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Why Affirmations Are Important

Affirmations are powerful statements that can affect your emotional state and, some would say, your relationship with yourself and with reality. How so? In the best of situations, affirming something to yourself, whether silently or aloud, affects how your react to it and increases the likelihood it will come true.


In short, some people, including myself, believe you can will your greatest hopes into reality by thinking, saying, and ultimately doing things to make them come to pass.


This can be a blessing or a curse, but the point is this – you are what you think. Believe in what is possible and you shape your own reality. If you believe it is, it is.


Modern pop culture often shows us how to doubt ourselves and compare ourselves to others, allowing self-defeating thoughts and emotions to dominate our consciousness and limit our potential as human beings. In this context, adopting The Little Engine That Could’s notion of “I think I can, I think I can,” matters, in terms of emotional balance, self-worth, and success.


An April 2015 article on the personal wellness website talks about a study on why affirmations work so well in power-based situations on the job. One quote from lead researcher and University of Toronto professor Sonia Kang stands out. “Anytime you have low expectations for your performance, you tend to sink down and meet those low expectations.” “Self-affirmation is a way to neutralize that threat.”


This is huge for someone who’s claustrophobic, for example – convinced they won’t be able to sit quietly with a large crowd of people at a concert. They might easily develop a negative mindset towards going to that event, snuffing out their confidence long before the thrill of attending outweighs the fear of dealing with momentary discomfort.


This leads to an important equation for rational thought – affirmation creates learned behavior, which then affects your reality. People can do amazing things and make it through a number of potentially stressful situations by separating themselves from the anxiety, tension, and stress they experience “in the moment.” There are a number of specific ways to do this, if you care to research them further.


The human mind is a powerful instrument, capable of experiencing great pleasure and extreme pain, whether real or imagined. People can program or condition themselves to do things they might think impossible. Using affirmations effectively allows a person to overcome self- imposed limitations and conquer things like shyness, anxiety, depression, fear, and self-doubt.


If you believe that affirmations work, you’ve already taken the most important step to making them come true for you. The possibilities, alone, are worth the effort to make something amazing happen, to “pay it forward” to yourself. Who knows what we might achieve, if we give ourselves the chance.


Morning’s Beautiful Tragedy

One Saturday morning I woke to a beautiful sunny day, cool enough outside to require a sweatshirt as I worked through a morning ritual of stretching and yoga movements, to revitalize and soothe my aging body. At 50 years of age, it requires more rest than I allow to feel fully motivated, and sometimes I wake sore from the past day’s busy physical activities.

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On Writing: Resurrecting the Dead Spirit

Writing is an exercise that should be practiced every day, and no written material writes itself. These are the primary reasons for this introductory blog post, in my new daily effort to develop the writing habit. What comes through my fingers into print will hopefully be productive, informative, and entertaining, to myself if not to others.

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I Bid You Welcome…

Hello, I’m Marc Zeale. Welcome to my blog.

The suggestive title of this, my first post, is intended to express my genuine desire to engage readers with entertaining content on my favorite subjects, and also display the hint of dry humor you might expect to find running, like a current, through many of my posts here. You see, I read an excellent book last year about Bram Stoker and the legends that support his beloved best book, Dracula. It’s called Who Was Dracula? Bram Stoker’s Trail Of Blood.

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