By Tania Kotsos
PUBLISH DATE: 12 JAN 2020
You can use daily positive affirmations to challenge your limiting beliefs and overwrite them at the subconscious level through the repetition of positive statements. They can also be used to impress your subconscious mind with altogether new beliefs. In this way you effectively reprogram the subconscious mind to be more positive and optimistic. Any thought you repeat often enough will be accepted by your subconscious mind and will in time overwrite the opposing belief or create a new one. Put simply, the aim of using daily positive affirmations is to create an inner world of excellence that will in time come to be reflected in your outer world, and in everything you think, say and do.
By using positive affirmations on a daily basis you can effectively change what you believe and what you think about yourself, about life and about all the most important areas of your life. And the more you use them, the more you will find that your circumstances start to change and match your new beliefs because it is you that creates your own reality through your thought power, and more specifically by how you feel. When you change what you think and what you feel, so does your life change and in ways that you may seem miraculous to you right now.
Everyone has an inner monologue going on most of the day that is usually a reflection of their subconscious beliefs, how they are feeling at the time, their worries or concerns, or else, what they have to do that day or in the next few days. The use of daily positive affirmations can 'hack' into this inner monologue so that it becomes intentional rather than a random array of thoughts, most of which are usually not very positive and may even be sabotaging your life.
Using daily positive affirmations is the equivalent of 'drowning out' the background noise of your mental chatter by playing your favourite music, only with the aim that the background noise is overwritten by the music so that in time it is the music that plays without your conscious participation. In other words, your daily positive affirmations 'play' of their own accord once they have been wholly impressed on the subconscious mind, such that what you think, what you feel and what you do also change to match what you have affirmed.
Put simply, daily positive affirmations are positive statements that mentally affirm a positive belief, which usually challenges an existing limiting belief or creates a wholly new positive belief. This is achieved by repeating a statement that implies the positive belief that you want to adopt. Positive affirmations encourage a more optimistic mindset and outlook on life and with their daily use, you can reprogram the subconscious mind and reap the benefits that follow.
In my experience it is most effective to keep your daily positive affirmations general rather than very specific so as to not trigger inner resistance from the underlying negative belief you are wanting to change. Moreover, a more general statement can help tackle a number of limiting beliefs all at once and grants you a broader positivity. With this in mind, you also want to avoid extreme affirmations such as 'I am a billionaire' and choose broader statements because your aim is for your subconscious mind to believe and feel what you are saying to be true with minimum resistance.
Before outlining some rules for using daily positive affirmations, it is important to clarify how the mind is reprogrammed. Recent discoveries in neuroscience have concluded that while the human mind is programmed passively up until the age of around 27 years old, it can still be programmed thereafter albeit actively. Passively means without your conscious input such that up to your late 20s your subconscious mind is being programmed by any input and from any source, albeit not as passively as in your childhood. In contrast, thereafter the mind must be programmed actively, which means with your conscious input and more specifically through the use of concentration and focus.
Keep these findings of active versus passive programming in mind when reading the 'rules' for using positive affirmations on the next page. Nevertheless, whatever your age, it is always optimal that you program your mind actively because it places you in the seat of the director of your subconscious mind, or in other words you are the conscious source of its inputs, and are in fact doing exactly what the conscious mind is intended to do, which is to guard the subconscious mind from unwanted inputs. You can use passive programming, such as subliminals if you listen to them, to boost or support your active programming.
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First up, as is the case when learning anything new or different, keep an open mind. Do not judge or over-analyze any of the statements that you choose to use. If you feel resistance at first or thoughts such as 'yeah right', do not react or become frustrated. Just persevere and in time, having repeated the daily positive affirmations often enough, they will feel natural to you and any resistance will dissipate until it disappears altogether because the belief that previously caused the resistance will have been overwritten. Next let's take a look at some rules or guidlines for using positive affirmations on a daily basis.
It may be obvious but you must know which areas of your life you want to target with your daily positive affirmations. You do not want to attempt to change every area at once because you are more than likely to be overwhelmed and will be unable to perform the necessary repetition effectively. I suggest to start by choosing one of the following 10 areas but you can combine different affirmations from the different areas: your self-concept (i.e. what you think of yourself), self-improvement, health and body image, relationships, love, success, finances, life in general, manifesting and your True Self.
If you want to super-charge the effectiveness of your daily positive affirmations, you want to target specific negative beliefs that are personal to you and are currently holding you back in life, and/or create specific wholly new positive beliefs that you would like to hold true for you. I strongly suggest you read the article linked below, which goes into detail about identifying core beliefs, both negative and positive with the focus on the negative because those are the ones you want to change. You may be 'biting at the bit' to get started with your daily positive affirmations, but it is truly worth your effort to properly identify those beliefs you want to change so that you can tailor-make your affirmations.
