Affirmation is a powerful technique that has helped thousands of people achieve what they desire in life. Many people practice affirmations, but not every one of them manages to enjoy the fruits of it.
Scott Adams, the famous cartoonist behind Dilbert said that he used to write down his goals and affirmations. Every day, he would write down, “I, Scott Adams will become a successful cartoonist”, 15 times a day. And this affirmation technique has helped him manifest his dreams and transformed him into a successful cartoonist.
Affirmations work, just like goal setting and visualization. If you are practicing it but you did not see the results in your life, you are probably doing something wrong.
Here are 5 simple steps to make sure that your affirmations will work for you:
1. You Must Feel It
You have to ‘feel’ your affirmations. Most people get it wrong because they are doing it for the sake of doing it. They don’t associate any feeling or emotion into their affirmations. This is why their affirmations did not work for them.
Therefore, include positive feeling words into your affirmations. For example, instead of saying, “I’m earning millions of dollars every year”, say “I’m happily earning millions of dollars every year”, and then feel the joy within.
You can clench your fist, say it with power and as you mean it, and feel the energy flowing in you. When you feel the emotions, your affirmations will become more powerful and effective. You will be able to better program what you desire into your subconscious mind.
It does not matter what affirmations you are practicing, when you include feelings into them, you can better manifest them.
“I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible.” – Carmen Harra
2. Repetition Is The Mother Of Skill
Success will never come to you in an instant nor will you achieve the big results by taking just one step. The same principle applies to affirmation, you have to practice it every day to make it real.
Don’t just do it once and then forget about it. Scott Adams wrote down his affirmations 15 times a day and he did it every day, consistently. You have to do the same.
How do you become good at something? Simple, you practice it daily. You do it each day until it becomes your habit. And when your affirmations become your deeply rooted habits, this is when you will start seeing the results you desire.
Most people don’t have the commitment and they just practice it for just a few days hoping to see results. If you are serious about achieving extraordinary results in your life, you must commit to doing it each day.
Successful people like Michael Jackson, Warren Buffett, and Michael Phelps train to perfect their skills every day, and this is what you need to do with your affirmations too.
3. Turn It Into Your Habit
If you want to maximize the effects of affirmation, you must turn it into your habit. Meaning, you have to practice it at the same time every day. It is just like brushing your teeth each morning, you do it the same way and you will never miss out doing it.
The best time to practice your affirmations is once in the morning right after you wake up and once before you sleep at night. You want to fill your day with greatness by doing your affirmations. Set your pace right and start each day strong.
Also do it again before you sleep at night. When we sleep, our subconscious mind did not. You want your subconscious mind to continue working with what you want in life.
4. Believe That It Will Happen
This is where most people get it wrong. They do their affirmations but they don’t truly believe that they are going to get what they affirm. Just ask yourself this question, would you buy lottery tickets if you didn’t believe that you will win? No, you simply won’t.
When you don’t believe in something, you will never put in your full effort to do it. You will never take action. When you believe that you are absolutely going to achieve it, you will do whatever it takes to get it.
Your beliefs define your actions. If you practice affirmations but your actions are not consistent with what you desire, you know that something is not right. And most of the time, it has something to do with your belief system.
So choose to believe in your affirmations. Sometimes things will look bleak, but if you choose to believe in it, things will turn out differently.
“You are a unique beautiful soul.” – Louise Hay
5. Commitment And Action
Finally, don’t just practice your affirmations for the sake of doing it. You have to put in your commitment to achieve what you desire.
If your affirmation is to have a slim body, be committed and take action to working out and exercising. Like I said, don’t just say it, you must do it to show your commitment and that you truly believe in it.
Be determined with your affirmations because they work. Practice it daily. Do it at least once in the morning and once at night before you sleep. You can also include your affirmations in the mid day to keep yourself driven and purposeful again.
How have affirmations changed your life? Please leave your thoughts below!
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