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Most Affirmations Don't Work - How To Supercharge Yours - Part 1

Jul 10, 2008
Over the last several years, the personal development world has been taken by storm by the Law of Attraction, and while many people have been quietly practicing this for decades, it came into the mainstream with the movie 'The Secret.' One of the most important things I've learned from everyone from James Ray, Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, Bob Doyle, Sandy Forster, Bob Proctor and many more is that if you focus on what you want and persistently and consistently tell yourself that you have these things, you will come to Believe it. Once you Believe it, then you will be inspired to take the actions you need to take that will bring what you want to you. Hence the saying, When I Believe it, I will See it.

Our magnificent brains process and store every single bit of information that we have ever learned or experienced. When it comes to learning new things, the way our brain learns new things is by REPETITION. Think about it. How does an actress master the dialog in a play - repetition. How does an athlete become the best at what they do - repetition. Everything we've learned, from times tables to walking and talking has been learned by repetition. So it would seem reasonable that if you want to teach your brain to believe differently, the way to do it would be by repeating what you now want to believe about yourself and your life.

Great...that makes sense. The more you repeat something, the quicker your subconscious should start to agree with you. So in comes Affirmations. Affirmations are just statements about what you WANT to believe. They are touted by just about every self help expert as the way to 'Fake it til you Make it', and keep that positive attitude, because essentially you are just repeating over and over what you desire to believe.

OK, that makes sense too. If we all keep repeating affirmations, we'll all be rich and happy, right? Sounds simple enough. So then.... Why aren't we all rich and happy? Because we DON'T KEEP DOING THEM!! At least not long enough for them to take effect. This happens to so many people. I think there are two reasons for this:

1. If we don't see instant results, we have a hard time actually believing what we are telling ourselves, so we give up in disgust, and

2. We don't know how to instantly turn things around when we are thrown into a downward spiral when something happens to upset our plans, and we have no anchor to grab onto, so we stop trying, telling ourselves that 'this doesn't work.'

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 do them every single day without fail, you would eventually see a change, but since you belief systems won't allow you to change instantly, most people give up in frustration way too soon. It's not your fault though, at least not in a conscious way anyway.

You see, we really are of two minds, our conscious mind and our subconscious mind. So what it comes down to is that your subconscious mind - the one that breathes for you and keeps your heart beating - has been running the show all of these years, and it likes you just the way you are, even if it is broke, sick and miserable. It's got being YOU down to a tee and doesn't take kindly to being told that it's doing it all wrong. It has you wrapped up in the shell of your ego - who you believe you are - and it will put up a royal stink if you try to change. So you say statements like "I am a millionaire" - and it comes back at you with "Yeah Right!" This belief filter, or 'Belief Detective', as it were, ironically really thinks it is helping and protecting you. If you can't get past that filter, then your affirmations are doomed to fail.

So...what you need to do, right now while you are reading this, is to start to think of a way of bypassing the belief filters that stop your affirmations in their tracks. How do you do that? Why not try putting your affirmations in a song. Song lyrics are non threatening to the subconscious mind because you suspend your disbelief while you are singing, much like you might do when you see a movie (Ever seen Shrek?). Besides, once you get a song stuck in your head, you usually sing it over and over and over and not get bored with it, feeding your subconscious on autopilot,. Give it some thought right now and stay tuned for Part 2 where we'll discuss more about how to instantly change your negative attitude.
About the Author
Debbie Thomas is the creator of AttitudeZapz! Affirmation Jingles. These short, catchy jingles with affirmations built right in will help you stay motivated and focused on your dreams and goals.
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