Master Key Experience – Week 11
Phrases Aimed at Affecting the Mind
Here are a few dictionary definitions of the term “affirmation”-the action or process of affirming something; emotional support or encouragement. The act or an instance of affirming. Something affirmed : a positive assertion. Synonyms: declaration, statement, assertion, proclamation, pronouncement, asseveration, avouchment, avowal, claim, declaration, insistence, profession, protestation. Affirmations are sentences or phrases aimed at affecting the mind, conscious and subconscious.
The words used, automatically and involuntarily, bring up related mental images into the mind, which can inspire, energize and motivate. Repeating affirmations affect the subconscious mind, which in turn, influences the behavior, habits, actions and reactions. Affirmations can also be referred to as autosuggestion, or self-suggestion, and are key parts to Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill) and The Master Key System (Charles Haanel).
Some Of My Affirmations
“I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.” “I can be what I will to be.” “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” These are examples of affirmations that I use to build my self confidence. Others that I use, such as “do it now,” and “do the work” are to replace bad habits I have (procrastination) with new good habits.
Most people have tried using affirmations at one time or another as a method to bring about positive change in their lives. However, most of them didn’t have any tangible success and they quit. The main reason that they didn’t continue is they didn’t truly understand how the science works in the subconscious mind. I know I didn’t when I first was exposed to affirmations back some 20 years ago. I just started randomly speaking sentences out loud that I wanted to be true about me and my future.
After a period of time went by when I thought I should have been seeing some results, and didn’t, I gave up on “using” them. Then I began rereading Think and Grow Rich, and I found that Hill feels auto suggestion (affirmations) are essential for growth and I began to put them into practice again. It took 9 weeks or so before I could really feel that they were helping me make progress.
What Effective Affirmations Are
The affirmation must become a habit, created by repetition, backed by emotion and belief, to create change. Contrary to popular belief, good habits can take 3-6 months to develop, not just 30 days. If the above conditions aren’t met, even the faintest glimpses of the desired change won’t occur. People will get discouraged and give up like I did.
Here is a great article (Why Auto-Suggestion and Affirmations Do Not Work) that explains about what affirmations do and don’t do. The title is misleading because his article is really about when or how they don’t work, not that they don’t work at all! Affirmations are effective tools that you can, and should, use to make lasting positive changes in your life.
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