Affirmations are an effective tool to program ourselves for personal and business success. Remember when affirming to use the present tense. “I am talented” or “I am rich” is better than “I will be talented” or “I am going to be rich”. Another point to keep in mind is that affirmations work best when the mind is in a receptive state. So affirmations should really be used first thing in the morning or late at night. Another time to repeat your affirmations is during meditation when they can really sink in without resistance.
Affirmations work but they have to be repeated over and over to really so our subconscious can really get the message loud and clear. For maximum results, they need to be stated (internally or out loud) during meditation or in the waking or nighttime hours. It should also be borne in mind that some people have incredibly deep convictions with regard to love, money, or sexuality. At a fundamental level, an individual might not believe that they are unworthy of love or affection. In such instances, affirmations may not work and diet, self-examination, yoga and meditation might all be needed to really shake up the person’s mindset into a positive state.
There have been cases where therapists hypnotized patients into a positive belief (with their consent). After a while, the underlying negative belief reemerged. This suggests that the belief is either well rooted or that it comes from somewhere deeper than the subconscious mind. Either way, combine affirmations with meditation for best results, as they do work to a large degree. If you can make your affirmations into a poem that rhymes then your subconscious will repeat it consistently, much like how a song gets stuck in your head. This is the best procedure you can do if you have identified a limiting belief and want to get rid of it. Where possible, try to feel the affirmation as a positive emotion. This will supercharge it with energy and help it to manifest.
You might want to take an online test to see where you have limiting beliefs. They may be around self-love, relationships, money, abundance, or happiness. In this instance, you can try to create several affirmations using different terms and tenses to navigate around this sticky belief more rapidly. For example:
● “I am rich”
● “I have always been rich”
With affirmations, it is better in general to use the present tense and to avoid negating statements such as “I am not in poverty”. Just like the brain cannot distinguish between real and imaginary, it also does not understand negation. All it hears is “poverty”.