Affirmations: Wishful Thinking or Creative Force?

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There are people in this world, such as Louise Hay and Anthony Robbins, who regularly use affirmations to create positive changes in their life. Affirmations have been anecdotally reported as effective treatments for a range of emotional, psychological and bodily problems and are even used by some wanting to manifest change in their physical environment or personal circumstances.

However the idea that repeating a statement over and over to create changes in your life does sound ridiculous and naive. Anyone thinking affirmations are magical tools to manifest wants and needs will be sadly disappointed.

What an affirmation is though, is a tool that helps create desired outcomes by, first of all, changing our conscious thoughts, which then alters our subconscious thoughts (beliefs), thereby enabling us to make choices that are aligned with the affirmation.

People with strong self directed power are aware that: Words are a powerful creative force and YOU HAVE POWER over your words.

Even the Bible makes reference to the power of our words and our necessity to guard what we say less we be condemned by them (e.g. Matthew 12:37).


Some psychologists argue that affirmations do more harm than good as they only work on a conscious level of our mind, not the subconscious level where our deepest held beliefs are created and stored.

In a study (click here for source) conducted by researchers for University of New Brunswick and University of Waterloo, two groups were asked to repeat “I am a loveable person” as an affirmation. The first group was comprised of people with healthy self-esteems who all reported feeling better about themselves once the exercise was complete. The second group however consisted of people with low self-esteem, who unfortunately felt worse about themselves after the exercise than when they started.

Why this affirmation was counterproductive for the group with low self-esteem was because the affirmation was not believable to them. Through affirmations, your conscious mind CAN create change in your subconscious mind, but only if you can accept what you are saying as truth.

So if you have extremely low self-esteem, rather than using “I am loveable” as your affirmation, a more self-believable statement might be “I am willing to love myself more”. In any case, affirmations would be better served as a complementary therapy when it comes to people suffering from deeper psychological issues.

There has to be an element of believability in what you are telling yourself as an affirmation, otherwise your subconscious will consider the affirmation ‘impossible’ and therefore reject the idea.

By taking an affirmation of truth and repeating it over and over until the affirmation clicks in our subconscious mind, we build confidence in the words we are speaking, enabling it to become part of our belief system.
The creative aspect of affirmations really comes into force once we start living with the new beliefs. Someone who believes they are lucky will take more risks than the person who believes they are unlucky. And the person who believes they are lucky will take advantage of opportunities to prove it, whereas the person who believes they are unlucky will look to prove how unlucky they are.

So to lift your confidence or heal a belief that no longer serves you, try selecting an affirmation that resonates strongly. Follow the steps below (How to Create An Effective & Powerful Affirmation) to really give the affirmation extra creative force and then monitor each day for evidence that the old belief is dissolving and being replaced with a new, healthier and more nurturing belief.

We would love to hear from you in the comments section if you give this a try and how you found the results.


1. Write down your affirmation on paper and keep it handy. Read it often to remind yourself of it. Even better, stick the affirmation on your mirror for extra effectiveness.

2. Write your affirmation using positive language, in the first person and in present tense (e.g. “I am feeling more confident every day” rather than “Tomorrow you are not going to feel so shy”). If the affirmation doesn’t feel good to you when you’re saying it then re-write it until it does.

3. Ensure your affirmation is possible and believable to you. Otherwise the affirmation may be counterproductive and make you feel worse.

4. Repeat your affirmation in a strong voice and with conviction for at least five minutes every morning, midday and evening.

5. Begin and end your affirmation session with a specific physical routine. This will help bring the affirmation from the realm of your mind into your physical space. For example you might take three deep breaths when starting your affirmations and bring your hands together in a prayer pose when finished.

6. Journal any progress you make to keep you motivated and feeling positive.

Alternatively, download our free guide to Five Powerful Spiritual Phrases for Overcoming a Personal Struggle for additional help. Just request it through the link below.


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Further Recommended Reading & Listening

There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Dr Wayne D Dyer


The Game of Life by Florence Scovel Shinn with Louise Hay

03 The Game Of Life

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About The Author

Kate Barton is a Sydney based ‘lightworker’ – a person who intentionally works to bring healing, love and light to the world. A lifelong student of metaphysics Kate also publishes Basking In Light, a website and online community sharing uplifting news, inspirational true stories and accessible tools for self empowerment and soothing. For more information on Basking In Light visit www.baskinginlight.com or see Facebook page facebook.com/baskinginlight.

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Emma May
  • Posted at 10:31pm
Brilliant article Kate! and one I resonate with incredibly well. I have been through this process many times. When I started 8 years ago, I couldn't consistently do it because I didn't believe it, I felt like I was lying to myself. But your thoughts are habits and you can change your thought habits the same way you change physical ones, through consistently replacing them. This is where having a Life Coach comes in handy too, you wouldn't believe how many people have beliefs that are hidden in plain site as validations of the way they live. They actually never think to question it because they cannot see it, it is part of their identity. But if you are determined to have a better life, first know it is possible and it exists and then start to choose it everyday!

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