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235 | Mini Episode: Why Affirmations Work
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Affirmations can change your life. I truly believe that. Throughout this episode, I talk about why they work and why you should use them as well as the changes they make to your brain chemistry.
While affirmations can be a powerful tool in your toolbox, it’s important to be consistent and intentional with them in order to leverage their full power. The strategies and discussion in this episode will help you get started with using affirmations in your own life.
“As I'm saying [affirmations], my brain is listening. My brain is strengthening that neural pathway every single time and my brain is trying to see how can I make sure that being confident is in [your] reality and my brain is going to start noticing things. It's going to start picking up opportunities, picking up little pieces of evidence, and strengthening and building a case for that statement.” ~ @avanimiriyalaMain Takeaways
- Strong neural pathways are a result of doing something often or believing something to be true. This myelin is what makes something second nature (like driving a car).
- When you tell yourself that something is going to be true (i.e. “It’s going to be a great day!”) your brain automatically thinks that will be the reality and strengthens the myelin that reaffirms that.
- You can use this default setting of your brain to do and affirm positive things, which strengthen the neural pathways, make it the reality, and can change your life.
- Self-affirmations (i.e. “I’m confident.”) will make your brain believe this is reality and you will have more strength in the characteristic you are affirming.