“What do you pack to pursue your dream and what do you want to leave behind?”

By the end of this week’s blog you will have successfully learnt how to use affirmations in a powerful and effective way in your life. This will help you reach your goals plus stop negative thoughts creeping in.

I love affirmations. Positive words start to nourish and feed another part of your wise voice that has been shut out. Affirmations have helped me quiet the voice of fear and strengthen my voice of insight and trust. They’ve helped me reprogram me – it’s almost like unlearning what I’ve learnt and learning a new thing, which has helped me, reach my desired goals.

The principle of affirmations 

Affirmations are simple statements that we make, and they are positive words of reinforcement to help us achieve the change that we want. They may be made on purpose, such as when we want to change some aspect of our life, or they may be made automatically, such as when we tell ourselves. The principle behind affirmations is similar to that of drops of water falling on a rock. A few drops will not make any difference to the rock but if the drops fall continuously then, over a period of time, the rock will be worn down. I firmly believe that affirmations, used in conjunction with other tools, are a powerful method to help reprogram our thinking in ways that support our desired change.

How affirmations work 

All our beliefs are stored in the subconscious mind. So, if you find that you are unable to lose weight or make lots of money, or you lose weight yet can’t keep it off or make money and cant hold onto it, it may be due to subconscious beliefs such as ‘I do not deserve to be prosperous’ or ‘Money is bad’ or “Skinny people are unhealthy or “I never get what I want” or “I will never lose weight”. In order to change our beliefs, we have to operate at the level of the subconscious mind. 
The subconscious mind is like your computer. It takes an input, processes it and gives an output. It does not think by itself. It does not distinguish between good and bad. If we put 
garbage in a computer we get garbage as output. So, in order to change your beliefs and create a new reality, you have to bombard your subconscious mind with thoughts of your desire.

Use the present tense.
Do not use the future tense. If you say, ‘I will lose weight’, The subconscious mind tries to literally bring about what it is asked to do. So instead say, ‘I am rich’, or ‘I choose to be rich’. According to some psychologists, the term ‘choose’ is better as being rich then becomes your choice. And, anyway, isn’t it true that your present life is the result of the choices you have made in the past?
Be positive.
Only positive statements work. It seems the subconscious mind is incapable of dealing in negatives. So if you say. ‘I am not fat’, when that statement reaches the subconscious mind the term ‘not’ is ignored and it becomes ‘I am fat’.
Affirmations can either be spoken or written down.
When speaking, repeat the affirmation emphatically, preferably throughout the day. The least you can do is repeat it at least twenty times in the morning just when you get up and twenty times in the evening just before you go to sleep. You can also write them down at least fifteen times. Writing is a faster way of impressing your subconscious mind. Do this several times a day.
In order to bring about significant changes in your life, affirmations have to be done several times a day till such time that they become a reality. If you do them for a few days only, the expected results may not come. Be bulldoggish about them, i.e. continue doing them till your goals are accomplished.
Mirror technique.
Stand in front of a mirror, look into your own eyes and repeat the affirmations with gusto. Put energy into them. Looking into your own eyes deeply helps connect with your subconscious mind. However, you have to do this on a very regular basis. In fact, Louise L. Hay says that when you are in your house and whenever you pass in front of your mirror, stop and repeat the affirmation a few times. This is a very powerful technique. I can personally vouch for the efficacy of this technique!

Repeating the following self-esteem affirmations in front of a mirror, especially when looking into your own eyes, is a very good way of restoring your self-esteem. Remember, as you love yourself more and more, your self-esteem will grow higher and higher. Try to combine two or more affirmations when repeating. Do this everyday for at least one month and then see the results.
1. I take consistent action everyday towards my goals!
2. I am a genius and I apply my wisdom everyday!
3. I unconditionally love & accept myself!
4. I experience miracles everyday in my life!
5. My new life has begun!
6. I love exercising daily and it helps me reach my ideal weight!
7. Every day in every way I am getting slimmer and fitter!
8. The past is gone. I live only in the present!
9. I create success effortlessly!
10. The past has no effect on my present!

– Every day for 30 days write out your favorite affirmations in a book and read them, say them out loud and write them out EVERYDAY
– What were my personal highlights during this affirmation phase?
– What challenges did I face and how did I handle them?
– What exciting new insights did I discover in myself last week?
– What was my greatest achievement this past week?
– What will be my positive focus for next week?