Affirmations give you the power to change what is in your heart. They do more than change the way you think; they also change the way you feel.
People frequently talk about changing their mind, but rarely talk about changing their heart. Changing their mind is relatively easy, but changing their heart is hard, and few do it.
Changing the way you think is an exercise in logic. Your rational mind is always open to the power of reason, and it easily swallows watermelon size chunks of truth as long as it's logical. You usually need to say an affirmation only once for your rational mind to buy into it. If the affirmation is logical, your mind accepts it and files it away without argument.
Your emotional mind isn't so easily convinced. It's hard to change the way you feel. You may need to repeat an affirmation fifty times before your emotional mind accepts it. It's an eternal skeptic and must be shown the truth many times before it will believe. That is why affirmations are so valuable. You can repeat them until you overwhelm the inner skeptic and change the way you feel.
If you want to influence your emotional mind, don't argue with it. Instead overwhelm it with positive affirmations. The inner skeptic is massively susceptible to the power of positive affirmations.
When reason tells you one thing and emotions tell you another, your emotions hold sway in the short term. It's not that the power of reason is weak. Rather, it's that the power of emotion is so strong. When the two are in conflict, emotion emerges the winner because it overpowers the rational mind.
The inner emotional skeptic isn't interested in logic. It's more susceptible to the power of repetition than it is to the power of reason. If you repeat anything enough times, the inner skeptic slowly has a change of heart, and it changes the way you feel. You never need to argue with your emotions. You simply overwhelm them with positive affirmations.
People suffering from depression have an inner emotional skeptic that shouts at them all day long. And if they can't sleep at night, they have to listen to the same negative palaver hour after hour.
Perpetually listening to the negative chatter from a depressed mind is the recipe for misery. If you let depression control the conversation, your life will become extremely difficult. It will be harder than it needs to be, and the negative inner voice will relentlessly pummel you with depressing thoughts.
If you are going to win the battle for a positive mind, you are going to have to talk back to the voice of depression.
Talking back isn't about getting in an argument with the depression that is controlling your mind. Instead, talking back is demanding equal time to put good things into your mind to change the conversation.
If you don't spend at least an equal amount of time pushing back against the negative internal skeptic, then you will lose the battle for a positive mind.
You will never win an argument with a depressed mind.
When you use positive affirmations, you aren't getting in an argument with the depressed mind. It's more about changing and controlling the conversation.
The first sign that you winning the battle against depression occurs when you take command of your mind, and you start to control the thoughts that you find there. Depression has been running the command and control operations far too long. It's now time for you to assume command and control. Positive affirmations are a good place to start.
While you repeat positive affirmations, you are taking command of your mind and controlling the thoughts that you find there. Repeating positive affirmations is a blow for freedom, and it demonstrates that you have the power to silence the inner skeptic and to push your mind in a positive direction.
The following ten positive affirmations condensed from Zero Tolerance to Negative Thinking are a great place to start. If you find that the affirmations are helpful, you may want to download the entire book.