We all have an inner king of the jungle inside of us. So why is it so hard to let our lion out?
Our upbringing, past, and our thoughts leave the lion shackled by the stories we tell ourselves.
What if we could give our inner lion room to grow? To explore? To slowly step through the looking glass and into our lives?
The good news is that there are ways! You can take your inner vision and inspired future and through intention and attention grab the paw of your inner lion and welcome it into the world. You just need to find your inner fight song.
Rachel Platten sings a popular song on the radio called Fight Song. She inspired this post along with Katie Perry’s song Roar.
Here’s a couple of verses of Platten’s song:
“Like a small boat on the ocean setting big waves into motion…like how a single word can make a heart open. I might only have one match but I can make an explosion.
All those things I didn’t say are wrecking balls inside my brain I will scream them loud tonight…can you hear my voice this time?
This is my fight song….Take back my life song…..Prove I’m all right song……….My power’s turned up, starting right now, I’ll be strong…I’ll play my fight song and I don’t really care if nobody else believes ‘cause I still got a lot of fight left in me.”
What I love about Platten and Perry’s songs is that it reminds us we are stronger than we seem, braver than we believe, and smarter than we think.
If we can change our stories, our inner thinking, and restrictive thoughts we have about our abilities, we can reach through the mirror and coax out our inner lion through the use of affirmations.
Science supports the power of affirmations which are a form of auto-suggestion. When practiced deliberately and repeatedly, they reinforce chemical pathways in the brain, strengthening neural connections. David J. Hellerstein, M.D., a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University says,
“We have realized that ‘neuroplasticity,’ the ongoing remodeling of brain structure and function, occurs throughout life. It can be affected by life experiences, genes, biological agents, and by behavior, as well as by thought patterns.”
Neuroscience has proven that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains. We don’t need to stay stuck within the stories we heard and believe that stemmed from our youth.
By practicing affirmations repetitively, we actually create neuroplasticity in the area of the brain that processes what we are thinking about. The key is repetition so you flood your brain with the positive thought about yourself.
Typically an affirmation is born from the opposite of a negative thought. If you believe that you are shy – you are correct! Instead tell yourself through affirming, that you are outgoing, bold, and social.
When practicing affirmations, choose one or two to focus on for several weeks. Say the affirmation out loud in a confident voice several times a day and before you go to bed. To add more power to the affirmation, write it down as you speak it. Remember be sure your affirmations are in the present tense, as though they are a current reality.
Here are some examples of affirmations:
- When I breathe, I inhale confidence and exhale timidity.
- I am self-reliant, creative, and persistent in whatever I do.
- I feel joy and contentment in this moment right now.
- By allowing myself to be happy, I inspire others to be happy as well.
- Mistakes and setbacks are stepping-stones to my success because I learn from them.
- Every day in every way, I am becoming more and more successful.
- I am unique. I feel good about being alive and being me.
- I fully accept myself and know that I am worthy of great things in life.
- I fill my mind with positive and nourishing thoughts.
- I am fully present in all of my relationships.
- I accept and embrace all experiences, even unpleasant ones.
- I approve of myself and love myself deeply and completely.
- I observe my thoughts and actions without judging them.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” ~ Goethe
If you catch yourself thinking or saying old negative beliefs or stories STOP! Transform that thought into an affirmation right then and there.