It’s the repetition of affirmations that lead to belief. And once that belief becomes a strong conviction, things begin to happen.
-Claude M. Bristol
Sometime last year, I had written a post on self-affirmations. At that time, my posts were still relatively short and brief. With a universal lock-down in place, I have found myself drawing closer to this subject after moving away from it for a while. Hence, I am re-posting part of that article but with new and relevant information and also, my reasons for losing faith in this topic but ultimately coming back to it.
Do self-affirmations really work? Does saying something over and over again make it true? Was the book The Secret accurate? Scientifically, no. If repeatedly you tell yourself you have a million dollars, the money won’t magically appear under your pillow.
What affirmations can do, however, is plant a seed of optimism in your head which will compel you to work harder towards your goals. And by doing so, you may see more fruition. I compare to it the old cliche “Fake it till you make it.”
However, anyone with mental health issues will agree that keeping a positive attitude is a lot easier said than done. Even “faking it” is not easy when you’re feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders.
To me, that’s were recordings come in.
One of the things I tend do is make subliminal recordings for myself. While that doesn’t always change the outcome, my attitude does become a lot more positive. When my thoughts are positive, I think much more clearly.
I make these recordings when I’m experiencing genuine moments of joy. If I just received an acceptance letter from a publication, I immediately grab my phone (before the era of smartphones, it used to be a digital recorder) and record something positive. I follow the same procedure if someone pays me a compliment or some dilemma or the other goes away.
The benefit of doing that at that precise moment is that my feelings and emotions are genuinely happy. I can record an affirmation with utmost sincerity and not have to pretend to be upbeat. Later, when I’m feeling down, I listen to the recording on a loop. At that moment, I may be feeling depressed but that person talking to me is happy.
An alternative to recordings is writing down whatever good news comes your way. If you just had a favorite meal, you could write “I just savored my favorite dish.”
As I mentioned earlier, in the past seven to eight months, I kind of lost touch with this exercise when a myriad of issues were bringing me down. Even small moments of joy hardly made a difference to my mood. I was angry, depressed and crying all the time.
It was only recently after a chat with a fellow writer about carrying unnecessary baggage that a light bulb went off. And slowly but surely, I started believing in surrounding myself with as much optimism as possible with one of the tools of optimism being recordings of self-affirmations. And just like that, I started the old exercises again and have started feeling much better.
Again, affirmations may not be the miracle solutions to dilemmas as they’re often made out to be. Saying or writing something repeatedly will not magically make it happen without any effort. But that doesn’t make their contributions nil. It’s all about finding out what makes you tick and using it to your advantage. In the case of self-affirmations, it’s about channeling a positive attitude and applying that attitude to your endeavors.
Do you believe in self-affirmations or subliminal messages? Have you ever tried self-affirmation exercises before? Why or why not? How important is having a positive attitude to you? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.