Do you remember the positive affirmations our parents drilled into us when we were kids? They used to tell us to study hard, get good grades in school and college so that we can get a good job and subsequently a good life. They were creating a picture of positivity in our mind, which would help us work hard. They acted as motivators for us to do well in our studies. They helped make all our thoughts positive so that the end could be positive. Such affirmations assisted us in enhancing our performance in our studies. They tried to create a positive image of our future life, in our minds so that our body would automatically move towards that endeavor.

In his book, “7 habits of highly effective people”, author Stephen Covey has said, “Begin with the end in mind”. In his book, he says that the habit 2 of all highly effective people is the ability to envision in your mind what you are currently not able to see in front of your eyes. It is based on the principle “Everything is created twice, once in someone’s mind and a second time in its physical form.” If you fail to create this vision in your mind, other people will flood your mind with their images and fill you with their positive affirmations to work towards their dreams.

Invariably, we have a tendency to blame others when things go wrong. When we do not succeed in whatever we are doing, we blame our families and our friends for thwarting our efforts towards our goals. However, we have to blame ourselves at such times. As indicated above, if you do not know what you want for yourself, someone else, which includes your family and your friends, will use you to achieve what they want for themselves. Therefore, I say that we have ourselves to blame for failing to achieve our goals. Our subconscious mind monitors the thoughts that we have throughout the day and helps build our expectations based on those thoughts.

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If you have read the book “My experiments with Truth”, by M. K. Gandhi, you will already be aware that Gandhiji learned the verses of the Geeta by reading them out every morning while he was brushing his teeth. He had kept a copy in his bathroom and he read them every day.  This daily exposure to the Geeta helped him memorize it’s versus. Similarly, if you keep your mission statement, written on a piece of paper, in front of your eyes, night, and day, you will definitely be able to internalize your goals and subsequently achieve them.

In order to understand the power of positive affirmations, you can perform this exercise: Do not use your alarm clock to set the time when you wish to get up in the morning. Instead, before you sleep at night, give positive affirmations to your mind and body that you want to get up at a particular time in the morning. You will be surprised to see that you will get up at nearly that time the next morning.