Affirmations: Tool Promotes Change
Affirmations – specifically worded phrases repeated for personal change – are a simple way to move a dream into a reality. If affirmations are accessible, then why do so few people access them? There appears to be a cultural resistance to applying affirmations to move ahead in one’s personal life. For example, when a woman is young, she is often told to stay demure to avoid being perceived as a braggart or a snob. However, when one overrides the resistance to using affirmations to stimulate change, then change occurs. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” noted the late father of the self-help movement, Dr. Wayne Dyer. And what drives that change in many cases? Affirmations. The five most obvious ways that affirmations move one’s desires to one’s destiny are enticing, because they are readily available. These benefits include connection, focus, discovery, self-acceptance, and self-reliance.
Everyone seems to know what she or he does not like about herself or himself. And, that particular line of thinking simply continues the mindset. By taking on a radical shift by considering the opposite of what is accepted as truth, affirmations bring connection to positive change. The connection to a new positive outcome is a powerful benefit of reciting short, positive phrases.
Furthermore, by simply writing out a statement repeatedly, affirmations begin to become ingrained into one’s subconscious mind. In her book, “I Can Do It,” author and lecturer, Louise Hay, states that: “An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change. In essence, you’re saying to your subconscious mind: “I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.” Focusing one’s attention on the good things on the path ahead can bring about rapid change.
Affirmations lend to the discovery of hidden strengths. What would one find if she or he repeatedly sought positive change? Perhaps when personal luggage is replaced with a lighthearted carry on, one can lift the load of self-perception to new heights. Author and motivational speaker, Denis Waitley, coined the term, “BAG” – “blessings, accomplishments, and goals”. My late father was enthused by Waitley’s teachings and often asked us around the dinner table, “So, tonight, what’s in your BAG?” By practicing affirmations, then discussing Waitley’s key points, my siblings and I have lively memories of family dinners long after Dad has been gone.
When one uses affirmations in front of a mirror, an immediate benefit is self-acceptance. It may take several tries. It may seem awkward at first, but self-acceptance comes from looking one’s self in the eyes while saying positive words. After several days, we begin to literally see the change looking back from the mirror.
Finally, affirmations reveal self-reliance. Each individual is the only person who has the power to change anything in his or her life. Advertisement tells people otherwise. It makes an individual think she or he needs a personal trainer or a business mentor for all the answers to success. Taking time to repeat personalized affirmations, one becomes informed about choices. Then, listening very carefully to the answers that bubble up during this affirmation work, one experiences self-reliance.
With practice, one can benefit from the connection, focus, discovery, self-acceptance, and self-reliance. that affirmation work brings. And feel a lot happier, too!