How suggestible are you?
When I ask people this question, the typical response is "I am not suggestible at all!" Fortunately that is not true!
Fortunately? Why am I suggesting that it is a good thing to be suggestible?
The reason I believe it can be a very good thing is that you can take advantage of the suggestible quality of your mind to create changes you really want to see in yourself.
Take creative visualization for example.
Many people, myself included, believe when you use visualization to manifest something, you are using the power of the Universe. But I also believe that power of the universe is within me if only I will make an effort to use it! By focusing properly on whatever it is I wish to achieve, by putting it in a setting that generates warmth and happiness and that reminds me I have already achieved it, I am in a sense "tricking" my subconscious mind to utilize that inner Universal power.
When you use affirmations, you are doing the same thing. You are "tricking" your subconscious and making it believe you have reached your goal and all that remains is to bring this inner reality into the physical world.
In both cases, the main reason this works is because you are suggestible. If you were not at all suggestible, then your subconscious would ignore your visualizations and affirmations and simply retort that they do not accord with what it sees in the physical world.
Sometimes, though, that DOES happen. It happens when your subconscious becomes aware that you ARE tricking it. Allow that to happen and for that moment in time you are no longer suggestible, which means your visualizations and affirmations will not work.
Typically, this will occur when you approach manifesting techniques in a half-hearted manner. Perhaps you begin affirming but at the same time keep thinking this is probably not going to work. If you do that, then I can guarantee it is NOT going to work. Your subconscious is not going to respond, as it knows you are trying to trick it. It is almost as though you are first sending it a message saying "don't believe what I am going to say next - it isn't true!".
One of the secrets of manifesting properly is to leave all your doubts to one side. You may simply be able to do this without using any other techniques. Or you may need to bring those doubts to the surface first, and address them one by one, setting each aside as you answer it.
You should also try to get yourself into a suggestible state. Relax! Allow your mind to drift and reach your "safe haven". This is a place where you know you are perfectly safe no matter what. Where you are nurtured by the Universe and feel really happy and comfortable. I cannot describe this place for you, as the reality is we each have our own safe haven which is not going to be exactly the same as anyone else's safe haven. You should spend some time meditating and exploring your inner world so you can find your own safe haven.
Use these techniques and you will find you are much more suggestible and your visualizations and affirmations work far better.
Be aware, though, that suggestibility can work against you as well. Not in your safe haven or when you are using these techniques. But when you are just living your normal life it is possible for others to take advantage of your suggestibility. I don't want you to worry about this, as your own suggestions will be far more powerful. But I do want you to be aware so you can counter any negative influence. Make sure you associate with other positive people, not with any who are negative and will consciously or unconsciously send negative messages to your own subconscious mind.
Recognize that if you are a human being, then by your very nature you are suggestible. Use that knowledge to reduce the power of negative people to influence you, and use it to harness the extraordinary power of the universe to change you and everything around you to what you really want for yourself.