What is an Affirmation?

We all have negative thoughts at one time or another. Even the most positive people will at some point have thoughts of inadequacy or fear of failure creep into their mind. However, the difference between the people who overcome these negative thoughts and the one who let them control their lives, are the tools they use to retake control of their minds. Affirmations are one of these tools, that when used correctly, can help even the most negative thinker take positive action in their life. An affirmation is a positive statement you make about what you want in life.
Affirmations build on positive thinking by putting your positive thoughts into spoken words. Affirmations empower us by verbally reaffirming our hopes, desires, and ambitions. Affirmations are how we take control of our own thoughts. They have been proven to help us rewire our brains to think more positively. This is done because they make us consciously aware of our own thoughts. When we become aware of them, we focus on them, and when we focus on them, we make them happen. How do Affirmations Work? Affirmations work because they are a daily exercise in positive thinking you put your mind through. They force you to consider your potential, as opposed to all the negative thoughts that hold you back. By not only thinking positive thoughts but also saying them out loud, you are forcing your mind to consider what is possible. What you say quickly becomes what you believe. If you constantly say, “I can’t do that” then after a while, you will begin to believe it. And once you believe something, it comes true. When you start to look at affirmations as a daily exercise to condition your mind, it is easy to understand how through their daily use, you are able to develop a more positive self-image and belief in what you can accomplish. They can help you reach your goals, undo bad habits, and adjust negative self-images.

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How to Create your Own Daily Affirmations

Now that you understand what affirmations are, and why they are important, you are ready to begin
writing your own. Follow these simple steps for creating your own personal daily affirmations:

Step 1:

Think about what you want to accomplish. Affirmations tend to fall into four main categories:
Changing Habits–this could be changing bad habits or developing new ones.
Motivational–these help you find the motivation you need to accomplish your goals.
Situation Focused–this focuses on something specific and could include anything from
school, to jobs, or even relationships.
Attitude Improvement–these focus on helping you improve an aspect of your personal
attitude, such as improving self-esteem, kindness, or compassion.

Step 2:

Prioritize These Goals
Once you identify the areas you want to change, you can begin to prioritize which affirmations you should write.
While there is no limit on the amount of affirmations you can say every day, it might be a good idea to focus on the ones that are most important to you. By focusing your affirmations on following your personal priorities, you are allowing your mind to more closely focus on the things that matter.

Step 3:

Write your Personalized Affirmation
Once you have identified your priorities, it is time to begin writing your affirmations. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when writing you affirmations: DO use the present tense.
DO use the present tense.
DO keep the positive.
DO NOT use phrases like “I Need” or “I Want”.
DO NOT focus on how your goals will be accomplished, only focus on the final outcome.
If you believe it, you will find a way to make it happen. Here are some common types of Affirmations:
“I Will”– this affirmation focus on what you will do today. For example, if your goal is to go to the gym one affirmation could be “I will go to the gym” or “I will workout”, also
if your goal is to make friends at work your affirmation could be “I will talk to someone new today” or “I will get along with my coworkers”.
“I Can”– These affirmations state that you can achieve something. It may be achieving a goal, “I can finish my assignment” or “I can get a promotion”, or they can focus on
breaking a bad habit, “I can stop drinking” or “I can stop overeating”. “I Am”– These affirmations focus on reaffirming what you believe to be true about
yourself. Examples may include “I am smart”, “I am Kind”, “I am beautiful”, or “I am good enough”.

Step 4:

Recite Daily
Once you have created your personal affirmations, it is important to recite them on a daily basis.
Every day pause for a few moments to recite your affirmations. Make sure you are in a quiet
place where you can completely focus on what you are saying. Once you begin reciting your affirmations, you will be amazed by the results.
Tips for Reciting your Affirmations:
  • Keep them in a Visible Place
  • Carry them with You
  • Make an Affirmation Schedule
  • Incorporate Affirmations into Your Meditation
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