When I began my search to learn how to “get rich” by using the power of my mind, I came across many different types of affirmations. One of them was put together by motivational guru Tony Robbins. He claims the following affirmation, which he called an incantation, helped him to become a millionaire in less than a year:

“God's wealth is circulating in my life. His wealth flows to me in avalanches of abundance. All my needs, desires and goals are met instantaneously. For, I am One with God, and God is everything.”

Wow! That's a great affirmation, right? So, I immediately began to repeat it to myself...last thing at night, first thing in the morning, and, all throughout the day. But, I noticed that, within myself, something wasn't quite right.

In addition, through my research, I had learned that you should begin to see some kind of sign that an affirmation is working within a period of 7-10 days. If nothing's happening, it could be that you've chosen the wrong affirmation. That seemed to be what my intuition was telling me was true here. So, I decided to break the wording down and see what it was I was really saying to myself.

First, here's what Tony Robbins probably heard in his subconscious:

“The Infinite Intelligence behind all manifestation is flowing Its abundance into all areas of my life. This abundance is flowing to me greatly. Whatever I need or desire is already mine to claim because Infinite Intelligence operates outside of time and in the Universal Now. And, I, Tony, am a part of this Intelligence because It is All There Is.”

WOW! That's really powerful, isn't it? It's no wonder Tony got rich pretty quick!

However, when I said this same affirmation, here's what my subconscious heard:

“The One who will judge my soul for all eternity has been kind enough to bless me daily. His wealth, which is his not mine, is visible all around me. My needs are mostly met, but certainly not all my selfish desires. Because, I am a sinner and, in truth, separated from God.”

That's a very different affirmation, isn't it? Is it any wonder I didn't feel like avalanches of riches were coming my way after saying that?

So, what I learned was, when you say an affirmation, you have 2 main options to choose from if you want to be successful with it:

(1)The words you say must agree, on some level, with what you already believe, or can easily come to believe. You have to find a way to state your goals and desires so as to create very little, if any, argument with ideas you hold to be true. This, needless to say, is quite an art.

(2)Your beliefs need to be changed so as to be compatible with your new goals. This, ironically, is one of the reasons people take up affirmations. They want to use them to re-program themselves. Other options are hypnosis or some form of therapy (talk, energy, or body-centered).

It's important to understand this because affirmations, when they are well put together, naturally and automatically lead to visualization, a necessary component in reality creation. It's also important because one of the most critical reasons affirmations fail to work as desired is that they create a kind of internal conflict. As soon as you say something, an objection to it arises. So, what you really end up affirming is the objection. This objection is usually related to a deep-seated belief that has stopped what you're affirming from manifesting in the first place.

So, be patient and practice writing your affirmations in ways that will bring you want you want, and, at the same time, not raise any objections from your ever on-guard subconscious mind.

Author's Bio: 

Thomas Lomax is such a big believer in affirmations that he is devoted to teaching others how to use them successfully.