The words we say and believe create our reality. It is for this reason that we should concentrate on saying things that empower us rather than words that make us feel bad about ourselves. And that, my friend, is where affirmations come into play.
An affirmation is a phrase that reinforces positive beliefs or behaviors that you repeat regularly. And, as it turns outs, there’s a lot of science to back up exactly how a set of positive words can totally improve your mind and body. “An affirmation can work because it has the ability to program your mind into believing the stated concept,” says Ronald Alexander Ph.D., author of Wise Mind, Open Mind, in an article on Psychology Today. “This is because the mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real or fantasy.”
So the more we think a particular thought, the more we believe it, and the more it becomes ingrained in our psyche.
Now, before you start saying that affirmations seem to “woo-woo” for you, it definitely doesn’t hurt to try! Below are five easy steps for how to make affirmations that work for you and how you can start incorporating them into your everyday life!
Write Out Recurring Negative Thoughts
Make a list of what you’ve always thought of as you negative qualities. Don’t judge whether they’re accurate or not; simply write them down a look for a common theme, such as “I’m unworthy.” This will be a great place to start making a shift in your thinking.
Identify what your attitude or mental state is of each thought. You can’t just think yourself better, you also need to feel what you desire for real change to happen. When you write out each recurring belief, notice if you are holding on to this negativity anywhere in your body. Do you feel a tightness in your heart?
Give Each Negative Thought A Positive Affirmation
Next, write out an affirmation on the positive aspect of your self-judgement.
Now, write out an affirmation on the positive aspect of your self-judgement. You may want to use a thesaurus to find more powerful words to beef up your statement. For example, in stead of saying, “I’m worthy,” you could say, “I’m remarkable and cherished.”
Write each affirmation in the present tense, as if it is already happening. This helps to trick your mind into believing the statement is true.
Say Your Affirmations Out Loud
Speak the affirmation out loud for about 5 minutes, three times a day – morning, mid day and evening. An ideal time to do this is when you’re putting on your make up, so that you can look at yourself in the mirror as you repeat the positive statement.
Another option that helps to reinforce the new belief and would be easy to do at work is to write out the affirmation several times on paper. Notice over time as you write them if your style of writing changes. This could be a clue as to how your mind perceives the new concept. This exercise is using mindfulness to forward the agenda of the positive affirmation.
Use Words That Assist In Generating Positive Feelings
This is so important. To get a bit metaphysical on you, the universe reflects our feelings back to us. So whatever you say, you need to feel it all the way to your core. If you were in the process of discovering your inner superstar, how would you feel? Elated, happy, confident, powerful? Concentrate on those emotions as you say your affirmations. Allow them to build up inside you so that they are so strong and powerful they make you feel like you’re going to combust. The more that you can really feel that feeling, the faster you will draw in the results you’re hoping for.
Start Creating Your Own Affirmations Today
Affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you change your mood, state of mind and manifest the change you desire in your life.
There’s not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to choosing your own. Browse the many website offering positive affirmations, but only adapt those that genuinely fit your situation. Enjoy discover just how powerful a new, positive inner voice can be helping you take big steps toward self-love
+What affirmations have worked for you? If you’ve never tried, what’s one affirmation you can start telling yourself every morning? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Much love and good luck