Writing Your Own Powerful Affirmations

Writing Your Own Powerful Affirmations

A common question I see from people just beginning their personal development journey is,​ "How do I write effective affirmations?" Often they will go in​ search of​ existing affirmations that they can apply to​ their own situation,​ but they may or​ may not find something that works for them.

In my experience,​ it​ is​ much simpler to​ come up with our own personal affirmations because they'll get right to​ the​ heart of​ the​ matter like nothing else can!

First,​ let's explore the​ reasons for using affirmations so we​ can be clear about our objectives in​ writing them. an​ affirmation is​ most often used to​ help us think and feel more positive,​ empowered,​ and in​ control of​ a​ particular situation. On a​ deeper level,​ an​ affirmation is​ meant to​ ALTER OUR EXISTING BELIEFS.

Remember that our current circumstances are a​ direct result of​ our past thinking. in​ order to​ change our future experiences,​ we​ need to​ change our current thinking. You might find it​ helpful to​ first get clear about exactly what your current beliefs are. Think about the​ various aspects of​ your life,​ like your career,​ financial status,​ relationships,​ health,​ and so on. as​ you think about these situations,​ ask yourself what beliefs they reveal. if​ you have a​ lot of​ financial struggles,​ your existing belief might be,​ "I don't have enough money,​" or​ "I can't stop accumulating debt." Because you believe these things,​ your outer circumstances have come together in​ such a​ way that supports your beliefs.

Affirmations can help us change our beliefs,​ if​ they are worded correctly.

The first thing to​ understand is​ the​ importance of​ wording affirmations in​ present tense. Notice the​ difference in​ feelings you get from saying,​ "I will eat healthful,​ nutritious foods and exercise each day",​ or​ "I enjoy eating healthful,​ nutritious foods and exercising each day." the​ second statement makes the​ affirmation part of​ your experience NOW,​ while the​ first keeps the​ reality off in​ some uncertain future period of​ time.

Okay,​ so wording affirmations in​ the​ present tense is​ important,​ but how can we​ tell which words will give us the​ result we​ desire? the​ clues lie in​ our existing circumstances and beliefs.

If you are unhappy with the​ size or​ state of​ your body,​ you have been holding a​ belief that you are unhealthy,​ weak,​ unworthy,​ or​ lacking in​ beauty. in​ order to​ change your negative belief about your body,​ you must embrace a​ more positive belief. "I am healthy,​ strong,​ lean,​ and sexy" would be a​ good affirmation to​ begin changing this perception,​ but remember that it​ will first seem like you're lying to​ yourself. Even though you are saying the​ words,​ you are not feeling the​ truth of​ such a​ statement.

Consistent repetition over time will begin to​ change that,​ but it's important to​ keep up with the​ practice. There are two times when you should recite your affirmations:

1) Whenever you notice a​ conflicting belief. if​ you go shopping for clothes and you see an​ unpleasant image in​ the​ dressing room mirror and your mind begins its litany of​ negativity,​ "I'm so fat,​ oh my god,​ I can't believe they let a​ beast like me walk around in​ public,​ I'm never going to​ be beautiful,​ I should just wear a​ tent for god's sake!" -- stop yourself,​ close your eyes and call up an​ image of​ yourself looking radiant,​ healthy,​ beautiful,​ and fit. Recite your affirmation ("I am healthy,​ strong,​ lean,​ and sexy") with full faith that it​ is​ becoming your reality,​ moment by moment.

2) All the​ time. (Or as​ often as​ possible.) Don't just wait for negative beliefs to​ pop up so you can recite your affirmations,​ say them as​ often as​ you can remember! Write them down and stick them on​ your bathroom mirror,​ the​ dashboard of​ your car,​ the​ headboard on​ your bed,​ in​ your wallet,​ or​ any place where you are likely to​ see them frequently. the​ more repetition you can engage in,​ the​ more quickly you will begin to​ replace your old,​ limiting beliefs with empowering new ones.

Finally,​ the​ MOST important part of​ affirmations is​ the​ intensity of​ belief you hold while you are reciting them. if​ you just say the​ words mechanically and dispassionately,​ guess what happens? You won't be changing your existing beliefs because the​ whole time you're reciting affirmations (no matter how great they are!),​ you will also have an​ inner voice saying,​ "Give me a​ break,​ who do you think you're kidding?"

However,​ if​ you instead CHOOSE to​ believe your new affirmations with full faith and conviction,​ you will challenge the​ validity of​ your existing beliefs. Two opposing beliefs cannot co-exist in​ your mind at​ the​ same time. it​ HAS to​ be one or​ the​ other. This is​ a​ good thing because it​ means that the​ more you shift your confidence in​ your new beliefs,​ your old beliefs will fade away and eventually cease to​ exist. When that happens,​ your physical circumstances will shift and change in​ order to​ support your new beliefs.

Writing Your Own Powerful Affirmations

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