Law of Attraction Affirmations
The law of attraction states that like draws like. People around the world have used this principle to improve their lives countless times. Although there are many different methods used, affirmations are extremely popular and just as effective when used properly.
What are affirmations?
At their core, affirmations are statements of belief. We may not realize it as it happens, but we’re bombarded with them every day of our lives. Our parents gave them to us in their expectations of who they wanted us to be and what they believed us to be. Our friends did the same, as did teachers in their evaluations of us as students.
As we grow up, those repeated messages eventually wind their ways into our subconscious and become a part of our identities as adults. However, when we are old enough to have a more concrete sense of self, we can use them to draw what we want and need into our lives, be it money, health, happiness or love.
Affirmations on their own aren't quite as useful as when they're paired with action. During times of weakness, they're often just the right thing for reviving motivation and hope.
The best way to use them are to seek out personal growth, instead of trying to influence someone else's behavior. After all, we can only control what we do. However, when you change the way you act in a positive way, you will attract the type of relationships you've always wanted.
Some characteristics you can nurture with these affirmations are:
- Inner strength
There are countless other personality traits to be developed through effort and the use of this powerful tool.
How are affirmations written?
Although the web is crawling with pre-written affirmations, the best ones are often the ones we write for ourselves.
This is because through the process of writing a good affirmation, we examine what is truly setting us back within our own subconscious and what we need to do to fix it.
The very first step to writing a successful affirmation is to examine what you most often find yourself thinking. Write these self destructive thoughts down as they occur. This way, you’ll be able to spot some of what’s blocking your desires from manifesting. From there, write positive statements to counter the negative.
There are a few things to keep in mind while you’re writing them.
- Keep them in the present tense
That will subliminally convince your mind to believe what you are convincing it of. If it doesn’t feel right to put them present tense, set a date by which to achieve the goal and add it to the affirmation.
- Keep them short
Quite simply; it’s easier to remember short affirmations. Short, strong statements are psychologically easier to incorporate into your subconscious as well.
- Keep them positive
Avoid use of words like “not” or “won’t”. Keeping what you’re trying to overcome in the affirmation has a way of backfiring in your mind. For example, if you’re trying to get better grades, write something like “I am doing better and better in school every day”, instead of “I am not flunking out of class”.
- Use language you're comfortable with
The wording you choose are just as important as their content. Have you ever noticed how certain words can put you in a specific mood? Try to have fun when you're writing your affirmations, and do your best to word them in a way to induce the mood you'd like to be in when you seek out the affection you'd like to attract. Remember, they're for you and you alone.
Those three points are the most important things to keep in mind when writing your affirmations. There are those who say that incorporating your name helps make them more effective, but that’s a question of opinion.
Personally, I prefer to stick with the simple “I” or “me”. It feels strange to refer to myself by name when reciting these phrases.
How do we use affirmations?
There are many ways to incorporate affirmations into your life, but I've found these three methods have been the easiest and most effective for in my personal experience.
You will either need to repeat these new affirmations to yourself several times a day, especially when you feel doubt creeping up on you again. It’s best to start the day with these thoughts and end the day with them, if at all possible. Depending on how you write them, they could be repeated in the form of song or poetry.
- Write it out
Another effective method is to write the affirmation down and put it in obvious places. It can be set as a background for your computer or cell phone, kept in your check book or on a sticky note on your desk.
- Add them to home decoration
When something is pleasing to look at, it can have a stronger impact on your subconscious. Adding it to your home, perhaps as a sign hung on the wall or an embroidered pillow, gives you the opportunity to take note of it whenever you're relaxing.
I personally have what I call an inspiration board, which has a mixture of quotes, affirmations and pictures of things that keep me going. It hangs on the wall in my office in a place that I can look at it every day. The act of writing affirmations in a nice script and then adding them to decorative elements that remind me of special things in my life has been a great way of cementing them in my psyche.
Lastly, try not to overwhelm yourself with too many affirmations. Focus on only two or three at the most for a month or so or until you start seeing results. Too many of them could make the few that you need to work on at that time less effective.
Have affirmations helped you before?
How does this relate to the law of attraction?
As stated earlier, the law of attraction works by incorporating something that represents what it is you desire into your life, which then draws your desire to you.
Affirmations are a way of doing just that. Once our subconscious ideas about ourselves change accordingly, we start seeing the desired changes in our life. On a metaphysical level, that's because we're willfully changing the energy we generate.
On a practical level, we're gradually changing our own behavior patterns. As that happens, other people notice the change. If done correctly, those people are the ones who you're trying to draw into your life.
If you have specific people in mind, however, there's no telling if they're the ones who will seek relationships with you. We can't control their behavior, remember. While this fact may be frustrating, it's one that must eventually be accepted.
The good news is that you could develop even better relationships with those already in your life or make new friends with unexpected parties. Life may be unpredictable, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The law of attraction and affirmations are great tools, but they must be used in conjunction with active efforts to seek the changes you want in your life.
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