What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations are considered “new age” terminology for the practice of positive thinking. The principle is to surround yourself with positive statements and ideas about what you want in life, and you will be more likely to achieve your goals. Affirmations are positive statements that reinforce and inspire you to reach your true life destination and personal fulfillment.
Affirmations can be used to help you achieve success in all areas of your life, everything from your professional life to your health, your love life and your financial situation. If properly written and you commit to your affirmations, they will help you reach your goals and find personal fulfillment.
How Do Affirmations Work?
To be happy and fulfilled in life, we must believe in ourselves. For all of us, our beliefs are thoughts that have been programmed into us since childhood. Some of these beliefs will help you to achieve your goals, but some of the “pre-programming” we have had holds us back from allowing us to believe what we really want for ourselves is actually possible. At a subconscious level, we are continually affirming our thoughts and desires, but to wash away the negative programming that is holding us back, and to really believe in ourselves, we must verbalize our inspirations.
By verbalizing our positive thoughts, over and over again, you re continually chipping away at your negative self-conscience and re-programming your thoughts. Let’s take a goal such as weight loss as an example. If you have always struggles with weight loss, an example of an affirmation you may use would be:
“I am healthy and happy with my appearance”.
You will notice the first times you verbalize this affirmation, you may feel uncomfortable and have negative feelings arouse from within. You may even have a feeling of resistance before you say the statement. This is your subconscious showing its true feeling. You subconscious is not agreeing with your statement and is trying to tell you it is not possible. Keep at it. Repeat your affirmation, day after day. You will eventually start to feel joy and a sense of well-being. This is when you know your affirmation is starting to work. You are essentially “brainwashing” away any negative thoughts you have about the goal you are trying to reach.
How Quickly Will My Affirmations Start To Work For Me?
There is no specific formula or timeline that will dictate how long it will take before your affirmations stat to have an impact on your life. It will depend greatly upon how much inner resistance you have to the affirmations you have written and how willing you are to make a change in your life. The question should not really be one of how long it will take, but rather how much do you want the change to happen.
How to Write Affirmations
There are no set rules on how to write affirmations, but there are some tips to help you write meaningful, effective affirmations:
Tips to making Affirmations Relevant and Useful
Write in the present tense
- If you write about what you want in the future, you may end up waiting a long time for your affirmation to come true.
- You cannot make affirmations for other people. You are doing this for you. Your affirmations should in fact sound self centered. Their purpose is to encourage you and attract what you want out of life.
- Your affirmation should always be in a positive tone, and it should include a positive emotion such as: I am excited, I am passionate, I am slim, I am fit, I am healthy….
- The more likely you are to remember your affirmation, the more likely you are to say it. If it is too wordy, you will have a hard time remembering it.
- If what you have written makes you so uncomfortable that you feel you are lying to yourself, change the wording something you believe, such as:
- I intend to….
- I am willing to….
- I choose to….
Make it about you
Include positive emotion
Keep it short and sweet
You must believe it
Examples of Affirmations
- I am healthy in mind, body and spirit.
- Every day I am getting stronger and healthier.
- My body is healed, restored and filled with energy.
- I am living a long, happy, healthy life.
- I am in control of my health and wellness.
- I allow health and happiness to flow through my body.
- I attract only healthy relationships.
- I am special and deserve love.
- I am surrounded by love.
- My heart is open to love.
- I deserve love and pleasure.
- I am ready for a loving, fulfilling, respectful relationship.
- I love my job and I am good at it.
- Doors of opportunity and abundance are open to me now.
- I am passionate about my career and it rewards me with abundance.
- At this moment, I am attracting the perfect career into my life.
- I have strong skills and employers want to hire me.
- Opportunities come easily to me.
- I am beautiful and admired.
- I love myself unconditionally.
- I am wonderful and grateful to be me.
- I love my life.
- I am unique and lucky to be me.
- I can do anything I set my mind to.
- My fitness routine is enjoyable, energetic and effective.
- When I am exercising, I feel healthier and healthier every minute.
- My body responds to my fitness goals.
- I feel rejuvenated and energized after exercising.
- I feel healthier when I work out.
- I am good to my body and my body is good to me.
- I enjoy eating healthy.
- I feel thin.
- I am getting stronger, thinner and healthier every day.
- I am the perfect weight for me.
- I choose to make positive healthy choices for myself.
- I love and appreciate my body.
Getting Results From Your Affirmations
There are several methods that can be used alone, or in combination. You will have to determine what method(s) are going to work for you. At minimum though, you need to verbalize your affirmations at least once a day in combination with at least one other method listed below.
Here is a sample of various ways you can use your affirmations to help you get results.
Method 1 – Written Method
- Write out your affirmations 15 times every morning and every night before you go to bed.
- Say them out load to yourself in the mirror using you statements.
- Say your affirmation out loud anytime you feel yourself engaging in a negative though or activity that contradicts your affirmation.
Method 2 – You In The Mirror
Method 3 – The Negative Roadblock
Example: If you are trying to quit smoking, and you feel yourself reaching for a cigarette, say your affirmation out loud “I am living a healthy lifestyle”.
Method 3 – Record Yourself
- Make a recording of your affirmations that you can play over and over again in the car, or on your iPod.
- Many people report that falling asleep listening to their affirmations has been very successful.
- Sing your affirmations.
- Write out each of your affirmations on individual 3 x 5 recipe cards (one per card). Create several cards for each affirmation. Post the cards in various places where you will see them on a daily basis.
Method 4 – The Sing Method
Method 5 – Reminder Cards
Examples: Inside a desk drawer, on the bathroom mirror, on the fridge, on your dashboard etc.