Affirmations: A Quick Guide to Reaching Your Goals

Published: 12th May 2009
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I've gotten some emails recently inquiring about the use of affirmations; mostly, how to write them and what the most effective technique is. While the use of affirmations is for everyone, and there are many written that are general enough to be used by the masses, it truly is more empowering when you make them your own.

Daily affirmations are powerful in helping you on your path to reaching your goals and attaining your desires. Goals can be anything from personal, social, health, relationships, and work/career. They can be general and also specific and/or object-related goals such as a new car, a vacation, a new home, etc. With that, the first step in crafting your affirmations is to know what it is that you want to achieve. This sometimes can be overwhelming because it is our nature to want a lot of things at once; so the quickest route to clarify your goals is to write them down. Make a list and don't get too hung up on details- at first. If you're not sure of what you want, simply make a list of all the things you do not want and your affirmation for each would be their opposite.

Once you have your list go back to each one and really think about it. Add as much detail as you can if there are details involved; some examples would be:

• "I have a brand-new shiny black BMW 525i with beautiful camel leather interior and a wonderful sound system. It brings me safely to all my destinations and gives me great pleasure."

• "I love my new home on the beach in (insert city, place, etc.). It is a beautiful and spacious home that gives me immense pleasure and comfort. It is affordable and I am completely safe and secure in my home." (you can describe more details here if you wish)

• "I am a punctual person. Everything runs smoothly and on-time for me."

• "I am a bright, loving, kind, and successful person!"

• "I deserve abundance in all areas of my life."

• "I'm a great public-speaker."

• "My relationship with (insert name) is warm, supportive, kind and loving. We enjoy each other's company and respect each other immensely."

• "I have a wonderful career doing (insert specific) in an industry I love. I have great co-workers and am compensated (insert $ desired salary/income) for my contribution. I am respected, valued, and treated very well. My office is perfect and is comfortable and pleasing."

• "I am very well-liked; I have many friends and feel very blessed with them in my life. I am invited to many wonderful events and enjoy all of my social interactions."

• "I am strong and vibrantly healthy. I grow younger every day in every way!"

• "My bank account is growing every day. I am a money-magnet and money comes to me easily and effortlessly in unexpected ways. I am very prosperous." (You can add a specific dollar amount in your bank account sentence or just leave it 'unlimited').

Really, you can be as general or detail-specific as the goal requires. Have fun with it. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve! It's important to note that while some details are beneficial, others might make it too rigid in allowing and receiving your goal. You needn't get caught up in certain aspects. Recognize that you have a desired goal, and while you take certain necessary steps in getting there, the finer details will work themselves out. The old parable of the man trapped on top of his home during a flood and desires God to come rescue him comes to mind here. If you're not familiar with the story, the rest of it goes something like, God sends this man- via other people- several forms of rescue; all of which the man declines and stands firm with each attempt that, "I'm waiting for God to rescue me and he will surely come." Once the man drowns and is before God, he asks, "Why didn't you come to rescue me?" To which God replies, "Are you kidding me, I did! I sent you many forms of rescue and you refused them all." I'm paraphrasing the story here but you get the idea. Be as creative as you can imagine, while at the same time remaining open. Often times, your realized goal can be even better than you imagined!

Some Keys to Successful Results

Besides always being positive statements, affirmations are always made in the present tense; as if it is happening now. If you affirm your goals in the future tense, they will remain exactly there- in the future.

There are no limits to how many affirmations one can have at the same time, although some suggest that you focus on a few at a time; as an example, if you have 20 affirmations/goals, divide them up throughout a week and focus on 3-4 of them each day, rotating them weekly.

There are also various methods used in the practice of affirmations. Some use index cards- with each affirmation written on a single card and carry them wherever they go so they are accessible at all times; while others keep a list tacked to a place where they frequent such as the refrigerator, computer screen, vanity mirror, etc. Some record and download them onto their iPod and listen to them. While some, prefer a combination approach.

While there is no right or wrong way in how you deliver the messages to yourself, repetition is a key- at least twice a day. Set some time aside each day in which to affirm your affirmations. It should be one of the first things you do upon rising or as early in your day as possible, and it's also a great way to end your day before going to sleep. If you commute using public transportation, use that 'down time' to do your affirmations; as it can be done just as effectively said in silence to yourself. If you drive yourself to work, make a recording of yourself saying the affirmations and play it in the car while you repeat each statement back- aloud. Again, let your personal style shine through. Just know that it doesn't have to be an elaborate ceremony, but do make it a daily ritual with yourself and for yourself.

Once you start attaining your goals, you can certainly continue to replace them with new ones; however, appreciating those you have realized will continue to reaffirm them in your life, and further the momentum in your ability to achieve.

"The more intensely we feel about an idea or goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment." -Earl Nightingale, an American motivational speaker and author (1921-1989)

Live with passion!

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