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Developing a positive mindset is one of the most powerful life strategies there is. Achieving your goals and living the life you dream of is impossible if you concentrate on negativity. Positive affirmations are consciously-evoked positive thoughts or statements regarding some outcome or goal you want to accomplish.

Our subconscious uses the behavior patterns we have learned to automatically respond for many everyday events in our life. This is essential to our survival, we need to be able to respond quickly to events around us which would be impossible if we had to re-examine every aspect of things every time something simple happens. Our learned responses and thought patterns enable us to automatically respond to circumstances quickly and easily.

 Problems arise however, if at an early stage some of the foundation beliefs on which many of the others are built were formed from a skewed perspective, maybe the strategy was appropriate for a perceived difficult circumstance, however often such beliefs are totally inappropriate for succeeding in the real world as adults.

You can use “Positive Affirmations”, which are usually short positive statements targeted at a specific subconscious set of beliefs, to challenge¬† and undermine negative beliefs and to replace them with positive self-nurturing beliefs. It is a kind of “brainwashing” only you get to choose which negative beliefs to wash away.

Because affirmations actually reprogram your thought patterns, they change the way you think and feel about things, and because you have replaced dysfunctional beliefs with your own new positive beliefs, positive change comes easily and naturally. This will start to reflect in your external life, you will start to experience changes for the better in many aspects of your life.