In the last post, I talked about our beliefs and how they can help or harm us.
Now, I’d like to give you some suggestions on how to transform those limiting beliefs into more productive ones. There are many ways to do this, and I couldn’t possibly cover all of them in this post. However, I will discuss three of these techniques. My suggestion is to take what resonates with you and leave the rest.
First, I’d like to discuss affirmations. These are positive statements that can be repeated silently or out loud which can create lasting change. However, I have found that it’s not as easy as repeating a few phrases. Sure, these positive self-statements definitely make us feel good about ourselves and cause us to shift into a more positive mindset, but if we don’t believe them, we can actually block their ability to affect change. For example, there were periods of my life when I suffered from nearly paralyzing depression.
Around this time, I began to read about such things as the law of attraction and affirmations. Every morning, I would say: I am happy. However, after several weeks, I didn’t notice any change. Why? Well, first of all, I said it without enthusiasm, so there was no intention behind it, and I did not believe that I could be happy again. Secondly, I viewed happiness as something external to myself, and I did not take any steps to achieve happiness.
So you see, affirmations alone do cause a positive shift in our energy, and if used over time, may create lasting change for some people. However, if the affirmation is repeated with the belief that things will never change for you, affirmations alone may not be the way to go. However and there is no judgment here, if you don’t take small steps to change your situation, you may limit or even thwart their effects.
In my next post, I will discuss emotional freedom techniques, which can also help to eliminate limiting beliefs.
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