Sunday, February 7, 2016



Affirmations are simply statements that we make to
ourselves; it's our self-talk. You use
affirmations all the time, whether you're doing so
intentionally or unintentionally. 

If you make a mistake and you think to yourself, 
"I'm always making mistakes, I never do anything right",
you've just made a negative affirmation. 

If instead you make a mistake and you think to
yourself, "That's OK, I have the ability to correct 
this", you've just made a positive affirmation.

Your self-talk has an enormous impact on your
conscious and subconscious minds. By repeating
positive affirmations you can reprogram your
thought patterns. 

Creating new thought patterns will allow you to begin 
to change your underlying beliefs and the way that 
you think and feel about yourself, others, and your 
place in the world. 

In this way, you can improve your life dramatically
through the use of daily positive affirmations.

Choosing Your Affirmations

Shakti Gawain, author of Creative Visualization,
offers the following advice for choosing your

o Always phrase your affirmations in the present
tense, as if it already exists. Say "I enjoy being
at my ideal weight" instead of saying "I will
reach my ideal weight."

o Affirm what you want, not what you don't want.
Instead of saying "I am no longer a
procrastinator", say "I always get things done on

o Don't simply go through your affirmations by
rote; add positive feelings and emotions to your

o Choose affirmations that feel right for you. If
you come across an affirmation that you like but
you would feel more comfortable changing a couple
of words, go right ahead.

Use Three Different Pronouns

A technique that you can apply to make your
affirmations more effective is to write down the
same affirmation using different pronouns. 

For example, if you want to affirm that you're
surrounded by positive people who want the best
for you, you can write down the following three
affirmations (in this example your name is Joan):

o I am surrounded by positive people who want the
best for me.

o Joan, you are surrounded by positive people who
want the best for you.

o Joan is surrounded by positive people who want
the best for her.

When you say affirmations in the second and third
person it's as if someone else is talking to you
or about you. 

Your internal critic is less apt to interject a negative 
comment if it thinks someone else is making these 
positive affirmations about you.

Affirmations Can Be General or Specific

Affirmations can be general or they can be very
specific. Some examples of general affirmations
are the following:

o Abundance is all around me.

o Abundance is my birthright.

o There is more than enough for all.

Use general affirmations to "set the stage". Once
you've established clear, well-defined goals for
yourself you can create specific affirmations to
help keep you focused on your goals and to
strengthen your belief in your ability to reach
your goals. 

For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds in the 
next three months by exercising, your affirmations 
could be the following:

o I now jog for 40 minutes, 4 times a week.

o Jogging helps me to lose weight and makes me
healthy and fit.

o I am now lifting weights 3 times a week.

o I enjoy going to the gym and lifting weights.

o I am getting excellent results from jogging and
weight lifting, and it shows.

o Every day I am getting fitter and fitter.

o I now weigh X amount of pounds (your target

o People comment on how much thinner I am and how
good I look.

You Have to Be Able to Believe Your Affirmations

Whenever you choose to change anything in your
life, you're choosing to move out of your present
comfort zone. 

We should always strive to grow and expand our definition 
of ourselves and of what we are capable of. 

However, you have to make sure that your affirmations 
are not so far off from where you are at the moment 
that there's no way you can get yourself to believe what 
you're affirming.

If you don't believe the affirmations you're
saying to yourself, then you need to start with a
less ambitious affirmation and gradually make your
affirmations bigger and bigger. 

For example, if you currently make $3,000.00 a month, 
it may be difficult for you to believe "I am now making
$50,000.00 a month". 

However, you can probably believe the following affirmation: 
"I am now making $4,500.00, or more, a month". As you move
forward and begin to see results you can progressively 
increase this number until you do feel comfortable affirming 
that you make over half a million dollars a year.

Repeat Your Affirmations Often

There is much power in repetition. Positive
affirmations are not something that you do once in
a while, instead, you should expose your mind to
the affirmations that you choose for yourself as
often as possible. 

In the words of Robert Collier: "Constant repetition 
carries conviction."

Write down your affirmations and place them where
you can refer to them often (you can even carry
them around in your wallet). 

You can say them out loud to yourself every morning when 
you wake up and at night before going to bed, or you can set
aside a few minutes each day to scribble them on a
sheet of paper several times to help reinforce the
message in your mind.

Taping the affirmations in your own voice and
listening to the tape while you're relaxing-or,
even better, meditating-- has had extraordinary
effects for countless people. 

Louise Hay, author of the International bestseller "You Can 
Heal Your Life", recommends that you sing or chant your

Some people leave a CD with positive
affirmations playing softly in the background
while they sleep at night.

In addition, there are several programs that allow
affirmations to flash on and off on your computer
screen unobtrusively, helping to program these
affirmations into your subconscious.

Affirmation Bath

Practitioners who offer healing workshops often
use a technique called "affirmation bath".
Basically, several people stand around one person
and they all begin saying positive affirmations
directed toward that person. 

The person is "engulfed" by positive messages 
from others. You can try this technique if you can 
find several like-minded people to participate in this 
exercise with you.

Release Any Negative Feelings That Arise

Negative feelings can act as self-imposed stop
signs to getting what you want in life. If you
feel any discomfort, self-doubt, fear, anger, and
so on when saying your affirmations, you need to
let go or release these negative feelings. 

One way to do this is by using the Sedona Method. 
As stated before, you have to add positive feelings
and emotions to your affirmations, and if negative
feelings are getting in the way, you need to be
able to let go of them.

Your self-talk can either prevent you from getting
what you want in life, or it can be a powerful
catalyst for creating the life you've always

Create a daily practice of using positive
affirmations to help motivate, support, and
inspire you to go after your dreams.

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