The Power of Affirmations: How do affirmations work?

 "It's the repetition of affirmations, that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction things begin to change", said Claude M. Bristol illuminating the miraculous working power of affirmations. What you think, you become. Your thinking and mindset affect every aspect of your life including your career, health, love, personal, and professional life. The reason for your happiness or grief lies in the way you think, feel, and believe.

You are designing and creating your life every second, every minute, and every day. Newton's action and reaction law is also applicable to our thought processing mechanism. You attract what you think.

In this article, 'The Power of Affirmations: How do affirmations work?',  we shall examine the unbelievable benefits of incorporating affirmations in our lives. 

The power of affirmation: how do affirmations work

What are Affirmations?

Probably, most of us are familiar with the term 'affirmations', which are basically, simple statements repeated over and over until you believe them. Many successful people acclaim the enigmatic benefits of affirmations and also advise people to do them. Having discussed that, let's move on to the next topic, how do affirmations work.

How do affirmations work?

Affirmations can be done in three ways.
1. Saying
2. Listening
3. Writing

You always have the option to choose the most convenient one. It takes some time for the affirmations to work. If done in the right way, they can work wonders in your life. Loise Hay rightly quoted, "Every thought we think and every word we speak is creating our future. It is as though our thoughts go out into the universe and are accepted and brought back to us as experience". 

Based on the workings of our brain, it can be divided into two systems namely the conscious or objective mind, and subconscious or subjective mind. As the name suggests, the conscious or objective mind demands reasons to believe things. It decrees realistic, actual reasons to frame things. Unlike our conscious mind, the subconscious mind is subjective, implying, it accepts everything you impress upon it. It's a storehouse of memory and accepts everything you say, think, and feel. It works 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year relentlessly. It never rests. After impressing a thought or suggestion on your subconscious mind, the next thing to do is to live that moment, imagine it vividly, feel consciously all sorts of emotions associated with it. Repeat it as often as possible. Your subjective mind processes your emotions and accordingly it comes up with ideas to help you achieve your thing. That's why they say that the answers to many questions can be found when you are asleep. Your thoughts lead to ideas which in turn set you to action.
 Our subjective mind is most active in the time prior to sleep, and early in the morning right after getting awake. It is so because the subconscious mind works more efficiently when other senses are in abeyance. It is the best time to practice affirmations. You can still do them at other times of day without any hesitation.
 But, in order for it to work, you must believe your thoughts. Like when you say, "My pain will go away soon and life will bestow upon me happiness", you gotta believe that it will happen. If you are cynical or doubtful of what you say, it worsens things. Belief is the most significant aspect of affirmations. 
"According to your belief is it done unto you" -MATTHEW 9:29 

Why don't affirmations not work for some people?

Some people rule out the whole scientific orchestration behind affirmations quoting them nonsense and kibosh. There are two reasons why affirmations don't work for some people.

1. Lack of patience- When you sow a seed, you take care of it patiently watering it regularly, providing enough sunlight, nutrient supplements, etc. When you take the right care of it, the seed eventually germinates and insidiously grows into a plant and then a tree. You are not supposed to dig up early and check if it has germinated or not. For, if you do, you destroy it. Tantamount to this scenario, many people lack patience. They want things to happen instantly in a snap of seconds, which is irrational. Good things take time to grow. When you do affirmations, you gotta take utmost care of yourself. You can be likened to the seed in the above scenario. Your patience deficiency can lead you to catastrophe.

2. Skepticism or lack of belief- As stated above, the most primal aspect of affirmations is the belief that your expected outcome will come to pass. Many people fail despite doing affirmations because they doubt themselves and the pragmatic power of their subconscious mind. They simply say affirmations being skeptical, and without believing/ feeling them. 

How to remove negative thoughts and skepticism? : THE STRIKEOUT METHOD

As stated above, negative thoughts and skepticism make you lose. Don't worry. There's always a way to make life better. To wipe out negative thoughts and cynicism, take a pen and paper. First, write down the subject of your affirmations like prosperity, confidence, self-love, health, etc. And then jot down every single thought and even the minutest details regarding the subject. After completing the above step, read aloud what you have written. Identify the positive and negative ones. Now, the next step is to be done very carefully with the utmost focus and imagination. After identifying the negative ones, strike them out one by one. And when doing so, imagine the thought leaving your mind and making its way to the garbage bin. To your relief, it works. 

Amalgamate affirmations and visualization

The most effective way to practice affirmations is by amalgamating them with visualization. As you repeat your sayings, imagine. Imagine you achieve your dream, living in the moment. Enliven the details. Transcend yourself from reality into your dream. And then, feel those emotions consciously. Keep repeating the steps. This is how you mix affirmations with visualization.

How to create your own affirmations?

People look at the world from various standpoints. And we humans are unique. Very different from another. As a result, our problems and concerns vary. Therefore, you can't always follow pre-set affirmations to deal with your troubles. It is important that you alter things in accord with your wishes and desires. In order to do so, you must figure out two things.
1. What is the biggest trouble in your life that is enervating you right now?
2. What makes you the happiest? ( tip: imagine the outcome and answer)
After you are done with the above steps, rest assured. Start by looking at a few examples and do the rest your way. For, no one knows you better, than yourself.
But there are some basic ones that are applicable to anyone. For, we all have one thing in common and that is, we are all, but, humans. 

Positive everyday affirmations to boost your spirit

1. I am strong. I am confident. I have the strength to deal with what's ahead of me. I won't let anybody or anything turn me down. I will capture this day. This day is mine.
2. Today is a new day. I leave behind my pain and look forward to growth. Like a phoenix, I rise from the ashes of pain, and rejection. I will continue to grow.
3. God always has the best plans for me. He won't simply hurt me. The pain that I bear today, is laying a foundation for an edifice of my stronger self.
4. I am me. I am beautiful. For, I am unique. No matter what, there will never be another me. 
5. Failures are worthy of celebration. I will not give up. Never. I will rise every time I fall. I will keep trying. With my passion, perseverance, and persistence, I will win. Until then I work hard. 
6. I will not let others' judgments and opinions affect my happiness. I am who I am. And I will, forever, continue to be. I work on myself every waking hour and I will strive to reach my goal.

There are innumerous ways to enhance the quality of our life. But the hitch is many of us are unaware. Even though some are aware, they can't push themselves to do things. There is a solution to every problem. And you too will find your solution once you search for it. And sometimes the problem lies in your mind. In that case, the solution lies there too. And affirmations help you emerge out of it triumphantly.

I hope my article, 'The Power of Affirmations: How do affirmations work?', is of assistance. 

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