Create Your Own Positive Affirmations
Are you happy with the direction your life is taking?
Are you constantly wishing things could be different.
If so, you have beliefs (often unconscious) that are literally forcing you to behave in ways that are to your detriment because any action you take (or don't take) will be determined by your beliefs NOT by what you want. For instance:
- someone who believes they're not clever enough to go to university probably won't go even if the really want their dream job that requires a degree
- someone who believes they're unworthy of love will have unsatisfying, soul destroying relationships
- someone who believes that the wealthy are immoral will unlikely become wealthy themselves
And what's worse is that you have not even chosen these beliefs yourself! All they are is someone elses opinion that you have internalized and accepted as fact.
Who said you're not clever enough (some unthinking teacher having a bad day)?
Who said that you only deserve unhappy, unhealthy relationships (some moron so insecure in themselves that the only way they could think to keep you with them was to make you feel bad about yourself)?
Who said the wealthy are immoral (there are immoral people everywhere both poor and wealthy)?
Right now is the time to choose what YOU want to believe. And you can start now by creating your own positive affirmations.
What Are Affirmations?
They are statements you say to yourself over and over - both negative and positive. It's about time these affirmations are statements that are positive AND are of your choosing.
This being the case affirmations are statements that you want to become true for you that you say out loud on a regular basis with the goal being to re-program your subconscious to replace the negative beliefs that prevent you living your dreams.
The Benefits of Affirmations
As much as affirmations can be destructive (as can be seen in the areas of your life that you want to change), they can be used to create a life you only now dream about.
You see we all have mental recordings repeating again and again in our mind. Most of them come from childhood and have been directing our actions for years (eg careless remark by a teacher).
Unfortunately, many of these old recordings are constantly feeding our mind negative information and we are always given "proof" that these old recordings (our beliefs) are true because our focus is naturally directed towards our beliefs.
These negative recordings are not always direct statements from people, but they tend to be general theories we've come to believe about our situation or ourselves.
If our parents always cautioned us about strangers, for example, we may have the mindset that sees the world as a dangerous place. If we came from a family without much money, we may have limiting beliefs about our finances that prevent us from attaining or keeping wealth.
The good news is you can override these destructive messages using positive affirmations on a regular basis to slowly destroy unhelpful beliefs that are keeping you trapped in a life you never consciously chose or even want.
Create Your Own Positive Affirmations
Keep these key points in mind to create effective, positive affirmations:
- An affirmation must be in the present tense. Your subconscious doesn't have the ability to accept a promise of future behavior. "I will eat healthy foods" doesn't give your subconscious a timeline or deadline to perform your promise to yourself.
Instead, state your affirmation as though it's a behavior you already exhibit. "I always make healthy food choices" is a present tense statement your subconscious can accept as a fact.
Of course, your habit of eating unhealthy food won't stop immediately you start using this affirmation, but keep using the affirmation (particularly before eating) and your behaviour will eventually change.
- State your affirmation in the first person. In other words, don't create an affirmation saying, "You must eat healthy foods." In order for your affirmation to matter to your subconscious, it must be personal and use the word "I."
"I will choose healthy foods every time I eat" is a personal statement your subconscious can apply to your own behavior.
- State the affirmation in a positive manner. "I must stop eating junk food" sends your mind a distorted message; it interprets the same as "I eat junk food." This type of statement will lead you in the opposite direction of your goal!
Instead, "I choose fresh, healthy snacks when I am hungry" is a positive statement telling your mind the exact desired behavior.
How To Use Affirmations
Begin using positive affirmations by choosing a few short, clear statements about the things you'd like to see happen in your life.
Try some of these:
- I enjoy exercising every day.
- I love eating nutritious fresh foods in healthy portions.
- When I am free from the desire to smoke, I breathe clean, fresh air.
- I have everything I need to be content and happy today.
You can write your affirmations on note cards and keep them with you in your purse or wallet. Whenever you have a few moments to spare, take them out and read them aloud.
State the affirmations in a clear, firm voice with a smile on your face as you say them. This will help you become more aware of the positive vibrations of the affirmations, allowing them easier access to your subconscious mind.
Using affirmations on a daily basis is a terrific way to boost the positives in your life. Start using this powerful tool today to bring the changes you most desire into your world. You can use these positive affirmations if you have trouble thinking up your own.
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