Developing positive thinking and affirmations are surely the most powerful life strategies.
With the help of affirmations, positive thinking techniques, and visualizations you can achieve anything you want in life. You can easily turn defeat into success with the power of positivity, and then take that success to a new level.
Most successful people unconsciously or consciously use affirmations and positive thinking techniques.
What are Affirmations?
Affirmations are positive statements and thoughts that describe a desired goal or situation. They are often repeated so they get impressed on the subconscious mind. Their repetition inspires and motivates the person repeating them, and programs her or his mind to act as stated in the repeated words.
This process triggers the subconscious mind to work and to strive, to make the positive statement come true.
In fact, affirmations are a great tool for making your life better and for achieving success. (1)
Most people repeat in their minds negative statements and words concerning the events and situations in their lives, and as a result, create undesirable situations. Keep in mind that words work to build or to destroy. They work in both ways and the only thing that determines whether they are going to bring good or bad results is the way we use them.
Your subconscious mind attracts corresponding situations and events into your life and accepts as real what you keep saying. So, in order to get positive results, choose only positive statements.
With the help of positive affirmations, we can deal with the negative aspects and replace them with positive beliefs that are beneficial for us.
It works as a kind of “brainwashing”, but with a huge difference: only you can decide with positive thinking which negative beliefs you want to “wash out”.
Do Affirmations Work?
Yes! They absolutely work! You will hardly find a technique of personal development that doesn’t use affirmations.
The more determined you are to release the past and change yourself; the more the affirmations will work for you.
When you decide to believe they are true and you repeat affirmations, your subconscious mind will be forced to accept them.
Do not worry about this – everyone goes through this phase. By continuously repeating affirmations with desire and faith you can succeed in dealing even the strongest resistance.
While you are repeating affirmations, if you feel comfortable and happy, it means that the mind believes and accepts them to be true. This also means that, in a way, affirmations worked for you.
Affirmations actually reprogram your thinking patterns; therefore they change your view on things and replace beliefs that are dysfunctional with a new, positive mindset.
The new point of view will be automatically reflected in your life, and you will begin to see changes for the better in many aspects of your life.
If you find yourself repeating, “I can’t do this”, “It is not going to happen”, “It’s too hard for me”, and consequently, lose faith, motivation, and ambition, you can actually make come true what you said to yourself.
It is a great idea to be careful about the words you continuously repeat in your mind and to find whether you are using negative statements, such as:
- I am going to fail.
- I can’t do this.
- This is not possible for me.
- I am too lazy.
If you find out that these, or similar negative words or statements, run through your head, you should immediately do all you can to change them.
How to Use Affirmations?
By using this process intently and consciously, you affect your subconscious mind, and as a result, it changes your attitude, behavior, reactions, and habits, and even reshapes your external life. Soon you will begin to see changes and results. It might happen immediately, or take weeks or longer. This depends on the feelings you put into the focus, words, faith, and on what size your goal is.
If you want your affirmations to be effective use them whenever you can, at least a few times every day! Repeat them during your morning ritual, write them down and read them before going to sleep.
Building an affirmation can really be a complex process, but here are four simple rules to create affirmations that work. An affirmation needs to be:
Specific – do not use general affirmations
Positive – always focus on what you want, instead of what you don’t want.
Present tense – Write or pronounce them as if they are already a fact.
Personal – always refer to yourself by using the word ‘I’.
It is very important to know that if you are repeating positive affirmations for a few minutes, and then you continue with negative thoughts the rest of the day, it counteracts the results of the positive words. So, if you want to get positive results refuse negative words and to think negative thoughts.
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