Do your thoughts feel like concrete in your head, heavy and taking up space?
If you want to be in the best mindset possible at any given time, you need to change your thoughts.
You might be thinking, Adelaide, I know this but it’s really hard! I don't know how to change my thoughts and when I do, I just can’t do it.
In this blog, I share with you a powerful method to change your thoughts from self-doubt, negativity, insecurity, stress and anxiety to encouragement, positivity, calm, relaxed and confident.
I’m talking about incantations, first thing in the morning when you wake up. You heard me right: incantations - not affirmations. By doing your incantations first thing in the morning, you are re-wiring your brain for positivity and setting yourself up to have more positive self-talk for the day. Read on to find out the power of incantations and how to create your very own to start changing your life for the better.
(Listen to Jo Pickard The Wild Show, Season 1 Episode 2 to discover how her life and career transformed when she replaced her negative inner voice for a powerful positive supportive one.)
What’s the difference between Incantations and Affirmations?
Affirmations involve you speaking words of encouragement to help you re-wire your brain for the better. They help many people, but just repeating positive phrases isn’t enough.
You need to embody your words of empowerment with enough intensity and conviction that you truly believe them on a deep unconscious level.
Incantations involve using your body and your voice (and background motivational and inspirational music can also help) combined with powerful positive words to condition your mind and beliefs that you can achieve your goals and you have everything you need to achieve them.
(Discover the power of music on influencing your mind and how you can harness it by reading my blog on 5Ways To Use Music To Change Your Mindset.)
By repeating your incantations on a daily basis, so they stick in your head (think of the song ‘It’s A Small World’, once you’ve heard it, you play it over and over again) you are changing your inner conversation, which is changing your mind and physiology and therefore helping you to set yourself up for success. Incantations are a real game changer.
(Listen to my podcast interview with Phil Parker on The Wild Show, the UK’s most intriguing personal development expert and innovator, to find out how by influencing your mind, you can change your physiology.)
I don’t believe it’s fair we should be at the whim of outside stuff influencing how we feel, by using incantations we can demand ourselves to step into a really great state.
How To Create Your Incantations
Step 1. Write out any limiting and negative beliefs, thoughts and phrases that are holding you back
For example, you may often repeat to yourself;
“I am tired.”
“I don’t have the time to do ______________”
“I can’t do _______________”
“I don’t have enough money _____________”
“I am feeling really down today”
“I don’t have enough experience to do that”
“I feel really overwhelmed”
Remember, that what you repeatedly say to yourself soon becomes a belief and then it becomes part of your identity and will be reflected in how you do everything. What you say, you will become.
Step 2. Replace the limiting and negative beliefs, thoughts and phrases with powerful positive and helpful beliefs, thoughts and phrases that will empower you to achieve your goals.
I do NOT want to see you writing your incantations like this:
“I am feeling really down today” to “I am not feeling really down today”
The use of ‘not’ is unacceptable. When you use ‘not’ your brain doesn’t hear it. All your brain hears is ‘really down’ and it will therefore fire the pathways for you to continue feeling down - which you don't want.
You want to write it like this:
“I am feeling full of incredible energy and happiness, I can feel these amazing feelings flowing and circulating through my body and mind, lighting me up, empowering me to achieve all of my goals. I am so excited to get on with my day and kick some ass!”
Here are some of my examples;
“I have all of the time in the world. Each one of us has 24 hours in a day and I MAKE the time for whatever I’m committed to and absolutely nail my day! I hit every goal to the best of my ability and more! I make sure I complete the small daily processes that enable me to achieve my big goals.Everyone wonders how I get everything done. Even Will Smith and Oprah congratulate me on my productivity.”
“The Universe’s wealth is circulating in my life, its wealth flows to me in avalanches of abundance. All of my needs, desires and goals are met instantaneously by infinite intelligence. I am one with the Universe and the Universe is everything.” (A modified version of Tony Robbins’ incantations).
“I am now commanding my unconscious mind to direct me in helping as many people as possible, today, to improve their lives, by giving me The Strength, The Energy, The Positive Emotion, The Persuasion, The Humour, The Opportunities, The Knowledge, The Skill - Whatever it takes to show these people, to help these people and get these people to change their lives NOW!”
“Money is all around me and it flows to me, I am resourceful and can always find a way to make money. I make money from doing the things I love and this year I made all the money I desired to live the love I truly love and deserve.”
“I am absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE having the immense Jocko Wilko-like discipline to follow my super cool, badass routine. It gives me The Energy, The Productivity, The Positive Emotion, The Opportunities, The Time, The Freedom, The Peace and Everything I need to achieve my goals and live the live I love and deserve to live.”
“Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better” (Another Tony Robbins)
“Every little cell in my body is happy, every little cell in my body is well. I must say, every little cell, in my body is happy and well!” (I sing this to a merry little tune!)
“I seek abundance and I trust the laws of attraction of the universe. I have identified the exact things that I desire and now I’m going to relax and let all of them flow into my experience.” (Thank you Rob Lawrence for this one.)