By Rachel M. Anderson
(St. Louis Park, Minn.) – Do you wake up every morning with positive thoughts in your head?
“I can do it! It’s going to be a great day. I have more than enough time to do all the things I need to do.”
If not, Susan Myhre Hayes, the author of “Peace in the Puzzle: Becoming Your Intended Self,” says it may be time to consider using them. “Affirmations are positive self-talk. They are expressions of what you want, how you want to view the world and who you want to be,” she said. “They are one of those tools the cooperative universe provides on your journey to help achieve your goals.”
And affirmations are not just for new agers for even Dr. Mehmet Oz, a surgeon and director of the mechanical heart program at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, and star of the Dr. Oz Show on television, believes in the power of affirmations for his patients. In the 2010 article, “Positive Health Affirmations of the New Millennium, Part 1,” published in the JOS Journal of Medicine, Oz concurs with Hayes’ ideas that affirmations can replace the tendency some people have to fall into destructive responses.
After one of Oz’s transplant patients said, “I don’t know why I’m so bad. First my own heart rejects me and dies, and now my new heart rejects me and starts to die,” Oz knew he had to deal with helping the man believe that he is a worthy person. To do so, he helped his patient define affirmations and use them.
“An affirmation is a positive statement of truth,” said Hayes. “By affirming a truth, we are lifted out of false thinking. Each of us can program or reprogram our own brain and create positive beliefs. They can be magical.” The first affirmation Hayes used was perhaps the most impactful. “When I started saying - I have more than enough time to do all the things I want and need to do – I felt I had more time immediately and still do to this day.”
Other affirmations she uses are: “I am a capable, competent confident, capable person who can handle anything that comes my way,” and “People are good. The best is yet to come.”
Affirmations are just one of the tools Hayes used during her quest to find her “Peace in the Puzzle.” The other tools she writes about in her book include engaging a personal board of directors who helped her make decisions; reflecting back on the path she’d traveled, noting what she had learned and where she was being led; and providing advice to her younger self, which hundreds of people provided for inclusion in the book.
The book is a how-she-did-it and how-you-can do-it-too book. A workbook at the back allows readers to reflect on the content in each chapter and write down what it means to them.
Hayes says that before finding her “Peace in the Puzzle,” she didn’t have the clarity of purpose, peace or serenity she has now. “I think I was experiencing a lot of ‘should haves,’ and ‘yeah buts,’ never really focusing on what is important for me. But I am now,” says Hayes. “It is my hope that by reading my book, others can do the same. The world would be a better place if we all became our intended selves.”
“Peace in the Puzzle: Becoming Your Intended Self” is available for purchase online on Amazon.com or directly from the author’s website, www.peaceinthepuzzle.com.
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