In this blog, I will share with you research that proves the power of positive affirmations.
I have a video on positive affirmations where I share research that shows how positive affirmations increase your ability to problem-solve. Below you will find a link to that video.
Today I want to share with you some research that shows how you can actually change your brain through positive affirmations.
In the book “Words Can Change Your Brain,” the authors share how certain words can actually modify your brain. Specifically, they mention the following:
“Certain positive words like "peace" or "love" may actually have the power to alter the expression of genes throughout the brain and body, turning them on and off in ways that lower the amount of physical and emotional stress we normally experience in a day.
There is mounting evidence that strongly negative terms can interrupt the normal expression of genes that regulate one of the most important language centers of the brain, called Wernicke's area.
By holding a positive and optimistic thought in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin to affect other areas of the brain. Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes your perception of yourself and the people you interact with. A positive view of yourself will bias you toward seeing the good in others, whereas a negative self-image will incline you toward suspicion and doubt. Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality.”
It is my experience and my belief that a vital part of gaining confidence and belief in yourself starts with others expressing their belief in you. At many times and in many situations of life I have had to “borrow belief” from others before I had the belief myself. I have also found this borrowed belief to be beneficial to me once I already had confidence and I wanted to go to another level. There is something powerful about other voices speaking into your life. It is because of this that I have created my Mind/Shift video series. Over the next 7 days, I will be releasing a video a day in this series, and I will be speaking positive affirmations to you. Some will listen to my voice because it energizes them, others will listen to my voice as an experiment to see what positive affirmations are all about, and still, others will listen because it resonates with them on a deep, almost spiritual level. You will have your own reasons for listening to my Mind/Shift series.
As promised, I have a 6-week program with daily affirmations. Each day covers one of the affirmation types mentioned in this blog. I know that if you take the time to affirm yourself daily in these 7 areas you will have a complete Mindshift about yourself and your potential in 6 short weeks. This is the same series I cover in the videos above but in a do-it-yourself format.
Mind/Shift Program Here