How do we overcome the tendency toward worry and negative thinking? How can we manifest our dreams and harness the power of positive affirmations to improve our lives? The new year is a perfect time to begin to focus on the life we want by using positive affirmations to guide us.

An affirmation is a positive statement asserting that the goal to be achieved is already happening. It is a declaration to manifest a desired outcome. This dream may seem far from the truth at the moment, but amazingly enough, with repetition and focused intention, it can become reality. Since the subconscious mind processes affirmations and suggestions as reality, it is important be aware of one’s thoughts and constantly edit out unwanted negative suggestions.

The fact is, we are constantly affirming in our mind what we believe. When we look honestly at the content of our thoughts, we may be shocked to discover what we have been telling ourselves. We can usually tell the quality of our subconscious mind by looking at the quality of our life. If we are not pleased with our life in every way, we must look at the content of our mind to discover how we have been programming our existence to meet our belief structure.

When we take hold of our thoughts through the repetition of positive affirmations, we can move in the direction of manifesting our highest ideals and vision for our lives. The word ‘mantra’ in Sanskrit means ‘mind protection’ for it is through the use of a repeated phrase, prayer or affirmation that we can overcome the rampant thoughts and tape loops that tend to control us. By repeating a phrase over and over again, it becomes embedded in our subconscious mind and then the creative forces of the universe rally support to make it happen.

Affirmations only work when spoken in the present tense. The subconscious mind takes things very literally so if you say ‘I will be rich’ you will never experience prosperity in the present moment as it will always be just around the corner, in the elusive future.

Another aspect that increases the effectiveness of affirmations is repetition. In the negative aspect of this principle, we experience inner ‘tape loops’ or ‘monkey mind’ that constantly replay a phrase or thought that is not in our best interests. Why not turn those negative tape loops into positive affirmations so we can truly create a life we love?

When we take hold of our thoughts and use affirmations regularly with an understanding of how they work, positive change will occur. When we can truly visualize and feel the reality of the spoken word affirmation, we enter into a cooperative contract with the universe to make use of this powerful tool to manifest our highest dreams.

Remember the 3 keys to effective affirmations – Positive. Present Tense. Repetition.

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