I recently started posting a “question of the day” on my Facebook profile. The question is in the form of an AFFORMATION. Ok, many people (especially in Maui) know what an affirmation is but what is an Afformation? An affirmation is where you tell yourself (by writing, speaking, listening) that something you want is true. For example, “I enjoy making $200,000 in 2014!” Studies have shown that affirmations do work. So I tried them. I would write my affirmations 25 times every morning for months.
Did it help? The answer is yes and no. Yes, I was more focused and positive about the tasks that I did each day. Yes, I had my best year in 2013 to date in real estate. No, I didn’t hit my goals and I’m still not close to making what I used to in high-tech. I got bored writing every morning; my hand would cramp up and my mind would drift. I would start questioning the affirmation in a very negative ways – questioning myself. There must be a better way.
Through some random email, I came to hear about Noah St. John and his Afformations. I signed up for one of his programs and then another. While the programs were good, they weren’t really necessary. I found that afformations are amazingly simple and work for me. Noah says that if we ask a question, our brains automatically will work to find an answer. It is in the same realm of affirmations in that “What you focus on becomes true” but real actions also result. So now instead of writing my affirmations over and over and over again, I let my mind focus on what I want or what I need to fix and I write down Why questions. Read Noah’s latest book to get more ideas! He has chapters of sample afformations on many topics.
Here’s a real example of my Afformations dated October 4: Why does lots of business come to me so easily? Why are the best clients attracted to me? Why is it easy for me to add value for my clients? Why to I have the courage to do what I love? Why am I so good at taking imperfect actions to improve my life and add value for my clients? (I tend to be too much of a perfectionist!) Why do I give value to hundreds of people? Why did my success grow so quickly? Why is it that most successful people are drawn to me? Why do I make such a great mentor and leader? Why are decisions so easy for me? Why is it easy for me to do what I really love every day? Why is my office so organized and clutter-free? Why do I take action to remove distractions from my environment? Why is my home beautiful and comfortable? Why am I so healthy? Why do I know how to eat the right foods to provide by body with the best energy? Why do I easily get enough physical exercise each day?
Whew! Ok, so I’ve always been an over-achiever. But I also have had some really simple improvements to my life based on simple answers to questions. Right before Peters’ birthday, I had had several sleepless nights. On the same day I pondered “Why do I know a birthday gift that would be great for Peter?” and “Why do I find it easy to sleep through the night?” That day Peter mentioned a friend who swore by blackout curtains. So I got them for him for his birthday and we’ve both slept much better since!
Afformations really helped me perform well on my broker exam too. The problem with the exam questions was that many times they were written so poorly, that it was hard to interpret. So, through afformations I was able to flag these bad questions, break them down and get the “best answer” much more often. During the exam, I actually counted them. After my first pass, I realized that even if I got them wrong, I was still in passing zone. Instead of agonizing going over them, I submitted it and sure enough – PASSED.
Afformations are working for me! I don’t write them every morning; sometimes I listen to them. Noah also has audio programs you can buy and recently released one where you can make your own audio. That’s why I am sharing a question each day with you!