How Many Affirmations Should I Focus On?

How Many Affirmations Should I Focus On

How many affirmations should I focus on to see the greatest results the fastest? For most people the number is between 3 to 5 affirmations to focus on intensely.

When you start using affirmations then knowing how many affirmations should I focus on becomes a very common question and in many ways it is a dilemma.

If you have a lot of ‘wants’ it can get overwhelming and you can spread yourself too thin.

There is no definite amount of affirmations to focus on but instead there are 3 different approaches to help guide you in deciding how many affirmations to focus on.

What often happens when you start using affirmations and you become exposed to your own inner power it can be a bit overwhelming.

When you become aware of the vast menu of things you can choose to be, do and have in your life then your mind starts racing. If you can have anything, where do you start? What would you pick first?

The result is that most people try and focus on way too many things with their affirmations – especially when they are not very “fit” mentally. If you spread yourself too thin then you rarely create enough energy to make any real changes in your life.

Your life is already a miracle of chance waiting for you to shape its destiny.

– Toni Morrison

Learning to effectively use affirmations requires a level of mental fitness. If you are new at this then you may pick just one affirmation while someone who has more mental fortitude can focus on several intentions at once.

There are a number of major problems with affirmations and avoiding them will give you a massive head-start.

Here are the 5 biggest mistakes most people make with affirmations.

  • Try and See Mentality:
    You may have heard about affirmations before and decided to “give it a go and see” if it works. The try and see mentality has its foundations in doubt and uncertainty.

    You need to suspend your disbelief and almost become like a child again. Believe that you can create anything in your life through the power of your mind and affirmations.
  • Dull Repetitions:
    The power of affirmations lie not in the amount of times you repeat it. It relies on how it moves your mind, your thoughts and your energy.

    You can say an affirmation 10 million times and still not see any change. As long as your subconscious mind rejects the idea, the affirmation is useless. Dull repetitions of affirmations have no power.
  • Downloading Lists Of Affirmations:
    This is one of my biggest gripes with affirmations and the misinformation around it that is rife on the internet.

    People will find lists of affirmations and they fall in love with how beautiful the words are. Repeating these poetic affirmations will never work as they rarely contain any specifics and rarely have a personal connection.
  • Not Sticking With It:
    When you first decide to change something or to really go after a specific goal there is a big sense of enthusiasm. We tend to spend the first week with our affirmations with a great deal of enthusiasm.

    By week three, most people have forgotten about it. This is the real challenge. Sticking with it UNTIL it manifests requires great discipline that only comes from having a burning desire.
  • Lack of Clarity:
    Affirmations need to have a great deal of clarity. If you go to a restaurant and tell the waiter that you would like something nice they would have no clue what you really want.

    The same is true when you set intentions. The law of attraction does not respond to vague ideas. You need to be incredibly specific in exactly what you want. General affirmations that you find online has no meaning and no specifics which makes it useless.

How Many Affirmations Should I Focus On?

Back to the question of how many affirmations should you focus on? There is no right or wrong answer. Instead there is a right FOR YOU and this depends entirely on you.

If you have a lot of time on your hands, you are incredibly dedicated and thorough than you could easily docs on several affirmations at a time.

There are essentially three approaches with affirmations…

1. Focus on One Idea With a One Affirmation

Focusing on a single idea or intention with a single affirmation can be incredibly powerful. By harnessing all your focus and energy towards a single idea you concentrate all your efforts.

This is a great strategy if you have one specific thing you want to manifest.

By building and crafting a single affirmation that perfectly encapsulates exactly what you want to manifest you block out all other distracting thoughts and and direct everything towards a single goal.

Whenever you start feeling overwhelmed with affirmations, the safest thing to do is to pick just one affirmation and make that everything. This will allow you to focus all your energy and attention on a single idea or goal and it will be the most effective way to manifest that into your life.

2. Focus on One Idea With a Handful of Affirmations

You may have a single goal or intention but create a number of affirmation to help support you around manifesting that one intention.

We often have a number of limiting beliefs around a certain intention and by crafting different affirmations you can tackle the problem from different directions.

You may have a problem with attracting wealth and abundance in your life and you may identify that you feel unworthy to receive and have money.

You may also have specific goals that represent wealth and abundance.

You could have a number of affirmations that all address different aspects of the same intention. This could be a very powerful technique – especially if you have identified limiting beliefs in your life.

3. Create As Many Affirmations As You Can Come Up With

If you are fed up with almost every area of your life you may feel like you need a complete reboot. You may want to create more wealth and abundance, attract your soulmate and lose the weight that’s been bothering you for years.

You could tackle all these with affirmations. Oftentimes, changes have the power to permeate all areas of your life.

As you start seeing results in one area it will inspire you to keep going and try even harder. The challenge with this approach is that you could spread yourself thin and not give enough energy or attention to any one particular intention.

