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Affirmations can play a key role in helping you to leverage daily the Law of Attraction (LOA) for your training for a marathon, half marathon, or other endurance race.
What is an affirmation?
The Law of Attraction essentially says, “We become what we think about.” And we attract more of the feelings and beliefs that we regularly affirm. This is the power behind affirmations.
Why should I use affirmations for endurance running or walking?
You should write and repeatedly read affirmations as an endurance runner or walker because they can focus the Law of Attraction on behaviors and beliefs that will support your racing goals.
Who is the subject of an affirmation?
You should be the subject of each of your affirmations, with the affirmation written in first-person, singular form (as in “I am…”). The reason that having you as the subject of the affirmation is ideal is that your unconscious mind has direct control over you but does not have direct control over anyone else.
How should I write each affirmation statement?
As a positive, not negative, statement: Your unconscious mind will ignore any “no” or “not” in a statement. For example, your unconscious mind will convert “I do not slow down as I approach the finish line.” to “I do slow down as I approach the finish line.”; so “I maintain my pace or speed up as I approach the finish line.” is the preferable way to write this affirmation. Another reason to write affirmations in the positive is that they feel better to say to yourself. And that single, good feeling that you attach to the statement as you say it gives it a stronger impact on your unconscious mind than would a mixed-emotions, negative statement. A third reason to write affirmations in the positive is a practical one: Positive statements tend to be shorter than negative statements. So you can write them more easily and read them more easily.
About the present, not the future: Your unconscious mind treats each statement about the present as something over which it has full control. In contrast, it treats each statement about the future as something over which it has no control. In other words, your unconscious mind operates in the present.
As if it were true, even if it is false today: Every time that you read an affirmation to yourself, you are incrementally strengthening in your unconscious mind the belief expressed by that affirmation. Given that your unconscious mind cannot distinguish between fact and fiction, you can read to yourself an affirmation that is not true today with the assurance that eventually your unconscious mind will align your life with that affirmation such that eventually the affirmation is true. In other words, an affirmation need not be true when written or read, but repeated reading of the affirmation increases the likelihood that eventually it will be true.
With specificity: Specific statements have a stronger impact than vague, general statements have on your unconscious mind. For example, “I am a five-hour marathoner.” is more valuable than “I am a fast marathoner.” as an affirmation.
How many affirmations should I have?
The number of affirmations that you have related to your endurance running or walking depends totally on you. Some people prefer to have just a few affirmations. Other people like to have lots of affirmations, including many that are re-worded versions of other affirmations.
Where should I be when I am composing my affirmations?
You should compose your affirmations at a computer in a quiet, private location. You may want to play some inspiring or gentle music while writing them. A few minutes of meditation before beginning could help your writing, too.
Ideally, each affirmation should feel as if it were an expression of your best self — as if your “higher self” were telling you what it believes you are capable of being, doing, or experiencing.
If you are stumped when you initially sit down to type affirmations into your computer, then give yourself a goal to carry around a pen and small notebook so that you record several affirmation ideas as you go about your daily life. You eventually should have enough ideas in your notebook to produce several affirmations when you return to your computer.
What are some examples of affirmations for endurance runners or walkers?
Here are examples of affirmations that are correctly worded for an endurance runner or walker:
“I always breathe aerobically when I run.”
“I shave at least one minute off my personal record in every marathon that I run.”
“I eat exactly what I need for each walk.”
“I give myself permission to run my own race.”
“I stop for water precisely when necessary at water stops while walking my half marathon.”
Why should I record my affirmations to a computer?
Typing your affirmations into a computer document gives you three benefits over handwriting them:
Typing them on a computer lets you craft them easily. The ease of editing text with a computer ensures that you can craft affirmations that are “just right” for you to repeat many times to yourself over the coming days, weeks, and months.
Typing them on a computer lets you update them easily. Having your affirmations in a computer document means that you can refine them easily to suit you better as your needs or goals change but without having to re-write your entire list of affirmations.
Typing them on a computer lets you print them in different sizes. This gives you the flexibility to make a single-page list for scheduled reviews, larger printouts of affirmations for in-your-face display in your bedroom, bathroom, or office, and a wallet-size, laminated list for on-the-go review whenever you have downtime.
How should I read my affirmations?
Always read them as if you believe them, even if they are not yet(!) true.
Always read them with an emotional intensity that will capture the attention and imagination of your unconscious mind.
Read them aloud if at all possible.
