Affirmations are positive statements that repeated over and over again send orders to our subconscious.
Words have power. Words can change our brain. Our brain can change our reality.
But why is it then they work miracles for some people while others report they see no results?
Why do affirmations not work for me?
1. Negative affirmations
For instance: "I will not fail again" is a negative statement. Your brain will only hear " failure". The same applies to statements like "I am not sick anymore" and such.
Our subconscious can do a lot of things but logical thinking is not one of them. How is it supposed to know you want to be healthy when you are talking about disease or failure?
Let's look at a few positive affirmations:
I, Peter, attract opportunities effortlessly
I love myself unconditionallyInstead of "I am not sick anymore" you could say: "I am mentally and physically healthy".
Affirmations should also be short, on point and simple.
We cannot expect that our brain is easier to reprogram than the average VCR. You cannot impress your subconscious that easy. And that is a good thing. Just imagine you are sitting in a bar and in the background the music box plays the song "monster" by a heavy metal band.
Affirmations should be repeated daily until you see the desired changes.
Using affirmations written by someone else increases the chance that they will not work for you.
The more connected you are with the statements, the more powerful impact they will have. This is why I always recommend using use customized affirmations.
If you find it difficult at first, you could work with an expert who will help you to create the most powerful affirmations to aid you in your specific situation. I do offer this service.
4. State of Mind
Affirmations work best when we are in "Alpha" mode (8 to 12 Hz), The state we are in right after we wake up and before we fall asleep. An empty mind, you could say, that is eager to soak up positive messages like a sponge.
But here is the thing: Our mind, our subconscious is loaded with all kinds of information and a lot of them are negative. Some of us have trouble getting into the relaxed state that is the ideal breeding ground for affirmations.
There is very little information out there on how to get rid of the existing garbage in our subconscious mind and how we can get into the ideal state to accelerate the speed of progressing.
To sum things up
Worded wrong, affirmations can be counterproductive and even cause additional stress.
Affirmations work best when we are in the "right" state of mind. They have to comply with our feeling of self-worth. Our own words are the best because we feel strongly connected to them.
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