Affirmations are a popular self-help technique. They are used for various reasons like:
- Develop some quality within ourselves
- Change or replace a habit
- Overcome addictions or negative behaviors
- Overcome limiting beliefs and thoughts
- Achieve goals, etc.
Most of us might have tried using affirmations in order to improve ourselves or try to achieve our goals. The problem with affirmations is that it takes time to see good results.
Let me explain with the help of an example:
"I have confidence in my ability to make practical decisions"
Now it is difficult to believe in the above affirmation if decision making is not your strong point. In order for you to start believing that affirmation, you need to repeat it many times over several days. This is alright if you have the discipline and patience for it. But if you don't have patience, you will give up soon and then go on saying to others that affirmations are a waste of time.
A Better Approach - Afformations:
Afformations are affirmations which are stated in the form of questions. Let us take the above affirmation example and reframe it as a question:
Affirmation: I have confidence in my ability to make practical decisions
Afformation: Why do I have this ability to make practical decisions?
We ask a 'why' question about something we would like to achieve. The question assumes that we have already achieved what we want to achieve and asks yourself why you have achieved that.
Afformations concept was developed by Noah St. John. You can find more details at: afformations.com (no affiliate link)
The Principle Behind Afformations:
Afformations work on the principle that if you ask questions to yourself, your mind gets activated and does not rest until it finds satisfactory answers to the questions.
We ask ourselves questions all the time like - 'why did my previous project fail?' etc. With afformations, you are just changing the questions you ask yourself. You will now ask positive questions that can fetch positive answers.
Benefits of Afformations Over Affirmations:
- You can experience quicker results
- You can get bigger and better results
- No internal resistance as in case of affirmations
If you want to try out how good afformations can be, then I have created a simple program for you. When you run this program, it will flash success afformations on your computer screen. These messages will come and go away as you doing your usual work on your PC. They won't interfere with your work or cause any disturbance.
As you go about your usual work on computer, these messages will keep flashing and hopefully your mind will also keep working in the background to seek answers to these afformations.
Just run the program for few days and see if you notice a shift in your thinking, attitude and beliefs. You can vary the pace at which the messages are flashed on your monitor.
The Program Contains the Following Afformations:
- Why do I find it easy to keep working hard at achieving my goals?
- Why am I calm and at peace always?
- Why am I enjoying the freedom in my life to do what I want and spend my time as I like?
- Why am I successful, happy and fulfilled?
- Why do I find my work enjoyable?
- Why do I start and finish every work which I need to do, as soon as possible, without unnecessary postponing, no matter how difficult, boring or uncomfortable I find the given work?
Hope you give it a try and benefit deeply from it. Don't forget to come back here and share your results.