I’m a fan of affirmations and I’ve used them for several years. When I first started doing them, I was perplexed and doubted that they were even working in the first place. I wasn’t seeing results in my life, but friends of mine were. I started wondering what the difference was. Why were they seeing results and not me?
I soon discovered that they were reading their affirmations aloud multiple times a day. I thought the process odd, but opted to give it a try. And in time, I started seeing results. It was working! That led me into more research about the power of speaking affirmations, which led to the power of the spoken word.
I inevitably hit the wall with my affirmations. I was manifesting some things in my life, but some of my greatest desires continued to allude me. My frustration led me to turn inward. I started looking at my life and how I spoke about it. I wasn’t pleased with what I found.
I spotted negativity and doubt not in my affirmations, but in conversations that I was having with people. I would talk about how I was unsure of something or I didn’t believe something would come through. I’m ashamed to admit that I would sometimes put myself or my efforts down around others because I was afraid to shine my light (little did I know back then, that I needed to surround myself with better people!). Doing these things habitually was blocking my ability to have the life I desired.
I would speak a positive affirmation in the morning before I left for work and then find myself complaining or doubting something verbally hours later. Little did I know, I was cancelling out the positivity and replacing it with negativity. No wonder it wasn’t working!
I was listening to a motivation speaker once that made the light bulb go on in my head. I had the big epiphany I needed. He talked about the power of our spoken words. How they could shape our day and eventually our life. So, I decided to try it out. I grew up with a very scientific, business-minded father who taught me all about creating a hypothesis and testing it. And I did that with speaking positive statements and I was amazed to see how my life began to change right before my eyes. I fully understood and was living the statement, “the miracle is in your mouth!” It was and it still is.
We often underestimate how something such as our spoken word really can shape our destiny and contribute to manifesting our heart’s desires, but it can and it is one of the easiest things we can change in our day-to-day routine. Instead of complaining, zip it up completely and focus on something you’re grateful for—speak that instead! Or if you are in a particularly difficult situation and it’s hard to find something positive, make sure you’re not telling your story to all your friends over and over again. Saying words over and over again gives them tremendous power. It’s almost like a chant of sorts, that’s why many religions use them to affirm beliefs. And that’s exactly what’s happening—your words are reinforcing your beliefs for better or for worse.
We’re all capable of making miracles in our own life and we can do it one step at a time just by changing what we say. And if you can’t find anything positive, then don’t say anything at all until you either let go of the negativity or find something neutral or positive to say. Keep speaking the best and you can expect the best to unfold in your life!
What has your experience been with affirmations or the power of spoken word? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.