Do affirmations work?
Do positive affirmations make a difference?
Are daily affirmations effective?
Thousands of Google searches are done for these phrases every day: affirmations definition, affirmations meaning and affirmations positive. Also: affirmations for self love, affirmations for money, affirmations for women, and affirmations quotes.
So, dear reader, let me ask you...
How did YOU come to this page?
Were you searching for affirmations meaning or positive affirmations?
Have you been practicing daily affirmations?
If so, what has been your affirmation practice?
If you're like many of my clients I've coached over the last two decades, you may have tried some or all of the following techniques.
First, we have to define affirmations. What is the affirmations definition most people are looking for?
I first learned about affirmations from Louise Hay from her classic book, "You Can Heal Your Life." Louise Hay affirmations are the classic affirmation type that include the I Am affirmations. Examples include:
I am happy.
I am successful.
I am rich.
I have high self esteem.
So the definition of affirmations is, "A positive statement of something you want to be true in your life."
There are a few set ways we were taught to use affirmations -- from a short simple exercise that takes mere minutes, to affirming in word, to repeating affirmations designed to keep us optimistic and in keeping with our moral integrity, such as:
Why do we use positive affirmations like this?
Because these are the kind of examples we learned in a book, from a therapist or therapists, in an academic journal, in positive psychology. And it works in theory.
But remember, theory is not the same as evidence or personal experience.
Maybe you're the type of person who needs more psychological or cognitive proof.
So let me ask you how you feel when you use affirmations or positive statements. While this isn't therapy, it is a very important action you can take right now, and the benefits will be immediately obvious to you.
How do you FEEL when you...
Since each person is unique, I suggest you take the simple action of checking in with yourself, and using your feelings as a helpful guide to healing your own reality -- because you are more than capable of coping with this concept.
In a majority of cases, when you say positive affirmations like the ones listed above, you're out of integrity with your Authentic Self and what you truly feel is true about you.
Instead of celebrating your achievements, the reality is that oftentimes when you say the positive affirmation, you feel like you're lying to yourself.
When we say a positive affirmation, it often feels like we're lying to ourselves.
When you say positive affirmations like the ones listed above, what does your brain say?
If you're like most of the thousands of coaching clients I've coached over the last 20 years, your brain probably responds with...
In my books and online courses, as well as my coaching programs, I call this the "Yeah, Right" Response.
Because your brain literally says, "Yeah, right" when you say these positive affirmations.
One morning in April 1997, when I was in the shower, I had an epiphany that changed my life.
I had been reading books on positive affirmations for years.
I did what all the gurus told me to do.
I wrote hundreds of affirmations daily - affirmation mornings, affirmation mantras, affirmations I Am, affirmations for money, affirmations for self-love, and more.
"I'm happy. I'm rich. I'm successful.”
Except I wasn’t ANY of those things!
We’ve all heard the ancient law: As you sow, so shall you reap.
But what are we sowing?
We’re sowing seeds of thought.
And what are most people doing?
Sowing lousy thought seeds.
Every self-help book I’d ever read had told me to just repeat these positive affirmations over and over, until I believed them.
And the only problem was, they weren’t working for me at all!
On that fateful morning, I realized that instead of asking lousy questions, getting lousy answers and creating a lousy life…
I realized that there was a far easier, faster, and more effective way to change your THOUGHTS, change your BELIEFS, and change your LIFE.
I’ve got a file cabinet overflowing with real-life success stories from men and women around the world who had tried everything, but who were still stuck and unfulfilled until using my AFFORMATIONS System.
That’s why my favorite part of the day is reading success stories from my clients - people just like YOU from around the world, like...
When people say to me or write me on social meda, "Noah, you changed my life!’
That’s the TRUE meaning of success.