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Sunday, January 16, 2005

On formulating good affirmations

As you might have gathered, I am into details. I experience that details can easily make or break things, and are (in sum) as important as the "major lines".

Affirmations are basically hypnotic inductions - things you say to reinforce or create a belief. As a such, phrasing is important. Below is a short list of things to consider when formulating affirmations.

  1. The most effective pronoun to use for affirmations is "We". Not I, not you - "We". As in "We are dominant".
  2. Affirmations talk to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is bad with negations - it sometimes notice them and sometimes forget them. Formulate your affirmations in the positive: "We are calm and relaxed" rather than "We are not afraid".
  3. Preferable, we process the affirmation in one go. So make it short and to the point; if you have several things you need to say to us, use several affirmations!
  4. Keep it simple, stupid.


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