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  • Writer's pictureMichael McEntee

The power of affirmations

Developing a positive mindset is one of the most powerful life strategies there is. Using powerful positive thinking techniques, visualisations and positive affirmations, it is possible to achieve whatever you want.

You can use "Positive Affirmations", which are usually short positive statements targeted at a specific subconscious set of beliefs, to challenge and undermine negative beliefs and to replace them with positive self-nurturing beliefs. It is a kind of “re-conditioning" as you get to choose which negative beliefs to wash away. Our current beliefs are just learnt thought patterns that we have developed since childhood, many of these work well for us, but others may now be working against us, they are dysfunctional and may be sabotaging us from achieving what we believe we want. Every affirmation we think or say is a reflection of our inner truth or beliefs. It is important to realise that many of these "inner truths" may not actually be true for us now or may be based on invalid or inappropriate impressions we constructed as children, which if examined as an adult can be exposed as inappropriate.

The way "Positive Affirmation" statements are constructed is extremely important. It is important to remember of course that everything we say and think is a positive affirmation, using positive affirmation statements forces us to keep focussed on our inner goals and reminds us to think consciously about our words and thoughts and to modify them to reflect our positive affirmation.

By choosing to think and say positive affirmations as true, the subconscious is forced into one of two reactions - avoidance or reappraisal. The bigger the issue the bigger the gap between the positive affirmation and the perceived inner truth and the more likely that one is going to experience resistance. This is where the subconscious finds it easier to stay with its perceived inner truth and avoid the challenge using any means at its disposal to avoid examining the issue. You will recognise this reaction by a strong negative feeling inside as you state the positive affirmations. Equally if you experience a sense of joy and well being, your mind is instinctively responding to something it believes to be true. When you get this emotion, you know your affirmations are working!

Because affirmations actually reprogram your thought patterns, they change the way you think and feel about things, and because you have replaced dysfunctional beliefs with your own new positive beliefs, positive change comes easily and naturally. This will start to reflect in your external life, you will start to experience noticeable changes for the better in many aspects of your life.

However, if you find yourself experiencing serious resistance or have identified an area of trauma in your life, it is advisable to seek professional support through a range of services out there, both holistic or scientific. The journey you are embarking on will release you from the past but having proper support around you as you go through this process will make it so much easier.

Five easy steps to help you formulate a winning affirmation:

1. Know what you don’t want.

2. This will help you to then clearly identify what you don’t want: (Decide, Choose, Declare).

3. Be as clear and specific as possible: have no doubts, don’t allow self sabotage.

4. “Feel” the thing you want as if you already had it.

5. Simply LET GO! Once you’ve set your intention then leave the who, where, when, how up to the Universe. Your role is to maintain positive.

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