The words which follow these 2 simple words are the most powerful you will use in your lifetime.
Seriously, think about how many times you say these 2 words followed by a (usually) negative sentence?
When you say these words out loud, or even in your head to yourself you are reinforcing them and cementing them into your subconscious, which is the driving force behind everything.
So then when you are desperately trying to convince yourself that you CAN actually do something, your subconscious mind simply laughs at you and says, "No, you dumbass, you can’t do it, - remember??"
Your subconscious accepts what is impressed upon it with feeling and repetition, whether or not these thoughts are positive or negative.
It does not evaluate things like your conscious mind does.
This is why our words and thoughts are SO important.
The subconscious doesn’t discriminate, judge, or censor. It will manifest failure, ill health, and misfortune, just as easily as it will good health, love, success, and abundance.
The things we tell ourselves are what we become!!
The things that we have told ourselves over and over again, usually over a period of many years. eventually become our beliefs.
A Belief is simply something we have told ourselves so often over and over again, (or someone else has told us repeatedly) until it becomes 'cemented' in our mind and we believe it to be true.
This means that a huge percentage of our beliefs may actually be UNTRUE.
We have been lying to ourselves or someone else has been lying to us.
The good news is that we CAN turn this around and use it to our advantage.
We can learn to re-train our subconscious mind with positive "I am's". The change won't happen overnight just as the negative beliefs didn't happen overnight.
We will need to be consistent and determined. However, the rewards will be Life Changing...
Believe in them or not, the power of daily affirmations and visualisation has been proven and well documented.
The famous golfer Jack Niklaus is renowned as having said:
I have never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head."
It is almost common practice now for psychologists to be brought into sports teams to teach the players the power of visualising their gameplays.
Nothing is out of bounds when you affirm and visualize.
Start by writing down all your negative "I ams."
Now re-write them all, changing them around to positive ones.
Recite them daily, out loud, as often as you can with feeling and emotion.
Visualise the things you want as you would have done as a child. Nothing is too big or off limits.
Write affirmations for the things you want to achieve in your life and when you say them out loud visualize them at the same time.
Stay consistent and be persistent - for some people making a vision board can help.
Most importantly and above all else, whenever you find yourself saying or thinking a negative "I AM", catch yourself and immediately correct the sentence to a positive one with deep feeling and meaning.
Do this over and over again and if you are consistent you will find that within a relatively short space of time this will become a habit.
Once it becomes a habit the negative "I ams" will occur less and less.
Inevitably over time, your beliefs will change and your life along with it.