January 15th, 2011 11:14 PM by Lehel S.
Just as there are different styles of learning, everyone has a unique style of evolving or changing their lives for the better that works best for them. You have probably heard of some of the different styles of learning; visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and more. How can you use what you know about how you learn best to increase positivity and reach your dreams?
Each exercise below involves the use of affirmations, intentions, and goals. An affirmation is a thoughtfully formed, specific positive statement in the present tense that includes you within the statement. For instance, “The more I follow my heart, the more abundance I find!” Remember, even declaring affirmations that might feel untrue at first can cause wonderful shifts. For instance, you can say, “I now make a million dollars each year,” even if you do not, because this has been known to cause positive change in your brain and increasing financial growth. An intention, meanwhile, is a little different. It’s a positive, present tense, true-to-life reminder that inspires you to do wonderful things, and gives you responsibility for making your life what you desire it to be. An example would be: “I take exquisite, loving care of my health, everyday.” Lastly, a goal is a measurable change you intend to make in your reality, something that depends on your actions or thoughts. You can combine goals and intentions for wonderful results: “Each night, I relax in my bed for 8 hours to nurture my health for years to come.”
Below are some ways people learn, and the related positive exercises to use with affirmations, intentions, and goals in order to stimulate growth and powerful possibilities. Which ways seem to work best for you? People generally learn many different ways, so it’s a great idea to try them each out. See which exercises work best for you, and repeat what works best!
If you are are a visual learner, you learn best by seeing the world around you, studying pictures, or watching things demonstrated. If you are this type of learner, a powerful exercise for you will be to continually surround yourself with images that depict affirming thoughts, your intentions, and your goals. For instance, if you want to visualize an affirmation such as, “Everyday, I take wonderful steps to both do what I love and experience a wealthy lifestyle,” simply draw a picture of yourself consistently moving forward in your wonderful career and wealthy lifestyle. Alternately, you can find pictures on the internet that represent that, and create a collage. You can also demonstrate yourself doing this in front of a mirror, acting it out, to let your eyes absorb these images. See others doing this in films, books or real life, and imagine yourself in their shoes. You can even add written words to your images to reinforce what they represent to you. In fact, if you are what I like to call a visual “reading” learner, and you learn best by seeing the written word, you can write paragraphs or even a book worth of your personal goals and affirmations. The important part for you, if you are this type of learner, is to consistently read these creations. One little trick is to write your affirmations, intentions, and goals on the back of a business card, and keep it in your wallet, so you will see it and be enticed to read it each time you open your wallet. Tape pictures to the other side of the business card to create a harmonious example of what your dreams really look like. You can also consistently read others’ works if they have the same type of goals and affirming thoughts in their material (see signing up for my FREE Inspirational E-newsletter, at the bottom of this article)!
If you are an auditory learner, you learn best through what you hear. Auditory learners usually love music. If this sounds like you, let your vocal chords play! Sing your favorite songs and replace the lyrics with your own affirmations, goals, and intentions. For auditory learners, listening to sounds or speaking is key – even more than vocalizing them – so recording them, or listening to other’s similar recordings is very important. You can pick up a digital recorder for under $100 and use it for years to come. Just make sure you listen to it often, and update the recordings when your goals change. Repetition is key. If singing isn’t for you, simply say your personal magic words over your favorite instrumental piece, or even over wind chimes. How lovely will it be to hear delightful affirmations, intentions and goals over beautiful sounds? Taking an even simpler path, you can say your affirmations in a soothing voice, positive voice, with peaceful nothingness in the background. I recommend listening to the statements at least four times in a row, on a daily basis at a set time. Listening to these statements daily is EXTREMELY effective in boosting your mood, getting you to think of new ways to make your dreams come true, and getting you revved up to make them happen. And, as mentioned before, a pocket digital recorder is great for capturing inspirational sentences on the fly, and then listening to them later.
Finally, if you are a kinesthetic learner, you learn well by using your body: feeling your body practice movements, writing or drawing things out, and vocalizing sentences or songs (and feeling your words’ meanings when physically pronounced). You can have an abundance of fun when you dance or act out body movements to symbolize your affirmations, intentions, and goals. When you simultaneously speak your positive thoughts out loud, with bold, resonating confidence, that adds even more fuel to the mental energy you are sharing with the universe. Also, free-writing is a great way to get your mind and your hand creatively involved in focusing your energy towards your dreams and gratitude. One kinesthetic exercise I’ve found to be extremely helpful is this: Whenever I need to learn a new habit – for instance, to remember to turn the oven off after using it (and not get distracted by the savory treats that are coming out) – I mime the actions I want to preform before and during, right there, at the location where I will be doing it. At the same time, I state what I will do in a few words. For example, to remember to turn the oven off, I mime pulling something out of the oven, placing it on the stove, and turning off the knob. While doing this I say, “Pull it out, place it here, turn it off, Bon Appetit!” I repeat this mime and phrase about five times. If I forgot to do it again, I would practice it more times. I now do not forget to turn off the oven. Thank goodness!