How and Why Biblical Christian Affirmations Can Work for You
Although millions use affirmations, some with great success, others not so much, one thing is clear, people are so attracted to the concept that they are willing to part with their cash for the next improvement program.
This tendency speaks volumes about what's going on in the brain. A person may not be able to explain why their affinity to affirmations is so intense, but scientists can. In brief, a person feels better, performs betters, and thinks better when winning thoughts swirl around the mind. This is due to the connections in the brain which affirm how we feel, act, and think. It's been discovered that this kind of activity can be consciously stimulated. An affirmed thought becomes a type of memory, or ingrained neurological pattern, that can fundamentally change who we are. This is especially true when affirmations are experienced with emotion via a past memory.
A 2015 study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin discloses how low ranking workers may perform better with the aid of positive affirmations. Additionally, the collateral effect was a sense of calm. Positive affirmations about one's ability appears to also soothe the nerves. The study showed that participants who first called to mind their greatest job related abilities or other positive assets performed better and went on to operate with more confidence in high-stress scenarios.
This of course points to expectations and how recalling past victories, or personality traits, can induce the mind to perform according to memory. Expectation that affects our behavior is a "self-fulfilling prophecy" launched by our own mind. This powerful effect was conclusively proven by the Rosenthal–Jacobson study where students scored higher in IQ tests simply because teachers expected them to.
Lower expectations have the same impact on the human psyche, but according to Sonia Kang, an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Toronto, affirmations can inoculate us against the harmful effects of low expectations while boosting our morale and performance.
The Secret To Effectively Implementing A Biblical Christian Affirmations Plan
Gathering insight from these studies we can clearly see that whether or not we may have memories of past victories, or personal traits, a well defined affirmation in brain can overcome negative assertions about our well-being and abilities.
Looking more closely we can identify the strength of the self affirmed thought as the main culprit of success. If a person is treated as one who will imminently succeed, they probably will. (Rosenthal–Jacobson study) When a person recalls either trait, or previous successes, and put in high stress environment they generally perform better than without the affirmation process. (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin) The common denominator in both is mental and emotional power.
The correlation between intensity of emotion and performance is so strong that in 2006 the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) published a scientific document linking intensely positive emotions to higher performance in elite athletes.
So the key is not to just "say" or "repeat" the affirmations, but to experience them. The more vivid your experience with the affirmation, the greater chance of success you will have.
In a previous article "Future-Based Christian Affirmation Techniques and Beyond", we discussed the technique of Mark 11:24 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive, and you will have", which is described as a future event visualized in the present. This biblical concept requires us to employ our mental and emotional power to "see", and even experience a future reality but with a major difference.
The biblical concept departs from secular principles in that our power to conceive and believe should be employed with the word of God. Employing our spiritual powers to envision God's word as whole and complete in our lives open the door to great blessings. Jesus confirmed that truth of this concept in John 14:23 where He describes those who "keep" His word as people blessed with God's increased presence. Undoubtedly, if we humble ourselves to empower God's word with us we can expect miracles. Increased creativity, memory, cognitive skills, performance, energy, understanding, love, compassion, wisdom, and even better health can be expected if God's presence increases in us. God exalts the humble. That's the secret to effectively implementing a Christian affirmation program of your own.
Affirm God's word as the reality of your mind and things will change! Since science has proven the Mark 11:24 concept true, you can put your plan in high-gear by making God first in your life.
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