This series explores instant techniques that absolutely anybody can try in order to transform their life. All of the techniques can be tried and tested with absolutely no special equipment and at no cost. The aim is not to adopt every single technique (but feel free if you wish to!) – our objective is to introduce you to a wide range of techniques so that you can choose the one that best resonates for you.
1. What are affirmations?
Affirmations are a practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment that absolutely anybody can adopt as a means to improve your mental attitude and self-belief. Although they are often portrayed in popular culture as a questionable, new-age technique, a large number of highly successful people, from top salespeople and entrepreneurs to bestselling authors and Olympic athletes attribute the technique to their continued success. They can be used to bring about success in any area of your life, be it professional achievement, health and wellbeing, wealth, love or any other area that matters to you.
The same technique is essentially at the heart of T Harv Eker’s powerful work, ‘Secrets of the Millionaire Mind’.
2. Why do affirmations work?
Daily affirmations are for your mind what exercise is for your body and work at both a conscious and unconscious level. At the conscious level, they challenge you to reject limiting beliefs, embrace positivity and pursue your goals. Subconsciously, they train your mind to overcome obstacles and challenges, and to become more resourceful in how you approach difficult or unexpected situations.
3. What does an effective affirmation look like?
An affirmation is a carefully formatted statement that should be repeated to one’s self and written down frequently. For affirmations to be effective, they should be present tense, positive, personal and specific. They should also be repeated out loud. The key to success with affirmations is to choose the right time and place that allows you to make it a consistent, daily habit that you are completely at ease with.
Some powerful example affirmations from Jack Canfield, America’s leading expert in creating peak performance, include:
“I am joyfully celebrating my graduation from college with a master’s degree.”
“I am effectively delivering my first talk to an audience of over 1,000 people who affirm my message with a standing ovation.”
“I am confidently checking the balance of my bank account as I make a deposit of $1,000,000.”
“I am walking up on stage to receive my first Emmy award and receiving a roar of applause.”
According to Rhonda Britten, founder of the Fearless Living Institute, affirmations work best when combined with acknowledgements because the acknowledgements build up a backlog of results in one’s mind to prove that one can do what one is affirming. For example, the acknowledgement
“I bought a good pair of sneakers and some gym clothes” could complement the affirmation “I can reach my goal of losing 20 pounds.”
Although this is a variation on the present tense approach to affirmations, the goal is to focus on steps one has taken toward accomplishing one’s goals rather than criticizing oneself for what one has not yet accomplished, or could theoretically have accomplished but did not.
4. Formulating your personal affirmation
Now that you have a good understanding of the principles and practice of affirmations, it is time to formulate your personal affirmation. Begin by asking yourself the following questions:
- What is it that you most want to achieve right now?
- What will this success look like when you get there?
- What have you already done towards achieving your success?
Now you are ready turn this into your affirmation.
Let’s use the example of someone who’s goal is to become a millionaire. The answers to the above questions might be:
- Become a millionaire
- I will have a bank balance of at least $1,000,000 i.e. seven figures
- I am working every day on building my business and increasing my income.
Applying the principles described in section three, an example affirmation might therefore be:
“I am enjoying checking my seven figure bank balance as I make another deposit from my business venture.”
So there you have it – affirmations. All that remains is for you to come up with yours and incorporate it into your daily routine.