What comes to mind when you hear the word affirmations? I didn’t used to really know what affirmations were or what they were about. Some sort of positive statements, right? Right! Well, there’s a bit more to it than that.
I think of affirmations as intentional positive thoughts and a way of living with intention. They are positive statements that we choose to deliberately think about, in order to train our brains to focus on creating this positive outcome in our lives.
I began consciously using affirmations last year after reading the book, The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod. This book uses the SAVERS technique to start your morning. I have lately been adapting the SAVERS as part of my morning routine. SAVERS is an acronym for: Silence (meditation), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scripting (writing). I’ll be sharing more in future posts about how I use the rest of the SAVERS.
Hal writes, “Affirmations are one of the most effective tools for quickly becoming the person you need to be to achieve everything you want in your life. Affirmations allow you to design and then develop the mindset (thoughts, beliefs, focus) that you need to take any area of your life to the next level…You can use affirmations to start programming yourself to be confident and successful in everything you do, simply by repeatedly telling yourself who you want to be, what you want to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it.”
What’s important about affirmations is that they are believable. And when we say them, we must put feeling into the words, or else it’s meaningless.
When I started using affirmations, I actually started small, in order to keep them believable. I was experiencing a time in my life where I was filled with dread and anxiety about work. At night when I would be trying to go to sleep, my mind would be spinning with thoughts like, “Tomorrow is going to suck, tomorrow is going to be so stressful, I’m not looking forward to tomorrow, etc.” A pretty rotten time!
Once I recognized these thoughts were bringing me down and actualy creating the down days, I realized I could make a difference in changing how I felt. So, in the moment of the bad thoughts, I started to tell myself, “I will be ok, tomorrow will be ok, I will make it though ok.” Those words alone really helped bring me back to positivity and provided a huge sense of relief.
Affirmations don’t have to be grandiose or perfect to work. They can be small, baby steps toward a happy, better you. The words had to be believeable. I wasn’t at the point yet where I felt comfortable saying, tomorrow is going to be awesome, great and fanastic.
I was recently coaching one of my clients around using affirmations on the way to work to get into a frame of mind that would set him up for success for the workday. The client previously had default thoughts around the workday, along the lines of, “Today is going to suck. I hate this.” These statements created the feelings of dread and anxiety, and actually lead to the result that the day sucked and he hated it.
We talked about the difference between saying those default statements to ourselves versus saying positive affirmations like, “I can do this! I’ve got this. I’m capable of whatever they throw at me.” These affirmations lead to feelings of confidence, relaxation and overall positivity. This ultimately leads to a results proving the affirmation true, that he will demonstrate that he can do it and is capable.
Can you see the difference these affirmations make in how we feel, compared to some default thoughts?
A while ago, I wrote a list of overall life affirmations. The affirmations include statements about current reality and also my future reality that is not in my present experience yet. I know this is my future that I’m working towards, and I feel amazing when I focus on these words. Whenever I read this list, I believe that the parts that are not yet reality are on their way to becoming reality.
My current life affirmations:
Today is a good day!
I am successful.
I am happy.
I am filled with peace.
I am surrounded by beauty and love.
My relationship with my husband Grant is deep and loving.
We are partners in life.
We travel the world.
I am active, fit, and healthy.
I enjoy eating healthy clean foods and living a healthy and fit lifestyle.
My healthy food is prepared.
My home is clean and organized.
I have an abundance of income and savings.
I don’t worry about money.
My work is exciting and I enjoy it.
I have a business team.
My personal assistant handles all the chores and tasks so I can focus on growing the business.
My business is flourishing.
I am constantly learning, growing, improving and taking risks.
My mind is clear and focused, and I take action on my ideas.
We are successful in real estate investing.
I am sociable.
I enjoy networking, meeting people, and talking to people.
Everything that we do in life is about feeling a certain way. Using affirmations is a wonderful way to choose to feel good and to drive us towards positive actions, meaning to do the things we want to do in life.
Do you use affirmations regularly? What has been your experience with how these positive statement make you feel? Have you tried starting affirmations but found difficulty in believing the statements?
I can help you with creating your own affirmations and creating a daily habit using them to bring more positivity to your life.
I’m a Life Coach, specializing in helping professionals feel rejuvenated and back in control of their lives through better sleep routines. ~ Rebekah Anderson
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