The Power of Positive Affirmations

power of positive affirmations
 What you say to yourself on a continual basis ultimately affects your behavior and actions.  The power of positive affirmations is well proven through studies and stories.  The subconscious has a direct link to the conscious, so what you feed your subconscious mind will ultimately feed your conscious thoughts and actions.  We all have an internal dialogue happening.  That is, we are constantly talking to ourselves, sometimes knowingly, but most of the time we may not even be conscious of it.

An affirmation is something you hold to be true, and affirmations can be either negative or positive. If you constantly say things to yourself like, “I’m an idiot for doing that” or “I couldn’t possibly do that”, or “That was just like me, to mess things up”, or “I can’t do it” , these are negative affirmations that confirm your conscious mind what your subconscious thinks. As with almost anything to do with the mind, there is seldom a quick-fix. So affirmations need to be maintained over a period of time to have a lasting effect. You may probably know someone who always seems to find the negative things in life and constantly use negative connotations in their communications.  These are people who, unwittingly, use negative affirmations.

Positive affirmations are not a magical event that happens, just because you say it. Many very successful people from athletic superstars to business leaders all extol the virtues of using positive affirmations.  Many sports people “pump” themselves up mentally before going on to the field to compete. What you say to yourself also affects your physiology, the way you hold yourself and the actions you take. Try sitting in a chair all slumped down with your shoulders slumped forward and your head hanging down and say to yourself “I’m excited!” Now you can do it, but it doesn’t feel natural.  In the same way, if you walk around with your head held high, shoulders back and with a big smile on your face and say to yourself, “I feel depressed and sad”, again it will not feel natural. Affirmations change our beliefs, and therefore our actions.

So over time affirmations change the way we perceive not only ourselves, but it changes other people’s perception of us. Positive affirmations will build a “can do” attitude and propel you to success in achieving the things you desire.

There are a few things you need to know about positive affirmations for them to be effective.

  1.  It is important that you state what you are, not what you don’t want to be. The subconscious will work on the verb or action word in your statement. For example, if your affirmation was “I don’t smoke”, the action word is smoke so the subconscious focuses on “I smoke” and ignores the “don’t”.
  2. State your affirmation as though it exists right now, not sometime in the future.  For example, “I am going to be fit and healthy” will not be as effective as “I am fit and healthy”.
  3. Do not use negative words in your affirmation. For example, “I hate being fat” is not an affirmation, even it is the truth. A positive affirmation such as “I am slim” is more effective because it is telling the subconscious mind that because you are slim you don’t eat unhealthy foods.
  4. Focus on the desired outcome or state that you want.  For example “I am rich”, or “I am a successful business owner”, or “I am happy” will be far more effective than “I wish I was rich”, or “I want to be successful”.

Make a List of Positive Affirmations

Keep your list of affirmations to between ten and twenty items.  Any more and you are likely to dilute the effect by having too many things going on in your head. Type or write out your affirmations and place them somewhere where you will see them in your daily routine, when you wake up and before going to bed. I know someone who laminated their affirmation page and stuck it on the wall in the shower. The important thing is to read them out every day, preferably twice, and you will find that you will start repeating them to yourself during the course of the day.

Here are some positive affirmations to get started.  You can build on them or change them as you see fit.

I am successful
I am confident
I am happy
I am fit and healthy
I am in control
I am wealthy
I am slim
I am strong
I live a healthy lifestyle
I am honest
I am courteous
I am motivated
I am driven to succeed
I am a successful business owner
I am full of energy
I am attractive
I am positive
I am attractive to women (or men)
I am a great speaker
I am a great writer

Remember to stick with it. If you have doubts about this technique working, you will find many instances of very successful people using the power of positive affirmations.