You’ve probably heard the term “affirmations”, or “self-affirmations” thrown around, but do you know what that really means?
Before we dive into the definition, let’s give it a little context. Did you know that we have approximately 50,000 thoughts per day? Incredible, right? That breaks down to about 200 thoughts per minute.
Unfortunately, for many people, the majority of these thoughts are negative. We don’t really do this on purpose, but as we go through life, our subconscious insecurities and fears just eventually pile up and bog us down.
Thoughts like, “I’m not good enough.” Or being told things as a child such as, “You’re dumb, you won’t amount to anything, or you can’t do that.”
And as we all know, whether it’s negative or positive, what you think becomes your reality!
That’s where affirmations come in – and in our case – positive affirmations.
Affirmations are simple, powerful statements that can be recited with confidence in the present tense to confirm what you REALLY are and what you want to be true in your life and future. When you think them, hear them, say them, and see them they become your thoughts, and ultimately your reality.
If we are able to harness the power of positive affirmations, they can significantly boost our performance, mood, self-esteem and can even help calm nerves and anxiety.
Positive affirmations can help in the following areas:
- Increase confidence in your personal and professional life
- Boost your self-esteem
- Help you control and better deal with negative feelings
- Overcome bad and unwanted habits
- Increase productivity
- Improve your health and fitness
- Increase your creativity
- Enhance spiritual growth
- And much more!
Here are a few things to remember with affirmations as well:
- For affirmations to work best and register in your subconscious, they must be in the present tense.
Your brain does not respond to future tense. It’s also very important that you not use any negative words such as can’t or won’t, or ambiguous words such as I could, or I might. Better statements are I am… I have… I’m feeling… I’m receiving… etc.
- Repetition is key.
With any new habit or activity you’re trying to master, practice makes perfect. Therefore, it’s important to repeat and see your affirmations regularly throughout the day. This strengthens the connection in your brain to these thoughts and helps your subconscious start “defaulting” to these thoughts… even when you’re not thinking.
- Seeing is believing.
Affirmations are more than just speaking and saying. Your mind will respond better when it sees positive thoughts and affirmations as well. A great way to use affirmations is writing them down on post-its and placing them around the house… On your mirror, on the fridge, or at your desk.
- Affirmations are more effective when they are supplemented with hypnotherapy.
As amazing and helpful as affirmations can be, one of the drawbacks is how difficult it can be for them to stay cemented in your mind and truly overtake the negative affirmations that have been built up over the years. This is where many people turn to the combination of hypnotherapy and affirmations.
At Hyp21, the majority of our services include and combine positive affirmations with hypnotherapy. By combining the ability of hypnosis to tap deep into your subconscious and using positive affirmations when your mind is in a receptive state, we can override, rewrite, and replace the negative patterns and thoughts that have held us back for so many years. (Even self-hypnosis combined with affirmations can enhance the effectiveness of your results, and we can teach you the proper way to do that if it’s something you’re interested in.
The Bottom Line about Affirmations and Hypnotherapy.
No matter where you are in life, incorporating positive affirmations into your daily routine can and will make a significant difference. Whether you are working to overcome serious struggles and trauma, or even if you’re in a good place, and just want that extra little boost to help you reach your next goal in life, affirmations work!
And if you want to get results even faster, affirmations combined with hypnosis and hypnotherapy work even better. In a hypnosis state, your mind is truly open, more receptive, allowing the affirmations to better lock into place in a way that just doesn’t happen at the conscious level.
To learn more about our hypnotherapy services and how we incorporate positive affirmations into each session, check out our services page HERE.