What are Positive affirmations? Do they really work?
Let us talk about affirmations, positive affirmations. Do they really work or is it just a bunch nonsense, woowoo for gullible people?
What are Positive Affirmations?
Affirmations are simple yet powerful statements that you can use to declare a specific goal. Affirmations are often stated in the present tense and short enough to remember and say as often as possible.
Affirmations were made popular by a French psychologist and pharmacist named Emile Coué back in the 1920s. Coue noticed over time a significant improvement in the effectiveness of the medicines he gave to his patients when he praised the medicine vs. when he said nothing. Perhaps you are familiar with the affirmation “Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better.” This method of autosuggestion came to be called Couéism. Coué suggested that his patients repeat the phrase as many as twenty times per day especially in the morning and evening.
The efficacy of affirmations comes from repetition. If you work with the law of attraction you will know that your thoughts become your reality. An affirmation is thought that you are constantly repeating to yourself until they manifest as your reality.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Affirmations have now become a staple of the self-help community and is popular amongst athletes, authors, entrepreneurs, and salespeople and for good reason. It is amazing to take action steps that allow you to succeed in whatever area of your life that you are trying to improve.But action without a positive mindset can sabotage your success. Let us look at one example. A mom of six wants to start a homemaking business, but she has an underlying fear. Her persistent thoughts about the business venture is“I am afraid to fail.” “What if I lose all of the money I have invested?” “What if no one order my products?” and “There is too much competition.” What do you think the result will be? She has a very high chance of experiencing failure because her thoughts will show up in her actions and this will manifest as her reality. Now let us say this same mom has a powerful affirmation practice and is programming her conscious and subconscious mind with the following affirmations: “My success is inevitable.” “I believe in myself and I am successful right now.” “My business is growing, expanding and thriving”Can you feel the difference?
Do Affirmations Really Work?
Yes. When choosing an affirmation, you really need to believe it. If you want to run a multimillion-dollar business but you don’t have a business plan and you spend all your free time watching TikToks,then “I am very successful owner of a multi-million dollar company now” will be hard for you to believe.
The Science Behind Affirmations
A study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience found that self-affirmationsactivates the reward centers–ventral striatum (VS) and ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC) in the brain. In simple terms these areas are the same reward centers that respond to other pleasurable experiences like listening to music and meditating.
Affirmations by themselves are not miracle or magic workers, but when combined with desire, innovation, creativity, and steady persistent action, they can be a powerful tool in your life.
To start here are some affirmations that you can start using today:
- I am happy, healthy, and wealthy.
- I am a magnet for miracles and blessings.
- I am surrounded by people that love me.
- My body is now in its most optimal state of health and wellbeing.
- I am continuously supported in my life.
- I feel confident that I can handle my success.
- I am exactly where I need to be, and I am grateful for that.
- I feel immense gratitude in my heart. I am happy to be alive.
- I appreciate my body and all that it does for me.
- I take inspired action toward my goals; it comes very naturally to me.