One way to begin to believe things is through affirmations. This is a type of visualization you can use to get your brain to believe something is true. This can really work.
Have you ever heard the saying “Tell someone they are stupid often enough and soon they will believe it”? It’s very true. If the brain hears the same thing over and over, pretty soon it begins to accept that statement as fact. This is even truer if the statement comes directly from you! Here are some useful ways to help you learn how to use affirmations.
Start a list of affirmations. This will be a list of things you want to have happen in your life. You will say these affirmations to yourself at least once each day for as long as it takes to start believing them. Many people find it helpful to say them into a mirror, as it seems to make it easier to absorb them.
Here are some examples:
- “I am smart, capable, and strong. I can do anything.”
- “I am worthy of a promotion. I am a hard worker, and I do a great job.”
- “I will sell a car today. I will go to work, use all of my best sales techniques, and I will close at least one sale!”
Make your list and say it whenever you can. Say it out loud. It works much better when you do it aloud. If possible, say these again whenever you’re faced with a situation that makes you feel stressed out or you feel a lack of confidence.
This is sometimes called “psyching yourself up”. You have probably seen people do this on television, in movies, or even in real life. Have you ever seen someone quietly repeating something like, “I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.”
That is a type of affirmation. People do it because it works! By using affirmations, you can turn negative situations and feelings into positive ones. You can give yourself more confidence, strength, and the ability to get through any situation.
Give it a try!