Banish Negative Beliefs By Training The Brain With Positive Affirmations

Posted on: 14 May 2015

Nearly everyone wants to get ahead in life.  Millions subscribe to the belief that hard work and perseverance is the key to that success. But, the sad truth is, millions of Americans work hard and never get past providing the basic human need of food and shelter. They fall short of the abundance that fills their dreams and never reach a state of real happiness and contentment. According to the Law of Attraction, one of the reasons for this lies in hidden beliefs (sometimes referred to as limiting beliefs) about yourself that prevent you from achieving your goals. These beliefs may take on a life of their own, echoing the voices of your past, as they try to convince you that you are not worthy of success. Positive affirmations are one way to defeat these negative scripts and trick the mind into adopting new positive thoughts.

Are Positive Affirmations and Positive Thinking the Same Thing?

Many people mistakenly assume that positive affirmations and positive thinking are the same. While both are important to achieving your goals or finding happiness in life, they are not the same thing.

  • Positive Affirmations: Positive affirmations are positive statements about yourself, such as that you are worthy, valued or insightful. When used properly, positive affirmations help to reprogram your thinking to eliminate false beliefs about yourself. In short, positive affirmations retrain your mind to view yourself in a positive way and quell the negative voice in your head that works to convince you that you are not enough.
  • Positive Thinking: Positive thinking deals with how you see the world around you. When you practice positive thinking, you see the good in others and learn to make the best of every situation. Positive thinking means you are willing to see the world in a positive light and ready to cast off old ways of thinking about both yourself and others.

How Do I Create Positive Affirmations?

Because the goal of using positive affirmations is to change the way you think and feel about yourself, you will need to identify any false beliefs you currently hold about yourself. You can do this in a number of ways.

  • Many life coaches and personal growth mentors recommend writing down your negative beliefs about yourself.
  • Others, like Dr. Ron recommend stopping negative thoughts in their tracks by immediately asking yourself "Is this true?"
  • Other options include carrying a note pad or a digital recorder with you to record your negative thoughts about yourself throughout the day, so you can create positive affirmations later.

At some point, you will need to transform those negative thoughts and beliefs into positive thoughts. While some choose to take immediate action and rewrite the thought in a positive manner as soon as it occurs, others prefer to wait until the end of the day and look for common themes, such as not being smart enough or young enough. Thoughts like, "I am not good looking enough," or "I don't have any marketable skills" are some common negative beliefs, but there are many more. You may secretly tell yourself that you are not creative, that you aren't perceptive or that you are boring.

Avoid Over-Inflating Your Affirmations

When you have identified the negative beliefs about yourself that are holding you back, you are in a position to make effective change. But, this is not the time to become overly confident. If you write affirmations that seem too good to be true, your brain may decide to ignore them and fall back on what it already believes to be true. According to an article published by  Sophie Henshaw, DPsych  on PsychCentral, when the positive affirmation is too much for your subconscious to accept, it sets off a battle between two opposing beliefs. This can give strength to the original negative belief. While "I am creative and insightful," is a good example of a positive affirmation, "I am a creative genius who is admired and envied by everyone," may be a bit harder for your brain to accept right away. Keep your affirmations positive, but avoid creating affirmations your brain isn't ready to buy into yet.

Replacing your negative thoughts with positive affirmations on a daily basis trains your brain to discard false beliefs and accept positive beliefs in their stead. It can be both invigorating and uplifting, and lead you to the life you have always dreamed of. For more help with positive growth, look at a site like