Why is it that you’ve tried repeating positive affirmations to change your life, but you haven’t achieved the desired results?

We are often our own worst critic, and at times, we even have self-destructive thoughts. The way we communicate with ourselves internally has a significant impact on how we perceive ourselves. If we talk to ourselves unfavorably, using expressions such as “I am no good,” “I can’t,” etc., our confidence and self-esteem can be negatively affected. Self-devaluation, feelings of worthlessness, or insufficiency play a crucial role in the processes of depression.

You’ve probably heard that through positive affirmations, you can transform your thought patterns and make them work in your favor. But what you may not know is that affirmations will never work until you discover how to reconfigure your subconscious first (remember that the subconscious holds the most superficial unconscious ideas, as opposed to the unconscious, where the deepest unconscious ideas reside). For example, you may have tried to use affirmations to attract more money to grow your business, but at the same time, you still hold the subconscious belief that you are a struggling entrepreneur. If this is the case, money will not come to you, or it will get stuck on the way because your subconscious is rejecting it.

It is true that the subconscious is a crucial part of the mind that can influence our beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors. Therefore, if our subconscious has ingrained negative patterns, it can be challenging to achieve lasting change by repeating positive affirmations in the conscious mind. To make positive affirmations truly effective, it is essential to work on reconfiguring our subconscious to align with our deepest goals and desires. This may require work on deeper levels of the mind, using techniques such as hypnosis, regression therapy, neurolinguistic programming, etc. By working on the subconscious, we can identify and overcome limiting patterns that may be hindering our progress and replace them with more positive and powerful beliefs and thoughts. When we achieve this change in our subconscious, positive affirmations can be much more effective, as we are working from a deeper level of our mind.

It may seem like a lot of work, but it is more straightforward than it sounds. So, to make positive affirmations work, it is important to work on the subconscious through constant repetition and vivid visualization of the desired results. The key is to program your mind with positive thoughts and emotions that help you replace limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns.

What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations are a simple yet effective psychological tool that anyone can use to improve their emotional well-being. Positive affirmations are short, affirmative statements used to focus the mind on positive and motivating thoughts. These affirmations are repeated aloud or silently with the intention of training the mind to change negative thinking patterns and foster a positive and confident attitude.

We often see a lot of optimistic messages on social media such as “where there’s a will, there’s a way”, “nothing is impossible” or “you are your only limit”. However, most of these affirmations suggest that we are solely responsible for changing our situation, even when we face problems such as mental health issues, a breakup, the loss of a loved one, or job instability. In such situations, these affirmations can negatively affect our self-esteem and be extremely frustrating if we cannot reach our goals. Because of all this, there are different perceptions regarding the effectiveness of positive affirmations.

On the other hand, there is some research suggesting that they can have a positive impact, as they can inspire, motivate, and even condition our minds to achieve desired goals. When realistic affirmations are employed and practiced diligently, they can be a simple self-help tool with the ability to stimulate and increase self-confidence and self-esteem, which we need to implement positive changes and achieve our desired goals.

The human brain has the ability to adapt and change in response to different stimuli. When positive affirmations are regularly repeated, the brain begins to process information differently and search for evidence that the affirmations are true. For example, if someone regularly repeats the affirmation “I am a confident and capable person”, their brain will begin to search for evidence that this is true, such as remembering situations where they felt confident and capable. In this way, positive affirmations can help people change their thinking and feeling patterns and improve their self-esteem and confidence.

It is important to note that positive affirmations alone cannot solve all of life’s problems or challenges. However, they can be a valuable tool to help people maintain a positive attitude, have more confidence, and improve their overall emotional well-being.

Do positive affirmations really work?

Positive affirmations are related to mantras and spiritual chants that are repeated during meditation. In Sanskrit, the word mantra comes from “man”, which means “mind” or “thinking”, and “tra”, which means “tool”; and both positive affirmations and mantras are tools for thinking. Positive affirmations work because they have the ability to change the way the mind processes information and focuses on constructive and hopeful thoughts instead of focusing on the negative or worry. It doesn’t matter if the idea has a real basis or not, what is crucial is that the person perceives it as real: the mind does not distinguish between reality and fiction. Therefore, by regularly repeating positive affirmations, a pattern of positive thinking and a more optimistic attitude is created.

In addition, positive affirmations can also help reduce stress and anxiety by providing a healthy distraction and focusing attention on something that is considered positive. They can also be an effective tool for improving self-esteem and self-confidence, which in turn can improve performance and decision-making in different areas of life. Mindfulness meditation is a highly effective practice for discovering unconscious thought patterns and categorizing them in terms of what is healthy and what is not. Instead of seeking direct change, mindfulness helps us find the capacity and power to accept who we are and then move towards what is possible.

How to create truly effective positive affirmations?

There is no single formula to align positive affirmations with the subconscious and our soul, as this is a personal and unique process for each individual. However, here are some general steps that can help you in this process:

  1. Take time to connect with your inner self, whether through meditation, introspection or any other practice that helps you connect with your true being.
  2. Identify limiting beliefs that may be preventing your soul from fully expressing itself, ask yourself what beliefs have kept you stuck and limited, and try to replace them with positive affirmations. Create positive affirmations that are consistent with your higher values and goals. Make sure your affirmations are specific, affirmative, and focused on the present. Remember that the unconscious lives in the here and now, so everything is taken literally. Choose phrases that suit you, your situation, and what you want to improve. For example, if you want to work on raising your self-esteem, focus on appropriate phrases such as “I accept myself as I am,” “I have many virtues,” etc. Use concise and present-tense phrasing. Pronounce affirmations out loud to reinforce their message.
  3. Repeat your positive affirmations with intention and emotion, feeling in your heart that they are true and already manifesting in your life.
  4. Recognize that your subconscious may be operating in ways that limit you, so it is important to work at this level. Try techniques such as hypnosis, regression therapy or neurolinguistic programming to reprogram your subconscious patterns.
  5. Maintain your practice of positive affirmations and work on your alignment daily, with perseverance and above all, believing in yourself. Positive affirmations can be a powerful tool for achieving your goals and improving your emotional well-being. Consistency is key to achieving lasting results.

Positive affirmations are seeds that we plant in our minds to harvest positive results in our lives.

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