Is Affirmations A Powerful Tool?

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The ‘father of motivation,’ once said, “we spend a big hunk of our lifetimes contemplating what we can’t have, what we don’t want and what’s missing in our lives. What we have to learn is to put our attention and focus on contemplating what it is we would like to attract, and not on what is missing.” -- Dr. Wayne Dyer.

First popularized by French psychologist Emile Coue in the 1920’s, self-affirmations are still essential practice for many psychologists, personal coaches and self-help gurus such as Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle . Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Tony Robbins. But, do affirmations really make you happier, healthier and more successful?

The power of the mind

Well according to Coue, affirmations do work. Coue suggested that people with mental or physical illnesses could cure themselves by repeating his affirmation to themselves 15 to 20 times a day — “every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.”

Affirmations are a powerful tool — sentences repeated internally or externally that affect the conscious and the subconscious mind. Automatically, these words conjure mental images into the mind that inspire, energize and motivate. Repeating affirmations subconsciously is thought to influence behaviors, habits, actions and reactions. However, before you begin creating affirmations, it’s important to understand why you need positive affirmations.

The late Dr. Wayne Dyer believed strongly in “the power of I am.” Dyer believed that through most of our lives, our

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