Affirmations have helped me with all areas of my life. Because of affirmations, I’m now a top-notch success coach. I’m also an accomplished public speaker and athlete. Affirmations are the key, the force, the power behind my ability to continually realize my goals and dreams in my life.
One of the reasons why I am considered one of America’s top success coaches is the affirmations I have shared with my clients worldwide. This is the foundation of my coaching program. Within a couple of weeks of my clients practicing affirmations daily, I have seen an incredible difference in their mindset. I am helping them program their minds for success every single day. The success stories with my clients are just overwhelming.
When you consider you have over 50,000 thoughts a day and the majority are negative, and then the following day 90% of the thoughts you have are the same as the previous day, there are a lot of negative thoughts swirling around in a person’s head. With affirmations, I have my clients break this negative loop and have them affirming all the things they want in their lives. Affirmations are almost magical, and oh, how fun it is when you start seeing them work!
One of the most memorable moments when the affirmations really came through for me was when I was going for one of the biggest dreams of my life. I always wanted to run the Boston Marathon. Only the best runners get to do it, and qualifying for it is actually the most difficult part. In my case, because of my age, I had to run a marathon in under 3 hours and 10 minutes. That’s running each mile in about 7 minutes!.
I chose the Chicago marathon as my qualifying race, and going into it, I was in the best shape of my life. I also had the best coaching possible. But the most intriguing part about a marathon is that you never know what will happen race day. Since you are running 26.2 miles, many different variables can come into play.
The race started out great for my running partner and me. In the early miles, we were right on target for a 3:00 finish. At mile sixteen, things changed for the worse. I was feeling a little fatigued. My training partner started to pull away from me, and I had a hard time catching up with him. He had never beaten me in a race so this was not a good sign. This was the turning point of the race.
Of course, all of those negative thoughts that are always lurking about started to jump into my mind. When things started getting tough, I started thinking—almost automatically—“I can’t do this,” and “Why did I do all of this training for the race?” I will never forget thinking to myself: “Here I am at mile sixteen, with ten miles to go, and I’m already running on an empty tank.”
Knowing what I know about affirmations, however, I recognized this as a crucial time for positive self talk, for affirmations. I immediately cancelled my negative thoughts and went into my positive self-talk mode. Even though I was not physically 100%, it was important to be 100% mentally. I started to think about how much training and time I put into this for the last 10 months. I thought about all those mornings I woke up at 5:00 a.m. and did half-mile repeats. The deciding factor that made all the difference was my inner dialogue. I started to tell myself: “I can do it.” “I feel strong.” “I am the best.” I gave my mind every positive message imaginable.
Sure enough, things started to turn around for me. I continued with this positive self-talk the final ten miles of the race. I finished with a time of 3:07 and qualified for the Boston Marathon! My dream came true! If it weren’t for the affirmations before the race, and the positive self-talk during the race, I don’t think I would have accomplished my goal.
Start using affirmations today! They will change your life!
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