We’ve all heard about affirmations. But how do you use affirmations effectively?
Using affirmations may sound like a great idea, but how do you actually create an affirmation and use it to your advantage?
Affirmations can be a powerful tool to enhance your thinking and results. It might seem silly to repeat statements that you view as essentially untrue, but give it a try for a month and measure the results for yourself. It can take time to see the benefits.
A few days aren’t enough. Give yourself a full month.
Use Affirmations Effectively
Create a new life and way of thinking through the power of affirmations.
Here are 9 ways you can use affirmations effectively:
1. Determine your negative beliefs. The best way to create positive affirmations that work for you is to determine where your current thinking is holding you back. Spend a day and focus on your self-talk. Make a note of all the negative thoughts you think throughout the day. Write them down.
2. Create your affirmations based on your negative beliefs. Affirmations should be stated in the present and in a positive manner. For example:
- “I don’t have any friends” becomes “I make friends quickly and easily.”
- “I can’t get in shape” becomes “I find it easy to eat well, exercise, and stay calm.”
Spend the time to create affirmations that address all of your negative thoughts.
3. Record your affirmations so you can listen to them. You’ll want to be able to listen to your affirmations in the car, at home, or on the go. Record them into your cell phone or iPod-type device. Whatever works for you is fine.
4. Have a written record of your affirmations, too. Keep a copy with you and post other copies where you’ll see them: at work, in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and your locker at the gym. Choose places that make sense for your lifestyle.
5. Never pass up the opportunity to listen to or read your affirmations. Stuck in line at the store? Pull out your iPod or list of affirmations and listen or read. Use your spare time to recite your affirmations to yourself.
6. The times right before falling asleep and right after waking up are most important. Your brain is more receptive to suggestions during these times. Use them to your advantage. It only takes a few minutes. You might even find that you sleep better.
7. Notice your successes. The changes you experience will be very subtle. You probably won’t even recognize them unless you’re looking for them. Once a week, sit down and think about your life. Ask yourself how things are improving. What positive changes are you seeing?
8. Keep a list of your successes. Keep a journal so you don’t forget about the progress you’ve made. You’re already good at keeping track of your failures, so do the same for your successes. Review your successes to keep them fresh in your mind. Success leads to more success, so keep track!
9. Repeat the entire process as needed. Over time, you’ll develop new, negative self-talk. Use it to your advantage. Add new affirmations to your list and use them. Your self-talk will become less negative as you become more aware of it. This is a process you can use throughout your lifetime.
My Favorite Affirmation
This is a very simple affirmation that I use to overcome the negative chatter in my mind.
“I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, healthy and happy.”
I use this affirmation at night when I wake up with a worry and during the day when those negative thoughts invade my mind.
Each time we replace a negative thought with a positive one we are becoming more aware of the joy that surrounds us.
If you’ve never given affirmations a try, you’re in for a surprise.
As simple as affirmations can be, it can be challenging to get started. Avoid allowing your resistance to stop you learning how to use affirmations effectively.
Forge ahead and give affirmations your best effort for just a month.
Affirmations are a simple method to tame your self-talk and give yourself a new positive life!
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Awesome advice Joan. Thank you! Great examples of the Law of Substitution and the Law of Growth, too:)
Hey Arlene great pickup so true this is just nugget after nugget of gold
Joan this is a truly epic article – mahalo for writing such a great piece that is so helpful to so many.
Thank you, I have index cards where i put the negative thought on the back of the card and use the front to write that positive affirmation
Great advice Joan! I just love the way you make it sound so simple – as it actually is. This is helping a lot of people. Thank you for sharing it!
Joan, I thoroughly enjoyed your blog on affirmations. I am definitely a believer of affirmations. Good affirmations can uplift your moods, can help your negative thoughts turn into positive ones, and can put a smile on your face. I also enjoyed your nine ways of using affirmations effectively and bringing to our attention that affirmations are a method to tame your self-talk along with giving you a more positive life. Thanks for your great thoughts.
This is great, Joan! Each tip is a gem all by itself. Such a tremendous reminder. Your favorite affirmation is mine, too! Thanks for sharing!
I have over 100 affirmations I read and say for myself and this was built over years.
Now, I am more confident in my thought and deeds !
Thank you for the reminder we all need affirmation’s and to be affirmed too.
Thank you for all your insights, Joan. Great tips!
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