I remember growing up wanting to be the average happy child, but it didn't seem to work out that way. I think it had a lot to do with being only five years old and seeing my father do drugs right in front of me.
If that wasn't enough, I got beat up and bullied from third grade all the way up until high school. During those years I heard everything you could possibly imagine that a child doesn't deserve to hear.
From all the harsh language of being called "fatty", "dumb", "stupid", I suddenly accepted these harsh words as a true reality for me. These words would have the ultimate manifestation on my life years later. Shortly after I left high school, I found that I had taken on the identity of these words spoken over my life.
As I was walking passed the mirror one day I found that I stared into the eyes of a 270-pound, extremely angry and anxiety-filled guy.
To top that off I was very pessimistic about events in my life and had very low self-esteem. It was no wonder that the relationships in my life were such in chaos as I barley had any friends.
As I was deep in negative thought contemplating ending my life because everything seemed to be going so wrong, I got a call from one of the only friends who was left in my life. He wanted me to go with him to a seminar that was about changing your life using the power of words. I thought how bad could life get and decided to take him up on the offer.
I honestly didn't expect for anything at all to change so I decided to just go and see what could possibly happen.
As I sat and listened to the speaker talk about the power of words he said something so profound it was as if it was directed at me.
He said, "Your life at this present moment is a reflection of the words you've chosen to accept as the truth. When you realize that you are the creator of words and your reality you will regain power by speaking positive things into your own life."
Those words had a direct impact on my life and I finally knew the exact reason why my life had been the way it was. From the negativity and feedback I received as a child, I accepted most of which I heard as the truth and it directly impacted my reality.
From that day moving forward things would never be the same for me. I went on a journey of reprogramming my mind to be in direct proportion of who I really was past the negative labels.
In my journey I experienced much failure, but I persisted until I was able to reverse most of my anxiety, worry, low self esteem and much deep rooted anger that had infected my life.
Through my journey I discovered affirmations and how to tap into changing my mind and reverse negative beliefs. Affirmations are statements that we hold to be truth. When affirmations are done the correct way you can change your entire way of life and thinking.
When you realize that the problem isn't you, but the negative thoughts and beliefs that you hold you will take the grip of guilt, blame and constant judgment from yourself and focus on changing the words that impact your life on a daily basis. Truly understanding how powerful and great you are will have a direct impact on your life and everything around you from this moment forward.
Here are 3 ways to reprogram your mind using the power of affirmations:
- Discovering the negative thought patterns:
The problem when most people approach affirmations is they never get a chance to discover limiting beliefs that are holding them back from moving forward. This is the first step in changing your life using affirmations. You want to lay out all the negative beliefs that are holding you back. Here are some questions below to help you begin the process:
What negative things did you hear about yourself when you were growing up?
What are some things you heard about the things you want to achieve now in life?
Who were some of the people that you heard these things from?
Example: My mom would often say that money is the root of all evil. As you can imagine this held me back from making money.
2. Validating the belief
Do you remember when you used to believe in Santa Clause? Do you believe in him now? Probably not. How did you get rid of this belief? Well our minds process everything in meanings. The most effective way to reverse a belief is to reverse what your mind holds as truth. Below are some questions to ask yourself about the beliefs you just laid out.
-Is this belief true?
-What has this belief cost me?
-Why do I believe this?
-Why do I act as though this is true?
-Is their proof that this belief is true?
3. Reversing the negative beliefs into positive affirmations:
The final thing we want to do is turn our negative beliefs into positive affirmations. Now that we understand if the belief is true or not, we can now start the healing process.
All you simply want to do is take your negative belief and reverse it into a present day statement as though it is already true.
My negative belief: Money is the root of all evil
Positive Affirmation: Money is naturally good and can be used to benefit my life and the lives of others.
In order to effectively enhance this make sure you say your affirmations in many different ways, such as:
Writing them in journal a few times a day
Say them aloud more than once a day
Saying them to yourself in the mirror once a day
Getting them to your cell phone like with our service TextAffirmations
In all understanding the power of words will drastically improve your quality of life and you will being to live a life of true meaning and ultimate purpose.