Keys to Success: Affirmations, Visualization and Action
Many successful people, including Fortune 500 CEOs, top salespeople, personal development mentors and athletes, have figured out how to focus in on their goals. Some practice and preach the process of reprogramming the subconscious mind through meditation, affirmations, visualization, breathing and more.
Affirmation is the practice of positive thinking and fostering a belief by writing down statements or phrases in the present tense. It’s the process of repeating new thoughts and images to rewire the subconscious mind for success. For this technique to be effective, repeat a set of positive statements or phrases by linking them to a particular feeling.
Our subconscious mind plays a vital role in manifesting and achieving our goals, and many of our habits are controlled by our subconscious mind. So, in order to reprogram your brain for success, change your thoughts and habits.
What is confirmation bias?
This is a cognitive bias that involves the brain searching for evidence that confirms and strengthens our existing beliefs. Constant thoughts can induce your brain to action. If you’re constantly dwelling on a negative thought, your brain will likely perceive any information, either positive or negative, as a confirmation of that negative belief and will act according to that belief.
Write down your goals.
This is the first step. Just take a pen and paper, and write down your goals, both short-term and long-term, as well as the process to achieve those goals and deadlines. Break down your goals into small, actionable targets, and strive to meet them. By writing down your goals, you are turning the intangible into something tangible.
It’s easy to get distracted and lose motivation, but the key to staying focused is to plan ahead and minimize distractions. Many people try to multitask, resulting in yet another distraction. Focus on the few, not the many. Apply the 80/20 rule to your daily activities. Focus is like a muscle; it becomes fatigued by constant use. Taking breaks at regular intervals will increase your focus and productivity.
Take action now.
As mentioned above, confirmation bias involves the subconscious mind gathering evidence that strengthens a particular belief. The subconscious mind is always recording, watching and patterning our behavior into habits. With that in mind, through affirmation and meditation, you can work to change your previous beliefs by repeating and visualizing a word, phrase or statement. By taking this a step further to action, your mind will gather further evidence to change your preexisting beliefs.