“An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.” ~Louise L. Hay

“We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.” ~Florence Scovel Shinn

“One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often, whether the statement be true or false. It comes to be dominating thought in one’s mind.” ~Robert Collier

“You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which ‘clicks.” ~Florence Scovel Shinn

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford

If you believe in self-help, you have probably heard all about affirmations.

Perhaps, in the beginning, you felt a bit silly saying such flowery and loving things to yourself. However, if you stick with it, it will work wonders for you and for your life.

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Affirmations are not simply statements that you look in the mirror and repeat to yourself over and over as you roll your eyes because you really do not believe in them.

Affirmations work best when certain key elements are incorporated into them from the beginning.

Believe
In order for affirmations to work, you must believe in them. Affirmations that are empty or half-hearted will not work for you—ever. In order for an affirmation to work you need to believe deeply in the statement that you are making.

For example, if you are saying to yourself you are successful and you are really not feeling it, you may wish to change your affirmation a bit. Instead, you may wish to state to yourself that you are capable of being successful. Start at that point. Sometimes trying to convince yourself you are successful—when you are not in the present moment—may make you feel worse.

Start with a statement that lets you know you are perfectly capable, just like anyone else, of being successful. Once you begin to truly believe you are capable, then you will take action steps to prove yourself right.

Be Present, Be Current
For an affirmation to work, you have to try to stay present with yourself in the moment. Being present will allow you to act as though you are already successful. When you do not travel to your past history or worry about the future, but stay in the present, you are able to utilize affirmations for their greatest success.

Use statements such as, “In this moment, I am capable of achieving success.” When you use current moment statements, you reap greater rewards.

Use Your Senses
When you use your senses, you are better able to feel your affirmations to be real. Feel what it feels like to be a published author or a successful entrepreneur.

Smell the scent of the ocean as you say your vows to your new beloved. Affirm you are lovable and deserve love as you use all your senses to heighten the affirmation.

Be Consistent
To be consistent with your affirmations, repeat them daily. If you can, say them at the same time every day or a certain number of times each day. For example, you may wish to say your affirmation “I deserve love” every day, three times each day.

So, if you wish to really make affirmations work for you, you have to feel them, believe them, be in the present moment, and be intentional about saying them daily.

In this manner, before you know it, everything you have affirmed about yourself will become true in your daily life.

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