Everyone dreams of success in one way or another. Unfortunately, those who don’t know the power of positive affirmations often think that success is out of their reach. With positive affirmations, however, you will find that anything is possible. Most people know the story of the little engine that could. This is a little engine that was faced with a seemingly insurmountable hill while carrying a heavy load. The engine started up the hill, repeating himself, with conviction, “I think I can…I think I can!” By using positive affirmations, the little engine was able to overcome the hill in front of him. The same holds true for any person facing any perceived obstacle in life.

Positive affirmations are the way for you to reprogram your mind into believing that anything is possible. It is easy for a person to view things in life as hard, or impossible to accomplish. If you believe that you can not do something, then you won’t be able to. If, on the other hand, you tell yourself over and over again that you can achieve something, then you will find what used to be obstacles as nothing more than minor bumps in the road. Using positive affirmations will give you the confidence you need to overcome anything that might be put in your way.

How can positive affirmations help you in life? Affirmations can be compared to the lines an actor has to memorize. When actors prepare for roles, they will practice their lines as often as possible. They will repeat them to them selves any time there is a break from their regular day. When it comes time for tem to perform, they have practiced their lines so often that they don’t even have to think about them, they will come automatically to their mind. Positive affirmations are the same. The more that you use them, the more automatic they will become. When faced with a potential obstacle, your mind will already know that you will be able to overcome it, because that is the way you have taught you mind to think. Since you know you will overcome it, there is no longer anything blocking your forward path.

What is the best way to train your mind with positive affirmations then? Just like the actor, you will want to repeat your affirmations as often as you can. Anytime there is a break in the normal day, just take a couple of minutes to tell yourself that you can overcome and achieve anything. The best way to do this is by creating short statements that are easy to remember. It is also important to keep them positive in nature. This makes them easier to remember so you can repeat them at any given time. Make sure that you are not distracted while saying them. Riding the train or bus to work is an ideal time, since you don’t have to concentrate on work or driving. Before long, as you start to get a routine, you will find yourself repeating your positive affirmations without even thinking about them. That is when you know that you are on the road to success.

Positive affirmations are the essential ingredient in a successful life. Remember that in a race, the winner will not necessarily be the person who has the best build or the best shoes on the market. The winner will be the person who, when the race is the hardest, can push through and say to them selves “I can do this!” Programming your mind to know that success is within your grasp will give you the edge in anything. Life, just like physical races are won by those who have the will to win.

Author's Bio: 

Richard is a Master Practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Hypnosis, and Neurological Re-patterning™. He is also the co-founder of New You Life Coaching.

Because his interests stem from philosophy, spirituality, psychology, and leadership, Rich’s coaching style incorporates a rare and ingenious approach to understanding and empowering you in an insanely effective manner.