5 Powerful Tips for Using Positive Affirmations
I’m sure you’ve heard that positive affirmations can help you be more motivated and can help you achieve your goals. Did you know there are ways you can supercharge your affirmations to make them even more powerful, dare I say even transformative?
If better health is your goal, maybe you want to lose weight and get fit. If your affirmation is “I will lose weight and go to the gym every day,” how does that make you feel? You may feel there’s a “heaviness” about the energy of that statement that isn’t very motivating. The statement focuses on the negative aspects of your goal (the fact that you need to lose weight and the obligation to go to the gym). It pushes the goal out into an indefinite future, and makes it more elusive.
You can use these five steps to turn your affirmations around and make them more effective by injecting energy and motivation into your affirmations!
- Make your affirmations active
Using active verbs keeps the energy upbeat and your focus in the present moment. So now your affirmation starts “I am [positive verb] …”
- Include Positive Emotions
Think of how you want to feel when you reach your goal. Are you happy? Proud of yourself? Relaxed? Grateful? Make sure your affirmation makes you feel good when you say it out loud. “I am so proud that I substituted salads for my hamburger and fries now that I’ve lost five pounds.”
- Keep it Short
Make your positive affirmations brief and memorable. Concise, focused statements are easier to remember, so you’re more likely to include them in your daily routine.
- Stay in the Present
Your affirmation should always be in the present tense. Make sure you use “I am” rather than “I will” statements. “I am making food choices that create a healthier me” is more effective than “I will make food choices that will create a healthier me”.
- Keep it Positive
Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. Think of the positive result you want to achieve, and tailor your affirmations appropriately.
- Switch up Your Affirmations
Have a look at any affirmations you are currently using to see if they’re working as well as they could be.
Building on the suggested affirmation in #4 above, here are some suggestions:
Instead of “I will lose weight and go to the gym every day,” make it something that will make you feel good about yourself and about what you are doing.
“I am enjoying getting slimmer and healthier every day.”
“I am feeling stronger and healthier by choosing a healthier lifestyle.”
“I am joyfully and easily helping my body to get stronger and slimmer every day.”
Play around with the words until they feel right to you. Just be sure to keep your affirmation in the present, focused on what you want and what feels good.
Print your affirmations out and hang them where you can see them. Repeat your affirmations at least twice a day (three times a day is even better), and look forward to manifesting the life you want!
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