Affirmations are just statements you keep repeating to yourself in order to store them in your subconscious mind. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly repeating affirmations. Everything you keep repeating to yourself in your head or out loud is stored in your brain. The problem is that we keep repeating negative thoughts in our heads, which causes the subconscious to form limiting beliefs.
For example, suppose you have a habit of getting out of situations by saying, ‘I can’t’. You’re constantly making excuses to your brain for why you can’t do something. So, whenever a new opportunity presents itself, your automatic response will be ‘I can’t’, even if you are fully capable of achieving it. Because your subconscious would immediately tell you that you couldn’t. Hitler said,
“If you tell a lie big enough, long enough and strong enough, people will eventually start to believe it.”Adolf Hitler
We’re all the Hitlers of our lives. We keep feeding ourselves these lies. Because, understand this, anything you can think of is completely achievable. You are the only one who is hindering your growth.
Benefits Of Positive Affirmations
Take, for example, a time when you were in school and you messed up on stage. It was very humiliating. And from that day on, you began to avoid going on stage, resulting in the development of stage fear. But think about it, are you still the same person you were in high school? Obviously, no; you’ve matured both mentally and physically. Then why do you judge yourself based on the past?
So pay attention to what you’re saying to yourself. Start using positive affirmations every day. I know it may feel strange at first, but you’ll see the benefits as time progresses. I’ve previously discussed how positive self-talk through affirmations can transform your mindset. They are nothing but a method of rewiring your brain to focus on the good.
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How To Create Affirmations For Yourself?
If you’ve heard of affirmations before, you’re probably aware that there are a lot of woo-woo affirmations out there. If you’re anything like me, you’d have a hard time affirming things you don’t believe in. For example, telling yourself “I’m financially abundant” when you’re feeling broke won’t work. Your analytical mind would immediately tell you that’s not true. In fact, research shows that people who repeat positive statements that they don’t believe in, can make them feel worse. Therefore, it’s better to create affirmations that resonate with you. Here are a few things to remember while creating them.
1) They Should Be In Present Tense
Your affirmations should be written in the present tense. The majority of affirmations begin with I am — followed by your desired feeling. Suppose you have an affirmation that says, “I will lose 5 pounds in the next two months.” It’s in the future, and the two months will continue to grow if you repeat these affirmations every day. Instead, say something like, “I’m working out to get fit and stay healthy.”
2) They Should Be Empowering
Your affirmations should make you feel more optimistic. They should give you a sense of power and make you feel more confident. Repeating affirmations while engaging in physical activities, such as working out or running, also generates powerful vibes.
3) They Should Be True
As I mentioned earlier, repeating affirmations that you do not believe to be true can make you feel worse. Instead of saying “Money is flowing to me…”, use “I am working hard everyday to put $50,000 in my bank account”. Of course, it’s great if you can work with both types of affirmations, but if you’re the type of person who immediately turns to logic when they hear something that’s far from the truth, it’s okay to create affirmations that speak to you.
How To Use Affirmations
Here are a few tips on how you can use them to maximize their benefits.
1) Repeat Affirmations Twice A Day
Create or choose 3-5 affirmations that you resonate with. Repeat them at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in evening. There are lots of examples on the internet to experiment with, like this Chris Hemsworth’s Video.
2) Use Music
Find a happy song to play in the background while you repeat your affirmations. You can try the Lofi Playlist. Music helps you to engage with emotions.
3) I Choose — I Am
Replace the I am with I choose, for statements that don’t feel real or true in the first place. For example, “I am healthy and fit” can be replaced with “I choose to exercise and eat healthy today.”
4) Take Actions
Simply repeating affirmations will not produce results. They are only useful for rewiring your brain to believe in yourself more. And can only assist you in developing feelings of confidence. But then it’s up to you to take action. Treat them as a reminder for your goals.
How Do You Intend to Use Affirmations?
Let me know in the comments what affirmations you made for yourself? I know the idea of affirming yourself might seem a bit eerie in the first place, but what’s the harm in repeating a few positive statements to yourself, especially when you’re swamped with negative thoughts throughout the day. Don’t step back from reminding yourself how worthy you are!