Affirmations: write them down and keep them on hand.
Do your speak life? The words that we speak inspire a mindset that helps us take action. Affirmations are one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. They are not wishful thinking or magic words that will make all of your dreams come true but saying something positive that you want to see manifest in your life is the first step in seeing your dreams through.
How does a person go about formulating their own affirmations? Well to start, get a notebook and start to write down what changes you want to make happen in your life. Do you want a better physique? Do you want to improve your relationships? Do you feel like you may need an attitude change? Focus on these and work from there. Once you establish some basic goals, you can start working on your affirmations.
Here's some basic pointers to keep in mind:
Never focus on the negative or things that you are wanting to avoid or get rid of. Instead, focus on the positive side of behaviors. Our brains do far better with motivation rather than negativity. It's too much like punishment.
For example, rather than saying "I will not eat junk food", say "I embrace healthy eating."
Use "I" and "My"
These affirmations are about you! It helps when our language reflects that. Start with "I" or "My" it will prove to be most effective.
Keep The Present Tense
Affirmations are about creating changes now, not waiting for a time you are ready to make them happen. Avoid using words like, "I will". If you make your affirmations about the future then you are subconsciously putting your goals off for later.
Avoid "Want" or "Need"
You don't want to take focus away from your goals by using words like "I want" or "I need". Doing so puts emphasis on the desire for that goal. Instead, use words like "I choose", "I am", "I embrace", and "I have".
Be Authentic With Your Language
When writing down your affirmations be mindful of your wording. An affirmation is the most effective if it sounds and reads like your real speaking voice. When it is closer to something you would actually say, it will feel more natural.
Aim For Short And Sweet
Length will vary according to your speaking style and your goals. Shorter affirmations are generally quick to remember and roll off the tongue. The easier your affirmation is to say, the more often you will say it.
Don't aim for something that feels far fetched. For example, if you want to focus on money and finances, instead of saying "I'm a billionaire" instead try "I welcome financial abundance" or "I love money and money loves me."
Believe In Yourself
In reference to the previous tip, what is possible versus what feels possible varies from person to person. Some of the most authentic and doable goals can still feel out of reach depending on your confidence level. If something feels too aspirational but you decide that it truly is something you want to work on, you can modify your language so that you're more likely to believe in your own abilities.
Try language like, "I strive for...", "I am willing to..."/ or "I have the potential to...".
Affirmations are not magic and they are not mere wish fulfillment. Rather, they are the positive pep talks we can give ourselves to create change in our lives for the better.
Once you have composed your affirmations, say them often. Keep them on hand or store them in your phone as a reminder. Make saying your affirmations a daily habit at different times through out your day, like when you rise in the morning or go to sleep at night.
Comment below with some of your favorite affirmations :)