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I am trying to lose weight. You talk about affirmations a lot. Please explain to me how I can use affirmations to help me with my weight loss.
The words "l AM..." are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to.
The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.
—A. L. Kitselman
Affirmation means to make firm, solid, more real. Thoughts—not very solid—when repeated over and over, become more and more firm. They become feelings, behaviors, experiences, and things. What we think about, we can become (excerpted from Life 101. by John-Roger and Peter Me Williams, Prelude Press,
Because your thoughts are constantly affirming your life, you are affirming all the time even though you are not even consciously aware that you are thinking. Most of your affirming has been done unconsciously up to now; but as you become aware of what you think and how powerful your thoughts are, you can begin to create more positive affirmations in your life.
Affirmations are most powerful when they are stated in the present, e.g., "I am...", "I have...," etc. When you affirm something as I want...., you are affirming that you want, not that you have or are; and wanting always pushes your desires out of your reach. When you affirm something as I will...., you are always placing your desires in the future! It is very important to affirm it as though it is already manifest in your life.
It is very important to end all your affirmations with a statement such as, "for the good of all concerned." Remember that you are responsible for what you create in your life and how it affects others. By adding "for the good of all concerned,” you are making sure that your affirmation is fulfilled in a way that is best for everyone!
Once your affirmation is created, you have the following ways in which to nurture it along:
-- say the affirmation out loud at least 10 times.
-- write down the affirmation on paper 10 times.
-- write down the affirmation and place the affirmation where you will see it (bathroom
-- mentally repeat the affirmation.
-- find a picture of what you are affirming and place it where you will see it.
Also, it is very important that as you begin to use this new self-empowerment tool, that you keep in mind the following:
-- Once you have created your affirmation, you must also create trust that it is complete and
-- Your affirmations are very personal, and if you were to share them with others, you may
-- In this same light, if you have a picture of what you desire to look like, you may not want to put it where others will see it and ask you why you have that picture. If you say, " I have it there because I want to look like that," they may laugh at you and comment how could you think you could look like that, and there you are feeling bad about yourself and negating any positive effect the picture may have had up until that time.
-- In the case of losing weight and because most diets require us to eat less in order to lose weight, if you affirm something like I am now on my diet, the affirmation said this way will probably register in your mind that you are being deprived and you will set yourself up for failure. Start out with simple affirmations, such as, I am now eating sensibly and exercising regularly.
-- Do not affirm a loss, such as stating, I have lost ten pounds. Your mind will focus on the word lost and you will start to look for the ten pounds lost and you will find those ten pounds and maybe ten pounds more. Always affirm in the positive, such as My body is healthy and strong. I eat food that is nutritional and I burn calories efficiently and happily for my good and the good of all concerned. Then decide what weight would be the healthiest for you (remember to be realistic, because if you are not and you go for a number that is too low for you, you will only hurt yourself), then affirm it as "I am now at my desired body weight of ____ pounds which I have achieved and maintain through healthy and sensible eating and exercise habits for my good and the good of all concerned.”
Keep in mind that you have a negative thought process which everyone has. It really is normal. You know it is that side of you that always says you can't do something when you really want to do it. For example, you say, "Today I start my new step aerobics class,” and that negative side of you says, "You can't go to class, you always fail at these classes, so why even start?" You must remember that your mind is very powerful in your life because up until right this moment, you have allowed it a lot of power. BUT, now you are conscious and you are paying attention to what you think, so that when that negative side of you says, "No!", you can say, “I hear what you are saying, but I am starting my new step aerobics class today!”
In this same line of thought, when you say, "Today, I start my new diet," do not be surprised if someone calls you to ask you to go to lunch, or you have a friend stop by to see you and she is bringing this gorgeous German Chocolate Cake that she just baked and would have her feelings hurt if you did not eat half of it with her. This is all normal because unconsciously we set ourselves up for this. The best way to overcome these things happening to you is to recognize why they happen and then over time and practice, you will eventually be able to go directly to your desire without placing obstacles in your way. (Yes, you are the one who created these obstacles!)
Thank you for reading this information all the way to the end. This tells me that you are committed to changing your life and that you have already taken the first step to change it.
last edited on April 13th, 2014 at 8:20 AM