What are affirmations?
Affirmations are simple positive statements that state your specific desired outcome in the present tense. Affirmations set your intention. They contain action words usually ending in “ing” and elicit emotion with feeling words. They need to be brief and totally affirming what you desire, not what you don’t want. Many start with the words “I am.”
Why do we need affirmations?
Our mind has both the conscious and subconscious aspects to it. “The subconscious is the part of your mind that is the power center. It does not recognize time or space only vibrations. The subconscious mind has no ability to reject a thought. It accepts everything that is impressed upon it. It is totally deductive. It never sleeps, it is always on duty recording everything. The subconscious cannot tell the difference between that which is real and that which is imagined. This is where your habitual behavioral patterns and beliefs are held. These patterns will continue to express themselves without any conscious assistance until they are replaced with new patterns or beliefs.” (excerpt from The 30 Laws of Flow)
Whether you are conscious of it or not, you are always using affirmations… but usually not ones that will bring you what you want. The challenge is that these thoughts are usually not the positive kind. You process about 60-70 thousand thoughts in a day. Of those thoughts about 90% are the same thoughts and beliefs you had the day before.
“Your subconscious mind is full of those habitual behavioral patterns or scripts that can act as filters to your experiences. What you don’t realize is that your subconscious mind runs the habit programming 95% of the time. It is running the show. So you are creating your life mostly from your subconscious programming. It is like an internal map or blueprint that has to match the outside world. If you are not cultivating new patterns, the old ones run automatically (even without your awareness).” (excerpt from The 30 Laws of Flow)
Here is where affirmations come in. Using affirmations for success is an excellent way to stop living by default and take back your power. They help eliminate negative and limiting beliefs and habitual behavioral patterns. They transform your comfort zone from a limited one to a more expanded one where anything is possible.
Affirmations are reminders to your mind to stay focused on what you desire. They also are a way to deal with that negative self-talk that points out all your fears, insecurities, and general feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. Instead of listening to negative self-talk you are consciously choosing to reprogram the subconscious with more positive, productive thoughts. Instead of being defeated by limiting beliefs and habitual behavioral patterns, you are opening your mind to new possibilities.
How to create affirmations
Take the time to get clarity on exactly what you want and, most importantly, why you want it. The statements you use need to be meaningful and resonate with you. Using the present tense, envision yourself already living and feeling what you are affirming, see your successful life in vivid detail. Use action words and words that trigger positive emotions in you.
How to use affirmations
When you read affirmations, really feel the meaning of each word. Let it speak to you deeply and intimately. Say each line multiple times until it feels solid in your heart. If it helps, add some physical movement. Repeat the words with emphasis and deep meaning to bring faster and larger results. Repeating affirmations for success helps to reprogram the subconscious mind.
The best time your subconscious mind receives your affirmations or images is early morning and before going to sleep. Making time for meditation throughout the day is another good way to reprogram your subconscious mind.
Samples of affirmations for success
I am successful in my business and I am enjoying my success.
By creating success for myself I am creating success and opportunities for others.
I am grateful for all the abundance flowing into my life.
I attract brilliant mentors who graciously share their wisdom and guidance.
I am successfully living up to my full potential.
I am making the world a better place by being a positive, powerful influence.
My work is a great contribution to others, and I am richly rewarded for it.
Here’s to your success.