Positive affirmations are statements that you can say over and over to yourself to help you create the right mindset in order to achieve your goals. The hardest part in achieve any goal is having to deal with obstacles and challenges. These things are what make most people give up on their goals but they are also what make reaching your goals worth it. Affirmations have been around for a long time. In this article, I'd like to discuss whether or not using affirmations actually work. I will also give you a better alternative.
If you search the web, you will be able to find a ton of different positive thinking affirmations. Saying things like, "I'm good enough" may or may not be effective depending on what you do. The point of these affirmations is to help you think positive thoughts. There are a couple of criteria when it comes to these statements. The first is that they must be stated in the positive. This makes sense. Otherwise, it would be called negative affirmations. But to be more specific, you don't want to say things like, "I don't want to be broke" since that isn't positive. A second is that the statement has to be in the present. Here is an example list of positive affirmations.
"I choose to eat the right foods everyday."
"I love myself just the way I am."
"I believe in myself."
"I attract abundance into my life everyday."
On the surface, it may sound like using stating positive affirmations can be effective in helping you stay positive but in my opinion, just stating them is not good enough. You can sit there and say, "I feel happy" all day long and still feel sad couldn't you? All you have to do is say that statement or any other positive statement you can think of with no enthusiasm whatsoever. You can even subscribe to one of those daily positive affirmation newsletters and read each statement they send you and still not feel positive.
I'm not trying to knock on using positive affirmations here. I'm simply saying that just stating them isn't enough. I've said hundreds of affirmations during my lifetime and for the most part, they didn't really do much in terms of changing my actions or thoughts. However, it doesn't mean affirmations are useless. You can make them become a lot more effective by doing one thing which I hinted on earlier. That is to state the affirmations with enthusiasm. To take it even further, you will want to say them while using your entire body. This means to yell them out with intensity.
This is a technique Tony Robbins teaches. He doesn't call them affirmations though. Instead, he calls them incantations. The main difference is in how you say these positive affirmations. Instead of sitting there and saying them in a passive manner, what you want to do is actually feel what you are saying throughout your entire body. It's only when you do this that your mind will believe what you are saying. What I like to do is say these positive statements while listening to some powerful music.
The difference in the two approaches just comes down to being more intense with incantations than with a positive affirmation. When you say something out loud and feel it in your body, it makes the statement much more real and powerful. Saying positive affirmations is okay but announcing it to the world while feeling the emotions of what those words mean throughout your entire body is way better. You don't have to jump around while saying these affirmations or anything unless if that's the only way you can make it intense, but the key is just that, make it intense.
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