Are Affirmations Enough?

Are affirmations enough?

Nope. Not if they’re just rote words you say or read or listen to.

There are two ways affirmations do their work. There is power in “subconscious” affirmations delivered subliminally or listened while you sleep. This approach requires intense repetition, but given time, it can be very effective.

For some, that conscious skeptic or cynic can interfere with affirmation acceptance and belief. Going around that negative inner voice is great way to undermine that voice at its subconscious roots.

For affirmations recited or read or listened to consciously, they will be utterly ineffective if they’re mere words to you.

They must be words that carry the fire of belief and a deep commitment to see them achieved. They must stoke emotion and determination.

The key is to figure out which strategy is most effective for you – flooding your subconscious with better thoughts or consciously “practicing” with affirmations each day.

I’ve had success with both over the years, but others succeed with one or the other.

So, what’s the answer? Are affirmations enough? Affirmations are one tool in your mindset and spiritual development toolkit. Used correctly and appropriately for you, they are a workhorse for shifting your thinking, your perspective, and your life.

Wherever you are on your journey today, you are awesome!

Ray

Affirmations: Your Personal Ad Campaign

Advertisers in our planet spend more than a trillion dollars a year selling stuff to you and me.

They right smartly-worded copy meant to inspire us to action. They repeat the message over and over again.

Even a company like Coca-Cola that practically every human on the planet knows spends billions each year to keep them at the top in our minds.

Why do they do this? The short answer is it works. They are very effective at molding our perceptions, our behaviors, even our beliefs.

Everyone else is trying to sell you on something. Why aren’t you selling to yourself? Selling the life you see yourself living. Selling the goals you have for yourself. Selling yourself on, well, you.

There’s not a better investment you can make than a higher degree of confidence in you and your capabilities.

In a nutshell, that’s what affirmations are and why they’re so powerful. They are your pervades campaign to yourself.

Not everyone trying to sell you something has your best interests at heart, but by using affirmations you can put tour best interests front and center in your day and your life.

Just in case no one else reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Why Affirmation Repetition Matters

Most people involved in a personal spiritual journey or personal development get the value of affirmations. What’s often not understood is why repetition is so important to shifting your paradigms.

Our conscious and subconscious minds are both constantly filtering information about the world around us. We often use that power of the conscious mind to our benefit. It helps us find our friend in a crowd of faces or pick the best bananas at the store.

However, the subconscious mind filters without your control. It will show you the world IT expects or seeks. It’s filtering your world all day every day. It’s filtering it based on its dominant thought or mindset. If it chooses to see the negative, the obstacles, and all the problems in the world, that’s the world it presents to you.

The problem is, for the vast majority of people, that negative vision is what you’ll get unless you intervene. You see, for most the human species’ existence, identifying danger was the constant concern of the subconscious mind. That’s why it continues to be the default setting.

You may say or listen to an affirmation a few times and you’re conscious mind says, “I’ve got it.” That’s great, but your subconscious mind does not yet. If you want to change that subconscious filter, you must bombard your subconscious constantly with thoughts of your choosing to help shift its paradigm to begin showing you hope, opportunity, and the positives in the world.

One only need look at today’s headlines to see what happens when we don’t shift this process. Everywhere what divides us, limits us, prevents us from being more is the dominant thought of the popular culture.

That’s because it’s the dominant thought of an untrained collective human subconscious.

Retraining that collective subconscious is done one person at at time by feeding it with more positive thoughts, images, and ideas to help it begin selecting a better paradigm and eventually a better world for us all to live in.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, You ARE awesome!

Ray

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About Affirmations: You Already Think in Affirmations All Day Long

Today’s Thought:

Positive thinking may not work 100% of the time, but negative thinking does.

When I talk to people about using positive affirmations I often encounter comments like, “Well, affirmations are OK, but they just won’t work for me,” or “I could never do that.”

I always think, “Did I just hear you right?” You just used a (negative) affirmation and proved your own point incorrect by demonstrating how successful that affirmation is for you. You believe you can’t do affirmations or that they would never work for you and your affirmation has come true!

Consider this. You think in affirmations all day long. You are constantly molding your experience of the world through a series of can/can’t am/aren’t statements in your mind (a.k.a. positive affirmations or negative affirmations). An affirmation, after all, is only a statement that you can/can’t accomplish something or that you are/aren’t capable.

I love reading articles by folks who say affirmations are a fraud, useless, or self-delusional (more affirmations). The kinds of affirmations you think have a pretty high correlation to the outcomes in your life. When you think in positive affirmations about something, your attitude and your actions fall into line and you generally succeed. When you harbor and express negative affirmations about something failure is almost sure to follow.

Positive affirmations are not magic pills. They don’t change certain laws of physics. They cannot always impact the quantitative, but they can almost always improve the qualitative. For instance, a sixty year-old woman cannot affirm that she is twenty and wake up one morning 20 years old. However, the sixty year-old who affirms that she feels twenty is going to remain happy and active longer than someone who affirms all day how old they are becoming.

So, the questions really are these:

  • If affirmations are just a fancy name for the kinds of thoughts we think all day, do you choose to think in positive affirmation or negative affirmations?
  • Do you choose to believe you can or conclude you cannot?

Affirmations are inevitable travelers through your consciousness. They are an autonomic function of your mind that’s been dubbed “self-talk.”

You can’t stop them from appearing and you can’t necessarily change the ones that appear in your mind. However, you CAN control  which thoughts you choose to focus on. Remember, “where focus goes, energy flows.”

Whichever you choose, you will experience. Which kind of affirmation do you choose today?

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

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Balancing Acceptance and Not Giving Up – Day 240 of 365 Days to a Better You

The caterpillar must be a caterpillar, while never ignoring he is becoming a butterfly. You and I must accept our caterpillar-ness in this moment without conceding our butterfly-ness for a single moment.

I’ve found that deep breathing and affirmations work well together. So, I often incorporate breathing right into the affirmation.

Today’s affirmation is: Breathing in, I completely accept that what is is. Breathing out, I am absolutely determined Ed to change it!

I’ve been using a version of this affirmation for years. It hepls me balsnce two very important, but seemingly contradictory, principles. Those are acceptance and a strong desire for change.

Acceptance of what is is a critical foundation for any change. I can’t thin’ of an instance where denial of a present reality is useful or healthy. However, that reality might be something you’re absolutely determined to change.

  • You accept your current state of health as your real starting place, but you want to inspire change to live healthier. You can modify this very flexible affirmation to something like the following. Breathing in I accept that I am out of shape. Breathing out I am exercising every day to change it!
  • You accept the current state of conflict in the world. You can modify this affirmation to something like: Breathing in, I accept that peace is not our current reality. Breathing out, I am working like hell to change it!

You can apply this affirmation to virtually any current and desired state of affairs.

Using the affirmation regularly grounds you. It commits your mind to both acceptance and a determination never to give up on what you know can be. I recommend using your affirmation with with more aspirational affirmations to tilt the balance in favor of the desired state.

Examples:

  1. Breathing in, I accept that I have a C in chemistry. Breathing out, I am working my butt of to make that an A.
  2. I am a great student!
  3. I own chemistry!
  4. I am acing my final chemistry exam!
  5. I deserve to make straight A’s!

Give this a try. I think you’ll find it an effective way to deal with the now, while continuing to work for your goals.

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Ray

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