Affirmations are a form of self-talk that help to guide your thoughts and feelings in the direction of your goals. In this article, we’ll discuss what affirmations are, how they work, how you can create them, and more!
Affirmations have been used for centuries by people from all walks of life to turn their lives around. No matter where you are right now in life – feeling stuck or maybe even downright discouraged – there is hope for change if you’re willing to get involved with the process.
Here’s just some of what awaits you when you get started with affirmations
* You will be able to break free from old habits that no longer serve you;
* Your inner dialogue will start to change, helping you to become more positive;
* You will be able to make changes in your life very easily
* You may start feeling happier than ever before!
Affirmations can help you achieve all these things and much more! Affirmations are also a great way to practice mindfulness. They require your full attention because you’re repeating specific phrases over and over again, which helps to keep your mind focused.
What is an Affirmation?
An affirmation is a positive statement that helps to guide your thoughts and feelings in the direction of your goals.
The general idea behind affirmations is to turn your negative thoughts around and make them positive.
For example, if you want to start exercising but believe that you’re too lazy, an affirmation would be “I am motivated and capable of exercising.”
Because affirmations work through cognitive-behavioural therapy, they require practice and repetition over time. This means that it’s important to keep repeating the same positive words with as much conviction as possible.
Things To Keep In Mind When Writing Your Own Affirmations
Here are the 5 essential things you need to keep in mind when you are about to write your own affirmations.
Step 1: What are my goals?
What are you striving for? It can be anything from getting a new job to being happy in your current one. Write down all of your goals– big or small, it doesn’t matter. If you want to lose weight, include it! If you just want to run for fun, include that too!
This list will become the basis of your affirmations.
Step 2: What are people in my life telling me to do?
Take a look at this list and think about what other people in your life might be saying to you. Are they telling you that you should lose weight? Are they constantly calling you lazy? What are they saying, and how does it make you feel?
Step 3: List all of your positive traits.
After looking at the negative things that people in your life might say to you, list all of the positive things about yourself! Are you creative? Have a great sense of humour? Do you have any other positive personality traits? Jot them all down!
Step 4: Write your affirmations.
Now, as you look at all of the lists that you made in steps 1-3, pick out the things that you would like to work on. Let’s say that one of your goals is to be more confident when it comes to meeting new people.
You can turn that into an affirmation by saying, “I am confident and I easily make new friends.” Or let’s say you want to apply for the job of your dreams. You can turn this goal into an affirmation by saying, “I am qualified for this job and I receive it in no time!”
Step 5: Repeat!
Repeat the process.
How to Create Your Own Affirmations
Affirmations are a great way to boost self-confidence, self-worth, and motivation. They have been proven to improve mental health and well being.
There are many different techniques for creating affirmations, but here are a few of the most popular methods:
Use First Person and Present Tense
Write down your affirmation in the present tense, even if it’s about something in the future–this helps your subconscious mind believe it can achieve anything because it thinks everything is happening right now.
“I am kind”
“I am healthy”
“I have confidence in myself.”
Turn Negative Into Positive
Turn negative thoughts that you want to change into positive thoughts. For example “I am lonely,” might become “It feels good to be alone sometimes.”
Keep It With You
Cut out a word from a magazine or newspaper and paste it on a strip of paper with your affirmation written on the backside. Every time you see this affirmation, remind yourself what it means to you.
Write an affirmation on a small piece of paper, and keep it in your pocket or wallet as a reminder.
Read, Repeat and Listen
Repeat the affirmation out loud every morning when you wake up, and/or before going to bed at night
You can also make a recording of yourself saying the affirmation, and play it back for yourself
Read your affirmation to yourself in an assertive voice. If you are currently suffering from low self-esteem, it may be helpful to record your affirmation at a lower volume or softer tone.
When creating affirmations for yourself, make sure they remind you what is important to you, help guide you towards your goals and celebrate good achievements that you make. Affirmation should feel like inner motivation, not external pressure.
Write Down Affirmations for Behavioural Change
Write down five behaviours you would like to bring out in yourself more often, and turn them into an affirmation that will help guide you towards improving these good habits in your life.
For example, I am kind when I smile at people I don’t know.
I am healthy when I eat veggies instead of junk food.
I have confidence in myself when I ask for the correct amount of money for my paychecks.
I am successful when I make time to study every night before bed.
Avoid Negative Words
When creating your affirmation, be sure to stay positive and avoid words that are likely to trigger negative emotions or thoughts. Avoid words such as “no,” “don’t,” and other negative forms.
Next, check in with yourself and ask whether you can really see this affirmation coming true in your life. If there is any part of the affirmation that you cannot buy into or believe, rewrite it so it feels right for you.
Affirmations should feel good! Once you come up with an affirmation that feels right, use it regularly to stay on track towards your goals.
When writing affirmations, it is important to be specific about what you want in order to achieve the desired effect. It is easier to focus on one goal when you know what it is exactly that you want.
I am positive and confident when I write my affirmations.
I am grateful for all things that I have achieved in life.
I am happy with myself and love my life.
Now that you know how to write your own affirmations, take the time to create some for yourself.
Write them down in a notebook or on post-its and place them around your home where they will be seen regularly.
Read these daily until you can recite them without thinking about it! You’ll see positive changes happen in your life–trust us!
We hope this blog post has helped you learn more about affirmations and their power in behavioural change; we look forward to hearing all of the success stories from our readers when they start using their new affirmation skills today!