Affirmations – do they work?

You want to change something in your life, either your weight, finances, health, or relationships. Believing that something must work, you try affirmations. Louise HAy saved her life and built a great business with affirmations, right? So they must work for you.

There is some information that indicated this may not be true for all. The World of Psychology reports that affirmations usually don’t work. In an April 2014 article they stated “Control your thoughts and you create your reality. A positive mindset begets positive end results.

These popular tenets are espoused by the likes of Louise Hay, Napoleon Hill, Anthony Robbins and many other self-help gurus. The problem is, they don’t actually work.”

They further state: “The reason positive affirmations don’t work is that they target the conscious level of your mind, but not the unconscious. If what you are trying to affirm is incongruent with a deeply held negative belief, then all that results is an inner struggle.”

I agree that affirmations don’t work for me. I have tried, very much I have tried. I studied the work of all the Gurus mentioned and even more. From Joe Vitale to Abraham and beyond. One voice in the stream of Gurus made sense, and that is the work of Noah St. John who introduced the power fo questions.

In the 2014 report, it is stated that:

 “A recent groundbreaking study holds the key. It sheds light on the effectiveness of declarative versus interrogative self-talk (Senay, Albarracín & Noguchi, 2010).

Declarative self-talk is about making self-statements, either positive (e.g., affirmations) or negative (e.g., core beliefs). In contrast, interrogative self-talk is about asking questions.”

Now I am working with questions and seeing positive results. In a future work I’ll be publishing my thoughts and questions. Stay tuned for more.

David is an Author, Holistic Practitioner, Aromatherapist and Certified Hypnotherapist.

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