If you've ever wanted to create your own powerful affirmations, here are 10 tips to do it.
A recent study conducted by Harvard University, found that when people start their day with two positive affirmations, they are more likely to have a successful day.
In fact, 84% of participants in the study reported feeling more confident and optimistic, and 71% said they were able to solve problems more effectively.
Affirmations are simply positive statements that you repeat to yourself, over and over, in order to manifest your desires. When you affirm something, you are attempting to make your goal reality. You are putting your intention out there, which means you're making a commitment to yourself that you will do whatever it takes to achieve it.
These 10 tips will help you create powerful affirmations that will help you reach your goals:
Tip #1 - Start your affirmation with the present tense.
When you write your affirmations with the present tense, it helps bring about a measurable change in your mindset. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you would not say “I will lose weight” or “I want to lose weight.” Instead, you would say something like “I am losing weight” or “I am slim and healthy.” This may seem like a small change, but it makes a big difference. When you use present tense language, you are telling the universe that you are on your way to achieving your goal.
Tip #2 - Keep your affirmation positive.
You want your affirmations to be positive statements, not negative ones. Positive affirmations are the best way to improve your life. They will help you overcome anything that is working against you.
In fact, if we look at the idea of you “not smoking,” it's a negative affirmation. Instead, you would say something like “I am a nonsmoker” or “I am free from the need to smoke.”.
Keep your affirmations positive, and they will be more effective. The way we think largely dictates the way we feel and act. Negative thoughts can spiral into negative feelings and create a vicious cycle of self-sabotage, but positive thoughts can propel us forward to accomplish our dreams.
Tip #3 - Make your affirmation specific.
When we're specific in our affirmations, they tend to work more effectively. For example, if you want to get a new job, don’t just say “I will get a new job.” Say something like “I will get a job as a _____” or “I will get a job that pays me _____ per year.”
The more specific you can be, the better your chances of achieving your goal. Most people make the mistake of using words that don’t connect to what they really want when writing about goals and aspirations.
Tip #4 - Believe In Your Affirmations!
This may be the most important tip of all. In order for your affirmations to work well, you have to believe them. Your affirmations need to be rooted in reality. If you don’t believe in them, they won’t have any effect.
You can create affirmations that are rooted in your own realities. For example, if you want to be more confident interacting with new people, but don’t believe it will work, you might create an affirmation that says “I am confident and excited to meet new people.”
Tip #5 - Visualize your affirmation
Another important tip is to visualize your goal. See yourself achieving it in your mind’s eye. Imagine what your life would look like to have reached your goal.
Imagine if you had finally achieved your goal. Whether it be a weight loss goal, a personal goal, or a career goal, what would that look like? Think about it and imagine it as if it has happened.
Now, what does it look like for you and the outside world? In what ways would it change your daily life? Visualize the moment where you will finally reach your goal and reap the benefits.
The more vividly you visualize it, and the better you remember all of its aspects, the easier it will be to manifest.
Tip #6 - Feel the emotions of your affirmation.
Visualizing your goal and feeling good about it is just as much a piece of the process as coming up with the goal in the first place. How will you feel when you reach your goal? Excited? Happy? relieved?
Make sure to focus on the positive emotions, and not the negative ones. Keep in mind that good emotions are contagious, so try to use illustrations that capture this feeling.
It would be the best feeling in the world. You would have accomplished something that you've been working tirelessly for. You would have reached your full potential and succeeded in making the impossible possible.
Tip #7 - Be patient with your affirmations.
It takes time for affirmations to work. Outcomes can sometimes take a while to materialize, but if you stick to it, you will eventually get the result that you want.
Tip #8 - Be persistent with your affirmations.
This ties in with being patient. You must be perseverant in order to see results with affirmations. Affirmations are a popular tool for improving one's mental and physical health, yet many people are not seeing results. Why is that?
The answer may be simple - you must be persistent and committed to see results with affirmations. Giving up after only a week or so will not yield the best possible outcomes. But if you keep at it, day after day, month after month, you will eventually achieve your goal.
Tip #9 - Have faith in your affirmations.
This is another important tip. You need to have faith that your affirmations will work. If you don't believe they will work, they won't.
But if you have faith, and you keep at it, you will eventually see results. If you believe that your affirmations will work, they will.
When you say an affirmation, your subconscious mind believes it and begins to act accordingly. So, if you believe it - or say until you do, then it will work.
Tip #10 - Enjoy the process of living your affirmations.
This is perhaps the most important tip of all. If you are not enjoying the process, you are not going to see any results.
The key is to focus on the process instead of the outcome. That way, you will find that you have created what you set out to and enjoy the positive emotions that come with it.
Remember, these are just a few tips to help you write your own powerful affirmations. The most important thing is to be creative, and to have fun with it.
There are no rules when it comes to affirmations, so let your creativity run wild! And above all else, believe in yourself and have faith that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.