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Do Affirmations Work?

Transformation Life Architects - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I Choose vs Affirmations.

Often, we hear about the power of Affirmations.  The movie “the Secret” spoke about this a lot.    What are Affirmations and why would we use them? 

Affirmations are a ‘mantra’ said over and over with the intention of changing a habit, or trait thought pattern we no longer find supportive.  This could to re-enforce a goal we are striving to achieve, for example - I am positive;  I am strong;  I am successful. Or it could be to re-enforce a habit we want to break like ' I am now a non-smoker"  "I am slim, trim and healthy". Regardless of the reason the method is the same.  You recite a ' I am... Mantra' repeatedly with the intention of forcing you to ‘focus on what you want’ in a positive way.  The aim is, if you hear it often enough you will believe and starting acting 'as if' you were that way. 

I Am

Affirmations will usually will start with the words “I Am….”  For example, if you were wanting to quit smoking. You might say an affirmation such as, “I am a non-smoker” repeatedly, out loud or inside your head for a couple of minutes and repeat doing this, 3 or 4 times a day. While you recite the mantra, you imagine and feel what it would be like to actually ‘be a non-smoker’.

Affirmations make you feel better.  That is always a good thing.  The downside is, affirmations are a ‘conscious’ action.  It is good to do them, however, the core beliefs and habits we are trying to change are locked into our subconscious mind.  So, the benefit is limited and we have to do them over and over and over again for a long period of time to effect change permanently.  

We Don't Believe What We are Saying

Actually, we have to repeat them a lot of times before ‘we’ even believe them.  
Have you ever stood in front of the mirror and said “I am slim, trim and beautiful!” and the little voice in your head is saying, even louder! “No, you’re not, you are fat and dumpy!’  And no matter how loud or how often you say the Affirmation that little voice won’t shut up!       I, certainly, have had many experiences like that and with other mantras I have used over the years!  
Why does this happen!   The reason is: the belief is in the subconscious mind.  
You can say, ‘I am a non-smoker’ or ‘I am slim and trim’  or ‘I am financially free’ whatever, but if you don’t ‘believe’ that, then the subconscious will say, “no you are not!” 

Subconscious Mind

The subconscious Mind is the most powerful part of your mind, what it believes is true for you – based on your history, beliefs, habits, conditioning etc – then that is what you are. 

Choose Different Results

However, if we change our Affirmation just slightly and add a couple of words to the beginning, we get

 an entirely different result. 
Those words are:  I choose!  I choose to know that I can be a non-smoker!
This Mantra now sends a message to the subconscious that you are choosing to do something.  If you stand in what I call the power stance, look at yourself in front of a mirror, squarely in the eye and say “ I choose! I choose to know that I can be a non-smoker” in a loud and confident voice three times, and repeat three times every day, you will change your belief quickly and permanently.
What is the power stance I hear you ask? The power stance is where you stand with your feet shoulder width apart, bend your knees slightly and put your weight into your hips. When you stand like this you are as solid as a rock. Try it and then get some one to gently see if they can push you over.
So, if you have been using or are thinking of using affirmations why not try, I choose.  Let us know your results.  Even just how different you feel with just changing the words!  Simple but very effective! 

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