As you think about your 2014 and beyond, you are starting to explore your goals; you are creating your future. There is a large body of evidence to suggest that using your whole brain to accomplish your goals will make you more likely to achieve them.
This is the final part of a three part series on using the whole brain for goal achievement. Part one explores the differences between left and right brain thinkers. Part two is about visualizing success. Part three is about using affirmations.
Visualizations use the right brain to send a message to your mind and subconscious to achieve your goals. Visualizations are mental pictures of your goal achievements. Affirmations are helpful in using your left brain to talk to yourself in order to reach those bigger goals. Affirmations are simply sentences–full statements about where you want things to go. There are really five simple characteristics of a good affirmation. It is important to include these characteristics in every affirmation.
Affirmations are personal: it’s not a “you,” it’s an “I.” That’s important to show that you’re taking responsibility for the direction you want to go.
Affirmations use a present tense verb: I am, I can, I intend to, I will. A phrase that you probably want to avoid is “I am trying” because when you say “I am trying” it indicates that you’re putting in the effort but you don’t really expect to succeed.
Affirmations are positive. Use verbs like do, act, earn, recruit, and choose. These are verbs that involve an action.
Affirmations involve some senses. You’re going to talk about seeing, hearing, touching.
Affirmations hold a power emotional element. That is a heart-felt goal that you’re fully committed to having.
Like the images you’ve taped up in different places (see Part two), you can tape up affirmations as on the mirror, on the closet door, on the front door, on the refrigerator, or by your telephone. Put your affirmations where you can see them and say them. Say them out loud for more impact.
Using this process, you have put your left brain and your right brain, your language and your pictures into your future goals. Using both sides of your brain will guide you in your daily activities. When your brain is working on seeing, feeling, and hearing the language of your success there is no time or space to worry about minor distractions, overwhelm, lack of time. Instead, your entire brain focusses on the achievement of your goals.