By Patricia Moreno, Founder of Intensati
Our results are evidence of our commitment. If you are wholeheartedly committed to a change, a goal, a solution, you will find it. Getting yourself to a wholehearted YES to your desire, then, is your number 1 priority.
Can you remember your first kiss, where you were on 9/11, your first job interview, or the birth of a child? You can remember these big events because they stood out, these were experiences that were imprinted in your psyche because of the emotion you experienced, and how they took you out of your day-to-day habitual patterns.
When we want to make a change, we must find a way to get ourselves out of our habitual patterns. Most of us live on automatic. We wake up at the same time, eat the same thing for breakfast, go the same way to work, react to challenges and difficulties in the same and predictable ways. If we want a different outcome, we have to do things differently — and that begins with feeling differently. Our capabilities are determined by our state of being. So the best skill to develop if you want to achieve your goals is to be able to self generate positive states of being.
"When we want to make a change, we must find a way to get ourselves out of our habitual patterns. Most of us live on automatic."
When we are stressed, the only thing we are good at is doing, saying, or eating things we will regret. When we are stuck in a negative mind loop, our greatest advantage comes from learning how to notice it, creating space between ourselves and that negative loop, and then taking conscious action to access an elevated state of mind and body to tap into our willpower, courage, or confidence and take action from there.
Emotion is energy in motion, and when we are in a state of fear, blood has left the prefrontal cortex, which is the good decision making part of the brain. When we breathe deeply, move vigorously, and harness our attention, we can interrupt that negative state and activate a more empowering one.
"When we breathe deeply, move vigorously, and harness our attention, we can interrupt that negative state and activate a more empowering one."
My favorite tool for interrupting negative states and elevating to the level of the solution is affirmations in action. When we speak affirmations in a robotic way, it doesn’t have the emotional juice to program the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the program, and the conscious mind is the programmer. If you want to make change sustainable, you have to change the program you are operating from. When we assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled, we are living it as if it is already done. Our brain can’t tell if that feeling is based on what is real or imagined. The feeling becomes an experience, and that experience becomes the program.
How do your become the programmer instead of the victim of your old programming? You have to strengthen your commitment to the outcome you want, through the combination of repetition, emotion, and consistency. You have to do what you are doing unconsciously, worrying, consciously, intending.
Why add movement to your affirmations? Because emotion is energy in motion. By combining language and movement, you create an experience, you are now embodying the statements, thinking FROM who you want to be instead of ABOUT who you hope to be at some future point in time. You cannot become what you are not. To say “I will be” is to say “I am not.” So understanding that language and motion creates an experience of yourself as who you decide you are not being, helps you to tap into the capabilities of the future you.
The only person you need to convince that you are capable of what you want to accomplish is YOU. When you practice affirmations in action you are doing a moving meditation. You are now training your nervous system and literally strengthening the part of your mind that does believe, that has succeeded before, that can find a way. You are creating the experience of yourself as capable. You are interrupting the inner naysayer, and programming yourself for the success you consciously want to create, but maybe unconsciously believe you don’t have what it takes.
"The only person you need to convince that you are capable of what you want to accomplish is YOU."
The number one tool I offer my clients is to create a short “I AM” statement that reflects who they are committed to being, then to go on a walk and repeat the statement, out loud, while engaging their entire being for a minimum of 5 minutes. The length of their favorite song.
I am stronger today
I am better in everyway
I am committed to be
The very best that I can be
I am unstoppable now
Persistence pays off
I will find a way
Today is the day
By learning to be the master of your emotions and elevating your state on a daily basis, you are exercising your power to choose what you think, say, and do — and deciding to be the master of your fate and the captain of your soul, instead of the slave of your self-doubt.
Here are some of the people who attribute their success to the use of affirmations in action.
- Tony Robbins claims incantations, or affirmations in action, are the key to his success
- Dianna Nyad, who swam from Cuba to Florida at age 64 on her 5th attempt, declared that the way she got through hard times was using the mantra FIND A WAY during her swim
- Muhammad Ali used positive self talk during his training, and declared he was the greatest before he believed he was
- World’s leading sports psychologist Jim Afremow trains his athletes to use positive self talk in difficult times and as part of a pregame routine
- Teachers of emotional intelligence talk about the ability to identify negative self-talk and turn it to a positive direction as a hallmark trait of people with a positive mindset and healthy optimism
I think few people would argue that our inner dialogue effects our experience, our state, and our behaviors, but information is not enough to help us improve our inner game. It is only through intentional practice that we can move ourselves to a higher state of mind and body and achieve sustainable change.
A mind body coach and a trailblazer in the fitness field, Patricia Moreno is a published author, has been twice-nominated Best Fitness Instructor by New York Magazine, and made the “Ten Women Who Shape the World” list by Shape magazine. She has been featured in most high profile publications such as the WSJ, The New York Times, NY Magazine, O Magazine, and has appeared on the Today Show. She is the founder of Sati Life, a company devoted to helping people live a life they love, in a body they love. Her workout DVDs and training programs are successful around the world, and her bestselling book The intenSati method: Seven Principles to Thinner Peace has just been republished in paperback.