Affirmations versus beliefs
Affirmations are positive statements that people write out or say to themselves. Often they reflect what that person aspires to be, do and/or have. For example, “I can do anything”, “I allow an abundance of money to flow to me”, “I am fit and healthy”, “I live each day with joy and happiness”, etc. Beliefs are convictions we have (what we truly believe with all our heart) about ourselves, other people and the world around us. For example. “I believe I can do anything I set my mind to”, “I am worthy of success”. When we truly believe those beliefs, we have no need to keep saying those statements because our beliefs are a part of our makeup, they are who we are as a person – our identity.
To affirm or to believe?
Our beliefs are reflected in our behaviour. It is more powerful to be congruent with what we believe because then our beliefs will automatically and unconsciously be reflected in our actions; they will drive our behaviour. If our beliefs are empowering, they will affect our behaviour positively. If our beliefs are disempowering, they will affect our behaviour negatively, will limit us and hold us back from doing what we want in life.
Often people with limiting beliefs (eg. I am not good enough, fear of failure/success, I can’t make enough money, etc) may feel the need to use affirmations to compensate for those limiting beliefs. People who have solid and congruent empowering beliefs, usually feel no need for affirmations because their beliefs are so strong they unconsciously act upon them. When we truly believe, affirmations become obsolete.
Our unconscious beliefs prevail
Our beliefs are stored unconsciously and affirmations are statements that people say on a conscious level. Any time we do not fully believe what we affirm, our unconscious beliefs will always win.
Some people think that if they say affirmations long enough, they will start to believe what they are affirming. This is only true if they totally believe what they are affirming. Any time our affirmations are in conflict with what we believe, our unconscious beliefs prevail. For example, if a person says “I live each day with joy and happiness” and if they have unconscious beliefs such as “I am not good enough”, “I don’t deserve to be happy”, etc, these limiting beliefs will prevent them from being happy.
Making Affirmations Work
Only once any limiting beliefs are addressed will affirmations work because then the person affirming will be congruent, will believe and will truly feel what they are affirming. It is only then that positive affirmations can reinforce our empowering beliefs.
If you find yourself using affirmations and they are not helping you to create the relationship, career/business, health and life you desire, it is time to identify and address your unconscious beliefs, so that you can develop total belief in yourself and create the life you desire.
Dr. Vesna Grubacevic is an author (of the Amazon best-selling book, Stop Sabotaging Your Confidence), speaker, media commentator, and the founder and Performance Transformation Expert® with multi award-winning company, Qt. She holds a PhD, a BEc and is passionate about helping professionals and individuals to improve their confidence, emotional and mental wellbeing and success. For more free resources please visit www.qttransformation.com
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