But affirmations can be so much more powerful when used in the right way. Affirmations can actually change the way you think and behave which is way more than just some wishy washy positive thinking nonsense!!!! And today I'll explain why………
Do this right now………
Don’t think of a pink elephant with white spots…….
Notice what happened??
Even if you were trying really hard not to you can’t stop a little thought of that pink elephant with white spots from popping into your head. That’s because this is how your brain works.
Your unconscious gathers the evidence to support whatever is asked for……even if there’s a negative connotation eg don’t think about x or please don’t feel y. You’ll still end up thinking about it because of how your brain works,
What’s even more frustrating is that our unconscious then tries to do even better for us…..it doesn’t just find one reference it finds all the references!!!! Like a snowball running down a hill it gets bigger and bigger and bigger........until suddenly it’s a really big thing. And that big thing is soooooo big you can’t help but let it impact your actions or behaviour.
It doesn’t matter what you ask for……that is exactly what your unconscious will find evidence to support.
An affirmation is your opportunity to take back control. To give your brain something to focus on which is something you want rather than something you don’t. Affirmations are designed to be to the point and powerful because this way your head has no room to question or misunderstand.
Here are some examples of some great affirmations for confidence and feeling good:
How to use an affirmations
There’s much more powerful things you can do with your good affirmations than just stick them on your desk/fridge and hope you’ll notice them.
Here’s my top 3 ways to get the most from your affirmations:
IMPORTANT NOTE: For affirmations to work you have to believe them!!! Your head is a clever piece of kit and knows when you’re lying so choose affirmations which really resonate with you and give yourself time to really listen whenever you say them.
I love teaching my clients how to use affirmations. They're a great tool, because they give you back control by using how your brain naturally works. Many of my clients have been surprised with it's effectiveness in all sorts of areas of their lives from speaking in public, having tough conversations and preparing for an interview to starting a business, going back to work after a baby and supporting overcoming a phobia.
I find the most powerful affirmations are those you write yourself. The ‘How to Write Affirmations’ activity in included in my online Confidence and Fear programme. If you are interesting in taking your learning to the next level, you can find out more about the programme here.
What's your experiences of affirmations?
I'd love to hear from you so please share your thoughts and experiences with affirmations in the box below. What are your favourite affirmations? Please share them, they could help someone else.
Until next time