Positive affirmations can be used to reshape and reprogram your thought patterns and change the way you feel about things.
They are short positive statements that can help you focus on your goals, get rid of negative thoughts, eliminate self-defeating beliefs and program your subconscious mind.
Professional athletes, for example, figured out a long time ago that using willpower to power their success isn’t enough.
You need to let go of all negative thoughts and images and start bombarding your subconscious mind with new thoughts that are positive and stated in the present tense.
How do you do this? You begin with daily affirmations, which are simple statements that describe a goal in its already completed state. Here are fours steps to set you up for success:
Step 1: Choose A Negative Thought
Think about what you’re trying to attract, and then think about the beliefs that might be stopping you from getting there.
Is there a specific trait that makes you feel insecure? Is there a negative belief you have internalized from early life? Or, is there a specific fear that seems to haunt you?
Step 2: Externalize The Negative Thought
Get this negative belief out of your mind and into the physical world by writing it down. This is a symbolic act that helps you to disconnect from this assumption rather than acting as though it’s part of you.
Step 3: Find The Opposite
Essentially, the opposite of the negative belief is the thing that you want to make the center of your affirmation.
Stay away from words with any negative association. This could include “can’t, won’t, don’t” etc. The more positive the language, the more effective is your affirmation!
If you’re really struggling to connect with your affirmation, try to find ways to soften the statement, at least when you’re starting out. For example, you might begin the affirmation “I am open to the idea that…” or “I am willing to start believing that…” (and after a few days or weeks, you can take down this softer language and use the more concrete form of the same affirmation).
Step 4: Commit To Repetition
The aim of affirmations is to eventually embed them in your mind so that they become automatic thoughts that guide and support you every day.
That said, you won’t be able to get to that level unless you really commit to repeating your affirmations daily. There is some flexibility about how you approach this. Some people find it most effective to repeat the affirmation multiple times at once. Other people prefer stopping every hour (or every few hours) to say the affirmation a single time.
We recommend repeating your affirmation every morning right after you wake up. This will set the mood for the whole day. But you are free to choose whatever method and timing are best for you and your lifestyle.
And here are 10 examples of positive affirmation to light up your morning routine. But we challenge you to make them your own by specifying what exactly you are willing to achieve.
1. Mу bоdу іѕ healthy; mу mind іѕ brilliant; my soul is tranquil.
2. I believe I саn dо anything.
3. Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.
4. I am the architect of my life; I built its foundation and choose its contents.
5. I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.
6. My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.
7. Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new positive ones.
8. I саn achieve greatness.
9. Tоdау, I аm brimming with energy and overflowing with joy
10. I lоvе and ассерt myself for who I am.