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June 3, 2011
The Secret of Affirmations
 
Affirmations are often talked about as a way to shift not only your attention but your energetic vibration. They're actually a pretty powerful tool to have in your leadership tool bag, especially when you consider that our attitude influences our relationships. We all know relationships are key to moving our employees and teams and to creating powerful peer networks.

One of the best-kept secrets about affirmations is that no one needs to know you are saying or using them. That’s right, no one but you is aware of the mantras, or the chatter going on in your mind. So why not use this as a method of affirmations to bring your Leader energy to the next level?

Now that you know the best secret of affirmations, let’s put your mind chatter or a mantra into play and change the game we are playing. Let’s have more fun, more laughter, more energy, and more good stuff happening in your life. Affirmations can influence our present-moment thinking. We can keep in touch with the present moment so that we are able to distance worry, anxiety, and stressful thoughts from our daily existence. This is possible, but it takes being proactive on your end.

First, affirmations must be in the present tense. “I am” usually hits the spot very easily. Second, the affirmation must resonate with you in a very powerful, meaningful way. The best way to do that is to put words to your desire, want, or need. “I am happy and my team is proactive and gets awesome results!” Sounds easy, right?

Once you have a short, simple, powerful statement you are ready for the next step. Repetition! Say the statement every chance you get. Say it in your head when you are brushing your teeth, walking in between meetings, walking to your car, or while you are in your car. The amount of time we spend idle thinking about what has happened and what might happen is useless. Affirmations put us right where it matters most, in the present moment, excited about creating the next moments.

I was in 9th grade when I first learned of affirmations. Since then I have been an Affirmation Queen. I’ve always thought it was fun to get excited about things I wanted to create, even if I wasn’t sure how they would happen. One of the affirmations I said in college was “I am confident, strong, happy, and sexy.” Those were the characteristics I wanted to embody. I would say this affirmation all the time. I would have fun with the intonations in my voice, although saying it silently in my head. I would laugh at the silliness of it all. People noticed I was smiling for what they thought was no reason. Little did they know, I was living my affirmation that was directly impacting my attitude and way of living.

It was about six months into this new affirmation that I started to notice how people talked about me. One time stood out the most was when someone I hardly knew reflected my affirmation back as they said how they saw me. My mouth dropped open in shock. Verbatim my affirmation became alive. I was sold that this was a valid tool to use to keep you in the present moment that is completely aligned with the direction you want to be going.

Affirmations are power that you give to yourself and, in turn, others are freed to do the same.  

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Suzanne Weinstein, the founder and CEO of In Sync Consulting Corporation, is an accomplished coach, strategist, and transformation consultant. Suzanne has committed her life to the growth of visionary, authentic, and meaningful leadership. She obtains results that matter by effectively addressing behavioral changes and the skill development required for successful leadership. Suzanne holds a Master’s Degree from the University of San Diego in Organizational Leadership.
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