As some of you are already aware, you are constantly affirming your own thoughts and beliefs as you go through the daily routines that make up your life. Throughout each day, you consciously and/or unconsciously tell yourself things based on your current system of beliefs – whether those beliefs are based on fact or not.


Now for the bad news… you may actually be spending much of your time re-affirming negative thoughts rather than positive ones. If your affirmations are negative, what can you expect?  Mostly negative outcomes that what!


Think about it for a moment.  How many times in a day do you say or think something like “I’m so forgetful…” or “I am lousy with…”  How many times have you told yourself how stupid you are for doing something or how fat you are when your favorite jeans feel tight?


REMEMBER:  Negative affirmations are just as powerful as positive ones, sometimes more so because you may believe in them more then their positive counterparts.  Negative thinking reinforces that internal belief that you will not be able to change yourself and that you are destined to repeat your self-destructive behaviors. By re-affirming negative thoughts, you enter into a vicious cycle that leads to a downward spiral of more negative thinking.


Imagine how different your life would be if you began using affirmations to reinforce only the positive!


Affirmations can and will work wonders if you use them properly.  I have found most people just need to make a few simple adjustments in the way they phrase their inner dialog.  You too can begin using this powerful technique today to change your thinking and change your life.


Your subconscious mind is, in the simplest of terms, part of a finely designed biological computer.  Like a computer your subconscious accepts thoughts on a very literal basis. So, for affirmations to work effectively and efficiently, you need to follow a simple 1-2-3 formula.


1-2-3 Formula for Affirmations
Follow these tips to create positive affirmations that can change your life in the direction YOU desire:


  • ONE – Think NOW not in the future.  Your subconscious works in the present tense.  So it needs to know you are doing something now, not in the future. For example:  If your affirmation states something you WANT to change, i.e. “I will quit smoking” or “I will start jogging” your subconscious will take no action.  Because it cannot distinguish what you mean by saying “I will.”  You could say your subconscious mind is thinking “OK, well when you are ready to start you let me know, and I will help you out.”  Your subconscious has no mechanism geared toward planning for the future – it is all about the NOW. Here is a great little fact, your subconscious mind will accept what you tell it, even if the behavior has not yet happened, that’s why you should always state your affirmation as if it’s already a fact.

    • “I am free from the desire to smoke” is far more effective affirmation and will begin to move your subconscious mind into thinking as a non-smoker, even before you put down the cigarettes.

  • TWO: Think “I” not YOU.  Your affirmation must be personal for YOUR subconscious to accept it.  After all it is your mind you are trying to change so say “I” not YOU. An affirmation that says, “You need to eat healthy” will not get your subconscious to help you change your diet. When your subconscious hears the word “you,” it doesn’t interpret it as a statement directed at yourself, it converts to conversation directed towards someone external.

    Instead, phrase your affirmation in the first person.  Always put “I” in your affirmations and you will begin notice the strong positive effect it will have on your behaviors.

    • “I enjoy eating healthy foods” is a positive, first person affirmation that will guide your subconscious into helping you make better choices every time you reach for a snack or sit down to a meal.
  • THREE: Think DO not NOT.  Again, your subconscious mind takes statements literally. It is unable to process a negative statement and some even say it will pull the negative out of the statement and process the statement without the negative.  Thus, the statement “I am not a smoker” will get processed as “I am a smoker.”  Because this is so important I have to repeat myself so that you will remember: The subconscious has no concept of “not,” so the statement, “I am not going to lie on the couch watching TV when I should be exercising” will do nothing other than re-affirm how you should lay on the couch in front of the television.

    Form your affirmation’s intention in the positive, even if you have not made the behavior change yet.

    • So the couch statement above would become something more powerful like “I enjoy exercising in my spare time.”   This statement is far more likely to motivate you to get up and go to the gym (or at least for a walk) vs. reaching for the remote control and another bag of chips.

Positive, personal, present tense affirmations are extremely powerful in changing how your subconscious affects your behavior.

Make every effort to avoid reinforcing your old, negative thinking.  The negative thinking that keeps you caught in a rut – and we all know a rut is nothing more then a grave with the ends kicked out. Use these three simple techniques today to create affirmations that can change your subconscious programming, your actions, and your life for the better. 


  • Think NOW
  • Think I
  • Think DO


Do you see the subconscious pattern?

  • NOW I DO!

Now that will have an impact on your affirmations!

Think Successfully & Take Action!
Tracy Brinkmann

Today’s Top Motivated Success Coach
& Author of Success Atlas Goals Programs

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