How to Use Affirmations
Affirmations are probably the easiest and most effective method – compared to the effort involved – known to influence the conscious mind.
Many of the worlds most intelligent experts and philosophers have used, and are using this technique, which has been handed down over thousands of years, in various guises such as mantras and prayers. The difference today, because of the now more wide spread knowledge of this technique, is that people from all walks of life are using them to meet people, win tournaments, heal disease and close business deals.
Affirmations are quite simple by their very nature, as all they really are is simple statements repeated regularly to yourself, whether silently or aloud, and practical to you at the time.
You can do them anywhere, you decide upon a statement that represents what you want to have happen to you, and then you simply repeat it to yourself over and over again.
How to Use Affirmations
As an example, let’s say you find yourself in a familiar situation which normally upsets you and leaves you worn out and stressed, when actually you would prefer to be relaxed and unworried by it, this would be the exact time when using a positive affirmation would be beneficial to you, and in this situation a good example of an affirmation you would repeat to yourself to help change the situation could be “ I feel calm and relaxed, I feel calm and relaxed, I feel calm and relaxed”.
Now at this point it’s important that you don’t try to force yourself to feel calm and relaxed, just make sure that you keep repeating the affirmation to yourself for approx 5 minutes.
Another quick example of a positive use of affirmations would be prior to attending an important business meeting that you would like to go well; this time you would begin affirming to yourself a few minutes beforehand with something like this “ It’s going to be a great meeting, It’s going to be a great meeting “
So, lets now examine exactly what you are doing when you use these affirmations.
When you use affirmations you are influencing, directly, the very thoughts that are occurring at any one specific time in your mind. As your mind can only hold one thought at a time, an affirmation works by cramming your mind and filling it with thoughts that support your goal.
It’s quite clever really; in a simple way the words are suggesting to your mind what it should be thinking, so if you are affirming “ It’s going to be a great meeting “ then your mind naturally begins thinking related thoughts about it being a great meeting.
It really is quite simple, but this technique can be remarkably effective in helping you achieve the results you are looking for.
How do You Know if You are Doing it Right?
Well it’s all in the words you choose, they must be POSITIVE not negative, and, as gratitude forms part of the whole attraction process, you should include words that also convey this.
For example, I use the following terminology to start all of my affirmations, taught by a great mentor of mine, Bob Proctor (from The Secret, Movie) no matter what I am affirming “ I am so Happy and Grateful now”.
These words you will notice also use another important aspect of affirmations, they must always be in the present tense, as if you already have whatever it is happen.
So if for example you have a money affirmation to bring more financial abundance into your life you could say “ I am so Happy and Grateful Now That Money is Attracted to me and I am attracted to money” or, for more opportunities to appear to you, you could say “ I am so Happy and Grateful Now That New Opportunities are Presented to me From Multiple Sources on a Continuous Basis”
How to Use Affirmations
It’s also important to understand that you don’t even need to believe what you are affirming! This mistake can have a counter effect and nullify the effects. I know of many people who have used affirmations unsuccessfully mainly because they were trying to force themselves to believe.
By the way, don’t get me wrong, if you DO believe what you are affirming, this will only serve to enhance, but if you don’t, then that’s OK too. You don’t have to force anything; by the process of repetition your mind will pick up the content of your affirmations and will therefore allow the correct thoughts into your consciousness.
You must also keep your affirmations reasonably short and to the point, easy to say and easy to repeat over and over again. I try to keep my affirmations to a maximum of 25 words, sometimes a lot less.
Even 2 or 3 words can sometimes be an effective affirmation, short statements like “ I have tremendous success always” or “ I achieve record sales “ I have also seen affirmations that were a full page long. But the problem with that is that it is difficult to repeat an affirmation of that length in an effective manner, I have found that people who have affirmations which are too long soon tire of the repetition and the affirmation soon fizzles out.
So the lesson here is, make it short and make it easy to say and repeat.
Also be very careful that you do not use your affirmations in a careless way that means they may work against you, for example statements like “ I’ll never get it done” I’ll never do it” I always lose” are all affirmations that you can easily find yourself repeating to yourself without even realizing it, so watch out for these.
So finally, remember that anybody can create affirmations and use them effectively throughout the day to help accomplish the things that they want.
They can be said anywhere, in the doctor’s waiting room, in a traffic jam, they don’t need to be believed, all you have to do is repeat them.
I repeat my affirmations 5 times per day, however this is my personal preference which works well for me, but if I was to recommend a minimum I would say 3 times per day, first thing when you get out of bed in the morning – this sets the tone for the rest of the day – secondly, at lunch time – this helps to re-motivate you when typically you might be flagging – and thirdly just before you go to sleep – this is when your subconscious mind is in it’s most receptive state.
However, two or three minutes is all you need, you can start doing this today and commit to repeating every day and you will be amazed at how quickly you will learn exactly how to use affirmations effectively and with quick noticeable results.
So Begin Your Affirmations RIGHT NOW!!
All the best