Affirmations to the Rescue!
by: B. Marlain Morrison
INNER CRITIC UNVEILED! Part 2: AFFIRMATIONS TO THE RESCUE!
"Almost everybody walks around with a vast burden of imaginary
limitations inside his head. While the burden remains, personal
success is as difficult to achieve as the conquest of Everest with
a sack of rocks tied to your back." J. H. Brennan
Edward Lewis: "You could be so much more."
Vivian Ward: "People put you down enough, you start to believe
Edward Lewis: "I think you are a very bright, very special
Vivian Ward: "The bad stuff is easier to believe…you ever notice
From the movie "Pretty Woman" with Richard Gere and Julia
"You can change your beliefs so they empower your dreams and
desires." Marcia Wieder ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In part 1 of this article, we unveiled the inner critic to be
the self-saboteur of our lives. In this section we are going to
address tackling our self-defeating inner thoughts with a technique
Affirmations are a method, albeit slow, to replace the
destructive and limiting scripts/dialogues with the beliefs and
dialogs you choose. It makes sense that you must "reprogram" the
ingrained scripts you have been running for scores of years. But it
also follows that, since it took a number of years to get yourmind
so doggedly programmed, that it definitely won’t be an overnight
job to change it.
But, if a course of affirmations is committed to and faithfully
carried out, you will see changes in your thought life for the
definite better. Louise L. Hay has even published a book entitled
"You Can Heal Yourself" which employs affirmations to assist in
healing physical conditions. Affirmations are a safe and highly
recommended method to take control of your inner critic and open up
to the possibilities of a vibrant life before you.
Affirmations are constructive, positive statements that you
repeat to yourself aloud at least once daily, more often is better.
Make it part of your morning and evening ritual so you incorporate
it in your habits. Each statement should be said three times and
absolutely aloud. One time in the first person "I deserve success
in my life." The second time as "You deserve success in your life."
And the third time as "your name deserves success in his/her life."
Repeating each statement three times may take a while depending
upon how many you are working with, so give yourself enough time.
In addition, all your affirmations should be in the present tense
as though they are already fact.
I strongly suggest writing your affirmations on 3X5 cards for
convenience. To reinforce a particularly "hard to accept"
affirmation, post it around the house, car and office on post-it
notes. You can even create a mini poster on the computer with
specialty paper to hang in a prominent place as your new "motto"
As one set of affirmations becomes easier for your mind to
accept, add about five new ones (that raise the bar a bit) and thus
continue to challenge that inner critic and pry open those prison
doors. As an additional reinforcement to your affirmation course,
you may wish to use some subliminal tapes to assist. Louise L. Hay
has some specifically geared towards self esteem and anything by
Stephan Halpern are widely accepted as safe and well done.
Create your own affirmations by using the previously mentioned
one as a template and replace with those limitations you are
facing. To see a pretty extensive list of affirmations go to:
I personally use affirmations, have been for several years now,
and will continue to for many years to come. I know that it has had
a profound impact on my life, opened new vistas I never would have
allowed myself before. To me, it is the foundational stone to
realizing abundance and vibrancy in your and my life. Before any of
us can reallydesign and create the abundant life we want, we must
do the preparation work to ensure our success. I know that the life
I live now would not have been possible if I hadn’t done this
foundational work and created an environment where my dreams will
be supported, not torn down by my inner thought life. After all, we
are supposed to be our own best friend, not our own worst
Until next time, I wish you abundance in all areas of your
B. Marlain Morrison