Most people have heard of affirmations before. They may have even heard that affirmations are the foundation for many self-improvement techniques. Yet, despite of this, very few people actually use affirmations. Are you one of them?
Affirmations are important, but often overlooked when people set out on a new path of self-improvement. This is quite a shame because affirmations can have a transformative effect on your life and your goals. Without the proper use of affirmations, you may find yourself going around in circles in your progress.
Affirmations are defined as positive declarations, statements, or judgments. When you state an affirmation, you declare that statement as being true. Affirmations work best when they are used on a consistent basis, preferably daily. It is also suggested that you phrase your affirmations in the present tense and use positive words. Affirmations that use the words "don’t" and other negative terms are counterproductive. So instead of affirming "I don’t want these bills" you would affirm "I have plenty of money for all of my needs."
Many people resist using affirmations because they can’t understand how repeating phrases again and again will change their lives. If you fit into this category, you may not understand how the process of affirmations works.
Affirmations are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to self-improvement. When you set out to make big changes in the course of your life, whether it is financial, physical, emotional or spiritual, you set goals for yourself. These goals are results that you’d like to see take place in your life. You may want a better career, a fulfilling relationship, more money in the bank or a closer spiritual connection. These are all results that you can achieveÖbut you have to remember that they are just results.
Results can’t come without the rest of the process. The results you are experiencing in your life right now stem from your previous thoughts, feelings and actions. So in order to change your results, you need to change your thoughts, feelings and actions. The first key in the process is changing your thoughts (which leads to changes in your feelings and actions). The best way to transform your thoughts is to use affirmations.
Your "internal monologue" has a profound impact upon your life. Your thoughts frame the way you experience events and relationships around you. If you are a pessimistic person and are consistently looking for the worst in everything and everyone, your feelings and actions will follow in that same line.
Self-improvement, of any type, requires that you change the way that you are thinking. Your negative thoughts didn’t come out of the blue. You are just acting out of habit as a result from repeating negative thought patterns again and again. Affirmations, and their repeated use, will help to break your negative thinking habit.
When you use affirmations consistently, your thoughts, moods and actions will begin to change. If you think of achieving self-improvement success as someone trying to hit a target with an arrow, then affirmations are the targeting part of that process. If the archer doesn’t take the time to line up the arrow and the bow correctly, his or her shot will miss. Affirmations help you target your feelings and actions so you can get the results that you want.