While reading book titled ‘The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind’ by Harry Carpenter, I came across one very interesting and powerful phenomenon. One Word Affirmation!
I tried that on self and shared with some of my friends. After 2-3 days, one of them shared his own experience with lot of excitement and joy with me.
That one word affirmation was ‘Delete’. Actually what happened was, he received few emails in previous night on specific subject, which were sufficient enough to mess his next morning at office. He used this ‘Delete’ affirmation with connotation as trashing those mails. With this he managed his day like normal and distraction free. Of course he responded those emails in logical way on later part of day.
Actually words have two meanings. One is the definition found in dictionaries. Words also have connotations attached to them. These connotations are beyond the logical definition and are associated with our personal feelings. For example, the definition of “flag” is a piece of cloth that represents a country, etc. But when we think of the word “flag” many thoughts, emotions, and images come into consciousness from the subconscious mind.
These connotations and images can be used to our advantage as one-word affirmations. Some of these one word affirmations has been described as below:
When a TV ad for a cold remedy comes on and the announcer says “When you catch your next cold…,” immediately think the word “DELETE.” When someone says, “You do not look well,” immediately picture “DELETE.” Picture yourself at your computer. Visualize the negative statement on your monitor screen. Highlight it and “DELETE” it. These are suggestions you do not want impacting your subconscious mind. The word “DELETE” is a command to your subconscious mind to ignore what was just said or seen.
When negative thoughts are coming in mind again and again, then say “REPLACE” and put pleasant connotation to new thought. Like while going from one place to another in vehicle, many a time we feel about possibility of accident during that journey. When such thought come in mind, just say “REPLACE” and visualise greenery & nature beauty all around yourself. Now you are loving your journey!
The connotation of “try” is to attempt to do something but not do it. Try to pick up something within reach, say a pencil. Did you pick it up? If you did, you did not “try” to pick it up. When you “try” to pick it up, you fail to pick it up. Thus, the word means, to the subconscious mind, “to fail!”
Eliminate this insidious word from your vocabulary. First, it is self-defeating and, second, there is always a better word. Why try to do something? Just do it. Why try to hammer a nail? Hammer a nail. Why try to read the book? Read the book. Why try to get into college? Study hard and get into college. Why try to be a better person? Be a better person.
There is one exception as definition of “try” is “to test.” This is a legitimate use. But considering the dozens of times you use the word “try” every day, very few, if any, are used to mean, “to test.” So rather than use the word “try” for this legitimate use, use another, better word that is more precise. Don’t “try” a piece of pie; “taste” a piece. Don’t “try” another newspaper; “read” another one. Don’t “try” another car; “drive” another car.
Everyone at times has a task that seems too big. Have you ever arrived at work and found your desk piled with papers that need immediate attention? Or come home from school with several big assignments that had to be done that night? Most people give themselves self-defeating affirmation people give themselves self-defeating affirmations like, “How will I ever get all of this done?” Or, “I can’t do all of this!”
Instead, picture the word “DONE.” A good affirmation depicts the thing you want in the present time. The thing you want is for the work to be “DONE.” You know it will be “DONE” if you simply get busy and do it rather than feel sorry for yourself. Whenever you feel you have too much work, simply picture the work “DONE.” Then add power to the one-word affirmation by seeing yourself dancing on a clean desk or seeing yourself handing your completed assignments to your teachers.
Emile Coué reported much success on patients with pain. He had them say, “It is GOING” ten times as rapidly as they could. Cleverly, he reasoned that when the patient said the short sentence as fast as they could, the conscious mind had to think about the saying, not the meaning. Thus, the suggestion of “GOING” went into the subconscious mind.
When you are worried about something, or have a negative thought running around in your head, think “CHANGE.” Think “CHANGE” and then think about something else. You can only think of one thing at a time so you have a choice of what to think about. Change your thought and exercise your ability to think of something positive. Think of something happy and something that will keep your attention, like reliving a special vacation.
When you slam your finger in the car door, your reaction is to think and say “ouch.” “Ouch” connotes pain and pain is not what you want. Instead, get in the habit of reacting with the word “NUMB.”
After you slam your finger in the car door, your body reacts by sending fluids to that area that cause swelling. Often the swelling does more damage than the smashing, so use these words together, “NUMB and NORMAL!”
Many other words can be used as one-word affirmations. A word will be especially powerful for you if you provide connotations to it. For example, you want your conscious mind and subconscious mind to work together. Think “TOGETHER” and imagine two people hugging, a two-person volleyball team showing teamwork skills. Now every time you think of “TOGETHER,” you activate and strengthen the affirmation and remind your conscious mind and subconscious mind to work “TOGETHER.
“When I talk about doing affirmations, I mean consciously choosing words that will either help eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life.” – Louise L. Hay