You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which ‘clicks.’ – Florence Scovel Shinn
Many people heard of affirmations but have not gotten it to work effectively.
Why have some make it work while others could not?
Is it the technique? Or is it something more. What is the secret of affirmations?
What is Affirmation?
Affirmation is a purposeful word or phrase that helps with our goal.
It helps with making our potential goals possible. We can state an affirmation out loud or to ourselves.
For example, telling yourself:
- “You can do it!” is an affirmation to help you run a marathon.
- “I am cool” is another affirmation one uses before a date.
- “I am calm” when one wishes to be calm under stress.
It breaks negative thinking patterns, negative speech and negative actions while refocusing on what you want.
When affirming a word or phrase, we speak with confidence and certainty. If we affirm but don’t believe, then we are not affirming at all.
Why use Affirmation?
When we are confident in ourselves, we can move toward our desired goal with direction.
When you affirm your dreams and goals, you gain self-assurance of your manifestation.
Keep saying to ourselves with full belief and we shall become what we believe we see.
This creates a feedback cycle that what we believe we see and what we see we believe.
Here is the secret of using affirmations to effectively enhance your everyday activity.
Secrets to Using Affirmations
The secret of using affirmations lies in our belief and our emotions.
Focus on feeling positive
Feeling positive is to feel what you want to feel.
If you want to affirm that you are confident, then you have to feel confident.
Otherwise, the word does not the match the emotion.
The problem for most people is that they try to use affirmation when they are already down in the dumps.
So how do we go from feeling down to feeling positive?
You first must get into the state of what you want.
Motivate yourself by thinking of what you can gain and what the rewards will be. Imagine how cool it would be when you get what you want. This will give you the initial boost for feeling positive.
Only when you are in this state should you attach a word onto it. What do you call this newfound state of empowerment?
That word is your affirmation. You will find that your word usually come in the moment.
Believe in your words
If your belief is less than secure, your affirmations are meaningless.
If you don’t believe in your words, there is no effect.
When you believe, you give it reality. The subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what’s real and what’s not.
But how can you believe in your word if the goal of affirmation is to believe in your word?
You must first feel the positive feelings. Then you will naturally believe in what you are saying.
When you speak, you speak as if you are speaking from your soul.
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Repeat the affirmation
Make it a habit to use the affirmation to put back to the state of your desired goal.
Your affirmation can be used as your anchor to the mental state of your direction.
When you repeat them, you strengthen the power of your created word.
The subconscious mind will accept it once there is repeated exposure.
Affirmation in Action
Let’s say that you want to lose weight by exercising.
But you are not motivated to exercise. So you look for affirmations to help you get over the hurdle.
Unfortunately, saying “I love working out” does as much as being a couch potato.
You will have to create the need for exercising first and then use affirmations to reestablish that feeling.
So you get up and start running. You prepare yourself. Now you head out to run.
If you don’t feel like it, think of what you will look like after exercising. Think about the cool result you could gain.
As you are running, you feel good about yourself. This is the first part of affirmation – feeling positive.
Now you say “I love working out” while you are feeling good.
Every time you do this, you strengthen the neural networks between “working out” and the word “I love working out”.
So the next time you feel lazy, all you need to do is remember the time you were exercising.
Then you affirm “I love working out” and soon you will feel like running again.