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Writing Affirmations

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Writing Affirmations

     Affirmations are simple statements that we make about our decisions in life. We make statements about ourselves to ourselves constantly—sometimes consciously; sometimes automatically. When we make the same statements frequently enough they become subconscious messages. Our belief system is stored in our subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is like a computer. It takes input, processes it, and produces output. The adage “garbage in; garbage out” is appropo to our subconscious mind. When we input negative messages, our output is negative attitudes and behaviors. Conversely when we provide positive input we have positive outcomes. This happens over time, through repetition. Consequently our affirmations are to be positive statements, simply stated, repeated regularly and over time.

     Other points about affirmations:

  • Use the present tense (“I am”; “I choose to be”) rather than future tense (“I will’; “I want to be”).
  • Make statements positive (“I choose to dismiss gossip” rather than “I do not gossip”.)
  • Written statements are good; written and spoken statements are better. More of your senses are involved in making the statements multiplying the input to your subconscious mind.
  • Be specific and make goals attainable. (“I make $100,000.00 a year” rather than “I am rich”.)

     Make affirmations a constant in your life to help you get your attitude “right”.

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