By Batista Gremaud
"I AM" are believed to be the two most powerful words in the English language.
Whenever you think or say, "I am" or "I'm not," you define yourself and affirm your existence, declaring that you are alive, here, now.
The words "I AM" are a statement of your personal power.
They define your energy and assert that you control your life. It is a powerful statement because it is a claim of your strength and identity.
"I AM" can be used as a mantra or affirmation to help you manifest your desires.
The Research Behind It
The development of self-affirmation theory led neuroscientists' to investigate the subject and find evidence of shifts in the brain when we use positive affirmations. MRI results suggest that specific neural pathways increase (Cascio et al., 2016) and that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex becomes energized when we believe in our individual importance. (Falk et al., 2015; Cascio et al., 2016).
The research suggests we can process threatening information about ourselves with more discrimination when we use positive affirmations. (2015: 1979)
Albert Einstein said: "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." Knowledge is limited to what we know and understand, while Imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.
This is one of the most significant discoveries in human history because it suggests that we can create our reality through the power of our minds.
Everything we see around us begins as a thought or an idea, a hope or a dream either in your mind or someone else's mind before it is translated into reality.
Your ideas are creative. Your thoughts form and shape your world and everything that happens to you.
Our brain is a goal-achieving machine, and it operates off of the "programming" that is installed by the very things we say to ourselves.
WARNING: There is a flip side.
In his book, I AM: Two Of The Most Powerful Words, For What You Put After Them Shapes Your Reality, Award-winning author Gary Hensel warns us about the flip side of the I AM statement.
Putting a negative statement after the words, I AM, can make us believe we're not good enough. It can train our brains to think those negative things are true, even if they're not.
Be careful with your words and what you say after I AM because it can significantly impact your life.
Do you often find yourself saying things like:
I am tired
I am busy
I am overwhelmed
I am unmotivated to workout
I am broke
I am afraid
I am stupid
I am weak
I am burned out
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Well, those statements create your reality.
If you put a negative statement after the words I AM, stop yourself and instead focus on positive messages that will uplift your mood and make you feel better about yourself and your circumstances.
Here are a few examples of how to substitute those negative statement
I am full of radiant health and energy.
I am a money magnet
I am proud of who I am
I am an intelligent being
I am in great shape and love my workouts because they make me strong and beautiful.
Here are some tips on how to improve your mindset with positive affirmations
Write those statements in a journal.
Post them on your fridge, near your bed, or desk. Place reminders around yourself.
Listen to positive affirmation tapes.
Anchor Affirmations Using Physical Stimulus
An anchor is a physical stimulus that links your neurology to a positive experience.
Pressing the thumb and index together
Touching a necklace (that you always wear)
Tapping your thigh a couple of times with the palm of your hand
Placing your hands on your heart.
It can be anything.
The next step is to link your anchor with your positive statement.
Using the physical anchor triggers the capacity to remember saying the affirmation and activates positive neurology.
Time to Create a New Reality
Be aware of negative thoughts lurking in your subconscious to create a positive mindset. If you don't like the results you are getting, start by paying attention to your I AM statements and adopt new ones.
With the New Year approaching, there is no better time to put more positive behaviors and thought patterns into motion.
Remember, to HAVE the life you want; you must first BE the person who will DO the things to get it.
That starts with a powerful and connected I AM statement.
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Batista Gremaud is the CEO and president of Dr. Fitness International, International Body Designer, Strength Training Expert, No1 Best Selling author of Feminine Body Design, Empowering Fitness For A Pain-Free Life, co-creator of the Feminine Body Design online strength training mentoring system, co-host of the Esoteric Principles of Bodybuilding, and producer of the Dr. Fitness USA’s show; Recipient of the most outstanding fitness program 2019 by The Winners Circle, Mastermind at Sea.
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