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5 Reasons Your Positive Affirmations Aren’t Working

And how to get them working for you.

Have you ever wondered if positive affirmations can actually help you achieve your goals? Maybe you've tried using them before and didn't see any results. If so, you're not alone. Many people are skeptical about the power of positive affirmations. But the truth is, there is a growing body of scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of positive affirmations. Studies have shown that they can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem and confidence, increase happiness and optimism, boost motivation and resilience, improve performance in school and work, and even improve physical health. However, not everyone who uses positive affirmations experiences the same results. If you're not seeing any results from your positive affirmations, there are a few reasons why.

In this article, we will discuss how they work, five reasons they might not be working for you, and how to use them effectively. We will also share some tips for getting the most out of positive affirmations. So if you're interested in learning more about this powerful tool, read on!

What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations are positive statements that you repeat to yourself. They can be about your appearance, your abilities, your personality, or anything else you want to improve.

For example, some common positive affirmations include:

  • I am worthy of love and happiness.

  • I am capable of achieving my goals.

  • I am confident in my abilities.

  • I am strong and resilient.

  • I am healthy and happy.

Positive affirmations can be used in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Repeating them to yourself silently or out loud.

  • Writing them down on a piece of paper or in a journal.

  • Recording them and listening to them regularly.

  • Saying them to yourself in the mirror.

How do positive affirmations work?

There are a few different theories about how positive affirmations work. One theory is that they help to change the way we think about ourselves. When we repeat positive statements, we start to believe them more. This can lead to a more positive self-image and a more optimistic outlook on life.

Another theory is that positive affirmations help to change the way we behave. When we believe in ourselves, we are more likely to take risks and try new things. We are also more likely to persevere in the face of challenges.

Finally, positive affirmations can help to change the way our brains work. Studies have shown that positive affirmations can activate the brain's reward system, which is associated with feelings of happiness and well-being.

Although, none of this will work if you aren’t doing it the right way.

5 reasons your affirmations aren’t working & how to get them working for you

1-You don’t believe in yourself. If you don't believe in what you're saying, your subconscious mind won't either. So it's important to choose affirmations that you truly believe in, even if they seem difficult to believe at first. For instance, this affirmation might not work for all—I love my body. Do you? Do you really love your body after you just scarfed down three giant chocolate peanut butter balls? No. The subconscious mind cannot be fooled. Create more realistic affirmations. You might need to do some deep work to find out your limiting beliefs.

2-You are using generic affirmations you found online. This won’t work. Why? Because they aren’t for you. They weren’t written for you or fit your life. Make one that is specifically tailored to your goals. Don't be afraid to experiment with different affirmations until you find ones that resonate with you. If you are new to positive affirmations, it is a good idea to start with a few simple affirmations that you can easily believe. For example, you could say to yourself, "I am worthy of love and happiness" or "I am capable of achieving my goals."

As you get more comfortable with positive affirmations, you can start to make them more specific and challenging. For example, you could say, "I am confident in my ability to give a presentation" or "I am going to lose 10 pounds in the next month."

3-Your affirmations are too negative. Affirmations should be positive and uplifting. If your affirmations are negative, they will only reinforce your negative beliefs. So make sure your affirmations are positive and focus on what you want, not what you don't want.

4-You aren’t taking action. Affirmations are not a magic bullet. You still need to take action to achieve your goals. So make sure you're setting goals and taking steps to make them happen.

5-You aren’t doing it enough. It takes time and repetition for affirmations to work their magic. So aim to repeat your affirmations several times a day, every day.

Here are some additional tips for getting the most out of positive affirmations:
  • Write down your affirmations and put them where you will see them often. This will help you to stay focused on your goals and remind yourself of your affirmations throughout the day.

  • Record your affirmations and listen to them regularly. This is a great way to get your affirmations into your subconscious mind.

  • Find a partner or friend who is willing to support you in your journey. Having someone to hold you accountable can make a big difference.

  • Be patient and persistent. It takes time for affirmations to work their magic, but they can be a powerful tool for improving your self-esteem, motivation, and overall well-being. So don't give up if you don't see results immediately.

If you are struggling to use positive affirmations effectively, there are many resources available to help you. You can find books, articles, and websites that offer guidance on how to use positive affirmations. You can also talk to a therapist or counselor who can help you develop a personalized plan for using positive affirmations. Heck, you could follow my Instagram @onlifewithlaura.

Positive affirmations are a powerful tool that can help you to improve your life. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, they can help you achieve your goals, boost your self-esteem, and live a happier and healthier life.


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