Positive affirmations

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    Oct 26, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    Anyone here do positive affirmations, and if you do. . .have they made a difference for you?
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    Oct 26, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    Yes, I've used them most of my adult life. In times of doubt and any sceptical times in life. They just pop into my head nowadays. Positive programing has seemed to helped me get through life.... Thanks to my mother!
  • TonyD

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    Oct 26, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    I'd prefer to feel bad and then get past it...rather than be afraid of succumbing to bad thoughts, which is a major motivation of many affirmations. EASIER SAID THAN DONE...OF COURSE.
    Ask someone who does tons of affirmations, and I'll show you a person who's afraid of dealing with the dark side.
    I believe positive affirmations have a place if there's no other way to go, in that moment.
  • wander2340

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    Oct 26, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    Have been using them for about 10 years now and would attribute most of my success and good fortune to it. There is nothing mysterious or weird about it. It is simply a matter of taking the time to reflect on what is most important to you and what you hope to acheive in life.

    The one thing I did that does seem a little mysterious is a dream board. This is where you gather a bunch of images of things you'd like to see in your life and glue them to a poster board. Then you put it up somewhere where you will see it all the time. It's a little freaky how some of those things have come true because they seem to just magically appear. Very weird but also very cool. The first one I did was so successful that it was no longer useful. I had acheived everything I ever dreamed of and it all seeemd effortless. So when I made my new one last year I put a bunch of million dollar bills all over it. icon_smile.gif That hasn't happened yet but several other things have such as flying all over Europe in a private jet and having my best body ever.
  • asana

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    Oct 27, 2011 2:13 PM GMT
    I've used one for about 7 years now. I have problems with anxiety, so when I'm freaking out, I stop, focus on my breathing (4 count inhales, 4 count exhales, extending to 8 count exhales) and repeat this in my head:

    Everything I do is for the good of all involved, harming none
    I am happy
    I am successful
    I am completely healthy
    I release all that does not serve
    I love myself
    I love all others
    I am open to give and receive love

    I got it from a book. I find it helpful.
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    Oct 27, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    Kippler saidI've used one for about 7 years now. I have problems with anxiety, so when I'm freaking out, I stop, focus on my breathing (4 count inhales, 4 count exhales, extending to 8 count exhales) and repeat this in my head:

    Everything I do is for the good of all involved, harming none
    I am happy
    I am successful
    I am completely healthy
    I release all that does not serve
    I love myself
    I love all others
    I am open to give and receive love

    I got it from a book. I find it helpful.


    Those are all positive and very giving, healthy. I like those a lot.
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    Oct 27, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    Kippler said
    I am open to give and receive love
    l.


    You could just say versatile.
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    Oct 27, 2011 2:32 PM GMT
    I'm not sure what the definition of "positive affirmation" is.

    I like to tell positive stories about myself to others, hoping to offer an example, and I suppose that also serves the purpose of a self-affirmation. But affirming myself is not my conscious goal -- subconscious, perhaps? I'd like to hear more about this.
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    Oct 27, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI'm not sure what the definition of "positive affirmation" is.




    For those of us who have stuggled with negative self-talk, they are important. I grew up with a self-image that was horrible. I taught myself to shave without a mirror in high school because I thought I was so ugly.

    But when you finally figure out, through faith or counseling or courage, how to stop the negative self-talk, you have to replace those thoughts with something. Affirmations are an important way of changing the discussion in your head from "You are a loser. Nobody will ever love you. You are worthless" to "You have value. People will love you. You are worthwhile."

    You can make fun, but to those of us who have had to struggle with this all of our lives, it is important.
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    Oct 27, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    wish i had known you in high school, no way you are ugly! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 27, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    TonyD saidI'd prefer to feel bad and then get past it...rather than be afraid of succumbing to bad thoughts, which is a major motivation of many affirmations. EASIER SAID THAN DONE...OF COURSE.
    Ask someone who does tons of affirmations, and I'll show you a person who's afraid of dealing with the dark side.
    I believe positive affirmations have a place if there's no other way to go, in that moment.


