When someone first introduced me to affirmations, mantras, whatever you wanna call them, I almost threw up.
Nothing against them, but it seemed almost corny in a way — talking to the mirror, and trying to convince myself of something I clearly wasn’t or things that clearly weren’t.
Yet, when things got tough and I had to go through things I would’ve never imagined, I welcomed them very quickly in trying to repair a broken and repressed spirit.
And so, with lots of effort and investment in training my mind to rewire and connect the right thoughts, I made it, and I’m proud (that could be an affirmation by the way).
So if you’re going through one hell of a challenge and need a hand, let’s start with how affirmations work.
The Psychology Behind Affirmations
If you’ve ever studied or dived into psychology, you surely were already introduced to neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity is essentially a process in which neural pathways are able to be formed and change throughout our lives — a process within our control.
This mechanism also enables us to learn new skills and apply them to our lives.
The stronger a neural pathway becomes, the more automatic and habitual the specific thought or behavior becomes.
If every morning, for example, you decided you’re going to make celery juice and drink it on an empty stomach, it will become an automatic behavior over time (66 days to be exact).
This is why the first thought you have in the morning can shape your entire day. So if you wake up spilling some coffee and you’re thinking you’re going to have the worst day? Well, you’ve just become a prophet.
Your thoughts and beliefs can become self-fulfilling prophecies, and learning how to positively train them to fit the right mindset is key.
So how do we do that?
We begin with positive affirmations to set the day.