Do Positive Affirmations Really Work?


Do Positive Affirmations Really Work

Your subconscious is fertile soil; whatever is planted in it will grow. You are currently influenced by statements that have conditioned your subconscious throughout your life. If your subconscious has been fed with negativity, it will cause you to be full of negativity as well as critical and self-critical behaviour. This negative self-perception can be changed by reprogramming and reconditioning the subconscious through positive affirmations.

What are Affirmations?

Statements repeated time and time again can become self-fulfilling prophecies as the mind convinces the body to conform to the affirmed statements. You are likely to act, feel and perform in accordance to what you imagine to be true about yourself and your environment. What you imagine to be true often becomes real. Affirmations are the simplest way to influence the conscious mind through the subconscious. Affirmations are statements repeated silently or aloud to oneself. It can be done wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Why are Affirmations Necessary?

As mentioned before, positive affirmations are primarily used to recondition a subconscious full of negative imprints acquired over the years. Positive affirmations also help us to achieve goals or targets in our personal or work life. It can also be used to help us overcome fears and to assist us in our personal development. Positive affirmations also have health benefits. Recent research has shown that when we say something positive to ourselves our bodies automatically secrete positive hormones.

Writing Down Affirmations

You will benefit the most from positive affirmations when you take the time to write them down. Keep the following in mind when you write down your affirmations:

  • Your affirmations are personal and will usually begin with “I” (or ”We” if it is a family or team goal).
  • Do not be concerned if you do not yet believe the affirmations you are writing down. Your subconscious will respond out of its own accord since it does not differentiate between true and false.
  • Write your positive affirmations down in the present tense. Remember you are busy painting a positive picture for the subconscious of something you are experiencing now.
  • Keep your affirmations as short as possible so that you can easily remember them and repeat them often. Repetition is the main way to implant the affirmations in your subconscious.

Examples of Positive Affirmations

  • I am a caring person.
  • I am a friendly person.
  • I have an excellent
  • Smiling makes me feel confident.
  • I like and respect myself.
  • I use my utmost potential.
  • I am efficient in stressful situations.
  • I show great concern for others.
  • It is fun to be organized.

Source:
The Heart of a Winner: Developing Your Emotional Intelligence by Pieter van Jaarsveld

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