As many of you may know that follow me, I’m not a fan of religion or spirituality. However, everyone is free to believe in whatever they wish. But, for the purposes of this blog post, I want to talk about the science behind affirmations.
Here’s what I agree with about affirmations:
- First and foremost, they DO work (this is obviously the most important point!)
- They work scientifically with our biology and psychology
If there are scientific explanations as to why we can change ourselves and thus our results in life, I’m more than willing to give them a go. Affirmations fall nicely into this category.
Before I started using affirmations and learned about the science behind them, I was skeptical, and to be honest, I didn’t really believe in them or the claims others made about them.
BUT, those explanations involved things such as, “the universe”, “divine intervention”, and some form of “energy” giving rise to all the results people were getting. That stuff isn’t for me unfortunately, but it may work for you.
In my mind, the real scientific evidence and TRUTH behind why affirmations work is even more “magical” than the faithful type beliefs mentioned above.
You see, there’s no need for us to place the focus of our own “self-improvement” anywhere outside of ourselves. WE are the magic. We are the tool and solution that makes affirmations work, the answer is built into our biology and psychology.
Isn’t that incredible? To know that YOU have control over your own internal programming. Why rely on something outside of you to change you? Change begins within and is then reflected outside of us.
The Nitty Gritty
Ok, so let’s get down to it. What is the “science” behind affirmations?
It’s really quite simple…
When we impress a certain statement about ourselves on a continuous basis over an extended period of time, we form new brain synapses and pathways which create new beliefs about ourselves. These new beliefs change our actions, which then transform the results we see in life.
Highly regarded professors such as Dr. Joe Dispenza have given TED talks on this subject. In fact, you can view his TED talk below:
Let’s put this idea into an example:
“Toby has a busy work life. He also has three kids and a wife and they all live in a nice family home. Toby works 5-6 days each week at 12 hours a shift, he’s always shattered when he gets home, and in his time off he feels drained.
Toby wants to spend more quality time with his family. Whenever he tries to spend more time with them, he finds his emotional balance is all over the place, and he can’t keep on top of his fatigue levels.
Then, his friend Nick from work introduces him to affirmations. He teaches him how and why they work, and Toby thinks he might as well give them a go.
Toby repeats affirmations related to fatigue, work life, family life, and his emotions numerous times each day for three months. Over this period of time, his neural pathways and synapses are forming, and the old ones are being replaced with new positive and agenda aligned beliefs about himself.
Suddenly, Toby finds that new results are beginning to appear in his life. He seems to have more time on his hands, he’s on top of his emotional state, and his work life is more enjoyable too. Toby continues using his affirmations, and he continues to bring in more satisfactory results”.
Piece by piece, over a relatively short period of time, affirmations can create huge shifts in your results. However, the most IMPORTANT thing to note is that you must use them daily for as long as it takes your brain to latch onto the ideas and start acting upon them.
The brain can’t distinguish a truth from a lie, it doesn’t compute negation. Therefore, while on a conscious level we know we’re telling ourselves “white lies”, our subconscious or “unconscious” doesn’t. Over time, our unconscious overrides our conscious mind, as the brain synapses change, and we start to act differently.
What’s that old self-improvement statement we hear so often?
If you want different results do things differently…
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post and that it’s opened up your mind as to why affirmations work.
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