Motivational Quotes, Positive Thinking and Affirmations

Do Positive Affirmations really work?


Yeah, well, it depends. I've always found somehow difficult to use them well and even worst the Law of Attraction so I had to look at them from a different perspective and modify them a little. If you use Positive Affirmations and they help you to achieve then great, if not keep reading and maybe you'll find why.

First of all let me give credit to the man who deserve it. A man called Emile Couè in 1920 wrote a wonderful book called "Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestions" in which he explains how to use will power to heal and improve life.

From his book and his following works derive Positive Affirmations, Positive Suggestions, Self Suggestions, Mantras, a great deal of the Positive Thinking theories.... His book is the first one to buy for everyone interested in changing something in life.


So, do you wanna know how to write your own Motivational Quotes?


What are Positive Affirmations?

Basically Positive Affirmations are positive suggestions which through continuous repetition are aimed to achieve a goal. It can be increasing wellness, lowering stress, dealing with anger, whatever. This is why you can see them as your own Motivational Quotes, they keep you on track toward your desired result and this is why they are very important to use Positive Thinking in your life.


They should have these characteristics:

  1. One Short, Simple Sentence.
  2. Use the pronoun I.
  3. Clearly stated. No misunderstanding.
  4. Always positive.


This is more or less the common ground for Positive Affirmations. Repeat 30 times a day, 10 in the morning, 10 at midday and 10 before going to sleep. And usually what is added is to use the present tense in order that you think of them as already happened. Use them and the Law of Attraction will bring you everything you want. Not really.


Here is where for many people they stop working, because, if you are like me, saying that something is already achieved while it is not makes our Conscious Mind to stand up and say "This is not true". And all the benefits of Positive Affirmations fade away.


In other hubs I've already exposed my idea about how our brain works but the important point is that to achieve something our Conscious and Subconscious mind must work together and agree together. Otherwise any result, if ever, is just temporary. Positive Thinking to work requires our whole mind, always.


So what are really Positive Affirmations?


They are a good method, if used well, to focus our Mind Power to achieve our desired goal, or at least to make some good steps toward it. And called Suggestions they are the therapy part of Hypnotherapy. The instructions given to achieve the desired results. They won't attract anything but can make you more aware of opportunities to catch or focus your energies where you need to.


What's needed to make Positive Affirmations to work for You?

They must be believable by yourself!


I'll repeat again to increase absorption.


They must be believable by yourself!


Or if you prefer: You must be confident that what you say and your goal is achievable for You!


You can't cheat yourself, even if you can fake it, but some parts of your mind are always aware. You can keep saying Positive Affirmations like "I have 1000 $ in my bank account" from here to eternity but a part of your mind will keep on saying "No you have not, you are broke". And guess what happens? Nothing happens and nothing changes, which is why the Law of Attraction commonly taught doesn't work.


Or you can say "I'm healthy and fit", and again the sceptic part of your brain says "No you are not. You are overweight and have some health issues".


Sorry but that's the truth, you can't cheat yourself. And by the way this is a wonderful thing that a part of your mind always warns you against being cheated. Isn't it?


Positive Affirmations How To


I'm a great fan of targeted, focused will power. And I strongly believe that Motivational Quotes like "If you will it it is no dream" is true or "what you believe you can achieve" can really have a positive effect on life. This is my way to use Positive Affirmations, it worked for me so it can work for you. This is how to use Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction for real.


  1. One Short, Simple Sentence.
  2. Use the pronoun I.
  3. Clearly stated. No misunderstanding.
  4. Always positive.
  5. Use the verb can or want.


Using these two verbs give you the chance or choice to do one thing and gives you control on your Mind Power.

"I have 1000$ in my bank account" becomes:

"I can have 1000$ in a short time" or even better "I want to find a (honest) way to have 1000$ in my bank account shortly. And I can do it!".


Aren't they more believable?

"I'm healthy and fit" becomes:

"I can be healthy and fit in a very short time" or better again "I want to be healthy and fit in a short time. And I can do it!".


