As the metaphysical trend grows, one of the easiest ways to incorporate a little magic into your life is through affirmations—but how do you make them actually work for you? Some might think that the only thing that goes into it is just thinking really hard about the thing you want, and then BAM! You have that new job, or your car is magically transformed into a Porsche through the sheer power of your will. This, obviously, is not the type of magic we are talking about.
One of the main problems is that you might think that all you have to do in order to bring an affirmation to reality is to think about it, or maybe even say it out loud a lot; while this would obviously help, the main thing that you have to do is SHOW the universe you want this…whatever it is you want. You need to show your guides/helpers/spirit that you want this thing, and that you are willing to work for it, you just need a little boost of help or luck. This is when the action needs to come in. If you want a new job, you have to actually start looking for new jobs, putting in applications, and maybe even working harder at your current position to potentially get noticed for a promotion; if you want to start your small business, you have to actually dedicate time and resources to it, and network with other people. Basically, affirmations are not a fast track or hack to get what you want without work—they are the little push towards your goal, serendipitous moments that happen while you are working towards your goal that will open the doors a little faster for you.
Another thing to keep in mind is the need for patience; just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, you aren’t going to be waking up to change the day after you say you want something. Being patient, and realistic, about the timeline for your aspirations is super important. There may even be reasons why things aren’t moving forward, or why things are taking longer than you would like. Sometimes, what you want isn’t necessarily what you need, or its not your time for that yet—there may be a lesson you still have to learn in order for changes you want to be lasting and effective. To that end, you may need to open yourself up to new experiences, and take chances you otherwise may not have. The universe loves to see us grow and try new things in an effort to get to our goals, and even if it doesn’t work out, you enrich yourself in a way you were not before—there’s really no way to lose!
The final thing to remember is that sometimes, the blessings are disguised. While trite, its true that sometimes a window closes so a door can open. You might feel discouraged because there are things happening that seem to be counterproductive or counterintuitive to your growth, or achieving what you are trying to build, but you have to trust the process. This all might sound super buzzwordy, but its true. There may have even be ways that your affirmations have come true, its just in a way that you are overlooking, or its all coming together in a different way than what you expected. Take a harder look at the things happening in your life, and you just might see that the affirmation has already become a tangible, physical thing in the universe.
Whether your affirmation is big or small, its important to always approach it from a positive perspective; from what you ask for, to how you ask it comes about, it has better odds of coming to fruition when it comes from a place of positivity. Don’t try to take from someone else’s cup to fill your own; don’t wish ill on others in order to get your gains. I personally operate on a mindset that this sort of thinking can taint the affirmation or wish, and can either nullify the effect, or make whatever you want come around in a traumatizing or negative way. There is enough in the universe to get what you want without malice or menace.
With all this in mind, feel confident in your ability to make your own magic with the power of intent! Your words carry power and possibility, and there is no limit to what you can accomplish when you use intent with your actions!