Creating affirmations is an art that gets you thinking about the right stuff. Have you ever noticed that you are thinking about all the things you don’t want to happen?
There is a children’s book about a train that wants to get to the top of a hill. At first, it doesn’t have the strength to make it to the top because it is a small train. The train then begins to chant:
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”
These affirmations gave the train the focus to make it successfully to the top.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t…you’re right.
The truth is that you already say affirmations each and every day whether you realize it or not.
It’s a natural part of your thought process.
The real power is when you consciously create the affirmations that will bring you closer to what you want.
It all starts with awareness.
Stop and think for a moment. Are you aware of how you talk to yourself each day? There is a constant stream of conscious and unconscious thoughts going through your mind. Have you ever:
- Dropped something and said to yourself “I’m clumsy”
- Looked in the mirror and said to yourself “I’m fat”
- Made a mistake and said to yourself “I’m stupid”
This kind of self-talk is so common that you are often not even aware of it. It’s become an accepted habit and you do it unconsciously.
Start by bringing these thoughts into your conscious mind. How do you do that? It’s simple. Carry a small notepad with you for one week. Each time you notice your self-talk, write it down. Chances are that by the middle of the first day, you’ll have filled up your notepad. You’ll have so many thoughts to write down that you’ll be tired of writing.
What were your results?
Are most of the thoughts negative? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I find that when most people do this exercise they talk about what they DON’T want rather than what they DO want.Use affirmations to focus on what you DO want instead of what you don't want. Click To Tweet
Now decide what you want to achieve. What are your dreams and goals? In my work, I help people create affirmations to help them move past their challenges so that they can reach their dreams. Using the following simple rules, you will change the way you look at the world.
Follow these 5 Rules of Creating Affirmations
- Use positive rather than negative terms
- Use the present tense
- Keep it simple
- Use exciting, emotional words
- Keep it in the first person
“We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
For example, rather than saying “I am going to lose weight now” instead, say “I am slender and attractive”. Instead of saying “I will stop smoking” say “I am a non-smoker”
Do you see the difference? You are focusing on what you DO want instead of what you don’t want.
Here are some daily positive affirmations that you might want to use as a model:
- I expect success.
- I am worthy of love.
- I am healthy and strong.
- I am committed to achieving my goals and will let nothing stand in my way.
When you do, I know it will bring you closer to getting what you want.
Big humdinger hugs,
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