Visualization and affirmations are the two most often discussed practices associated with the law of attraction. Both are highly effective but must be employed properly if you wish to see results. Going through the motions out of a sense of duty will not cut it.

You must feel it and be excited when you’re visualizing and affirming. Without feelings behind your actions, there will be no results. This is the most important point that you need to take away from this article.

So… How often should you visualize or repeat your affirmations?

There is no right or wrong answer here. What’s most important is that you not force it or be repetitive because you’re desperate.

A good time to visualize will be right before sleep when your conscious mind is less active and your subconscious mind is more receptive to what you’re trying to implant in your mind.

It would be a good idea to visualize whatever you want every night before you doze off. You may also wish to do it in the morning when you wake… but if you’re in a rush for work, there’s no need to rush your visualization.

You can always do it later when you’re comfortable. The process should be something you enjoy and not a chore to complete. You only need to visualize as often as you feel like.

While it’s important that you visualize daily to build the habit and ingrain the thoughts in your mind, you shouldn’t overdo it. Many people force themselves to visualize several times a day hoping to speed up the process.

This is wrong. The universe works in its own good time. By repeatedly visualizing even when you don’t want to, you give off a signal to your subconscious mind that you don’t believe that it’ll work. So, you’re compensating for this lack of belief with brute repetition.

This will not work and actually slow down your manifesting ability. Visualize, put the vibes out there, be happy and let it go. That’s all there is to it. Go about the rest of your day acting like what you want is already on its way.

It’s as simple as that. The law of attraction is very simple in concept. Know what you want, see yourself getting it, believe in this totally and work towards it. While the concept is simple, it’s not that easy to practice.

Whatever was said of visualization above applies to affirmations too. Affirmations must have positive energy behind them. When you make affirmations such as, “I am strong” or “I believe in myself and my abilities!” make sure you don’t say or do something later that runs contrary to what you just affirmed.

For example, after affirming that you believe in yourself and your abilities, ten minutes later you turn to your wife and say, “I don’t think I’ll get that promotion. I don’t have the skills.”

There is conflict between what you really believe and what you’re affirming. Your affirmations will fall on stony ground and you’ll not see your goals and dream materialize.

What you’ll need to do is focus on changing your negative thoughts first. Once you have used the law of attraction to instill faith in yourself, then you can use that faith to focus on what you want. That’s how you do it. Sometimes you need to crouch before you leap.

Use visualization and affirmation to strengthen your faith and make your mind believe that you already possess what you desire.

“To bring anything in your life, imagine that it’s already there.” – Richard Bach