Ever since I got introduced to affirmations, I have used it on and off through the years. Why on and off? Because I have found that not all the “effective affimation methods” people are advocating are effective. In other words, through the years, I have been experimenting and looking for the affirmation methods and techniques that work. You may have applied some methods that you have read somewhere. Did it work for you? Another peculiarity about affirmations is that some methods which are effective for you may not necessarily be effective for another.
I have found my effective affirmation techniques after years of on an off trial and error experimentation. You understand of course that when some things that you believe should work fails, you will naturally feel discouraged and may cause you to lay off it for a while. That’s exactly what happened to me. But since I have this persistent belief that it should work, I keep coming back to it to try another affirmation technique.
I have found the following to work for me. These are also confirmed by some websites I have surfed through in the past. I have tried to give these concepts high-falutin names to make them sound professional. Forget about these labels though, they’re just for presentational purposes only. Just know that the ideas behind them work.
- Present Tense and Positive. This is basic to all effective affirmation techniques since the time of Coue. Thus, “I prefer feeling good in my healthiest weight”. “Everyday in every way, I am getting better, better and better”.
- Embedded Emotion. Embed an emotion into the affirmation and feel it as you say it. Most if not all material I have read about affirmations stress this point. This is in fact the key to effective affirmations. Imagine seing yourself in your perfect weight and form and feeling really good as you danced with a hot girl. “I prefer feeling this good in my best form.”
- Associative Focus. You find it difficult to imagine yourself skinny. You find it difficult to believe seeing yourself skinny. Start out with this: Affirmation: “I choose to feel really good in my best shape.” Instead of imagining yourself, imagine others. While repeating your affirmation, imagine looking down and seeing other skinny friends struggling to climb up the slope below you. Then look beside you to see a skinny girl climbing along side at the same fast pace you’re doing, smiling at you as she glances at you every now and then. Try not to bring your attention to yourself. Just feel good but keep your focus on imagining the others. Do not even think of any particular weight. The idea here is to focus on imagining a scenario in which you are part of, and in which you feel really good.A complement to associative focus is to imagine yourself just a few pounds lighter. If imagining yourself at 150 kilograms when you are 250 kilograms right now seems impossible, just imagine how you look and feel at 220 kilograms. Calibrate yourself. If visualizing the scale hitting 220 kilograms is not so difficult to believe, stick with that image.
- Continuity-Associated Recall. You see all those commercial billboards advertising products with catchy lines. After a few months of being exposed to these, you sort of become blind to it, though of course the picture has already been filed in you mind. One day, you noticed that the picture in the billboard has changed but still advertising the same product. The moment you notice this change, a mechanism in your mind automatically brings up the previous picture you have gotten used to before unto your conscious mind. Sometimes, as you drive on, you find yourself, at the back of your mind, comparing the old and new images. Sometimes I have this motivation to tell companies that still don’t know this to have their billboards permanently advertise one product in a particular place forever, but change its style and images once a year. This way, people will remember all the images and even know without looking that your ad is there. These days, you often find a product advertised on a bill board for 6 months or a year. Afterwards, an entirely different product from a different company takes its place, and so on. The image implanted in people’s minds likewise fade away for lack of continuity.Applied to affirmation, create an effective affirmation, say, “I choose to feel good being my perfect weight”.
After 1 month of repeated use of this, change this to “It’s exhilirating to see my 150 kilogram weight on the scale”.
After 1 month, “Yes, being this healthy makes me so proud.”.
Then you can cycle back to the first one. The thing with attempting affirmations is that we give up on one affirmation when we show no immediate improvement. This monthly affirmation-redo technique should in a way address your impatience.
Utilizing the above ideas into my affirmation practice proved to be fruitful. However, I continue trying out additional ideas that may make affirmation work even better and better. Perhaps, if you have effective affirmation techniques that are worth sharing, you can share it here.
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