Closed Loop Affirmations – Train Your Brain

Affirmations are great except when they don’t work…

Closed Loop Affirmations logoThe reason is that traditional affirmations are typically done passively and their effectiveness is based on 1) how receptive your subconscious mind is to the particular affirmation along with 2) the emotion with which the affirmation is spoken.

In addition, if the affirmation is for something you have never had before, then there are probably some limiting beliefs that have prevented you from already achieving the affirmation.

All of this lack of effectiveness is often compounded by a passive attitude on the part of the person doing the traditional affirmation.  Maybe it was from the “Law of Attraction” or watching the movie, “The Secret”, but many people think that “things will just come to them.”  The general public just loves the idea of getting something without any effort but the true key to changing your situation in life is the action you take toward your goals and your thoughts that are focused on your desired outcome.

Then, how do I make Affirmations work for me?

Putting aside the drawback, let’s recognize that traditional Affirmations are a good first step, even if they do not go far enough to always get results.  The Affirmation Creation Process helps you clarify your vision for the future as you write your affirmations.  This is a critical first step towards achieving your potential and it will help bring your actions and plans into sharper focus.Affirmations - Action = Nothing

Having said that, it should be noted that Affirmations without Action equals Nothing.  No Change.  So, if Action is the next step, how do I make it happen?  How do I make it happen even if I haven’t had luck in the past?

If you are like most of us, your brain has been trained to look for the easy way, the shortcut or just about anything besides making a plan and sticking to the actions required to make it happen.  What if we could train your brain to find an easy way … by getting excited about discovering a plan and taking action?  That is where the Closed Loop Affirmations(TM) process comes in.

How is the Closed Loop Affirmation process
better than simple, spoken Affirmations?

Closed Loop Affirmations add a key feedback loop to your brain.  It can reinforce the affirmations and use existing subconscious programming / beliefs to move you in the direction of your goals.  Simple, spoken Affirmations are fine but they are more like “wishes” while Closed Loop Affirmations are like commands that get your brain trained to find opportunities you might have missed or motivate you to take action where you might have stayed on the sidelines in the past.

How do I use Closed Loop Affirmations?

(1) First thing in the morning, write down your affirmation(s) when you get up.  If this is the first time you are doing Closed Loop Affirmations, you might want to limit your affirmations to a single affirmation or just two or three.  It takes time to write down each affirmation and you don’t want to dilute your focus when you are getting started.

Why write them down?  Studies have shown that writing down your affirmations helps reinforce them within your nervous system just like writing notes in a class helps reinforce the ideas being taught.Closed Loop Affirmations Worksheet

If you want to use the Closed Loop Affirmation Worksheet, click on the picture to the right and sign up for our Affirmations email list.  You will get a copy of the PDF file (CLA-worksheet-2015) which you can print out and use to write your Affirmations.

(2) Recite the affirmations you just wrote.  Saying them out loud builds another pathway into your brain for the affirmations.  It is similar to hearing someone else say the words… your brain has to process them and integrate the meaning of the words as part of the listening/decoding part of the brain.

Set aside your Closed Loop Affirmations worksheet and go about your day.  You may notice that there will be times in your day that you notice a bit of progress toward the realization of your affirmation(s).  More about that in the paragraph below.

(3) Right before going to bed, review your Closed Loop Affirmation worksheet that you filled out in the morning.  As you look at and read each affirmation that you wrote down, think of any observations of progress that you might have noticed during the day.  Write down any actions you took, ideas you thought of, or any events that took place which moved you closer toward your affirmation.

The key is to look for progress, no matter how small.  As you do this for 30, 60, 90 days you will find that even though you might not make huge strides to your goal, there is almost always some small step in the right direction… and these steps will add up.

Eventually you may have to revise you affirmation to take it “to another level” or even replace it with something more amazing, more energizing or more challenging.

(4) Finally, jot down a note of gratitude for the day.  It can be related to your primary affirmation(s) or just something good that happened.  Gratitude is like the emotional cement that binds your Affirmations into your subconscious mind so it is important to feel grateful for your life.

(Bonus)   If you have any ideas be sure to record them as well so you can refer to them again in the morning.  This way your conscious mind can let them go so you get a good night’s sleep.  [Refer to GRM-Sleep Solutions for ways to solve problems while you sleep.}

 What questions do you have about Closed Loop Affirmations?

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The Power of Self-Connection

Have you ever wondered why you do some of the things you do… even though they don’t seem to be moving you in the direction of your goals?

As I woke up this morning … in my nice warm bed, I began to think…”It would be really nice to hit the snooze bar a few times (as I have done in the past).”
But then my mind started to remember the goals that I passionately want to achieve and I began to wonder… why do I procrastinate? Why do I sometimes do things that take me off the direct path to my goals?
As I was thinking about this, I rolled over and felt a tinge of pain from my legs which reminded me that …
1) I had completed a 15K / 9.3mile run (jog/walk) two days ago and
2) that I obviously had not trained as much as I should have for that distance.
I began to rub my thighs and while it was not like a professional massage, it still felt good. Both the muscle soreness and the feeling of the massage were both familar feelings that reminded me of my workout and the effort it took to complete. I felt a familiar connection.
Speaking of connection, Chloe Madanes, author & psychology expert, says that everyone has 6 basic needs…

1) Certainty / Comfort / personal connection
2) Variety / Change / Uncertainty
3) Significance
4) Love (higher level Connection)
5) Growth
6) Contribution

The bold parts above are words that I added based on my experience. I’ve found that comfort is just another word for “self-connection” and there are many different ways to connect with yourself.

Types of Self-Connection:

Physical
- Workout / muscle soreness
- “The Snooze Button”… in a nice cozy bed
- Sex (of nearly any kind)
- Any kind of touch or familar experience

Chemical
- Secondary (internal) chemical reactions from other stimuli
- Direct, e.g. drugs, alcohol, etc.

Visual
- Seeing a familar sight that has meaning for you

Auditory
- Hearing a favorite song or other familar sound

Taste
- Nearly anything that produces familar feelings (e.g. “comfort
foods”)

What’s the Purpose?
Clearly Self-Connection serves a purpose. Even people who are depressed (especially people who are depressed), have a strong need to connect with themselves through activities that they know will produce familiar, typically pleasurable but always predictable, reactions within their body.
How does this relate to my goals?
The key is to recognize when you are going into a connection activity so you can make the conscious choice about which one you will choose.
For example, if sleeping late provides self-connection but you know that a good workout would give just as much connection … you can choose the activity that will best support your goals.
Hint… there are some days when sleeping in can be very beneficial… just be sure that you are clear about the reasons for your choice of method of self-connection.
What forms of Self-Connection do you practice?
Can you develop other connection activities that would be more beneficial?
Leave a comment below with your ideas and experiences.
I’m off to the gym.
I did not hit the snooze bar this morning and I’ve typed in this blog post (which makes me feel good) so now it is time to exercise !
d.Mark “Dave” Wheeler