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Empowering Self-Talk: How To Make Affirmations That Inspire Change
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"Every day in every way I am getting better". You probably heard this famous affirmation popularized by Emil Coue,a French pharmacist and psychologist. His belief that, "you are what you think" proved...


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Empowering Self-Talk:  How to Make Affirmations That Inspire Change
 “Change Your Thoughts and Change Your World” – Norman Vincent Peale
“Every day in every way I am getting better and better”. You probably heard this famous affirmation popularized in the 1920’s by Emil Coue, a French pharmacist and psychologist.  After observing his patients heal faster when they focused their mind on positive healing images, Coue developed this therapeutic method he called optimistic autosuggestion.   His belief that, “you are what you think” proved to have great success in rehabilitating the thousands of patients he treated each year.  
You might ask what makes this deceptively simple affirmation so powerful.  And how can I duplicate it?
·         Start with the area you want to work on.   Emil Coue addressed the health concerns of people who were ill and wanted to get well. Your challenge may be with finances, career, family, relationships, physical or emotional health, etc.   Define your source of stress.
·         Make your affirmation simple and specific. Coue’s autosuggestion is a simply stated imagery for healing. Yours may contain specific relaxation instructions, or suggestions for improved self-esteem or a mantra for success. Make sure it describes exactly what you want to achieve. For example you want to ask for a raise, “I am clear and direct asking my boss for a raise”.
·         Powerful affirmations are positive and carefully expressed. Phrase them as if they are occurring now. Notice Coue says, “I am getting better and better.” Avoid negative statements. For example instead of “I will not be nervous asking for a raise”.  Use a positive version such as “I am letting go of tension when I talk to my boss” or “I am calm and assertive asking for a raise.”  
·         An affirmation works best when combined with an image or mental picture. So write it down, close your eyes and visualize the touch, taste and feel of the change you want to create.
·         Repeat your affirmation throughout the day, every day. The more you say it the more connected it becomes to your desired outcome.   Routine repetition was an important part of Coue’s method. He recommended his patients repeat “Every day in every way I am getting better and better” upon awakening, throughout the day and before going to sleep at night.  When he put the power of healing into the hands of his patients Coue had great success curing them of illness and disease.
Affirmations are good for your mental health. Evidence proves that serotonin and endorphins, those feel good hormones, are released when we focus on positive thoughts. This scientifically based evidence works even if you are a skeptic.  
So take a cue from Emil Coue. Practice positive thinking. Make affirmations that work to improve your life.  You have nothing to lose but time and everything to gain. Like a happier outlook on life, less anxiety, and better health. The power to change is in you. 


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