In Volume 2 we discussed “setting our goals”. In setting your goals, you now have a target to aim at. Now we can look at a one of a couple of techniques that will affirm your goals and start to change the limitations in your sub-conscience.
Affirmations are a verbal commitment to your goals that tells your sub-conscience that this is the path you are going to follow (not just want to follow) and gives your mind specific details for achieving the goal.
The way an affirmation works is you will state your goal in the present tense. What I mean is, not want you want but what you have. As if you have already achieved your goal. We use this method because it will drive your sub-conscience to look for ways to achieve the goal and block out any of the limitations from the past hence opening up all the ideas and methods you need to further your success. Like I stated before, these ideas and methods have always been there but your limitations have kind of blocked you from seeing them.
Here are the 9 guidelines for creating an affirmation;
- Always start an affirmation with the words “I am” – the most powerful words in any language.
- Always use the present tense. As if you have already achieved your goal and you are there enjoying the sun set or driving that new car.
- State the goal in the positive. Affirm what you want, not what you don’t want. Never use a negative like – not, don’t, aren’t. Your sub-conscience will not recognize a negative. So for example – “I don’t smoke anymore” is recognized as “I smoke”
- Keep the affirmation as short as possible. Simply – the shorter it is, the easier your sub-conscience can pick it up.
- Make it specific, if its for income, state the exact target amount.
- Always use action words that end in “i-n-g”. (driving, working, golfing, vacationing).
- Include at least one dynamic emotional or feeling word. (loving, enjoying etc.)
- Make sure the affirmations are for you and not others.
- At the end ad the words “or something better”. You don’t want to limit yourself by hitting your goal and stopping. Why? Because of a quote i just heard – “If you’re not growing, you’re dying!” True of every living thing on this planet.
A couple of examples one of my own goals, my income goal, I want to be earning $200,000 per month;
- “I am not making enough money at $5000 a month, I want more.”
In this example you see I used a negative, no emotion words and it wasn’t specific. The result is “i make $5000 dollars a month” and that is what your sub-conscience will try to achieve.
- “I am happily and joyfully earning, investing, saving and donating $200,000 per month or more”.
In this example, which is my actual affirmation, I use 2 emotional words, 4 action words and a specific amount or more. That is what my sub-conscience is now working towards achieving and I must say, ideas coming to my are so abundant I can’t get them on paper fast enough. See these ideas, things and people were always there, we just couldn’t see them because of our limitations.
So write out your affirmations, I use 3×5 index cards which I neatly printed out the affirmations with a marker. You can type them out if you wish but I believe your own hand writing has more of an impact simply because it is yours. Also it has been said that text is read with the mind, hand writing is read with the heart.
What you want to do is to review these affirmations at least 2 times a day, preferably when you get up in the morning and when you go to bed at night. It doesn’t hurt while taking a brake during the day as well but twice will be adequate.
I keep them in front of the coffee pot for the morning and then in front of my lap top for the bed time. Some where you are guaranteed to see them. Pick a place you go to first thing in the morning and the last place at night.
Hope this makes sense to you. Next time I will cover visualization that will further enhance your aspirations and goals.
Till next time.