Obviously using them within a Self Hypnosis session makes the time needed to achieve results shorter. And since as the Romans said "Repetita Iuvant", or repetition helps, repeating your Positive Affirmations as much as you can increases you chances of success and most important of all using and repeating well prepared affirmations changes bad habits and bad recurring thoughts to more positive ones making Positive Thinking a reality.


You have the power to change what you need to. If not you who else?


Final Thoughts


Write down some Positive Affirmations and choose the one that seems more believable to you. Address one issue at a time and repeat your chosen phrase as much as you can, and whenever you remember. But the average schedule of 10 times three times a day works usually well.


As usual some efforts and diligence is needed to achieve results, but with these instructions it should be easier.


Just one little point for clarity: Emile Couè used the sentence "Everyday in every way I'm getting better and better", which is a general one, after having the client undergone Hypnosis. He didn't use it on its own. It's not enough specific. Now if you like here there is another article on How to turn Negative Things into Positive Things.


What are your thoughts? Can you use Positive Affirmations to have real results with the Law of Attraction? Any idea on how to use them like Motivational Quotes for Positive Thinking?


Thanks for sharing!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Interesting Article and I have learnt some things. I believe they work, if your mind is in tune with it. (e.g positive)

However, it takes discipline to stick to them everyday. Once you miss a day, you might do it twice a week and then leave it altogether but in summary, I think it's a useful tool.

Buonissimo. :)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Gracias, my own way is to do it well the first days and then as much as I can, or I remember. They work anyway. If their practice takes stress than it's counterproductive. But as soon as the hub on self-hypnosis is ready I'll go more in detail.

Thanks Lady_E.


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

I am so happy in my life with my health and overall life.I have never really wanted badly for anything since I felt I had more than most.I am a doer and a go getter.It took me along time to seperate wanting things (a bettter life)was not me being just plain greedy.I still use affirmations but I think I still have the greed thing to deal with?How can I eliminate that feeling?


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

It's great you are happy with your life. A better life for me is feeling better more than having more. To live we need a certain amount of material things and working to have them is perfectly fine, a roof, food, clothes, a car, and so on. Having that then it's a matter of feelings. That is after having satisfied the basic needs being able to be happy with what we have. Forgive my poor English and if I'm making a little mess with words. Being greedy as I see it is not wanting more, is being never satisfied with what you get, wanting more, and more and more. And then more. As someone else said "when do you have enough money"? "when I have always just a little more".

That is if you are happy with your life, as you said, you are not much into the greedy thing. And wanting a reasonable more is perfectly human nature. We just have to avoid this perfectly natural desire to become a kind of pathology. Not your case though.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Hello Hypnodude hope the new year finds you healthy and happy. I really enjoyed this hub because I have always believed in the power of affirmations but didn't really delve too much into them but this sounds like something that I can put into my daily life as I do suffer from anxiety and stress. Sounds like something that may work for me. I will give it a try thanks for the suggestions. I really enjoy your writing.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Hey ladyjane, thanks for your kind words. Affirmations work if done in the right way, at the end they are the therapy part of hypnotherapy. I'm preparing a hub on that.

Who doesn't suffer sometimes from anxiety or stress? I begun to study hypnosis to solve some issues I had, and sometimes still have but at a lesser degree. If you need any clarification just drop me a line.

Thanks again. :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

good one, hey hypno, Can I say I am positive I am beautiful thirty times a day hehe, would you like to write a book about all your thoughts, it seemes they are very powerful and it may help a lot of people too achieve theior full potential plus your other thoughts about hypnosis etc.., Good day, Maita


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

From what I see of your pic it seems that you're already both positive and beautiful. If hubbers go on liking my hubs it's something I should consider. I don't know if I'm good enough for a book, but thanks for seeing me so good. I'm feeling a kind of top gun now. :)

I'm happy if I can help someone just a little bit.

Thanks and a good day to you.


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

You have many great hubs and all the positive affirmations go unnoticed by so many people.I really believe most people like feeling sorry for themselves instead of helping themselves.Thank you for giving me and many others a helping hand.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks to you DREAM ON for your words and appreciation. If what I write gives a helping hand than my main goal is reached. Thanks for lifting me up.


