Now that you have a better idea of your goals in the key area of Success in your life, it’s time to explore just what makes a Success affirmation effective.
Read the following affirmation and consider how it makes you Feel:
I achieve Success easily and quickly.
If you are like most people, you probably feel some resistance to that statement. Most of us do not achieve success easily or quickly – more often it’s a long, strenuous journey to success. Even if you didn’t experience a feeling of resistance to the affirmation, you may have felt detached or impassive when you read it, like it just doesn’t have any meaning for you.
Based on the concepts we’ve covered so far, would you say that this is an effective affirmation?
Perhaps if a person had experience in achieving goals quickly and easily, they might be open to an affirmation like that; but for the majority of people the answer would be No.
How about this alternative wording:
I am capable of achieving my goal of Success easily and quickly.
That one feels a little better, doesn’t it? You aren’t saying that you always achieve your goals easily and quickly, but you are affirming you are at least capable of doing so. This affirmation may feel a little better, but it can still be improved.
I am eager to achieve my goal of Success easily and quickly.
That one feels better; a little more upbeat and inspiring, right? Maybe it even triggers a little glimmer of hope that it’s possible to achieve your goals quickly and easily?
How about this one:
I am ready to achieve my goal of Success easily and quickly.
Notice one important thing about these examples – all I am doing is inserting emotionally-charged words into the original affirmation! Capable, Eager, Ready . . . these words simply trigger your emotions so that the statement makes you Feel better about your goals.
Do you think that feeling better about your goals will bump up your level of motivation and determination?
Do you think that being eager and ready to move forward might inspire more focused action and persistent effort over time?
Remember, the true power of an affirmation is that it makes you FEEL differently, form better beliefs, and take more productive actions.
Now you can understand how this works in our examples above.
Next we’ll go over the exact steps you should take when writing your own powerful Success Affirmations:
Step One: Identify the Goal
First, you need to be very clear about what you want. Not the outer goal – but the inner goal of how you want to FEEL. Focus on the essence of the feeling you are aiming for. For example, you want to feel confident, strong, empowered, happy, uplifted, free, inspired, loved, proud, secure, and so on.
Step Two: Lay the Foundation
Now create the basic affirmation, which is simply the new “truth” you wish to experience.
I am successful in every part of my life.
But remember, if you don’t FEEL so good about your current level of success, that statement is going to trigger a strong feeling of resistance, disbelief and maybe even anger. You just won’t believe it’s true because it ISN’T true (yet).
That’s okay – we’re just laying the foundation before we move on to the next step.
Step Three: Soften The Edges
Right now your affirmation doesn’t FEEL good to you – it just brings up some unpleasant thoughts and feelings and does nothing to shift your beliefs. However, there are many ways we can “soften” it a bit and make it feel better. For example, adding the word “choose”.
I choose success in every part of my life.
Adding that little word helped, didn’t it? But some people still might struggle with the affirmation even in its altered form.
How about adding “okay”:
It’s okay to be successful in every part of my life.
Ah, that one is better! You aren’t saying that you are successful now, just that it’s okay to be successful. Even though we’re taking a roundabout route to the main goal, you can still feel a stronger sense of acceptance about your success, right?
If you were to recite this affirmation regularly for a few days, do you think you would start to feel more accepting of your success?
Another way to soften the rough edges is to add an element of “will”:
I am willing to be successful in every part of my life.
If that one still feels a bit too unbelievable, you could add “learn”:
I am willing to learn how to be successful in every part of my life. (or)
I am learning how to be successful in every part of my life.
Softening the edges just means choosing words that are a bit more relaxed so that you have an easier time believing in the concept.
Most often this is a temporary measure because after saying the softer version for a few days to a few weeks, you will be able to step up to the stronger version.
For example, starting with, “It’s okay to be successful” can easily lead to “I am successful in every part of my life,” and then straight to “I am successful.”
This is an effective way to gradually improve your beliefs and feelings on any subject.
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