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Affirmations – A Form of Positive Self Talk


Affirmations are a form of talking to yourself in a positive manner. The opposite is negative self-talk, which so many of us are so good at. The idea here is to replace that negative self-talk with something far better, positive self-talk. This will have a long lasting effect on your self of self-worth and your power to accomplish whatever you want to achieve.

Let's try this (it's a test of the emergency affirmation system:) Start by saying, "I like myself" 10 times, in a row, quickly: "I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself, I like myself..."

What did that do for you? Did it make you feel good? Silly? I picked that one up from one Michael Clouse, who got it from Brian Tracy.

I felt odd when I first tried it out, it felt wrong somehow. What did saying that do for you? Generally we aren't taught to like or respect ourselves. Our training sometimes seems to teach us not to like ourselves. After all, we know ourselves, right?

We all participate in our own self talk. That's what we say to and about ourselves when we're the only one's listening. Our thoughts count, too. How many of us treat ourselves like we'd treat someone who we're tying to encourage? Not many of us.

Generally, we're our own worst critics. Now imagine many years of this nonsense, where are we? This is what the positive thought is intended to reverse. The idea behind positive affirmations is to get us to say things, to ourselves, that are a much more positive and uplifting than what we have been saying. This has endless positive benefits, such as improved self esteem and better results in all the things that we try.

Used properly affirmations can make a big difference in our lives and the lives of those around us. After all, we may tease the person who is always positive, but isn't it much nicer to be around him (or her) than the one who is always tearing himself/herself, and others, down.  And then the positive (and focused) person always seems to accomplish more and have more fun doing it.

You can go about creating your affirmations, depending on what you need to work on, or you can start with the basics, such as the "I like myself," above. Other basic affirmations are along the lines of, "I am Happy," "I am confident," "I am attractive," and so on.

There's a trick, though. If you say them once, they won't work. Just for today pick one affirmation, to start, and say it out loud ten times, while looking in the mirror (Ok, we're getting tough here. 😉 ) Do it in right after you wake up, at some point mid-day, and again when you go to bed. You don't have to do it with other people around.

The nest step is to keep doing that for a week. See how it makes you feel. If you can keep it up for three weeks it will start to become a habit and you will be feeling a lot better about doing it.


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What are Panic Attacks?


How to Control Your Panic Attacks

Stress and anxiety disorders can be found in just about any person.  Many people experience stress and anxiety so great that they can't do their day to day activities.  People who have panic attack on a regular basis can experience some symptoms such as trembling, dizziness, problems breathing, and pains in their stomach.  There are lots of people that go to the emergency room because they think that they are having a heart attack.  These are symptoms which are scary but they are not at all life threatening. 

To aid in gaining control of your panic attacks/phobias you should try to recognise what the triggers of your panic attacks.  If you are able to do this it will give you some time to be able to deal with it coming on.

Relaxation methods can help you stay focused and can calm you too.  Yoga, meditation, and some breathing techniques can help.  When you have a panic attack you react out of proportion and out of reality.  By practising breathing methods you should be able to remain calm and focus to help you stop the panic attack.

Diet pills, coffee, tea, soda and other intake of caffeine needs to be avoided at all means. Panic attacks can be triggered from within the central nervous system and that could be stimulated from the use of caffeine.

You should exercise on a regular basis.  By exercising it will release endorphins into the blood stream.  These are hormones that help you reach an euphoric feeling, at also can be called a "runners high."  Consistent exercise will help you stay focused, and also relaxed.

It is highly recommended that you research as much as you can before deciding to start taking any form of pills.


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Positive Thinking Powerful?


Positive thinking is, obviously, something that can have a great impact on a person. What is hard to understand is why positive thinking is so powerful for life improvement. That involves taking a good look at how positive thinking works.

Positive thinking works in three different ways. First, it works on you and your general attitude. Second, it works on the people around you. Lastly, it has a way of influencing your environment. How exactly positive thinking works on these things is, open for debate, though. Some people believe that positive thinking relates to karma. That whatever you put out there comes back to you. Others believe that positive thinking is a mental thing that triggers positive things. Whatever your beliefs, it is hard to doubt the power of positive thinking.

You will feel how powerful positive thinking is. Once you start to implement positive thinking in your life, you will start to see it work for you. Positive thinking has a way of changing your whole view on life. You will start to find the good in things and that will help you improve life. You will be less likely to feel down and instead you will allow positive thinking to guide you to happy thoughts. You will start to do everything in a more positive way, including the way you treat others. This will not go unnoticed. Your interaction with others plays a large part in your life.

It's a fact that other people will be significantly influenced by your positive thoughts. . You will start to see this because they are going to start treating you differently. Others can sense your positive attitude and they will treat you in a positive way. Someone who is often rude or just inattentive to you will likely start to treat you in a nice way or pay more attention to you.

