One of the most popular pieces of advice in the personal development world is to incorporate the practice of reciting affirmations into your daily routine. Affirmations serve several purposes. They allow us to drive positive messages deep into our subconscious minds. Affirmations also motivate us by providing the feeling of already having what we desire. By saying to yourself "money comes to me easily and freely," you are preparing your mind to become open to the possibility of receiving more abundance into your life. Since we typically tend to use affirmations as a way of speaking to our present situation, are we actually lying to ourselves when we claim to be something that we are not?
Affirmations can be a powerful motivator or an empty repetition. The difference lies in the action behind the phrases. For instance, if you were to say to yourself, "I am a healthy weight, I enjoy eating foods that are good for me," yet you continue in the same eating habits that caused your current situation, you are lying to yourself. If, along with the daily repetition of this phrase, you begin to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your day, your affirmations work with your purpose, not against it.
The use of affirmations shift your mindset towards your new reality. Instead of subconsciously telling yourself the same negative phrases over and over again, you begin to program new instructions into your subconscious. The key to realizing the benefits of this practice is to demonstrate your level of desire by your actions. Just as faith without works is dead so is affirmation without action.
Your mind knows when to believe your affirmations. It knows when you genuinely want to create the new reality. Your mind can only use your action as a reference point of how bad you really want it.
If someone were to say to you "I really value our relationship and I want to marry you" but that person avoids the actual act of marriage by producing an ample amount of excuses at the most opportune time, you can safely believe that this person does not really want to marry you. When affirming, you are telling your mind that you want to achieve a certain objective, but without taking steps in faith, you have to contend with a mind that believes that it can't be done. A mind that doesn't believe that it can be done will sabotage your efforts.
As you travel down the road of self improvement, you will have to contend with many obstacles. The last thing you want to be is double-minded in your efforts. As long as you take focused action towards your goals, you are demonstrating your firm belief in the affirmations you recite.
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