Afformations vs. Affirmations: The Power of Asking a Question

If you’re a believer in the power of positive thinking, you have probably heard plenty about the usefulness of affirmations. An affirmation is a statement about something you would like to come true in your life put in the present tense.

For example, if you would like to lose 20 pounds this year, you could affirm that goal by stating: “I feel great now that I have lost the 20 pounds I was aiming to lose.” 

The point of affirmations is to frame your dreams in a way that creates the feeling that you’ve already accomplished them. This process is the basic foundation of the law of attraction.

By feeling like you’ve already lost the 20 pounds, you attract circumstances in which you will continue to feel that way, therefore making it easier to lose the weight and reach your goal. It sounds easy enough, right?

The Negative Side of Positive Affirmations: When Your Skeptical Mind Fights Back

Some of us are more skeptical than others. There are people who will eat up just about anything you tell them, which can leave them vulnerable to negativity in the wrong circumstances.

On the other hand, it also makes them more likely to believe their own affirmations in a deep way, which is a great thing. If someone else can easily convince you of something, you probably won’t have a hard time convincing yourself, either. 

That said, most people have a tendency to think critically and be skeptical of things that are hard to believe, such as the idea that you have a perfect body or a million dollars in the bank right now.

Chances are that even if you’re trying your best to use affirmations properly and manifest good things, your subconscious mind is fighting you on it. 

  • When you tell yourself that you’ve already lost the 20 pounds, your subconscious reminds you that you still can’t button your jeans.
  • When you tell yourself that you’re happy that you’re doing great financially, you’re met with thoughts about those bills that are coming next month.
  • Don’t even get us started on the negative thoughts that can arise when you start trying to do positive affirmations for your love life!

If this sounds familiar, don’t beat yourself up about it. It can be frustrating to experience doubtful thoughts when trying to manifest positivity, but even the most skilled law of attraction practitioners struggle with negativity at times.

It’s human nature. We don’t like experiencing disappointment, so we tend to think negativity to avoid setting ourselves up for it.

That’s why afformations are such a helpful element to add to your everyday life. 

Don’t get them confused with their good-natured cousins, affirmations. They are actually quite different. 

Affirmations versus Afformations: A Slight Change Can Make a Big Difference

Unlike an affirmation, an afformation asks a question. If your affirmation is “I feel great now that I have lost 20 pounds,” the matching afformation would be “Why do I feel great now that I’ve lost 20 pounds?”

You might be wondering what the point is. It might seem silly at first, but when you think about the way our minds work, it will quickly become obvious. Just like our minds are trained to respond to statements we find unrealistic with skepticism, they are also trained to seek out answers to questions.

By phrasing your statement as a question, you get your brain occupied with trying to figure out the answer, which effectively blocks it from countering with a negative response.

There is no obvious answer to why you feel great now that you’ve lost 20 pounds, especially since you haven’t lost the weight yet. Your brain will ponder it for a while, and then eventually grow bored and move on to whatever you focus on next. 

Writing an Afformation: A New Practice

  • Affirmation: I am pleased to be sticking to my everyday workout routine so easily.
  • Afformation:  Why am I so easily sticking to my everyday workout routine?
  • Affirmation:  I finally love to exercise!
  • Afformation:  Why do I now love exercise so much?
  • Affirmation:  I am really losing the weight and feeling better about myself than ever before.
  • Afformation:  Why am I losing so much weight and feeling so great about myself?

You can replace each of the affirmations with similar statements that apply to your fitness journey. When you do, try a simple exercise.

First, say the affirmation, and pay attention to the thoughts you have immediately afterward. Now, try again using the afformation. Rather than being met with negative, countering thoughts, most people experience a calmness as they ponder the question.

In that calmness lies the belief that’s required to manifest everything you desire. 

All in all, experts agree that afformations are overall more effective in your quest or journey to manifest your desires.

If you are interested at looking into afformations into more depth I encourage you to look at this webpage, I think it will help. 

If you have any questions about how the afformation can help assist you in your manifestation process, please contact your friends at 2createabody today. We believe in you!

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