In 1957, Earl Nightingale, speaker, author and
co founder of the Nightingale-Conant Corporation, recorded his classic
motivational record "The Strangest Secret." "The
Strangest Secret" sold over one million copies and made history
in the recording industry by being honored as the first Gold Record
for the spoken word. Nightingale, known as the “dean of personal
development,” concluded that life's “strangest secret” is that
we become what we think about all day long.
Your belief system, like your computer,
doesn't judge or even question what you input; it merely accepts your
thoughts as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Think thoughts of defeat or failure and you're bound to feel
thoughts of worry, anxiety and fear are unhealthy and often manifest
in the body as stress, panic attacks and depression.
At the core of Earl's message, he reveals the
incredible power of positive self-talk, belief and expectation. What
you vividly imagine and hold in your subconscious mind begins to out
picture as your reality. Your belief system not only defines your
reality, but it also shapes your character and determines your
Placebo Effect: The ability of the mind to cure a disease even
when the medicine is known to be worthless is known as the “placebo
effect.” This occurs in medical trials where doctors give patients
sugar pills, but tell them they will cure their illness. Often it
does, even though the pills contain nothing of medical benefit. The
only thing of value in these medical trials is the patient's own
belief that the sugar pills will cure them. It's the power of the
patient's belief and expectation alone that produces the improvement
in his or her health.
I recently read a remarkable story about a
group of cancer patients who thought they were being treated with
chemotherapy, but were actually given a placebo. Before their
treatment began, the patients were informed about the complications
associated with undergoing chemotherapy treatment, such as fatigue and
loss of hair. Amazingly, based on nothing more than their belief and
expectation, nearly one third of the patients who were given the
placebo reported feeling fatigued and actually experienced hair loss!
The Power of Affirmation and Positive
Self-talk If you had access to a powerful tool that would enhance our
self-esteem and allow you to reach your full potential would you use
A good way to create positive self-talk is
through affirmations. An
affirmation is a positive statement that represents your desired
condition or outcome. Interesting enough, your subconscious mind
doesn't know the difference between a real experience and a vividly
imagined “mental” experience.
When he was a struggling young comedian, late
at night Jim Carrey would drive into the hills overlooking Hollywood and yell at the top of his lungs "I will earn ten million dollars
a year by 1995." When 1995 finally arrived, Jim was the star of
the movie "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls", for which he was
paid twenty million dollars!
World-class athletes understand the value of
affirmation and recognize the impact of their mental preparation on
their physical performance. They use the power of positive affirmation
to reduce anxiety and increase their expectation of achievement. To be
of maximum benefit an affirmation must be simple, encouraging and
stated in the present tense. By repeating an affirmation over and over
again it becomes embedded in the subconscious mind.
To be effective your affirmation must be stated aloud:
1. In a positive manner with the focus on what
you want. When you catch yourself saying or thinking something
negative about yourself, counteract the negative self-talk with a
positive affirmation. Start your affirmation with words like “I
am,” or “I already have.” For
example, “I close sales with little or no resistance.” “I
take good care of my customers and they show their appreciation by
referring their friends to me.”
2. In the present tense. Your subconscious
mind works in the present tense, so avoid words such as can, will,
should or could. For
example, “I love doing my work and I am richly rewarded creatively
3. With strong emotion and conviction.
4. Repeatedly. I suggest you read your
affirmations each morning upon awakening and again each night just
before falling asleep. Close your eyes and picture the end result.
Feel the emotions associated with the affirmation.
Here are some of my favorite affirmations:
"Every day in every way I'm getting better
"Everything comes to me easily and
"I love and appreciate myself just as I
"I love doing my work and I am richly
rewarded creatively and financially!"
"I now have enough time, energy, wisdom and
money to accomplish all my desires!"
"Infinite riches are now freely flowing into
"I am relaxed and centered!"
"I feel happy and blissful!"
Do affirmations really work and can they be
used to propel a person to achieve greatness? As a young boy growing
up in Louisville, Kentucky, 12-year-old Cassius Marcellus Clay dreamed of someday becoming the
heavyweight boxing champion of the world. When working out in the gym,
Clay would continuously affirm to all within earshot that he was
indeed the greatest boxer of all time! While many felt he was brash
and boastful, few people actually took this 89-pound youngster
seriously. Mohammad Ali used his affirmation to become the undisputed
heavyweight boxing champion of the world and arguably one of the most
popular and recognized sports figures of all times!
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions,
for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your
character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny,”
You show me a person with high
self-esteem, a positive attitude, and a healthy work ethic and I'll be
able to predict his or her success in advance; I guarantee it.
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