Yesterday we talked about the science of what makes affirmations work and a way to think of them. Today let’s talk about how to use this information, how to apply it to our lives.
For ease of illustration, let’s say that you’ve determined that owning a mansion is part of crafting a soul-prospering life for yourself. However, your current situation is that you’re living in a one-room apartment and cooking on a hotplate. You’ll agree that your one room is a far cry from a multi-room mansion!
No worries, you CAN get there! Read on to learn how!
I’m sure you’ve heard that if you hold in mind the affirmation about the mansion of your dreams, it will come to you. This can happen, it’s entirely possible. Some people have done this. However, more often than not, most people become disheartened and give up.
Does this mean that affirmations only work for only a few people who are somehow superior or extraordinary in some way?
Nope. Not at all. Affirmations can work for you, too.
The critical component of making affirmations work for you is crafting ones that are believable. This means that although your end-goal dream is to live in a mansion, you’ll have to break this down–make baby step affirmations–in order to achieve your ultimate goal.
So, you’d craft affirmations that stretching and challenging you but only to get a few steps farther down the path you’re on–not leaps and bounds ahead. Once you achieve this baby step affirmation, you can then make another one for a few steps beyond where you’ll be at that time. Keep doing this and you’ll see that through baby step affirmations, you’ll arrive at your mansion!
To give an example of how this would work, this means your affirmation would be about a one-bedroom apartment. Let’s say you’ve found a complex that you like, the Park Street Apartments. Here’s a sampling of the affirmations you might repeat to yourself:
~I’m excited to move into my Park Street Apartment!
~I love the view out the picture window in the living area!
~My Park Street apartment is sunny and there’s room enough for me to set up a reading area complete, with a comfy chair and small bookcase right by the windows!
~I have plenty of room for friends and family to visit here at my Park Street apartment and I love it!
~I love that I have a separate bedroom and I have a kitchen with appliances!
~I love the elbow room in my Park Street apartment!
The affirmations in this example are believable not only to your conscious mind, but also your subconscious mind–a very important component! Because these are believable, you can get behind them and whole-heartedly work toward this goal. These affirmations will motivate you over time–they’re sustainable.
The key is to choose affirmations that energize you to move a few steps ahead of where you are now but are not so far ahead that they wind up demoralizing you rather than motivating you.
Let me know how this process works for you. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you have and help you come up with affirmations that work for you.
You can do it!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,