We are all creating our own reality. There is a universal law that states that like attracts like. This law of attraction is constantly running within us and does exactly what you are thinking. When we feel negative experiences like fear, self-doubt and criticism, those experiences are attracted into our lives.
What we desire is to play golf at our peak potential, but what we are really doing is programming the opposite. When we repeatedly talk or think about the unsuccessful experiences we have had on the golf course, or in our lives, we attract more bad golf shots and high scores.
When you trust your abilities and act as if what you desire is going to happen, your subconscious mind will accept it as being true and begin to operate according to the new programming. In this way your negative reactions will change to the new positive programming for the success you desire in your golf game.
Confidence comes from both physical and mental training. Begin now to let go of the self-talk that sabotages your self-image and start affirming your belief in yourself and your abilities. You know that you have the ability because you have hit many good shots in your past. Choose to believe in what you can do, not in affirming what didn’t work.
One of the ways to develop a belief in yourself and your abilities is by positive thinking and nurturing affirmations. An affirmation is a positive thought that you consciously choose to put into your belief system to produce a specific desired result. Affirmations give you permission to be or do what you desire. The most powerful affirmations are always stated in the present, beginning with “I AM,” not as “I will,” or “I hope.” The latter are statements of the future and are not under your control.
Affirmations are designed to help us begin reprogramming our negative thinking into positive thinking. The times energy flows through your brain in a particular pattern, the easier it is just to keep the energy flowing in the same pattern. It does not matter whether it is positive or negative.
Through repetition the affirming statement replaces the negative self-talk in your subconscious mind (authoritarian messages from the past).
Affirmations work directly with the unconscious mind and can directly impact the emotional body and engage the mental body as well. It is your key for opening the door to positive thinking. You can program your brain by using affirmation for your personal success.
Affirmations enhanced with imagery and feel-good emotions imprint on the subconscious mind ten to one hundred times more powerfully than just the words, and makes your reality that much quicker. The subconscious is the feeling mind. Once accepted, these affirming statements continue to produce the same physical reaction over and over again. Through repetition they replace the negative self-talk in your programming. It is a form of autosuggestion. Affirmations give you permission to be or do what you desire.
There is a story about a young boy who was having nightmares every night. His mother took him to a child psychiatrist to determine why he was having such frightening dreams. The doctor asked the boy about his dreams. The little boy told him that every night he dreamed a bad black horse and a good white horse were fighting each other.
The psychiatrist asked the boy to tell him which one was winning. The boy answered; The one I feed the most.
What thoughts are you nourishing? You are the only thinking in your mind. With the use of affirmations, you can put new programming into your mind that will override your limiting thoughts and feed the thoughts that will bring you the success you desire.
Using affirmations and creating imagery is not just a mental tool, but a state of consciousness. We are the creators of our lives and our universe and must take responsibility for ourselves at all times. Manifesting by using affirmations and creative imagery is the process of realizing and making things appear in the physical. It all begins in the mind. Remember that you cannot build on the negative. Growth only comes from building on the positive.
The written word is very powerful. Writing down an affirmation is a dynamic technique to change your mental programming. Because half of the thoughts we think are negative, it is also important to write these down so you won’t keep repeating them in your head. As you write the affirming words, read them out loud and feel them powerfully instilled in your subconscious replacing your former belief.”
Instructions on how to write affirmations for success can be found in the PMI newsletter August 2002, https://bit.ly/1yARX0h
*Excerpts are from Chapter 16: Confidence; “THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances”
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