Affirmations are a powerful method that has helped many individuals achieve their goals. Many people use positive affirmations regularly, but not everyone reaps the benefits. Affirmations function similarly to visualization and goal setting. If you use affirmations but aren't happy with the outcomes, you're probably doing something incorrectly.
Affirmations can be effective because they can teach your mind to believe the expressed thought. This is due to the mind's inability to distinguish between what is real and what is fiction. When you watch a movie and start laughing or crying, your mind is empathizing with the characters on the screen, even if it is just Hollywood magic.
If an unwholesome idea is strongly embedded in our unconscious mind, it has the power to overcome a positive affirmation even if we are unaware of it. This is why affirmations do not appear to work for many people: Their troubled mind patterns are so powerful that they overpower the good statement's influence. So, how can we give an affirmation more muscle so that it can overcome our negative thinking?
Some affirmations are both good and negative. These harmful statements might remain in our conscious or unconscious minds, which we subsequently perpetuate throughout our lives. Here are easy steps to help you make affirmations work for you.
Step 1: Feel It
You must incorporate good feeling phrases in your affirmations if you want them to work for you. Your affirmations will become far more powerful and effective if you can feel the feelings.
Step 2: Practice Makes Perfect
Taking a single step will never result in major outcomes. Your affirmations follow the same logic. If you want to make things a habit, you must put them into practice daily. It is not something that can be done once and then forgotten about. Affirmations must be repeated daily until they become a habit. Only once your affirmations have become habits will you begin to notice effects.
Step 3: Make Affirmations a Habit
If you want to get the most out of your positive affirmations, you must make the practice a habit. This implies that you should say your statements at the same time every day. The best times to practice your affirmations are in the morning and before going to bed. Repeating your affirmations shortly before bedtime allows your subconscious mind to keep working on what you desire in your life.
Speak the affirmation aloud three times a day, in the morning, lunchtime, and evening, for about five minutes each time. When you're putting on cosmetics or shaving, you might glance in the mirror and repeat the positive sentence to yourself. Another alternative that would be simple to accomplish at work and would assist to establish the new idea is to write out the affirmation numerous times in a notepad.
Observe if your writing style varies over time as you compose it. This may provide insight into how your mind sees a new notion. This technique is known as using the mindfulness diary to advance the positive affirmation agenda.
Step 4: Have Faith That It Will Happen
Most individuals will say their affirmations, but they don't think they will receive their desired outcome. If you don't believe in something, you will never put up the work necessary to get it. You will never act.
Write an affirmation on the good part of your self-judgment now. You may utilize a thesaurus to discover additional forceful terms to supplement your assertion. Instead of stating, "I'm deserving," you may say, "I'm special and treasured." After you've written your affirmation, have a close friend read it to see if they have any recommendations for improving it.
Step 5: Make a decision and act on it
If you want your affirmations to be effective, you must commit to attaining your goals. If you want to be skinny, you must be committed to the goal and take action by exercising and eating healthier. Place your palm on the spot that felt unpleasant when you typed out the negative thought in Step 1 to anchor the affirmation in your body while you repeat it.
Also, when expressing or writing the affirmation, "breathe" into it. You want to go beyond the notion of the affirmation to an actual, positive expression of the trait you desire as you reprogram your mind.
Step 6: Make a list of your perceived flaws
Provide any critiques of you that you've been hanging onto, whether it's anything your siblings, parents, or classmates used to say about you as a youngster, or something your supervisor told you in your last annual evaluation. Don't pass judgment if they're accurate, and realize that we all have problems. This is one of the wonders of being human.
Simply make a note of them and seek a common theme. This is an excellent location to start making changes in your life. When you write out the repeating belief, observe if you are hanging on to it anyplace in your body. Do you, for example, experience constriction or fear in your heart or stomach? Ask yourself if this unwholesome notion is beneficial or productive in your life, and if not, what would be?
Step 5: Have a buddy or coach repeat your affirmation to you
As they say, "You are exceptional and treasured," recognize this as a "good mothering" or "good fathering" message. If you don't have somebody to ask, utilize your reflection in the mirror as the person repeating the healthy message.
If these recommendations do not assist, consulting a competent therapist will help you explore what is buried deep in your unconscious and/or begin a mindfulness meditation practice.
If you want your affirmations to work for you, you must be committed to them. You'll be astonished at how quickly your wishes will appear if you practice your affirmations regularly with feeling and emotion. Mindfulness meditation is a highly efficient strategy for uncovering your unconscious thinking habits.
It helps you to categorize them, recognizing what is healthy and what is unhealthy and diseased. Mindfulness is not about change; rather, it is about the strength and skill to accept what is and then transform it into what is possible. Try it and watch how your life improves.