If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve no doubt heard me talk about affirmations. They really are a simple but POWERFUL way to retrain your thinking.
In fact, spiritual entrepreneur and brain researcher, John Assaraf says, “Affirmations are your To Be List—powerful reminders throughout the day that keep you on track toward your goals and dreams.”
I LOVE that description because it really does capture the essence of how they work. But there are some people out there (and maybe it’s you) who struggle and say things like, “affirmations don’t work for me.”
Without me going into diagnostic mode to figure out what’s going on there, I’m going to give you one of the coolest tips ever on how to SUPER- CHARGE your affirmations AND….get you out of the habit of criticizing yourself (you don’t do that do you? wink, wink).
If you are finding it difficult to really FEEL your affirmations and BELIEVE the words you are saying, there is no way in heck they are going to work for you. So if that’s the case, try turning your affirmation into a question.
Here’s what I mean.
Let’s say you are affirming, “I am a strong, successful businesswoman who achieves all of my goals.”
Sounds great huh?
Sure, till your inner critic chimes in and says stuff like, “Ha, YOU?!! Yeah, right!!!” And you take the bait and fall into the quicksand of despair quickly finding 10 reasons why you will never be successful. Sound familiar??
So what if you did this instead? What if you asked yourself, “What is it about me that could make me successful in achieving my goals?”
Hmm, now your wheels are turning right? You can’t help but search for an answer to that question because that’s how our brains are wired.
If you struggle to come up with an answer, try asking a friend or family member who appreciates you. Ask them to come up with an answer and sure enough, they will! And don’t be surprised if the things you hear are things you didn’t even know about yourself.
The reason you couldn’t figure them out is because you’ve gotten into a nasty habit of criticizing yourself.
So now I’m going to give you a BONUS trick to slap that self-criticism silly!
You’ve probably heard it said that it takes 21 days to change a habit right? So for the next 21 days, post your questions where you can see them every day and spend some time each day writing down things you appreciate about yourself.
Here’s what’s going to happen. Any fears or hesitation that you have about making certain decisions, or poor self-esteem or self-worth are going to magically melt away.
Because you are going to be enveloped in a big ol’ love fest, that’s why!
You will be SO focused on all your strengths, how capable you are, and the gagillion reasons why you WILL accomplish your goals, that the self-doubt and fears will turn to dust like a vampire hitting sunlight.
Boom! You have just flipped your “manifesting switch” to ON. Now get ready and open those arms WIDE to receive all the good that is coming to you now!
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