“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.”
I read somewhere that that was one of the first wildly popular affirmations. I used to be able to put my hand on the person who said it but even a quick Google search won’t find it for me now.
It seems that, along with visualization, affirmations are the way to go if you’re trying to reach some wonderful aspiration.
We know the drill on this one, too.
- It must be in the first person – “I…”
- It must be in the present tense. – “I am…”
- It should have a highly descriptive adverb or qualifier of some kind. – “I am wildly…”
- It should have your aspiration or desired goal. “I am wildly wealthy.”
Of course. it really needs to be more than that. More along the lines of, “I am so fabulously wealthy that I easily and joyfully provide luxuries and …..” You get the picture. The idea is to make it emotional. So your sunconscious mind really knows you want it. So the Universe really knows that it’s time to give you what you want.
There are tons of affirmations on Twitter. Lots on Facebook. Websites galore. It seems there is no end to affirmations and people wanting to help you use affirmations to create the life you want to live.
But, Do They Work?
This is another tool, like visualization, that is supposed to help you beat a message into your subconscious mind. You tell it what you want each and every day…many times a day. In fact, with affirmations, the more you repeat them to yourself the better they’re supposed to work.
Only, they don’t.
It they did I would be a lean, mean fighting machine.
OK. Maybe not. But, I’d be 180 lbs with a great wardrobe and babes falling all over me. I’d have to beat them off with a stick, waving my wedding ring in their face and saying something like, “Sorry, ladies. I’m spoken for.” Or something equally corny.
I wish I knew why affirmations weren’t the magic pixie dust to help me get my life on the track I’d like it to be. I don’t.
I do know I’ve tried affirmations about 6 ways from Sunday.
- Simple ones.
- Complex ones.
- At specific times during the day.
- Many times during the day.
- Saying them once.
- Saying them multiple times in a row.
- Putting them on index cards to read when the thought pops into my head to read them.
- Using affirmations for one goal.
- Using affirmations for multiple goals
…on and on and on.
At some point (and I can’t remember when) I decided that they really weren’t helping me realize my aspirations. They weren’t even making me feel any better about my situation. They didn’t even provide hope.