This is the first in our series of articles on affirmations. In this one Jeff gives us a good idea of the what and why of positive affirmations and why we want them in our lives. There are, of course, negative
affirmations and those are what many of us say to ourselves every day of our lives.
Jeff discusses these, as well, and tells us how and why we should use the positive affirmations instead. It also
helps if we run with these ideas and make them our daily affirmations.
Creating Affirmations That Work
Daily Affirmations, Positive Affirmations
- 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.
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
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
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.
So 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
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? Go to AffirmWare to find out how.
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