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How to Write Affirmations

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Are you struggling to build self-confidence? Are you swamped with anxiety and negative thinking? Are you tired of negative thoughts plaguing your mind without fail? If you can relate, affirmations might be the answer you’ve been looking for. 

Affirmations are positive statements. They describe a desired goal or situation that you are working to create. For example, if you want a new job, an affirmation might be: “My new job is fun, and I love going to work every day.” Affirmations can be used to change how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive situations in our lives. They can also be used to change a negative belief system into a positive one. This process can take a little longer because it’s harder fto change your underlying beliefs about yourself than to reprogram your mind for a particular goal.

The power of positive affirmations is something that most people underestimate. The subconscious mind is the reason behind most of our behavior and actions, and it can’t tell the difference between what is real and what you are imagining.

By using powerful positive affirmations, you can convince your subconscious mind that something is true, even if, deep down, you may not believe it 100%.  By repeating affirmations, you make them part of your belief system. Over time, this will make them come true. You can use affirmations for anything from finding love or success, overcoming your battles to making more money.

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How to write affirmations

If you’ve never tried writing positive affirmations for yourself, it may sound like a load of nonsense. But there’s a reason that many people, from self-help gurus to therapists, recommend using them. Affirmations are a great way to change how you think and feel about yourself. They can positively impact your self-esteem and help bring about the changes you desire in your life such as success and abundance.

However, the key is to use affirmations properly. Learn how to write affirmations and then use them regularly to experience their benefits. Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing your affirmations:

Write them down

Write down your affirmations. Start a journal or even a plain paper would do. Writing down your affirmations can help you remember them. The process of writing them out may even help you to internalize the messages.

Write them carefully and thoughtfully. Write affirmations that are true for you. You may have to write several versions before finding suitable ones.

Write in the present tense

Write your affirmations in the present tense. Your brain responds well to present-tense affirmations, so write yours in the present tense, not the future tense. 

Your subconscious mind will think they are real now (and not some future event). The more emotion you attach to an affirmation, the faster your subconscious mind will accept it as a fact (and the faster you will see results). 

Affirmations should be positive

The affirmation should be stated in the positive. This means that you affirm what you want rather than what you don’t want. For instance, if your goal is to quit smoking cigarettes, your affirmation would not be: “I no longer smoke cigarettes.” It would be more like: “I am free of my addiction to cigarettes.” The idea here is that the subconscious mind doesn’t process negative words or statements.

Keep it short and easy to remember

When you write affirmations, you’ll want to make sure they’re written in an easy way to understand and remember. They should be short and straightforward, not wordy or complicated.

Remember, you will be repeating this regularly. So it’s best to have an affirmation that will be easy for you to manifest in.

It has to have a clear and realistic goal

To write effective affirmations, one must be clear on the desired outcome. For example, if your goal is increased health, you might think of: “I am a healthy person.” If it’s better relationships, you might say: “People enjoy being around me.” 

Make them specific enough to be believable but not so specific that they can’t be proven wrong (e.g., “My exam average will go up by 20 points by next quarter”). The best affirmations are the ones that are positive statements about something you can control and change.

Whether you want a paragraph about your dream life of short and sweet statements that will get you excited for the day and envision your success, it’s all good. Remember, there’s no one size fits all formula for writing affirmations. The best affirmations are tailored to the individual and their specific circumstances.

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Sample affirmations 

We know writing your first affirmation can be confusing or complicated at first, but once you get the groove of it all and align it with your personal goals, it’ll come more manageable for you. 

If you need more guidance in writing your affirmations, here are a few examples we have for different purposes and circumstances:

For the workplace:

  • I am the kind of person who never misses deadlines.
  • I am the best [your role] in my company.
  • I am a talented and skilled [your role].
  • I am worthy of the promotion next quarter.
  • My colleagues and superiors trust me because I’m good at what I do.

For business owners:

  • I have the best sales figures this year.
  • My business is booming.
  • My business is gaining traction and achieving our sales targets.
  • I trust my business instincts and acumen.
  • My employees and I are working hard to achieve our goals.

For people looking for more love in their lives:

  • I am worthy of love.
  • I am worthy of connection and belonging.
  • I am enough just the way I am.
  • I attract the best relationship I deserve.
  • The people around me love me for who I am.

For risk-takers losing hope:

  • I can do this; I am succeeding in everything I do.
  • Everything is worth it.
  • My strength and courage empower me.
  • My heart is full of hope.
  • Things are getting better for me.

For goal-getters:

  • I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
  • I am driven and passionate. Success flows through me.
  • I am completing my goals one by one.
  • My dreams are just goals and accomplishments waiting to be materialized.
  • My dream life is already here and happening. I love every bit of it with a happy heart.

Keep in mind that the examples above are just suggestions. You should take these principles and apply them to your situation.

Why do affirmations work?

Affirmations work because they help you replace negative and unhelpful thought patterns with positive ones. And when you have more positive thoughts, you’ll feel better about yourself, your life, and the world around you.

You might find it hard to believe at first, but the more you use affirmations—and combine them with visualization—the faster and easier it will be to achieve your goals.

It’s important to remember that affirmations are not magic bullets that will instantly solve all of your problems. They can, however, be powerful tools for reprogramming your subconscious mind and harnessing the forces of the universe to achieve your goals.

It’s that simple, but it’s also really tough. If you’re not used to speaking to yourself in a positive, encouraging way, affirmations can feel weird or even corny. But like anything else, the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it.

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