see it throughout the day. And post yet another index card on yourrefrigerator, as a reminder of your goals every time you reach for something to eat.
Get Visual Reinforcement of Your Goals
To further reinforce your written goals, I highly recommend that you skim through fitness and muscle magazines and clip out pictures of individuals having the type of physique that you so desire. Once you have clipped the pictures, keep them next to your index cards as a visualreinforcement of what you want.
Make Yourself Believe That Your Goal is Possible
The next step is to make yourself believe that your goal is possible. This is where developing a set of “positive self affirmations” comes into play. Positive self-affirmations are nothing more or less than short strings of words which specifically describe your desired positive outcomes (goals). Your positiveself-affirmation phrases become a mantra which you repeat to yourself at key times during the day. Through repetition , your subconscious mind assimilates up on these positive self-affirmations and internalizes them. They work even when you are not consciously thinking of them, guiding your every move towards your goals. Call it positive “self talk” if you like. Don’t dismiss this as “self-helpgarbage,” because it works. You must be careful to guard your thoughts, because they are constantly being monitored and absorbed by your subconscious. What you think is eventually what you will believe, to the very core of your being, and this will in turn determine what you become and what you achieve.
Push Negative Thoughts of Insecurity and Disbelief Out of Your Mind
It’s important to keep thoughtspositive and to push negative thoughts of insecurity and disbelief out of your mind whenever they occur, replacing them instead with positive, reinforcing thoughts. Here are some examples of positive self-affirmations: “I weigh 180 lbs and have 7% body fat.” This could be a positive self-affirmation for an individual weighing 200 lbs. and desiring to lose 20 lbs. of fat.
Notice that the positive...