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Affirmations are a good way to remind yourself what you want to achieve and communicate this with the universe. If a picture says a thousand words, then an affirmation is worth even more. And if your affirmation doesn’t say what you want – it’s not an affirmation at all. So how to write affirmations correctly?
In this post, I will share with you the essential steps to writing and using affirmations the right way, the benefits of writing affirmations, as well as the power of writing affirmations.
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How to write affirmations that work? How should affirmations be written?
1. Write an affirmation you genuinely believe in
Writing an affirmation that you genuinely believe is essential to your practice. It’s easy to trick yourself into writing affirmations you don’t really believe, especially when it comes to the big things.
If you’re struggling in your career, for example, it can be tempting to write “I will get the promotion I want.” But if putting it in writing makes you feel a little embarrassed or doubtful, then take that as a sign that this affirmation needs some more work.
Sometimes, getting more specific can help you get past your doubts and write something that feels true.
For example, instead of “I will get the promotion I want,” try this: “I will use my experience and expertise to convince my boss of how much value I add to this company.”
Once you’ve written affirmations like these, even if they don’t feel totally convincing, you’ll have the seeds of a personal mantra.
You can say it out loud every day until it becomes something that feels true for you.
2. Use the present tense
It’s important to use the present tense when you write your affirmations.
You want your subconscious mind to think that what you’re writing about is happening right now, not at some undetermined point in the future.
When you say “Every day in every way I am getting better and better,” it helps to imagine how you might feel if this were actually true for you right now.
The more vividly you can create that feeling of having what it is that you desire, the more powerfully it can manifest itself in your life.
It’s always easier to believe something good than something bad, so try not to say anything negative even when there are things in your life that aren’t going well.
3. Focus on the positive
A good affirmation must be positive.
Focus on what you want to achieve; never paint a picture of what you don’t want to have to happen.
When writing your own affirmations, use language like “I am” or “I can” because that’s already a step in the right direction.
After all, we are our thoughts so if you’re thinking something negative, it’ll bring about negative results.
For example, instead of saying “I am no longer smoking” or “I will quit smoking,” use a positive statement like “I am a healthy non-smoker.”
If there are other positive behaviors that describe who and how you want to be, incorporate them into your affirmation as well: “I am a healthy non-smoker who helps others stop their addictions too.”
This may seem unrealistic now, but remember, your goal isn’t just to quit smoking; it’s also to become a new person who has all kinds of new abilities and skills that your current self doesn’t have yet!
4. Keep it simple
Affirmations are powerful positive statements that can help you improve your life.
Ideally, they are kept simple in order to make them easier to remember and repeat.
To keep things simple, consider breaking your affirmation into two sentences: one for the action and another for the outcome.
For example, if you want to increase your memory, a message like “I am working on improving my memory” would be more effective than a long message like “I am learning new ways of being more mindful of my memories in order to have a better retention rate.”
Keep phrases short while still conveying as much meaning as possible; this will help with memorization and repetition.
As I mentioned earlier, affirmations should always be phrased positively; by using negative words or statements (e.g., “Stop failing at everything!” or “This is impossible!”), we tell our brains that those things are important instead of focusing on what we want to achieve, making it harder for us to reach those goals eventually.
5. The more specific your affirmations are, the better they work
Remember, the more specific your affirmation is, the more effective it will be.
Your affirmations should be simple and easy to remember. You can even keep them on an affirmation card in your wallet or as wallpaper on your phone. There are lots of ways to keep yourself reminded and a bit of imagination goes a long way.
Here are a few examples of specific affirmations:
- I am working towards having enough money to pay my bills on time every month.
- I am able to handle situations that might make me feel angry or nervous.
- My practice is getting stronger with every workout, and my body feels good when I exercise.
- My friendships are going well and we always have fun together.
- My job interview went very smoothly and I got the job!
6. Use the words “I am”
When it comes to affirmations, these two words are the most potent and impactful that you can utilize.
What we want to do is to permanently alter our mentality and physical condition of being. When we say “I am,” we are indicating that we already have what we want.
Don’t make it sound like you desire something; instead, make it sound like you already have it.
You must imagine and believe that you have already gotten all of the great things you seek and that you are grateful for them.
Why Are Affirmations So Powerful?
In my experience, affirmations are so powerful because they communicate directly with your subconscious mind.
