How Do Affirmations Really Work?

By Tom Clancey

Affirmations are short, positive statements to help us change our way of thinking to a more positive one. When used correctly they can be extremely powerful and can be used to help us achieve our inner goals. They work by forcing us to focus our thoughts on our goal and provide the positive encouragement needed to achieve that goal.

By repeating affirmations continually throughout the day you will slowly break down the negative resistance you might have that is stopping you from reaching your objectives. This resistance is often formed by beliefs and events from your past. Once this is broken down you will be able to really change your thought patterns with affirmations.

There are many reasons to use affirmations. You might be wanting to improve your health, give up smoking, find love or lose weight. Whatever your reasons for using affirmations they can remove negative barriers and help you achieve what you want in life.

The most effective way to use affirmations is to create your own. They work best when they suit the person using them. There are plenty of general affirmations out there that you can start off with, but it is a good idea to make them personal by adapting them to suit your needs and goals.

It is best not to start off with too many affirmations if you're new to them. Just use a few until you get used to affirming daily and then build up. Repeat them daily, morning and evening. You might also want to put some down on a card and carry it with you so that you can remind yourself of them throughout the day.

You need to make your affirmations realistic and believable. If you have affirmations that you could never achieve then you are doomed for failure before you even begin. You need to really believe in them for them to be effective. This means that you should aim to break down your goals into small tasks that are more realistic.

You might want to try subliminal affirmations to help avoid the conscious negative barriers preventing the positive messages from changing our mindset. There is little evidence to prove that subliminal messages work and some people might use them on their own and expect things to change miraculously without really putting any effort in.

Positive affirmations can be an effective tool in helping you reach a goal, but they must be used correctly. If you follow this advice you might find that you can change your life in many areas and reprogram your thinking to help you get to where you want in life.

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