Positive affirmations are a term that you have likely heard before, but what exactly are they?
Simply put, they are positive statements that you say to yourself, phrased in the present tense, as if they have already happened.
Why state them in the present tense?
By saying them in the present tense, it helps to plant the seed that you are capable of achieving this goal, because you make your mind view it through a lens of already have accomplished it. As a result, your mind switches its focus and views things in a different light. Pretty cool, right?
In today's world, we tend to be super hard on ourselves. We have negative internal dialogs on repeat with our heads, we attempt the be perfect in all that we do and many people view things from a perspective of lack, thanks to social media and comparing ourselves to the highlight reels of others, as we scroll all day. No wonder why there is so burnout in our society.
These little phrases (positive affirmations) are designed to help retrain the way you view things. They help to change your inner dialog and allow you to show yourself some kindness, because all change starts within your mind.
When we feed our mind with positivity through daily affirmations we can begin to flip the script on our internal dialog. We do this by silencing the negativity and self doubt that plagues our thoughts with simple, confidence building statements.
You possess the power to be the person you want to be. You need to make the decision to change and then tap into your strength to make your aspirations a reality. A great way to do so if with positive affirmation and these simple steps to create your own positive affirmations.
Begin Your Affirmations With "I Am" By doing this, you turn your affirmation into a statement of identity and you begin to connect with it on a deeper level. The more you affirm yourself, the more you become what you aspire to be!
Keep it Positive
Declare what you want to achieve, not what you don't want to come true. Instead of saying "I won't be scared when asked to speak in public", change it to "I am a confident and calm public speaker". See the difference in both of those?
We don't want to attract negativity so we need to cut it out of our inner dialog. We want to enforce more positive thought patterns with our affirmations instead.
Write in the Present Tense
It's important to write your affirmations as if they're already true and unfolding right now. Affirm yourself with "I am beautiful" instead of "I will be beautiful after I reach my weight loss goals"
By declaring outcomes as true and already happening, you're more likely to engage in behaviors that will make your goals a reality.
Record Your Affirmations in Your Voice
This might sound weird, but take a moment to record your affirmations in your own voice. You can even add some soft music in the background as you do so. This will allow you to listen to them as needed and even use them as a form of mediation.
Here are a few examples of affirmations to get you started:
I am enough.
I am proud of who I am becoming.
I am worthy of love and happiness.
I am valued and successful in my career.
I am on the path to a wealthy life. Opportunity surrounds me.
I am happy.
"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen" - Muhammad Ali
Daily positive affirmations can be a powerful tool in creating a meaningful, fulfilling and successful life. Once you decide your affirmations, begin repeating them to yourself daily, preferably in the morning to set the tone for your day.
You may only have one affirmation that you focus on to start and that's okay. When choosing your affirmation, you want to pick one that will make the biggest impact on your thoughts to help you conquer your day and achieve the goal(s) you have set. This more about quality than it is quantity!
Affirmations can become even more powerful when teamed up with visualization. You could write your affirmation(s) down in your journal daily or write them on post-it notes and hang them where you can see them throughout the day as a reminder.
Another visualization trick is to sit and imagine what life is like when you have reached your goal.
What is your day like since achieving your goal?
How do you feel since achieving your goal?
How has your life changed since achieving your goal?
Get detailed with your visualization! The more detailed you get, the stronger the connection in your mind becomes!
Reminder: Consistency is key with affirmations, as is patience. You can't only put this into practice for a few days and expect results, so don't give up! You want to commit to your affirmation (which is why having only one is great) and you want to give your affirmation the attention it deserves. Don't just say it because you're supposed to. Connect the affirmation to your emotions for the best results.
I hope you enjoyed this post on affirmations! If you have any questions or want to share your experience with using affirmations, you can comment below or find me over on Instagram to discuss them.
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