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

Cngrats on a great hub "hypno". "Positively Affirming" for all who read it.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks for your comment Rope, I'm glad you "positively" liked it. :)


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is important guidance for anyone who wants to feel better about their life and their situation. Too many people affirm the negatives like "I'm broke" and it remains true for them. Thanks for sharing this hub and I'm glad to finally know the source for this phrase: "Everyday in every way I'm getting better and better". Good article and well written. I admire your mastery of a second language!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thank you very much PegCole, you are very kind. I'm happy that you appreciate it. Emile Couè was really a genius, and it was a pharmacist, nothing to do with Psychology, yet he helped, and still does it, more people than anyone else, Freud included. Thanks again.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Wooohooo Hypnodude! By golly you did it again! This hub is a HUBNUGGET Wannabe! Boy, this is great! Your wonderful positive hubs are doing wonders and the Hubnuggets Team is dropping by (in behalf of myself) to say CONGRATULATIONS...

Love and light,

From Lt. Commander Ripplemaker

To vote for this hub, this way please: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/hubnuggets-th...


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Mio fratello...

I don´t know how I missed this one. Simple, to the point and very effective. Bookmarked, rated and stumbled!

Thanks for sharing!

warmest regards and benedizioni e grazie mille for the e-mail.

Il tuo fratello,

Al


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Sono felice di dire, sono stato il primo a votare per il tuo hub!

Hubnugget Wannabe! Complimenti

warmest regards and benedizioni,

Il tuo fratello,

Al


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

I'm speechless. It seems a dream that never ends. What can I say? I'm honoured and extremely happy and I don't know what else to say so I'll stop here.

Thansk Lt. Commander Ripplemaker for the wonderful news. And for your appreciation. :)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Al, what can I say; you are a very good friend. Thanks for your kind words, the rating, the stumbling but more than anything else for always being supportive. You are giving a lot to me and the HubPages community. I've added a link to your Visualization hub, mine and yours work well together. Thanks again mate. :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Hypnodude: I followed the ship here, and congratulations on the nomination! WhoooOoo. I will cast my vote for this hub, its a wonderful one! You are getting back from the universe as you freely share of your knowledge and help others! I remember in my early days of visualizations, I would affirm things that were not belivable to my mind, so of course nothing happened. Good pointers for those who want to experiment with visualization, they have nothing to loose and much to gain.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks Violet, your words are always so kind. And thanks for your vote :) You know I'm glad if I can help someone, and the satisfaction I'm receiving is really great. But I would have never thought to receive another nomination, that's incredible. Have a wonderful day!


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CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Congratulations on your Hubnugget nomination, Hypnodude and great info on using affirmations. You've got my vote!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks for your kindness CMHypno, for your appreciation and your vote. I'm glad a colleague likes my works. :) I like yours too. :)


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obsexed 6 years ago from Sensual, USA

Focusing on the positive is a wonderful way to bring positives into our lives. You give excellent advice!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Hi obsexed, nice to meet you and glad you liked my hub. Thanks for your appreciation and comment.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

hynodude - did you positivity affirm to become a hubbnugget wannabee ;) on a serious note, you already know how much I love reading your hubs. I always feel uplifted and ready to tackle something. And once again you did it. I do tend to focus on the positives but you here have reminded me I need to remember '"Repetita Iuvant".

You know you have my vote!

Bacio Mille xox


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Wavegirl, you know your comments always lift me up. I know you focus on the positives, as a matter of fact it appears clearly in your great hubs which I love reading too. Thanks for your kind words and vote, it has been a wonderful surprise to be nominated, positive things sometimes arrive on their own. :)

Btw nice new avatar pic.:)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

What a great way to cast a spell! It is also a great way to rewire your brain and enhance belief in oneself.

'I love my self in every way, every moment of every day... i love and approve of myself'. Saying this whilst looking in the mirror works. Im a believer of affirmations

Thanks for sharing x


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Hynodude - Another terrific, very informative and well written hub. Positive affirmations work. I have used them over and over again.

I absolutely love your topics and writing style. Congratulations on your HubNuggets nomination. Rated it up and voted.

Good Luck!

