Saturday Night Live’s Stuart Smalley comes to mind whenever I hear the word Affirmations. Silly, nonsensical, comic.
Focus On What You Want To Achieve And The Steps You Must Take To Attain It is a key Happiness Habit.
We think it is critical to focus on your goals AND what you need to do to achieve them.
Repeating Positive affirmations over and over again, saying and pretending that you have already achieved your goals is delusional and counterproductive. This does not emphasize what you actually need to do to attain your goals.
Positive affirmations are very much part of our “The Secret” driven culture. They do everyone a serious disservice.
If you wander around pretending you already have achieved something you have not worked for, it’s easy to get lost in lies.
Here’s a paraphrased example of affirmations from a self help book I recently saw:
- There are two things you must know to reach a goal. First it must be clearly identified and quantified. Second, goals should be written and affirmed as if they already existed.
- To affirm something, you write and / or state it repeatedly, sincerely believing it has already been accomplished.
- Your affirmation might sound something like this: “I have sold five units as of January 30, 2011. Gross income from these sales is $500,000 and net profit is $80,000. I am respected and lead my field in sales production.”
- By expressing your desired outcome in the present tense, you condition your subconscious mind to accept it as fact. This method is taught by most success motivators.
- Write your affirmations several times each morning and evening. Post them on your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, your computer or car dashboard. Refer to them often and repeat them out loud. Believe them!
- By planting this seed of positive expectancy you condition yourself to move toward your goal swiftly and unswervingly.
Does this sound familiar? No where does it describe what you actually must do, or do differently to achieve these goals!
Wishing doesn’t make things real. Repeating affirmations over and over again detaches you from reality. If you truly believe it when you have not achieved it, it is delusional.
So focus on what you what to achieve and the steps you must take to attain it.
Positive affirmations do help you to step into the right mind set to perform and present yourself at your best. A successful salesman I know always says: “Cool, confident, successful and savvy” to himself before he walks into any room to remind himself of how he wants to think of himself and what we wants to project.
This helps him connect with a clear image of the person he wants to be – but it is very different from pretending and telling himself he has already done something he hasn’t worked to attain.
Use affirmations to help you to connect with your best self and then:
Focus On What You Want To Achieve And The Steps You Must Take To Attain It to achieve your dreams.
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