I started using affirmations three years ago when I first learned about them during a money mindset course. During that course I learned affirmations are powerful and positive reminders of our goals. Not only is it enriching and fulfilling, it’s one of the best ways to cultivate success!
So what are affirmations? “Statements which affirm something to be true.” (Definition from freeaffirmations.org). To elaborate, they are positive phrases you repeat to yourself which describe how and/or what you want to be.The goal of affirmations is to disrupt current thinking. The repetition reaches the subconscious mind, which starts looking for evidence to support those positive phrases, as well as causes you to develop new beliefs. In time, those phrases become part of your beliefs, which will serve as a blueprint for the brain to work from.
The repetition of positive affirmations and the development of new beliefs helps catapult you into getting more of what you want in your life. It is a technique that will interrupt negative thinking and discouraging beliefs that do not serve you well.
After I learned about affirmations, I implemented them in my life. I started writing down any phrases that resonated with me from being on social media, studying books, listening to podcasts, watching TV, reading the bible, coming across quotes, opening fortune cookies… you name it! Whatever inspired me was written down as a potential affirmation.
So what did I do with all of those affirmations I wrote down? I programed them into my phone as reminders and also used them as passwords so that I could consistently read them and type them. Constantly receiving positive and inspiring reminders on my phone not only made me happy, but it motivated me and reminded me of the goals that I was working toward.
Automated reminders work well for me, but there are so many other ways to remind yourself of your affirmations. Some of my friends and clients find and receive affirmations from apps, books, and other sources on the internet. They write their affirmations on paper, place them on the refrigerator or mirror, use them during meditation, input them into their calendars… and the list goes on. There are countless ways to use affirmations!
Here are the top ten initial affirmations I have retired since their manifestation (yes, you can retire affirmations that have come to life and replace them with new ones):
- I’m well organized and efficient
- Storms in life are temporary, keep your bearings
- I’m feeling agile and great at 135lbs (now down to 125lbs)
- Hi skinny, ready for a walk?
- I did it before, I can do it again
- Give up complaining
- I’m blessed too
- I’m not going to dread anything
- I won’t let fear limit me. Just do it!
- It’s OK to enjoy life despite experiencing problems
Here are my top four current affirmations:
- Focus on what you can control, not what you can’t
- Be curious
- My purpose is greater than my fears
- God loves me. He is my source!
Some say that speaking positive affirmations is like pretending. Yet, they could not be further from the truth! We all have the power and ability to choose our thoughts. You get more of what you focus on in your life, in your imagination, and in your consciousness. Pick wisely (or think wisely, I should say).
The most common mistake is focusing on the things that are not working instead of the solutions and the wonderful things we want in our lives. We must open up our minds to all the things that are possible.
I have come a long way when it comes to creating and implementing affirmations (I have actually learned a coaching tool that helps me come up with my own affirmations, which I will share in my next blog). If you are interested in reading more of my affirmations, I will be sharing them with everyone on my email list. Click this link to join!
And what better way to end this blog post than with a positive affirmation for us all? Repeat this next line with me:
“I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy.”
Speak it, think it, live it!