Sage


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Hi shazwellyn, nice to meet you. Thanks for your appreciation. You are perfectly right, if we don't love ourselves no one else can. Thanks for the kind comment. :)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Sage, I'm happy you liked it and I agree with you, done in the right way Affirmations work. You know I love your hubs too :). I am extremely happy to have been chosen as a HubNugget nominee, it's such an honour. Thanks for the rating and vote. :)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

A truly positive hub! Congratulations on your nomination! Really well-deserved!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thank you very much jill, being nominated is really wonderful. Glad you liked it. Have a wonderful day!


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Lyria 6 years ago

Great hub! I believe what you say to yourself is extremely important especially with goal setting. If most of what you think is negative, what type of outcome can you expect, right? Even reading about positive thinking is helpful. Thanks for the inspiration!


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Adge 747 6 years ago from Sleaford UK

A great and inspirational hub, thank you I have changed my affirmations to those that you recommend. I also use Claud M Bristols advice that standing in front of a, preferably, full length mirror at attention, looking at the most important person in the world, helps.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks Lyria, you're definitely right. While a positive mind isn't a 100 % guarantee, nothing is, a negative mind is a 100 % guarantee. And reading, even more than once, definitely helps to become more positive. Thanks for your kind and sound comment.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Adge, nice to meet you, that's a very good advice. Thanks for sharing and for your trust, let me know how they work. I'm glad you like it, have a great day!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Hey congrats on making the HubNuggets Wannabes! I'm playing catchup. I can see why this hub made it. Positive affirmations will do it every time! Again congrats, and I know you are well on your way to a destined future. :)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks for your so kind words Money Glitch, but it seems to me that you are well further on that way.:) I'm very happy that this hub has been recognized as good so that it can help people around. Thanks again and have a great day!


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nadp 6 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

Thanks for the concrete advice about affirmations. They make a lot of sense.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks for your positive comment nadp, I'm glad you liked it. Happy Sunday!


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Absolutely Great!!!! I am an affirmation believer. I like your incorporation of "I can have..." and "I want to have..." because you're right, your conscious mind will fight you on it (whatever 'it' is); and the add on helps to subdue the fighting. The point is to keep saying it until your mind believes that you can and both body and mind will become in tune (harmony) to make what you want to achieve possible. You stated it well. And now that my attention has been drawn to your hub and I have found it to be quite interesting indeed, I'll take the time to read some others you have written, (Hey! did you affirm that?!) The music in the video is very relaxing. Congratulations on your nomination and I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

Peace.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thank you very much Support Med., you've summarized well my hub. As you rightly say if we can than if we want we will. I hope you'll find my other hubs good too. Thanks for your very kind words and your comment, I've appreciate them a lot. And now I'll check your hubs. :)


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Thank you so much for the link Hypnodude! You explained this so well...you really are a wonderful teacher and I learn much from you! :)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks ripplemaker, as much as I learn from a successful hubber with a great heart like you. :) A link to your hub enriches my hub. :)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

why is it that you seem to have teh hubs I need to read when I need to read them? Of course this is another awesome hub. Keep up teh good work, many blessings!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks Rebecca, my great friend. Probably it's a mix between Intuition and Attraction. When you find what you need to find. Thanks for your kind words. Much appreciated. :)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

well I must say I needed this one again, and rated it up... I am very happy to read this hub once more. I am pleased you still have it up ( how does that sound for a positive affirmation?? I am happy!)

thanks once again.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Well then I'm glad I've written it. :) Thanks for this much appreciated comment Rebecca, and yes, I'm happy is a perfect affirmation. I can be happy-I want to be happy- I'm happyyyyyy! :)


MED_K 6 years ago

this is the best article i've ever vist..thank you DUDE.


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ChloeP 6 years ago

I enjoyed this hub so much hypnodude. I liked how you added 'can' or 'want' to your affirmations to make them more believable - a good tip that I will be trying.


Afirmaciones Positivas 5 years ago

This is a very good technique


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

This is a really great hub on a topic close to my own heart. I think this is probably one of the best pieces I have read on this topic and anyone who takes your very valuable advice will certainly benefit from it. Brilliant!


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DFW TEEN VOICE 5 years ago from Richardson, Texas

Positive information with an action plan!Continued Success!

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