What are affirmations?

Did you know that your mind affects your actions far more than any other physical part of your body? It has the power help you realise your dreams if you just let yourself do it. Often, you can feel like there is an overwhelming negative force trying to prevent you from achieving your goals. Research has shown that around 80% of the 50,000 subconscious thoughts you have in a day are negative ones. That is a lot of negativity!

The key to combating negativity is to use meaningful affirmations. Affirmations make you consciously aware of your thoughts. So when you consciously think positive thoughts, it is easier to control the negative ones that are always threatening to take over. To affirm is to say something positively. So an affirmation is firmly declaring a positive thought and assertively stating it as a truth. By making these positive declarations part of your daily life, you are helping your mind to prioritise positivity over negativity.

Affirmations are powerful when used correctly and will work whether written positively or negatively so make sure you choose them wisely. Here’s what you should consider if you are choosing affirmations:

  • Beginning your affirmation with the words ‘I am’ makes it powerful. It uses language that gives your subconscious mind a command. Your mind then interprets it as a directive that it must follow through on.
  • Use present tense. Speak about things as if you already have them. It helps your mind to visualise the outcome. For example, you can use ‘I have a beautiful beach house flooded with sunlight’ instead of ‘this year I am going to buy a beach house’.
  • Speak about what you do want. Do not use negatives in your affirmation. Your subscious mind does not recognise negatives. So if you say, ‘don’t shut yourself off to new opportunities’, all your mind hears is ‘shut yourself off…’ Instead, try saying ‘I am open to new opportunities’.
  • Keep it brief. Don’t write an essay. It is easier to remember something that that is short and snappy. Think “I naturally choose healthy foods”, rather than “I always choose healthy foods over junk food because I’m mindful of my health”.
  • Be specific. Including a specific makes it easier for your mind to visualise the outcome. So instead of saying, ‘I will increase my income this year’, say ‘I am enjoying my $100,000 earnings this year’.
  • Write it for you. Make sure your affirmations describe your own actions and not the actions of others.
  • Make it mean something. Make sure your affirmation means something to you. It has to be meaningful on all levels. Speaks to you and crafted correctly.
  • Your affirmations are the strongest if you see them in several forms: thinking them, saying them and writing them down.