Even if you are only reading them silently in your mind, vary from session to session your pace (from a fast-talker to a slow-talker), your pitch or accent (your own voice, the voice of a favorite actor, etc.), and your volume (from a whisper to a gentle shout) — to avoid boredom and to stimulate your unconscious mind in multiple ways with the same affirmations.
When and how often should I read my affirmations?
Plan to read your affirmations several times a day but at least twice a day:
As part of a morning ritual in which you use several LOA methods to prepare you for the day ahead;
Later in the day — and perhaps as you retire to bed — to reinforce them.
If you work at home, reading your affirmations aloud during your workday may be no problem. If you work in an office, in a retail store, in a warehouse, in a factory, or otherwise with other people in your workplace, then consider using your automobile or a secluded outdoor area as your “sound booth” in which you read your affirmations aloud.
What else can I do with my affirmations besides reading them to myself?
Post individual affirmations throughout your home, in your car, or in your office so that you see and unconsciously absorb them even though you do not consciously and deliberately read them.
Record yourself saying your affirmations, mix that voice recording with different background, instrumental songs that are suitable for the targeted periods for playback (such as for running, for stretching, or for winding down at the end of the day), and play the appropriate mixed recordings at least twice a day — such as while training for an endurance race, while driving, while in the shower, or while completing indoor or outdoor chores.
Kirk Mahoney, Ph.D., loves to walk and run, and his SpryFeet.com website provides practical research for runners and walkers. By going to http://www.SpryFeet.com/Reports/, you can get his FREE “Pace Tables for Runners and Walkers” special report, letting you look up paces needed to complete several different race distances within given durations and for different micro-level-pacing methods.
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The News Is Good!
Generally speaking, I stay away from the ugliest news. I get my headlines from the internet and the newspaper, then I read the “good” ones. You know, good articles like the fire fighter who caught the baby that was thrown from the burning building. Anything that sounds like somebody is helping someone or there’s a happy ending.
Sure, I admit it. Just like you, I get sucked in sometimes by a train wreck, like the horrible storms that battered the Midwest in February, 2008. But there are good stories in those too sometimes. Like the baby who was thrown 300 feet by a tornado and barely had a scratch on him. Isn’t that good news?
The point is that there is plenty of crappy stuff to look at, read, and listen to, so I try to stay away from it as much as I can. This behavior suits my “happy at all costs!” model. Like I always say, if you’re not at least trying to be happy, then you’re not doing it right.
If you think that there is only bad news to be had, think again. The reason something is newsworthy is that it’s different from the norm. Do you think the anchors on the nightly news are going to go on camera, smile, and say, “Today, everything was really peaceful, and everyone is happy”? Certainly not. But the majority of what goes on each day is just your regular old life. A bank robbery or a school shooting is out-of-the-ordinary.
I recently listened to a CD by Christiane Northrup, M.D. She cited a study that concluded that the simple act of watching someone do good works boosts the immune system. Just watching Mother Theresa in action makes you healthier! Can you imagine? Why aren’t we all watching Mother Theresa films or hanging out at the Salvation Army?
And what does that tell you about watching the bad and the ugly? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
There is one good thing I can think of about hearing or watching less-than-pleasant news. Our ability to shine light and energy on those who need it. By actively thinking encouragement and sending energy to a situation, we have the power to change it, or at least to improve it.
For example, if you see a story on the news about a kidnapping, you can focus your thought on the victim and his/her family, wishing them peace and love. Oh, sure this sounds like hippie-dippy, flower-power, woo-woo stuff, but you know it works.
Try it soon. Choose a news story and see what kind of change you can effect simply by focusing your thoughts and energy. The rest of the instructions include staying present and positive. Leave out words like won’t, will, can’t, don’t, etc. In the example of the kidnapping, I might beam out thoughts like, “This family is at peace. The child is with her family. Love rests on all of them.” Nothing brings happiness like “present and positive.”
In the meantime, keep an eye on what you’re seeing. Good news, bad news, fun stuff? You get to choose. Don’t worry that if you’re not watching, you’re missing out or you’re somehow not contributing enough to the worry. All that worry ain’t gonna cut it. It’s the positive thought and energy that will bring about improvement.
Just think, if we can get 80% of people bouncing their positive thoughts around the world, what kind of world could we live in? Maybe the news anchors WOULD smile and say, “Today, everyone is happy!”
The News Is Good!
Susan K. Morrow is a psychic medium, medical intuitive, and spiritual teacher based in Austin, TX. In her practice, she provides readings and coaching for individuals and groups, helping people learn about the ways of the Universe and the ways of their own lives. She is especially interested in helping women learn about loving themselves and enjoying greater health and happiness. http://www.SisterMystic.com
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