The Greatest Life Hack of All Time: Positive Affirmations
Want to reprogram your subconscious mind? Want to easily replace bad habits? Want to easily change your subconscious behavior? There is a single life hack you can do that will help you with all of these: positive affirmations (also known as “self-talk”). In this brief article, I will walk you through my process that helped me live life with confidence, authenticity, and radiating joy and love.
I first learned about this from Shad Helmstetter in his book, What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. Your subconscious believes what you repeatedly tell it (and with intense emotions). You become what you believe to be true. Your world is created by what you believe to be true.
When you tell yourself that you are a failure, or that you are unlucky, or that you “always do” that which you wish to stop doing, you are telling your subconscious mind to believe these things. As a result, your subconscious mind creates this reality for you.
It works both ways: notice how many lucky people you know who believe that they are lucky; how many successful people do you know believe that they are successful? Your subconscious mind creates what you believe. It knows your beliefs from what you repeatedly say to yourself.
You can easily fix whatever limiting beliefs you have by simply changing what you say to yourself.
- Write down what you want to believe. Write it in the present tense. For example, instead of saying things like, “I want to” or, “I need to,” stick to statements that start with, “I always.” So if you want to reprogram your subconscious to go from “I always eat too much” or, “I always let my emotions get the better of me,” or, “I’m so stupid,” write down things like, “I always eat just enough to meet my needs,” or, “I am always in control of my emotions,” or, “I am intelligent.” Even if you do not currently believe these things, write them down.
- Go to YouTube and search: “432hz instrumental.” Research shows that this frequency, when listened to, makes you feel more joyful and at peace. This will help you to reprogram your subconscious, because your subconscious is far more receptive when you feel joyful or at peace. You are going to listen to this while reading your affirmations.
- Before reciting your affirmations, make sure you are in a quiet, private place. Sit either on the floor or in a comfortable chair and keep your back and neck aligned. Focus on your breath for a few moments, then do a simple breathing exercise, like “water breathing.” Then, notice any tension or anger you have within you and let it go. “Forgive before you enter the temple,” as Jesus said.
- With your eyes closed, visualize something that makes you smile or laugh—does not matter what it is. The happier you are the better.
- When you feel calm and joyful, with the 432hz music playing, read your affirmations. Say it like you mean it. Say it like you are proving someone wrong (but be careful to not be angry. Say it with conviction, elated to be showing someone that they do not know you at all). You can include hand gestures to express your conviction. The more of your body you use during this practice, the more effective the results will be.
Do this at least three times a day. The more the merrier!
If you feel stuck and are not sure what sort of affirmations to write, here are some of mine:
- I love that I am successful and growth-oriented
- I love that I am able to quickly learn and adapt to everything
- I love that I am grateful and appreciative of everything in my life
- I love that I am creative
- I love that I am forgiving
- I love that I am patient
- I love that I am always looking for the good in every situation
- I love that I am always bringing humor and joy to everything I do
- I love that I learn from every mistake, and that I always triumph over every obstacle
- I love myself
- I love that I am passionate about life
- I always know what to say, and I always say it!
- I love making people laugh
You can also combine this with knowledge of how habits work so that you can speed up the process of creating new habits. This seriously feels like a cheat code for life. Check out the post I wrote on habits here!
It really is that simple. You can read a lot more about self-talk in the book that started it all: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself, which you can find on Amazon here.
In my book, I also go into far greater detail about reprogramming your subconscious mind and how to use it to manifest and attract what you desire. You can find my book, realizing my Self in the psychiatric ward, here on Amazon.
Hope that helps!