You will start to find that people are more likely to offer you help when you need it. They will likely do nice things, such as hold doors open or just give you a smile. Your positive attitude can be very contagious. You may start to see people you spend a lot of time with exhibiting your positive attitude and positive thinking. Positive thinking has a way of even influencing your environment, but it may not be in the way you think. Just because you think positive does not mean that everything will automatically go your way.

However, when you think positively you will be less likely to see the negative in things and therefore your environment will appear to change. You will probably start to notice the little things more than ever before and that will have a nice effect on you.

Positive thinking will allow you to believe in yourself. It will allow you to believe that you can accomplish something if you put your mind to it. You will be able to set goals and reach them because you will believe that you can achieve it. Negative thoughts will no longer hold you down.

Positive thinking is very influential. It is going to start to shape everyone and everything around you. You are going to see the great power it has almost immediately. The power of positive thinking is not subtle. You have to make an effort to use positive thinking to turn all your thoughts and ideas into positive ones. It is up to you to push the negativity out of your head and let positive thoughts guide you.

When you start to find your thoughts, drifting to the negative it is your responsibility to make an effort to make them positive instead. Start training yourself to always see the positive side in any situation. One you do this it will go a long way towards changing your attitude.

The power of positive thinking is that it will shape your life. Positivist is so contagious that it will affect the world around you. You will start to see positive thinking everywhere you go.

Positive thinking has a power that is undeniable. It is something that will not be subtle. It will have such a great impact on you and your life that you will wonder how you ever lived before putting it to work in your life. The true power of positive thinking is that it allows you to live life to its fullest potential and for all that, it has to offer without letting negativity bring you down.

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The Benefits Of Thinking Positive


From around the age of eleven when I started high school to the age of twenty-two I was not exactly a happy person. One person actually mentioned that I walked around like I had the weight of the world and its problems on my shoulders.

You may be wondering what my troubles were. I developed a speech impediment when I was just a young boy. Stuttering put a huge dent in my confidence and made me withdraw into my shell and the lack of beneficial stuttering therapy didn't exactly help.

I had a weight problem which was mainly caused by comfort eating when I was depressed. Since birth, I have had a bald patch on my head, it is not a large area of baldness, however it was big enough for people to notice and mock me. I was always the shortest person in the class and for a male I am well below the average height at five-foot four. I have struggled in my career working selling air compressors and abac compressors however I am now doing better. 

When I was aged about 18 I enjoyed an evening out with one of my best friends called John. John was one of the people I had always been jealous of for many different reasons. On this particular evening we were both fairly drunk and John had became quite emotional. During our conversation he told me that his father was an alcoholic and that at certain times when he arrived home worse for wear that he would hit his mom. He was very worried about this and was not sure what to do.

I have learnt that we all have problems and that in most cases there is always people worse off than ourselves. I now try to think in a much more positive way and am very happy with the cards I have been dealt.

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Inspiration from Motivational Speakers


More and more managers and senior teaching staff have started to realise the major benefits that motivational speakers can bring to their school or workplace. But still many others haven’t yet witnesses the change they can bring about. Whether in school, college, the office or some other work place, motivated people work harder, produce better results and get along better. Prices aren’t cheap: consumers are happy to pay quite a premium for the services of someone with the sought-after ability to inspire and motivate others using positivity. But providing it’s a quality motivational speaker who is hired the return on the investment is clear for all to see.

At work it is often all too easy for individuals to feel that their contribution goes unnoticed and that the work they do does not influence to overall success of the team. It’s forgivable that feeling this way causes employees to become complacent, not try so hard and to produce results that are below what they are capable of. At the same time it isn’t uncommon for resentment and communication breakdowns within the team to begin. Fortunately these problems are really only the result of employees losing track of their aims and their purpose and the problem can be easily solved. Motivational speakers, unlike managers, will not seek to preach or punish but will hand each individual the power to see the importance of their contribution in reaching a shared goal.

Similarly, identifying team members with certain traits, characteristics or qualities is something that the best motivational speakers do. It is often the case that the workers themselves are unaware of their skills or qualities and all it takes is the motivational speaker to show them how to harness their skills to improve the workplace.

Educational establishments tend to use motivational speakers as well. Usually they are a different type of speaker than the ones who speak at businesses. For example they may place emphasis on self motivation. Teenagers particularly often feel helpless and put upon, as though they have little control over their lives. Motivational speakers often relay inspiring personal stories to boost self belief and to make young people see they do have a say in their future. Whilst many motivational speakers address students to motivate and inspire them, others are there to warn them of dangers such as drugs.