Remember the cheesy affirmation guy from Saturday Night Live? If you don’t, click here to get updated. What the heck, click anyway just for kicks. A good laugh never hurt anyone.
On a serious note though, our friend Stuart Smalley was on to something big. Don’t let the Carlton Bank’s cardigan fool you.
Stuart understood the value of taking a look at the “man in the mirror” and explicitly verbalizing his ideals.
When I was a kid, I thought Stuart was a geek. Now he’s my hero. Am I getting that old? Well, I prefer to think of it as a growing recognition on my part of a truth that most adults realize sooner or later:Happiness is the new cool!
“Stu” was definitely not the hippest cat on the block, but he was certainly the happiest. So in honor of him, I’d like to begin my first session of TK’s success school with a short lesson on that wonderful life changing tool known as “affirmations.” I hope you enjoy.
What are “affirmations”?
An “affirmation” is a positive statement or declaration, usually made in the present-tense, about a desirable condition or attitude that one wishes to create or manifest in his personal life.
Here are a few examples:
Abundance is my natural state. Therefore wealth flows into my experience effortlessly & easily.
Today I choose to see the Universe as a benevolent environment where beauty & goodness organically unfolds.
I am the Infinity of God individualized as “me”.
What is the purpose of saying affirmations?
The calm and confident recitation of affirmations, a practice sometimes referred to as “affirmative prayer” , “thought treatment”, or ”faith confessions”, is a highly practical tool for deliberately programming the mind to think along desired lines.
A great deal of our habitual thinking consists of little more than unconscious reactions to the events that arise in our lives. When we live our lives on auto-pilot in this manner, our mental state and corresponding mood becomes the passive effect of whatever seems to be happening in the world “out there” at any given time.
Living on auto-pilot significantly reduces the immense potential latent in our minds. It causes our natural state as the architects of our own destiny to become enslaved by an unhealthy preoccupation with external conditions. Consequently, our happiness, as well as our personal sense of power, begin to depend on the illusion that things have to go right for us. In this mode of being, our primary concept of “power” is that of an exterior force which compels us to think and behave in accordance with something other than our own power to choose.
Affirmative prayer is one of many ways of taking back the control in your life. With practice and persistence, one can cultivate the habit of living life from the inside out; of seeing one’s perceptions as the cause of all that happens in life and not the effect.
Used as a compliment to productive action and not as a substitute, the saying of affirmations can lay firm groundwork for any individual’s path towards progress and personal empowerment.
Another very resourceful blog I recently discovered is The Affirm Your Life Blog. Che Garman has a very inspiring blog with many affirmations categorized by topic. You can also follow Che on Twitter as well for daily affirmations and quotes by clicking here.
In the very near future, I will provide helpful tips on how to get the most out of this practice. I’ll also give you advice on how you can improve the quality of your life through affirmations without turning into the guy from Saturday Night Live.
In the meantime, affirm the very best and eventually you’ll begin to live it.