By now it should be pretty obvious I’m an affirmation enthusiast. I can personally attest to the power affirmations hold in positively transforming your life. One of my all-time favorite books devoted to affirmations is 21 Days to Master Affirmations by Louise Hay. Hay is one of the forerunners of the self-empowerment and Law of Attraction dynasties, as well as the founder of Hay House Publishing.
21 Days is a quick, easy and fun read showcasing the central ideas in several of her most popular titles. Research has shown that establishing a habit requires 21 days of practice. Each of the 21 days in this title are broken into chapters starting with an explanation of affirmations and the power they have to transform your life.
Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation. All of your self-talk, your internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations. You’re using affirmations every moment whether you know it or not. You’re affirming and creating your life experiences with every word and thought.
Hay explains that your beliefs are a result of habitual thinking patterns that go back as far as childhood. She covers everything from self esteem and fearful emotions, to critical thinking and forgiveness; from healing and aging to job success, money and prosperity. The book is packed with exercises to assist in making positive changes in each of these areas.
Affirmations are statements going beyond the reality of the present into the creation of the future through the words you use in the now.
Here are some valuable tips for practicing affirmations taken from the pages of 21 days…
– It is important to always state your affirmations in the present tense. If you start an affirmation with “I am going to” or “I will have” then your desire remains anchored in the future instead of summoning it NOW.
– Always check in with your emotions and let them be your guide. If you maintain a positive outlook, then your affirmation has a fertile environment in which to grow.
– When you catch yourself in a negative thought, redirect your mind by replacing the thought with: This is an old thought; I no longer choose to think that way. Then find a positive thought to replace it as quickly as possible. It can be as simple as, “I am grateful the sun is shining today.”
– Don’t waste time arguing for your limitations. The more you talk about a problem, the more you anchor it into place.
– Avoid sharing your affirmations and desires with non-believers. Their doubt and skepticism can taint the process and shake your belief in your desire being on its way.
21 Days to Master Affirmations can be downloaded to your iPad or Kindle through the iBook and Kindle apps for just $2.99 – a worthy investment in my opinion! This book is a great introduction to the topic for beginners, and a wonderful refresher full of powerful affirmations for pros. If you are interested in learning more about how affirmations influence your subconscious mind, you can read my blog post here.
Choose new thought to think about yourself, and choose new words to tell yourself how magnificent you are and that you deserve all the good things life has to offer.