What is an Affirmation?
Affirmations are powerful tools that you can use to help you live the life that you have so often dreamed of. Affirmations are positive statements that you say out loud (or not) to yourself on a regular basis. The goal and purpose of the exercise is to reprogram your subconscious mind so that you can begin to remove any negative thoughts that prevent you from living your dreams. Affirmations work by overwriting your negative thoughts and thought patterns, which are stored in your subconscious, with more positive ones.
How to Create Life-affirming and Effective Affirmations
1. Keep it in the present time. An affirmation must be in the present tense. Your subconscious does not have the ability to accept a promise about future behavior. “I will eat healthy foods” does not give your subconscious a specific enough time-line or deadline to perform your promise to yourself. Instead, state your affirmation as though it is a behavior that you already exhibit. “I always make healthy food choices” is a present tense statement your subconscious can accept as a fact.
2. Make it personal. For affirmations to work properly, they must be stated in the first person. In other words, it does not make a great deal of sense to create an affirmation saying, “You must eat healthy foods.” In order for your affirmation to matter to your subconscious, it must be personal and use the word “I.” “I will choose healthy foods every time I eat” is a personal statement your subconscious can appropriately apply to your own behavior.
3. It must be positive, of course. Lastly, an affirmation must be stated in a positive manner. “I must stop eating junk food” sends your mind a distorted , mixed message. This sounds a lot like “I eat junk food.” This type of statement will invariably lead you in the opposite direction of your goal. Instead, try something like, “I choose fresh, healthy snacks when I am hungry.” This is a positive statement telling your mind the exact desired behavior.
How to Use affirmations
You can write your affirmations out on note cards and keep them with you in your purse or wallet. Whenever you have a few free moments, you can take them out and read them aloud. State your affirmations in a clear, firm voice with a smile on your face as you say them. This will help you become more aware of the positive vibrations of the affirmations, allowing them easier access to your subconscious mind.
Begin using affirmations by choosing a few short, clear statements about the things you would really like to see happen in your life.
Here are a few examples:
- I enjoy exercising every day.
- I love eating nutritious fresh foods in healthy portions.
- When I am free from the desire to smoke, I breathe clean, fresh air.
- I have everything I need to be content and happy today.
Every one of us has mental recordings which repeat over and over again in our minds. Most of these come from your childhood and have been directing our actions for years. Sadly, many of these old recordings are feeding our mind negative information. These negative recordings will not always show up as direct statements from people, but they tend to be general theories that you have come to believe about your situation or yourself.
The good news however is that we can override these destructive messages by using the power of affirmations! Affirmations can reinforce our good behaviors and change the ones that we feel (or know) need changing. To make those changes, we need to create affirmations with which we can personally identify with so they can help us improve.
A few members of my family are not really what you might call positive people. They are not the sort of individuals who cheer on anyone’s success. Since it was my family, and I was a child, I could not simply remove these toxic people from my life. This probably contributed to my own introverted nature and aversion to risk-taking.
As I got older, did more reading, began to travel further away from home (mostly for school), meet other people, a whole new brighter world seemed possible. I found that I could re-write the messages driven by fear that kept popping up and keeping me paralyzed.
As I said earlier in the series, I use affirmations on a daily basis. I have them taped up in every room I spend a considerable amount of private time. I have several taped to my morning mirror, and my study is covered in the ones that are most important to where I am in life right now.
My most important one is: I am a writer.
How about you?
Today’s Affirmation/ Action:
In the comment section below, share your newly crafted affirmation with us.
Affirmation without discipline is the
beginning of delusion.