— You might have been advised or taught to use affirmations, and I wonder if it will surprise you that it was a giant waste of your time and energy?
Researchers have been interested in studying the effectiveness of affirmations for some time, and have found again and again that not only do affirmations not work, but that they actually worsen the performance of people with lower levels of self esteem!
However affirmation lovers, do not despair because there are strategies that are so much better, and so much easier as well! And they are scientifically PROVEN to achieve better outcomes.
1. Questions beat affirmations every time. So instead of saying, for example, “I am a successful entrepreneur”, it would be a lot smarter to ask yourself, especially before drifting off to sleep, “How will I be a successful entrepreneur?” The beauty of a question is that it’s a lot less likely to trigger resistance by the conscious mind, and instead the brain goes into exploration of the “how”. The unconscious mind is powerful for sure, but you have to know how to direct it effectively.
2. GaugeWork is a relatively new psychological technique which makes use of the teleological nature of the brain. You can find a full description of how to use this technique in the manual “NLP in 10 Days”, available in the FREE Member Area on this site. Enjoy!