    "FEEL BAD and THEN GET PAST IT" has been my approach to what appears to be oncoming shit.

    For instance, when I feel a cold coming, I just go ahead and allow myself to feel MISERABLE. In fact, I try to let my imagination run wild with images of my worst fears. In my mind, a few body aches and a cough can turn into CANCER.

    THEN I LAUGH. I feel better........and most of all, I defuse the panic.

    Instead of resisting what might be coming with a thought like "OMG, I CAN'T BE GETTING A COLD...NOT NOW !"......

    ..........and letting God laugh at me,

    I laugh at myself. And get over it.

    HMMMMMM, but at the foundation of my approach is an affirmation:

    I AM STRONGER THAN SUFFERING and I can handle what comes.

    I just tend to believe it rather than repeat it to myself---------but we can all get there in a variety of ways.
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    Oct 27, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    Words don't really work for me. When I'm feeling down, I tend to go do something that makes me happy, like listen to an inspirational song, eat some candy, or watch an episode of a favourite comedy.

    I guess for me, words coming from myself would seem too biased for me to believe, so I change my mood rather than my thinking.

    Does anyone else do this, or add this to their positive affirmations as well?
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    Oct 28, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    I don't do specific positive affirmations, but I do make a conscious effort to choose happiness, and it works. I'm a very different man than I was 20 years ago, and Abe Lincoln was right--most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
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    Oct 28, 2011 2:32 PM GMT
    I do them often. My life is fulfilled today beyond ways I have ever imagined.
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    Oct 28, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    My favourite is "I can do this, I can do this, I can do this, I can do this..." repeated until I feel like I really can do it. It helps me before doing something I'm scared to do or anxious about.
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    Oct 28, 2011 3:24 PM GMT
    Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door.

    Instead of a Seeing Eye dog, what about a gun? It’s cheaper than a dog, plus if you walk around shooting all the time people are going to get out of the way. Cars, too!

    If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you’ll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy.

    Yep, Jack Handey is my self-affirmation hero icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 28, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    This is mine... Found it through a friend... I have it as my facebook profile pic,

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    Oct 28, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    GreenHopper saidThis is mine... Found it through a friend... I have it as my facebook profile pic,

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    Has it made a difference? Ive no idea... I dont bother asking... I just see when there is suffering and hope and aim to help in changing that....
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    Oct 29, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    http://www.amazon.com/What-Say-When-Talk-Yourself/dp/0671708821/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319848980&sr=8-1

    You don't have to be crazy to talk to yourself! We all talk to ourselves all of the time, usually without realising it. And most of what we tell ourselves is negative, counterproductive and damaging, preventing us from enjoying a fulfilled and successful life. Shad Helmsetter's simple but profound techniques, based on an understanding of the processes of the human brain, have enabled thousands of people to get back in control of their lives. By learning how to talk to yourself in new ways, you will notice a dramatic improvement in all areas of your life. You will feel better and accomplish more. It will help you achieve more at work and at home, lose weight, overcome fears, stop smoking and become more confident. And it works. Shad Helmsetter, Ph.D, is a bestselling author of many personal growth books, and the leading authority in the field of Self-Talk.
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle said
    Art_Deco saidI'm not sure what the definition of "positive affirmation" is.




    For those of us who have stuggled with negative self-talk, they are important. I grew up with a self-image that was horrible. I taught myself to shave without a mirror in high school because I thought I was so ugly.

    But when you finally figure out, through faith or counseling or courage, how to stop the negative self-talk, you have to replace those thoughts with something. Affirmations are an important way of changing the discussion in your head from "You are a loser. Nobody will ever love you. You are worthless" to "You have value. People will love you. You are worthwhile."

    You can make fun, but to those of us who have had to struggle with this all of our lives, it is important.



    Good grief man.. you'd be my dream date
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    I just do whatever the voices tell me to do. Or write.