Positive affirmations are an effective way to create a positive attitude about yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. Basically defined, an affirmation is a statement that describes a goal in its completed state. When you repeat an affirmation to yourself, what you are really doing is communicating with your subconscious brain the thoughts and images of what it would be like if you were to achieve your goals.
By repeating your affirmations on a daily basis, you are literally bombarding your subconscious with these thoughts and images of success. And if you do this over a long enough period of time, your affirmations will become new beliefs. The idea behind positive affirmations is to train your subconscious brain into thinking that what you’re saying is true.
When you have your subconscious mind on your side, it’s much easier to achieve your goals. In fact, your subconscious will start working to make those affirmations a reality. Your mind can’t stand to see a conflict between what it believes is true and what your current reality might be, so it will do everything it can to cause your reality to match your beliefs.
In other words, convince your subconscious of something, and soon that something will become a reality. Positive affirmations can help improve your finances, your self-esteem, and your overall level of success. They can also help you lose weight, overcome procrastination, forgive others, or pretty much anything else you can think of. The process is the same no matter what your goals may be.
How to Write and Use Affirmations for Maximum Effectiveness?
If you prefer to keep it simple, just think of the results in your life that you aren’t happy with and write a statement that is the exact opposite. Keep it in the present tense and try to include how it would feel when you’ve achieved your goal. If you’re overweight and would like to be slim, try something like “I am feeling healthy and alive weighing XXX.” Just replace XXX with your goal weight.
First, come up with a list of 3–5 positive affirmations. Once you’ve got your affirmations, repeat them to yourself throughout the day on a daily basis.
There are many unique ways you can fit affirmation sessions into your day. Recite your positive affirmations first thing in the morning, just before bed, and any other time you can throughout the day. They’re a great way to make productive use of what would otherwise be “wasted time,” like waiting in lineups or at traffic lights, or while you’re driving or walking somewhere. Fit them in whenever you can. The more often you can repeat them, the better your results will be.