By Maryann Ridini Spencer
When I was a child and as I grew up, my mother always taught my brothers, sister and I how to visualize what we wanted to achieve. She was a great believer in positive thinking and “affirming” good.
“Think positive. Goal Set. See yourself achieving what you desire,” she would tell us.
“Visualize it in your mind’s eye. Don’t worry about how you might get there; just see the positive end picture. Say to yourself, I can do it. I deserve it!”
Let me give you some of examples.
My brothers loved to play sports. When it was baseball season, she would tell them before they started their game, “When you get up to bat, see yourself hitting that home run. Put the words “No” and “I can’t” OUT of your vocabulary.”
When it was football season, she would tell them, “See yourself catching that ball and making that touchdown. Hear and see the crowd cheer. Say, I can do it!”
Some of my favorite hobbies were the home arts – cooking, sewing, decorating. After performing in my first school play at age 12, I realized I also enjoyed acting. One summer when I was in junior high, I was very bored and complained to my Mom that I was too young to get a paying job. So, when she read in the paper that my school would be starting up a summer theatre workshop for junior high students, she encouraged me to audition.
My mother told me to visualize myself acting on the school stage and enjoying my time in the theatre. I did. As a result, for several summers thereafter, I was a happy, active member of the theatre group.
Whether my siblings and I realized it or not at the time, my mother’s powerful strategies for visualizing and making positive affirmations, was invaluable to our development.
My father, a professor and PhD, also set an amazing example of how important it was to study and do well in school. Our schooling and homework were always carefully monitored so that we might achieve to our fullest potential.
These positive and empowering messages and examples would serve us well in making a firm foundation in order to venture forth as adults.
A positive attitude can fuel success. It will always make you feel better. Count on it to put you on your path to manifest incredible change.
So what constitutes a positive affirmation?
Every thought you think. Every word you say. Every image that you see in your mind’s eye is an affirmation regardless of whether it’s positive or negative.
You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” Well, “You are what you believe and what you think!”
While all beliefs and thoughts, both useful and not useful, may be set in childhood, there’s nothing like taking hold of the present in order to enact change today.
We continually “affirm” to our subconscious what we believe about our world and ourselves all day long.
Sometimes using affirmations and visualizing the positive may feel like you’re dreaming or being foolish, but in fact, it’s the first step in breaking through old belief patterns that do you no good.
Here are some examples of positive affirmations and as you say them, see yourself in demonstration:
•Every cell in my body is healthy, working properly and sustaining me in living a beautiful, healthy and productive life.
•I am so blessed to be working in a job that I love and that provides me with financial success.
•I pay my bills with a happy heart knowing that money in my life is abundant.
*My partner and I love each other and we are surrounded by and totally encompassed in an ever increasing abundance of peace, harmony, serenity, faith, hope, charity, love, health, healing, happiness, joy, success, prosperity and respect.
•I express my needs and feelings in a way where people listen and respond positively to me.
•Love, happiness, peace, harmony and abundance surround my family and me.
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