MLM Secrets: 3 Areas Self-Affirmations will Improve
In three different studies it was found that Daily Affirmations can improve 3 areas of your life in significant ways.
The basic idea behind affirmations is that we can change our behavior and adopt a healthy and successful belief system by the repetition of these affirmations.
For example, if we repeat a thought like “I'm a smart and happy person” 20 times every morning, then we may begin to actually believe that about ourselves, and thus act in ways that could make that belief a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Reciting these beliefs or affirmations is said to work because repetition of certain thought patterns is said to condition our brains to begin thinking in these new ways. It’s like working a muscle: the more repetitions you do, the stronger the thought will become.
So Here are the 3 Areas that Affirmations will Improve Your Life.
1. Affirmations improve willpower and self-control
In one study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers found that self-affirmations can improve willpower and self-control.
There is a concept known as “ego depletion” which is the idea that we only have a limited amount of willpower at anytime.
Therefore, when we use that willpower in one task (such as doing really difficult math problems), then we are less likely to exercise willpower in a later task (such as not eating a piece of cake).
However, using positive self-affirmations can help us push ourselves just a bit further.
It doesn't give us infinite willpower, but it can help us exercise willpower and self-control when normally we would be fatigued and tired, which provides us with an extra boost of motivation.
This is also one proven way athletes use self-talk to improve practice and performance.
Suggested self-affirmations for willpower:
- “I can do it!”
- “I have the power in me to make good things happen.”
- “If I believe in myself, I will succeed.”
2. Affirmations improve social confidence
In another study published in Psychological Science, researchers found that the use of self-affirmations can improve confidence and make individuals more welcoming to positive social interactions.
They tested individuals who were chronically insecure and strongly feared social rejection, then found that just 15 minutes of self-affirmations improved their social confidence up to 8 weeks after the intervention.
The use of self-affirmations helps us to take control of the social script we play out inside our heads, and thereby rewrite how we think and approach our daily relationships.
Suggested affirmations for social confidence:
- “People genuinely like me once they get to know me.”
- “I deserve positive relationships in my life.”
- “I have a rich and supportive social circle.”
3. Affirmations improve problem-solving and creativity
In a third study published in PLOS ONE, researchers found that self-affirmations can also be used to improve problem-solving and creativity.
Stress has often been associated with poorer focus, cognition, and problem-solving skills, so researchers tested whether self-affirmations could minimize stress and thereby improve these cognitive abilities.
Participants with chronic stress were given a self-affirmations exercise and then had to complete 30 difficult problem-solving tasks under time pressure in front of an evaluator.
It was discovered that individuals who received the self-affirmations exercise outperformed individuals in the control group.
Suggested affirmations for problem-solving:
- “I take small steps everyday to improve.”
- “I view my obstacles as a guide showing me where to go next.”
- “Stepping outside of my comfort zone is often necessary for growth.”
So we can see the benefit is using these methods to change our thought patterns and thereby changing our actions in many areas of our lives.
This is exactly the areas that as Network Marketers we have the biggest struggles. Below are some other posts that may help with Affirmations and Mindset.
Affirmations are probably one of the least practiced of all the MLM Success Secrets I have learned over the years.
Incorporating Daily Positive Thoughts in our lives when all around is so negative is not a maybe it's a must!!!!
I encourage you to take the time this next week, in fact today and put together a few positive affirmations and start implementing this self-talk everyday.
I would also recommend a great book “What to Say When you Talk To Yourself” by Shad Helmstetter.
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I would love to hear about some of your affirmations and the results you are having. You would be surprised how your comments can help others as they are on this journey.