A 60-Second Mood Booster (Which Is More Effective Than Affirmations)

A lot of people love to do affirmations first thing in the morning – to feel peppy and positive.

I myself used to do them.

But then I kept feeling like affirmations weren’t effective at persuading me to feel more positive  – especially when I was in a particularly negative frame of mind – which is when I most needed the mental and emotional support.

For example:

  • It’s hard to believe “I am making lots of money” when you’re staring at a scary Amex bill – which has transformed your “Gold Card” into an “In The Red Card.”
  • It’s hard to believe “I am loved and in love with a soulmate partner who makes me feel safe and cherished” when your partner is showing evidence of being a major “Prince Harming” or “Princess Harming.”

In fact, fluffy affirmations can sometimes wind up making you feel worst – because they can make you become even more aware of how you’re not living up to the affirmation’s hyperbolic hype.

I believe affirmations have one MAJOR FLAW…

When you’re in a highly negative state, then one-size-fits-all peppy affirmations will feel jarringly false   – and you’ll thereby instantly resist absorbing them into your thought system.

Here’s a helpful solution….

Pour yourself a “Cockytale” – a delicious blend of positive facts and/or marvelous memories – prepared just-for-you-and-only-you.

How do you make a Cockytale?

Let’s say you wake up feeling negative about your job. You begin playing a loop of self-flagellating thoughts about how you’re gonna mess up a big client meeting.

In this scenario, I recommend you pour yourself a nice powerful “Cockytale” about that time you slam-dunked a project in the past  – or – scored wildly well on a test – or – were adoringly placed high up on a cushy pedestal for your talents.

“Cockytales” are very different than affirmations – because unlike affirmations a “Cockytale”  logically counteracts the negativity in your subconscious and conscious mind – by reminding you of all the very real reasons you should be feeling cocky and positive about yourself and your life.

How do you make your very own powerful “Cockytales”?

  1. View your negative thoughts for what they are: liars and bullies!
  2. Start gathering ingredients for your Cockytale!  Think up (and write down!) 5 cocky memories from your past that make you swagger.
  3. Each day you can shop for lots of new ingredients for new freshly made “Cockytales” by repeatedly asking yourself the following questions: When was a time I did the seemingly impossible? When was a time I felt totally loved? When was a time I felt super proud? When was a time I felt totally confident in my abilities? When was a time I felt in my full power? When was a time I felt very attractive and magnetic? What would my best friend say is something awesome about me? What would a mentor or “safe” family member say is something amazing I have achieved?

I’m a huge believer in the power of “Cockytales.” They are the “Thought Breakfast of Champions” – and a terrific way to start your day.  I wrote about the power of Cocktales in my newest book THINK HAPPY.  (In fact, this essay is an excerpt from THINK HAPPY!)

Oh – and don’t just limit Cockytales to your morning routine! In the same way you might enjoy a coffee whenever you feel your energy fading, I recommend preparing a “Cockytale” whenever you might feel your positive energy fading in your day.

In Summary:

“Cockytales” are more powerful than affirmations, because “Cockytales” have 3 things going for them that affirmations are missing…

  1. “Cockytales” are a thought system based in logic – and thereby they can counteract your whiny, negative-spewing subconscious mind.
  2. “Cockytales” are personalized just for you. They are not one-size-fits-all fluffy statements like affirmations  – so once again they are more effective at hushing your yakking negative-spewing subconscious mind.
  3. “Cockytales” directly build up your self esteem – and high self esteem is the antidote to fear and doubt.  For this reason, when you directly and clearly remind yourself of true self-empowering facts and confidence-building memories, you will immediately feel your fears and doubts start to diminish.

NOTE: “Cockytales” are just 1 of 50 positive peptalk tools I offer in my new book THINK HAPPY. Click here to get more tools to help you to think happier!

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Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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