Self-affirmations (or autosuggestion) can be used to boost confidence, get more focused or take action in spite of fear or uncertainty.
The technique involves affirming or reinforcing positive or empowering beliefs. Sometimes the recollection of past successes is used to improve the effectiveness of the affirmations. The practice is based on the belief that a positive mental attitude supported by affirmations can achieve success in anything.
An affirmation is a carefully formatted statement that is written down and frequently repeated to one’s self. The affirmation should be present tense, positive, personal and specific.
Some claim that self-affirmations are a form of self delusion. They argue that affirmations are an intentional, structured way to deceive ourselves of who we truly are. Although this is partially true, affirmation techniques aren’t about fooling ourselves. They’re about emphasizing the qualities that are necessary for success.
You Already Do It
Whether or not you believe it, you are constantly making affirmations. If you assert that you can and will do a thing, and assert it earnestly, you will develop in yourself the qualities conducive to doing it.
On the other hand, if you say or feel that you are going to fail, you will choke and smother the thoughts coming from your own subconscious mind which are intended to help you. You will place yourself in tune with the Failure Thought of the world, and there is plenty of that out there!
Don’t allow yourselves to be affected by the adverse and negative thoughts of those around you. Rise to the upper chambers of your mind. Key yourself up to a strong pitch, above the vibrations on the lower planes of thought. You will not only be immune to the negative vibrations all around you, but you will be in touch with the great body of strong positive thought coming from those of your own plane of development.
Your goal should be to think the correct thoughts by training yourself in the proper use of the will so that you strike the positive key at any moment you want. It won’t be necessary to strike the extreme note all the time. The better plan is to keep yourself in a comfortable key, without much strain, and develop the ability to raise your pitch when occasion demands so that you won’t be at the mercy of your old automatic action of the mind. You will have it under your own control.