Charles Haanel wrote a very well- known affirmation, which has encouraged many people as they have had to face various crisis in their lives. The affirmation is: “I am Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious, and Happy”. Let’s take a look at affirmations to see what exactly they are, why & how to use affirmations, the formula for writing effective affirmations, and see if affirmations really work. Some of these answers will be from a report on affirmations which was written by Kathryn J. Lively, PH.D. After reading her report it inspired me to write a blog on this topic, interweaving her key points with my personal opinions about the topic.
Affirmations are statements that are designed to create self- change in the individual using them. They affirm that a proposition is declared to be true. They can serve as inspiration, a reminder, or serve to focus attention on goals throughout the day. They can inspire positive thought to replace negative feelings, sadness, or depression.
People use affirmations for a variety of intentions. In most cases affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, to get rid of old habits, to encourage you to believe certain things about yourself, and your place within your own world. Affirmations are also used to help create the reality you want to build, a new blue print, get rid of old habits, and reinforce new skills to manifest your desires. What you believe about your self in a subconscious level has an impact on your positive attitude. It promotes things running smoother, it can open doors for financial abundance, it increases productivity, and inspires a new desire for renewed health.
How do you use affirmations? In order to be effective, you must read the affirmations daily-once in the morning and the last thing at night before you go to bed. You can use them in the middle of the day to help focus you on your daily goals when needed. Putting your affirmations on note cards and bringing them wherever you go is a useful tool to keep you on the right track. Also putting your affirmation cards on your bathroom mirror, computer monitor, dashboard of your car, or any other spot that you visually glance at. You can record your affirmations on your phone & listen to them on the way to work, while being stuck in traffic or you can also program your phone to remind you to read them.
The formula for writing effective affirmations includes four steps: Step one- effective affirmations are written in the first person, just like your DMP. Use “I” or “I am” in your affirmation so that your affirmation turns into statements of identity. Identity statements are powerful motivators for self- change. Step two- Affirmations are written in the positive, no negative statements are allowed. Step three- Affirmations have an emotional charge. Embellish your affirmation with feeling and emotional words. Step four—Affirmations are written in the present state. An Example is- “I am happy and confident” instead of putting a date that this would occur.
Lastly, do affirmations really work? According to Napoleon Hill who wrote the classic, “Think and Grow Rich”, his evidence suggests that yes, affirmations do work. Another recent study from Carnegie Mellon reveals that affirmations can protect against the damaging effects of stress, counteract ego-depletion, enhance our task-related performances, and make us more receptive to our mistakes. Personally, affirmations have helped me replace negative talk, inspired my inner self and has helped me stay on track with my goals.
Affirmations are a tool to use when thoughts of anger, jealousy, fear, worry, creeps in. It is a way to fight darkness and turn it into light. According to Frederick Elias- “Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish”. So try using daily affirmations and watch your new reality come to life.