Last Updated on June 2, 2022
Your beliefs become your thoughts,Gandhi
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
You’ve probably seen positive affirmations recently, and you might be wondering: What are affirmations? Here’s the best way to explain it:
The way you experience reality starts first with your innermost thoughts.
But changing your thoughts is not a simple task. How many of your thoughts pass through the day without you even noticing?
And then your negative thoughts, that you may not even notice are there, can prevent you from achieving your goals, because they simply are not in alignment with them.
So, what can you do about it? That’s where positive affirmations come in.
At the core, affirmations are a manifestation tool that allow us to shift our thoughts using short, positive statements.
Let’s take a closer look at what affirmations are, and how you can use them.
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that we intentionally bring to mind to help us overcome negativity and manifest our goals in life.
At the core, affirmations are a simple concept. But the power they hold lies in how they are used.
To learn more about what affirmations are and how they can help us, we can look at the actual meaning of the word affirmation.
Affirmation can mean a few things.
It can mean “support and encouragement”
It can also mean “confirming something to be true”
In the case of spirituality, affirmations actually do both of these things.
They support and encourage us toward creating a desired reality, through confirming that it is already true.
So when you say, “ I am strong”
You are putting it into the universe that this is reality, and even if it doesn’t feel true at first, you are in turn creating that reality.
When it comes to writing affirmations, you can choose to either create your own, or choose from a list of pre-written affirmations.
If you’re new to using affirmations, pre-written affirmations are a good place to start. As you get more comfortable, you can start to modify these affirmations or write your own.
When you write affirmations, there’s a couple things you’ll want to keep in mind:
You may find yourself falling into familiar thought patterns on a daily basis. This is totally normal. Our thoughts go on autopilot, and we don’t even notice most of them.
Interestingly, research tells us that 95% of our repetitive thoughts are the same thoughts we have the previous day..
And sadly, 80% of our daily thoughts are negative.
With that in mind, it’s no wonder it can be so incredibly difficult to create positive change in our lives.
But affirmations can help, as they allow you to shift your thoughts toward a more ideal reality.
Affirmations are related to mindfulness, where you choose to notice your thoughts. Except with affirmations, you intentionally create new thoughts, which in turn inform your reality through manifestation..
And the best part is, you can use affirmations for so many areas of your life. A few examples of what you can achieve through affirmations:
Looking for a few examples to get started?
Now, you may be wondering how you can use affirmations on a daily basis.
Affirmations can be used in many ways as a part of a larger manifestation practice. A few of my favorites:
You can choose to focus in on just one affirmation, or use multiple each day.
5-10 affirmations is a great place to start. What’s more important, is that you dedicate at least 5 minutes each day to practice your affirmations.
Another way you can use daily affirmations is to spread them out throughout the day, based on certain tasks. For example, you may want to repeat affirmations for health before you go to the gym, or affirmations for success before going to work.
The good news– yes! They really work. The bad news— it’s not magic. Here’s what I mean:
What many people don’t know about the law of attraction, is that it’s actually one 1 of 12 laws of the universe at play.
Another? The law of action, which states that in order to change your reality, you have to put in the work.
Affirmations are a tool that you can help to enable you to create change in their life, but they won’t do anything on their own.
Like I said, it’s not magic.
However, there is some promising evidence that affirmations work
A study from the university of Pennsylvania showed that “affirmations can decrease stress, increase well being, improve academic performance and make people more open to behavior change.”
A separate study found that the affirmations that affect the most change are focused on effort rather than ability.
So, the evidence is promising that when combined with other tools, affirmations do really work.
Think of affirmations as just another tool to add to your life’s toolkit. When you’re struggling in a specific area, or reaching a new goal, think of how affirmations can help you.
You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll feel the benefits of using affirmations.
Looking for more daily affirmations? Check out my other posts on affirmations:
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