Over the past few weeks I have been delving more into favourite topics of mine: the Law of Attraction and creative visualization. A lot of people are very sceptical about the Law of Attraction and of course anything relating to it such as affirmations.
Although I have used Law of Attraction techniques for quite a few years now and the results have been astounding. Get immediate free access to my most successful ones here.
What Are Affirmations?
The word affirmation means; to make firm or affirm something. Affirmations are very similar to declarations; to say something with intent and conviction. For example “I am making dinner now” or “I am going to get that promotion”. An affirmation can be whatever you want it to be. Law of Attraction affirmations tend to be more powerful and effective when kept short and concise. Try to keep it to one or two sentences maximum. Too much detail can dilute the overall impact.
To turn an affirmation into a Law of Attraction affirmation there are only three rules;
- It must be said in the present tense i.e. “I am clever” not “I will be clever”
- The sentence must be positive, focusing on what you do want, not what you don’t want.
- You need to suspend your doubt temporarily. Believe what you are saying and FEEL as if what you are saying is a reality. Connect with that feeling of hope and excitement.
How do Law of Attraction Affirmations Work?
It has been a scientific fact for decades that our repetitive thoughts and feelings ultimately determine our fears, our limiting beliefs in ourselves, the people around us and the world at large. What we consciously tell ourselves every day in our minds will result in the subconscious digesting it as a fact. Our verbal language also has a lot of power and the way in which we talk, the words and tone we use has a great impact on our mental state and vice versa. By manipulating these verbal and thought processes we can literally reprogram our subconscious mind into thinking a certain way. As the subconscious is far more powerful than the conscious mind, by ‘de-cluttering’ it of anything unproductive we can make breakthroughs and create amazing change in our lives. Let me give you a specific scenario for you to have a clearer understanding of what I mean.
Fears & Limiting Beliefs
Are you afraid of public speaking? This is a common fear so let’s just imagine (even if you’re not) that you are for one moment. There is a promotion at work that you really want or you are self employed and know that by being more confident at public speaking you would be able to get that promotion/take your business to the next level. So what should you do? Practice speaking in front of the mirror or friends and family? You do all of this, but you know when the time comes, all those faces staring at you will cause you to sweat, blush and shake. You just can’t help it! It will be a disaster!
This is a clear example of a sub conscious fear and no matter what you do, every presentation you give is always the same – if anything it gets worse. Why? The reason this happens and gets progressively worse is because sub consciously every negative association, experience, memory and mental image that you have of public speaking comes to the forefront (even if you are not consciously aware of it) during that time when all eyes are on you. So the drama unfolds and keeps repeating itself over and over.
Affirmations are used as a technique a lot in therapy and as a part of a process called neuro linguistic programming (NLP) or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). So in this instance, a person terrified of public speaking could benefit from using an affirmation along the lines of “I am confident at speaking in public” on a daily basis. Spoken out loud and thought repetitively, the sub conscious would start to absorb this information and take notice.
To Ensure You Get Results Try ‘Super’ Affirmations
Our fears and limiting beliefs can have a profound effect on us. They prevent us from doing what we’re passionate about because we’ve developed a lot of them in childhood. Sometimes affirmations will have a minimal effect because the subconscious knows the truth. It all depends on how deep rooted this fear/belief is.
When you say your chosen affirmation you will know as the words will either liberate you or you will feel some resistance and a little voice in your head say “whatever!”. In this case, change your words so they feel more believable. For example, “I am becoming more confident” instead of “I am confident”. Do you see the difference? The affirmation is still in the present tense and still positive, but it is not something the subconscious can deny or argue with.
Once this resistance has cleared then you can resort back to the more factual affirmation of “I am confident” or whatever affirmation you are working with.
IMPORTANT: How the affirmation makes you feel is very important and without any personal resonance inside of you, nothing will happen – you will just get frustrated. Play with the words until you feel that emotional reaction inside of you stir.
- Think of something you want or would like to change (seriously it can be anything!)
- Choose a simple but powerful affirmation (or super affirmation) that you believe and feel inspired by
- Repeat this affirmation out loud several times throughout the day. Say it mentally also at every opportunity and really feel what you are saying. The positive emotion you experience is key.
Do this for about a week consistently. Watch how the energy within and around you shifts in relation to whatever you’re trying to change 🙂
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With lots of love & light,
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