Are you inspired to make the most out of your affirmations but don’t know where to start? Positive affirmations are not just a buzz phrase—when utilized properly, they are a magnetic tool that assists you to transform your mindset, increase your confidence, and manifest the life you desire. Anyone can unlock the benefits of powerful affirmations and craft a life of expansion, so why not you?
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What are Positive Affirmations?
Positive affirmations are mental exercises that help reframe your mind in beneficial ways. Affirmations are more than “speaking it into existence.” These statements are brief yet powerful phrases that shape your subconscious and conscious mind.
They aren’t a magic spell that comes true as you say it. They are statements that reinforce your beliefs in alignment with your actions. In other words, they become meaningless words if you don’t honestly believe in yourself or make a genuine effort to get there. Our brain is a powerful muscle that needs exercise to stay sharp. However, if your mental diet consists of negative beliefs, or ‘mental junk food,’ and little exercise that shifts you in a positive direction, then you’ll struggle to see change.
The Self-Affirmation Theory proposed by social psychologist Claude Steele in 1988 illustrates that we can maintain our self-integrity by declaring our beliefs in positive ways. To truly harness the power of positive affirmations, you must possess the foundational component of belief. When you reframe your mind for positive expectations, your perspective changes drastically, and you become a magnet for a fulfilling life.
The Importance of Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations and assumptions have life-changing impressions that anyone can find beneficial. Not only does self-affirmation lower cortisol levels, but they also increase academic, professional, and personal achievement overall.
I speak a lot about becoming the alchemist of your reality because you can make a profound, magnetic shift in your life. Everything begins by believing in yourself and making optimistic assumptions regarding outcomes. I overcame the gloomiest periods in my life because I knew that I could transform my situation and attract better into my life.
One of my favorite theories is Red Car Syndrome, based on the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. This Phenomenon happens when you buy, see, or learn something new. Suddenly, you start to recognize that thing everywhere because it is now in your conscious awareness, and you’ve engaged with it.
The human mind is always working and storing information for our survival. However, you can thrive by training your mind to recognize, believe, and focus on positive elements so you can discover and engage in the best opportunities.
6 Tips for Using Powerful Positive Affirmations
Visualization is creating concepts in your mind of having or doing whatever it is that you desire. It’s a practice that supports creativity, broadens your perspective, and aids in transforming your habits. Before you start with your positive affirmations, it’s ideal for developing a bigger picture and envisioning yourself in that circumstance.
The art of visualization is more than seeing something in your mind, though––it’s the feeling that the outcome envokes. You can induce any sensation through suggestion because of the power that lies in your thoughts.
2. Use Positive and Affirmative Statements
The way you start your affirmations has a significant effect on how they work. Start your statements off with, I am, I attract, I have, or I manifest for them to be as effective as possible.
3. Create a Plan of Action
When properly using positive affirmations, creating a plan, and taking action on your vision form compelling results. Use the @SMART framework, meaning specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely goals, for mapping out your strategy.
4. Discover Your Learning Style
Everyone learns uniquely, so the same way that one person practices their affirmations for effectiveness may differ from your way. Knowing your perceptual learning style helps you develop better rituals, enhance your use of affirmations, and make them more enjoyable.
5. Know Your Worth
Confidence and self-worth are paramount to develop when achieving great things with positive affirmations. As mentioned previously, your belief trumps all desire. You can want something all day, but when you believe that you can achieve it by showing up in alignment daily, it will eventually happen.
6. Be Consistent
Consistency turns a habit into a lifestyle. When you’re consistent with positive affirmations, then you’re bound to see results. The brain is a muscle that needs exercise and proper form. Do you expect to go to the gym a couple of times and see weight loss? Probably not. You most likely create a workout schedule, incorporate meal planning, and steer clear of anything that counteracts your progression.
Similarly, if you want to manifest something into your life, you should create rituals, a positive mental diet, and stay away from influences that don’t serve your highest good.
Signs Your Positive Affirmations Aren’t Working
Affirmations generally don’t work if you’re sitting around and waiting for things to happen. Your desires won’t simply fall into your lap. Your assertions aren’t working because you aren’t putting yourself in the position to believe or do the work. You could also be affirming yourself for adverse outcomes, saying statements like, “I can’t do that,” or “That will never happen!”
Words are spells—assent to the reality that serves you, leaving self-sabotaging, negative statements behind.
5 Reasons Why Your Positive Affirmations Aren’t Working
1. Lack of an Intentional Routine
Your daily routine, or rituals, sets the tone for everything in your life. If your routine is not supportive of the lifestyle you are affirming, then it’s time to make some changes.
2. You’re Not Using the Right Statements
Starting statements with, I’m going to, I can, I want to, I will, I try, and so on are not the proper statements for positive affirmations.
3. You Lack Authentic Confidence in Yourself
Your insecurities, fears, and self-doubt are killing your ability to manifest and be a magnet for a fulfilling life. Practicing self-love and caring for your mind, body, and spirit are necessary to attract what you desire effortlessly.
4. Energy Blocks
People, environments, and beliefs that we hold on to can sometimes hold us back. Analyze your circle of friends, who you’re surrounding yourself with daily, the cleanliness of your home, and your mental diet.
5. Lack of Strategy or Goals
A common misconception with manifestation is that things are going to fall into your lap. There is very little in life that you don’t have to work for. This delusion and lack of tact is the reason why many do not attract their desires. Positive affirmations require proper alignment to work effectively.
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