Affirmations are short, positive statements that you can read, repeat to yourself, or listen to from recordings. By using affirmations consistently, you can reprogram your subconscious mind to help you think more positively about yourself. The more you do this, the more that positive thoughts and feelings will become automatic. Affirmations can also help strengthen positive beliefs and even improve your level of self esteem. Think of affirmations as healthy food for the mind!
An example of an affirmation is “I am calm and relaxed.” It doesn’t matter if you’re really stressed out when you say this. You can still achieve this state you want by repeating and really believing and getting in to the affirmation. Your subconscious mind will pick up on the statement and bring forth the new thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Affirmations Can Change Your Life
When it comes to affirmations, the only requirement is to approach them with an open mind. You simply allow the statements to wash over you and you can change your life all by yourself. If you notice thoughts resisting the new affirmation, just gently let them go.
This may seem difficult at first, but the key is to get the affirmation into your subconscious mind. This is easiest when you’re just waking up or when you’re drifting off to sleep. These are moments when your conscious mind is more open and less likely to get in the way. Affirmations also work well during meditation or hypnosis or at other times when your body and mind is more relaxed than normal.
However affirmations can still be used at other times of the day when your mind is less open. If you use the “I am calm and relaxed” example without an open mind, your conscious mind will say “Hey! I’m not calm and relaxed.” That’s fine and is to be expected. Don’t get frustrated if your conscious mind challenges your new affirmations. Eventually the affirmations will make it to your subconscious mind. The key here is not to resist the messages coming from the conscious mind. Remember, what you resist, persists!
How Affirmations Work
By paying close attention to how your mind really works, you will notice how often your mind slips into negativity about yourself and other situations. Using affirmations will enable you to communicate with your subconscious mind and change those thoughts.
Affirmations will recode your mind in the same way as writing a new computer program. You actively spend time saying and concentrating on these short positive statements and, in good time, your subconscious mind will pick up on them.
It may take some time and practice for affirmations to work for you. Some people report that they see results from their efforts right away, while others find that it takes longer for them to reach the subconscious.
How To Use Affirmations
Start by concentrating on the things in your life that you want to change. Keep it simple by focusing on one issue at a time.
Common areas include health, wealth, career and relationships. You might use affirmations such as “I feel alive and full of energy” or “I am attracting my perfect job” Write a few different ones regarding the same subject and notice which ones sit best with you.
Then choose several times during the day to repeat the affirmations to yourself. You can even make a recording of yourself repeating the affirmations with your favourite music in the background. Remember that first thing in the morning and last thing at night is the best time to repeat affirmations as this is when you have a stronger link to your subconscious. However, include other times during the day as well for the best results.
Here are some tips for writing your own affirmations:
- Write them in the present tense. Say “I am relaxed”, rather than “I will be relaxed”.
- Be short and concise to keep things simple and easy to remember.
- Read and write your affirmations when you’re calm and away from distractions.
- Always construct your affirmations in the positive. Say “I’m calm and relaxed” rather than “I’m not stressed and tense”.
Make sure you keep repeating your affirmations. If you don’t see results right away, try sticking with it for a while longer. Don’t be one of these people that say “Affirmations didn’t work for me”. They will and do work if you take the time to use them consistently and for a few weeks or months.
You will then realise that these short simple sentences have improved your thoughts, feelings, behaviour, beliefs and even your sense of identity. That’s a pretty good result for repeating a few simple statements parrot fashion for a few weeks!
I invite you to write an affirmation and share it with others by posting it in the comments box below.
I look forward to seeing them.
To your success