How to use affirmations
In my previous articles I’ve shared my personal experience with affirmations and explained what makes them so powerful. I will continue the series on affirmations with some short lessons on how to most effectively use affirmations for optimal results.
It doesn’t really matter how you repeat your affirmations, as long as you do it on a consistent and regular basis. However, in time I’ve noticed that there are some techniques which work better and enhance the results and speed of goal achievement.
Over the course of the next articles I will be presenting the most effective ways in which you can use affirmations, in order to maximize and accelerate your results.
Make Your Affirmations Positive and Use Present Tense
The first and foremost thing you must learn about affirmations is how to properly design them. Not all formats are equally effective: some deliver faster results than others. To create affirmations that really work, make sure you formulate them using positive words.
I’ve already explained in my YES Challenge, that our subconscious mind operates in images and is unable to distinguish “yes” from “no”. It will accept whatever instruction you give to it sufficient times and in an adequate manner.
You may try to repeat to yourself, for example: “I am not lazy”. But guess what – your subconscious will make you act lazy, because it only perceives the idea of being lazy and doesn’t grasp the negation.
The same rule applies to how you communicate with other people. If you say, for example “Please don’t forget to do this”, be prepared to face the consequences. In most cases people will forget what you tell them.
Instead, rephrase to: “Please remember to do this” and condition their mind in a positive way. The resulting difference is huge.
To make your affirmations work for you, design them using present tense. You need to convince your subconscious that it already underwent the desired change.
If you formulate affirmations using future tense, your mind will postpone the results. It’s actually just processing your instructions. That’s what future tense tells it to do – push the goals even farther into the future.
Repeat Affirmations Regularly
This may sound a bit odd and you’ll think that repeating affirmations is obvious. I completely agree with you. Still, this subsection has its purpose and is very important.
Believe it or not, repeating affirmations requires discipline. Unfortunately, too many people are unwilling to commit to this habit for as long as it’s required. They quit before allowing enough time for improvements. I personally have fallen into this trap in the beginning too.
Repeating affirmations is a habit which you must incorporate into your daily routine. If you want results, then you have to skip all excuses and really commit to using affirmations.
If you find it difficult to stick to repeating affirmations, then it will be a good idea to start by disciplining yourself. Make it simple and just use a single affirmation about self discipline. Leave everything else out.
You could say for example: “I am a disciplined person and I repeat my affirmations daily”.
After getting comfortable with this affirmation and stating it daily for two weeks, you will have gathered sufficient momentum and integrated the necessary habit. You will be able to take things to the next level and include even more affirmations in your routine.
Write Your Affirmations on Paper
The mere act of writing makes you concentrate energy and attention in one direction. That is the first step of achieving what you want. Writing implies that you physically start doing something for your goal. It’s the easiest way you can bring your abstract thoughts into a concrete form.
Writing trains all senses: you see the affirmations (visual), you read them in your mind (audio) and you move your hand to write them on paper (kinaesthetic).
It is thus the most complete way to repeat affirmations, because it uses the whole body. By writing affirmations down, they automatically become a part of you. And using all senses of the body makes your subconscious mind retain the information much easier.
Writing is also symbolic, because it is a proof of the fact that you are doing something concrete for your goal. You move beyond mere thinking and contemplating and demonstrate that you are ready to become that which you desire, by taking the first necessary action step. This simple gesture holds in itself much more power that it may seem at first glance. I am certain that everyone who has used it can approve.
Stay Tuned For More
The next article will continue with a few other tips and tricks to help you maximize the output of your affirmations. In the meantime, I’d like to hear if you personally have some special techniques you use in order to get the best results from your daily affirmation routine. Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment in the form below.