I know our lives can get hectic and sometimes we forget about basic things we should be doing to help ourselves stay grounded. Affirmations are one aspect of positive thinking. Check out below:
Don’t focus on things you’re wanting to avoid or get rid of. Rather, focus on the positive side of behaviors. After all, negative language is too much like punishment, and our brain does far better with motivation. For example, rather than say, “I refuse to eat junk food”, opt for “I embrace healthy eating.”
Avoid “Want” or “Need”
Saying words like “I want” or “I need” takes focus away from your goal and puts emphasis on the desire for that goal. Good alternatives are, “I choose”, “I am”, “I embrace”, and “I have.”
Keep It In The Present Tense
Avoid using words like, “I will.” Making your affirmation about the future means you subconsciously put your goals off for later. After all, affirmations are about creating changes now, not waiting for when you are ready to make them happen.
Aim for Short And Sweet
While length will vary according to your goals and personal style, shorter affirmations are generally quicker to remember and roll nicely off the tongue. The easier it is to say, the more often you’ll say it!
Make Your Language Authentic
An affirmation is most effective when it sounds and reads like your real speaking voice. The closer your affirmation is to something you would actually say, the more natural it will feel. Be mindful if the words feel too flowery, too terse, or too jumbled.
Don’t aim for something that feels too far fetched. For example, if you’re focused on finance and money, saying “I am a billionaire” has little effect because it’s unlikely that you’ll suddenly come into that much wealth. Instead, try “I welcome financial abundance” or “I am a financial wiz!”.
In relation to the previous tip, what is possible versus what feels possible varies from person to person. Depending on your confidence level, some of the most authentic and doable goals can still feel out of reach. If your goal feels too aspirational but it’s something you genuinely want to work on, you can modify your language so that you are more likely to believe in your own abilities. Try, “I strive for…”, “I have potential to…”, or “I am willing to…”
Have a GREAT day!