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The Power of Affirmations

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The Power of Affirmations 



1. the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed
2. a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion
3. (Law) law a solemn declaration permitted on grounds of conscientious objection to taking an oath
Have you ever tried saying an affirmation? How did it go for you? Did you find it had a positive effect on you and your life? Or did it make you feel like you were just lying to yourself and the universe? 
If you follow any Self-Help Gurus such as Louise Hay, Napoleon Hill, Anthony Robbins, plus many others - so many of them talk about the incredible power of Affirmations.  There are many different views on if affirmations really do work, so we have decided to look at how affirmations can work and why, for some people, they don't seem to have any impact. 


 How Affirmations work and how to use them. 

Affirmations are said to work by helping to program your mind to believe the stated concept. For example, if you may say: 'I attract positive relationships into my life, which love and support me.' - You are then training your mind to believe this statement as true, which in turn, will help you to attract in these types of relationships. 

You can use Affirmations for many different concepts that you wish to convey: Money, Love, Health, Positive Thinking, Success etc. 


Why do Affirmations work for some people and not for others?

There are a few different reasons why affirmations seem to work for some people and not for others. 

1. You do not believe what you are saying. 

When you are saying your affirmation(s), you may just be reading/saying the worlds without any belief behind it. Have you ever seen an actor in a show and it just seems like they are reciting their lines, so you don't believe in the character they are portraying? This is the same when you are saying your affirmations. If you are just reciting them, without any emotional connection and belief attached to the words, your mind and body will be unconvinced, so they go in one ear and out the other.  

To fix this, start with something you have a connection with. For example, if you have negative body image, and then stand in front of the mirror and say to it: "I am truly beautiful inside and out, and I am comfortable in my own body", you are most likely going to struggle with this statement. This is because it is too much of a contradiction to your current emotional state and belief towards your body. Instead, start with something smaller. Maybe go with one thing you like about yourself, eg. "I like how my hair looks today." or "Every day I choose to treat myself with care and respect." Once you start to become comfortable and believe in these smaller affirmations, you can start to build-up to the bigger statements.


2. What you are saying is great and positive, but it is conflicting with a long-held pattern or self-belief. 

This one is a biggie. Long-held patterns and beliefs were planted in us a long time ago and have a firm hold on how we behave and think. Just saying an affirmation a few times won't really have any impact on changing this. 

For example: Let's say you are wanting more financial abundance in your life, so you start saying some affirmations to help encourage this. "I am a magnet for money" and "Money flows to me easily". Sounds good right? Now, let's go a bit deeper, and have a look at your beliefs around money. "You need to work hard for money". "I will never be rich." "Money doesn't grow on trees".   

If you have a core belief that is contradictory to what you are saying in your affirmations, your core belief will most likely win out. To work with this, start with affirmations that are about changing your mental programming, such as, "I choose to let go of negative money beliefs or patterns that are no longer serving me." 


Affirmations and Kids

Using affirmations with kids can have an incredible impact on their self-esteem and their mood. We highly recommend the 'I am Me' affirmations cards. 

Beautifully illustrated children affirmation cards, designed in Melbourne, Australia by Chelsea Blake Aylward.

Let your child pick a card each morning and then discuss how that affirmation was relevant during the day for your child.


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