I remember listening to a Tony Robbins audio one time where he made the bold statement that affirmations were a farce. He clearly argued that affirmations were a waste of time. He is right. Do I have your attention? Tony was not saying you should not have powerful statements you use to change your thinking, but he was making it very clear that you could not use generic affirmations that are not backed with energy, power, and commitment. You need to create scripts, stories, and statements that are packed with emotional impact if you want to engage your mind and make changes. He continued to explain that you should vary your tone, your impact on words, and your emotional triggers that you associated to your scripts to make your subconscious mind listen. He insisted saying the words is not enough. You need to add physical triggers to lock them in place. Some of his suggested triggers included hand pumps, slapping your hand together, punching the air, or signaling a big number one with your finger. I can verify that by adding impact, emotion, and physical triggers, your affirmations go from generic words into statements that burn into your mind and start changing your persistent thoughts. It takes time and effort, but it is worth it.