Your subconscious mind is where emotional reactions and habits originate. It’s not just a storage area for all of your past experiences, but it also controls your perception of reality, including how you interpret the events in your life.
If you have a habit of negative thinking, then you will receive more negativity in your life because that is what you are focused on.
If you want to improve your life and attract more positive things, then you need to change the way that you think.
You can change the way you think by using affirmations to replace negative thoughts.
Over time, affirmations will rewire the thought patterns that exist in your brain so that they become more positive and aligned with what you want to achieve.
How to use your affirmations?
Now that you’ve created your list of affirmations, it’s time to put them into action!
Here are some tips for the best way to use affirmations:
Read or write your affirmations first thing in the morning
When you wake up in the morning, take a few minutes to read or write down your affirmations.
This is a great way to start the day on a positive note and set the tone for the rest of your day. Be sure to speak in a clear and loud voice so that you can hear yourself.
I find that doing so in front of a mirror helps too, but some might find it too scary at the start, so you need to experiment with it.
You can also do this at night before you go to sleep.
Keep them close by
Keep a copy of your affirmations handy in case you need a quick dose of positivity throughout the day.
Try keeping them on your phone or laptop, or even in a visible spot on your desk at home or work so that they’re readily available when you need them.
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Create an affirmation journal
Use affirmations as writing prompts in your journal.
Write down how each statement makes you feel and how you can take steps towards making it come true (or appreciate it if it’s already true).
This exercise can be really powerful and help you feel more connected to your goals and dreams.
Use them during meditation
If you have the habit of meditating, you might want to use affirmations while you are doing so.
As your mind becomes laser-focused, you become more and more in tune with your desires and goals.
Meditation has lots of great benefits and combining them with affirmations is a truly great way to extract the most benefits from it.
To get started, I recommend checking out the Headspace app. It has a lot of features that encourage you to meditate, sleep, move, focus, and wake up better.
Benefits of using affirmations
Because we spend a lot of time focusing on what’s going wrong in our lives, it can be hard for us to see the things that are going right.
Affirmations help us to have a more balanced view of ourselves and our lives.
They help us to become more aware of the positive aspects of our lives—aspects that might otherwise pass unnoticed.
Because affirmations are focused on positivity, they can also help reduce stress and anxiety by allowing you to focus on something good.
In addition to helping you feel better emotionally, having an attitude of gratitude can also improve your physical health.
Research has shown that people who regularly practice gratitude experience fewer aches and pains and feel healthier overall.
People who express gratitude also report feeling more alert and energetic.
And people who make gratitude a regular part of their lives sleep better because they don’t spend as much time worrying about problems or negative events—they focus on the positive instead.
Here are some other benefits of affirmations:
- You can help yourself feel better and less stressed.
- They can improve your confidence and self-esteem.
- They can make you more optimistic, which helps with depression and anxiety.
- They can help you focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want.
- They may help you get more done!
Examples of affirmations you can use
I choose to see opportunities for success all around me.
- I am always learning new things.
- I believe in myself completely.
- I am a great person who deserves only the best.
- There’s no denying my talents and abilities.
- I am grateful for the love in my life.
- I am good enough the way I am.
- I am confident in my ability to achieve my goals.
- I accept myself for who I am.
- I have the power to change my life.
- I choose to be happy and content today.
How many times should you write affirmations to manifest something?
There is really no hard and fast rule when it comes to the number of affirmations you should write, particularly when you wish to manifest something or an outcome.
The thing is, our brain can only focus and remember so many things at a time, so there is really no point in coming up with an entire page of positive affirmations when you simply will not remember all of them.
You don’t have to write hundreds of affirmations every single day. That’s just going to cause you more stress than anything else. Instead, pick out between 3-5 affirmations using the guideline in the section above.
Check out this post on how many affirmations to say per day to learn more.
How often should you use affirmations?
Think of your affirmations not as a mantra, but rather as a seed you’re planting in your subconscious mind.
By repeating it over and over again, you’re giving the seed more and more water. The stronger it gets, the more deeply rooted it becomes in your subconscious. The more deeply rooted it becomes, the more powerful it is when it springs into action.
The trick is to get so used to saying this affirmation that it slips almost unconsciously onto your tongue.
When this happens, you create a new neural pathway in your brain: one that focuses on what you want instead of on what you don’t want.
This new pathway will be strong enough to overcome the old one that focuses on what you don’t want — and that means good things will start showing up in your life!
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