What are affirmations?
They are often short statements said or written down. They are meant to work on the conscious and subconscious mind.Affirmations a way to bring up mental images that can inspire and help change your thoughts. The idea of a positive affirmation is one that can help change a limiting belief.
How to create them
One of the best ways I have come across to write affirmations successfully comes from a book by Jack Canfield called The Success Principles in it he gives this layout on how to write them down.
- State it in the present tense
- Keep it brief,these are just short statements
- Start with the words…. I am
- State it in the positive
- Include at least one feeling or emotion word
- Make it specific to what you are affirming
- Use an action word ending in… ing
- Also make them about and for yourself!!
So what are some pros to using affirmations:
They have the potential and if used daily to shift your mindset from one that is negative to positive. Some of the most successful people have used them.
One of the big pros are they are FREE Positive affirmations are available at no cost to you, you simply have to take an effort to write them down. The only real tools required are your conscious mind and your ability to focus on what you really want.
There are so many possibilities. You can create positive affirmations and brief statements that directly reflect what you would like to be, do or have in your life.
They only take seconds out of your day, you can recite them to yourself anywhere.
One of the biggest cons when using positive affirmations is that we are going against a negative belief that our mind as been conditioned to. As such it feels foreign to us. There lays the problem a lot of people have, in order for affirmations to work effectively they have to have emotion and feeling. This is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome.
Another hurdle of sorts is that even though we set out with good intentions to repeat our affirmations throughout the day we let life get in the way. We forget or get busy. I put this as a con because we tend to try to rush our own journey. When we do that it starts to defeat the purpose and our negative thinking emerges. Something we do not want.
Which leads me to the last con on this list. We may return to our negative thought patterns. Or at least those are some excuses we tell ourselves. Start out by putting one or two on the bathroom mirror,as easy as seeing and saying them as you brush your teeth.
To Be Successful With Positive Affirmations
In my experience personally and in what I have taught to others is if you are going to use positive affirmations, and I hope you will. You have to do so in such a way that your emotions and your feelings MATCH UP WITH YOUR AFFIRMATION !
In order for you to change the vibrational energy that surrounds you from a positive affirmation has to FEEL TRUE. I can’t emphasis enough your emotions and feelings must match to your affirmation.
So for example a common positive affirmation goes something like this. I am worthy, my confidence is soaring.
Now if the FEELING that you get by saying this is one low self-esteem than it will take longer to work. Instead, change it up a bit. Our new affirmation would go like this. I give myself permission to feel worthy and confident. You are telling the universe that you feel confident and ready to be worthy of all good things. Remember the law of attraction is just that, what you think and feel you get back.
Are learning positive affirmations worth it? I say a resounding yes!!
They help realign your positive vibrational energy..the stuff you put out to the universe.
New research has also shown that it helps calm not just the mind but also the body resulting in lower stress levels.
People who tend to practice positive self talk also have a tendency to bounce back from illness faster.