FURTHER READING: HOW TO IDENTIFY CORE BELIEFS
Having selected the area of your life that you want to focus on and identifies the limiting beliefs that you want to overwrite or the new beliefs you want to adopt, you can now make a list of the daily positive affirmations that is tailored to your goals. I suggest no more than 10 affirmations to start with so as to keep you focussed and maximise your success. Importantly, I recommend that you keep a journal and write your affirmations down. The written word is very powerful for cementing your thoughts and finding clarity. I suggest you read the daily positive affirmations I have compiled for you in the article below for ideas that can inspire you. Feel free to use them as they are if they resonate with you, or else use them as inspiration and change them to suit your needs. You will notice that the nature of the affirmations on the list are intended to evoke feeling and inspiration.
FURTHER READING: TOP 100 POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS LIST
Keep the affirmations as broad or specific as you want as long as they do not trigger strong resistance and make sure that they inspire you. Make sure that your statements are not too long or complicated. Remember, it is the subconscious mind that you are wanting to convince or program with the affirmations, and the subconscious mind is moved by feelings not words. Finally, state the affirmations positively. This means to write them as positive not negative statements because the subconscious mind does not 'understand' negation. For instance, if you are wanting to overwrite a sense of anxiety instead of stating 'I am no longer anxious', use something along the lines of 'Isn't wonderful that I have peace of mind. My mind always keeps me calm.'.
Something great is happening. You are changing your life. Keep this in mind and maintain a positive outlook when using your daily positive affirmations. Do not force yourself to repeat the affirmations parrot-fashion when you'd rather not. Do not use them with an attitude of 'oh, here we go again'. Do not question the validity of the affirmations you have created or roll your eyes at their thought. Make a commitment to yourself to use them with a positive attitude. If, however, the idea of affirmations make you anxious or you are feeling too despondent to use them, I strongly suggest using the alternative technique called Autosuggestions linked below, which I am sure you will find very helpful whether you combine it with your daily positive affirmations or use it alone to reprogram the subconscious mind.
FURTHER READING: THE POWER OF AUTOSUGGESTIONS
Ideally you want to repeat the positive statement(s) with your full awareness and focus on what you are affirming because remember that you are programming your mind actively rather than passively. Instead of just repeating the affirmations only when you remember to do so, set aside a time of day preferably once in the morning upon waking up, and once at night before going to sleep to affirm the statements of your choice. This is another reason to choose 10 concise statements so that you have the time and willingness to use them and commit to their daily repetition.
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As a booster, you can also record the daily positive affirmations of your choice in your own voice and let them play softly in the background, even as you sleep. In this way you support your active programming with passive programming of your subconscious mind. Just remember, that active programming is the key to being the conscious director of your mind.
The most effective way to use your list of daily positive affirmations is to endeavour to feel that the positive statement holds true for you in the moment, not some time in the future. Feeling is the secret to programming the subconscious mind. Feeling has and always will be the secret. Assume the consciousness of your statement. Feel it to be real. Gently smiling while saying the statements is also a very powerful way of creating an automatic positive attitude. The more you repeat your affirmations with feeling, the time will come when the statements feel wholly natural to you. As natural as those statements that you say about yourself today that you just know hold true for you. With this in mind, I recommend you read the article below to get a fuller understanding of getting into the feeling of your affirmations.
FURTHER READING: FEELING IS THE SECRET TO MANIFESTING ANYTHING
If you don't know what you are wanting to affirm feels like, ask yourself that very question. How would I feel if I, for instance, believed in myself? How would I feel if I loved my body? How would I feel if success came naturally to me? You can also study people that have the qualities and beliefs you are wanting to adopt through your chosen affirmations. stand the way they stand, listen to what they say, study their reactions. In this way you will get an initial sense of the feeling and you can take it from there. But even if you don't feel it fully at first, persevere because repetition is your friend.
Check in with yourself during the day in the context of your daily positive affirmations. Ask yourself, how am I feeling and really listen for the answer and sense the answer. If you are feeling good and your affirmations are taking hold, then continue as you are and be grateful in that moment as you affirm how you are feeling. If, however, you are feeling bad or doubting your affirmations, just relax in that moment and remind yourself that everything is changing for the better. Be patient, and if you can do so without much resistance in that moment, simply say the positive statement that would override your bad feeling, and say it with calm conviction.
Make 40 days a rule of thumb when reprogramming your mind with the aim of changing your consciousness by overwriting a negative belief or creating new ones. The reason being that it takes an estimated 40 days to create a permanent shift in consciousness. Repeat your list of daily positive affirmations, morning and night and throughout the day as advised in Rule #9, every day and for 40 consecutive days. Do not skip a day of saying your affirmations, and if you do, start again if near the start of your 40-day plan, or at the very least add a day to the plan. As always, keep a journal to track your thoughts and progress. And last but most certainly not least, do not share your affirmations or your efforts in that direction with anyone. Keep it private—say nothing to no one.