Affirmations are a form of autosuggestion.
The revered personal development author, Napoleon Hill, in his classic book "Think & Grow Rich", describes autosuggestion as:
Autosuggestion is therefore a term used to describe all the dominating thoughts, but also includes everything that reaches the mind through hearing, seeing, feeling, tasting and smelling - the five senses.
This happens whether we are paying attention to it or not. In other words, some of us are on 'auto-pilot' auto-suggestive mode. Through what we see and hear on TV, movies, other people around us, what we read, etc. All of this is suggesting 'stuff' to us. ALL THE TIME. No wonder things happen and some of us wonder what we did to attract them.
Positively and consciously affirming life is conscious positive self talk.
Many self help students use positive self talk to help them visualize the outcome of their goals and desires.
The Law of Attraction teaches us that manifesting our intentions is dependent on where our focus is.
If you experience something long enough e.g. when you engage your senses in something long enough, you begin to believe it. You begin to believe in it.
Real belief is in our other-than conscious mind, for example the subconscious mind.
The results in our lives right now are the only indication of what we believe. Hard pill to swallow, but the fact is, when we believe differently, we manifest different results.
Positive self talk helps create belief. This state of mind then propels us to act upon our desired results.
Suffice it to say that if one is not taking action, they are fooling themselves.
Affirming daily does not replace action, they complement it.
As you become more exposed to self improvement, one of the things that may cause you to be stumped is how simple the concepts seem, yet how few people seem to be getting real results.
So what is the problem there?
Let us take this concept of autosuggestion for example. It does not take a rocket scientist to understand how to do an affirmation.
Napoleon Hill, in his book "Think & Grow Rich" continues thus:
Hill goes on to add that this is the main reason the majority of people who try to apply this principle get no desirable results.
Affirm positively to help you achieve desired outcomes in various areas, eg. healthy relationships, self empowerment, manifest money, healthy weight loss, or even self esteem.
Positive self talk to get rid of fears such as fear of success as well as fear of failure can also be very effective.
According to NLP, we perceive communication in 3 different modalities:
1. Auditory - you learn best through hearing/sound.
2. Visual - what is "seen" is what impacts you the best.
3. Kinesthetic - you learn best by feeling
So, use the modality you think works best for you. You can write them down over and over. Or you can speak them out loud, over and over.
Or you can simply think them silently, over and over.
Whatever the case, do not forget to mentally image - visualize the outcome. As well, you must create an intense emotion as you image it. The feeling should be so intense that it feels like the pleasurable tingling feeling you might experience when you are in a moment of pure joy.
Remember to set aside a certain time of day, at least twice a day for this purpose. Repeat them over and over. There really isn't a hard and fast rule as to how many times you should repeat them. 10 times is good. 100 times is excellent.
What matters isn't really how many times you repeat them, but how much you "feel" the emotion of the outcome.
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