Affirmations are short and powerful statements used to control your thoughts and ultimately create a reality to become your conscious thoughts. According to research, we have between 45,000 to 52,000 thoughts a day which are mostly negative thoughts which accounts to about 300 thought per minute. These thoughts are below our awareness level because they are sub-conscious thoughts and they threaten to take over our conscious level.
Affirmation on the other hand will make those subconscious thoughts conscious because you will be aware of them. And, when you start thinking conscious positive thoughts, you will be more aware which negative thoughts are threatening to take over. This is because we create what we think.This is an interesting phenomenon because if you’re not aware of your negative thoughts, it could be sabotaging for you. Ninety percent of what you are thinking about gets carried over the next day’s 52,000 thoughts so if you’re thinking negative, you are bound to think negative thoughts and will never get you out of your rut. And yet, since affirmation means saying something positively, your statements will assert what you want to be true and change your mind set.
You can take action right now to get the results you consciously desire in any area of your life by applying the following key points to produce effective, measurable results in your daily affirmation practices:Be persistent and be consistent. According to many surveys taken of participants of self-improvement programs, when citing a lack of success in achieving their goals, they also admitted to a lack of consistent practice. This simple key is fundamental to success – considering how many years we spend on developing, refining and polishing our beliefs and assumptions about what we can’t do, is it really logical to assume that a reversal of perception is going to occur after 4 or 5 attempts? No; so please, when trying to change a habit or develop more esteem or land the perfect job, give it some time and attention. Research tells us it takes 21 – 28 days to develop a new habit, so give your goals and affirmations a minimum of 21 days before deciding on its effectiveness.
If at first your affirmations feel awkward, forced or phony – that’s good! Any feelings of discomfort means that you’re stepping out of your comfort zone (fear), you’re creating inner change and ruffling the feathers of your ego self, who wants to keep you safe. Safety to the ego self is maintaining the status quo – no changes allowed. So please appreciate what’s really happening and use it as fuel to gain momentum; you can use the feelings and thoughts about your discomfort to create a new, empowering affirmation for yourself! The discomfort will dissolve once you get into a daily rhythm and develop some confidence.Do it anyways. At the beginning of your exercises, don’t worry about whether you believe your affirmations or not, the effectiveness is in the repetition. Belief in your statements will develop as a result of the repetition and meaning you give your affirmations, so choose wisely. Any resistance that you experience, including thoughts about what nonsense all this new age stuff is, are excuses to keep you safe and free from change. Resistance is also an opportunity for you to break out of the conditioned responses of the past – try being open and see the opportunity in learning something new about yourself; you may be pleasantly surprised at what you discover inside!
I am a big fan of using affirmation to effect personal change. I believe that by choosing to think positive affirmations, it will be easier for my mind to respond to something I believe to be true. Although I know how it works, I still find it astonishing that something this simple can create a dramatic effect in my life. It is nothing short of remarkable but by simply saying short sentences over and over again, you can produce positive change. But, don’t let the simple technique fool you into thinking that they cannot work for you.Do affirmations work? Can you use affirmations to positively bring change in your life? Can you use affirmations for self-esteem? To understand, we have to first understand their relation to our mindset.Creating an affirmation is easy. You might be able to get a list of hundreds of thousands of affirmations around the web but very few people actually know that they are useful only if their power is synchronized with that of the positivity of the mind or else they only bring in more negative effects.
Challenge old beliefs. A great deal of the beliefs we have that cause our issues of low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence and helplessness are the results of our early childhood interactions with our parents – beliefs we developed as a five-year old may have been effective at keeping us safe and secure as small children, but that same belief held by an adult can result in a lack of confidence or responsibility for our own happiness, to ask for what we want or be able to say no to others. Unattended, out-worn beliefs that hang around long after their expiry date are responsible for enormous pain and regret; learn to identify them and weed them out of your mind to make room for new, empowering one.For women, challenging some of the old cultural/tribal beliefs is particularly revealing and empowering as it affects change not only within ourselves, but also has a trickle down effect for new generations. As we challenge, release and replace old limiting beliefs about the roles women were historically assigned to play, we live and teach the new beliefs to those that come after us. For example, a tribal belief within my family and heritage was that the men were the breadwinners and the women were the housekeepers… for a woman to be happy, she had to find and marry “a good man” who would provide her with security, a nice home and a certain level of comfort; and in exchange, she would raise the kids, cook, clean and manage the household. This formula is great if that’s what you want; however, in this family, a lesbian career woman with no interest in raising children would experience a certain amount of conflict between the traditional family beliefs and her personal desires.
The payoff in challenging old beliefs is that we discover that it is our power of decision that liberates us from the restrictions of the past and it is our power of decision now that creates a new future to our liking. And limiting beliefs about traditional feminine roles contain great material for creating positive affirmations for women to work with in manifesting the results they desire – usually, what we desire is pretty much the opposite of the belief we want to drop, so use the old belief and reword it for the positive outcome you desire.Once we’ve established that certain customs and beliefs are no longer valid, we can release them and all of the influence they have on our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and consciously choose what we believe to be true for us now. Once released, we can now also give the events of the past a new meaning and choose to see any and all conditions as being for our benefit, including the added dimension of defining new roles for women in the 21st century.
Create self-esteem – If you can follow the above steps without a glitch, you won’t really need to follow this step because then you will be using affirmations for self-esteem without trouble.But then again, if you need to, make sure you create a list of affirmations you can repeat during the time of being in the vortex. That’s all you’ll need to create positive change.Using positive affirmations for success can help you to achieve your personal goals, whether they are goals for your business, or goals relating to athletic pursuits, financial goals or creative enterprises. Affirmative thought can relate to even the most modest goals or dreams, but if they mean something to you, then why hold back when it comes to finding a way to make those dreams a reality?
Daily Affirmations.Just as the term suggests, daily affirmations are thoughts made each day. These thoughts help you to adopt more positive thought process and promote conscious thoughts that have a positive message which have the power to change your psychology and your subconscious thought processes. This daily positive thought will help you to think in a successful way.Every goal and dream that you hold dear deserves the chance to grow, and something as simple as a daily affirmative thought can shape the way that your goal or dream comes to fruition.Affirmations to Achieve Success.Positive affirmations for success work by altering the way that you view your goal. Once you start embracing the idea that you can achieve a goal, the combination of positive thinking and visualization can empower you to find ways to make your dream a reality. People who embrace positive ideas will find opportunities, seek out others with similar hopes and dreams and attract other people toward them who are likely to help them fulfill the very thing that they are affirming.
When practicing positive affirmations, for women or within any distinct group, being aware of the customary or habitual roles we’ve identified with in that group will help us to free ourselves from the restrictions of those roles and aid us in re-defining ourselves to better express and enjoy who we are in truth. Applying the 5 key points of being persistent and consistent to give ourselves the best chance at success; of having faith in your vision by doing it even when you feel uncomfortable because you understand positive change is taking place; of being crystal clear about your goals and amassing mountains of reasons to keep you on course and propel yourself through the tough times; of courageously challenging outworn and outdated beliefs that hold us back and reclaiming our power from them; and affirming as though your goal is a done deal to give your dreams emotional fuel and vitality will give your affirmations weight and authority to power yourself into a future of your own deliberate creation. No one else will do this for you, and taking command of your thoughts, visions and emotions is a potent gift to yourself – enjoy your new powerful and positive results!