Affirmations Should Speak Personally To You
Affirmations can help you develop self esteem and confidence that leads to personal growth. You can change the way you perceive yourself, when you repeat a statement over and over again. This works for both positive and negative statements. By reminding yourself each day how beautiful, great and essential your existence is, you raise the expectations of yourself. It may not be obvious at first, but affirmations gradually motivate you to make better, more meaningful decisions throughout the day.
For example, when you state that you can’t draw, you reaffirm this belief. It is just a belief. You can draw. Anyone can draw if they try. It might take fifty tries before you make something that is nice to look at, but the truth is you have the ability to draw. By stating that you can’t draw, you are allowing yourself the excuse not to try. Why should you try? You already know you can’t draw! Start saying that you can draw, or at least say you’ll try. Just by stating that you can, you’ve given yourself permission to try. You’ve removed old excuses and opened doors that lead to new opportunities and successes.
Another way to look at the power of saying affirmations is an example of outside reinforcement. When your parent, child or partner says “I love you,” you feel that love instantly. You may already know that they love you, but when it is verbalized, you’re reminded and the feeling is brought to the forefront of your life. You feel it right away. When you hear “I love you” every day by people who matter to you, you know without a doubt that you are loved. If a loved one hasn’t told you they love you in awhile, you might start to wonder if they’ve lost love for you. As soon as they remind you, you know instantly and you remove all prior doubt. The same thing happens when you say affirmations. You remind yourself that you love you. By repeating positive statements, you remove doubt that may have been building up inside. When you repeat affirmations on a daily basis, your confidence becomes stronger.
Check out specially written affirmations for actors, artists, writers and musicians. There are other resources available if these don’t speak to you the way you need them to. You can also create your own affirmations. I highly recommend this, as you know best what you need to hear.
Start by using this format to list all the things you want to have and be:
I want to have ____________________________________
I want to be _____________________________________
I want to give ____________________________________
Some examples may be:
I want to have a clean bill of health.
I want to have a happy family.
I want to have a million dollars.
I want to be more productive.
I want to be famous.
I want to be a millionaire.
I want to give encouragement to my family to be healthier.
I want to give my family a happy home.
I want to give to charity.
All of those statements are in a future tense. It’s easier to start this way, because we know what we want since we don’t currently have it. Similarly to visualizing, affirmations only work when you state clearly that you already have or do these things. The next step, then, is to turn these statement into present tense.
I have a clean bill of health.
I have a happy family.
I have a million dollars.
I am productive.
I am famous.
I am a millionaire.
I give encouragement to my family to be healthier.
I give my family a happy home.
I give to charity.
Affirmations must be said with conviction. Repeat the sentences with strong will and a strong voice. Picture what you’re saying as if it already is that way. You are a millionaire. You are happy and healthy. You may not see instant results. It might take a great amount of time to see anything. If it’s not working at all, you might be letting doubt, worry or fear into the exercise. Your belief in the statement is what makes it true.
Read more about visualizing and affirmations in the illustrated PDF, which you can get here:
If you’re not used to repeating affirmations on a daily basis, it can feel strange at first. The more you do it and the more regular you are, the quicker you’ll experience more confidence and self esteem. Take it slowly, and really visualize what each statement means. Envision yourself at that place where the statement takes you. See yourself already as you want to be. By doing this, you remind yourself of hidden, buried potential within yourself. Remembering these qualities will trigger new decisions in your day to day life that will lead to bigger and better things.