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Affirmations: A powerful component to freedom

"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." - Napoleon Hill

 

Pregame Prep (today's overview)

An affirmation is a positive statement or declaration that affirms something to be true. These statements are powerful tools because they help reprogram our thoughts and beliefs and change the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us. I like affirmations that start with "I am" because it forces me to take ownership of what I am affirming as true.

When you repeat affirmations to yourself you are sending a message to your subconscious mind. You are influencing your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. I've used affirmations as part of my daily routine for the last several years and I understand how important creating and repeating these statements are to obtaining your freedom! Affirmations will help shape your internal dialogue.

Film Review (my experience)

Today’s film review is a funny (embarrassing) story from earlier this year. I LOVE affirmations, I say my affirmations out loud multiple times per day. It was mid-January and I was training for a sprint triathlon, so I found myself at the YMCA at least 3 days a week as they have indoor heated pools, If you want to swim in the winter (without a wetsuit) this is the best (only) option around here. Since the steam room was a new experience I didn't realize how beneficial this was for my body and my mind.

These steam rooms are so thick with steam sometimes you can’t see your hand in front of your face, not an exaggeration! I turned on the timer as I walked in the room, it actually wasn’t quite as steamy since the heater's timer was turned off for a while. I settle in as I listen to the boiler grumble and pour steam into the room with a loud hiss. Within a couple minutes the room was hot and I was in my meditation state: my eyes closed as I repeated my affirmations out loud. "I am confident..., I am wealthy.. (That’s just the first part, my affirmations are in the example below). As I spoke the words out loud, I could feel my tension melting away in the steam. I visualize my affirmations in my mind, I’m renewing myself after a hard workout as I sweat out the negative. Breathing in the positive, the steam, I was so focused on my affirmations that I didn't even hear the door to the steam room open!

It wasn't until I opened my eyes and saw someone sitting right by the door that I realized I wasn't alone. At first, I was a little embarrassed for a stranger to hear some weirdo speaking affirmations out loud in a steam room, but then I saw the person smiling at me and I couldn't help but laugh. We ended up chatting for a few minutes about the power of affirmations and how they help me improve my mindset and well-being. It was a unexpected and uplifting moment, but I did go ahead and head for the door quickly after!

 

One of the best ways to re-program your mindset and outlook is through affirmations. If you don't love your present reality, or if you seek growth and continual self improvement, you must create yourself a list of 'I am' statements and recite the statements daily, loudly and proudly! You might not even care who is listening.

The thoughts, beliefs and words you have on repeat create your reality. Repeating affirmations are so effective. This is why successful people create vision boards, why you should hang out with people who push you or people who you admire, and take stock of your internal dialogue.

All of the repetition of reality is a key concept to building your playbook to freedom.

 

Offensive Game Plan (actions to obtain freedom)

Develop affirmations and practice them multiple times per day to create the perfect plays and find your freedom.

Here are some tips for creating your own powerful daily affirmations:

  1. Make them specific and actionable: Instead of saying "I am successful," try saying "I take actions every day that bring me closer to my goals."

  2. Make them future looking and make them believable: It's important to choose affirmations that you genuinely believe, it’s also important to make your affirmations a reflection of your best self (even if it’s your future image). If you don't believe an affirmation, it will be less effective. If you aren’t speaking about your best self, what are you doing??

  3. Personalize them: Customize your affirmations to your goals and values.

  4. Use positive language: Affirmations should be phrased in the present tense and should be positive.

Some Examples (personalize them to make them more effective):

Defensive Game Plan (actions to defend your freedom)

Avoid using negative language: Affirmations should be phrased in the positive. Instead of saying "I am not anxious," try saying "I am calm and centered."

Avoid using generalizations: Make your affirmations specific and actionable. Instead of saying "I am successful," try saying "I take actions every day that bring me closer to my goals."

Avoid using affirmations that you don't believe: It's important to choose affirmations that you genuinely believe, or at least want to believe. If you don't believe an affirmation, it will be less effective.

Take Action: Affirmations can be a helpful tool, but they are only one part of the equation. It's important to take action in order to see results. Action is far more important than waiting for perfection.

Avoid getting discouraged: If you don't see immediate results, don't get discouraged. It can take time for affirmations to take hold and for your mindset to shift. Be patient and consistent in your practice.

Special Teams: (special exercise/skill for this week)

Affirmations don't mean anything if you don't do the following, once again TAKE ACTION:

Write them down: Find a pen and paper and write our your affirmations. Energy exchange from mind to paper actually matters!

Say them out loud: Saying affirmations out loud help make them more powerful and increase their effectiveness.

Repeat them regularly: To get the most benefit from affirmations, it's important to practice them daily. Try setting aside a few minutes each day to repeat your affirmations to yourself.

Audible: (unplanned changes to the plan)

There are a few different reasons you might want to rewrite or change your affirmations:

You are no longer resonating with them. If you find that your affirmations are no longer resonating with you or feel like they are no longer relevant, it is time to rewrite or change them.

Your goals or priorities have changed. If your goals or priorities have changed, it is time to update your affirmations to reflect these changes.

You are not seeing results. If you are not seeing the results you want from your affirmations, it is time to try rephrasing them or using different affirmations altogether.

You want to focus on different areas of your life. If you want to focus on different areas of your life, such as your career, relationships, or personal growth, it is time to update your affirmations to reflect these areas of focus.

Overall, it's important to be open to the possibility of changing or updating your affirmations as needed. This helps you to keep your affirmations relevant and effective and to ensure that they are supporting your personal growth and transformation.

Post-Game Review (key takeaway)

Here’s a recap on why affirmations are so powerful. Affirmations do the following: Shift your Focus: Affirmations allow you to focus on the things you want to manifest or achieve. Change your mindset: Repeating affirmations regularly begin a shift in your mindset from a limiting one to an empowering one of abundance. Build self-confidence: and belief in your own abilities and potential. Result in Action: When you believe in yourselves and your ability, you are more likely to take action towards your goals and dreams.

Affirmations are simple to create, yet so powerful to transforming your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Added to a daily routine "I am" affirmations are key component to building the playbook to freedom, happiness, and fulfillment in your life.

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