af•firm•a•tion / /ˌafərˈmāSH(ə)n/
The word affirmation has a few meanings. On this page and on this site when I talk of affiramtions, I think of the meaning from the Cambrdige English Dictionary To state as true. Now, this meaining is pretty straight forward, and can be a powerful subconsious motvator.
The Power Of Affirmations
When you read the above affirmation, how did you feel? Did it excite you? Did it make you feel happy? Or maybe it confused you or fired up the skeptic in you? I ask these questions because your answer will give you some insight into your paradigm, or your subconscious programming.
You see, if this affirmation made you feel good, it means the statement is in harmony with your paradigm and there's a good chance the affirmation will work for you. If this is your case, I urge you to repeat the statement every day this month because affirmations have helped thousands of people make significant changes in their life. And better than just saying it, write it, with a pen and paper (as opposed to typing) to really drive it into your subconscious!
However, if this fired up the skeptic in you, or you felt negative in any way when you read it, well, that's a different story. It means the affirmation is not aligned with your subconscious programming, and therefore, it's not going to work without some extra effort on your part.
Any affirmation that you resist or reject is useless unless you change your paradigm.
The reason this is true is that your paradigm determines how you feel about a thought or idea, and your feelings cause your behavior which, in turn, creates the results in your life.
However, when you become aware of your paradigm and then decide to change it, then you open the door for new thoughts and ideas, like affirmations, to take root in your subconscious.
For example, if your paradigm is that you have little control over your life, you won't automatically believe that you are in control of your reality. In fact, the first time you read it, you will actually feel bad because it seems unrealistic.
But, you will feel less resistance and be more willing to accept the new thought through awareness and proper action. By that, I mean consciously impressing the affirmation, by speaking and writing it, upon your subconscious over and over until it becomes fixed in the mind.
In other words, this encouraging thought will lead to empowering feelings and actions, and finally the new result that you want. In this case, your dream life.
Just imagine how your entire life will change as you start to consciously create your reality. The change will be huge! And because you've changed your paradign, it will be permanent!
Start using affirmation to improve the quality of every area of your life. They always work when you get your intellectual, conscious, mind working together with your emotional, subconscious, mind. Then, and only then, will your actions create the results you want!