Scott Adams on affirmations

October 17th, 2006 by Sit up a Tree

The Dilbert Blog is probably one of the most eclectic blogs that I read.  Scott Adams has a knack for going from one interesting and thought-provoking idea to another.  Yesterday he posted a thoroughly interesting and readable article on affirmations and how he has used them in the past to make changes in his life.

What are affirmations and how do they work?  Scott sums it up as:

The idea behind 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.

An affirmation is a simple sentence such as “I Scott Adams will become a syndicated cartoonist.” (That’s one I actually used.)

I’ve read whole books on affirmations but in those two sentences Scott has told you pretty much everything you need to make use of them.  No, seriously, I mean it.  The basic form of an affirmation sentence is something like this:

“I Joe Bloggs will …”

Make it positive, make it personal and repeat.

Go ahead, read the article!

Scott then goes on to answers some FAQ questions relating to affirmations.  Three of these answers are particularly interesting:

    • I’ve never heard of a “monkey paw” affect where you achieve your goal but something horrible happens to you to balance it out.
    • I don’t know how long you should try affirmations before concluding that they don’t work for you. But trying it for less than six months probably doesn’t give it a chance.
    • Affirmations have not worked every time for me. But the few times they did not work, I must say I wasn’t fully invested in the objective. For example, there are a few cases where if I had achieved an objective it would have caused a lifestyle change that wasn’t entirely positive.

That last point is particularly relevant. You must, on all levels, want the change to happen.  If you have doubts or worries of uncertainties, the affirmation is doomed.

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