5 Tips to Create Powerful Affirmations that Work
- Consider the global, generalizing statements that we make all the time. These can be things about you, about others, or about things. For example, let’s consider paradigms or limiting beliefs around money. A statement about you could be “I’m terrible at managing money.” A statement about others could be, “Rich people are greedy”. A statement about money specifically could be, “Money is scarce and limited.” These are all slightly different things but they all color a very negative perspective on money and someone who holds one or all of these beliefs probably doesn’t have an abundance of financial wealth and they probably struggle with creating more financial abundance. So, one way in which to identify what your biggest limiting beliefs/paradigms are that hold you back is to pay attention to these generalized statements that you may make and the aspect of life that you tend to make them about.
- Another way to do this is to do a life evaluation. I teach this for free here. But this free training walks you through an exercise wherein you identify the parts of your life where you’re the least satisfied, where you’re struggling the most and where you are the most out of balance. It might be your health, your finances, your relationships, your career, etc. Once you identify that area (or areas), you can focus your affirmations on that part of your life.
Tip #2 – Create your own affirmations (don’t simply adopt someone else’s).
One of the biggest things that people do wrong when it comes to affirmations is that they adopt other people’s affirmations. For a really long time, that’s what I was doing and I wasn’t seeing the benefits of affirmations. So, I gave up for a while. And then, I realized something – the affirmations I was using weren’t mine. Not only were they not written in my words, but they did resonate with me. They sounded good, but they weren’t my language and they weren’t for my struggles.
So, that’s tip #1. Create your own affirmations. By all means, use other people’s affirmations as inspiration, but reword them, rewrite them in your language. And if you do actually decide to use someone else’s pre-existing affirmations, this is the one caveat. They have to resonate with you. If it doesn’t stir something deeper in you, you shouldn’t adopt that affirmation as your own. It’s either your affirmation, written in your own words, or someone else’s affirmation that resonates with you deeply.
Tip #3 – Use positive and present language.
This is another common mistake people make when it comes to affirmations. They don’t write them in positive and present language.
Positive language means that the statement doesn’t include words like “don’t” or “not” or other negative phrases. For example, “I am not a negative person…” is an example of negative language. The
Present language refers to writing something as if it were currently true. Not that it was true in the past or that it will be true in the future. When people are writing affirmations and goals, they often write them in
Language is important and these two aspects of it – positive and present language – are crucial in your affirmations.
Tip #4 – Consider using passionate language that snaps you out of your old state.
Passionate language….aka swear words. Why should we consider using passionate language in our affirmations? Because there are certain taboo words in
Now, you may not be comfortable with swearing. In this case, don’t try to force it! It will probably simply make you feel uncomfortable. But if you were are comfortable with swearing, play with using curse words in your affirmations. It may just help take them to the next level!
Tip#5 – Be Consistent.
This is the lynchpin of affirmations. They don’t work if you using them sporadically, once a week, month, etc. You need to make them a part of your daily routine.
You all know I’m big on habits and routines, but affirmations are one of the most important parts of your routine. Once you’ve gone through all the steps, determined where affirmations are most needed in your life, created affirmations of your own, made them present and positive and inserted passionate language as necessary, the next and final step is to consistently say your affirmations. Here are my tips:
- Insert your affirmations into your morning routine that way you can set the stage for the rest of your day
- Say your affirmations out loud, preferably in the mirror while looking into your own eyes.
- If you don’t have time to say your affirmations
ourloud, record yourself saying them outloudas a voice memo on your phone and listen to this in the morning and anytime throughout the day you’re feeling your limiting beliefs and paradigms rear their head