In today’s society where everyone seems to be struggling to get more done in less time, the ideas in the countless self help books and articles that are out there, can seem to be a little too much to grasp and apply to your life.
I am not discounting their value, for I strongly believe in the ideas contained in many of them. However, for most people finding at least twenty minutes a day to properly implement these ideas stops them cold.
It is for this reason that I developed what I call “The down and dirty five minute a day power affirmations routine”. In this routine you take advantage of the most powerful time of day to work with affirmations, the half hour before you go to bed.
It is during this time that the subconscious mind is most receptive to receiving new ideas/suggestions for change. The entire routine can be completed in 3-5 minutes.
Before I give you the steps of the routine, I want to be sure you are clear about how to word your affirmations in the most powerful way.
First of all your affirmations should be worded in the present tense. For example:
“I am successful”.
“Someday when I am rich and famous and people like me I will be successful”.
Second, be sure to state what you want as opposed to what you don’t want. For example:
I love waking up every morning vibrantly healthy and fully energized”.
I’m not sick and sleepy when I wake up.
Finally, they should be filled with as much positive emotion, imagery, and enthusiasm as you can muster. For example:
I love the feeling of the wind blowing through my hair as I drive my new BMW along the sun drenched Pacific Coast Highway”.
“I kind of like it when I drive my BMW”.
You get the idea. Now pick at least one and no more than five things you would like to change in your life. Get a clear sense of what each change will look like and feel like. What will making the change mean to you?
After you get clear about the change you want to make, write a positive affirmation for each change. Don’t worry about creating “the perfect affirmation”. As long as it is positive and worded in the present tense, you are well on your way.
Now that you are armed with your positive and powerful affirmations, I want you to make a commitment to your self to follow the routine below for at least thirty days.
First, every night before you go to bed, I want you to take a powerful stance, and with your hand on your heart, and all the positive emotion you can muster, powerfully state your affirmations out loud.
Next write, don’t print those same affirmations in a notebook that you will use only for this purpose. Writing is an ideomotor response which automatically puts what you write into your subconscious mind.
Finally, take a minute or two to visualize or imagine your life as if all of your affirmations had been fully realized. How will your life be different? How will you feel differently than you have in the past.
Completing all three steps should take no more than five minutes. I hope you will agree that you are worth at least five minutes of your time to move your life forward in a positive direction. Honestly I hope you think you are worth much more.
If you do nothing else for yourself, do this down and dirty five minute routine for the next 30 days. If you do I know you will be surprised how something so simple can be so powerful.
Here’s to affirming your success!