Affirmations Work – You Should Use Them
Does it feel like making a change in your life is an uphill battle? Affirmations can help. The repetitive use of affirmations can help break negative thinking and habits. Once you start using affirmations consistently, your thoughts, emotions, and actions begin to change.
It all starts in our subconscious mind. The cool thing about the subconscious mind is; it accepts whatever we tell it. It does not have the reasoning ability that our conscious mind has. It doesn’t differentiate between good or bad. It doesn’t know the difference between what you truly believe versus opposing facts. The subconscious mind accepts whatever you have strong feelings about. It works like a computer and uses the program we have installed.
The problem is, most of the time, we do not set the program intentionally. With no conscious program set, the subconscious mind uses your dominant thoughts as its programming. It guides you in the direction of what you are thinking about the most, whether that is good or bad. Sound familiar?
Whenever you feel like you are fighting yourself, that is your subconscious mind trying to keep you on track with its programming (your past negative thoughts and patterns).
So how do you start to program your subconscious mind to achieve your goals?
By using affirmations you can reprogram your thinking. You can target specific actions and feelings, to help obtain the outcomes you are looking for. With affirmations, you state a goal, in a way that makes your subconscious mind believe the event has already taken place.
There are three rules used to set up your new programming.
First, affirmations should always be spoken in a first person narrative. By using “I am” in front of your affirmation, the subconscious is more open to accepting the statement.
Second, affirmations should always be stated in the present tense. By using words such as “I am” or “I know,” your mind will believe the statement is already happening. Where, using statements such as “I will” or “I think” allows doubt to creep into your subconscious.
Third, affirmations should always be positive in nature. For example, the statement “I am happy and healthy” is an affirmation. The statement “I will try to be more happy and healthy” is not. “I eat healthy food, every day” is an affirmation. “I’ll start to eat healthy food every day” is not a correct affirmation.
Now that you know a little more about affirmations, start to practice using them. Pick a habit or thought you are trying to change and create a positive affirmation to reprogram your subconscious mind.
Repeat your affirmation as often as possible and write it out where you will see it during the day. I like to repeat it, at least, five times in a row, three times a day; once in the morning, mid-day and before falling asleep. The more often you repeat them, the faster you will see results. So, saying it more is even better.
Have fun with this and let me know how it works out for you. If you have any questions, just ask.