They say that if you want something badly it will eventually happen. The thing is you need to say it out loud regularly. Obviously, a lot of people are (surprise, surprise!) rather skeptical about such affirmations, but on the other hand… “in the beginning was the word.”

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  • affirm – state emphatically or publicly
  • take stepsto set about putting something into operation; begin to act
  • coincidence – a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection
  • cognitive dissonance – the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioural decisions and attitude change
  • pedestrian (adj) – lacking inspiration or excitement; dull


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • What was the author’s problem with affirmations?
  • Who was Florence Scovel-Shinn?
  • What happened on the very first day when the author began practicing affirmations?
  • What explanations about the way affirmation works does the author propose?
  • In what way are affirmations similar to antibiotics according to the author?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the appropriate forms of the verbs in the brackets.

[T]he next morning, I ________ (stand) in front of the bathroom mirror and ________ (say)out loud, “I ________ (have) wonderful work in a wonderful way. I ________ (do) work I love for lots of pay.” (I ________ (modify) it a little because I would rather ________ (work) more hours at something I love than fewer hours at something that just brings in money.) That afternoon, I ________ (get) a $1,000 assignment from a website.

Intrigued, I ________ (post) about the experience on the members forum of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Could saying this affirmation really ________ (bring) me a job less than eight hours later? I ________ (expect) surprise and skepticism from my writer colleagues but instead, they ________ (tell) me about similar things that ________ (happen) to them. Which ________ (make) me even more intrigued.


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