Positive Affirmations - attract more success and maintain an optimistic attitude
Positive affirmations may not be something you have given much thought to in the past. But, whenever you think, you are affirming! Whenever you listening to your inner self talk you are affirming!
On a daily, even hourly basis, you are continually affirming to your subconscious thoughts that will eventually become your beliefs.
Your subconscious mind has taken these beliefs, ever since your childhood days, and developed them into the person you are today!
Working on autopilot, your subconscious will react to any given situation in accordance to how it has been programmed by your thoughts and beliefs. In other words your affirmations.
This can of course be very usefull, you don't need to constantly stick your hand in a fire to know you will get burnt. You learned this early on and your subconscious stored this information, so you don't have to keep re-learning it.
That's all very well and good! But, what about other bits of information your subconscious stored that are no longer in your best interest.
You may have programmed your subconscious with information that is actually working against you now! Beliefs relating to money, health, your self esteem etc.
Is there a way to reprogramme your subconscious?
In a word, yes!
Positive affirmations are simple phrases that can be quickly and easily learned, in fact we probably all know at least one positive affirmation that has been around for decades.
"Every day in every way I am getting better and better."
Remember that one?
It's ages old but sums up what a positive affirmation is.
So what are Positive Affirmations?
Positive affirmations are short positive statement used to rewrite, or reprogramme, your subconscious mind to overcome a negative area of your life.
For example, let's say you have to make a presentation to some collegues at work. The more you think about it the more nervous you become. You can actually feel the palms of your hands getting hot and sweaty from just thinking of standing in front of your workmates.
What you want, is to confidently make a fantastic presentation, getting your points over in a clear and professional manner.
But, all you can think about is how awkward you will feel, how flustered and confused you will be, and how you'll make a complete mess of the whole thing.
And, if that's what you're thinking, and keep thinking it, that's exactly what could happen!
But, to overcome this you can create some affirmations of how you want the presentation to be. Something like this!
"I am full of confidence, I speak clearly, and my presentation is a huge success!"
Now you are affirming how you want the situation to be.
For this to really take effect you have to repeat the affirmations over and over again as often as you can.
Repetition is the key to success where positive affirmations are concerned.
How quickly do Positive Affirmations take to work?
That's not an easy question to answer. Simply because it depends on what the positive affirmation is about, and how deep rooted your negative feeling is.
Some positive affirmation will work very quickly, others will take more time.
For example, if you have had a fear of confined spaces ever since your childhood, this may take longer to correct than if you simply freaked out slightly the last time you used a lift.
The thing to remember is that all affirmations will work effectively but some will take longer than others.
If, when you say a positive affirmation, you feel a negative response building up this could mean your subconscious is giving out some resistance.
If this is the case then it might take longer to overcome this belief.
But, that isn't too suprising when you consider that virtually all your life you have programmed your subconscious to not like confined spaces and then for a couple of days you have positively affirmed that you do like them.
Your subconscious mind is bound to resist this new information, purely from the aspect of self preservation.
That said though, it should not stop you from using positive affirmations in your life right now. If it where to take six months for one particular positive affirmation to work, then it stands to reason it will take even longer if you wait a couple of months before you start.
Look at these examples of positive affirmations and pick out any that might apply to you. Always remember to say your affirmations with emotion and passion. It is this emotion and passion that will help penetrate into your subconscious mind.
Can I create my own Positive Affirmations?
Yes you can, and this can sometimes be better for you as you can tailor them to your situation and make them very personal to you.
I have found it best when I create my own positive affirmations to make them short and to the point. I also found it better to make them rhyme. This makes it even esier to remember.
The reason for this is simple. As I mentioned before, you need to constantly repeat these affirmations to yourself as often as possible.
It is no good having your self talk telling your you can't do something for fifteen hours of the day, when you only spend two hours affirming that you can.
This is not so easy to do if the affirmation is a long drawn out speech. Also, when you realise a negative thought has entered your head, it's much easier to rattle off a short affirmation to counteract it.
Lets look at an example. Say you are prone to bouts of procrastination! This may well now be at a point in your life where it is holding you back and you want to overcome it.
You could use an affirmation such as:
"I have the attentions span to always finish whatever I start, and start whatever needs to be done."
That affirms in a positive manner what you want to happen. But it's a lot to remember, especially when the thought, oh I'll do it later pops into your head.
A much better example would be:
"I´m having fun now I´ve got the job done."
You can see this positive affirmation is short, to the point and the fact it rhymes makes it much easier to remember.
Have a look at both examples, which one do you think would be easier to counteract the thought "oh I'll do it later."
When writing your own positive affirmation choose your words carefully. You should only use positive words, in a positive statement. If you want a change in your career, saying to yourself "I need a new job" will only add further evidence that you truely do need a new job.
But if you where to affirm "I have the job of my dreams" this conjures up a positive image for your subconscious to deal with.
Do not affirm in the future tense but alway in the present tense. "I will work in a job of my dreams" simply translates into, some day you will in the future. But, "I have the job of my dreams" is in the present tense and your subconscious will work to make it so.
Remember though, you need to say your affirmations with a strong positive emotion and passion.
Add power and strength to your Positive Affirmations
It can greatly speed up the process of your positive affirmations if you use them with visualisations, see Creative Visualization.
As you visualise whatever event you want to happen say over and over the affirmation to match it. This way you are getting a two pronged attack at the situation.
You can also write down your affirmation on bits of paper or card and leave them in prominant locations around your house, such as on the fridge door, your wardrobe door or in your wallet or purse. Anywhere that you will see them on a regular basis.
This idea is fantastic for around your house but you might get some strange looks and questions if you do this in your work place.
If this is the case then it is a good idea to create a symbol or get a picture that represents your desire. A photo of the car of your dreams stuck on your memo board at work can suddenly fire off the affirmation "I travel far in my new shiny car" every time you see it, but it would mean nothing to anyone else who sees it.
The well known British TV presenter, Noel Edmonds, would draw a decreet symbol on the back of his hand. It meant nothing to other people but whenever Noel saw it he exactly what its true meaning was.
Write your affirmation down in a notebook, fill a page with it, line after line. Complete as many lines as you can in the space of ten minutes. This will really help it to penetrate into your subconscious.
Another very good way to add power and strength to your affirmations is to say them whilst looking at yourself in the mirror.
Looking yourself in the eye while repeating your affirmations will create a powerful importance to the message.
The most powerful and important messages you have ever received have been delivered by people looking you in the eye, so it make sense to do the same to yourself.
Enjoy and have fun with your affirmations and self-suggestions, but above all remember, they won't be anywhere near as effective without Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!
And remember, "Every day in every way I am getting better and better."
For those who struggle with affirmations take a look at the page on Affirmations, which might be of some help to you.