4 Ways to "Hack" Your Affirmations

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“People don’t have trouble with goals, they have trouble defining their goals.”

The Mule is one of my closest friends, and if you haven’t read his affirmation story, please do.  I’ve known him for over 20 years, and if there’s a single person who will prove to me the power of affirmations, it’s him.

Because he went above and beyond what he thought was possible (or even reasonable) when he made his affirmations.  He’s attempting to re-wire 20 years of negative psychological habits AND 10 years of negative physical habits within a single year.  

His affirmations are as follows:

“By the end of the year, I will no longer have depression.”
“By the end of the year, I will lose 100 lbs.”

That’s a brave dude!  If either of those work, he will have taken two massive steps toward becoming his best possible self.

But could he make them even better?

HACK #1:  Set your FOCUS.

Let’s examine the first sentence: “By the end of the year, I will no longer have depression.”

Brilliant goal.  In his case, probably the best possible goal.  But what’s wrong with it?  I’ll give you a clue: Where does the sentence “I will no longer have depression” put its FOCUS?

The answer: On depression.

If you’re trying to get rid of depression, reading the word “depression” focuses you on the very thing you’re trying to get rid of.  Not good.

There’s tremendous power in focus, so if you’re trying to QUIT something, then focus on the END RESULT, rather than the thing you’re trying to quit.  Here’s a way to keep the same goal but use a more powerful wording:

“By the end of the year, I will be living every day with joy, enthusiasm, and gratitude.”

It’s stronger, but it still has a minor flaw:.

HACK #2: Turn the FUTURE into the PRESENT

This works best with affirmations that have to do with a STATE OF BEING — i.e. happiness, gratitude, willpower, etc. These are things that can’t be measured, but things that you feel within yourself.

For these, I believe it’s better to not set a  date (such as “by the end of the year”).  If it’s already within you, don’t wait for the future to make it happen. Make it happen now.

So change “By the end of the year, I will be living each day with joy, enthusiasm, and gratitude into:

“I live every day with joy, enthusiasm, and gratitude.”   

It’s simpler, cleaner, AND more powerful.  You’re not waiting for it to happen; you’re making it happen.  

With affirmations, active is much better than passive.

And that brings us to:

HACK #3: If your affirmation is measurable, then SET A DATE.  

This was something The Mule did brilliantly in his second affirmation:

“By the end of the year, I will lose 100 lbs.”

He didn’t say, “Eventually I will lose a lot of weight.”   He picked the EXACT amount of weight and the EXACT time by which he would achieve it.

The great thing about setting a date is that the closer you get to it, the harder you’ll work to achieve it.  If December rolls around and he’s down 90 lbs, you know damn well he’s not going to give up. He’s going to do everything he can to lose that final 10 lbs.

But what if 100 lbs is too much?  What if he only loses 50 lbs?  What if he fails?

Does anyone here honestly believe that losing 50 lbs is a failure?  

HELL NO!  Losing 50 lbs is a tremendous victory.  You can always set another date to lose the next 50 lbs.

It’s all about finding the formula that works right for YOU.  You won’t find that formula unless you’re willing to push yourself.

And finally…

HACK #4: If possible, include the “how” in your affirmations

If you know how to achieve your affirmation, include it within the affirmation itself. Example:

“By the end of the year, I will lose 100 lbs because I eat healthy, I exercise every day, and I have full control over my cravings.”

In addition to the goal, it affirms HOW you’re going to get it done (eat healthy, exercise more) by affirming WHO YOU ARE (someone who has full control over their cravings).  Notice that while the goal stays in the future, it keeps the how in the present tense.  

Keep the HOW in the NOW.

Don’t be afraid to add sentences to your affirmation.  It only costs you a few seconds every day, but it can make a world of difference.

Stay steady.

The Unknown

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