A friend of mine recently told me about a self-improvement philosophy promoted by Noah St. John, Ph.D., who is in the Jack Canfield camp. For years, Dr. St. John subscribed to the theory that positive thoughts can create a more positive reality to help us achieve our goals. The theory further states that we create positive thoughts by intentionally repeating positive statements, also called affirmations.
He notes that many of us are advised to repeat affirmations ad nauseum as a means of changing our thinking. He also notes that affirmations alone have not been spectacularly successful for a lot of people, himself included.
Noah believes that affirmations appeal primarily to the conscious mind. But the root of our belief system, especially the beliefs we hold about ourselves, lies in the unconscious mind.
Now, the unconscious mind is very responsive to questions. Ask it a question and it zeroes in like a bulldog to find the answer. Ask it the right questions and it can come up with creative ideas and new perspectives to answer those questions and in the process, drive us towards achieving our goals.
Most of us have negative questions we ask ourselves on a regular basis. Examples are: “Why am I such a failure?” “Why can’t I get that promotion?” “Why am I still fat / unhappy / lazy / poor / fill-in-your-own-miserable-adjective?”
Dr. St. John recommends converting those negative, disempowering questions into positive, empowering questions by turning them around. “Why am I so successful?” “Why did I get that promotion?” “Why am I so svelte / happy / productive /wealthy / fill-in-your-own-attractive-adjective?”
He calls these kinds of questions “afformations®,” because they help form powerful and positive belief systems that can propel us to successful positive change.
Do I have doubts about this? Sure. But do I think it’s worth a try? Yes. Let me know if you’d like to join me in an “afformation®” experiment. I’ll share my results. Will you share yours?
You can download the first three chapters of The Great Little Book of Afformations® for free, but be prepared to be greeted by a quick starting video.