Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Saying Daily Positive Affirmations Just Doesn't Work

Personal Development experts recommend you use daily positive affirmations to help you achieve the success you seek and achieve your goals. But, so often I hear:

"Positive affirmations just don't work. I've been saying positive affirmations for ages and nothing's changed. In fact, things have become worse."

In "The Science of Getting Rich", Wallace D Wattles said in relation to his theory that:

"Furthermore, if every person who does what I tell him to do gets rich, this is positive proof until someone goes through the process and fails."

The same can be said of using positive affirmations. There's an effective way to practice them and this method works without fail. If you are not achieving successful results with affirmations you need to examine the affirmations that you are using and the manner in which you are practicing them.


"You become what you think about."
Napoleon Hill

So if you're saying positive affirmations and your life is getting worse, guess what you're thinking about? You are thinking negative thoughts. Your outer world reflects your inner world not just sometimes - all the time.

But there can be another problem. The so-called positive affirmations that you repeat to yourself may not even be positive. So many times I've read affirmations which are not constructed properly.

A common fault is to express your affirmation in the negative such as:

"I will not waste time."

Your sub-conscious mind does not process negatives. So to your sub-conscious mind the above statement comes across as:

"I will waste time."

And there's more. In addition to being written in the negative this statement has another strike against it which disqualifies it as a positive affirmation. Someone who says this to themselves is likely to be someone who wants to be more productive and use their time more efficiently. But this statement focuses on what they don't want to do - waste time. Yet, they repeat this statement to themselves over and over to themselves and expect positive change.

A more appropriate affirmation would be:

"I invest my time wisely."

People often make reference to how they "spend" their time but as Adam Urbanski pointed out, when you use time you are literally using up part of your live and so if you regard it as an investment you are more likely to give greater consideration to how you use your time. In whatever manner you choose to use your time, you are giving up part of your life for it.

In the movie "The Secret", Bob Proctor gives another example of how people's affirmations, this time with respect to money can keep them bound. He said that many people want to attract more money but they are focusing on debt.

"I don't care if it's get in or get out of debt. If you're thinking of debt, that’s what you're going to attract."
Bob Proctor

So in this case your affirmations could be about wanting to achieve financial freedom or achieve financial independence. Remember an affirmation is simply something that you affirm to yourself. It can be true. It can be false. It can be positive or negative.

And they're numerous other ways in which people can unwittingly make errors when constructing their affirmations. So have your affirmations checked by a coach or NLP Practitioner or someone else who truly understands affirmations, the power of words and the hidden meaning within what you say. In this way you can be certain that your daily positive affirmations actually have a chance of working for you rather than against you to help you achieve success.

For an excellent program to guide you step-by-step in creating your positive affirmations and then showing you how to explode their effectiveness by creating a Mind Movie visit:

Create Your Mind Movies

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  1. Anonymous5:02 am

    A valuable post on positivethinking

    Karim - Positive thinking

  2. Brilliant post on how to make affirmation effective. very inspiring! Thank you

  3. Karim & Glen,

    Thank you for your feedback.