Affirmations and the law of attraction
If you’re into self development you are probably very much aware of affirmations and the law of attraction. They seem to pop up everywhere as solutions to all our problems.
There are different kinds of affirmations:
Some believe if you say something enough times, it gets picked up by your subconscious and becomes part of your reality. For example, if you say “I’m brave, I’m brave” enough times, you will become braver.
Some go a step further and say you can design your future with the help of affirmations. Bob Proctor, whose work I’m currently studying, suggests if you write on a piece of paper a goal, keep the paper with you at all times and read it as often as you can, it will come true.
For example: if you write “I’m going to work as a doctor in that hospital 10 years from now”, you will work there; and he points at himself and some of the people he’s worked with as living examples. Some of their goals were really specific.
So, are affirmations the secret to success? No, there are many other, much more important, things you must do in order to achieve success. Are they nonsense? Nope, they can be a very useful tool to get you to wherever you want to go. How do they work? Allow me to explain:
Let us take to writing your goal on a piece of paper example.
Let’s say your goal is to become a millionaire in 10 years time. You have no idea how to get there. Opportunities may come your way, but you don’t notice them because you’re so busy managing your day to day problems. Your goal seems so farfetched, you don’t see how you could reach it. But then you meet me (or Bob Proctor).
I tell you to write on a piece of paper: “I am going to be a millionaire by new years eve 2023”. Then you take that piece of paper and shove it in your pocket. Every day you read it with every occasion you have. You read it 10, 15, 20 times a day.
At first, you’ll find it funny (at best). But after 20-30 days of doing this, it will slowly get ingrained into your subconscious. You will begin to believe in the fact that you’ll become a millionaire by thirty.
If you tell yourself something again and again for a sufficient amount of time, you will start to buy into your own statement regardless of how impossible it may sound at first.
When that happens you will start to look for proof to confirm this new found knowledge. Human beings have a tendency to see and look for things which confirm (and reinforce) their current model of reality.
Your current model of reality is keeping you alive, so your mind wants to keep it as it is. If your current model of reality sees a million dollars in your future, your mind will open up to any opportunity to make money and urge you to take it. You will begin to notice all the things that pop up in your life which may result in you getting rich.
People’s thoughts are so scattered, they can’t decide on anything. However, you will no longer ignore the chances which come your way. You’ll be focused on reaching your goal (just by reading a sentence).
Will this make certain your dream comes true? Of course not.
But is this the right approach to take if you wish to be a millionaire within your next decade? Is focusing on your goal (and reinforcing it) every single day, taking any opportunity you may stumble across and actively searching for new ones, the right way to go about achieving your goals? Obviously yes.
Imagine yourself on a straight line towards your goal. Something happens that shakes you off the road. But then you read the paper in your pocket and remember you need to get back on it. What the statement does is it gets you focused (and refocused) on your goal. That’s basically the only way you can achieve it.
Will this work every time? Probably not, but this is the way all those who have ever achieved their dreams did it. Even if you don’t quite achieve your exact goal, you will still go a long way. You might not become a millionaire, but you will most definitely be richer than your average Joe.