How to use autosuggestion techniques to succeed

Autosuggestion is “the medium for influencing the subconscious mind” which is the third step towards riches says Napoleon hill in his amazing book “Think and grow rich“. It is the form of communication between the conscious and the subconscious mind.

No thought can enter the subconscious mind unless it was first suggested by the conscious mind, whether that thought is either negative or positive. Since whatever enters the subconscious mind will eventually manifest itself in our lives, a clear understanding of this principle, and how yo use it will help us implant positive ideas into our subconscious and change our life for the better.

Here are some autosuggestion techniques you can start using even today, and how to apply them. If you practice them long enough and with discipline, I can assure you a positive change in your life.

1. Self-affirmation

This is a kind of auto-suggestions technique whereby you come up with a self-motivating mantra. The message in the mantra should be positive, motivating, and in present tense. An example can be “I am the wonderfully and beautifully made”. This message should be repeated to self verbally and on a daily or regular basis.

2. Visualization or Visioneering

Visualization is one of the most effective auto-suggestion techniques. It is known as the language of the subconscious mind. What you visualize is absorbed into the subconscious. It is important to note that the conscious mind only sets a goal, but it is the subconscious mind that directs the rest of the body to go and achieve the goal. Therefore, for effectiveness, it should be done in a quiet place where one can be able to relax and get in touch with their mental picture.

Some of the top actors, athletes, and executives admittedly use visualization prior to an act or an important occasion. This helps to program the mind for success. Usually, when an executive is going to address a board meeting, they use this auto-suggestion technique to visualize the possible outcome of the board meeting. This helps to input the seeds of the desired goal in mind. Secondly, it connects the desired goal of the meeting with the positive emotions expected. This helps to motivate the brain for improved productivity.

3. Anchoring

Anchoring is a great auto-suggestion technique that helps in goal setting. Most people are used to setting vague goals and after some time the motivation to pursue the goal fades away. Anchoring helps to crystallize the goals, visualize them and connect the goal with positive emotions. According to Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich, the reason auto-suggestions do not work with most people is because they do not understand the importance of mixing positive emotions with the thought patterns.

Anchoring, therefore, helps to mix the thoughts about the desired goal with positive emotions. To do this, one is to write down the general goal, for example, get a promotion. Next, narrow down the goal by making the goal SMART. Meaning it should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. For example; getting promoted from an intern to an entry level position, by the end of the first quarter of the year.

After getting the specific goal one should write it down and write down about a specific day after the first quarter of the year when they will be promoted. Write about how the day will be and all the positive emotions they will be feeling because of being promoted. One should involve all the five senses in this exercise in order to make the experience as real as possible, and read and re-read the goal card as much as possible, until the belief of attaining it is real in his mind.

This exercise posts the auto-suggested message into the subconscious.  The subconscious does not know how to differentiate between the imagined and the real. Therefore, the subconscious will align your behaviors at work and your motivations towards ensuring that the goal is manifested.

Physical Autosuggestion

This is another autosuggestion technique used to alter the subconscious state of the mind and thereby influencing positive feedback. A good example of a positive physical autosuggestion is the sitting posture. How one sits sends a certain message to the brain. This message is interpreted a certain way thereby influencing how a person behaves. It also communicates a message to the subconscious mind of the onlookers. This alters their behavior towards one which results in a different outcome.

For example, sitting in an upright position when one is occupying adequate space communicates readiness and attention to the brain. This tells the brain that whatever one is doing or listening is important. This boosts the retention capacity of the brain. It also communicates confidence to the audience.

Another opposite example is if we sit holding our head bending forward, looking at the floor this signals the brains that something bad has happened, or that we feel negative in some way.

Filtering Negative Autosuggestion

Most people are struggling with failure, self-esteem issues or depression because of the things they were suggesting to self. How many times have you said to yourself; I am a very terrible person, I think am sick, this will fail and other self-defeating thoughts.

The subconscious takes these things and alters the behavior of a person in such a way that the auto –suggested message expresses itself. People have learned to communicate the self-defeating and self-destructive words and thought patterns over a long period of time. Therefore, changing the habit is challenging. However, for success one has to program himself to filter out these negative comments.

The method to eliminate negative auto-suggestion is not as difficult as it might seem. Instead, and it is simply stop focusing on the negative and start to focus on the positive.  The more you concentrate on NOT doing something, the more you do it. This is because the brain is incapable of interpreting the negative which is NOT. Therefore, instead of concentrating on how NOT to bring yourself down, concentrate on how TO build yourself through positive auto-suggestions.


Much of a person’s ability to use autosuggestion effectively depends on his ability to concentrate on a given desire until the desire becomes an obsession. Therefore, for success in a person’s life, one must concentrate on the specific success. Concentrate on it so much until one can almost see and touch-mentally’ the thing he wants in his life. This should be repeated daily. This is because repetition is the trick to plant a seed into the subconscious. Eventually, these auto-suggestions techniques will turn one’s desires into a reality.


6 thoughts on “How to use autosuggestion techniques to succeed

  1. Mohammad Hossein

    Hi, I read the book think and grow rich, one of the greatest book ever read. You would see the chapter of autosuggestion which means self talk and for those who are looking and searching about it must first of all know about sub-conscious mind because autosuggestion directly effects on the sub-conscious mind. It is the most powerful power for improving health or achieving any thing. The book think and grow rich gives the best motivation about it.

    • ido

      I couldn’t agree more. The first place I actually learned about the sub conscious mind, and how it affects our lives was TAGR. The fact that it also gives PRACTICAL methods of influencing it and by that improve our quality of life was nothing short than an amazing discovery for me.
      I have been applying the methods from the book, and never looked back since.

  2. dreamgirl93

    I have read the book “Think and grow rich” and I used to do autosuggestion, but I don’t do this anymore. I don’t think bare autosuggestion is useful. One for of autosuggestion that I do is goal-setting and planning. I plan on my journal for the next day and while I write what I plan to accomplish, I think that it is a form of visualization.

    • ido

      When you plan what you do the next day you are setting a certain expectation for yourself, as to how are things will look when you do them.

      If you also imagine them and literally see them accomplished, or see a scene of how something will happen when you finish those things, then you visualize them.

      Visualization (in the context we talk about) literally means seeing the thing you want to happen. So I guess if you do that, then you are visualizing.

  3. Rags

    Thanks for the posting your thoughts on this very interesting topic. Its crazy that our brain missed out the “not” in our affirmation. So instead of “not fail” or “not criticise”, we should focus on “succeed” or “encourage”.

    While I believe that not focussing on the negative is the way to go, it does take considerable will/mind power not to focus on the negative. One way is to change our vocabulary or to always focus on the positive language instead. It will take discipline but if we work at it, it will become second nature quite quickly.

    We should also consider tools to clean and erase our mostly negative “sub conscious”. Have you ever consider Hoonoponopono which is an ancient hawaiian way of forgiveness as a way of life. It’s something I discovered recently and I wonder if you have experienced in it?

    • ido

      I completely agree that improving our vocabulary is another good way to increase our consciousness and help us in having a more positive mindset. It allows us to experience more since we can describe to ourselves (and others) more of this world. It’s not however, the main road for a more positive mindset. Increasing the vocabulary in a mechanical way won’t necessarily mean a more positive outlook on life. It is something that comes along with an improved and positive mindset. As a matter of fact, I’m going to dedicate one of my posts to that exact subject. So you really hit this home 🙂

      I haven’t heard of Hoonoponopono but you really made me interested! I’m going to check this out myself.

      Can you maybe elaborate on that a bit?

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