Commitment - keep in mind that the key to using affirmations - audio, written, or spoken - is commitment to your goal. Without a commitment to making the change or reaching your goal, affirmations are just words.
Repetition - repetition is the engine of affirmation success. For an affirmation to do its job in transforming your thoughts, it has to get at least equal time with the negative thoughts you want to replace.
How much/how often - speak, write, or listen to the first person affirmation 5-10 times and then repeat the second person affirmation the same number of times. Do this at least twice each day. Stay with the affirmation(s) for at least 30 days. Use them again if the old thoughts return.
How to use first person affirmations - “Own” the first-person version. Speak or listen as if you are speaking passionately to yourself.
How to know you’re getting results - there are several criteria for recognizing an affirmation’s success.
The old thought, behavior, or performance disappears or lessens.
Your mood, thinking, behavior, or performance change in a positive direction.
The old thought, behavior, or performance appears and your thinking immediately answers with the affirmation. This is really exciting. Your old thought is “I am stupid.” You think this thought and immediately it is answered by your affirmation, “I am highly intelligent.”