You may or may not have hear of affirmations before. But just in case you didn’t, here’s a definition. Affirmations are the act of asserting something firmly and (sometimes) publicly; emotional support or encouragement. So when we write out a list of affirmations we are asserting to ourselves, the universe, God, and all witnesses thereof that the encouraging thing we’ve just said is true !
But They’re Not True
I post an affirmation each and every day on my personal Facebook and Twitter Accounts. Sometimes they really, really resonate with my audience. Other times I get 50 comments saying things like, “I wish this was true for me.” I get it, you don’t want to feel like a phony. You’re NOT a phony. The point is to say things that you WANT to be true. Consider it like putting in a request. The more you put the request in for something, the more likely it is that you’ll get what you’ve been asking for.
How Affirmations Work
First, we have another definition for you. A cognitive dissonance is “the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.” When you say an affirmation that isn’t currently true such as, “I am a millionaire,” your brain starts scrambling to resolve that cognitive dissonance.
Think about times where say you’ve purchased a new car, a honda civic for example. As soon as you get yours, now it’s the only car you see ! Is everyone suddenly obsessed with you and being a copycat or were they always there ? They were always there, you’re just more keen to identifying it. Our brains do a great job at filtering out things we don’t care about and aren’t familiar with.
So it goes with affirmations and resolving that dissonance ! Once you put your request out there your brain is way more keen and open to things that will help you make your request true.
Try It Out
I use affirmations in my personal life and they have always worked for me. I want to share that joy ! So we’ve included affirmation lists in some of our kits ! And we have a new partnership with the Foodbank ! Every kit you purchase now provides 12 meals to Dayton, Ohio families.