That headline may seem contrary to everything I’ve written here on this blog so far, but it can be true. Let me clarify.
Affirmations don’t work if you don’t use them correctly. First, the tendency for the mind is to have a battle between the conscious and subconscious over what is true. If your affirmation is “I feel good about myself” and currently you don’t feel good about yourself, your mind will have a little tennis match with itself when you say your affirmation. Conscious mind: I feel good about myself. Subconscious mind: That’s not true, you suck.
Back and forth your mind will go. Yes I do, No you don’t!
Most often, we give up because the subconscious mind is more powerful than the conscious mind. So, we have to be determined to overcome the negative thinking. Say your affirmations every day for at least 30 days. More is better. Say them often, at least 3 times a day. More if you find yourself thinking the opposite of the affirmation more than you are saying the positive. Yes, it’s a struggle at first, but over time you will begin to believe what you are saying and then act that way.
Affirmations to build your self esteem really do work, but you have be willing to do the work and be patient. Just keep trying, you can change your life for the good if you do.