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Positive Thinking: 4 Steps to Make your Affirmations Work


“I AM THE GREATEST!” – Muhammad Ali

While affirmations have been praised for helping people become the person they believe themselves to be, they have also got some criticism for not delivering the longed-for results.

It’s understandable that you would feel down if your affirmations haven’t been working – but have you been doing them right? For a long time, self-proclaimed professionals and experts that have attributed their success to affirmations have told us that they DO them, but there are a couple of issues that people choose to ignore:

Reason 1 – Lying Sorry, but if you’re lying to yourself, you’re setting yourself up for failure. If you use an affirmation that is said or written as if it has already happened (“I am rich”) then there is no truth behind it, and you will ultimately fail.

Reason 2 – Passive When you use passive and not active phrases in your affirmations, you are putting your wishes out into the universe. However, this doesn’t help you. The popular “I am a money magnet” mantra that so many people use tends to overlook the fact that making money is an action and not a passive state. Your actions and your words need to work together in order for you to be successful.

So, here are 4 steps to make your affirmations work so that you CAN be happy and successful:

  1. Focus on your Commitment to the Result Don’t begin with a “I want to be…” – this is an empty wish that has no basis or ambition. If you want to be less than 7% body fat, why bother with this affirmation? What we need to do it change this into a committed statement that shows clarity, actions and perseverance to achieve the result.

What to do: Note down a result/outcome that challenges you which you are committed to achieving, and write why you are committed to achieving that goal – how will it benefit you?

Example layout:I am 100 percent committed to losing _____ pounds and weighing _____ pounds by _______ (date) so that I can set an example of health and fitness for my kids.

  1. Show your Commitment with Important Actions Writing down a wish and then not describing the steps you must take to act on it is a waste of time – these things take time and effort and you need to recognise that.

What to do: Be very clear about what action is necessary for you to achieve your results and be specific about how and when you will do these necessary actions.

Example layout:To ensure that I lose ____ pounds, I am 100 percent committed to going to the gym five days every week and running on the treadmill for a minimum of 20 minutes each day, from 6-7 a.m.

The more specific you are, the more likely you are to succeed. Make sure you include time frames, how many times you will do something, and how frequently.

  1. Say YourAffirmations Out Loud and WITH FEELING Sure, saying your affirmation in the morning can make you feel great, but they are designed for so much more than that. They are more than just sentences you have written down, and you need to train your subconscious to accept the affirmations as fact so that you can positively take the steps you need to reach your goals.

It is really important, therefore, to use your emotions to give your affirmations the amount of gravitas that they need. Simply repeating the statement in a monotonous voice over and over will mean that it’s fixed in your brain, but without truly feeling it, you will never feel the positive energy that feeds the need for action.

What to do: Set aside a regular time each morning to read your affirmations. If you can, find a quiet space and focus on your commitment and your necessary actions.

  1. Help your Affirmations Grow Life never stands still, so as you grow, so should your affirmations.

Add to them, update old ones, and try to incorporate different areas of your life. You might decide to focus on relationships, health, finances or any other area of life – as long as it means something to you and you feel that it is necessary to have them. Evaluate your life, think about improvements that can be made and show your commitment to these areas by affirming and taking the necessary actions to be successful.

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