Affirmations | Do They Really Work or is it All B.S.

image of affirmation weight lossUsing Affirmations Is Pretty Simple. Most Of Us Learning To Put Ourselves Down Using Our Mental Self-Talk. A Few Even Verbalize Self Derogatory Statements Out Loud.

Using affirmations is pretty simple. Most of us learning to put ourselves down using our mental self-talk. A few even verbalize self derogatory statements out loud. We grow up believing certain ideas about ourselves that result in self damaging behavior. Unwanted weight gain is a common result of our own negative self-talk.

Use Affirmations to Take Control of Your Weight!

The use of positive affirmations is a technique to change that negative self-talk into something more positive.

We have all spent many years developing this negative self-image; therefore it is rather unreasonable to expect an instant result. Fortunately we can begin to experience positive change after a few days. If you stick with it for a month, you can expect significant change.

A key component to affirmations is adding a strong empowering emotion to your mantra. Research has shown that your brain will develop new pathways faster in the presence of a strong emotion.

Jeff Staniforth explains some of the factors necessary for a successful affirmation.

“Why Do Some Affirmations ‘Work’ – and Others Don’t?”
– by Jeff Staniforth

By definition, an affirmation is a statement repeated time and again either verbally or mentally — or written down. The words of the affirmation statement – in themselves -when spoken, thought of, or written without a pictorial (visualized) or emotional connection — make a very weak affirmation.

image of self talk weight loss Affirmations, when worded correctly — and when emotionally charged – are able to tap into the unlimited creative power of your subconscious mind, and manifest your desires.

Affirmations are not all created equal. Some are, of course, better than others. There are power affirmations that have been proven again and again to work – and I’ll reveal some of them in a moment.

When you examine the structure of these power affirmations, you, too, can learn how to create your own powerful affirmations for your specific purposes.

Consider the following:

“I am what I choose to be. ”

“All my needs are met instantaneously. ”

“I love and accept myself exactly as I am. ”

“_____________ comes to me easily and effortlessly. ”

(Fill in the blank with what you desire.)

“I am now perfectly healthy in body, mind and spirit. ”

“I now create my wonderful, ideal life. ”

What do the above power affirmations have in common?

  1. They’re stated in the present tense.An affirmation is more effective when stated in the present tense. For example; “I now have a wonderful job. ” Avoid affirming something in the future tense, e.g. “I am going to have a wonderful job ” or the results will always be waiting to happen.
  2. They express a positive statement.Affirmations need to be stated in the most positive terms possible. Avoid negative statements. Affirm what you do want, rather than what you don’t want. For example: “I am no longer sick. ” This is a negative statement. Instead, affirm: “I am now perfectly healthy in body, mind and spirit. ” This statement is much more powerful as it is positive and reinforces your desired goal and doesn’t confuse your subconscious mind with the mention of the undesirable condition.
  3. They’re short and specific.Short affirmations are easy to say, and have a far greater impact at the subconscious level than those which are long and wordy. Keeping them specific and to the point adds power as the idea is uncluttered by extraneous elements.

The mechanics that make affirmations powerful are:

  • Repetition The importance of repetition cannot be overemphasized. It imprints the affirmation into your subconscious mind.
  • Emotions Get involved, be passionate, and use your emotions. Think carefully about the meaning of the words as you repeat them rather than just writing, typing or saying them.
  • Persistence Practicing affirmations with persistence achieves results much sooner than practicing them periodically. Successive sessions will have a compounding effect.
  • Belief You don’t necessarily have to believe your affirmation initially, in order for it to work. Belief will grow with your forthcoming successes. What you do need is the ability to feel what it would be like when the desire you’re affirming is fulfilled, or your need met. Every time that you have a need — and that need is met — a certain “feeling ” is produced in you. You need to evoke that same feeling when you state your affirmation. In other words, you need to feel with every fiber of your being that what you desire has already happened. Without this feeling, your affirmation is powerless.
  • Impress Yourself Personalize your affirmations. They must resonate with you — feel right for you. The stronger your connection with the affirmation, the deeper the impression it makes on your mind, and the sooner you will experience positive results.

image of lose weight affirmationSo there you have it – the simple formula for creating affirmations that work. Based on the above, you can easily create your own affirmations to manifest any desire or need you have in life.

TIP: Although the practice of affirmations is easy, some people find it challenging to repeat the affirmations continuously while maintaining the highly charged emotional state necessary in making affirmations work. DID YOU KNOW… that you can use your computer to make the affirmation process effortless – and that you can automate those challenging aspects (such as maintaining highly charged emotions), and thereby, manifest your desires more quickly?

— This article first appeared in “Affirmation For The Mind ” newsletter.