Affirmations are perhaps one of the most simple but powerful techniques available in Self Improvement.
If you can convince your subconscious mind that you are … whatever you want to be … then the results will follow.
Confident people are, essentially, people who believe they are confident. And you can acquire that belief using Affirmations.
The Collins English Dictionary defines affirmation as: “A statement of the
truth of something; assertion.”
Affirmations are a powerful ingredient in positive thinking. They are not
statements that you wish to be true; they are statements that you must believe
Affirmations are positive statements describing a desired condition in your
life. That condition may not yet exist, but the affirmation is spoken as though
it does. A simple example might be: “I am at peace with my life.” This is
repeated several times on a daily basis, out loud or mentally, the aim being to
program the subconscious mind into producing the desired outcome. They
must be sincerely felt, and spoken in the present tense with conviction and
We carry out such mental programming every day whether we know it or not;
the trick is to make this programming conscious and positive. The alternative
is to be unaware that we are issuing negative affirmations to ourselves. If you
have ever made a mistake and muttered “I am such an idiot”, you have given
yourself a negative affirmation. The problem is that any negative affirmation
you give enters your subconscious mind and has a harmful effect – it creates
Positive thinking as a popular psychology can be traced back to 1937, with
Napoleon Hill’s bestselling Think and Grow Rich. This book remains
important today, although there have been countless similar guides written in
the years since on the subject of positive thinking for personal success.
Many books on positive thinking, like Think and Grow Rich, focus mainly on
the financial benefits to be gained from altering your thoughts. The reason for
this is obvious: it taps into the desire of so many people to become wealthy.
Whilst this may be geared to capturing the public imagination, it may also
give doubters and newcomers the wrong impression.