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Have you ever found yourself recommending a great health habit to others and realize, “hey, I haven’t done that myself in awhile”? I’ve made that realization twice this week about affirmations.
The amazing thing about affirmations is not only how powerful they are, but you can use this easy mindset practice at almost any stage of life. If you can speak and either read or hear, you can use affirmations. Never heard of affirmations? Keep reading! Heard about them but think that’s a silly practice? Read more! Know about it but don’t think you have time? Keep reading!
What is a Positive Affirmation?
In a nutshell, positive affirmations are short but uplifting statements we read or say out loud in order to boost our confidence and grow a positive mindset.
To explain what a positive affirmation is a little further, it is a fairly short statement or phrase that is used for the purpose of overcoming or challenging negative thoughts, self-doubts, or limiting beliefs. It’s a truly powerful tool for developing a positive mindset. A list of positive affirmations are generally written in a present tense which further increases the positive mindset. By repeating these positive affirmations on a regular basis (usually morning and night, sometimes more often), individuals can reprogram their mind, replacing negative thought patterns with the more positive ones. The process can lead to positive mindset, improved self-esteem, enhanced motivation, reduction of stress, and a higher level of wellness overall.
Affirmations to Change the Way You Think
Together with self-care, being true to your values, and the use of affirmations, you can create the right kind of self-talk that helps you get through the days and cope with difficult and challenging situations. Specifically, affirmations help us overcome negative self-talk. Self-talk that sometimes we are not even aware of. Repeating the positive affirmations help us identify the negative self-talk and beliefs we have, challenge those negative beliefs and leads to eventually overcoming the negative beliefs.
How To Create and Use Affirmations For Optimal Mindset
Identify Negative Beliefs
If you are already aware of what your negative beliefs are or the negative things you say to yourself whether out loud or in your head, you are already ahead. These are the things you need to address in your affirmations. If you are not sure, that’s okay. The next few things will still help you create affirmations that will be beneficial. In time, you can add to your list as you begin to identify the negative self-talk you hear in your head.
Use Examples From Lists and Other Sources
When I first started writing my own affirmations, I had been listening quite a bit to The Anxiety Guy on YouTube.
I’d listen to this one in the car (alone) quite frequently. As a matter of fact, I’d repeat the affirmation 1-2 times as he spoke them. In time, I learned which ones applied to me the most and which ones I needed and started writing them down to read over in the morning and at night when I went to bed. I just had a list of about 15-20 of them. I didn’t always use his exact wording, but used his ideas to create affirmations that were suited for myself.
Short Positive Affirmations for Optimal Mindset
When you write your own, keep them short and concise, at least at first. When you are starting this habit, you don’t want it to be long and cumbersome. You want to stay focused on what you need and not let it be overwhelming. Things that are overwhelming tend to get ignored and then they don’t happen and can’t help. Keep them short and positive. This makes them more impactful. Furthermore keep your list short and doable. I recommend no less than 5 but no more than 20. Think about what you will really be willing to read when you get up in the morning, right before bed at night, and possibly at least once during the day if at all possible. It’s best to read them 3 times each time- so again, keep them positive and SHORT.
Write In Present Tense
Affirmations are used to change your mindset. You want to BELIEVE you ARE a grateful, positive, capable person (or whatever it is you are working on). Therefore, don’t say “I might be worthy of good things” or “I will be worthy of good things”. Instead, say “I AM worthy of good things”, or I am a confident person. Present Tense will have the most positive affect on your mindset.
Daily Affirmations for Optimal Mindset
To have the biggest and more immediate effect, it’s important to practice y our affirmations daily. Aim for three times a day. I’ll be honest, I’m not great at doing them three times myself. But I know when I make the conscious effort to do so (much like prayer and other positive habits) the more I do them, the more I feel the positive effect. I do try to keep a list by my bed and in my blogging binder to make sure I see them in the morning and evening and come across them during the day. Sometimes during the day I just pick a few to read rather than the whole list. Every bit counts. But more is better.
50 Examples of Positive Affirmations
- I am strong in mind, body and spirit.
- I am a child of God. God loves me.
- I know God will give me everything I need when I need it.
- I am safe.
- I am loved.
- I am patient.
- I am cam.
- I am joyful.
- I have a positive mindset.
- I spread positivity to others.
- I am intelligent and competent.
- I pause and listen to God before responding to others.
- I am organized and free of excess clutter in my home and life.
- I am rejuvenated daily through God.
- All is healing within me.
- I am at peace.
- I am capable of achieving anything I set my mind to.
- I deserve love, happiness, and success.
- I am capable of overcoming any challenge.
- I am worthy of all the good things that come into my life.
- I am surrounded by abundance and opportunities.
- I choose to focus on the positive.
- I am grateful for all that I have.
- I attract more blessings every day.
- I trust myself and make decisions that align with my values and goals.
- I am confident in my abilities, and I can handle anything that comes my way.
- I embrace change and see it as an opportunity for growth.
- I am becoming better at (fill in the blank) more and more each day.
- I ask for help when I need it.
- I make good choices every day.
- My dreams are achievable.
- I am a responsible person.
- My opinion matters.
- When I say no, it means no.
- When there is a bump in the road, I keep going.
- I will do today what I will appreciate tomorrow.
- I am kind to others.
- I am healthy and full of energy.
- I greet each day with a smile, gratitude and hope.
- I am free of self-doubt and full of positivity.
- I become healthier with every bite I eat and every step I take.
- I have many qualities that lead me to success.
- I have the power to control my thoughts and attitude.
- I can do hard things.
- I deserve happiness, love, peace and joy.
- I listen to others with love and patience.
- I speak calmly when things are stressful.
- I turn negatives into positives.
- God will help me achieve anything according to His will.
- My sleep is sound and restores my body.
Harness The Power of Positive Affirmations
Remember, the key to harnessing the power of positive affirmations is consistency and belief in their effectiveness. Repeat them regularly, preferably in a calm and focused state, and allow them to reshape your mindset and attitude towards life.
To clarify, keep a copy of the list you want to work on by your bedside, on your desk , and/or the refrigerator. Keep the list on your phone too so that when you are stuck in traffic, waiting for an appointment or tied up somewhere unexpectantly, you can practice your affirmations and prayer while you wait.