An affirmation is simply a statement. It might be something you say to someone else, out loud, or it could be a belief you have about yourself.
Sometimes, statements occur in the subconscious mind. You might not really be aware you are creating them. These might be things like, “I can’t do this,” “I’m not good enough to have the job I want,” or “I’m never going to reach my goal.”
By regularly using positive affirmations it is possible to change the negative thoughts you are holding in your mind into positive beliefs. Regular practice of positive statements will prompt a change the way you think about yourself and your life. This may start as a subtle sense of confidence or increased happiness and it will create positive results in all areas of your life.
How you speak to your subconscious mind has great impact on you, your outlook and your outcomes. By choosing positive words and phrases you can reach your dreams and goals and release negative thought patterns.
If you always think negatively about yourself; “not good enough,” “not clever enough,” “not slim/pretty/young enough”; you are feeding your subconscious mind with limiting beliefs.
A limiting belief is a thought that will stop you rising up to where you want to be. It will leave you feeling you can’t have the things you want.
Each of us starts to build these beliefs in childhood and adds to them throughout our lives. For most of us, unless we make a conscious effort to change these habitual negative thoughts to positive convictions, we will never fulfil our potential.
Questions you may have about Affirmations…
- Where do I find affirmations?
- How do I use them?
- Can I start using them now?
Where do I find affirmations?
There are hundreds of affirmation ideas online – books, audio books and other resources – but you don’t have to rely on something written by someone else. In fact, affirmations can be particularly effective if they are written by the person who will be using them. One reason for this is that in writing a positive affirmation to counter a negative self-belief, the energy around that belief will have already been raised. So why not try and write some for yourself? Not only is this great fun, it will equip you with a series of personally relevant affirmations that will be easily recognisable to your subconscious.
How do I use affirmations effectively?
Affirmations are best spoken out loud a few times, several times a day. The more often you can do this, the quicker the results can come in. Heighten the power of your affirmations by using visualisation of the positive outcome while you repeat the positive statements. This will help bring your desired results into being. The more you repeat the affirmations, the easier it is to believe them, and this ‘believing’ is key to changing and moving towards your goals.
When is a good time to start using affirmations?
RIGHT NOW! The sooner you start working with affirmations, the sooner you will develop new positive beliefs which will bring a brighter direction to your every-day life, pulling you closer towards your desires and goals.
By choosing positive thoughts throughout the day, whatever kind of day you are having, you will enhance the effectiveness of the affirmations and your general level of happiness will increase.
The more positive statements you can integrate, the more you will begin to replace feelings of lack with experiences of abundance, and your life will change for the better.
Some examples of affirmations:
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