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Affirmations Not Working For You? How To Supercharge Them - Part1

Jul 7, 2008
If you have spent any length of time studying Personal Development these days, you must have heard that what you think about is what you will bring about in your reality. If you focus consistently on what you want you will start to really Believe it. When you really Believe it, you will begin to take the appropriate action that will move you closer and closer to what you desire. We often hear that Seeing is Believing, but it's the reverse that is really true. It's called the Law of Attraction and was talked about in the movie 'The Secret.'

When it comes to the way our brains learn things, REPETITION is key. Think about it - how did you learn your times tables in 5th grade math - repetition. How does an actor learn his lines - repetition. How did we all learn to walk and talk - repetition. So it stands to reason that if you want your mind to believe in a different way than it currently believes, you are going to have to teach it how to think that way by repeating what you want to believe.

That makes perfect sense, doesn't it? If you keep repeating something over and over to your self, your subconscious mind should start to agree with you, right? So we start to use Affirmations. Affirmations are simply statements you make about what you really WANT to believe. Almost every personal development expert on the planet has recommended affirmations and THE best tool to 'Fake it til you Make it,' and keep up the positive attitude, because the repetition of the affirmation is teaching your brain how to think.

Still logical isn't it? If we just repeat our affirmations over and over and over, we should all be healthy, wealthy and wise, right? Sounds pretty easy doesn't it? So....Why aren't we all fabulously wealthy if we know this should work? Because we just DON'T DO THEM on a regular basis or for long enough. There are two reasons for this:

1. Deep down we don't really believe what we are affirming to ourselves so unless there is instant change, we lose the momentum, and

2. We don't know how to turn things around when something puts us in a bad mood or makes us unhappy, we let the negativity spiral downward and we have nothing to grab onto to stop the spiral, so we quit and tell ourselves that 'this was stupid anyway.'

So, one of the main reasons we don't keep doing our affirmations, even though we know they should work is because we are talking about trying to change deep seated Belief systems here. It's not as easy as changing your mind about what you want for dinner. Research has shown that most of the things we believe about ourselves were implanted deep into our subconscious before the age of 7. So if you have a deeply rooted belief that all rich people are money grubbers, you can repeat that you are fabulously wealthy until you are blue in the face and you won't get anywhere. If your affirmations keep bouncing off the walls of your Beliefs and returning with "We don't want to be like that" - eventually you will either lose interest, get bored, get too busy or just plain give up in frustration long before the the affirmations even begin to take hold.

Now if you did keep on practicing diligently, you would eventually see a change, but since you belief filters won't allow you to change instantly, most people give up in frustration far too soon. But it's really not your fault, at least not your conscious mind's fault.

You see, your subconscious mind or your ego can be your worst enemy. It likes you just the way you are - warts and all. It doesn't see any need to change, it hates change and when you are trying to change by stating things like - "I am wealthy, healthy and happy" - the subconscious 'Belief Detective' I call it, immediately responds with - "No, we're not. We're broke and depressed and I feel like we're coming down with something". Whether you know it or not, your subconscious mind has been driving the bus all along. It knows how to operate you and doesn't want your interference, thank you very much! If you try to force change, it will give you a million reasons why affirmations are boring or too time consuming or just plain stupid. If you can't get past that 'Belief Detective', or at least realize what is going on, your subconscious mind will win and keep you broke, sick and depressed. Ironically, this is how it thinks it is protecting you. Gee, Thanks!!

So what do I do now, you ask? You need to start thinking right now about how to bypass the guardian of your 'Belief Detective.' One way to do this is to put your affirmations into a song. Your subconscious mind stops being on guard when you are singing. It's called suspending your disbelief, much like you do when you see a movie (or did you really believe in Spiderman). And once you get a song stuck in your head, you usually sing it all day long, thus feeding your subconscious on autopilot. Think about it right now and stay tuned for Part 2 where we discuss how to change your negative attitude instantly.
About the Author
Debbie Thomas has created AttitudeZapz! Affirmation Jingles. These short, catchy jingles with affirmations as lyrics will help you keep positive and focused on your dreams and goals.
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