• Tania Caza

Have you tried writing an affirmation and it just didn’t work?

I can’t count the number of conferences, books and gurus I have referred to over the years who swear by affirmations. If you aren’t aware, affirmations are sort of a vision statement of who you want to be or become or can be mantras reaffirming who you want to continue to be. Some examples that I have on sticky notes around my office are:

  • I am grounded and exceptionally awake.

  • I am running a consistently successful, financially profitable business.

  • I am courageous and bold.

  • I love my body.

Don’t get me wrong…affirmations can be very powerful and extremely helpful. And, here is the thing that I have found about affirmations…they work really well if I actually believe that I can make them come true.


As I write the affirmations above, I have to say I am definitely wobbly at whether I will actually be able to run a consistently successful, financially profitable business. I am also super wobbly that I will ever be able to actually love my body, despite the amount of gratitude I have. The other two, I feel pretty good about.


So, how can an affirmation work if you don’t actually believe in them?


I was recently introduced to the concept of “Iffirmations”. My mind has been blown, so I needed to share the concept here! It is so simple! I will play with my two wobbly affirmations. Instead of writing them as an affirmation, add “What if” at the beginning?


Now my wobbly affirmations become:

- What if I am running a consistently successful, financially profitable business?

- What if I love my body?


Do you notice a difference?


For me, instead of creating disbelief, I now see a possibility. It gives me some space to feel a certain way about these statements and to dream up a path toward a possibility. Two little words can make a huge difference. And, as I work through my emotions and why I don’t believe, I can continue to move forward with these statements as a possibility. It immediately has created a shift in my mindset.


Do you think this could work for you?


What wobbly affirmations do you have and if you change them to an Iffirmation, do you notice a difference?


I would love to hear your examples!




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