Why Do Some Affirmations *Work* - and Others Don't?

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  • Author Ruthann Stice
  • Published March 7, 2012
  • Word count 629

By definition, an affirmation is a statement repeated time and

again either verbally or mentally -- or written down. The words

of the affirmation statement - in themselves -when spoken,

thought of, or written without a pictorial (visualized) or

emotional connection -- make a very weak affirmation.

Affirmations, when worded correctly -- and when emotionally

charged - are able to tap into the unlimited creative power of

your subconscious mind, and manifest your desires.

Affirmations are not all created equal. Some are, of course,

better than others. There are power affirmations that have been

proven again and again to work - and I'll reveal some of them in

a moment.

When you examine the structure of these power affirmations, you,

too, can learn how to create your own powerful affirmations for

your specific purposes.

Consider the following:

"I am what I choose to be."

"All my needs are met instantaneously."

"I love and accept myself exactly as I am."

"_____________ comes to me easily and effortlessly."

(Fill in the blank with what you desire.)

"I am now perfectly healthy in body, mind and spirit."

"I now create my wonderful, ideal life."

What do the above power affirmations have in common?

1)They're stated in the present tense.

An affirmation is more effective when stated in the present

tense. For example; "I now have a wonderful job." Avoid

affirming something in the future tense, e.g. "I am going to

have a wonderful job" or the results will always be waiting

to happen.

2)They express a positive statement.

Affirmations need to be stated in the most positive terms

possible. Avoid negative statements. Affirm what you do

want, rather than what you don't want. For example:"I am

no longer sick." This is a negative statement. Instead,

affirm: "I am now perfectly healthy in body, mind and

spirit." This statement is much more powerful as it is

positive and reinforces your desired goal and doesn't

confuse your subconscious mind with the mention of the

undesirable condition.

3)They're short and specific.

Short affirmations are easy to say, and have a far greater

impact at the subconscious level than those which are long

and wordy. Keeping them specific and to the point adds

power as the idea is uncluttered by extraneous elements.

The mechanics that make affirmations powerful are:

  • Repetition

The importance of repetition cannot be overemphasized. It

imprints the affirmation into your subconscious mind.

  • Emotions

Get involved, be passionate, use your emotions. Think

carefully about the meaning of the words as you repeat them

rather than just writing, typing or saying them.

  • Persistence

Practicing affirmations with persistence achieves results

much sooner than practicing them periodically. Successive

sessions will have a compounding effect.

  • Belief

You don't necessarily have to believe your affirmation

initially, in order for it to work. Belief will grow with

your forthcoming successes.What you do need is the ability

to feel what it would be like when the desire you're

affirming is fulfilled, or your need met. Every time that

you have a need -- and that need is met -- a certain

"feeling" is produced in you.You need to evoke that same

feeling when you state your affirmation. In other words,

you need to feel with every fiber of your being that what

you desire has already happened. Without this feeling, your

affirmation is powerless.


  • Impress Yourself

Personalize your affirmations.They must resonate with

you -- feel right for you. The stronger your connection

with the affirmation, the deeper the impression it makes on

your mind, and the sooner you will experience positive


So there you have it - the simple formula for creating

affirmations that work. Based on the above, you can easily

create your own affirmations to manifest any desire or need

you have in life.

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