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affirmations for success

— Dr. Eivor G Johansson | Read time 2 min

Affirmations. Affirmations are magical and have worked successfully for me since the ’80s. Allow me to give you 4 steps to success, and let’s see how to make affirmations work for you and not against you. Affirmations are positive statements rooted in some serious scientific backing in the form of neuro-linguistic programming NLP. This system was founded in the 1970s by two neuroscientists from the University of Santa Cruz, John Grinder and Richard Bandler.

They theorized that success can be achieved by increasing positive behaviors and decreasing negative ones. Fortunately, you are not bound by the narrative of your past negative experiences but you can change and allow your future to be created the way you desire.

In the ’80s I experimented and experienced great success using the Art of Affirmation, and I know it will work for you. The following 3 steps will guide you through the process of updating your negative perception and bringing them into alignment with who you are today. Replacing antiquated fears with fresh, inspiring thoughts will change your relationship with you and the way in which you manifest in your life.

Step 1: Notice Your Inner Dialogue

Affirmations are words or phrases that evoke a positive state of mind, such as, “I am strong and beautiful” and they are closely related to mantras. Your brain’s ability to change and adapt to different circumstances throughout your life offers a clue to help understand not only what makes affirmations work, but how to make them more effective.

Step 2: Challenge Old Habits

We talk to ourselves all day long. We accept our mental chatter, the “internal roommate babble without paying much attention to what it is saying. The first step in rewriting your story is to become conscious of what your inner voice is telling you about yourself. Does it ever tell you any of the following?

  • You are not good enough
  • You’ll never be anybody
  • Wanting success and power is bad
  • Being spiritual is dangerous

Your brain’s ability to change and adapt to different circumstances throughout your life offers a clue to help understand not only what makes affirmations work, but how to make them more effective.

Step 3: Generate New Thoughts

Your brain sometimes gets a little mixed up on the difference between reality and imagination, which can be surprisingly useful. Creating a mental image of yourself doing something activates many of the same brain areas that actually experiencing these situations would.

Step 4: Practice Makes Perfect

Regular repetition of affirming statements about yourself can encourage your brain to take these positive affirmations as fact. When you truly believe you can do something, your actions often follow.

Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to overcome self-sabotaging, and negative looping thoughts. To use affirmations, first, analyze the thoughts or behaviors that you’d like to change in your life and career. When you affirm always start with I AM…

  • I am a very good person and I am enough
  • I am somebody and a very important person
  • I am very successful and mastering my power is important
  • I am a spiritual being and that is Divine

As your mind fills with positive thoughts and gratitude your inner and outer landscape will automatically mirror the shift in consciousness. Your life will then reveal the beautiful, vibrant, and supportive story that you create.

Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any well-being and health programs.


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