Be mindful of this, but if this is a strategy that appeals to you then you should go for it. Rebooting your life by taking control of several areas of your life can create a lot of enthusiasm and energy.

Make full use of that and dedicate enough time to your affirmations and visualization to make sure it does not get diluted.

How To Make Your Affirmations Work (Better)

A lot of people have been “burned” by trying affirmations. So many people claim that they “tried affirmations but it did not work”.

Affirmations work. The real question is whether you are working your affirmations. It is not a magic pill but it gives you a proven method that can help you manifest anything into your life.

Here are 5 powerful tips to help you make your affirmations work.

→ Focus and Concentration

If you think of your mental focus as a form of currency then you will start realizing how valuable your mental focus is.

Where your focus goes, your energy flows. If you have just one idea and you can pour all your energy into that idea then you can create a lot of energy.

If your mind is scattered around with dozens of different ideas than you will most likely not create enough energy to make a significant change.

Words of affirmation are powerful. Words change lives; words and ideas change the world.

– Bryant McGill

Always remember that your energy and your attention is a currency. Do not allow idle things to suck up your valuable energy and attention.

Do not try and come up with 50 affirmations to change every aspect of your life in the next 10 days.

→ Create Very Specific Affirmations

Clarity is power. If your affirmations are crafted around very clear and very specific ideas then you actually communicate to your subconscious mind in a way that it can understand.

Remember that your subconscious mind can not interpret your ideas. Your conscious mind might be able to fill in the gaps and understand what you mean when you say “I want a lot of money” but your subconscious has no clue.

If you communicate very clearly to your subconscious mind that you want to have $22,000 in your AMP Bank account by the 22 of August then you speak a language your subconscious can understand.

Always think of your affirmations as something you are ordering from someone who has no clue. You need to tell them exactly WHAT you want (not how you want it) and give them as much detail as possible to help them “pick out” the right thing.

→ Inject Emotion Into Your Affirmations

Words are powerful because words create pictures in your mind. It is the pictures that have the power to invoke the law of attraction.

Affirmations in and of themselves have no value. They are a means to an end and they are only really a tool to help your mind form images.

Injecting emotion into your affirmation is an important part of the process. When you can see it and feel it then you are doing it right. You want to use the word of your affirmations to create images in your mind that makes you feel like you already have it.

Many ancient cultures considered this process of creating that feeling as prayer. Ultimately that is what the real purpose of your affirmation is.

You will know that your affirmation is “right” for you if it can move your mind and your emotions to a place where you can see yourself having it already and feel what that feels like.

→ Repetition

It’s been said that repetition is the master of skill. Repetition is important because you really want to form new neural pathways in your brain to “rewire” the way you think and feel about something.

There is a big difference between dull repetitions and concentrated repetitions. When you speak, write or listen to your affirmations you need awareness. You need to be present and allow your mind to focus only on the affirmation.

When you are saying your affirmations and your mind drifts then you may as well not do it. I find that writing my affirmations 3 to 4 times a day really helps me to focus on them. I also highly recommend that you say your affirmations in front of a mirror at least once a day.

You want to see, hear and feel your affirmations as often as possible.

→ Persistence

Book after book has been telling you that you can have everything you want. Teacher after teacher has been telling us about this great truth that we are creating our lives and our experience of life.

Why then is there only a small percentage of people who seem to actually do this? Persistence explains a lot of it.

You need to stick with your intention and your affirmation UNTIL you manifest it.

How long would you give your baby to start walking or talking? However long it takes! My baby will walk and talk but there is a process involved.

Most people simply do not have the resilience to stay the course. Your affirmations often need to overcome a lifetime of erroneous thinking. That is why it often takes a big effort to change the way you think.

The law of attraction always responds to your dominant thoughts. Most people’s dominant thoughts are the result of what they observe in your life.

You need to move beyond what you observe in your life and affirmations help you do just that.

How Many Affirmations Should I Focus On – Conclusion

You should focus on as many affirmations as you have the time and energy for. Ideally you want to spend 15 to 30 minutes for 3 to 5 times a day with your affirmations.

These should be times that you can absolutely focus on your affirmations. You want to write them down, speak them out loud or even say them in front of a mirror.

The key is that your affirmations should move your mind and your emotions. It should move the images in your mind to the accomplishment or complete state of that which you want to be, do or have.

You can also use your NET time (no extra time) when you are commuting, walking/running or even when you are cooking or cleaning to recite your affirmations.

Too many affirmations about too many ideas can scatter your energy and your attention. Creating focus and dedicating your energy to one or a few ideas can create a lot more energy.

Be cautious with simply repeating “positive affirmations”. They are great if you want to improve your general mood and positivity but they rarely have to power to create and manifest.


With a passion for spirituality, self discovery, and understanding this life, Neod spends his time musing about what is, what could be and what might come about. After writing for 20 years he's still growing, learning, exploring and sharing with love, joy and compassion.

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