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Why Affirmations, alone, don't really work...

July 25, 2017

This is blowing me away...I'm pretty sure I know why, repeating affirmations has, for so many years, felt lifeless and well...not really worked.

 

Have you, like me, been repeating positive affirmations for quite some time but still feeling like your same old lost self? Or maybe you diligently write out or say things like "I am amazing, on track and manifesting my greatest goals and dreams" and yet somewhere in your head you hear another voice saying "ya right baby you said that last year and who are you kidding?"

 

But what the heck, all these amazing books are telling us that affirmations are the be all and end all, right? The awesome book "Think and Grow Rich" shared the importance of intentionally filling our minds with positive statements and that all the "greats" in the world did so. So what gives...I'm not trying to be negative here - I'm just trying to get real and get to the heart of what is not working and why. For years I have been repeating affirmations. I have them in notebooks by my bedside, on my vision board and in my back pack as I head into my day. I've gone to workshops on how to create them and read countless books that site their importance. It is said that we have about 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts floating through our mind each day and for most of us - over 80% are negative and repetitive so you can bet I am inspired by the concept of affirmations.

 

So here is the mind blowing stuff...in order for affirmations to work they:

1)  have to be partnered with a positive and elevated emotion and

2) have to enter the subconscious mind.  

 

An affirmation that is recited in a robotic manner over and over again does next to nothing...sorry. An affirmation has true power when it is said from a calm state of mind and mixed with an elevated emotion.  As well, since most of our negative thoughts lie within the realms of the subconscious mind - we have to be able to get in there for our affirmations to do their work.  The subconscious mind is running the whole show, so we have to get in there?

 

Okay so how do we do it?  You calm your bra