The Art of AffirmationsHenry Ford once famously said, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." The art of affirmations can be summed up in those words. If you are firmly convinced that you can't do something, you won't even attempt it. If you believe it is "doable," you'll give it a try. Many psychologists and self help gurus believe the power of affirmations can be much greater than we give it credit for. While we all can successfully use affirmations to reach perceivable goals, what about those goals we view as impossible? Are these achievable? The pundits say many of them are, if we learn to use the power of affirmations correctly. There are two aspects to using affirmations:
- Using the conscious mind to influence the subconscious mind.
- Removing subconscious blocks to achievement.
The experts are divided on how to remove subconscious blocks to achievement. Some say that affirmations alone, if repeatedly stated, have the power to overcome those negative subconscious thoughts that seem to prevent them from "taking hold." Others believe that negative subconscious thinking has to be addressed and removed before affirmations can bear fruit. Some ways they recommend accessing and eliminating subconscious negativity include:
How to Overcome Negative Thinking and Allow Affirmations to WorkBeyond being tools for reaching specific goals, positive affirmations reinforce your belief in yourself. Some affective affirmations include:
- "I have the perfect job for me." This affirms your self-worth without limiting your job prospects to what you may falsely perceive to be the best job for you.
- "I am successful at whatever I do." This affirmation ensures that you make the most of your current position while leaving the door open to future endeavours.
- "I am healthy and happy" focuses on all the positive aspects of your physical and mental well being.
- Self acceptance: An example of this is the affirmation used in EFT. After addressing a negative thought, such as "I'm a loser", it is followed by a positive affirmation. "Even though I believe I am a loser, I deeply and completely love and accept myself" is said to have a profoundly healing affect.
- Forgiveness: In the true sense of the word, forgiveness implies a complete removal of judgement, guilt and self-doubt.