As we begin a new year, there is always renewed optimism. We are coming off the holidays where we hopefully have spent time with family and friends to celebrate the Christmas season and results of the previous year. Going into the new year, we look forward to better things to come. It is a natural frame of mind.
In a world that is saturated with bad news, you have a choice on how you will approach the new year. You can listen to all the naysayers and expect the worst, or you can decide to make this year your best yet. It all starts with setting your mind to doing the things you need to do to get the improved results you are looking for.
One of the things I do with my clients is review the use of affirmations. I was first introduced to the concept in 2001, by my coach at that time, David Herdlinger. My first reaction to affirmations was that this is just total baloney. However, David challenged me to give it a try. He told me that if my mindset was not better in a week, to give it up. However, if it was better, then to keep doing it. I have been doing affirmations now for 11 years almost every day.
I find that by doing them daily I am setting the “rudder” of my mind to the things that I want and expect from the day. It also helps me focus on what could be versus what we hear from the “voices” all around us.
Affirmations are stated in first person singular, present tense. That means that we begin with “I” and a present tense statement. For example one of my affirmations is that “I am a person who effectively manages my time.” This not only serves as a reminder that I need to be effective managing my time, but helps my subconscious be aware of when I am not, and send up some notice. Many of my affirmations begin with “I am a person who …”. I say my affirmations at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day before I go to bed. You have to say them out loud. As a religious person, I will often use Bible verses as affirmations as well. According to Brian Tracy, we should also say our affirmations with passion.
Think about what you want in 2012. Set your goals and then start saying some affirmations tied to those goals. One of the biggest battles we fight is the battle of the mind. With affirmations, you have a tool to help win the battle each and every day.
Give it a try.