Do Affirmations Work:
What Works and Does Not Work?

Do affirmations work?  Many of you may have already heard of affirmations.  Some people attribute positive affirmations to positive thinking.  Many would agree that positive thinking on top of stuff that is already festering does not work

Have you ever had a conversation with a friend who has mad at you, but then was practicing positive thinking while talking to you?  Did it work?  I bet you could tell something was off from a mile away.

I would also say positive thinking doesn't work.  And, positive affirmations are NOT positive thinking.  I will go through that in a bit. 

What about those times when people used affirmations, and they didn't manifest what they wanted?  How do affirmations work out, while others don't?  There must be something wrong with the affirmations, or maybe it is all hogwash.

Or is there something else at play?  Here, I am going to cover some of the things that can trip people up in effectively using affirmations

Why Do Some Affirmations Work? 
What Gets in the Way?

What are things that get in the way of affirmations working?  Here they are:

  • Not clearing out the gunk...  If you are hanging onto resentment, anger, or blaming people, then you will render your affirmations ineffective.  
  • Creating an affirmation that is a total lie for you.  If you want the affirmation to be effective, it is highly recommended to make the affirmation something of a stretch, something where you can honestly visualize yourself doing. 

    If you cannot visualize yourself living out the affirmation or it seems like a total fantasy or lie, it the affirmations will not be likely to work.
  • Not practicing.  If you only do the affirmation once in awhile, the effectiveness of the affirmation will be limited.  If you want your affirmation to manifest into a reality, you have to put your whole being into it. 

    And, look, I know some of us are better at thinking in pictures than words.  If so, practice the words or the creative visualization techniques every day or even multiple times a day.
  • Negative self talk.  A friend of mine used to call this gossiping to yourself about yourself.  It's a little crazy.  If you wouldn't talk to your best friend this way, stop the negative self talk to yourself.

    If you can only interrupt the negative self talk a few seconds a day, start there and build up to a few minutes and then keep building from there.

    If you want your affirmation to manifest, you have to give it fertile soil to grow in.  That fertile soil starts with self-love and acceptance.

Do Affirmations Work:  Yes, They Do

I have a story that demonstrate the power of affirmations to manifest prosperity.  One family was looking for a home, but it was never quite what they wanted. 

After spending 2 months using affirmations, the family found the perfect home - right price, right size, not too much work.  But, the owner decided to take the house off the market.

The family kept looking for a new home, but they could never find the home that was quite what they wanted.  They really loved the home they had found earlier.  So, they had the real estate agent periodically ask the man if he wanted to sell, and the answer was always no! 

The family did find another place that fit most of their criteria, but they were just not as excited about it.  Before they put an offer their real estate agent asked the owner of the family's dream home if he would sell. 

The man came back with a no again.  So, the family put in an offer for the home that fit most of their criteria.  This owner came back with a counter offer. 

At that point, the real estate agent let the family know that the owner of their dream home was ready to sell.  He was engaged in a business opportunity and needed cash.

The family was able to buy their dream home!

Do Affirmations Work: Bottom Line?

Okay, that was only one story of affirmations working.  For those of you who want more proof, something in the realm of science, I think I have something for you as well. 

There is an interesting article of that can answer the question of how do affirmations work from a psychologist point of view written in layman's terms.  You can view that page in Do Self-Affirmations Work?  A Revisit.

I think the bottom line is that done well, affirmation do work.  However, for affirmations to work, you have to practice.  This is not a one time deal.  It is something you practice over and over until you master it.

DISCLAIMER:  Please be aware that the information on this website is for educational purposes only. cannot guarantee the results you will achieve by applying the principles and practices that are listed on this site.

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