Some months ago I had to face a difficult decision in my life and I started working with a life coach to help me put my thoughts in order. We worked a lot but what shocked me the most when she said she had an assignment for me and that this was writing my dream life affirmations. Affirmations about my life, my career, every aspect of my life. Things that were already like that, things that I wanted to happen, even if I thought they were not possible.
She said they were going to transform my life. I was hesitant about this, how can saying sentences could possibly improve my life? and my career? But I trusted her, so I did my homework and have been repeating my Affirmations ever since that day.
Let me tell you a little about what I learned and what has happened to me since then.
But first things first…
What are Affirmations?
Affirmations are sentences, positive or negative, that we say repeatedly that we think or say out loud. Our subconscious mind takes these phrases and makes them a part of our identity. So basically if you say something like “I am always tired”, even if you say it as a joke, at some point you will actually be tired.
Our subconscious mind is like a place that stores all kinds of information about your life, present and past, good or bad, and nobody is completely certain on how it operates, but there are some things that we know, like it doesn’t make a difference on events from past or the future. I am not an expert on the subconscious mind but if you want to know more, this article by Brian Tracy is very good!
People that use affirmations to work on different aspects of their life believe that thoughts create experiences. Therefore, positive thoughts will bring positive life experiences, the negative thoughts will bring negative life experiences.
Some examples of positive affirmations are:
- I am creative
- I am happy
- I am lovable
- I am smart
- I am friendly
- I am good enough
Why are Affirmations so powerful?
Affirmations are a very powerful tool that can help us achieve what we want. They are a way to re-wire the brain. When you think about something, your brain processes the information literally, whether what you are thinking is happening or not.
The power of Affirmations resides on their tangible results. They can help with motivation, change the way we think and behave, inspire us, even make our health and pretty much any aspect of our life improve.
An important thing that you should be aware of is that they can also limit you or have a negative aspect on your life. When I was a child I broke a glass, and that was very funny for my dad so he started calling me “clumsy Vivi”. He didn’t mean bad, but after that I just started breaking everything and, of course, I was “clumsy Vivi”.
I used to think that that is who I was and therefore I was becoming more and more clumsy! One day I thought to myself “There is absolutely nothing that is making me be like this, I should just be more careful then”. And that actually helped!
That is just an example of how one tiny affirmation affected me negatively for many years. Just think about the power of affirmations like “I can do anything in the world” vs “I am worthless” can have!
Do they work for dancing too?
Yes. Affirmations can be powerful to improve your dancing as well!
I don’t want you to think that I am saying that this is magic or anything of that sort. Let’s say you want to do the splits, this is something that you have wanted to do for a while but it is hard and sometimes gets you frustrated. Just by saying “I am super flexible”, your body will not magically change. Some affirmations that can work very well in this situation would be:
“Working on my splits gets easier every day”
“Each day I become more flexible”
These kinds of affirmations will motivate you into training and help you believe that you can do something that was hard for you before. Think of it as a way to train your mind so that your body can flow in the way you want!
You can use this to absolutely any aspect of your dancing that you want to work on. If you are struggling with learning new sequences and memorizing them you can say something like “Learning new choreography is easy and exciting” or “I am brave enough to learn a new sequence every day” (That is one I use actually).
Other dance affirmations can be:
- I am grateful for dancing everyday
- My strong legs allow me to jump higher each time
- My timing and rhythm are great
- I am a great dancer and performer
- My technique and strength allows me to be versatile and graceful
- I am strong and flexible
- My body is beautiful and allows me to move in the way my soul wants to move
- Dancing makes me feel at home
I am not kidding, look at my story
As I mentioned before, I actually wrote Affirmations for my life and career. I repeat them every day.
At the time I was writing them I was very excited because I was dancing Tango a lot and I started to mix it with the style that I usually dance, Contemporary, I even created a solo for a project. I was very excited about this and wanted to keep working on this hybrid.
With the help of my coach I came up with “Fantastic, well respected choreographers want to work with me right now on my proposition of a Tango-Contemporary original kind of movement”. At first, I thought saying that was too bold for me. This Tang-Contemporary thing is not something that everyone is doing, it is kind of rare actually. But there is no harm in trying, right?
A couple of weeks later I found a residency of a renowned choreographer from Holland that was looking for dancers for her company for… a mix between Tango and Contemporary!. I put a lot of effort into my application and I ended up getting it. We have done small performances so far and it is an experience that I am enjoying a lot.
Write your daily Affirmations!
Now, I think it is time for you to come up with your own Dance Affirmations (and for the rest your life too). You can always look for list of affirmations or use some of the ones I said before, but it is better if you come up with your own based on what you want, it will be so much more effective!
I suggest that you take a special time of the day to repeat them, and the more you think about them, the better mindset you will have to make them happen!
Remember, you create your own reality.
I would love to hear you thoughts on this topic, and feel free to share your own affirmations in the comments!
Look! I am not the only crazy dancer using affirmations!