The right way to use affirmations

Category: Article or Blog Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 Written by Sarah PJ White

Affirmations are a popular buzz word amongst those who want to make positive changes in their lives. They’re often seen as something that works for some, but not for others. But there is a right and wrong way to use affirmations – so how can you use them the correct and ensure they actually work for you?

What is an affirmation?

An affirmation is simply a formal declaration of something. It’s usually linked to a goal, intention or potential you want to achieve – so something like ‘Every day I joyfully live life to the fullest’ or ‘I am a money magnet, money flows to me effortlessly’. Affirmations allow the filters in your brain to filter out the unnecessary stuff whilst becoming more aware and focused on those things that make your affirmation real to you.

The problem most people have with affirmations is the fact they can feel unreal, false and uncomfortable to start with, as they’re not your current reality – but this is how you know you need them! You see, the statement is currently uncomfortable to you, as your current reality is vibrating at a different level. The affirmation wording and subsequent filtering, will cause you to either raise your vibration (and current situation) to match the wording – or you’ll drop the affirmation altogether.

How to use affirmations the right way

So how can you use affirmations the right way? Here are seven steps to get you started:

Tip #1: Ensure your affirmation uses present tense

‘I can’, ‘I will’, ‘I am’, ‘I know’ and ‘I love’ are all great examples of using present tense at the start of your affirmations. If you struggle with the resulting affirmation, you can use phrases to help cover the transition from current situation and future reality – such as ‘I am learning to…’ or ‘I am getting better at…’

Tip #2: Make your affirmation positive

This will naturally happen, if you’re using present tense, as you’re making a statement about what you already have. But positive also means wording your affirmation positively too – so no ‘I am no longer…’ or ‘I am getting out of debt now’ – as they’re using negative words.

Tip #3: Add emotion wherever possible

Use wording to emphasise the emotion, such as ‘joyful’, ‘pleasure’ and ‘happy’.

Tip #4: Use only a few at a time

To make it easier for yourself (and your brain!) look to only use a few affirmations at any one time and use them until they sit comfortably and easily with you.

Tip #5: Make them visible to you

You want to write out your affirmations and put them somewhere that will catch your attention – on the fridge, bathroom mirror, bedroom wall etc.

Tip #6: State them out loud, several times a day

There’s something special about stating something out loud – it seems to cement them in somehow. Look to say them out loud at least three times a day and state them firmly and loudly!

Tip #7: Continue with them for at least 21 days – 1 month

It’s said that it can take up to 21 days for something to become a habit, so aim to use your affirmations for at least 21 days – or go the whole way and use them for a month.

Affirmations don’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. By following these seven tips above, you’ll be in an ideal position to reach those goals, dreams and a more positive frame of mind in no time at all!

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