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How to use affirmations

Is there an area of your life that you’d like to change? Why not try using affirmations? Affirmations can have powerful effects on people’s lives. The reason for this is that we are always giving our selves affirmations through our conscious and subconcious thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts are negative and help keep us stuck where we are.

For instance, some people repeat to themselves throughout the day that they are not good enough, or they are not smart enough to do something they really want to do.

To use affirmations, sit quietly and think of a few things that you might want to change or improve in your life. For instance if you are plagued with self-doubt, but you would like to be more confident, your affirmation might be: “I am a totally confident person.” It’s important to word your affirmation in the present tense, like it is already a fact about your life. Your subconscious will readily accept that it is a fact, especially with repetition, and this in turn can and usually does affect a person’s actions, which changes the aspect the person using the affirmation wants to change.

You can repeat these affirmations silently a few times throughout the day. Write them on a small card and find a quiet place to read them, or write them out on paper or repeat them to yourself in the morning and evening at home.

It’s important to keep your language positive rather than negative. For example, you wouldn’t want to word your affirmation, “I will never have self-doubt again.” The reason for this is that the subconscious picks up on the negative messages in the words “never” and “self-doubt.” It’s more effective to say it in a positive way as in the first example, “I am a totally confident person.”

Using affirmations is free and what is there really to lose? If you have something about your life you want to change, why not give using them a whirl?

—adapted from Massage & Body Work magazine

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