Self-affirmation or autosuggestion is a well-studied theory in the field of social-psychology where numerous leaders and literature have exposed its value and efficacy in aiding individuals to achieve their dream goals and stay focused. Self-affirmations are rituals of some sort where individuals make it a daily routine to recite, visualise and affirm their values and goals in life.
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the use of self-affirmations, – ones who promote the idea of positive affirmations suggest that performing the acts of autosuggestion and affirmation helps people reduce stress, boost confidence and self-esteem. To go even further, it’s widely believed that self-affirmations and visualisation techniques help individuals to actually acquire things as long as they have a burning desire towards them – be it fame, money or relationships.
Great literature like the movie “The Secret - The Law of Attraction” and the book “Think & Grow Rich” unveils anecdotal evidences of people who achieved greatness by simply using these techniques.
Autosuggestion, affirmations and visions boards help by directing our focus both consciously and sub-consciously. The entire theory is based on the basis of “What we Think, What we Attract”.
Due to its simplicity and relative effortlessness, many reject and criticise the efficacies of self-affirmations. You cannot achieve greatness by simply visualising and reciting them out loud. Life is never that easy.
Personally, I religiously recite my self-affirmations every morning and have been practising it over 6 months to date. In outright honesty, I don’t even know if I am performing my affirmations “correctly” or not – nor that matters. The positive effects that I have personally experienced are good enough reasons for me to keep continuing with refining and reciting my affirmations.
I don’t believe, nor do I expect to achieve my goals by simply reciting my affirmations – there’s a difference between a visionary and a day-dreamer. But every morning as I recite my affirmations, I am able to form a clear picture, a goal and purpose in my life. This benefits me tremendously as I become more aware and conscious about myself and the surroundings.
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Affirmations, just like mission statements, are very personal things. Before asking whether self-affirmations work or not, the first real question to ask yourself is, “What do you want to get out it?” In my opinion, affirmations, visual boards and auto-suggestions should be utilised to help yourself become more focused, both consciously and sub-consciously – not as a tool to grant you wishes that you never work for.