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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Respect Your Life

Self-Respect...set a new standardPenelope Trunk’s recent post about business travel over at “Brazen Careerist” ended with …

The bottom line is that you need to respect your life. Your life cannot be on hold while you travel. The travel, if it’s really frequent, sort of is your life. So the values you have—be spiritual, be frugal, be healthy—have to prevail during your travel. This is not vacation travel. This is not a vacation from your life. Business travel IS your life.

How many of us lose respect for our life (regardless of whether or not we are traveling)?
When you eat something that you know you should not… you are disrespecting your life. When you don’t live up to the values that are important to you… you are disrespecting your life. When you allow other people to disrespect you and treat you poorly… you are disrespecting your own life. When you don’t step up to the challenges in your life … you are disrespecting the opportunities for growth in your life.
Your Wonderful Life
We get out of life what we will accept. Tony Robbins said, “The quality of our life is based on the standards that we set for ourselves.” If you don’t set the standards for what you will accept in your life, there are plenty of people who will do it for you… and most likely you will not be happy with the results. Look around… the life you are leading is a result of the standards you have set for yourself (and your respect – or lack of respect – for those standards) .
For example …
For many years, I worked in a job that was going nowhere. My salary had hit a plateau and there were really no options for advancement. In hindsight* I should have taken the advice of my wife (now ex-wife) and moved on to a more challenging job. (* Have you ever looked back at hindsight and realized you had your head up your ass?) Ever since graduating from college I’ve wanted to own and run my own business. I’ve flirted with it a few times… as a real estate agent in the late 80′s-early 90′s and part time with a couple web businesses… but I never had the gump-shin (spelling?) to quit a “perfectly good job” and do whatever it takes to make my own business a success.
Setting a new standard…
Things are different now. I am finding ways to create a business and learning more about real-life business than I ever did in graduate business school. It is still not easy… but the standards are rising and, along with them, my prospects for the future.
Where else can this idea be applied?
Health… I’ve started running nearly every day. A run is part of my standard routine. I’ve also begun to pick up fresh vegetables and fruits on a more regular basis so that I have them in the house and can eat healthy.
Socially… I have made a decision to be more open to people and engage them more fully. I’ve made a boat-load of friends through my experiences with Toastmasters and I’m not done yet. I’m constantly working to stretch my comfort zone … and make other people comfortable at the same time. It is amazing the connections that can be made if you just reach out !
What standards do you have in your life?
Are you respecting your own values on a daily basis?
Thank you Penelope for bringing this to our attention. You have my respect !