In my last post on stuttering i spoke about triggers. As a stutterer i found there were triggers i needed to deal with. So in this post i am going to talk about the power of affirming yourself. This is something i have used which has helped enormously.
It’s a fact that we affirm ourselves everyday. We affirm ourselves hundreds of times a day but it’s all subconsciously. How you have been brought up from childhood will determine how you affirm yourself. If you were always brought down as a child and you never dealt with it, that is what you will affirm. You will affirm all the negative stuff. And you will do it without even recognising it. You need to take the time and think about what you think about. You need to think about how you speak to yourself. Record how you speak to yourself.
I grew up being told negative things so when i grew up that is what i affirmed. I would tear myself down. My affirmations were very negative. But that all changed when i was taught how to affirm myself. Please note, this is not an overnight process. It takes a lot of work, dedication and persistence to completetly change the way you think and the way you affirm youself. It is meant to be a lifestyle and not something you do once in a while. Affirming yourself and others positively should be second nature to you. That is what i want you to aspire to. Affirming yourself in a positve way is one of the keys to fluency. You need to learn to affirm what you want to see happen in your life.
Let me show how powerful affirmations are. Mark 5:25 -34 is where i am going to take the example from.
“And there was a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years.
And who had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse.
She heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment,
For she kept saying, If i only touch His garments, i shall be restored to health.
And immediately her flow of blood was dried up at the source, and [suddenly] she felt in her body that she was healed of her [distressing] ailment.
I am not going to go through all the scriptures. I just want to focus on these verses i have just shared. We see in this passage of scripture that there is a woman who is sick. She has been to doctors, lots of them. She has spent all that she had with no results. She hears about Jesus and is renewed in hope. She goes to meet Him and gets healed! Mark 5:28 tells us that she kept speaking her healing. She was affirming what she wanted to see happen. The word says, “for she kept saying”. You cannot affirm once off. It needs to be a part of you. It needs to be regular. You need to affirm yourself on a regular basis. And that is what she did. And because she did, she got healed.
That is the power of affirmations. To walk in fluency you need to learn to affirm yourself. Learn to affirm others as well. Your words indeed have power. Your words possess the power of life and death.
Fluency comes when you decide to speak life. Remember that it takes time to affirm yourself. It needs to become a habit and only then can you begin to see results.