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Keeping a Positive Mind


“Whether you think you can 
or you think you can’t 
– either way you will be right”

Martin Luther King Jnr   


I have written before about the importance of having a vision.  This is really powerful and if you write it down, draw it, or make a mood board, you can read/look at your vision paper whenever you want.  But how can you keep it real, as they say, everyday?  Particularly on a bad day?    

One way is to distil your vision into a few words, an affirmation that means something to you.   Your subconscious mind will give you exactly what you tell it.  By repeating an affirmation again and again, you will hard wire your mind to think positively and your vision will become more of a reality to you.  (Don’t believe me?  Have you ever felt a bit bleurgh but have had to mentally gee yourself up because you were going to a party, meeting friends, etc., and didn’t want to be a wet blanket?  It’s just the same principle.  If you are into musicals, it is just like Deborah Kerr in 'The King and I' whistling a happy tune.)    

How do you go about creating your affirmation?   

The first place to start is with yourself.  This affirmation is all about you, what you want and how you want to inspire yourself.  So this is one occasion when the key word is “I”, for example:   


  • I am a great artist 
  • I am a successful writer 
  • I am awash with creativity 
  • I am a great public speaker 
  • I love networking 
  • I am confident   


Notice something else about those statements?  They are all quite short.  These are sentences you want to be able to remember and repeat quickly to yourself, so you don’t want an essay.  Also, the subconscious mind likes simplicity.   

Did you also notice that all the statements are positive?  Affirmations must be done with an upbeat twist.  Why?  You have to focus on what you do want because whatever you think, your mind conjures up.  Don’t think of a blue rabbit in a tutu.  Ah ha, I said don’t think of a blue rabbit in a tutu, but I reckon that little bunny is hopping around your brain just now.  Blue bunnies are not a problem, but if your affirmation is “I don’t want to be a failure”, it puts the concept of failure into the brain.   And be honest, which one is more inspiring:   


  • I don’t want to be ill 
  • I am healthy   


The last thing about the affirmations is that you put them in the present tense.  This is telling your subconscious mind what you want in a way that makes it real.  If you say “I will be a successful artist”, there is still a bit of doubt with the “will”.  When you say, “I am a successful artist”, you can start believing in it and behaving accordingly, which can give you confidence.   

Obviously, it doesn’t matter how much you say something if you don’t put in the work to make it happen.  However, if you have the vision, your affirmation is a little language device you can use to keep you on track and give you confidence.   

Many years ago, I went to the excellent ‘Best Year Yet’ workshop run by Jinny Ditzler and I created the affirmation for myself:  “I am everything I need, to be everything I want”.  This has helped me when I want to try out new things and more forward.  I also have another affirmation which is at the back of my mind when with clients: “I light the blue touch paper”.   

What affirmation will take you to your vision? 


If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you, check out how we could work together and get in touch.

2 Comments to Keeping a Positive Mind:

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Becca on 08 April 2012 11:59
Thanks, Debbie. That was just what I needed after sloughing off five years' worth of dusty old files and stationary in my office. Ready to go raring forward tomorrow... xx
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Debs on 09 April 2012 06:25
Really happy that this worked for you, Becca. Good luck with the future of the shop, which sells such lovely items! http://www.alhambrahome.co.uk
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