According to Wikipedia, affirmations in New Thought and New Age (Law Of Attraction) terminology refer primarily to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment—fostering a belief that a positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything. More specifically, an affirmation is a carefully formatted statement that should be repeated to one’s self and written down frequently.
To affirm means to declare what is already present, so for affirmations to be effective, they need to be
- present tense
- be positive
When you create an affirmation you are declaring to yourself and the Universe that your desire is already created. As you continue to repeat your affirmations, you are taking your thoughts captive and creating an intense focus on the desires that you have made.
Before long, you’ll begin to experience the thing that you declared. Just as practice makes perfect, repeating an affirmation over and over shifts your mind into accepting the “new” reality. Why? Studies show that when the cells in our brain communicate repeatedly – as they do when we practice something over and over or repeatedly recite affirmations – they physically change to accommodate the new skill or belief that we are working to embrace.
Applying the Law Of Attraction can be hard when you try to diligently maintain positive uplifting thoughts. Life happens. Situations catch you by surprise. It’s almost impossible – and unrealistic – to monitor your thoughts twenty-four hours a day. However, a clear, detailed affirmation embedded in your subconscious plays like a soundtrack in the background of your life so that when you become anxious, instead of defaulting to negative thoughts, your affirmation jumps to the front of your mind!
This is how you know that your mind is shifting and your affirmations are working!
I’d like to delve deeper into how to create affirmations that will get great results for you and help you manifest your wildest dreams.
Affirmations need to be present tense
Affirmations are “I am” statements. If you want more confidence, you say “I am confident” instead of “I will be confident”. When you state your affirmations in the future, your mind keeps them there. They never become a reality. Instead of living your new reality, you’ll find yourself on Someday Isle constantly waiting and perpetually wishing.
Affirmations need to be positive
Did you know that your mind doesn’t process the words don’t and not in an affirmation?
Don’t believe me? Try this:
Don’t think of a pink elephant.
Don’t think of a birthday cake.
Don’t think of a sky full of hot air balloons.
How did that work out for you?
Now imagine telling yourself I’m not fat. I’m not messy. I’m not going to fail this exam.
Your mind hears I’m fat. I’m messy. I’m going to fail this exam. This is exactly the opposite of what you want to attract. You must absolutely omit any words that tie you to the thing which you do not want. Remember….a properly embedded affirmation plays constantly in the background of your life, so only include what you truly want in your affirmations.
If you want to stop thinking in a negative way, it is best to affirm, “I now think and feel in the most positive way. My thoughts are happy and positive every moment of the day.”
Affirmations need to be personal
Your affirmations should be clear, positive and in the first person. I am, not I wish or I want. Again….when you want or wish, you never get. You keep wishing or wanting and never becoming.
What feels better – “I am amazing.” Or “I wish I was amazing.” Or even “I want to be amazing.” The I AM statement definitely feels more powerful. It’s your declaration and acceptance of who you are now (in the present tense). Speak those things that are not as though they were.
An affirmation needs to be specific
To be most effective, affirmations must be very clear. You must be certain about what you want. In order to become clear, some suggest writing out all the details that you would like to see and experience in the thing that you want. The clearer you are about your intentions the more power you give to your affirmations.
I’ve stated in a prior post that you have to be as specific with your affirmations as you are with your burger order (no onions, extra pickles, etc.) or your coffee order (Non-Fat Frappuccino With Extra Whipped Cream And Chocolate Sauce).
One last tip: Move into the affirmation with feeling. Speak your affirmations with passion. If you can’t get excited about the affirmation, how can you expect your mind to move in that direction? Feeling adds power to your desires. Feelings generate an internal energy that allows your whole being to absorb your statement.
Repeat your affirmation as often as possible and before you know it, your reality will mirror your dreams. You’ll see that you can change your entire life this way!