If 90 percent of our thinking occurs in the subconscious mind, it’s easy to see why affirmations that we repeat in our conscious mind can often only take us so far. To make a real difference in our lives, we have to gain a measure of control in our subconscious thinking.
For example, if you repeat an affirmation like “I am a great public speaker”, you’ll eventually hear from your inner voice of doubt that questions this particular affirmation. Even if you repeat this affirmation hundreds of times, your subconscious will probably still question this statement.
According to author Noah St. John in the The Secret Code of Success: 7 Hidden Steps to More Wealth and Happiness, the answer to why these affirmations don’t work very efficiently is because your mind doesn’t respond very well to overcoming negative beliefs using statements. What your brain is looking for isn’t a statement, but a question.
According to St. John, our mind can often work like a search engine. Ask yourself a question and your mind will automatically start looking for an answer. Psychologists refer to this brain function as the embedded presupposition factor.
So the real key to making lasting change happen in your subconscious is to change your affirmations in to afformations. Stop making statements and start asking your brain empowering questions.
For example, if you want to lose weight, you’ll ask “Why is it so easy for me to lose weight?” Or if you want to increase your income, you’ll ask “Why do I always make so much money?”
The key point behind this incredibly simple concept is to know how your subconscious brain works. By using afformations, which are basically questions that “make form” of what we want in our lives, we can learn to activate the 90 percent of our brains like never before.