Although it’s pretty difficult (perhaps impossible) to scientifically prove that affirmations work, there are millions of people around the world that prove to themselves on a daily basis that affirmations do work.
I have found, both personally and with the people I work with, that using affirmations is one of the fastest and most effective ways of replacing negative beliefs, and to creating a positive energy and magnetism to the things we want in our lives. In most aspects of my own life, I am living my dreams, and I know that affirmations have played, and continue to play a big part in my happiness.
The only way to prove that affirmations work is to commit to using them, and have a reasonable level of confidence that if you use them often enough, for long enough, it is possible that they can work for you.
I do not personally know anyone who has committed to using affirmations and not benefited from them, so in my experience- affirmations work!
Like with anything in the realm of the metaphysical (beyond physical reality), using affirmations requires a certain amount of faith in a process which goes outside of that which we can see and touch. Achieving success with affirmations does not necessarily need blind faith in the process, but you need enough confidence in the possibility of success to make the commitment to using them effectively.
Affirmations work by reprogramming the self-talk that constantly runs amok in our minds. Most of us listen to terribly negative self-talk every day. Do you tell yourself that you are confident, capable and on the path to fulfilling your goals? If you are like the majority of people, it is more likely that you tell yourself that you are hopeless, incompetent, and will never fulfill your dreams.
Affirmations work by transforming your inner critic into an inner supporter. Our thoughts shape our beliefs, and our beliefs create our reality. Very few people doubt the power of thought in shaping our lives, so if you want to change your life, you will probably agree that you need to change your thinking.
Everything you believe is a result of repeating something frequently and often enough that your subconscious accepts it as a fact. If your beliefs are not making you happy, or helping you to create the life that you want, it is time to change them.
Negative beliefs cannot simply be erased, they need to be replaced. Try taking one thought that you frequently have and that you know is making you unhappy or discouraged. Create an affirmation to reframe that thought into a positive and powerful phrase.
Every time you catch yourself thinking “I’m so stupid,” repeat silently or aloud, “I have a wonderful human mind and I’m learning to make good use of it.” Use your affirmation at least ten times to counter each negative thought.
Even though you will probably feel uncomfortable affirming something that goes against what you have been telling yourself for years, stick with it. Any new habit or behavior takes time to get used to.
Have you ever learned a foreign language? The first few months you probably felt awkward and ridiculous uttering phrases that felt so strange and unnatural. If you stuck with your learning though, you will have found that this awkward phase passes, and that gradually you begin to feel more natural with your new language. Using affirmations is exactly the same.
Becoming fluent in positive self-talk can make the world of difference to both your outlook and your reality. Start learning the language of affirmations and discover that they do work!