Do Affirmations Work?

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Affirmations are self-help motives used to help build self-confidence while reaching goals. While that sounds good, do affirmations work?  Well, yes, but it depends on a number of factors. Most importantly, it depends on you. Do you believe in affirmations? If you do, what do you say, and how often do you say them?

How Do Affirmations Work?

Many people hear about affirmations and have tried them without really knowing how they work. This ignorance has left one thinking that affirmations do not work. Instead of asking, “How do affirmations work?”, questions were posed, “Why haven’t I received positive results? Why haven’t I achieved my goals?” One way to achieve positive results is to have a desire for what you are affirming.

You must be willing to change your mindset from old negative thinking. This is easier said than done, but the possibilities are greater than you think.  Instead of forcing the results, un-think of the ways that did not work and refocus on why you started in the first place.  Instead of asking why they have not happened, focus on how great results can happen.

Feel It

Once you know how affirmations work, you must be excited about what you say. That is how important faith is. Feel the positive words you say to yourself when no one else does. You can even smile when affirming.

From experience, the feeling of excitement helped me overcome fear. Faith worked when I danced my way into believing I am good enough to receive those affirmations. I went from feeling fearful to fearless.

It makes no sense to speak positive words over yourself if you don’t believe what you say. For more insight on overcoming fear, check out the post, Faith Over Fear.

Be Specific

When you know what you want and you have written it down in detail, repeat the details aloud. You can even look in the mirror if you choose, as long as you are specific. You don’t have to know why it works or not. Your job is to know how it works for you. It is a part of sowing and reaping and the law of attraction. You reap what you sow and you attract what you think about and say.

Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.”  

This is pure truth. Try this habit and see how it changes your life. Remember it starts with your mind. Think about the words you say and even wear affirmations on your clothes and in your facial expressions.  Check out these affirmation t-shirts and hoodies by Divinely Taylored Apparel. You can wear these as reminders of who you are and where you are going.

Be Consistent

If your tested and tried new habit worked for you, then rinse and repeat daily what you have done. You can apply the same habit to any venture. For example if your goal is written and set to specifically make $1000 from your business by the end of the month, you can repeat over and over, “I am wealthy. I am wise. Money comes to me quickly and easily. I am receiving thousands of dollars into my account. ” Any of these specific words can be repeated over and over if you feel excited about what you are saying. The more excited you are, the more receptive you can become to the results.

Be Different

Have you ever heard the term, “Dare to be different?”  Black American inventor and Renaissance man, Dr. George Washington Carver said, “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you command the attention of the world.”

Another wise man said that you can’t repeat the same mistakes and expect a different result. If you see others making the same mistakes and remain stagnant, then it is time to learn from their mistakes. It can save you a great deal of time that they wasted.

It pays to be different. The time when everyone else is complaining and settling for common habits and common results is the best time for you to say and do things differently using your talents to make a difference in the world.

In Summary

After knowing how affirmations work, applying specific words and passion for what you say can help catapult you to greatness.  From experience, I can attest that affirmations do work. When you feel and think about what you say long enough, you will begin to see a the atmosphere shift for you.  Act it out “as if” it is already done and you will eventually become what you think about.


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