How Long Does It Take for Affirmations To Work

How Long Does It Take For Affirmations To Work

Affirmations work on the subtle energy levels that set new patterns in your subconscious mind and are afterward reflected onto your reality. Affirmations are intended to seed new beliefs you will soon adopt into your perception and start living a new reality.

However, many people have noticed that affirmations take a very long time to work or sometimes don’t work at all. You might be wondering why?

When you simply repeat affirmations without preparing your subconscious mind, it can take years for them to start becoming your reality. To make your affirmations work faster, you have to recognize everything in your life that is not serving your highest good and eliminate things that are not benefitting you.

By cleansing your body and your subconscious mind, you are freeing a lot of energy to help your affirmations become powerful and effective.

Doing energy work will restore healthy energy flow in your body and will elevate your manifesting ability. Repeating correctly worded affirmations throughout your day will anchor them into your subconscious mind and help them become your reality.

Affirmations are powerful tools you can use to help you manifest your desired reality. We all have internal dialogue daily, and we all talk to ourselves in our minds.

To use affirmations, you have to become aware of your inner conversations, heal the unhealthy belief patterns and replace them with beneficial ones.

Here are 10 tips to make affirmations work faster for you.

10 Tips to Make Affirmations Work Faster

Affirmations work like seeds that you plant into your subconscious mind. Since your subconscious beliefs create your reality, by planting new beliefs, you create a new reality. 

Throughout our lives, we absorb many limiting beliefs, many of which are passed down for generations. These beliefs are pretty hard to change, so you must be very mindful and strategic about how you use affirmations for manifesting.

Follow these tips to turn your powerhouse.

1. Journal


The better you know yourself, the better you will recognize your subconscious beliefs and where they come from. This will help you see what is holding you back from manifesting your ideal reality.

Journaling is one of the best tools for self-reflection. Incorporate journaling into your daily schedule and find time to write down your feelings and thoughts for at least 15 minutes every day. 

You can write every evening or incorporate journaling into your morning routine and write every morning as soon as you wake up. You can do a journaling technique known as morning pages.

2. Do Shadow Work

Do Shadow Work

All of us have parts of our consciousness that we are aware of that make the visible part of our personality. But large parts of our subconscious mind are hidden from our awareness.

Carl Gustav Jung called these parts of our consciousness the shadow. Even though we are unaware of it, it still affects us, our thoughts, and our decision-making process. As a result, our shadow, or the subconscious aspects of our personality, create our reality.

C.G. Jung has said: ‘Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.’

The better you know yourself, the better you will get at manifesting your desired reality, and the stronger your affirmations will work.

3. Recognize Limiting Beliefs

Recognize Limiting Beliefs

In your childhood, you likely heard phrases such as: “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” “You can’t make a lot of money with honest work,” and other similar sayings that actually aren’t based on absolute truth.

Your parents didn’t mean anything bad when saying them and expressed their beliefs that they had taken on from their parents. However, these types of expressions can take deep roots in our perception of the world and create a limiting worldview over time.

We can have limiting beliefs around any topic, including success, abundance, beauty, love, our talents and abilities, and anything else. We pick them up not only from our families but also from the media, movies, and entertainment. Sometimes, it’s even unspoken ideas and beliefs that we absorb as truths simply by being around certain people.

Be very mindful of your self-talk and limiting beliefs. Of what you believe is impossible or whatever you feel unworthy of. Journaling and doing shadow work will help you immensely with self-reflection in this area.

4. Clean Up Your Diet

Clean Up Your Diet

The foods you eat build up your physical body, regulate your hormones and directly affect your energetic frequency. It is a commonly overlooked step in the manifestation process, yet it is one of the most important ones.

The foods you eat can either elevate your vibrational frequency or congest your body with toxins. When your body is blocked with waste, it ages much faster and stops the flow of the life force, also known as prana.

Examine your diet, eliminate the junk foods and think of steps you can take to improve your relationship with food.

5. Do Energy Work

Do Energy Work

The more smoothly energy flows through your body, the stronger your power to manifest. Our energy becomes stifled over time, and we build a lot of energetic blockages that prevent the smooth flow of energy, therefore our power to manifest.

The main reasons for this are:

  • Negative thought patterns
  • Fear, shame, and guilt
  • Emotional and mental blockages
  • Poor diet and sleep habits
  • Lack of exercise and movement
  • Doing a job and other things you don’t enjoy
  • Stopping yourself from doing things you enjoy

To reverse and cleanse these energetic blockages from your field, pick up the energy work to address stuck energy in your body and mind. Choose tools that resonate with you the most. Ideally, pick up a few and combine them.

These are some of the ones that have proven to give the best results:

  • Qi gong
  • Yoga
  • Pranayam
  • Tapping
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Jungian Therapy

6. Connect With Your Inner Child

Connect With Your Inner Child

To give your affirmations strength and weight, you must restore a healthy energy flow in your body. When you set your mind toward things you want to do and want to experience, you are focused on expansion. This gives you fresh energy and works as a magnet for positive experiences.

Over time, as we age, we start limiting ourselves and telling ourselves that some of our wants and desires are meaningless, pointless, and not worth pursuing. This blocks and stagnates our energy.

Nobody knows you and your desires better than your inner child. Think of things you enjoyed doing as a child and what would bring you joy.

Start doing things in your life simply because you enjoy doing them, not thinking of a specific outcome. Opening and unleashing your playful side will restore the energy flow in your body and make your affirmations much more powerful and magnetic.

7. Meditate


All of our thoughts hold a specific vibrational frequency—research the emotional frequency scale to understand this concept better.

It is not easy to jump from one emotional state to another. However, moving up the vibrational scale is necessary for us to manifest our desired reality and for affirmations to work.

Meditation allows you to tap into new brain waves and relax the thought patterns you are used to. You can try meditating in silence or use guided meditations. Either way, it will benefit you tremendously. Do this as a part of your daily practice.

8. Word Affirmations Correctly

Word Affirmations Correctly

For your affirmations to work, you have to be very careful and specific with how you word them. Pick affirmations that won’t sound like a lie to your subconscious mind.

If you subconsciously feel unworthy of success, don’t try to bulldoze your subconscious mind with affirmations that say the opposite, for example, “I deserve success!” because your subconscious mind will know this belief is false and will reject it.

Instead, you can use affirmations such as: “I am improving each day, and I am moving towards success!”.

9. Repeat Affirmations Through the Day

Repeat Affirmations Through The Day

Say your affirmations to yourself as soon as you wake up and keep them in mind throughout the day. Find a quiet moment during the day when you can be by yourself and repeat them in your mind. 

Whenever you say your affirmations, allow the positive feelings to overtake your body and feel deeply how good they make you feel.

You can even write them on your mirror and have them on your phone’s screensaver. Just be mindful if you want to keep them private because someone might see them.

Keeping your affirmations to yourself is perfectly fine and can even be beneficial. They are for you only, and nobody else needs to know about them.

10. Trust the Universe

Trust The Universe

As always with manifesting, remember that the universe is your best friend and has your back. Remember that you are a part of the universe and a beloved child of the universe.

If you send out a clear signal with your affirmations about what you want to manifest in your life, don’t doubt that the universe will deliver it.

Whenever you start doubting your ability to manifest your dream life, you send mixed signals about your trust in the universe. Relax and trust the process! Have complete trust that the universe will deliver its blessings in the best possible way!


These steps are some of the most powerful things you can do to make your affirmations effective and make your dream reality come true. Don’t forget to take inspired action along with these steps.

Taking conscious and joyful actions that will move you towards the reality you most desire will open the door in your life for the universe to deliver its blessings to you!