affirmations

Today I want to share a little secret of mine. It’s about my “Little Black Book of Magic”.

This little black book has helped me with so many situations and crisis’ in my life which has caused me stress. This book helped make all my problems disappear…

How did this book do all of that? Let me tell you a little more…

After reading this incredible article by Veena on affirmations, I was inspired to share my own personal experience on the power of affirmations.

I am a huge fan of affirmations and have been using them for more than eight years. But then I read about an interesting technique practiced by a man called Scott Adams – the writer behind the comic strip Dilbert.

According to Wikipedia, Dilbert is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Scott Adams, first published in April 16, 1989. Dilbert is known for its satirical office humor and is about a white-collar, micromanaged office featuring engineer Dilbert as the title character.

The comic strip has spawned several books, an animated television series, a video game, and hundreds of Dilbert-themed merchandise items. The Joy of Work: Dilbert’s Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-workers and The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Business Stupidity in The 21st Century are among the most read books in the series.

Adams received the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award in 1997 and the Newspaper Comic Strip Award in the same year for his work on the strip. Dilbert appears online and in 2000 newspapers worldwide in 65 countries and 25 languages.

Pretty impressive, huh?

How did he achieve all of that? According to an article I read:

“Scott Adams advocates the use of affirmations in his book, The Dilbert Future. In it, he writes:

The idea behind written affirmations is that you simply write down your goals 15 times a day and somehow, as if by magic, coincidences start to build until you achieve your objective against all odds. Prior to my Dilbert success, I used affirmations on a string of hugely unlikely goals that all materialized in ways that seemed miraculous. Some of the successes you can explain away by assuming I’m hugely talented and incredibly sexy, and therefore it is no surprise that I accomplished my goals despite seemingly long odds. But some of my goals involved neither hard work nor skill of any kind. I succeeded with those too, against all odds. Those are harder to explain, at least for me, since the most common explanation is that they are a delusion. I found my experience with affirmations fascinating and puzzling, and so I wrote about it.”

You can read more about what he thinks of affirmations in his blog here.

So… write your goals down every day? Will work like magic? That sounded fascinating to me and something I wanted to try and was up to the challenge since I had already been practising affirmations.

It was 2009 – I was heading back to Argentina from Malaysia two months before my wedding to set everything up. My stress levels was very high at the time because not only was I responsible for organizing the event on a tight budget, I was still working full-time 8-hours a day.

On the home-front, things were not going so well either.

Both my parents were divorced and have been for a while – for some reason, they chose to not get along even more during this time. Everything was a fight between them, including matters related to my wedding.

It was the perfect time to put Scott’s technique into practice. I was desperate to try anything!

At the time, it was tough to imagine anything working out, but I still made sure I got a little black book that I carried with me everywhere – I would sit down and imagine my perfect wedding, and visualize all my fears and doubts melting away.

I picked five or six affirmations that resonated with me, and I would write these down, over and over again, everyday.

As I did this on a daily basis, I found myself naturally less stressed and more calm and happy.

I stopped this the night before my wedding and by the time I got to my honeymoon, I realized something. Scott was right. It did work like magic!

Having the moment to look back I realized that everything went smoothly on our wedding day up until we started our honeymoon; our wedding day was filled with wonder and fun, both parents were happy, and as a couple, my husband and I were excited for our new life together.

That sealed the deal for me.

Since then, I make sure to always have my Little Black Book of Secrets with me, especially during times of high stress. To me, it’s my “secret weapon”. I even used it to ensure everything went smooth for my last two pregnancies!

“Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

Are you up to trying this out for yourself?

Here are some things to remember about this powerful technique of using affirmations:

1. You have to write your affirmations down. And we mean write, like with a pen and all. There is a kind of magic about the act of writing something down.

2. Your affirmation can be as short or long as you want. I normally use between five or six long affirmations, all focussed on what I want and how I want to feel.

3. Affirmations have to be phrased in a positive sentence. The affirmation can be as descriptive as you want. Tip: If reading and writing your affirmation makes you happy, you’re on the right track.

4. Practice your affirmations everyday. Until it works. Scott Adams practiced his for six months straight, I usually do it for up to three months.

5. Attitude is important. Writing and practicing affirmations daily is one thing, but without the energy, positive visualization and happy thoughts about what you’re doing, it will be difficult to come true.

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Do this and tell me your results, I can bet you will be surprised!

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