This article on Affirmations is day 2 of the 7 days of Positive Thinking. You can find day 1 here
If you have ever read about being more positive, changing your life, or any self-improvement topic, then you have probably come across the concept of affirmations.
The reason people talk about them and encourage them so much is because of how powerful they can be.
Affirmations are simple reminders to our subconscious that tells it to stay positive and focused on reaching our goals. They are meant to be used for ourselves, not for others. Affirmations can create more appreciation for the things we have and are surrounded with. They can bring more joy and happiness to our lives.
I have the courage to create positive change in my lifeDebbie O’Connor
You can create a set of affirmations just for you. Using them will help you to think better things about yourself, and that will lead to you acting in ways that will make those affirmations true.
You can write them down every day and read them to yourself, or you can say them out loud. Some people like to say them to their reflection in the mirror. it sounds daft, but sometimes thse things sink in and are more powerful when you watch somebofy saying them to you, even if it is only your reflection
When creating your affirmations, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Including the words “I am” in your affirmations bring power to your statement.
- Positively state what you want, not what you don’t want.
- Keep your statements short and specific.
- Include words that show action or emotion
- Before stating your affirmation, take a deep breath and focus on what you’re saying.
- Be grateful for what you have, the people in your life and your surroundings.
- Let go of the past. You can’t change it so don’t waste time thinking on it.
- Celebrate your ‘wins’ each day
Here are some different ways you can use your daily affirmations.
When you write down affirmations, it is good to have them in a permanent place to reference. Have a page in your journal dedicated to all your favorite positive affirmations. You can either read off this list every day, or actually write new ones down each day.
I am healthy and full of energyDebbie O’Connor
Every morning when you write in your journal, write down at least one positive affirmation that pertains to something occurring that day, or that will help your mindset for what you have coming up. Writing it down is going to help you use it efficiently, along with saying it out loud to yourself.
It is also a good idea to have your favorite affirmations in other places, to be used any time you need them. Maybe you keep your journal at home, but you need a quick positive affirmation while you are at work or running errands. Try to keep a digital copy of them on your phone, so that you can reference them at any time. This really helps in those unexpected situations.
Having a hard time remembering to use your affirmations each day? Set a timer! This can be a timer that goes off at the same time each day, like shortly before you typically get ready for work, or in the evenings around bedtime. You can also have different timers each day depending on what your schedule looks like.
I become better and better each dayDebbie O’Connor
There might also be times in your life when you need a positive attitude about a certain situation that is causing you stress or anxiety. For example, if you have a big oral presentation coming up soon at work or school, you might be worried about all the things that could potentially go wrong. Instead of focusing on those, focus on something positive. Create affirmations that help you understand you are capable of doing this presentation, remind yourself that you are prepared, and that you are brave and strong.
I am confident and calm – everybody loves to hear me speak.Debbie O’Connor
Pro Tip – Make sure the affirmations you choose are only for yourself, and not others. These are all about you and your own mindset. They should not reflect any other person in your life. They are personal and private, and you don’t need to feel like you should share them with anyone.
I’d love to hear what affirmations you choose – please write some of your favourites into the comments of this blog and let’s light up the internet with positivity.
This is Day 2 of a seven day Positive Thinking Challenge. If you would like to join us for seven days of positivity, then sign up below, or take a look at other 7 day challenges you can do. Here are the other posts inthe series:
- How to Help Others with their Positive Thinking
- 5 Simple Ways to Express Gratitude
- Tips for Thinking More Positively Every Day
- How to turn Negative Thoughts into Positive ones when you are having a Bad Day
- How using a Journal can help you to Think Positively
- How to use Affirmations for Positive Thinking