The Powers of affirmations and visualisation by Dr Hiru Bijlani


Affirmations transform your thinking you attitudes and finally your behavior and helps to produce the results you desire.

An affirmation is a positive declaration of what you want to be, what you want to have or how you want to live your life.

Affirmation has been given man names self-motivation, self-commands auto 
suggestions or self-talk.

An affirmation is controlled directed by talk, which gives direction and impact to your plans goals for health self-improvement etc. and results in greater utilization on of your potential for success, whatever you desire.

Why do Affirmations work?

The sub-conscious mind does not distinguish between the truth and falsehood. It accepts everything you say to it as an order and says yes to the order. It actually works to produce what you order.

According to Norman Vincent Peale “When the mental picture is strongly enough actual seems to control condition and circumstance Dr. Emile Couse the French Physician of the late 19th Century told his patients that they would improve faster if they adopted that simple plan of saying over and over:

“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better”

Your affirmation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

How you feel deepens on you mental stance, thus affirmation affect he physical well-being, as they affect mental attitudes. While on the other hand looking for symptoms of illness, promises illness.

How to construct & use affirmations:

Write affirmations in specific terms of what you actually want. Follow the rules given below: –

Use the 1st person pronoun. ‘I’
State Affirmation positively
State affirmation in the present tense.

Write down your affirmations for reinforcement…


Another useful technique for focusing your creative power on achieving goals is the practice of Visualization.

Visualization is the act of mentally picturing ideas, events, circumstances and objects.

Successful, high achievers in every profession exercise visualization.

Like affirmations research has shown the Visualization improves healing, rejuvenation and also slows down the physical effects of aging. Research has further shown that Visualization can produce changes in the body. Many professional athletes find Visualization to be a powerful tool to enhance their athletic prowess.

Why does Visualization work?

Your sub-conscious mind does not differentiate between actual scenes & those you imagine. When you see yourself acting in a certain way, you begin to believe this is your habitual performance and therefore it mantises. Your mind talks to your body by using mental images.

Dr. Carl Simonton, M.D., a radiation oncologist studied and popularized the importance of Visualization as an important therapy in treating cancer. In this book “Program for reversing Heart Disease”, Dr. Dean Ornish recommends the use of Visualization to improve Coronary blood flow.

When you see a vivid picture of yourself in possession of your goals, the picture stimulates desire; sparks creativity in planning actions steps and fuels motivation to take action.

To practice Visualization, 

Shut your eyes and imagine that you are in possession of what you desire to possess or attain for e.g. If you desire to own a car imagine that your own one and are driving it – vividly, colours & all.

Visualization focuses attention on goals, increases desires, intensifies beliefs, sharpens concentration, relieves stress, fuels motivation.

In Conclusion: What we think is what we become. Everything is created twice, once in the mind and then in the physical world.

By using the two techniques of Affirmations and Visualization one can achieve desired goals

Dr. Hiru Bijlani is a Management Consultant and author of several books and articles.