What is an Affirmation?
Quite simply put it is a present tense, personal, and specific statement. Some would say that it also needs to be positive, and this is the effective way to use them but many will use negative affirmations as well without even knowing it. For example, if you have a job interview on Friday and find out Monday then spend the rest of the week telling yourself you won’t get the job you are making a negative affirmation.
An affirmation is like the little engine that could. Remember? I think I can I think I can … If you think you can, you can! Positive thinking attracts positive energy.
How do you Make an Affirmation?
This is usually the hardest part for most people but is really quite easy when you break it down into it’s component’s.
Present Tense – Forget the future in this exercise. If you want to lose weight your affirmation shouldn’t be: “I will lose weight” if it is you’re forever waiting for that future. Instead try, “I choose to become healthy.” It’s your choice to become healthy, and it’s your choices that dictate your future. Likewise if you want to become rich, you wouldn’t say “I will be rich” You’re subconscious mind will forever be waiting for that future. Instead try, “I am rich” I choose to be rich” or “I am ready to be wealthy”.
Be Positive – Be careful how you word your statements, they need to be positive. Leave out such words as: don’t, won’t, not etc. “I am not fat” is a negative statement. “I choose to be healthy” is a positive statement. Our subconscious will ignore the work not and concentrate on what is left, leaving you with: “I am fat”. Not good!
Be Specific – State what you want. You don’t need to list all the ways you will be, this is meant to be a short to the point sentence. Something like “I am happy” is better than “I am happy because of this, this and that” don’t complicate it. The how’s and why’s can be taken up in your journal. (You do keep a journal right?) Just remember to KISS! This is something that is meant to be repeated over in your mind so it will become a self conscious idea, that won’t be easy if you can’t remember it all!
Be Personal – If you don’t care if you’re wealthy or not then don’t make a daily affirmation to gain wealth. Focus on what is most important to you, these are the affirmations that will work best.
Don’t Just Say It
Affirmations don’t have to just be spoken, they can also be written down. I find the best technique is to do both. In my journal you will find some of my affirmations written down all over my pages. Written tends to have a better impact on your subconscious and when you say it out loud you want be emphatic!
Repetition is the Way
With any affirmation you need to repeat it. Several times a day is best, if you can’t handle that do at least twenty times when you wake up, and twenty times again before you go to bed. Don’t forget to repeat when writing them down either, though you don’t need to write them as many times as you need to say them for the full effect.
The Mirror Technique
The Mirror Technique has been discussed by a lot of authors including Louise L. Hay and Claude Bristol. The idea behind it is to make a stronger and deeper connection to your own subconscious. It’s a pretty basic technique but is very efficient and powerful.
Stand in front of a mirror. Stare into your eyes, look deep into them. Then with gusto say your affirmation. Repeat it a few more times. It is suggested that this technique should be done several time a day, in fact Hay suggests doing it every time you pass a mirror in your home. It may seem kind of funny in the beginning but I for one find this exercise to be really great and especially moving.
Most people seem to think personal growth is an easy fix and that saying an affirmation a couple times will change your whole way of thinking. This just isn’t true, it takes time and work!
Check out this list of popular affirmations to add to your own list!