Do Positive Affirmations Really Work?

Author: Debra Stefan
Published: December 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

Whether you are working with a professional or you're doing self-help, positive self-talk is crucial for success.

Retraining your thinking is the first step in bringing about lasting change, and that is how savvy weight loss experts get results for their clients. Sure, you can place a person under strict supervision, constant motivation, provide the healthiest nutrition and get some pounds down. However, the weight that is lost is often regained if old thinking patterns have not been replaced with new, supportive ones.

Before positive affirmations can work for you there are a couple of prerequisites. First, you need to believe in the power of your own mind and secondly, you need to be in a receptive state of mind.

Start by cancelling all "stinking thinking". Every time you catch yourself saying or thinking negatively, reframe it. Anthony Robbins popularized this cognitive drill of spinning any situation to the most positive viewpoint. Take Christopher Reeves of Superman fame. When he became a paraplegic, he viewed himself as the best person for the job because he could use his celebrity status with the media to make gains toward stem cell research. He truly believed that his paralyzing accident helped in fulfilling his life’s purpose by leaving a legacy.

The prisoners of Auschwitz who survived did so because they did not let their dire circumstances under Nazi rule change their thinking. Your mind is the one place that cannot be controlled by anyone else but you.

The responsibility of mind control or cognitive thinking is clearly up to the individual and no one else. Success proven tools and techniques can be effective when the subject is receptive. Being receptive means that you must clear away previous mind clutter from past failures and adopt the Zen mindset. The Zen mind is known as the beginner’s mind. It is a clean slate free of any previous impressions. Only then, can the receptivity begin.

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DEBRA STEFAN is owner/operator of Las Vegas Live-in Fitness Residential Weight Loss Retreat in greater Las Vegas-Henderson, Nevada. Guests stay 1-week minimum up to 16 weeks for live-in weight loss 24/7-lifestyle coaching. …

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