Ever wondered why affirmations never worked for you?
It’s because you have been using them incorrectly. Affirmations are a powerful weapon but unless you know how to use them correctly, it might not add anything positive to your life.
But don’t fret; I will share with you the right way to utilize affirmations in order to reach your goals.
The Mistakes People Make With Affirmations
Here are the top mistakes people make when they attempt to use affirmations.
1) They take no action: Affirmations are a motivating tool and not a “wish and hope” tool. In other words, if you kept repeating affirmations without taking serious action, then you will just be daydreaming.
2) They don’t visualize them: In order for affirmations to be effective, you don’t only have to repeat them but you have to feel them, visualize them and live them. The more powerful your experience is while repeating the affirmations, the more effective they will be.
3) They repeat the wrong affirmations: Some people make the mistake of repeating affirmations that don’t appeal to their subconscious mind and that’s why they feel guilty or inadequate after saying them. Make sure that any affirmations you recite are motivating statements that can help you achieve your goals instead of lies that your subconscious mind won’t like.
How Often to Use Affirmations
The human mind loves repetition; the more you repeat affirmative statements over and over, the more your mind will get programmed by them. The best time to use affirmations is as soon as you wake up and right before you sleep.
During these times, your mind becomes much more receptive to suggestions and will absorb your affirmations a lot easier.
You can also include the use of videos and/or motivating music with your affirmations to strengthen beliefs. The more variety of mediums you use to deliver the same message, the better will your mind absorb them.
Reaching Your Goals With Affirmations
Life is designed to work for those who take action. Many people miss this fact and become daydreamers. They use affirmations, hypnosis and the Law of Attraction to motivate themselves but when it comes to taking action, they do nothing which is why they end up disappointed.
Written by M. Farouk Radwan, founder of 2 Know Myself.
Farouk is a full time blogger who makes a living selling personal development books online. His main website is www.2knowmyself.com which has more than 2000 psychology articles and gets over one million page views each month.
Kesha’s Advice to Making Affirmations Work
I have several sets of affirmative statements and use them according to how I feel and/or what I’m working on. I can tell you that I’m most successful when following the F.A.P.P.A. (yep, I just made that up!) method. Check it out…
- F – Feeling – You must say each statement with a warm, gooey, exciting, joyful feeling. You have to feel it in your core that the statement you are reciting is real. Just reciting words won’t do you any good.
- A – Action – Well, now we all know that unless you prescribe to the “wish and hope factor,” you must also take action to achieve your goal. As Farouk mentioned above, none of the motivational tools we have available to us will work unless you take action!
- P – Positive – Never phrase your affirmative statements in the negative. Don’t say, “I will not eat junk food anymore.” Instead, how about, “I choose to eat healthy foods.” Remember, your brain doesn’t know the difference between positve and negative statements.
- P – Present – You’ll notice in the previous example that the alternative affirmative statement is in the present tense. That’s on purpose. Recite your affirmation as if it’s already occurring. Using the future tense will only keep that goal in the future, as in a state of continual wanting.
- A – Attention – So saying your affirmation once may not be very beneficial for you. You have to give it some attention. Some people say daily use is integral. I say it depends on your goal. For instance, there are some statements I only say weekly while others I say daily (especially the general well-being ones). Just find the interval that works for you. I can tell you though that daily focus for most affirmative statements work best until you start to see results from your efforts.
Over to you…
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