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Affirmations Not Working For You? How To Supercharge Them - Part2

Jul 18, 2008
As we saw in Part 1 of this article, most affirmations, no matter how compelling or impassioned they may by, usually end up stashed away somewhere gathering dust. It just makes sense that what you focus on and pay attention to is what you will get. If you've studied the Law of Attraction at all or watched the movie, 'The Secret' that is the main theme. So all these people are saying it works, so you make a long list of what you want to have show up in your life. I know I sure did. I wanted my business to grow exponentially, I wanted my marriage to be better, so I wrote all that stuff down and diligently started to say them over and over. For about a week, maybe 2 and then my subconscious would fire back with "Lord this is boring", or "Yada, yada, yada" or something like that and I taper off and eventually stop doing them all together. We learned in Part 1 that there are two main reasons for this:

1. We can't get past our belief filters in our subconscious minds long enough to make the affirmations stick - this is was covered in Part 1, and

2. Stuff happens in day to day life that can cause us to start thinking in a downward tailspin, each though fueling the fire so to speak. We don't know how to put the brakes on this negative spiral in the very moment it starts, so we let it take over and stop doing our affirmations.

There are lots of things that can happen in a day to set us up for one of those downward tailspins. You get up on the wrong side of the bed and it's all downhill from there, right? That used to happen to me a lot. I used to have a saying, "I've earned this depression and I'm going to enjoy it for awhile." What a crazy belief, but believe it I did. Somehow I really thought I was getting something out of being nasty and grumpy. But the Law of Attraction states that what you spend most of your time thinking about and focusing on is what you will get. You can probably guess that I was getting lots of reasons to be nastier and grumpier, that's for sure.

But, when you look at the other side of the coin, the more you can focus on what you want to have in your life, the quicker it will come to you. If you can focus on it with emotion and feeling, well then, so much the better. So it makes sense that the more time you can spend feeling good and keeping the dark clouds at bay, then the easier it would be to bring about your desires.

So most teachers of the Law of Attraction stress that you need to control your thinking and CHANGE your negative thoughts to positive ones. Just DO IT, right? But that is not as easy as it sounds. The usual recommendations are affirmations - been there done that - some wonderful books to read or beautiful meditations (which I love to do), but it is not normally easy to drop everything and find a quiet space to meditate, or find the perfect passage in a book to help you in the moment. These are all long term strategies, but it's rare to be in the middle of a crisis situation and be able to stop RIGHT NOW and meditate until you feel better.

Wouldn't it make sense to have a tool that could help us to change our negative thoughts right here and now in the moment that we realize that we are letting the circumstances of life dictate how we feel? A tool that is right there, waiting for you to grab onto it without having to think about it. It should be just like reaching out and flipping a switch on and off. That's what is really needed.

I'm sure that sounds a little crazy to some people, because we are so used to letting the circumstances of our lives dictate how we feel, and we feel powerless to anything but ride the storm out in despair. But what I am suggesting to you is that you start thinking right now, while you are reading this, how you might handle yourself the next time a crisis comes up that puts you in a tailspin. What could you say or do or picture in your mind that would turn it around. Get something stuck in your head. Something you can do on autopilot. Plant a switch there in your mind that you can reach out and flip the minute you recognize that "Oh Boy, here we go again." Maybe a picture of puppies or a chant or a little song or something that your 'Belief Detective' won't recognize as an affirmation. Song lyrics are non-threatening because you don't have to believe the words - it's just a little old song after all.

So, don't wait until the next time something blindsides you to figure out your tool might be. Think about it right NOW! Be prepared. You don't really want to go to the Pity Party anymore, so be ready.
About the Author
Debbie Thomas brings you AttitudeZapz! Affirmation Jingles. These short, catchy jingles with affirmations built right in will stick in your head and help you stay positive and motivated on the path to achieving all you desire.
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